If you’re looking to support your K-2 students in science this year, you’ll want to check out the interactive curriculum from Science4US. They provide a complete science curriculum with both online and offline materials for elementary school-aged students. There are teacher resources in addition to activities designed for your kids.
Science4US aims to build core math and English Language Arts skills while teaching science concepts. It gives teachers the flexibility to assign materials for whole group instruction or individiualized learning. Science4US could also be used for center actvities in classrooms that only have access to a few devices. This interactive curriculum is currently web-based and can be opened on an Internet browser. Their iPad app is in the works and will be available soon.
Edu.buncee.com is a web based creation tool that makes it simple for students to create anything from digital stories and multimedia research reports, to interactive presentations and holiday cards.
Using buncee’s digital creation canvas, you and your students can easily complete creative online projects by combining personal media, Buncee artwork and animations, and web multimedia from Google, YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox and more. Edu.buncee.com also offers a classroom management dashboard to track student progress and grade their buncee creations.
Whether you use it for traditional learning, blended learning, or as a presentation alternative, buncee’s digital canvas allows students to spend more time creating and learning in a fun and engaging way.
Check out their website to learn more!
Keb and Cala Explore Sugar, What Is It And Why Is It So Sweet? is an engaging eBook designed for iPads that will bring healthy eating to life for children. It follows the adventures of Keb and Cala as they explore sugar in different foods. The whimsical animations and characters will grab your students’ attention as they learn about making healthy food choices.
Teachers can log in to Keb and Cala Explore Sugar‘s companion website to access a fully automated lesson and activity sheets that extend the concepts that are introduced in this book. There is a Sugar Health Challenge to help teachers guide students through behavior change and think about their community. Within the text children will find educational games, interactive quizzes and tons of healthy eating tips. You’ll love how this eBook includes audio support for reading aloud in addition to animations and pop-ups.
Primary source documents are essential pieces of the history puzzle to include in your social studies instruction. I’ve shared some great iPad apps for accessing primary sources but there are a few websites that contain quality content that can be easily shared with your students.
DocsTeach has a fantastic website (in addition to their iOS and Android apps) that give teachers tons of resources for finding and using primary source documents in their classroom. If you’re not a social studies teacher you can still find compelling images to bring into your English Language Arts instruction or make connections during a math and science lesson.
Primary source documents, especially photographs, are powerful tools for grabbing the attention of students. Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right picture to connect to a historical fiction literature circle or to support a Social Studies lesson. I’m a big fan of Google Image searches but another option is to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google. You can search over a hundred years worth of photographs by typing in a keyword or choosing a specific event or time period. This is a terrific resource for teachers who work with students of any age!
Looking to explore primary source documents with your students? Check out this lesson plan!
Eat for Goals from the World Heart Federation is a fun app that is full of great information. In addition to giving kids the chance to flick a soccer ball to score a goal, it has tons of extra features. Kids can read about famous soccer players from around the world and hear about their favorite foods and recipes. Each player has a signature healthy dish they share that includes easy directions. A great extension activity during a unit on healthy eating!
Here’s some of my favorite lessons for exploring healthy choices with students:
- Intro to the Food Plate (aka Food Pyramid): QR Scavenger Hunt
- Support Your Opinion: Making Good Choices (on iPads!)
- Intro to Healthy Eating: QR Scanner Scavenger Hunt
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