In addition to the catchy lines and beautiful illustrations which kids love, this story shares a great message of what true learning is all about.
When we bring creativity and opportunities for observation, imagination, and “destinations” into the classroom, our students’ learning is enhanced through curiosity and deepened engagement.
So let them…
- explore the flag that inspired the National Anthem – Interactive Flag, American History Museum
- listen to Alexander Graham Bell’s voice – “We Had no Idea What Alexander Graham Bell Sounded Like. Until Now” Smithsonian
- see what happens when you wring out water on the International Space Station – video, Canadian Space Agency
- “talk” to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station – NASA twitter list
- watch a tired meerkat try to stay awake – video
- see what grains of sand magnified 110-250 times look like – At the Beach, InspirationGreen
- learn to code and practice their new skills – Codeacademy
- create a sundial, Kids At Home
- create a pinhole viewbox – You can find the link to the directions at the bottom of the Small Things blog post linked here.
- listen to a White-throated Sparrow and other bird songs – All About Birds
- take a virtual visit to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park through the live web cams which feature animals like the clouded leopards, the giant pandas, and fishing cats
- observe a variety of birds, bears, deer, and other wildlife with Sportsman’s Paradise Online Life Wildlife Cams
- explore the inside of a beehive or get up close to a shark with the National Geographic Kids Live Animal Cams – which also currently feature penguin chicks!
- “visit” a variety of other places through the picture galleries and webcams listed here
- and the list goes on…
What creative things have enhanced your students’ learning because you are their teacher?