This winter has been full of harsh weather; snow, high winds, and ice. I am currently sitting in the Chicago Discovery offices dreading the inevitable blizzard of a lifetime. Why focus on the weather as a theme within your lessons?
In addition to Discovery Education’s videos we have a huge variety of media assets. Have you used our encyclopedia articles? I bet that the students in your classroom have never even seen a collection of encyclopedias. Wipe off the cobwebs from your encyclopedia collection and bring it to the classroom. Show students how accessible and current the digital encyclopedia at http://www.discoveryeducation.ca compared to the outdated stack of encyclopedias.
Use this as an opportunity to focus on careers studying the earth’s atmosphere. A starting point for this topic may include a basic encyclopedia article. Take a few minutes and generate a word cloud which will help student’s extract the main ideas from the article.
1) Go to http://www.discoveryeducation.ca and log in
2) Type the word Meteorology in the keyword search box
3) Filter your search by choosing Encyclopedia Article
4) Copy the text
5) Go to http://www.wordle.net
6) Hit create and paste the text from the Encyclopedia Article.
Ta Da! You have your very own word cloud!