This term, my College of Ed. class is looking at the importance of using hand on activities, realia, manipulatives, visuals, etc. to make abstract concepts and new vocabulary more tangible. They are discussing the importance of connecting learning to real life experiences and things that their K-12 students can relate to. Recent topics have spun around making concepts in math and science accessible to English language learners in ways that build upon language development and differentiate by level.
Below are some related videos for bringing science alive in ways that have the potential of connecting to language and the student's lives. (Stay tuned for an upcoming post highlighting some in math.) Watch them with your own learning process and classes in mind if you are a teacher.
Watch John Bohannon: Dance vs. Powerpoint a Modest Proposal (11 min). This has become one of my favorite TED Talks, which is not an easy feat since I am a big fan.
Here’s one for the young learners and those of us who just like to watch colors combine. Watch Sesame Street: OK Go-- Three Primary Colors.
Minute Physics has RSA like “Cool physics and other sweet science- all in a minute!” Weigh a Million Dollars With Your Mind caught my attention with this question: A million dollars is a ton of money-- but how much does it weigh?
Met Ed (Application Questions): How can you use some of the concepts in one of these videos to bring science alive, make it accessible to a variety of learners, and build on language development? What approaches do you take to accomplish these in your classes?
Happy lesson planning TCE students!