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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Go On a Virtual Journey with Charles Darwin

Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage is an outstanding virtual tour of Charles Darwin's nearly five year journey on the Beagle. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage has fourteen segments chronicling Darwin's voyage from start to finish. Throughout the tour viewers will see sketches from the journey, hear readings from Darwin's journals, and learn about the journey as a whole. The virtual tour is not limited to just Darwin's work as a naturalist. Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage explores social issues of the time such as slavery.








Applications for Education
If you teach any lessons regarding Darwin and his work, this virtual journey could be a great resource for students to use to learn about Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos Islands and back.

The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75

As some readers know, I don't have a television at home (I do have four computer screens though) so this morning when I woke up in a hotel I was happy to be able to watch the CBS Sunday Morning show for the first time in months. I took particular interest in this short story about the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. After you watch the video below, if you're looking for more resources to share with your students check out Larry Ferlazzo's list.

Who Pooped? - Identify Animals by Scat/ Dung

Even if it is slightly gross Who Pooped? is a fun and educational site through which students try to identify animals by their scat or dung. I was reminded of the site over the weekend and thought that I just had to share it again.

Who Pooped? is an interactive game in which students learn about various animals by guessing which animal created which pile of poop. Believe it or not, there is actually some good information about the animals that follows each round of guessing who created which poop.

Applications for Education
If they can get past the "hilarity" of the "poop" images and noises, Who Pooped? could be a very engaging way for elementary school students to learn about various mammals. 

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