Literacy: STEM

October 25, 2017

‘Puzzle Planets’ App Gives Students a Map to the Night Sky

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Did you know Earth is the only planet in our solar system not named after a Greek or Roman deity? Or that one of the largest and most recognizable constellations in the night sky is Leo, named for the Nemean lion in Greek mythology? While astronomy is a science that often relies heavily on mathematics,…

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April 28, 2017

Accept or Except? It Makes a Difference to a Party Host

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

When you get an email invitation to a party you want to attend, do you accept or except the invite? And, if they want an RSVP, are you definitely or defiantly going? Knowing which word to use is important and can save embarrassment and confusion. English is full of sound-alike words with different spellings and…

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April 24, 2017

Here’s the Definition, What’s the Word?

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

What’s in a word? Plenty if you consider its definition, part in speech, proper spelling and placement in text. As most reading and writing teachers know, building a robust vocabulary and knowing the right way to use words are skills students acquire through practice. Teachers who are looking for a good educational game to supplement…

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April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer. K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker,…

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April 10, 2017

Earth Day Activities to Help Students Learn about the Environment

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This action opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and…

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April 3, 2017

Pegs and Rubber Bands go Digital in Geometry App

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Pegs and rubber bands don’t immediately come to mind as classroom teaching tools. Especially in today’s digital era. But, why not? They can be great manipulative tools for teaching and illustrating basic geometry concepts. Rubber bands stretched around pegs can create a plethora of geometric shapes, including polygons, triangles, squares and even octagons. Cool, huh?…

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March 13, 2017

Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Slithering snakes and waddling penguins. Introducing these creatures into classroom lessons is a great way to pique students’ curiosity about the world of science and biology. And what about the technology of controlling sound waves? Or looking at what happens in a robotics summer camp for kids? Those topics and hundreds more fill the “Science…

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January 30, 2017

A Dozen Great Tech Tools that Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

By tomm | Literacy Resources

While it might seem that some students are leaps and bounds ahead of teachers when it comes to using technology, are they really? Probably not. Beyond everyday consumer technologies like smartphones, videogames and social media, most K-12 students are still on the shy side of using technology for productivity, the workplace and especially education. That’s…

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January 23, 2017

Website Helps Students Discover Secrets of Minerals and Rocks

By tomm | Literacy Resources

If a science teacher asks a student to name three types of rock and the response is, “classic, punk and metal,” that student is probably in the wrong class. All kidding aside, students who are curious about rocks, minerals, crystals and geology have a lot of learning resources available to them. A good one that…

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January 3, 2017

Ask a Biologist Site Invites Life-Sciences Questions from Students, Teachers

By tomm | Literacy Resources

The world of biology is as fascinating as it is sometimes confusing. Do you have a question about DNA, cell division or what a biologist does? Just ask. A biologist is as close as your internet-connected computer, digital tablet or smartphone. K-12 teachers and students can direct these kinds of questions to Ask a Biologist….

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