Function Machine (Input, Output) - A Virtual Manipulative
This virtual manipulative is designed to teach the concept of a function by allowing you to experiment with various functions.
Observe the output of a function by dragging numbers from the top left corner to the IN chute of the function machine. The function machine will process the number and produce an output value.
-Make a guess what function the machine is using by observing the output.
-Use your guess to decide what the remaining entries of the table shoul
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.
Secrets Beneath the Ice
Is Antarctica headed for a catastrophic meltdown? New evidence of ancient climate change may hold clues. (52 minutes, 51 seconds)
Exercise and Count by 5's Song
This video is a song by Jack Hartmann with accompanying images. It repeats counting by 5's up to 100 more than once while showing the numbers on the screen. The song is very catchy and fun. (02:32)
Teaching Skip Counting by 5's
Teach kids skip counting by 5's by using a number grid and reciting 5, 10, 15, 20, until they see the pattern with other numbers. Run time 01:05.
"Blasting Off!" Song-Counting by 5's to 100
"Blasting Off" is a song about counting by 5's to 100. Some of the lyrics include-"Blasting Off. It's a rocket ship race. Counting by 5's As we fly into face" As they count by 5's they also show rocket ships to match each number. The lyrics are repeated several times. This would be a good teaching resource for elementary students and/or special education students. This is a fun, different way to introduce or review counting by 5's. (2:00)
Counting By Fives Song
This cute animated video will help students learn to count by 5's. The lyrics repeat themselves several times. The numbers appear on the screen as they are said. (3:04)
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.