"Here’s the latest in my [Larry Ferlazzo] end-of-the-year “The Best…” lists.
As usual, sites on this list must be available free-of-charge and student resources must be accessible to English Language Learners.
McDougal Littell’s Class Zone site http://tinyurl.com/bl8fvqx is on many of my Social Studies related “The Best…” lists — their interactives are incredible (the links I have in this post may, or may not, bring you directly to the interactives. If you get sent to a map, just click the subject you’re interested in and click on California. That will lead you to different textbooks — then click on one of them. That will lead you to the interactives). However, I realize I’ve never written about their equally as impressive high school biology sites http://tinyurl.com/dy6shfw. It, too, has plenty of interactive, and most provide audio support for the text.
Earlier this year, Richard Byrne http://tinyurl.com/c9n92wp posted about a neat BBC interactive on rocks. I was pretty impressed, because it had subtitles and was relatively accessible to English Language Learners. So I explored the site a little further and found that the BBC Schools Bitesize KS3 site had a whole series of similarly accessible activities.
First, go to their main Science page http://tinyurl.com/kqosx. Next, click on any of the four primary categories:
- Organisms, behaviour and health
- Chemical and material behaviour
- Energy, electricity and forces
- The environment, the Earth and the universe
Each of these four sections has multiple “activities,” which are animated exercises that have audio and subtitles."
See the information about all the 2011 sites, thirteen so far, and past year's lists here: http://tinyurl.com/c9vd5es