Happy Earth Day 2014!

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In preparation for Earth Day (April 22nd), we are featuring a number of activities related to the environmental movement and environmental protection. These challenging activities are sure to motivate your students to thoughtfully engage with our modern environmental issues.

Global Warming Points of View
Students share their own personal point of view and the points of view of experts in the field regarding Global Warming.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This activity allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the 3 R’s by creating a comic that shows specific examples of ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

What Are Fossil Fuels
Students teach their classmates about fossil fuels: what they are made of, what the three major types are, and why they are considered non-renewable resources.

Ethics and Issues in ICT
Students explain one of the impacts of information and communication technology on personal health and/or the environment.

Persuading Someone to Take Action
Students choose an environmental issue and then use their avatar to persuade a person of influence that they must take action to address it.

Human Impact on the Environment
Students edit a provided comic template to demonstrate ways they can make a positive impact on the environment.

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Biology and Bitstrips – Featured Activities

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We have a very extensive collection of science activities available in our Activity Library. From space, to physics, electricity, and lab safety, the Science category is full of challenging activities and is constantly growing. Currently, we are featuring activities you would find under our “Biology” tag.

All About the Circulatory System
Students create a comic that includes important facts about the circulatory system.

The Immune System and Pathogens
Students create a comic that demonstrates how the immune system responds to pathogens.

Down the Hatch
Students creatively explain the digestive process by showing a dialogue between themselves and an item of food about to be eaten

Macromolecules in the Human Body
Students communicate the importance of biological macromolecules to the human body

Cell Division
Students sequence the stages of cell division in a comic strip

You can find these and other science related activities in the Science category of the Activity Library. If you can’t find an activity that reflects the concepts you’re teaching, you can always create an activity and submit it to our community!

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To Boldly Go…

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After a long and exciting winter break, your students may find it difficult to keep their heads out of the clouds. Which is why we are welcoming students and teachers to 2014 with a fun and challenging selection of space themed Featured Activities.

The Rotation and Orbit of Planet Earth
Students demonstrate their learning about the patterns of the earth based on orbit and rotation. Students are asked to create a comic about what would happen if the earth stopped it’s rotation or it’s orbit.

Constellation Discovery
Students pick a Constellation and create a comic to describe what they have learned about it.

Day and Night
Students answer the question “Can you explain why we have day and night?”

All About the Moon
Students create a comic that demonstrates what they have learned about the moon.

Planet Tour Guide
Students act as a tour guide of a planet of their choosing.

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Winter and Holiday Fun on Bitstrips!

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The season is changing, the holidays are approaching, and we’re bringing all the winter fun to Bitstrips for Schools!

We have a number of winter and holiday themed activities currently featured on the site. Fun for all grade levels, these activities are sure to make your students excited for the upcoming season.

My Favorite Winter Sport
Students use their favorite winter sport to create an advertisement illustrating the benefits of being active during winter.

Dress for the Seasons
Students use vocabulary associated with the seasons by showing their avatars performing seasonal activities, wearing the appropriate clothing.

How Will You Spend the Holidays
Students show what they’ll be doing over the upcoming holidays – including at least one nice thing they plan to do for another person.

Holiday Greeting Card
Students create a holiday greeting card that they can then print and share with family and friends.

New Year’s Resolutions
Students create a comic describing one of their New Year’s resolutions and how they plan to keep it.

You can see our full selection of holiday themed activities by searching ‘holiday’ in the Activity Library.

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In addition, our Art Library is FULL of winter and holiday related items. You can quickly find holiday props by searching ‘holiday’ in the Art Library, and winter scenes are accessed by scrolling through the list of available scenes.

Students can even dress their avatar for the season by creating a winterized costume. Just direct them to this tutorial on creating outfits.

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Much Ado About Shakespeare – New Featured Activities

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Teaching Shakespeare can sometimes be a challenge, especially when students struggle with understanding the language or the relevancy of older works. This month we are featuring a number of activities to help students embrace Shakespeare and literacy in a fun new way. The activities ask students to modernize scenes from plays they may be studying, creatively investigate themes, or summarize important plot points. You can customize these activities to match the Shakespeare play you are studying in class or focus on a particular Act, Scene, character, or theme.

Shakespeare Translated
Students recreate one of the scenes from Romeo and Juliet in modern English.

Tragedy and Macbeth
A summary exercise illustrating a least 4 elements of tragedy in Macbeth.

Julius Caesar: My Favorite Scene
Students create a six-panel strip of their favorite scene from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Storyboarding
Students create story boards for an Act of their choice from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Human Nature in King Lear
Students create a comic that displays Shakespearean insights into human nature through King Lear.

Perspectives on Hamlet
Students create a comic illustrating their opinion on Hamlet’s character and psyche.

You can find more Shakespeare related activities in the Activity Library.

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Math is Everywhere!

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Bitstrips for Schools is a great way to help your students understand complex or technical ideas. Our most recent selection of Featured Activities asks students to use creative visuals and writing skills to demonstrate real world examples of math concepts. These activities are suited for a variety of different grade levels and can be customized to reflect the math concepts you’re currently teaching!

Math is Everywhere
Students extend their math knowledge out of the classroom and into real life situations. Demonstrating the importance of Math in the real world.

Fractions Every Day
Students demonstrate practical use of their math lesson by creating a comic where they encounter fractions in daily life.

The Shapes Around You
Students show their understanding of the basic geometric shapes all around us by visually identifying common shapes in the provided comic (a comic is provided in this activity).

Adding Whole Numbers
Students create their own word problem in which they must add 3 or 4 digit whole numbers.

Linear Relations
Students explain the difference between direct and partial variation using a real-world example.

Pythagorean Theorem
Students create a comic strip that shows how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve a real-life problem.

There is a great selection of Math activities available in the Activity Library. If you have an idea for a Math activity, you can share it with us from the My Activities page in your account, and we’ll add it to the Activity Library!

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Ways To Remember

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Educate your students about the meaning and importance of Remembrance Day with our selection of Featured Activities. These activities ask students to reflect on the sacrifices men and women have made during war time.

Giving Thanks
Students create a one panel comic acknowledging Remembrance Day and showing what they appreciate about Canada.

Remembrance Day
Students explain how they will observe Remembrance Day and why it is important to remember the men and women who have died in war.

Remembrance Day Poem
Students create their own poem in comic form about the importance of observing Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day – How I Will RememberStudents demonstrate how they will remember the sacrifices of our veterans on Remembrance Day.

WWII Heroes at Home
Students explain how the people working on the homefront are just as important to the war effort as the people in battle. Students demonstrate some of the things people on the homefront did to contribute to the war effort.

WWII – Six Steps to War
Students must describe/symbolize six events that led up to World War II.

If you have any ideas for Remembrance Day or World War Two activities, submit them to our Activity Library and we will share them with the Bitstrips for Schools community.

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