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The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits

What it is: The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits is a fun, interactive website where individuals or groups of students can learn about circuits.  There are 5 sections to the Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits.  Section 1 teaches students about what makes circuits work, section 2 teaches about conductors and insulators, section 3 teaches about switches, section 4 teaches about changing circuits, and section 5 teaches about circuit diagrams.  Each section includes a teaching portion, an activity, and a quiz.  If students answer all of the questions in the quiz correctly, they get a special bonus activity after they have completed each section.  The “Blobz” characters explain each section with pictures, animations, and text. How to integrate The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits into the classroom: The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits is a fun way to teach students about circuits, conductors, insulators, switches, and diagrams.  Students could work on this website individually, in small groups as a center activity during an electric circuits unit, or as a whole class using an interactive whiteboard.  The information section might be good to go through with the whole class for some guided practice and instruction.  Students could complete the activities and quizzes individually or in small groups as a center after instruction. Tips: This site is British so some of the vocabulary may be unfamiliar (for example a flashlight is called a torch). Leave a comment and tell us how you are using The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits  in your classroom.//

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Summer Learning: reading, creativity apps, serving with kids

Posted by admin | Posted in Anastasis Academy, Character Education, education reform, inspiration, Language Arts, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, professional development, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Websites | Posted on 27-06-2014

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If you are an educator, you are aware of the dreaded “summer slide.” Summer break is a much-needed change of pace for educators, but unfortunately it can mean two months without any reading, learning, exploring, etc. For some kids, summer means hours spent in front of the TV, outside play (which is happy!), or hours spent trying to beat the next level of Flappy Bird. Many parents feel ill-equipped, or at a loss for how to keep their kids learning over the summer.

I created the following publication, “a thing or two,” for Anastasis families. I thought that you all might enjoy it as well! Please feel free to pass this on to your own students and families. In this issue there are ideas for summer reading, a review of my favorite 3 creativity apps, and service learning ideas for the summer.


Happy Learning!

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