We have been asked for the month of September to contribute to the CEC Weblog with PRACTICAL ideas you can use in your classroom tomorrow. Lisa Dieker, Tanya Moorehead, and Kimberly Pawling will be adding ideas from our work across schools. We are all from University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
I am going to start with a must-see website from National Geographic:
This site has listed several webcams and I could honestly stay on this site all day! Check out right now that the Grizzlies in Alaska are swimming in the stream catching salmon. My favorite is the wildcam in Africa; you can typically see elephants and other animals around mid-day.
If you teach reading, then use this to get students to see animals featured in stories you are reading.
If you teach science, then the possibilities are endless.
If you teach mathematics, you can talk about the statistical analysis of seeing various animals at certain times of day.
If you teach writing, use these sites as a bell ringer and ask students to write about what they think they will see and then write about what they actually observe.
Of course in social studies you can talk about the geographic regions and why animals come to the areas where we see the cameras. Again, the possibilities are endless.
We hope you enjoy the site as much as we do.
Lisa Dieker, Professor