The week of October 14th-18th is the perfect time to share with your students not only about being safe online, but how to be good citizens at school and at home. A good citizen, whether online or off, is working with the community to make it a better place. You can access Digital Citizenship resources here.
Looking for an out-of-this-world reading experience for your students? Be sure to check out Story Time From Space. This website, a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, has astronauts at the International Space Station reading books to children. Books like Rosie Revere Engineer, Mousetronaut, Max Goes to Mars, and many others are available. They are working on cross-content curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core to accompany the books that are read, so check back often to see the updates.
Do you use Tynker with your students? If so, be sure to check out the Tynker Moon2Mars Coding Challenges. By participating in next week's free project of the week, Design a Mission Patch, you could win a classroom video chat with a NASA expert!
Are you in need of digital flashcards, a matching game, a random name picker, or a timeline, just to name a few? If so, check out Flippity.net (also a Google Sheet Add-on). This tool helps you easily turn a Google Sheet into lots of cool stuff to use in your classroom. Each tool comes with a Demo, Instructions, and Template to help guide you through the setup and use.
Are you looking for a way to bring geography to life in your classroom? If so, be sure to check out The Crown Jewels Caper, an international sleuthing game featuring Carmen Sandiego. Google Earth and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt partnered to bring the classic video game to life. The game allows the students to pursue Carmen Sandiego around the world, hoping to catch the infamous thief and recover the stolen jewels. Throughout the game, the students visit new destinations and landmarks, and talk to witnesses to gather evidence to help them find her whereabouts. The game is available for Chrome, Android, and iOS, and can be started by clicking the red "Catch Carmen Sandiego" button on Google Earth.
Discovery Education and Boeing have teamed up to present a virtual field trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX on April 9, 2019. The tour will introduce Boeing employees, who will share some of the unexpected steps they took to launch the Starliner/CST-100 and deploy the Space Launch System.
You can use this link to sign up for the virtual field trip.
Are you looking for a way to engage girls in STEM? A Mighty Girl has posters celebrating women in science that are free to download. Each poster has a short introduction to the scientist, as well as recommended readings. What girl wouldn't be inspired by Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, or others?
Are you looking for an engaging way for your students to explore Science topics? If so, be sure to check out the YouTube channel SciShow Kids. It helps students explore topics that make them ask "why?".
Tynker has a FREE coding project just in time for Valentine's Day. The students use the tutorial to create their own virtual conversation hearts with messages and flavors. The project is only available until Sunday, February 17th, so hurry over to Tynker's Candy Hearts page and assign the project to your students. Happy Valentine's Day coding!!
Looking for a way to creatively engage your students in thinking about the future?
Be sure to check out the 2019 Doodle for Google contest that kicked off on January 8, 2019, and will end on March 18, 2019. The theme for this year is "When I grow up, I hope...". The contest is a way for students to show something that they hope for in the future in a creative way. So, give your students time to dream and then have them enter the contest through this link.