Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/9/21

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

How Seashells Are Made - “If you know that seashells are made of basically the same stuff as chalk, you might have wondered why chalk is crumbly but seashells are super tough. This week on Reactions, we explain: The secret’s in the biochemistry.” (L:G;SA:S)

Venture Lab - “A youth entrepreneurship curriculum for grades 1-12 that anyone can teach.”(L:G;SA:C)

The Scoop on Gorilla Poop - a .pdf document on gorilla poop (L:E;SA:S)

Genius Hour Resources - “Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them. Click on one of the buttons below to see some of the resources I’ve collected over the past several years.” (L:T;SA:A)

Turtle Travel Tips: How Magnets Can Help Us Navigate | Magnetoreception - “When people travel a long distance, they'll usually use a map. But there are lots of animals that travel really long distances, too, and they can't use maps... so how do they not get lost? Our friend Dr. Turtleman calls in to explain!” (L:E;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog ( by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).