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Students’ Earth Day Learning Showcase

Last week we shared a special board for your students to use as they explored concepts related to Earth Day. In that board, we challenged students to create boards to showcase what they’ve learned about taking care of our planet.  Here are a few of our favorites.   Discovery Educator Patti Grammen’s student responded to

Lesson/Activity: Solar Sources – Turn the Sunshine on this Earth Day!

More solar energy hits the earth in one day than can be used in 27 years, which means we use less than one percent of the sun’s power. Solar panels are being used more often in American homes and businesses. Solar energy is clean power that does not pollute the environment. LESSON SEQUENCE: Have students

SOS: Concept Circles

Concept Circles (Vacca & Vacca, 2001) are tools which help students move beyond memorization of terms and definitions by focusing them on analyzing the relationships between those words. In this strategy, students use a circle organizer to analyze how vocabulary words are or are not related through a concept or topic. There are different models for the circle: some are simply a circle divided into quarters; others, like the one used in the example below, provide space for note taking and identification of the concept

More hats than de Bono! Do we need to relook at the role of Computing Coordinators?

Posted on behalf of James Massey – Educational Consultant, Discovery Education. I was asked recently to define my role as an Educational Consultant for Discovery Education. After a moment’s pause, I explained the facets of the role and life went on. Afterwards, I thought about all the other elements I could have mentioned and considered

One Idea With: Cheryl Scott Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Cheryl Scott Williams, Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance. The Learning First Alliance (LFA) is a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. LFA share’s examples of success,

10 Ways to Discover Earth Day

We’re only three days away from Earth Day and my wife (Martha, teaches sixth grade in Harrisburg, pretty awesome teacher) asked me for some ideas.  So, in the spirit of Earth Day I decided that recycling and re-using others’ ideas was the best strategy.  But, I also wanted to compost, I mean compose, a couple

Lively Lessons: Recycling

Each year, Americans throw away millions of tons of paper, glass bottles, plastic containers, aluminum cans, yard clippings, and other types of solid wastes. Increasingly we are realizing that we are running out of places to put this waste as our landfills fill up. In this week’s Lively Lesson students will examine their own life

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