Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NOAA Ocean Games

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has an online games arcade for elementary and middle school students. There are sixteen games currently on the site and NOAA is advertising for a soon to be released seventeenth game. Most of the games have an oceanic and environmental science theme. The games are formatted as scavenger hunts, puzzles, and simulations.

One of the games that I tried was the Nautical Chart Scavenger Hunt. In this game players have a list of items to find on the nautical chart. When an item is located on the chart players have to drag it on to the list.

Applications for Education
The NOAA games could be useful for introducing or reviewing a unit of study about Oceans.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ocean of Know
Live Ocean Cams
Tour 3D Ship Models in Google Earth

Free Math Worksheets

Noetic Learning hosts a mathematics worksheet creation tool. Noetic Learning has a free section and a premium members only section. The free section provides seven easy-to-use templates for creating math worksheets on the topics of addition, subtraction, mulitplication, division, fractions, number lines, and money. I tried the free addition worksheet creator and found it very easy to quickly create a worksheet. I selected the number of problems that I wanted on the worksheet and Noetic Learning auto-generated the problems.

Applications for Education
Noetic Learning's math worksheet creator is a good tool for mathematics teachers that need to quickly create mathematics practice activities.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
A Great Collection of K-8 Math Resources

Interactive Numberline
Math TV
Math Links You Might Have Missed

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Resources for Learning About the Titanic

Today is the 97th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I was reminded of this by an article that the BBC ran today. This article profiles the last Titanic survivor who was rescued from the ship when she was nine weeks old. The BBC has a number of other resources related to the Titanic including a video journey of Titanic exploration.

The Discovery Channel has a great Titanic virtual field trip called On Board the Titanic. Here is the review of the website that I wrote in March.

National Geographic XPeditions has a Titanic lesson plan designed for middle school use. The lesson plan includes the use of 3D animations of the Titanic as well as a study of ocean currents.

Snag Films hosts the National Geographic film Secrets of the Titanic. You can watch the full 53 minute film on Snag Films or snag it and embed into your website.

It's Tax Day! Where Does the Money Go?

Today is the deadline for filing personal income tax reports in the US. Two questions that my students always ask are "where does the money go?" and "does everyone have to file?" Today's episode of CNN Student News tackles these questions in the third segment of the episode. The video is embedded below.

You can find some additional resources, including primary documents, for teaching about the US income tax here.

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