1. View some examples of blogs containing Five Things Friday posts. Feel free to Google and find other examples if you'd like!
Life As Lexa- She's a fellow education major studying at Mississippi State and her Five Things Friday posts were my inspiration for the assignment.
The Polished Teacher
The Brown-Bag Teacher
2. Find and share FIVE subject related topics in a Five Things Friday blog post.
*Your post must be related to the subject matter at head. For example, you can choose to find Five interesting science experiments to talk about, five science questions you'd like to bring up in class discussion, or you could write about five current events happening in out in the field.
3. Be sure to include pictures and links to any resources you used.
Five Things Fridays
1. Google Earth
Google Earth. But the great thing about Google Earth is that you're not limited to just Earth! The application actually includes the option to switch between the Earth, Sky, Mars, and the Moon. I'm taking Astronomy right now and have been having a blast searching for the stars and nebula we've been discussing in class. And there are tons of extra links and picture included so your cyber-field trip is basically never ending, much like the Universe.
2. PhET Interactive Simulations- University of Colorado at Boulder
My high school physics teacher actually introduced me to the PhET simulations. He frequently used their simulations to help explain difficult topics. There are several different categories of simulations to choose from and each category contains fun and interactive learning experiences. These simulations definitely helped me grasp the concept at hand and I will definitely be sharing them with my future students.
3. Staying Informed
New discoveries and scientific breakthroughs are happening 24/7, 365 days a year. In order to keep somewhat up-to-date on events, discoveries, and breakthroughs I like to use twitter. I follow tweets from NASA, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian. I've actually created a separate profile where I've only followed science related tweets so that the updates and information is nicely organized together in one place. I'm really excited to share daily Galaxy pictures posted by @dailygalaxy and other interesting topic related tweets with students. If you're not a fan of Twitter, sites such as Science News For Kids, Discovery Kids, and National Geographic Kids are equally as good and student friendly.
4. Did you know?
Starfish(sea stars) have no heart. Maybe that's why the Crown of Thorns Sea Star is causing major problems in The Great Barrier Reef. Check out the video below about reef destruction caused by the Crown of Thorns Sea Stars!
5. Fun Photo
Here's a photo taken by the Hubble space telescope of a star nursery. Here new stars are beginning to form from dense, compact pockets of interstellar gas called evaporating gaseous globules(EGGs)in the Eagle nebula.