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Blast off into learning!
As children they have the opportunity to to apply vocabulary from the comic! How will they react to each stage of the flight? How can they describe the earth as seen from their capsule? Join your child in space, or stay in mission control and just check in now and then. They may not be able to go to school, T-ball practice, dance lessons, or play dates but your children are learning valuable skills!
Tools of the Trade
We will be using some simple science tools for this mission. While there are DIY versions of both, some of our super teachers requested early access to the files because they brought their 3D printers home and want to print and send these tools to students who are trying to #StaySafeAtHome right now. These files are both relatively quick to print (about an hour each) and require no supports. However, they do require that your base if nicely level. Adding a bit of glue on your build plate helps too. Both files are available to download once you log in and head to the 3D Printed Wonders page.
Vocabulary, Literacy Instruction, and Science
Where should we start looking?
Distance Learning Tip for Teachers: Have you ever used Google forms? They are a great way to create surveys and polls and collect data! We've made one for this week's vote that you can copy and use it with your students. You can even edit your copy prior to sending. Here's how to do it!
Curiosity Cat and Data Dog
This week's tip is aimed at parents who are home with their children. You need not be a trained literacy expert to have a very positive impact on your child's reading ability. The single most important thing you can do is to read together daily! Our comics are a great way to engage your child in reading.
Our comics have multiple reading levels right in the same story! Try this method with your child:
Expanded Access and Additional Supports for School Closures
Updated on March 25, 2020.
As an increasing number of schools are facing extended suspensions of in-person learning, teachers are working to craft realistic, yet meaningful distance learning experiences for their students. We're taking the following steps to support both exiting subscribers and new users:
The hypothesis for this mission is that forests with larger trees have more biodiversity than forests with smaller trees. They’ll be ample opportunities to use photos we provide to track the diversity we’ll see. There are hands on lessons in the works that can be implemented at home with readily available materials. Some lessons will even work best outside in the fresh air.
We will have lessons to you no later than the end of March. Our first pre-mission email with supplemental materials should be in your inbox on April 2. Our first livestream date is April 7th. The last livestream is scheduled for May 14th. We may adjust the times or numbers of live sessions depending on your needs.
All the best,
Beth and Curtis
So. Many. Possibilities!
Wow! The Day 11 Lesson is full of possibilities! It can help you address scads of standards with your students.
Day 11: Moving Water This engineering and design challenge gives you the opportunity to address more than the engineering standards. Students can also explore forces and motion, earth sciences, and properties of matter. Skim through the standards to decide what sorts of guiding questions you might ask to focus student work.
Layers of meaning
As I look back at the comic for this mission, I'm struck by how much impact a word can have. I love the way Ben uses the word zoom in each of the panels below. It shows such motion and reinforces the meaning of the word.
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!