Monday, August 13, 2012

Science Fun at Home and School, written by a University of Wisconsin chemistry professor, features twenty-five fun and safe science experiments that can be performed with household items. The experiments introduce students to basic chemistry concepts through fun, hands-on activity.

Applications for Education
The experiments on Science is Fun are probably most appropriate for use with students in the fourth through ninth grade. In addition to providing detailed directions for conducting each experiment, Science is Fun provides an explanation of the chemistry at work in each experiment. Complementing the experiments are easy-to-understand explanations of many chemicals and elements on the periodic table.

A Simple Visual Thesaurus

Words Like is handy little website for those times when you need a thesaurus. Words Like works in your choice of two ways. You can browse the word clouds or simply enter a word in the search box. Any word that you click on in either the word cloud or in the list generated by your search will lead you to at least one word with a similar meaning. Definitions are provided for every word on Words Like.

Applications for Education
Words Like could be helpful to student writers in need of some new words to spice-up their writing.

An Interactive Lesson on the Elements of a Story

Interactives - Elements of a Story uses the story of Cinderella as a model for learning about the elements of a story. To use this interactive students select any element of the story; setting, character, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax, or resolution then read and listen to an explanation of that element of the story. After they have worked through all of the elements of the story, they can take a quiz to test their knowledge.

Applications for Education
Interactives - Elements of a Story uses a familiar story, Cinderella, which makes Elements of a Story a resource accessible to elementary school, middle school, and high school students. Although the graphics are clearly aimed toward elementary school students, this could certainly be a review resource for older students.

Spin the Wheel of Irregular Verbs

The MacMillan Dictionary has a fun game that students can play to practice identifying the various forms of a verb. The Irregular Verb Wheel Game is played by spinning the wheel then identifying the past, present, and future tenses of the word that the wheel stopped on. Players earn points for correctly identifying each form of the verb in the time allotted.

Applications for Education
I found the the Irregular Verb Wheel Game fun to play. If could be a fun way for students to practice identifying the irregular forms of commonly-used verbs.

H/T to The English Blog

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