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Internet resources such as videos and podcasts are available to supplement current lesson plans and to utilize as introductory activities and anticipatory sets .
Many lesson activities are available which are aligned with standards.
Web sites and activities can be utilized for independent practice and assessment .
Use videos to introduce a lesson topic
Three minute videos in cartoon format, give a brief overview of a topic. Many subjects available. BrainPop is “hosted” by Tim and his robot, “Moby”. Subscription required to view all topics. Appropriate for K-6.
Example : Penquin: http://www.brainpop.com/science/diversityoflife/penguins/
YouTube Videos http://Youtube.com Short videos are available to provide background information or to pique student interest in a topic. Appropriate videos available for all age levels.
Water Cycle (An overview of the water cycle and weather factors set to music) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YswL4dIDQuk
WebQuests Inquiry based lessons in which students acquire most of the information through the internet. Contain an introduction, a task, procedure, an evaluation, and a teacher page. Pre-made WebQuests are available for all grade levels on many science topics.
Science WebQuests for grades K-2 can be found at: http://webquest.org/search/webquest_results.php?curr=currscience&grade=gradek2&Submit=Search+Matrix
Example: Meteorology Master : K-2 Students learn weather words via an internet word find, visit links to learn about the National Weather Service, create a mindmap of a weather forecast, and then give a report to their classmates. http://questgarden.com/12/58/3/080312071022/index.htm
PBS Nature Series Lesson Plans and guides for Teachers. Similar to WebQuest in format. Lessons available for elementary, middle and high school level . http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/teach1.html