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Internet Viral Trends as Anchors

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Barbara Force Barbara Force 1335 Points

I recently used "The Dress that Broke the Internet" to tie electromagnetic waves and human perception in my physical science class. Are there other internet trends you've used as hooks? 

Pamela Dupre Pamela Dupre 92369 Points

Talk about phenomena, Barbara! That is a great hook! I use Ocearch to have students pick a shark to track and graph the data. They have lesson plans included on their site. I printed out colored maps from their site, one per group, and laminated them. Each group picked a shark to follow and it is appealing because it is data that they can see in real time. It may not be a good idea to do this if a large percentage of your students go to the beaches along the coast for summer vacation.

Molly Miller Molly Miller 60 Points

This certainly isn't just an internet trend, but I've often thought how useful it would be to incorporate classroom trends into lessons. For example, have your students been flipping bottles or playing with fidget spinners? Both of those would be excellent topics for a physics classroom!

Pamela Dupre Pamela Dupre 92369 Points

Molly, I just read that you can now get spinners that light up! I would be beyond distracted with these. Many of our schools are banning them.

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