Monday, April 27, 2015

Toy Theater

Toy Theater is a collection of early learning activities to be used as another tool in the teachers toolbox. An eclectic "Theater" of learning toys, it is a safe place to play and learn.

Toy Theater is aimed at both preschool and primary school age children and it is free!


Chasing Tornados

From an outsider's perspective, storm chasing might appear to involve hours and hours of boredom, accentuated by a few moments of unimaginable excitement—or terror—depending on one's love or fear of tornadoes. But to tornado researchers, the effort and expense they expend in search of a single tornado-producing storm reflect the importance of these events in terms of their impact on lives and property. This video segment adapted from NOVA follows some of the scientists who study these violent storms and highlights what they've learned about the storms and what they still want to know about the conditions that cause them.


Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes is a fascinating interactive site that allows the user to create an exhibit of "ordinary" objects from among 40+ items available. Once items have been selected for an exhibit, the user can examine the items chosen to learn about their origins, unusual uses, and often about how they have been altered or improved upon over time. These "hidden heroes" run the gamut from chopsticks to lipsticks, and from flip-flops to bottle caps. It's fun to learn quirky facts about these everyday items, as well as learning about their inventors. Once students learn about the backgrounds of these simple objects, they might be challenged to come up with simple solutions to everyday 21st century problems.

Do You Speak American?

The following curriculum has been designed to support Do You Speak American? for high school and college students and includes five units based on the three-hour program. The resources provided on this Web site are available free of charge; each unit of study provides strategies for integratingvideo segments from the program, other resources on the Do You Speak American? Web site and Web-based resources found elsewhere on the Internet. Each unit features instructional tools, discussion questions, student activities, and a bibliography. DYSA? is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.