Resources for Kids

I am adding some websites and fun things for students to do the help learn science. While they may not be book they are beneficial to learning and using with books.

The link I have added is a list from a teacher of science websites that are fun for children.

https://sites.google.com/a/halifax.k12.va.us/mrs-murrays-fourth-grade-science/just-for-kids-1

Brainpop is a great resource like books for students to learn science with vast numbers of videos it is great.

Science fiction books

There are books we can use in the classroom that are science fiction but still allow us to teach facts about it. For example the book The House of the Scorpion is a fiction book but talks about drugs and DNA and where DNA comes from. It is about a boy who is harvested from El Patron and how El Patron is the only thing to love the boy.

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested.
His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium–a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster–except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As a teacher I would use this book to introduce DNA to my class and while it is fiction it should spark interest in how DNA is created and where it comes from. I would use this book to open the lesson and read it during language arts but still connect it to science. This is a good book to read in class because it would spark interest in science and how we should learn about science while giving the students a chance to learn in a different method than they are used to.

Parent Science books

This book is great for parents to read with their children and learn together. The book is using STEAM ideas to teach children and get them interested in the new technology. When you click the book cover it will bring you to an amazon site where you can preview the book as well as buy it, and read the great reviews posted about it. This book would be used at home for most school age children because they can interact with it and the games provided while learning valuable skills for their lifetime. One review mentioned that the adults enjoyed the activities as much as the students did.

“I want to do these activities myself, even as an adult. There is so much to learn with a STEAM approach. This book is packed with so much to learn while having fun. Kids can challenge themselves, although it can also be a fun family activity. Books like this are great, especially when used instead of tv or electronics time. It’s a great book to enhance what a child learns in school or for parents who are home schooling to use to enhance the curriculum in use. There are crossword puzzles, matching puzzles, find a word, mazes, and much more. So many skills can be developed or increased with the thought provoking and problem solving activities. The information about different types of scientists help to broaden a child’s knowledge and maybe even help them decide on a future career path. I like the Q & A’s and think they make for good family conversations, even at the dinner table. Points are available for completing each activity. The points increase and when there is a final total a level of whiz kid is identified. What kid wouldn’t want to say they’re a brainiac or genius?”

This is just one of the reviews for the book, children will learn to solve puzzles as well as learning real world skills that will help them. This book is for the parents to also bond with their young students. The book is filled with puzzles and games to complete to test their young mind while also providing an answer key at the end to correct students and show parents the correct way to solve the puzzle.

Below also is another website with the top science books of 2019 for teachers and parents to use with their children. These books are mostly nonfiction where the student is reading and learning at the same time. This website is a great resource for parents and teachers to find good educational books to share with their children. The other part of the website gives some background on who rates the books and why they started rating books and publishing the list from the government.

Activities for Science book

This book is a good resource for teachers to use to get fun science project ideas that will help enhance their students learning. Teachers of all ages can find activities to do with students that are fun while being outside and learning about nature.

Teachers can also use this book to send activities and projects home for students to complete with parents or by themselves. This book is a good resource for teachers to use to get their students out of the classroom and into the outdoors to learn about nature. The book uses a hand on approach to completing the activities where students are encouraged to get dirty and be outside.

The activities allow everyone that wants to be involved to be, while also providing activities that teachers could use in their classroom to extend student knowledge. One parent who homeschools their children bought the book and has good things to say about it,

We homeschool our kids, and we are big fans of keeping nature journals and such. I was looking for something to go along with our nature journals that would provide a bit more structure. This book is exactly what I was looking for. I love anything that gets their minds going, particularly in regards to being outside and not looking at a screen. I cannot say enough good things about this book. So many of the activities are very simple and require little to no materials and very minimal preparation. Yet they are brilliant, leaving me going, “Why didn’t I think to do that.”. I love how the actives leave them exploring and their wheels turning even weeks after we’ve done it as we play outside.

Science Books

National geographic wrote a book call “The Science Book: Everything You Need to know about the world.” This book has six different sections, one for each category with different information and pictures of animals and plants. This book provides overview information as well as more specific about certain topics. The colorful illustrations are there to keep young children immersed in reading and learning about the world around them. This is a nonfiction book where children are going to be reading accurate facts to remember the rest of their life.

This book is good for older children to read on their own, but also for any age if the teacher uses the information and reads the book to the students while they look at the pictures. This is a good book with the most up to date information available to the public. It was printed in 2011 by National Geographic. The book with over 200 reviews fairs a 4.7 stars out of 5 on amazon. The book was also able to include 3-D graphics and other fun pictures to engage students in learning.

One customer posted a review in 2015 saying, “This tome of 400+ pages covers all aspects of science and the topics are laid out systematically. Some topics are more difficult than others if you aren’t already informed on them, and for these topics it would have been more helpful to have a glossary to help better understand terms and concepts. Then again, I’m sure the publisher and authors had limited space and did not intend to go in depth on every topic; thus only so much information could be crammed onto one page. It is a handy reference to have. If you find a topic of interest in the book, like microbiology for example, then you will get a basic understanding from this book, but you will need to find another book to better explore that particular topic in depth.”

Virginia Science Literature

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This book Science Through Children’s Literature: An Integrated Approach 2nd edition is a good resource for teachers to use in developing lessons for elementary school children through Language Arts. This book included activities and lessons for teachers to use and change according to their classroom to help the children learn. This book is broken down into topics and chapters based on the information cover in them. Each chapter includes a lesson plan, activity, and children’s books that can used in connection with the lesson.

Below is a few pages from the book with questions on critiquing children’s literature for science and some good examples of literature to use in the classroom.

The reviews for this book are good, because it helps the teacher in planning and executing lesson plans. One person wrote a positive review fort he book being that it is best used in early elementary school.

Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2008Format: PaperbackI love this book. Examples of chapters are Airplanes, Measurement, Energy and Motion, Force and Movement, Volcanoes, Trees, Reptiles… and more. Each subject has a storybook suggested to read and then there are tons of hands on activities offered to go along with the storybook. This book is along the same lines as Five in a Row. Terrific for lower elementary children.

Week 15/ Final Project

I am ending this semester after a lot of late nights and lots of work on this project as well as others. I am excited to be nearing the end, while I learned so much, I was not prepared for the work load that came with this class. I thought this class was going to go smoothly and pretty easily. I was so wrong! While this class has gone smoothly, it took more work than any of my upper level courses I have yet to take at UMW.

I am very proud of my final project and how it turned out.

This video took lots of work and I used 3 components of the semester. I used remix, audio, and video. I enjoyed getting to film the raw footage of the video as well as editing the footage later. I also included an audio back layer and in parts the main audio from audacity that I connected with the movie and finally took the original version of something and changed it up with pieces of my version of the movie. I was able to edit the video footage as well as inserting pictures of my characters and movies from the original movie. I enjoyed getting to edit the video footage. The audio was a different story, it was a nightmare! I first had all the songs on my computer downloaded then went through the movie adding the music in audacity to match the times of the video. That sounds like it just takes time, no it took everything in me not to scream a few times because my music would be off a few seconds or part of a second from the video which was incredibly frustrating. After about 5 hours of just playing around with the audio I was able to export it and put it into my movie. Then came the hard part of watching the movie enough to make sure the music lined up. I did multiple changes each time I exported the audio and it never sounded just perfect enough. I finally came to a spot I liked and saved the movie and the audio fit better than ever before. I don’t know what changed but when it was finalized the video had the correct audio. I finally remixed the original video with my version of the video which was fun to do but again a lot of work. I was finally able to get the scenes I wanted and able to make them flow with free music. I overall enjoyed this project and it taught me a lot of making videos and the time and work that goes into them.

I am happy with this project and the work I put in with Windows Movie Maker (photos), audacity and remixing in photos. I look forward to more movies I direct and edit in the future.

Final Part 1

This final project I want to re-enact a movie scene or multiple scenes from the 80’s Movie Footloose from Willard’s point of view. I will use my family and friends to act out the different features as well as some of myself along with taking the videos and editing the movie. I have started to write a script and what I want him to say for the parts of the movie. I am thinking of using flashbacks to the original movie scene after we act out the scene.

  • My goal is to have my movie be different important scenes form the movie as Willard would have seen it, and have the movie be about 15-30 mins long retelling the overall story of Footloose through they eyes of Willard. Video scenes follow:
  • I want the scenes to be when Ren and Willard first meet and show what maybe Willard felt about it. Willard will be angry and immediately defensive about Ren but still asking questions about him
  • Another scene I want to include is the warehouse scene when Ren gets bad and needs to blow off some steam, while doing what he loves. I am going to make that scene be about Willard getting upset and angry that Ren didn’t want to be friends at the time and Willard is going to blow off some steam shooting a little, and riding around in the truck.
  • A scene about still about Willard learning to dance with modern music, and having Ariel teach him, as well as how Willard feels about the dancing to show off to Rusty
  • I am also going to include pictures of the cast with who they are pretending to be.
  • I plan on portraying is the fight scene at the end of the movie between Willard and Ren I’m making it, Ren did something to upset Willard and now they are going at it for the girl, and how it makes Willard feel being around this violence and his new found friend.
  • The final scene I plan on shooting is the final dance to the theme song Footloose and having the entire cast dance around to the song one last time.

I will also include pictures of the cast with a picture of who they are trying to be in the video, as well a pictures throughout different scenes serving as a flashback to the original movie.

I plan on using video for the scenes I create, as well as pictures of the new scenes and the original scenes, and some audio overlay at times, and others will be using the actors voices in the original scene, as well as using design concepts to bring the entire production together for a video with music, audio, and pictures and doing the editing of the project. I will make a opening design element as well as where to put people in the camera view angle.

I am excited to start filming and forcing family and friends to be a part of this production so I have enough video footage to make sense. Some of the original media is going to be embedded so I can later edit it into the new production as well as a more clear understanding of what I am going to change in the scenes.

Weekly Summary 12

This week has been different than the rest. This week has been different because we have done mashup assignments and remixes of old assignments. I found the mash up assignments to be easy and allowed me to be super creative which I enjoyed and the remixes were fun because I took assignments I either did in the past or would have liked to do in the past and used them for the remix. I think I was able to be really creative this week and enjoyed the freedom we had to be this creative. I did 3 daily creates, a tutorial, and 11.5 stars of mashup assignments because the first two I did only added up to 9.5 stars and I wanted to get the 10 we needed.

First I am going to embed my daily creates:

My other assignments for this week and embedded media for videos and sound:

I did have a few issues with my next assignment with copyright, so I had to tweek it and change it up to get it to post on soundcloud.

Sad Songs

This assignment was to find three songs that make me feel a certain way while using the remix “the semester is almost ending” for no stars just for fun. I really enjoyed this assignment because music means so much to me and it shows how I feel better than I can explain myself. This inspiration has come from my radio and just driving around listening to the new and different songs that could be out there. After I picked the songs I needed to tweet them and why I think they make me feel like that.

I think I did a good job with it and enjoyed how creative I got to be with it. I was able to dig deep and find songs that are sweet but sad. Music has always held a special place in my heart and I think it means more than people can ever say. Music hits those feelings deep down that most people try and hide.