May 9, 2011
Science World is now offering comprehensive online resources for “Disaster in Japan" on p. 14.
- Start your lesson by showing this ANCHOR VIDEO, which will introduce the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
- Next, read the article, “Disaster in Japan,” p. 14, which explains what caused the earthquake and tsunami. Your entire class can view a DIGITAL VERSION of the article using your interactive whiteboard and computer projector.
- After reading the story, have students complete the CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING skills sheet. This can be done as a class or individually to test students’ new vocabulary and reading comprehension.
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ONLINE-ONLY SKILLS PAGES
- The Perfect Pitch
- Stunning Species
- Disaster in Japan
- Freed From Rock
- Self-Scoring Science News Quiz
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After reading “Stunning Species” (p.10), have your class complete this mapping skills sheet, which challenges students to plot out the locations where the top-10 new species of 2010 were discovered.
- Future of Flight! Watch an experimental hybrid airship take off.
The Perfect Pitch
- VIDEO EXTRA: View the results of a pitcher’s motion analysis.
- Discovery News has a video about the motion-capture technology used to make Avatar.
- Check out this video at the History Channel about how motion-capture technology works.
- VIDEO EXTRA: Watch videos of Conservation International’s species-gathering expedition to Ecuador.
- Check out WWF’s Biodiversity 911 Web site that has resources and games.
- For beautiful images and videos on some of Earth’s amazing creatures, visit ARKive’s Web site.
Disaster in Japan
- VIDEO EXTRA: Watch a video by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on how tsunamis are created.
- View an interactive map with images and information on damage caused by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
- Test your tsunami knowledge by visiting the “Student Corner” of the Pacific Tsunami Museum’s Web site.
Freed From Rock
- WEB EXTRA: Explore the biological features of giant sauropods by visiting the American Museum of Natural History’s “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs.”
- Visit the University of California Museum of Paleontology’s online exhibits.
- Check out these Scholastic whiteboard-ready interactive lessons and games about dinosaurs.