Spotlight on Sources:
Welcome to Renzulli Learning’s Spotlight on Sources, some of our most engaging resources to excite and inspire your students!
Have you seen the Subject Area categories in the Enrichment Database? This week we have a Spotlight on Sources for you all about how to find engaging resources based on subject area! Renzulli Learning sorts students’ Enrichment Activities by Category AND by Subject!
Here are some of our favorite Science, Mathematics, and Technology resources!
Check out a few of our favorite activities below!
Don’t forget, if you want to assign a weekly activity simply search the title of the weekly activity from your Teacher Dashboard and then send the activity to a student as a favorite! To locate these activities within Renzulli Learning you can SEARCH Enrichment Activities and type in the title of the activity you would like to locate. For more ideas to infuse enrichment activities with your curriculum, please visit the Unit Supplements on the Teacher Site, under “Teach.” We can also link these enrichment resources to your regular curriculum if you send us a theme or topic.
What is the Biggest Number
What's the biggest number? Who was the first mathematician? Why is seven a lucky number? Why is fifth grade math so hard? We're tackling something new: questions about math! With us to offer some answers and some mind-blowing concepts is author Joseph Mazur.
Heat and Energy
What is heat? Heat is change and heat is energy! Learn all about Heat and Energy in this booklet! Try some activities, and see if you can answer some questions on this "hot" topic.
Energy Time Machine
Go back in time to learn about the history of energy! Search by category (such as fossil fuels) or by date. The presentations are easy to follow and the illustrations are done by kids, which makes this a fun website to check out!
Here is a little brain teaser just for you. It comes straight from the files of Dr. Marbles' hard drive. Did you know there are 13 ways a square can be divided in half? How is this possible? Click the link and find out!
A Super Science Guide to Your Own Backyard!
Learn how to investigate like a scientist! Follow the steps in this project to create a field guide to your own backyard or a nearby park. Write down your observations, including what you see, hear, and smell, as well as the textures you feel. If you have a camera, take it along so that you can include photos. You could also sketch pictures of the things you write about. Get those pencils ready, because there is a lot more going on in your backyard than you think!
African American Inventors
Venture through history with this timeline! Meet great African American inventors who pioneered modern technology. Click the link to read more about notable African American inventors!
This video describes how to combine like terms and offers several example problems of combining like terms with graphical blocks.
You have heard about America's trips to the moon, but what was it like to be on those missions? One of the crew members from Apollo 17 has written his own personal account for your enjoyment. Get an autobiographical story of a mission to the moon, as well as its future implications for mankind.
Have you ever wanted to try a makerspace project but aren't quite sure where to start? Here are 25 projects that might just be for you! Some projects may require an adult's help gathering supplies, but most have supplies you can find in your home or classroom! Plus it's a great way to upcycle items you don't need anymore! Which activity is your favorite?
You probably use the quadratic formula all the time to solve quadratic equations. But do you know where that formula comes from and why it works? This video explains it all! Whether you perform the derivation for yourself or just watch, this resource will deepen your understanding.
When you see a plane flying in the sky, do you ever wonder who built it? What happens when the plane needs a new wing, who fixes it? Discover the different positions needed to design, build, fly, and maintain airplanes at this site!
Explore the Amazon River basin at Amazonia! This exhibit in the Smithsonian National Zoo is at your fingertips with this virtual field trip. Read about recent news in the park, check out pictures, and watch live action on the webcam. See fish in the river, bears, and giant anteaters.
Each week, we will send you a few examples of our best and most popular resources. For more ideas to connect enrichment activities with your curriculum, please visit the Unit Supplements on the Teacher Site, under “Teach.” We can also link these enrichment resources to your regular curriculum if you send us a theme or topic. Use the Submit Your Resource button on the Teacher Dashboard to send us the resources you already have or submit an idea for a new Super Starter Project!