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Another beautiful fall Friday in Colorado, I hope you all had a wonderful week.  As always, here is a recap of what I was up to when I wasn’t blogging here: Next week I kick off my virtual classroom! I have several students enrolled and I am excited to teach them some digital storytelling.  It is sure to be a learning adventure for all of us! You can learn more about my virtual classroom here. This week an article I wrote (almost a year ago!) was published on The Apple.  10 Steps to a Better Lesson Plan. Bookster is a storytelling app that I reviewed on my other blog iPad Curriculum.  This is an awesome application for emergent and struggling readers.  The app is available for free on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. I have another blog, Stories of Learning, where I post excellent stories of learning happening around the world.  This week I added one called Embrace the Mess from Jon Orech about how his students interacted with the book, Lord of the Flies.  If you have a story of learning you would like to share or repost, I would love to have it!

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The Scale of Life

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Interactive Whiteboard, Math, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Understand (describe, explain), Websites | Posted on 19-04-2012

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What it is:  The Scale of Life is a neat website that I learned about from a parent in @michellek107‘s class today.  The Scale of Life is flash based, and shows the size of objects relative to other objects.  Along the bottom of the site is a slider that lets students zoom in or out in size to see things relative to each other. Students can get as small as 0.0000000001 yoctometers to as large as size of the known universe.

How to integrate The Scale of Life into the classroom:  The Scale of Life is a neat way for students to explore size, science and math.  Students can examine the scale of objects compared to other objects and make observations about size and purpose of the object in the universe.  This would be a fun site to explore as a class using a projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard.  As a class, students could adjust the scale and discuss size and purpose of the objects.  Split students into teams to choose a different scale to learn about. Students can learn more about the items that are in the size range to share back with the class.

The Scale of Life could be a fantastic site for students learning about exponents and scientific notation.  Visual students will appreciate that they can see what these big (and small) numbers are representing.

Tips: @michellek107 is digging the music on the site…she has it going in the background of her classroom right now ;).  If you aren’t loving it, there is a music note in the upper right corner where you can turn it off.

Please leave a comment and share how you are using The Scale of Life in  your classroom!

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