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What it is: Last week I wrote about an amazing interactive forest called UPM Forest Life.  I found a website today that would be a great site to couple with a UPM Forest Life virtual field trip.  Discover the Forest is a site that has fun games and activities for students to complete online and a great booklet to print out full of activities to complete outside.  After travelling through the UPM Virtual Forest, students can head over to the Discover the Forest website and  listen to animal sounds, create leaf rubbings, learn how to use a compass, and match animal tracks. How to integrate Discover the Forest into the classroom: Discover the Forest would be an excellent follow-up activity for a virtual field trip (or actual field trip) to a forest.  Students can complete the short online activities as part of a science learning center, or on individual student computers.  Encourage students to use the “Find a Forest or Park Near You” feature to find the nearest forest.  Students can plan a trip to the closest forest complete with a supply checklist, a map, and a checklist of wildlife to look for.  If you are fortunate enough to have a forest nearby, you can print out the “Book of Stuff to do Outside” for students to complete. Tips: This site has an excellent interactive to teach students how to use a compass, be sure to check it out!  Thank you to @larryferazzo for Tweeting about this fun site! Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Discover the Forest in your classroom.

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Science of Everyday Life

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Evaluate, Knowledge (remember), Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Technology, Understand (describe, explain), video, Websites | Posted on 16-05-2013

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What it is:
Discovery Education and 3M have partnered to bring the science of everyday life into your classroom.  This fantastic collection of resources is for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  On the site you will find videos and interactives that help kids learn about the science around them and make connections to what they are learning in school.  Lessons are inquiry based and encourage exploration in life science, physical science, earth science and technology/innovation.  Virtual labs are interactive flash-based labs where students can discover more about science like wind energy.  At the Innovation HQ portion of the site, students can travel through time and look at innovations that they use in their every day life and “meet” 3M scientists. On the Student page, students can see a young inventors hall of fame.

How to integrate Science of Everyday Life into the classroom:  The Science of Everyday Life is packed FULL of great videos, lesson ideas, virtual interactives and student activities.  I really appreciate that the approach to lessons is inquiry based!  The lessons include great resources and encourage students to ask questions and dig deeper.  The virtual investigations and labs are also really well done.

Content is separated out by grade level, quickly find exactly what best fits your classroom needs!

The travel through time feature is really neat for students to explore.  This could be done as a class using a projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard or used as a center exploration or individual activity in a 1:1 or lab setting.  Split students into smaller teams or have them explore a specific time period independently.  The timeline gives some basic information, and would be a great launching point for further investigation.  Students could turn this into a larger project where they connect the innovation from history with innovations today.  What learning had to take place in the past, in order for the innovation that we have today?  This would make a great compare/contrast activity for students.

Because Discovery Education is involved, you can anticipate high quality videos and related resources.

Tips:  The resources and interactives on the Science of Everyday Life are largely Java and Flash based.  If you are running these resources off an iPad, you will want to use an app like Rover (which allows you to view Flash), Photon, iSwifter, etc.

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