Science A-Z, What’s New April 2017

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Science A-Z provides a wealth of student materials that allow them to read, write, think about and do science. But we also offer materials that appeal to visual learners while teaching science content. Now, we want to explain the incredible expansion of our multimedia collection on Science A-Z as well as our exciting new collection of science diagrams. And we will finish by introducing a great new feature on the website called Resource Pages.

One of the best way to engage students in science content is through the use of videos. A science video can serve as a virtual field trip for children. With just a click, you can take them to trees of Australia to sit with a koala, venture deep under the sea to swim with manatees or travel deep into space to watch planets form. Science A-Z has added well over 100 videos to our website. You will find the videos by selecting a unit and then expanding the multimedia section. Click the link that has a movie camera beside it. And you will be taken to another page to view the video. While viewing it with students, you can pause, adjust the volume, and expand to full screen.

If you can, we recommend projecting the video on a whiteboard or screen for classroom viewing. Back on the unit page, you will notice that each video is accompanied by video discussion question. This one-page PDF provides five questions that challenge students to think critically about the video they just watched. Also, be sure to check out the video teaching guide. It provides tips to use before, during and after showing a video to students. For example, students can learn note-taking skills while watching, identify the videos main ID and details or write their own questions to exchange with a friend.

The guide includes more tips for young and developing learners as well as some fun extension ideas. The other exciting new resource that should appeal to visual learners is our collection of science diagrams. Throughout Science A-Z non-fiction books, quick reads, and quizzes, students will see many diagrams explaining important science concepts and processes.

However, now you have access to many of those same diagrams as full page, full colour sheets that can be printed or projected. In fact, with the extra space available, we have added more detail to many of these diagrams. To find science diagrams, choose a unit and expand the additional teaching materials section. Like our other student resources, we provide teaching support with science diagrams, too.

Finally, we will explain a new feature on the website namely Resource Pages. Located in the left hand menu, resource pages are collections of certain material types from all of our units. For example, if you want to quickly access all the hands-on process activities simply click on process activities and you will get a chart showing every process activity  from every unit. You can do the same with debates, game packs, science fair resources and even the expanded collections of science videos and the brand new collection of science diagrams. Plus, we will add more resources pages in the future. To use a resource page, find the cell on the grid that best suits your needs such as grades 3 4 life science. Then, browse the materials and click the desired link. Note that some resource pages have umbrella resources at the top.

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