The life cycle of a plant

11th November, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Learn about the life cycle of a plant and enjoy the interactive flower dissection activity that will help you find out more about the flower petals, sepals, carpel, nectaries, receptacle and stamens. Experiment with the different parts of a flower, sort them into the correct categories, label them and learn useful information. Did you know » Read More

Experiment with Heat Transfer

10th May, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Learn about heat transfer and how to keep things warm by testing the characteristics of different materials with this fun activity for kids. Some materials are good thermal conductors, easily letting heat pass through them, while others are good thermal insulators, not easily letting heat pass through them. Conduct experiments and watch how the temperature » Read More

What good is vermicompost? Make predictions and check your results while you visit with Sunny the Sunflower.

21st March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Now that you have your compost made, what do you do with it? This nutrient rich soil provides a great environment for plants to grow.  Does a strawberry plant grow better in vermicompost or regular soil? Make predictions and compare your results while you visit with Sunny the Sunflower.  What other variables could you change » Read More

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle with Vermi the worm

16th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Recycling is fun and worms are natural recyclers! Pick from the three games to play with Vermi the worm: Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle. Challenge your students to submit ways that they reduce, reuse and recycle every day using the reply box below.  If you have pictures of creative recycling projects, email them to samara.gann@carolina.com with a short » Read More

The adventures of vermicomposting in the classroom

14th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

  Online lessons can flesh out student understanding of worm bin composting. “The Adventures of Vermi the Worm” appears on CalRecycle online. In a virtual worm bin, students learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle by watching Vermi in his bin with apple cores and eggshells. I will never forget my students faces when they » Read More

Translation, Reflection, and Rotation

22nd February, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Are you teaching transformations in your geometry math lessons? Try moving this game to your technology learning station. Don’t forget to check out these great hands on lessons with Math out of the Box®! Lesson 12, 13, 14, 15, 16: Grade 3            Shapes and Paths Lesson 13, 14, 15: Grade 4           Corners and Containers Lesson » Read More

Can you guess the rule in the function generator?

12th January, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

In Plotting and Growing from Math out of the Box®, students explore functions with an input/output machine. Then they use their knowledge of functions to solve problems. How do you teach Algebra to your students? Try moving this game to a technology station in your classroom to provide more practice for your students. Discover more » Read More

What materials do magnets attract?

17th December, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

The National Science Education Standards for K-4 state that students should understand that “Magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of other materials.” Carolina’s Curriculum Connections: STC™ Magnets and Motors How do you use magnets in your science instruction? In addition to working with manipulatives, add this game to a technology station and provide » Read More

How do you teach Solids and Liquids?

19th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Solids and liquids are two different states of matter with completely different properties.  Play the game and then brainstorm some ways to teach the concept of solids and liquids with your peers.   By the end of the unit your students will understand that: * Some properties of solids and liquids can be identified by » Read More

Experiment with conductors and insulators to complete an electrical circuit.

19th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Experiment with conductors and insulators to try to light the bulb.  What materials let electricity pass through? Why do you think so? Record your answers below.  What other materials might you try to use to complete the circuit?     Are you interested in electricity and want to find out more in your classroom? Check » Read More

Changing electrical circuits and recording outcomes

19th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Experiment with the game provided to see how you can change the brightness of the lightbulb by changing the circuit. What were some ways that you changed the intensity of the light? Submit your answers below.       Read More

Learn more about motion and technological design

13th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 3 Comments

Game courtesy of BBC Click on the image for a sample lesson building vehicles with a sail! Look in the bottom left corner.         Students, What did you learn about Motion and Design?   Read More

Investigating Rocks and Minerals

13th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Game courtesy of BBC Teach students about the fascinating world beneath their feet with this earth science unit for grades 2-4. Your class will use tools and processes that real geologists use to categorize large, high-quality rock and mineral samples. Your class will also learn how rocks form and the value of keeping records and » Read More

CellCraft: Exploring the Cell Through Gaming

6th August, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

CellCraft is a state of the art game that invites students to delve into the world of the cell, learning about how a cell functions while helping it survive in hostile environments. The student will gain an understanding of important molecules such as glucose and ATP, as well as a variety of cellular organelles, while » Read More

Use the law of reflection to change the direction a light ray travels

21st June, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thank you BBC for sharing this wonderful interactive game! How can you change the direction that a light ray travels? After playing this game in your classroom technology center, use the reply box below to share what you learned about reflecting light and how light travels. Read More

Shadows and Light

3rd May, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Thanks to the British Broadcasting Corporation for sharing this game with us!  Exploring shadows during the day and night are a wonderful way for students to understand the connection between light and shadows.  Use this activity to develop an understanding of position and motion using shadows with a variety of indoor and outdoor objects.  What did » Read More

Share your subtraction strategies in order to solve daily problems!

27th April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Subtraction is a difficult skill to learn in elementary school but it is used to solve problems every day.  There are many ways to explain subtraction when solving word problems.  Play the subtraction game and then post as many strategies as you can to subtract numbers to solve problems using the form below.  I am » Read More

Where do you fit into the food chain? (A technology center for science notebooking)

1st April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Teachers…In what ways could you use this online teaching/assessment game in your classroom? Post your lesson ideas below for a chance to win FREE materials. Learn why animals look and act the way they do in this life science unit for grades 3-5. Students will construct and maintain three habitats and learn about the fascinating organisms » Read More

Earth Science technology tool for assessment in your classroom

1st April, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

  Move this online game to a technology station in your classroom! We all know that assessment is key to drive your instruction. Assess your students learning through this interactive blog and connect with 21st century students and teachers around the world. Upload videos, class snapshots, science notebook entries, students interviewing students, or inquiry prompts and » Read More