The Smithsonian and USA Today have joined forces to produce a free, 40-page packet of activities, “Summer Road Trip.” To read more about what is included, and to download the free PDF, visit this article by Darren Milligan for the Smithsonian Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is one of my favorite places to find quality educational materials, including lesson plans, videos, and professional development. Click here to see some other posts that I’ve done on this blog about specific Smithsonian Learning Lab resources.
Just what is a “snarge?” Or, which animal can have a brain so large that it overflows onto its legs? What was longer than a bus and ate crocodiles for breakfast? You can find the answers to these questions and more by visiting Seriously Amazing.
Seriously Amazing is a fascinating website produced by Smithsonian. It reminds me a bit of Wonderopolis in that you could browse it for a few moments and realize pretty quickly just how many things you don’t know, but would really like to investigate. This would be another great website to use to jumpstart any students who need ideas for Genius Hour projects, or any kind of independent research.
The topics include: Art, History, Culture, and Science. You can also browse the site by the most recent projects or the most popular. As far as I can tell, there is no search feature, so this is probably not a place to visit if you already have a set research topic. When you land on the main site, you will see a mosaic of pictures, questions, and tweets. Click on any of these to find out more. Some of the additional information may include links or videos. You will also be given several sharing options when you click on an individual topic.
The collection at Seriously Amazing will definitely intrigue and engage its viewers. You might feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland once you jump into it, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to browse!
If you are interested in more research jumping-off points, you might want to visit my post on Genius Hour Bookmarks, which provides you with a plethora of QR Coded resources;)