Monday, September 28, 2009

Clip Art and Backgrounds

I will be teaching teachers this semester about how to use the Ellison. I have found some clip art sites to use with the puzzle making dies.

The state of Florida has a technology clearinghouse which has many treasures such as clipart, frames and borders:
I will add more as I find them.

Have fun! cdb

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling.
Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together,
thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.
Tell your story now digitally.
- Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association
I took this quote from a wonderful website resource entitled Digital Storytelling:
This resource filled site was put together by Dr. Helen C. Barrett.   According to this site, the Canadian Film Centre: has a very good introduction to storytelling from images and memories. She also recommends a school link to various digital stories from Scott Country Schools in Kentucky:
and Digital Family Stories which includes links to the BBC's Capture Wales and other examples of digital stories.

There are other beautiful sites as follows:
Arabic digital stories are numerous. Here are a few links that I found thanks to Google's translating service and Mr. Mohammed Ali:

Enjoy! cdb

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fun with Science Media

As a staff of one, it can take hours to find good science videos, especially when it is so easy to take off on tangents. Here's some of the most fun ones that I have found so far:
Other  good sources: Science Bob, Bill Nye, and Teacher Tube.

Enjoy!  cdb

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Media Moments
Thanks to Angela Brittain for the YouTube Download Tutorial:
Downloading YouTube Videos... yes it is possible!
  1. Find YouTube video that you want to download.
  2. Copy the internet address. (Highlight and press CTRL c)
  3. Open
  4. In zamzar's Step 1 click on URL. This takes you to the 'Download Videos' tab.
  5. Paste your internet address in step 1.
  6. Choose the file conversion you want. (.mov for Quick Time Movie and .wmv for Windows Media Player)
  7. In step 3 enter your email address for your YouTube video to be sent to.
  8. Step 4 click on Convert and wait for the upload to complete.
A conversion normally takes an hour or so to come through to your email.

Follow the instructions given in the email to finish the download.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Science Lessons for 2009-10

Dear Science Teachers,

I plan to incorporate performance tasks from the following sources into upcoming science lessons for 2009-10.

Here's the site summary:

The performance tasks currently come from several sources: the Council of Chief State School Officers/State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (CCSSO/SCASS), Partnership for the Assessment of Standards-based Science (PASS), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the RAND Institution (RAND), the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU), and the Oregon State Education Department (OSED).

Some tasks cover multiple content areas. All tasks include a Science as Inquiry component.

I wish, wish, wish that I can find some videos and/or illustrations to go with the lessons. cdb

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summing Up the 2008-9 School Year

Dear Friends in Education,

Here is a working summary of the more popular internet resources gleaned from the 2008-9 school year with the Al Wajbah Primary Science Department.

The best website resource of the year was:
Everyone should grab one small shiny object like a new penny or an interlocking math cube, a pink eraser or a marble. Let's go outside. Find an asphalt or concrete area with a lot of space, enough that the entire class can spread out and be bathed in sunlight. Is there enough room for their shadows? You might consider timing this for between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., when the shadows are shorter but not so short as to make this impossible.

Everyone should spread out enough that they can twirl in place and not hit anyone. Next, everyone should drop their shiny object somewhere about 4-5 feet from them in any direction. Now find your own shadows and stick your arms out. Make an OK sign with your fingers, so that your shadows show a little ring or circle for your hands. Can you, without squatting, move your shadow ring so that it encircles the shiny object on the ground?

General Science Inquiry:
Life Science:
Vertebrates & Invertebrates
What is the Life Cycle of a Plant?
Plant Life Cycle:
The Life Cycle of a Plant (flash movie):
This site shows the growth of a plant, has students label plant parts, and includes the measurement in cm of the height of the plant.
Dottie's Garden An online ebook about planting seeds. This makes a great center activity
Treasures@Sea: Many ocean facts, activities and resources are found here.
Cells Alive:
Find just about anything you need to know about cells here. View the interactive and animated cells.
Health and Handwashing:
Water Cycle:
Water Cycle Models (from Amani Shaweesh) :
Rocks & Minerals / Geology:

Excellent resources for teaching 5.7 "How Rocks are Formed"
Physical Science:
Heat Transfer (from Suzana Mahmoud):
Conduction, Convection and Radiation movies and songs (from Suzana Mahmoud):
Excellent Light & Shadow PPT:
Exploring Light & Color:
Energy Experiments (Electricity etc.):
From Surfnet by Barbara J. Feldman:
DesertDesert Animals features seventeen desert animals.

Desert Animals

Desert Animals Printable
Biomes/Habitats Mix & Match:
Teaching Physics Using YouTube Videos
Magnets - virtual textbook and dozens of experiments that you can either buy or build.
Electricity and Magnetism video
Science Games:
Internet Videos:
For professional development, future curriculum planning and classes:
There is a series called from Good to Outstanding that is very, very good also:
Science Fair Resources:
Science Curriculum Planning Resources:

Science Concept Stories and Focus Questions:
Linking Science with Literacy:
Science Lessons with Differentiation:
KS2 Science Resources:
Lesson Planning Basics:

PALS Performance Tasks (K-4)Assessment Ideas for Elementary Science
Inquiry rubrics:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Science and Literacy

In progress:
So much to keep track of:

Coloring pages/minibooks with short English explanations: (life cycles) (cartoons etc.)

Animal Classification (wonderful resource - easy to read)

Recommendations from Open Wide Look Inside blog
**Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems.
**Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science by J. Patrick Lewis
**Science Verse
**The Who Lives Here? series, written by Deborah Hodge and illustrated by Pat Stephens, examines animals in their natural environments and explains how those animals are uniquely adapted to their habitats. The books are organized by habitat, and include titles on Desert Animals, Polar Animals, Rain Forest Animals and Wetland Animals.
**Looking Closely from Kids Can Press uses this type of visual puzzle as an introduction to natural environments.
**Magic School Bus books
**You Can’t Smell a Flower with Your Ear!
**Vicki Cobb books such as Perk Up Your Ears
**Neil Ardley has written a book entitled The Science Book of the Senses that offers fun and simple experiments you can do to learn more about how your five senses work.
**In The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination, Jimmy Liao tells a story that makes us realize what we do have, while also making us think once again on expanding our imagination even more.