Since its debut in January 2020, #GoOpenVA has been building its collections with the help of Virginia educators. This collaborative initiative enables educators and others throughout Virginia to create, share, and access openly-licensed educational resources (OER, also known as open education resources). OER are free digital materials that can be used or modified to adjust to student needs; they are openly-licensed unhampered by many traditional copyright limitations.
Jean Weller, VSTE Board Member and VDOE Technology Integration Specialist, leads this effort. We asked her to periodically curate a few of the resources to give a sense of what is available. Start with these but stay for so much more! And be sure to follow Jean on Twitter.
Water Scarcity – Change the Course: Sandy Chalke of Loudoun
This lesson emphasizes the importance of renewable resources (like water) and encourages students to be reflective writers. It uses one of Dan Myers 3 Act Math videos as a starting point, plus a variety of other resources to provide students information on which to reflect.
Experimental Design Process Skills: Jane Brown of Hanover
This activity is designed to be a self-paced activity to review students on the parts of Experimental Design while at home or in the classroom. There is a simple experiment for the students to complete to generate and collect data and a second example in which they design their own experiment and collect data. They are then led through the process of analyzing their data and writing a conclusion.
Grade 1 & 2 Roll and Sort Difference: Elizabeth Silva of Virginia Beach
As a teacher, one of your goals is to provide practice using carefully selected strategies. Here are some strategies to develop the basic addition and subtraction facts. By providing experiences to learn these strategies, students will develop number sense and understand how to compose and decompose numbers. This in turn will help students to develop basic fact fluency and learn while having fun playing a game.