Monday, July 9, 2012

Curriculum Resource: Online Lessons for Middle School Literacy

When it as hot as it has been in the Southeast lately, reading is a great activity.  If you want to add some educational lessons to your middle schooler's summer reading, the Boston public television station, WGBH, has some useful online lessons to teach literacy schools.  Entitled Inspiring Middle School Literacy, and funded by Walmart, these self-paced digital lessons combine video, interactive exercises, and writing to hone such skills as constructing summaries, distinguishing fact from opinion, categorization, comparing and contrasting items, etc.   They are designed for students in grades 5-8, and  are also arranged by content areas:  English Language Arts, Science and Health Topics, and Social Studies Topics.

Check them out on the WGBH website.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Curriculum Resource: Educational Video on Higgs Boson Particle

One of my favorite science educators, Science Jim, has just posted a new video explaining the Higgs Boson particle.  Watch his 7 minute summary of this new scientific discovery below:

For more humorous but enlightening videos on other science concepts, be sure to check out the Science Jim Show page on his website for other free resources.  He also has a series of very reasonably priced web classes that you can get on his website or through CurrClick, as well as live, hands-on science classes in the Triangle NC area.