Learnin’ a zillion ways: a website resource

Happy New Year!

The best part of school is seeing your friends.  Isn’t that what kids say?  We think it is true.  Knowing that we get to see you all made our first day back bearable!

Looking through the email list of blogs and newsletters that have accumulated since December 21, the ones that jumped out were several received from LearnZillion.

LearnZillion is a website full of whiteboard video lessons that are matched to the Common Core Standards (CCSS) for Math and ELA. Many of the ELA lessons, especially in reading informational text can be adapted to social science and science, and the reading strategies modeled are effective for ALL.  You need to create an account (free!) and then start searching.  Not every standard is complete. This website is a work in progress, which is understandable considering the CCSS are relatively new.

Use the categories at the top – Math Courses, ELA Courses, Common Core Navigator – to help search for specific standard focused lessons.  Incidentally, a “course” is basically a series of lessons, each ranging from about 4-9 minutes, based on grade level/complexity. Once you’ve selected a series of videos, there is a chance you will have access to guided practice, slides, assessments, and sometimes even a Spanish video lesson.  Look in the right hand column to see what is available for that particular video.

LearnZillion also allows you to set up a class and monitor the progress of students.  We’re not sure how this compares to IXL, but it is free, and free is a very good price!

The videos are created by select teachers who are paid to make them in the summer.  In fact, if you are interested, they are accepting applications now through February 9 for a 2014 Dream Team to create more videos.

There are many ways to use LearnZillion.  Some might use it as a review to start class, or as an introduction to the next lesson.  Maybe it could be used for a student who was absent.  Some of you have “flipped” your classroom; these videos may be a helpful addition to that model.  Check out the article titled 9 Ways to Use LearnZillion in the Classroom for more ideas.

Below are some applicable lessons you may choose to use:

MATH

6.EE.8 (Write and graph inequalitites)  http://learnzillion.com/lessons/2614-write-and-graph-inequalities-shopping

7.G.6 (Surface area of prisms)  http://learnzillion.com/lessons/3446-find-surface-area-of-cubes-of-prisms-using-formulas

8.EE.8 (Systems by substitution) http://learnzillion.com/lessons/4045-solve-pairs-of-linear-equations-visually-by-using-visual-models

S.ID.6 (Scatterplots) http://learnzillion.com/lessons/2934-describe-the-relationship-between-variables

G.GPE.4 (Rectangles on coordinate plane) http://learnzillion.com/lessons/285-prove-whether-a-figure-is-a-rectangle-in-the-coordinate-plane

ELA

8.RI.1, 2, 4, 10 (previewing a text, chunking, and visualization, among others with a Science focused article)  http://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/308-close-reading-informational-text-top-ten-reallife-body-snatchers

11-12.RI.1, 3, 4, 6, 8 (author’s purpose, identifying tone, and analyzing rhetoric, among others with a Social Studies focused article) http://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/576-close-reading-informational-text-the-souls-of-black-folk-of-our-spiritual-strivings

Happy Learnin’!

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