NEW on the WEB JUNE

With Summer almost here its time to have fun outdoors and experience some STEAM learning, and catch up on Internet safety, and social studies.  To discover more about STEAM and our STEAM mentor’s updates check out our school website.

ERAC has some new websites now available on their curated  website which have been previewed for viewing accuracy and appropriate content.

Ideas for learning outdoors may be found on our web linking library under Outdoor Education.

Here are some new sites we found for you to help with your summer research and learning!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Discover investigations and games with the Lawrence Hall of Science!

“How fast does the wind blow? What makes things sticky? Where do insects live and plants grow? What is the best way to clean up the environment? How do humans measure up in the animal kingdom?

So many questions—and so many ways to find answers! In these interactives, use your hands, feet, eyes, ears, brain, imagination and cool tools to experiment, design, test and discover amazing things about the world around you. It’s science and it’s fun!”


Engineering For Good- Middle Grades

Engineering for Good is a three-week, project-based learning unit for middle school science classrooms focused on developing solutions for negative impacts of plastics on the environment. In these NGSS-aligned lessons, students use the engineering design process to define a problem, brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs. The project culminates with students producing videos about their solutions to share with the community.


        Four Directions Teachings.com   

The goal for the project was to create an engaging site where people could experience Indigenous knowledge and philosophy and where educators could incorporate the site into their curriculum. FourDirectionsTeachings.com honors oral traditions by creating an environment where visitors are encouraged to listen with intent as each elder/ traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation.


Teach your students about Cyber safety with CynjaSpace

CynjaSpace is a revolutionary internet security app combining the safety, control, and activity reports parents need, with the fun and freedom of using the web and chatting with friends that kids want.

Now there’s an app that allows children to chat with approved contacts and learn responsible digital behavior, while parents easily manage kids’ online presence with convenient controls, alerts, time limits, and activity monitors.


Canada A Country by Consent 

A Country by Consent is a national history of Canada which studies the major political events that have shaped the country, presented in a cohesive, chronological narrative. Many of these main events are introduced by an audiovisual overview, enlivened by narration, sound effects and music.

This was the first digital, multimedia history of Canada. It started out as a laserdisc in 1993 and the CD-ROM version has been used in schools across the country. This online, public domain site is the fifth edition of the project.


HIGH SCHOOL

Legacy of Hope Foundation

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many legacies of the Residential School System. These include the direct and ongoing impacts on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their communities, and their descendants. Our mission is to educate towards creating just and equal relationships of reconciliation and healing for all Canadians, to expand awareness of and access to the rich legacy of the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the world, and to make known the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the histories of injustice.


PHET Interactive Simulations

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.


ThinkCERCA

“ThinkCERCA is an online program designed to support individualized instruction in critical thinking for students in grades 4-12. The CERCA acronym (Claims, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterarguments, Audience) represents the site’s structured approach to teaching critical thinking and argumentation. While reading one of the program’s numerous text selections, students can make claims about what they’re reading. They’re then prompted to support these claims with evidence from the text, explain their reasoning, and address possible counterarguments. Throughout, students are prompted to use audience-appropriate language as they write.

The basic, free version offers teachers texts (leveled by grade band), CCSS-aligned close reading assessments, and student and class data, as well as support and planning ideas. ThinkCERCA’s full, paid version also includes ready-made lessons, a school-wide writing and assessment platform, district-wide data reporting, college and career portfolio storage, and the aforementioned close reading and argumentation lessons, which are really the heart of the program. These ThinkCERCA lesson sets each connect a text with some performance of understanding, whether it’s creating a summary or completing a dynamic graphic organizer to form an argument. From there, students can draft an essay that teachers can score online.”  CommonSense review.


FINANCIAL LITERACY ALL GRADES

This list of websites and apps from TeachHub has some great suggestions in regards to developing financial literacy for early, middle and high school grades.

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