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Today, we’re going to be talking about how different websites can help you help your students build background knowledge. Lots of times, our students know the individual words, but they can’t put them together to form images in their heads. So here is a look at life cycles and how you might build background knowledge with them.

TeacherTube

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=124222

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AUeM8MbaIk

eField trips

http://www.efieldtrips.org/Butterfly/

Meet me at the corner: ladybugs

http://www.meetmeatthecorner.org/episode/the-lost-ladybug-project

WatchKnow.org (cool search engine that shows age appropriateness)

http://www.watchknow.org/

From here, you could go into traditional tales, like in the Butterfly and the Bat story on DustEchoes

http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/dustEchoesFlash.htm

or this one…

http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/030.html

The idea behind building background knowledge is to give the student enough information to build on. You have to learn to get an eye for things that you think your students may not know…

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