COVID-19 Online Science to Steal From…

March 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM Leave a comment

Just in case this would be helpful to you, here is a link to my 7th grade science class website with activities, links etc. that you are so welcome to use if it will help you weather this with your classes or your own children at home. Or both. Start from Monday, March 16th, 2020, the first day of our school closure and the ‘Shelter in Place’ order by Bay Area counties.

Topics so far are minerals and rocks, coming up is a very short unit on earthquakes, followed by genetics and sex ed. We are using CK-12 free online textbooks as the backbone for our courses. It’s a life-saver. It includes short text, videos, practice quizzes.

We are also using Google Classroom for students to turn in a daily journal entry. Other useful FREE apps are Flipgrid so kids can do little videos to see each other asynchronously, Kahoot because they love competing against each other for review questions and Socrative for self scoring multiple choice questions. We’ve been using Zoom for check-ins and will soon try using it for review sessions and office hours. But my 7th grade science website above is where it all starts from. Please note the parent newsletter links in the lesson plans too. It’s been great to hear back from parents, and I notice an uptick in participation each time I send an e mail to parents.

Here is a reassuring and helpful article “Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment” from Edutopia. And here is a complementary one, this time for parents trying to homeschool their own tweens and teens. Also reassuring and profoundly good advice: “How to Help Teens Shelter in Place” by Christine Carter, Ph.D, out of the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley. 

And here are some curated lists of resources for science teachers: PBS Learning Media, NASA – Fun things to do with STEM, Network for Public Education and the mother of lists of excellent science content online is here, courtesy of the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association

Virtual field trips of Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is here, and the Natural History Museum.

Outschool.com is fabulous for getting the hang of Zoom live video conferencing with students – presenting live streamed lessons, webinars or, in my case, touching base and ‘office hours. Here is their free Teaching Online site.

I really hope you are doing okay, feel free to steal any of what I’m sharing here to help you and your students. My class website will be updated every day of school.

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