The DEN Online Community is an invaluable resource. One series is the Friday Favorites, a series designed to introduce educators to features of DE that they may not be familiar with.
Here is the latest:
Just a small town girl…. If you have trouble reading that without singing it, or not finishing the lyric, you are a working example of why music and lyrics can be so very powerful in the classroom. Did you Discovery Education has songs covering every content area and grade level? Want a song on teaching students the meaning of sublimate? We have a song for that? Need a new tune for teaching the Bill of Rights? We have a song for that. Teaching the ABC’s? We have the alphabet song! Songs can be found under the Audio filter.
Take a listen and let me know your favorite!
This is from Kristy Vincent a Community Engagement Manager for Discovery Education.
Here is another audio clip that you can hear if you do not have access to DE. This one is the introduction to A Christmas Carol.
Here is another one created by Eve Heaton, an Elementary Science teacher who has come up with a way to use DE material.
DE has a series of Head Rush videos created by the Myth Buster folks. Inside the long video are segments (sadly not easily searchable) that give students some scientific information and then asks a question (see picture). I like to play them as a warm-up in science to get kids engaged and talking. Students have to make a guess or claim and back it with some kind of evidence (be it prior knowledge or experience). They are short and lots of fun.
The problem is that the shows tend to be all over the place content wise so I literally went through all of them segment by segment looking for ones that might be applicable to various science standards in our district. The idea is that I would create these folders of clips and share them with teachers to use. I think I only finished the astronomy folder (it is on my larger to do list to go back and finish this project),
If you are interested in accessing the finished Astronomy folder here is the link – Discovery Education
Her folder looks like this:
The great thing about this Friday Favorite is that it was created by a teacher who found a way to improve the material produced by Discovery Education.
There are over 280 posts in the #Friday Favorite stream. So much great sharing! Certainly one of the highlights of being part of Discovery Education.