Celebrate a staple in all chemistry labs~ the Bunsen burner! Bunsen burner day (3/31) celebrates the inventor of this laboratory equipment, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen. This equipment that produces a hot flame using flammable gas is a precursor to the gas stove used in homes today! This standard tool in chemistry can create a hazard if lab safety is not practiced. So, as we celebrate this invention, we should also look at safe laboratory practices! This site includes an interactive lab safety tutorial. Here students can explore what to wear, safe practices, emergency scenarios, and take a quiz on their knowledge.
Credit cards can be an easy and convenient way to pay for things, but it is important to use them carefully and responsibly. This site starts with a “Credit Card Primer” that teaches teens about credit cards, interest, and debt and then asks questions to check for understanding. After learning the pros and cons of using cards, teens can move along to the “Case Files” section. Here they can make decisions about what purchases would be smart to make on credit and what purchases should not be made. They can answer questions about their choices. Finally, teens can move on to the final section “Choosing and Using a Credit Card.” Here they learn credit card terminology, interest, and payment rates. This site teaches valuable information and teaches teens how to be responsible when making purchases.
Celebrate Jewel Day (3/13) by learning more about where jewels come from and how they are turned from dull to dazzling. Learn the difference between minerals, rocks, and organic materials that are used for jewelry, ornamentation, or art. Discover different types of gems that must be cut and polished for their beauty to be visible.
“Nevertheless She Persisted” is the 2018 theme for National Women’s History Month. Find out why March was determined to be National Women’s History Month, and who is honored to be the 2018 Women’s History Honorees. Research past honorees as well as the history of the women’s rights movement. Test your knowledge by completing quizzes over several topics concerning women’s achievements.
See more at http://www.nwhp.org
Fairy tales have been an oral and written tradition in many cultures around the world. Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day on 2/26 by choosing one from this excellent resource. Many tales are told and retold through several different cultures and by many different authors. Click on these tales and choose a version, or choose several versions to compare the differences among cultures.
See more at https://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales.html
International World Thinking Day is February 22nd, just in time to brush up on some critical thinking and problem-solving. Check out this Party Planning resource that uses tree diagrams to find possible outcomes and make predictions for who will probably come to a party.
On February 15th, we celebrate the life of Susan B. Anthony, a brave suffragette and great civil rights leader in the United States. Learn all about her life and her efforts to win voting rights for women including how she originally got into “trouble”, her early life and character, the famous convention, casting her ballot, the arrest/trial, and aftereffects.
Not All Problems Should Be Avoided In The Classroom: Incorporating Problem Based Learning (PBL)
Problem Based Learning (PBL) is an exciting instructional strategy to activate student engagement and student-driven inquiry. To model this strategy, simply provide your students with a real-world problem or challenge and step back. By not providing the solution, the student’s learning becomes empowered within the constructivism classroom model. After incorporating the PBL model, expect measureable outcomes such as:
- Examine and test prior knowledge
- Discover and create objectives
- Develop collaboration skills
- Improved communications skills
- State and defend positions with evidence and sound argument
- Become more flexible in processing information and meeting objectives
- Developed or refine research and technology skills
Knovation’s educator-vetted digital resources, accessible through netTrekker or icurio, can ease the stress of creating a relevant PBL lesson. Nestled within our 360,000 item library, a teacher can easily find digital resources on how to implement PBL, PBL lesson rubrics, and student-led research materials.
- To review how a school-wide approach PBL setting can act as a catalyst for deeper learning, we suggest this case-study that focuses on the Philadelphia Approach School-Wide Implementation of Project-Based Learning.
- Creating the first PBL assignment is very rewarding. We suggest you using this checklist to make sure the lesson include all of the necessary components.
- Assessment is very important factor in a PBL setting. Implement or revise these PBL rubrics to guide mastery.
Did you know people use to forecast the weather by watching the behavior of animals and insects? Luckily, we have the technology today to make weather forecasting a science that can be pretty accurate (except when we are planning an outdoor event!). Learn from Nick Walker, the weather dude, how meteorologists predict the weather. Sing along with his song, find out the different methods to forecast weather, and complete weather based activities. Happy National Weatherman’s Day (2/5)!