Last weekend, author Amy Sklansky (and New Links content provider) had a book reading for her seventh book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space. She shared poems and asked the audience questions about space. Also in attendence was Robert Powell from the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (hey, another New Links content provider…. wonder how those two met?!). Robert spoke to the group about the Challenger Learning Centers, about living & working in space, and he too answered questions from the crowd.
It was an awesome event! If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet either Amy or Robert in person, we have the next best thing for you- over a distance. If you want to connect your classroom to any videoconference or Skype session with these two dynamic presenters, contact Rebecca Morrison for more information.
Here are new videoconferences from New Links to New Learning favorite content providers LEARNnco in Ohio and the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas. All are by request only.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes – by LEARNnco
Earthquakes and Volcanoes have been “shaking and baking” the Earth since the beginning of the planet. Your classroom will learn more about two of Nature’s most powerful forces through LEARNnco’s Earthquakes & Volcanoes.
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 3-10
Space Science – by LEARNnco
Movies and television often depict Space as an easy place to visit. Engaging students in hands on activities, Space Science will give them an understanding of the difficulties, dangers, and expense of Space and Space survival.
Audience: Education: Kindergarten, Grade(s): 1-12
From Lee Richardson Zoo:
Ready…Set…Recycle! – by Lee Richardson Zoo
Where does our trash go when we throw it away? Animals are helping us out behind-the-scenes. Join us as we discover what happens to trash once it leaves our hands and what we can do to help make our environment a healthier place for everyone to live!
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 2-8
The Animals of “The Mitten” by Jan Brett – by Lee Richardson Zoo
Based off the Ukrainian folk tale adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett, this program will look at some of the animals that find shelter and warmth in the lost mitten of young Nicki. Students will learn why the animals wanted in the mitten, and how animals…
Audience: Education: Pre-K Students- 1st grade
This week starts a race to space! Over the next few weeks, we have several NASA and Challenger Learning Center videoconferences lined up. There are a couple of e-Missions from the Challenger Learning Center in West Virginia scheduled for this week, as well as one live program from CSD called The Body in Space, presented by the Challenger Learning Center St. Louis. Next week, students in the St. Louis area will learn about Living and Working in Space as well as Humans in Space. At the end of March, America’s Space Center and a special NASA videoconference on Mapping the Moon with WALL-E is scheduled. What’s your favorite space videoconference?
Challenger Learning Center St. Louis, in a partnership with Cooperating School Districts, is now offering “A Day in the Life of an Astronaut” over videoconference. In this videoconference, students (grades 1-4) will learn about the daily activities of astronauts, including typical work activities, spacewalks, exercise, going to the bathroom, sleeping and eating in space. Students will also see real astronaut food and a short video clip of astronauts “playing” with their food.
This videoconference, like “The Body in Space,” is less than an hour- it clocks in at 20-25 minutes, depending on the grade level participating. Keywords to help students prep for this videoconference include space, space travel, astronauts, science, gravity, international space station, and space shuttle. It’s $85 for non New Links to New Learning members and $75 for New Links to New Learning members. To sign up, contact Rebecca Morrison at CSD. Please note, both Challenger Learning Center St. Louis programs are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, and at least two weeks advanced notice with requesting is required.
Videoconference: The Body in Space
Grade Level(s): 5-8th (can be customized for lower or higher grade levels)
Length: 30-35 minutes
Availability: Tuesdays or Thursdays only, minimum 14 days notice
Cost: $85 per program ($75 for New Links to New Learning members), $80 per program if requesting three or more for the same day
Register with Rebecca Morrison at CSD: firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this interactive program live from Cooperating School Districts, students will learn about the science behind the effects of space travel on the human body. They will participate in hands-on activities and discussions about the environment of space, space adaptation sickness, fluid shift and its effects on body organs, and bone and muscle atrophy with a Challenger Learning Center St. Louis educator.
Missouri GLE’s addressed during this videoconference:
1.2.C.a Recognize energy from the Sun is transferred to Earth in a range of wavelengths and energy levels, including visible light, infrared radiation and ultraviolet radiation
2.2.B.a Recognize every object exerts a gravitational force of attraction on every other object
2.2.B.b Recognize that an object’s weight is a measure of the gravitational force of a planet/moon acting on that object
2.2.B.c Compare the amount of gravitational force acting between objects (which is dependent upon their masses and the distance between them)
3.2.C.a Recognize the major life processes carried out by the major systems of plants and animals
3.2.F.a Predict the response the body may take to maintain internal balance during an environmental change
6.2.C.a Describe Earth’s gravity as a force that pulls objects on or near the Earth toward the Earth without touching the object
IL Learning Standards addressed:
12.A.1a Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions
12.C.2a Describe and compare types of energy including light, heat, sound, electrical and mechanical