Algebra Tiles - A Virtual Manipulatives
Add tiles to the workspace
Click on any of the buttons below the workspace to add a tile to the workspace. Drag the tile to the desired location on the workspace. Dragging a tile to the left or bottom axes will make it a factor of a product you are representing.
Move your mouse over the corner of a tile. A round dot will appear that can be used to rotate the tile by moving the mouse in a circular motion. When you release the mouse
Pentominoes - A Virtual Manipulative
Add a pentomino to the workspace
Click on the button of the shape you want. You can move a pentomino by clicking and dragging it to a new location. When you place a pentomino next to another one, their edges will snap together.
Click on the corner of the pentomino. Hold down the mouse button and move the mouse in a circular motion to rotate the pentomino. Then release the mouse button.
Secret Agent Coins- Matching Descriptions to Coins
In this animated video, students match descriptions to the coins they describe. The descriptions are the coin worth one cent, twenty-five cents, smallest in size, and picturing Thomas Jefferson. The detective's voice is difficult to understand in parts. ( 2:24)
English Vocabulary Lessons-Identifying Animals Flashcards
The aim of this video is to help to improve English vocabulary. Pictures of a variety of animals is shown on the screen with an "a" in the upper left hand corner. The commentator speaks the name of the animal with the "a" (a koala, a seal, a giraffe). This is a great teaching resource for our ELL students and for beginning readers. (1:52)
The Berenstain Bears-The Talent Show-Part 1 of 2
These videos are a great teacher resource to help the beloved characters, The Berenstain Bears, come to life. In this video based on the book "The Talent Show" Brother Bear is asked by his teacher to find talent for the talent show. This is part one of two (5:10).
Active Listening Skills
Active listening skills allow students to interact with information in a dynamic manner. Middle schoolers talk about active listening and paying attention. (3:16)
Conway's Game of Life - A Virtual Manipulative
Conway's Game of Life is played on a grid of cells with the topology used by the old "Asteroids" arcade game. Cells on the right edge are adjacent to cells on the left edge, and similarly for top and bottom. There are instructions to the right side of the Java applet.
The Yellow Song
This preschool video introduces the color yellow. Words to the song appear at the bottom of the screen and each word is highlighted as it is sung. Photographs that match song are shown on screen. Pictures include lemons, squash, flowers, and sun. Some of the lyrics include "Y-E-L-L-O-W, I can spell yellow. So can you." Content is appropriate for young learners (0:54)
Curious George Helps Teach How to Plant Peas
The children head to a farm to learn how to plant sugar snap peas. They return two other times to the farm to see the various stages of the plant's growth and at the end, are excited to eat the peas that they had planted in the spring.
Platonic Solids - A Virtual Manipulative
A Platonic solid is a polyhedron whose faces are identical regular polygons. The ancient Greeks were able to show that there are exactly five such Platonic solids. This virtual manipulative allows you to display, rotate, and resize Platonic solids. It also allows you to select vertices, edges, and faces, and observe that the number of vertices minus the number of edges plus the number of faces is always equal to 2 (Euler's formula).
The Story of Movies: Understanding Films and Filmmaking
This well-produced video introduces a curriculum designed to introduce middle school students to the practice of critically analyzing film and other forms of visual storytelling. It features classroom scenes, as well s interviews with Martin Scorsese, classroom teachers, and the curriculum writer.
How to Use the Slash Punctuation
Here is a useful guide to using the slash punctuation mark. Make sure
you know where to appropriately place this punctuation mark, and use
your slashes properly in your English writing.
Student Project - Creating a Mix CD in Response to Literature (Slaughterhouse-5)
This video features two students talking about the thinking behind the CD they produced in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5. The students explain how their song choices connect to episodes and themes in the novel. The video provides a model of what projects like these can look like as well as a good overview of some of the novel's themes.
Experience nature as never before as a young coyote must learn to survive on his own. This professionally made video clip covers a year in the life of a coyote. Run time 54:35.
The Story of India- The Power of Ideas (pt. 2)
This documentary traces the history of India through the great thinkers
and doers of the past.
Ecology: Material Cycle
Discusses the continuous natural cyce of raw materials, such as, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. The video briefly reviews the water cycle, oxygen/carbon cycle, photosynthesis, food chains, and the nitrogen cycle. Run time 02:52.
How Earthworks Trains Teenagers to Grow Food
John Burrous shows you around the Earthworks training program for teenagers, a program that teaches them to grow organic vegetables and gain skills. Run time 04:35.
Learn about Winter Squash Varieties
Much of the fresh produce we enjoy is very perishable. Raspberries and figs will only last several days without refrigeration, while potatoes and winter squash can literally last for months. Run time 01:47.
Protecting the Future of Food One Seed at a Time
The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring. Run time 17:06.
When Science and Farming Combine
An interesting “day in the life” of a dairy farm family that uses technology to make its operation more efficient and productive. This family has farming down to a science.