Website of the Week: The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits

The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits – How do they work? (Gr. 3-6)

This interactive site introduces students to the concept of electric circuits and leads into the related fields of conductors, insulators, switches and more. Each of the five sections includes an information section, a game/activity segment, and finally a multiple choice quiz. Throughout the site important words are highlighted in red and can be clicked on to reveal additional information. Students must earn a score of at least 4 out of 5 on each segment quiz in order to receive a star award. Students who earn all five stars will advance to the bonus stage of the site.

INTEGRATE

  • Use this site to introduce the concepts of circuits before starting the hands-on lab activities. This site can also be a great alternative when obtaining actual lab equipment is a financial hurdle.
  • Use the site as a review at the end of the unit. Have students go home and take the quizzes with their parents to bring them into the learning.

Website of the Week: NumberNut

NumberNut (Gr. 5-12)

Choose from up to fourteen different math categories to access a variety of interactive, web-based games. The site has basic and advanced activities to choose from. The math glossary has an extensive list of math terms with clear definitions written with students in mind. Some of the activities include word problems that force students to problem solve and apply skills and procedures.

PBS Kids: Cyberchase

Cyberchase is a show about a group of tech-savvy kids who love to use technology to learn about the world around them. A key component of this group, known as the “CyberSquad,” is their ethical use of technology and the Internet to explore the information superhighway in a safe and secure way.

At pbskids.org/cyberchase, find a wealth of interactive games, adventures, and challenge quests for students to engage in.

The Parent/Teacher section contains materials to help maximize your use of the sites’ materials by way of a site tour, lessons and activities, a search-the-site tool, and upcoming Cyberchase news.

If you have difficulty accessing actual episodes of the show from the PBSkids website, you can find several episodes on their YouTube page. Go to YouTube.com and search PBS kids Cyberchase.

Website of the Week: Teacher Zone

Teacher Zone – A free library of math video lessons (Gr. 3-10)

A comprehensive library of math video lessons and tutorials FREE to teachers. Access their database containing over a thousand videos for students in grades 3-10. All of the videos have been based on state standards. While many of these videos can be found via YouTube, creating a free Teacher Zone account gives you the ability to isolate content that will be relevant to your grade and lesson topics.