Florida’s Natural: Great Learning Commercial

Florida’s Natural Commercial

 

I’ve already shared how much I love using video clips in the classroom. This commercial is great because there are so many opportunities to bring in great discussions and activities into the classroom. Teachers could use this clip during a plant, organism, or economics unit.

Suggested Activities:
  • Ask focus questions: Why was there a bee buzzing around the flower? Why do oranges grow well in Florida? Which basic needs of plants were identified in the video?
  • Have students share what they saw in the video. Then, have students develop science related questions based on their background knowledge and what they saw in the video. Questions should not be answered with a yes/no.
  • Bring an orange to class. Ask students if oranges have anything to do with economics. Have students think about all resources (natural, capital, and/or human) involved with getting the oranges from the trees to the carton to consumers’ homes (e.g. oil, trucks, farmer, trees, stores, clerks, truck driver, ad executive, carton maker, web designer…). As students share their ideas, have them stand and justify how each resource is a part of economics. You can even connect each student with a piece of yarn as they share so that they can all see that they are connected. Then, they will see that an orange has a lot to do with economics!

What other ways could you use this video in your classroom?

Measurement: A Tale of Two Systems

Who Uses the Metric System?

That's right. Even the content of Antarctica uses the metric system.

That’s right. Even the continent of Antarctica uses the metric system.

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Round-Up: Lagniappe

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Lagniappe means a little something extra. Sometimes bloggers and websites give you a little more than what you’d expect, and I think that’s just awesome! Below is a roundup of my favorite websites that definitely do not give you too little.


The Oatmeal

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From the comic ‘What we SHOULD have been taught our senior year of high school’

I am a longtime fan of The Oatmeal. The Oatmeal writes about animals, flossing, grammar, science, tech, running, and all sorts of other things.


  Fake Science

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The mission of Fake Science is to educate as many people as possible without the burden of knowing anything. Fake Science describes itself as a less than factual guide to our amazing world. I love the details in the 50s & 60s style posters which feature completely inaccurate information.


TV Tropes

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Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. TV Tropes is one of those sites where you innocently look up the trope where every pregnant person on a TV show goes to Lamaze class even though you have never known anyone who actually went to a Lamaze class in real life.  Three hours later you find yourself deep in the abyss that is TV Tropes.


Loving Food, Fashion, & Life

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Loving Food, Fashion, & Life is just about that. LFFL shares her stories about being a foodie, dating, her love of fashion, spending time with friends, and anything else she feels like blogging about.


Tyrone Tribulations

tyroneI somehow happened upon a blog post about a teacher retiring for the 9th consecutive year then got lost in the blog and all its glory. It is a satire site kind of like The Onion but different. It focuses on a place called Tyrone and all its goings on. It’s ridiculously odd and completely funny.


What are some of your favorite blogs that offer a little something extra?

 

Check My Other Roundups:

Roundup Teacher Blogs

Roundup People Blogs

Roundup Teacher Blogs Part II

5 Questions Answered by Twitter the Third

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The Creativity Workshop: My Reflections

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Never listen to the naysayers. Smile at them and go tenaciously on your way and make your life happen! -Shelley Berc

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Where Were You the Day…

Just another day.

I’m running late. Drink coffee.

Chat with coworkers.

Ready for the day ahead.

Smiling, I greet my students

***

Leaves float on the air.

Isn’t it a lovely day?

The wind brings whispers.

Hide our tears from the students.

It will never be the same.  

***

What is going on?

The confusion… confusion.

They know something’s wrong.

We don’t say a single word.

Pretend. Just another day.

- K. Renae P.


Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7. -Ben Huberman