Some students will have been fortunate enough to spend some of their summer time at the ocean. They and, perhaps more importantly, those children who were without this privilege, can explore these k-12 featured resources to stimulate classroom discussion about marine animals, aquatic ecosystems, and careers in science: (more…)
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Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 |
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. A few host sites across the state are still accepting applications for Commonwealth Corps Members to serve full-time or half-time (more…)
Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2014 |
It’s that time of year when thousands of students have proudly claimed their high school diploma, and that’s cause for celebration for public media. At the recent Building A Grad Nation Summit, the 2014 report released by, among others, the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, stated that for the first time in U.S. history the nation’s high school graduation rate has risen above 80%. At this rate, the U.S. remains on track to meet the national goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020. (more…)
Yesterday’s New York Times article Teach the Teachers Well by Suzanne Bouffard looks at the need for teachers to address students’ emotional needs as well as curriculum content to be effective in the today’s classrooms. Citing the high number of behavioral and emotional issues among elementary and secondary school students, the article considers the success of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that schools nationwide are using to meet states’ anti-bullying policies. With more than three-quarters of teachers believing that SEL is important for academic success and the U.S. Department of Education recommending SEL in recent guidelines for improving school climate and discipline (more…)
Common Core State Standards set requirements not only for English language arts but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects — making content-area reading more important than ever.
Because students usually need practice with content-area reading, PBS LearningMedia provides ways to boost literacy using the Middle School Literacy Initiative, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation and supported by other PBS LearningMedia resources. With these self-paced online lessons, perfect for blended learning environments, students can read, review vocabulary, and practice writing in the content areas.
You can visit any of the following individual lessons:
Science: On the continental drift, students learn how an idea that started with a man looking at a map of continent became a scientific theory.
Mathematics: On unit conversion, students figure out how much water various activities use and also learn about water conservation.
Health: Should I eat this? Students learn about nutrition values of different foods and meet two students with diabetes.
Social Studies: Students meet four teen immigrants and learn about the challenges they face as they adapt to American culture.
To use the lessons, students simply need to register for an account on PBS LearningMedia, or use their existing account.
One of the BIG lessons we can teach students is to be confident in their problem solving, especially when they make mistakes or have undesirable outcomes. Since it’s never too soon to be determined and dauntless in tackling challenges, here are three challenges from Design Squad for budding engineers, even when they don’t think they can be scientists someday.
MAKE A ROBOT:
Teach your students to build their own mini robot out of a toothbrush head, a coin battery and a pager motor. Follow this link to a how-to video and step-by-step instructions.
Challenge your students to design and build an airbag system that can safely land an egg dropped onto the floor. Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.
Produced by WGBH in Boston, Martha Speaks is a fantastic PBS Kids program that takes its name from a beloved dog, Martha, who can talk. Why? Because she eats alphabet soup! And with so many letters in her head, Martha effectively teaches children new vocabulary words, some of which will astonish you.
At the start of the holiday season, children will immediately warm to the family-themed MARTHA’S THANKSGIVING, a special episode where Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as her owner, Helen, has an extended family coming together for Thanksgiving. The program airs on WGBY this Monday, November 25, and again on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30am, a time that usually finds kids ready to start their day!
Parents and teachers don’t have to rise early to discover the great learning resources that accompany Martha Speaks. At the Martha Speaks Parent and Teacher’s website, you’ll find expert research and activities as well as curriculum for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club — all great resources that support students oral vocabulary growth.