These are professionally-written, complete lessons that are keyed to objectives. These lessons all have some sort of tie-in to Agriculture and are generally for middle-school through high school levels. There are currently about a dozen complete lessons, but check back often as they are being re-written and new ones will be added in the future. http://noble.org/noble-academy/
This is one of my favorite finds – thanks Cheryl! Great for rainy days or about any days. If you only find one out of the bunch that you can use then it’s worth your time – – but my bet is you’ll find a dozen or so that fit your teaching methods and ages.
Mostly elementary through middle school, but adults like many of these too.
Each one has a short VIDEO and full instructions with color photos for building and use. From the nice folks at the Watsonville Environmental Science”Workshop.
or just http://www.cswnetwork.org/projects
Think computer science is only for an elite group of professionals? An Hour of Code could change your mind – and inspire your students!
Join more than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 7 to 13. One public school in every U.S. state (and the District of Columbia) will win $10,000 worth of technology.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
The main link is https://hourofcode.com/us
Here are some great resources, mostly free, from http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/ If you teach any STEM at all in grades K-12 be sure to check them out!
There are Star Wars-based tutorials for beginners as young as four, inspiring videos about learning computer science, fun Minecraft adventures that children can program using smart phones or tablets, and even “unplugged” Hour of Code activities for people without a computer or Internet connection. Check out these teacher-led activities and other educator resources to get some ideas for your classroom.
No computer science teacher at your school? Edhesive offers a free AP Computer Science massive, open online course (MOOC). It’s one of 14 providers of curriculum, classroom tutorials, and platforms for teaching computer science to kids that you can integrate in your lessons.
Seek more information? The September 2013 eGFI Teachers newsletter focuses on computer engineering activities, as does the eGFI Teachers blog post with computer science education resources.
eGFI offers over 200 complete lesson plans and almost as many STEM activities, all well-documented and all for FREE. Oh, and 500+ outreach activities like contests. Nicely searchable.
Another fifty (or so) easy science activities, most require few materials, with links to many more. http://buggyandbuddy.com/science-activities-kids/
Take a look at these and see if you like this site. It is an award-winning education tech blog.
Wow is this cool. We’ve all seen the black-and-white world-at-night map; this one is more accurate and more current. There is a series of about a dozen maps to pick from. It lets you ask your students questions about sociology and geography. Plus pick our your location for your next star party! Thanks John WD5IKX for the link!
Click on http://djlorenz.github.io/astronomy/lp2006/overlay/dark.html and then click on “More Information” to access the other maps.
This guy is a middle school teacher. His site has about 40 carefully-selected science toys that can be easily made for cheap or even free. Each one has instructions, images, and most have videos and animations. Everything is explained which makes YOU look like the expert!
The Exploratorium in San Francisco is literally the mother of the modern hands-on inquiry musems (we have five of them here in Oklahoma!).
They have oodles of resources for science teachers and here is one: Over 100 quick demonstrations and activities. Some require advance preparation and some do not. They call them “Snacks”.