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In the Spotlight for Summer (June and July)

Summer is almost here! This summer fun version of our update focuses on learning that happens while enjoying all that summer has to offer. You can do these learning activities on your own or with your family or students. The next update will land in your inboxes around August 1st with tips for starting the school year. Have a safe, happy, refreshing summer and see you next school year!


Connecting Learning with Summer Activities
     Walk Along the Ocean
    Ride on a Roller Coaster
    Grow a Garden
    Play Baseball
    Tell a Story, Act Out
    Be an Artist
    Additional Summer Activities

Connecting Learning with Special Days
    Pollinators Week (June 17 - 23)
    Independence Day (July 4)

Annenberg Learner Announcements
    Congratulations to Our Listserv Tablet Winners!
   
Colorado State Educator Survey (Win 2 CEUs!)
   
Colorado State to Offer CEUs for Annenberg Courses
    Learner Log Blog Updates
    Free Learner Brochures
    New Site Header for Easier Navigation
      
Annenberg Foundation Update

Connecting Learning with Summer Activities


Walk Along the Ocean

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface. As the school year ends, many head to the seaside to relax in the sun and frolic on the beach. Explore and appreciate the ocean using the following resources:

Habitable PlanetWhat is the structure of the ocean and what causes that painful “ear squeeze” in scuba divers? See Habitable Planet, unit 3, “Oceans,” section 2.  Sections 6 and 7 describe the biological activity of the tiniest forms of ocean life, plankton, that form the base of marine food webs. 

Dive into Earth Revealed, program 4, “The Sea Floor,” to learn how scientists use technology to study the geology and biology of the bottom of the sea. 

Explore the relationship between rocky landmasses and the energy of the ocean. See illustrations of wave movements and their impact on the shores in Earth Revealed, program 24, “Waves, Beaches and Coasts.” 

Use cyclic functions to track the height of tides as they come in and go out in Learning Math: Algebra, session 8, part A, Cyclic Functions, Tides. At the bottom of the page, watch the video clip to see a “real world” example of how to calculate tides from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Peer into the future of energy by examining how experimental ocean power systems harness energy and the challenges of using such systems in The Habitable Planet, unit 10, “Energy Challenges,” section 8, Hydropower and Ocean Energy


Ride on a Roller Coaster

The first roller coaster in America opened on June 16, 1884. In Science in Focus: Force and Motion, workshop 5, "Keep on Rolling," first grade students build on their prior experience with rolling objects as they design, build, and experiment with roller coaster models. After watching, try out the activity with your kids.

Kids learn about the history and physics of roller coasters and design their own ride while considering both fun and safety using the Amusement Park Physics interactive.


Grow a Garden

Journey NorthDo you have a green thumb? Why not use that thumb to help track the migration of monarch butterflies? Journey North provides schools and individual citizen scientists tools and information for planting butterfly gardens and monitoring butterfly activity. The data collected and posted on the Journey North Web site is used to track seasonal change.  This page lists the types of plants you will need to host both monarch caterpillars and butterflies.

You can also attract hummingbirds by growing plants with their preferred nectar. Find instructions on the “Unpave the Way for Hummingbirds” page of Journey North

Visit a virtual garden in Art Through Time, program 10, “The Natural World.” Find a photo of the gardens created by Henry Hoare II and Henry Flitcroft at Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire, England. Be inspired by the symmetrical arrangements that reflect a nature-taming approach to gardening. 


Play Baseball

American PassagesRead about the history of baseball and look at how the pastime reflects American culture, including the American Dream in American Passages, unit 14, “Becoming Visible.”  In the archives, find photos of Americans of many ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds participating in this unifying sport.

Why are baseball players today less likely than their forerunners to achieve a .400 batting average? Watch a baseball-themed lesson on creating a density curve in program 4, "Normal Distributions," of Against All Odds: Inside Statistics.

Scott Boras, owner and president of the Boras Corporation, which represents high profile baseball players such as Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals, talks about the business side of baseball in the third case study of the program “Markets” from Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition


Tell a Story, Act Out

Enhance your summer reading by adding story-telling and theater to the literary mix.

Connecting With the
                                              ArtsIn The Arts in Every Classroom, “Bringing Artists to Your Community,” find ideas for engaging children in story-telling activities.  Watch the video up to 14:00 minutes to see theater artist Birgitta De Pree lead kindergartners in imaginative warm-ups culminating in telling a story.

Discover the great Native American tradition of storytelling that involves repetition, empathic delivery, audience participation, and common threads about legendary tricksters, migrations, and abductions in American Passages, unit 1, "Native Voices." 

At your next reading group or dinner gathering, act out scenes from a play or take on the roles of characters and interact with each other in those roles. For example, in Connecting With the Arts, “Exploring Our Town,” students read the play Our Town, discuss the historical context of the story, and act out characters and scenes.

Turn old myths or current stories into puppet shows. Watch a 6th-grade teacher explore Greek myths through puppetry with her students in Connecting with the Arts, A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8, “Breathing Life Into Myths.” 


Be an Artist

Mathematics
                                              IlluminatedGet outside and paint, but first learn from the masters in Art of the Western World.  Copy the more traditional styles of painters from Velazquez and Rembrandt in program 5, “Realms of Light—The Baroque,” or the abstract work of cubist Picasso and surrealists Dali, Magritte, and Miro in program 8, “Into the Twentieth Century.”  

See a mathematical perspective of beauty and art by watching the video for Mathematics Illuminated, unit 6, “The Beauty of Symmetry.”  Then try to create your own works of art that include symmetric patterns.

Transform yourself by making a mask. See the lion-like Barong Mask, created by a Balinese artist, which represents the “King of the Forest.” Learn how cultures associate masks with ceremony in Art Through Time, program 4, “Ceremony and Society.” 

Create a portrait after looking at how artists from all over the world and throughout time have portrayed faces in Art Through Time, program 9, “Portraits.” 


See the June/July 2012 update for ideas for summer games, field trips and museums, and carnivals.


Connecting Learning with Special Days


Pollinators Week (June 17 - 23)

Essential Science for
                                            Teachers: Life ScienceLittle pollinators, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, and bees, help keep the cycle of plant life going. Visit this link to learn more about how you can help pollinators during National Pollinators Week.  See the following Annenberg Learner resources to learn about the fascinating relationship between plants and pollinators:

What do the characteristics of flowers tell us about the types of creatures that might pollinate them? See Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science, session 4, “Flowers and Pollination.”
 
Try the Mystery Pollinator Adventure activity (by Stephen Buchmann and posted on Journey North) with your students or kids. Kids investigate fruits and their flowers to figure out what type of pollinator might be responsible for their reproduction. 


Independence Day (July 4)

America's History in
                                            the MakingAs you are enjoying your holiday picnics, parades, and fireworks, reflect on the history behind Independence Day. "Revolutionary Perspectives," of America's History in the Making, reveals the political wrangling that led up to the Declaration of Independence and other state constitutions.

Watch A Biography of America, “The Coming of Independence,” to see how English-loving colonists were transformed into freedom-loving American rebels.   Program 5, “A New System of Government,” presents the outsized personalities that came together to hash out new systems of government for the American people.

Do you know the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner beyond the first stanza? If not, go to the American Passages archive to read the words, hear the music, and sing along!
 
Other resources for Independence Day include:

The Western Tradition, program 37, "The American Revolution" and program 38, "The American Republic"
 
American Passages: A Literary Survey, unit 4, "Spirit of Nationalism: Declaring Independence, 1710-1850"



Annenberg Learner Announcements


Congratulations to Our Listserv Tablet Winners!

Tablet
                                                    GiveawayThe two winners of our Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet giveaway are Marvin Denison of Hopskinville, KY and Nancy Houglum of Klamath Falls, OR.  Denison, the upper school head at University Heights Academy currently serves as a college counselor and teaches AP US History and AP Government and Politics.  "I have used the Annenberg materials for years in my classes and referred often to their wide ranging source materials."   

Houglum, a kindergarten teacher for Klamath County School District, writes "I have been using Learner.org for many years.  Several years ago I was asked to teach 6th grade math and after teaching 1st and K was not feeling comfortable with ways to work with the older students.  The videos were extremely helpful with getting me up to speed and ready for the class.  We did a great job and they did well on their state testing.  I was really impressed with the quality and the content of the videos.  The Web site has so much to offer and is always well made.  I also use the Learner Express modules for ideas and updates to lessons.  I also like to learn new things for myself and enjoy watching videos that do not work for my class, but make me a better person and teacher by expanding my general knowledge."

We're always interested to hear how teachers and students are using the Update and content on Learner.org in their classes.  Thanks so much for keeping up with us in this space as well as our social media pages, and congrats to our winners again! 


Take Survey, Win 2 CEUs

In preparation for expanding Colorado State University's course offerings of the Annenberg Learner series, we are collecting information about teacher professional development and licensing matters. This questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Guidelines for answering the questions are typed in italics. Most questions can be answered by marking the most appropriate answer. Thank you very much for your input! In return for completing this survey, we will enter your name in a drawing for (2) Continuing Education units. The drawing will be held Summer 2013 and winners will be notified by July 31, 2013.


Colorado State to Offer CEUs for Annenberg Courses

CSU CEUsStarting June 1, in addition to offering graduate credit for Annenberg Learner professional development and content courses, Annenberg Learner and Colorado State University (CSU) will begin offering continuing education units (CEUs) for teachers, beginning with the 10 most popular math and science courses.

Teachers will be able to register for either graduate credit or non-credit continuing education units on Colorado State’s Online Plus Web site. For a modest tuition fee – $98 per credit plus $20 technology fee for graduate credit, or $50 per continuing education unit – teachers can access the course materials available at no cost at Learner.org, register with Colorado State, and earn CEU or graduate credit on a rolling schedule throughout the year. Find details and course listings on this CSU page, under “A new opportunity – Annenberg Learner noncredit courses.”  


Learner Log Blog Updates

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics scientists and science educators Phil Sadler, Gerhard Sonnert, Harold Coyle, Nancy Cook-Smith, and Jaime Miller find that one key factor in improving student performance in science understanding is teacher familiarity with popular science misconceptions. View the post on our blog and share your comments underneath. 


Free Learner Brochures

Attending any professional development sessions or training this summer? Order free Annenberg Learner brochures to hand out. 


New Site Header for Easier Navigation

Notice something different about our Web site? The new header on Learner.org makes it even easier to find what you are looking for. We’ve also added tabs for direct links to lesson plans and interactives by grade and discipline.  Let us know what you think of the new header at info@learner.org.


Annenberg Foundation Update

The Annenberg Space for Photography provides free instructional resources on its Web site for teachers K-12. Download educator resource guides for several of the Space's exhibits, including War/Photography, No Strangers, Who Shot Rock & Roll, Digital Darkroom, and Beauty Culture. Teachers can use the packet in class and/or during a visit to the venue. Specific to each exhibit, each guide includes an age recommendation, biographies of the featured artists, related curriculum and content standards, suggested questions and activities. Visit the Education section on the Annenberg Space for Photography Web site to access the guides as well as other education-related material. 

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                                                      Space for
                                                      Photography
Photo by Unique Nicole at the Space

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