Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 6/19/20

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

The Science of Fireworks Color – YouTube video; “What gives fireworks their brilliant colors? It has something to do with table salt.” (L:G;SA:S)

Lee’s Map of the Battle of Gettysburg – “Lee’s Map of the battle of Gettysburg (Accompanying General Lee’s report of the battle.); War Department Collection of Confederate Records; Record Group 109; National Archives.” (L:H;SA:SS)

Deserts 101 “Deserts are diverse ecosystems that occur on all seven continents. Learn about the four major types of deserts, the surprising amount of wildlife some of them contain, and how new desert areas are beginning to form.”  (L:G;SA:S)

What is the Fastest Tire Pressure for a Road Bike – “Is a higher tyre pressure faster? Is a lower pressure more comfortable? Emma conducts an experiment to determine the fastest tyre pressure on a rough road surface. She tested all the way from 119 psi (8.2 bar) to 29 psi (2 bar), the results were surprising!” (L:M,H;SA:S)

Let’s Talk Politics – Alexa game; “Confused by the U.S. electoral process? Don't know a filibuster from a gerrymander? Then maybe it's time to play Let's Talk Politics!, the game show that tests your knowledge of the U.S. political system. Let's Talk Politics! doesn't just ask questions, it explains the answers so that you learn as you play. It also adapts to your skill level and asks the questions most appropriate for you.” (L:H;SA:SS)

Original photo by Pat Hensley
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