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Seeing Sounds (Science - Grade 4)

Seeing Sounds (Science - Elementary School)

Listen up! Take this sound safari with a roaring lion for your guide. Make your own musical sounds, experiment with hearing and seeing sound waves, and learn to use text features: illustration, diagram, photo and chart.

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Who Owns a Sound? (ELA - Grade 5)

Who Owns a Sound? (ELA - Grade 5)

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about the debate over electronic sampling in music and look at how copyright law affects people on both sides of the issue. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on gathering information to form an opinion. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities.

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Edison—Boyhood and Teen Years (ELA - Grade 3)

Edison—Boyhood and Teen Years (ELA - Grade 3)

Find out how young Thomas Edison’s curiosity got him into trouble, and how, during his teen years, he lost his hearing but gained confidence as an aspiring inventor, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Edison. As portrayed through reenactments, we learn that Edison, who had just three months of formal schooling, grew up reading and conducting chemistry experiments. His job as a newsboy on a train inspired his fascination with the telegraph. After teaching himself Morse Code so he could send and receive messages, Edison took a job as a telegraph operator at the age of 15. Through his work, and despite premature hearing loss, he developed an understanding of how the telegraph system operated and how he might improve it. He began to think of himself as an inventor.

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A Letter to My Brother (Social Studies - Grade 4)

A Letter to My Brother (Social Studies - Grade 4)

Students read a letter written by a soldier during the American Civil War and describe the soldier’s experiences. Students write a letter of their own to a friend to describe a personal experience.

The lesson is part of "Great States | Minnesota | Unit 5: Minnesota in the Civil War", where students will consider how Minnesotans contributed to the Union side during the Civil War as well as how the results of the Civil War contributed to expanding rights for African Americans.

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A Visit to Yellowstone (ELA - Grade 4)

A Visit to Yellowstone (ELA - Grade 4)

Geothermal features, which include geysers, hot springs, steam vents called fumaroles, and boiling mud pots, are found on nearly every continent. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming contains the world's largest collection: nearly 10,000 such features lie within its 2.25 million acres. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, a young guide offers viewers a tour of the park and explains how Earth's internal heat fuels geothermal formations. The tour makes it clear why millions of people visit Yellowstone each year to witness the park's explosive displays and colorful deposits.

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How Does your Garden Grow? — Cyberchase (Math - Grade 3)

How Does your Garden Grow? — Cyberchase (Math - Grade 3)

In this media-rich activity from Cyberchase, students review the elements that are needed to make a garden grow. They use math to measure the area of a garden and learn that area can be the same even if the geometric shape is different. Students then apply their knowledge of area and gardening to plan and create individual shoe box gardens.

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The Sun, The Sky and a Whole Lotta Pie: Ruff Ruffman's Sun and Shadow Game (Science - Grade 5)

The Sun, The Sky and a Whole Lotta Pie: Ruff Ruffman's Sun and Shadow Game (Science - Grade 5)

Explore the relationship between the Sun’s apparent path in the sky and changing shadows with this interactive game featuring PBS KIDS character Ruff Ruffman. Students help Ruff use shadow clues to solve a problem: getting to the bakery before his twin brother so he can get the only apple-bacon-kibble pie made. The game allows students to model and manipulate the location of the Sun to observe the effect on an object’s shadow.

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Seeing Sounds (Science - Grade 4)

Seeing Sounds (Science - Grade 4)

Listen up! Take this sound safari with a roaring lion for your guide. Make your own musical sounds, experiment with hearing and seeing sound waves, and learn to use text features: illustration, diagram, photo and chart.

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Buster's Egyptian Adventure (Social Studies - Grade 3)

Buster's Egyptian Adventure (Social Studies - Grade 3)

Students join Buster Baxter, a character from the ARTHUR television show, on a trip to Egypt, in this interactive geography lesson. Students learn about Cairo, ancient Egypt, the pyramids, the Nile River, and relevant vocabulary terms as they travel with Buster and meet new friends. Afterward, students write about what they’ve learned in the form of a postcard to one of the Egyptian children they encountered in the videos.

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From Kitty Hawk to the Heavens (Social Studies - Grade 4)

From Kitty Hawk to the Heavens (Social Studies - Grade 4)

Over the last century, airplane design has progressed rapidly from the Wright Flyer demonstration in 1903 to the launch of SpaceShipOne, a privately funded spaceplane, a century later. This rapid progress has often been helped along with large government funding, as was the case with NASA in the United States. But there have also been innovations in the commercial sector, such as the development of the Concorde supersonic jet.

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Storytelling with Pictures (Reading/ELA - Grade 3)

Storytelling with Pictures (Reading/ELA - Grade 3)

In this interactive lesson, students learn the basics of how stories are structured, gain vocabulary about storytelling elements, and explore how the arts, specifically drawing, can be a valuable way for students to tell stories. By the end of the lesson, each student will have written a story with a clear setting, conflict, and resolution. They will have reflected on the process of storytelling, and are given the (optional) opportunity to create a comic.

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Constitution Challenge

Constitution Challenge (Social Studies - Grades 5-8)

In the form of a game show, this project features both “the man of the street” and student contestants as they answer questions about the constitution.

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Nevada Native Americans Uses for Plants and Natural Resources (Social Studies - 4th Grade)

Nevada Native Americans Uses for Plants and Natural Resources (Social Studies - 4th Grade)

Learning how the Native people of Nevada used the natural materials and resources that were available to them for clothing and shelter helps build an understanding of how resourceful, creative, and inventive Native people of Nevada needed to be for survival. Listen to Leah Brady, Shoshone Historian, describe how Native Americans used the plants that were available to them.

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Communication Innovators (Social Studies - 3rd Grade)

Communication Innovators (Social Studies - 3rd Grade)

This Media Gallery explores the great advances in long-distance communication that resulted from the innovations of Samuel F. B. Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, and Guglielmo Marconi. Review these images and their descriptions keeping in mind how technology transformed communication over time.

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Reading Charts and Tables - Garden Spiders (Reading/ELA - 4th Grade)

Reading Charts and Tables - Garden Spiders (Reading/ELA - 4th Grade)

After watching a video about garden spiders, students will read a chart that reflects the information in the segment. They will then answer a series of questions using the information from the chart.

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What is a Hero? (Reading/ELA - 3rd Grade)

What is a Hero? (Reading/ELA - 3rd Grade)

Students watch a short video about Ping, a young hero who proves himself worthy to be the emperor of China. After hearing the story, students identify what makes Ping's behavior special by providing evidence found in the story. As an assessment, students identify and provide evidence of what makes their hero a hero.

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Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Ratio, Proportion and Percent (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Ratio, Proportion and Percent (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Chances are good that when you think of beauty and objects that are most pleasing to the eye, you aren’t thinking of ratio, proportion or percent. But this unit, which is inspired by the work of artist Chuck Close, might change that.

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Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Interior Angles of Triangles and Quadrilaterals (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Interior Angles of Triangles and Quadrilaterals (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Our diverse buildings, diamond jewelry, traffic patterns, modern art, classical furniture, Broadway stage designs and simple tools of daily living are all constructed of angles. Understanding angles increases both artistic appreciation and comprehension of function.

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Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Sound Energy (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Phi 1.61803: Art in Math and Science: Sound Energy (Math & Science - Grade 5)

Controlling sound is important to health, mood, entertainment and especially communication. Mark Mothersbaugh, an original member of the rock band Devo and an Ohio native whose work has been featured at the Akron Art Museum, was the inspiration for this unit. Both he and the museum are interested in the art of sound. A beginning understanding of the basics about the transmission, reflection and absorption of sound waves would be useful to anyone. This unit is designed to support and focus your lessons.

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Introduction to Data Analysis (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Introduction to Data Analysis (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Line Plots, Bar Graphs, Histograms and Circle Graphs (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Line Plots, Bar Graphs, Histograms and Circle Graphs (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Stem-and-Leaf Plots, Box-and-Whisker Plots and Scatter Plots (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Stem-and-Leaf Plots, Box-and-Whisker Plots and Scatter Plots (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Doing Data Projects (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Doing Data Projects (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Probability (Math - Grades 4-8)

QuizBus: Dealing with Data: Probability (Math - Grades 4-8)

Are you ready to catch a ride on the QuizBus? QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models).

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Rare Creature Cards (Science - 4th Grade)

Rare Creature Cards (Science - 4th Grade)

Explore a set of digital trading cards featuring photos by Joel Sartore and learn more about endangered animals in this Creature Cards interactive from WGBH. The cards provide stunning images and detailed information about each animal. Click on them to turn them over! Make your own card using the blank card found in Support Materials.

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Man vs. Elephant (Science - 3rd Grade)

Man vs. Elephant (Science - 3rd Grade)

Read like a detective and solve a BIG problem on the island of Sumatra where man and Asian elephants struggle to live together and get along! This self-paced lesson is interesting for all ages (and the BIG solution at the end may surprise you.)

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Woolong's Pandas (ELA - 4th Grade)

Woolong's Pandas (ELA - 4th Grade)

Students compare and contrast information from three sources to determine the reasons that have contributed to the declining panda population. They begin by watching the video "Wolong's Pandas" and taking notes on the reasons for the decline. Then they read the print text and take notes on new ideas. They place a check mark beside the ideas that occur in both sources. They should note any contradictory information. Then they watch the video "Bamboo Mountains" and take notes. Finally, they write a paragraph, based on information from the three sources that draws conclusions about why panda numbers are declining.

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Oohhh Oobleck! (ELA - 3rd Grade)

Oohhh Oobleck! (ELA - 3rd Grade)

Jump in with both feet as you watch oobleck videos and learn about three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Learn to use captions and charts to make reading comprehension less messy and loads of fun.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Restaurant (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Restaurant (Grades 3-6)

Restaurants and school cafeterias buy and prepare large quantities of food every day. How do they know what to buy and prepare when they don’t know exactly how many people are coming to dinner?

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Math and Science Gumbo: Bake Shop (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Bake Shop (Grades 3-6)

There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh, hot baked goods, right out of the oven. In this section, students will learn about units of measurement, fractions and the physical and chemical changes of baking.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Pizza Shop (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Pizza Shop (Grades 3-6)

Hot, fresh pizzas are more than just delicious! Their different shapes are perfect for learning about fractions, remainders, percentage and area. Plus, a pizza’s baking process is the perfect way to learn about elapsed time.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Food Preservation (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Food Preservation (Grades 3-6)

Preserving food to prevent spoilage involves chemical and physical changes. It also requires knowledge of units of measurement, volume and food safety.

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Math and Science Gumbo: Grocery Store (Grades 3-6)

Math and Science Gumbo: Grocery Store (Grades 3-6)

Many good recipes require the cook to purchases items at the grocery store. Smart shoppers understand unit pricing, estimation and computation, economics, multiples and the various methods used for paying for purchases.

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Explore the Relationship Among Fractions, Decimal Notation, and Percents (Math - 4th Grade)

Explore the Relationship Among Fractions, Decimal Notation, and Percents (Math - 4th Grade)

In this Cyberchase media gallery, a series of videos explores the relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents, which can be used to represent the same values in different ways. In the accompanying classroom activity, students shade in parts of squares and rectangles drawn on a piece of graph paper and express the shaded amount in the form of a fraction, a decimal, and a percent.

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New Age Curriculum Songs | Media Arts Toolkit (Math - 3rd Grade)

New Age Curriculum Songs | Media Arts Toolkit (Math - 3rd Grade)

Jonathan Stovall, a Kentucky educator, came up with an idea of using songwriting and recording to help students understand math concepts. To help in the song creation and recording, Stovall partnered with recording artist Allen Witcher and music producer and engineer Justin Eckerd, owner of NF Records recording studio. The songs soon became hits across the school district. Stovall was soon being asked by students and teachers to create songs on topics across grades and subjects. He started calling the project The New Age Curriculum.

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Views of Earth Features from Space. (Science - 4th Grade)

Views of Earth Features from Space. (Science - 4th Grade)

Analyze and annotate select features of Earth in photographs taken from space by NASA astronauts. Features, including rivers and mountains, appear differently based on the scale in which they are viewed. This resource gives students the opportunity to analyze four images of Earth from a less familiar perspective so they can identify and label landforms and water features.

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NATURE At-Home Activities: Polar Bear Slip and Slide. (Science - 3rd Grade)

NATURE At-Home Activities: Polar Bear Slip and Slide. (Science - 3rd Grade)

Families can use this NATURE at-home activity to learn how a mother polar bear’s feet help her cross the ice and snow. Examine how different textures provide grip on slippery surfaces with this fun slip and slide activity!

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The Powers of Government

The Powers of Government (Social Studies - 5th Grade)

In this interactive lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about the three branches of the United States government. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on the powers that the Constitution assigns to each branch—legislative, executive, and judicial—and how the three branches work together.

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Building the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt

Building the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt (Reading/ELA - 5th Grade)

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn how historians think the pyramids were built and why they were built—as doorways to the afterlife for the pharaohs. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on ancient Egyptian society and how those at the top organized the rest of the population in order to build these amazing structures.

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Balancing Number Sentences to Introduce Missing Values

Balancing Number Sentences to Introduce Missing Values (Math - 5th Grade)

Students learn about balancing equations and keeping an equation balanced by adding/subtracting the same amount to both sides of the equation. Students solve missing value problems and justify their solutions.

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Water Cycle Animation | Clue into Climate

Water Cycle Animation | Clue into Climate
(Science - 5th Grade)

The water cycle is a critical part of life on earth. All people and organisms depend on the water cycle. See what happens when there are changes in the regional water cycle.

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I Wanna See the States

I Wanna See the States (Social Studies - 4th Grade)

Pop band HelloGoodbye sings about the 50 States of America. All 50 states are mentioned in one song that focuses on the people, culture, or geography of each region; use the lesson plan and worksheet to bring this video into your classroom today!

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The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage

The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage
(Reading/ELA - 4th Grade)

When Detective Bentley cannot figure out why his backpack is smelly, he retraces the events in his day to find clues. Taking on the role of detectives, the viewers act out the events of Bentley’s day and use textual clues to solve the case.

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Agent Obfusco's Challenges | Odd Squad

Agent Obfusco's Challenges | Odd Squad
(Math - 4th Grade)

Olive and Otto have to solve a series of challenges to keep their Odd Squad badges. Olive and Otto become concerned when they find out that the test they have to take to keep their Odd Squad badges is being administered by Agent Obfusco, a mysterious agent who speaks only in word problems. They create number sentences to figure out the answers.

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Plum Island Explorer: Land and Water

Plum Island Explorer: Land and Water
(Science - 4th Grade)

Students must follow a map of the island to explore various landforms and bodies of water in this interactive game.

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Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections (Social Studies - 3rd Grade)

Providing daily exposure to various cultures will enrich your children's experiences. Enable them to appreciate and share their own heritage, in this activity from Arthur.

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Friends

Friends (Reading/ELA - 3rd Grade)

True friends come in all sizes! Enjoy a fresh take on an old story about a lion and a mouse. Learn to retell stories with a beginning, middle and end, and recognize characters, setting, major events, moral, and key details.

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Pattern Recognition | Cyberchase Games

Pattern Recognition | Cyberchase Games
(Math - 3rd Grade)

Identify the patterns using addition, subtraction, and geometry to solve the puzzle and crack Hacker's code.

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Changing Position of the Sun in the Sky

Changing Position of the Sun in the Sky
(Science - 3rd Grade)

Observe how the Sun appears to rise in one side of the sky set in the opposite side. Put together a puzzle to show the path of the Sun in the sky.

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Know Ohio: How Ohio’s Cities Got Their Names

Know Ohio: How Ohio’s Cities Got Their Names

Explores how some Ohio cities were named after settlers, figures in history, other cities from around the world or by incorporating words from other languages. More unusual city names were created by local lore or the personal preference of the settlers. What is the name of your city? Why do you think that’s the name of your city? If you could rename the city, what would you name it and why?

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Digital Skills

Leaping into Rational Numbers (Grades 5-8)

Solve puzzles and graph the solutions on an online number line.

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Digital Skills

Equivalent Fractions (Grades 1-3)

Students will explore making equivalent fractions using on online interactive tool.

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Questioning Strategies with Reflection and Absorption

Questioning Strategies with Reflection and Absorption

In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Physical Science, teacher Nadine Coletta asks her sixth-grade class guiding questions throughout various phases of an experiment on light absorption and reflection. By not giving answers herself and by asking students to explain their reasoning, Coletta explains that she can gauge what they understand about a concept as well as any misconceptions they might have.

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Using the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in Class

Using the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in Class

Learn how to use the Safari Slideshow and Creature Cards in your online classroom, in this short video tutorial from WGBH. Hear from an elementary teacher about her experience using these resources with her students. When she encouraged her students to make educated guesses without worrying about being right or wrong, they became critical explorers: making close observations and asking thoughtful questions. Engagement increased, and even laughter ensued.

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So Many Parts

So Many Parts

In this game, learners are challenged to balance their oxygen and fuel use carefully as they don a spacesuit and encounter Newton's Third Law of Motion, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, while using a jetpack on a spacewalk mission to fix parts of the space station.

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Cyberchase

Using Data Clusters to Find Hacker

In this video segment from Cyberchase, Hacker has kidnapped Dr. Marbles and the CyberSquad is out to rescue him. Hacker has Dr. Marbles hidden somewhere in a castle in Castleblanca. The CyberSquad surveys the residents to try to find out where Hacker has been seen. They display their findings on a map so they can analyze their data and find Hacker. Upon displaying their data the CyberSquad realizes they all conducted the survey differently. They then re-conduct the survey in the same manner and combine the old and new results to find Hacker.

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