Reading, and knowing what you’re reading can be two different things. According to this exposing article, ACT examination results (used in the USA for college entry) are revealing that many high school students are not equipped for university-level coursework when it comes to reading comprehension skills of “complex texts.” The answer to this problem may be in what is referred to as ‘slow reading.’ That is, taking the time to read without the Internet’s presence, without distractions … [Read more...]
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See other articles in this series: Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (1): understanding the fundamentals of media Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (2): the elements of a news story Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (3): learning to write news copy (part 1) Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (3): learning to write news copy (part 2) Teaching kids how to start a newspaper (4): learning to research and identify sources of information Teaching kids how to … [Read more...]
See related: Biology lesson: teach kids about yeast and fermentation with food projects (Part 1: bread, kimchi and sauerkraut) Biology lesson: teach kids about yeast and fermentation with food projects (Part 2: kefir, yogurt and cheese) In our previous two posts on teaching kids about yeast and fermentation, we covered food projects like bread, kimchi, sauerkraut. We also delved into dairy fermentation with kefir, yogurt and cheese. In this post, we’ll learn how natural sodas are made … [Read more...]
From the ‘90s and 2000s we remember the ‘just say no’ campaigns against drugs. Whether they worked or not, at that time, addiction was a fear, and rightly so; drugs could ruin promising lives. Today, however, we’re dealing with a more serious issue, layering on top of our fears of addiction. Fentanyl is being found in modern forms of common street drugs like heroin and cocaine because it’s cheap to synthesize. It’s also deceiving people into thinking it’s a less harmful choice because it’s … [Read more...]
This article is a follow up to part 1 in this series on teaching kids about yeast and fermentation with food projects. This science subject is a great way to introduce kids to food processing and preservation techniques used in history. And, as we’ve seen, it can also teach lots of other scientific subjects that introduce not just concepts, but science vocabulary. See related: Biology lesson: teach kids about yeast and fermentation with food projects (Part 1: bread, kimchi and … [Read more...]
Science is fun when it’s applicable, and you can watch it happen before your eyes. One way to instil the idea that science is practical, is to teach kids about yeast and fermentation with food projects. Usually science chemistry lessons are taught in the kitchen with baking projects. But biology also happens in the kitchen with healthy foods like bread, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, ginger ale and kombucha. And, you don’t need an oven for most of these science projects. So they can happen more … [Read more...]