Examples of ways to differentiate instruction

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Remember Pearl Harbor - New York Times: The Learning Network

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6 to 12
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Remember Pearl Harbor is a lesson plan for teaching about Pearl Harbor using historic articles and social media. The complete lesson includes many ideas for deep student learning such...more
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Remember Pearl Harbor is a lesson plan for teaching about Pearl Harbor using historic articles and social media. The complete lesson includes many ideas for deep student learning such as creating a gallery walk, a Twitter project, and a historic headlines project. Click on highlighted links to get access to all resources included on the site including Common Core Standards. If your district blocks YouTube, some links may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): japan (61), pearl harbor (12), roosevelt (13), world war 2 (139)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan for use in your World War II unit or Pearl Harbor lesson. Use this site to differentiate activities for students. Be sure to "mine" the links within the site for additional resources to add to your current lesson plans. Have students create a simple infographic about Pearl Harbor using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students or groups collect ideas and findings about the Day That Will Live in Infamy using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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English Worksheets Land - English Worksheet Land

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K to 5
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Visit English Worksheet Land anytime you need an activity for Kindergarten through fifth grade English language learning. Select Common Core aligned curriculum from the menu bar at...more
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Visit English Worksheet Land anytime you need an activity for Kindergarten through fifth grade English language learning. Select Common Core aligned curriculum from the menu bar at the top. Discover analogies to vocabulary and everything thing in between (with accompanying answer keys). Find PDF downloadable worksheets by grade level or alphabetical topics. Sign up and receive their weekly New ELA worksheet via email.

tag(s): antonyms (26), capitalization (17), context clues (7), figurative language (17), grammar (211), grammar review (36), handwriting (17), homophones (15), inferencing (5), myths and legends (15), parts of speech (64), phonics (71), poetry (213), prefixes (15), punctuation (42), reading comprehension (88), root words (14), sentences (46), spelling (163), suffixes (12), synonyms (38), vocabulary (308)

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Why reinvent the wheel? Bookmark this site for use all year. Use these worksheets to help differentiate for students. Many of the topics are covered at different levels and with different activities. Use some of the worksheets as review of a topic you already taught or to prepare for a test. Set up stations with worksheets from different topics for different days of the week, i.e. Monday is always spelling day and Friday is always poetry day. Choose individualized options so students are working at the appropriate level. These worksheets would be great practice for ESL/ELL and learning support students. Hate worksheets? Have students access this site and create their own learning activities to challenge each other based on the content here, but adding their own creative touches. They could use a quiz creator or multimedia tool from the Edge. Create "free and easy" interactive polls/quizzes using Kahoot (reviewed here).
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Beyond Traditional Math - Jen Smith

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2 to 7
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Beyond Traditional Math is an interesting blog written by a fourth-grade teacher who was "appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group." This inspired...more
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Beyond Traditional Math is an interesting blog written by a fourth-grade teacher who was "appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group." This inspired her mission to move beyond the traditional classroom model for teaching math. Informative articles discuss building strong classroom cultures through standards, writing clear learning targets, and discussions on classroom activities. Explore this blog to find many lesson ideas along with practical classroom tips for use throughout the year. The ideas are adaptable across several grade levels. Click on tags at the bottom of each blog post to find archives of posts about similar topics.
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tag(s): problem solving (190)

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Subscribe to this blog through email or follow on Facebook and Twitter to receive notification of blog updates. Use blog posts during professional development or brainstorming sessions to find and develop classroom lessons. Try these ideas to differentiate for all students. Click on the Common Core tag to see a strategy to get students to start showing their work! Share student-made math projects using Page Flip-Flap (reviewed here) to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect!

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GoClass - GoClass/Learning Mate

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K to 12
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Create interactive lessons accessible from mobile devices or computers using GoClass. GoClass uses a "Show" (media elements and videos), "Explain" (notes and examples), and "Ask" (real-time...more
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Create interactive lessons accessible from mobile devices or computers using GoClass. GoClass uses a "Show" (media elements and videos), "Explain" (notes and examples), and "Ask" (real-time assessments) format making it easy to set up your instruction and presentation. The lessons can have images, videos, links to other web pages, and text. There is a broadcast feature where you can project the lesson or send it to student devices. The broadcast feature allows for both projecting and personal devices at the same time so students can follow on their device or a large screen. Start tracking learning in real-time by creating an account with your email or Google ID. Visit the About and How it Works links to learn more about this engaging tool. Some of the introduction videos require YouTube. If YouTube isn't allowed in your school, you may want to view the videos at home.
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tag(s): classroom management (88), DAT device agnostic tool (86)

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Set up your account and your classes. Students can be added to a number of "courses," making GoClass a great tool for differentiation! Differentiate the instruction for your gifted students using this tool. Set up mini "courses" for your students so they access the material they need at their level. Use GoClass with your students to introduce whole class instruction for a concept and then assign them the activity through their mini-course to differentiate the instruction. Make your meetings with teachers (grade levels, departments, and professional development) interactive using GoClass. You can create 12 lesson plans for free.

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MathWiki: The Dynamic Mathematis E-Textbook - University of California, Davis - Delmar Larsen

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7 to 12
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Mathwiki is a collaborative, open access math textbook for higher level math. The wiki is constantly updated by university faculty and students to offer an ever-growing resource. Its...more
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Mathwiki is a collaborative, open access math textbook for higher level math. The wiki is constantly updated by university faculty and students to offer an ever-growing resource. Its purpose is to be a supplement to traditional textbooks. Choose the "Mathematics" icon to begin. Choose from several categories such as Algebra or Geometry to continue. Narrow choices within each group to find information by topic. When looking for specific content, use the search bar to find all relevant information. Some content areas contain more information than others.

tag(s): equations (133), probability (110), problem solving (190), statistics (110), STEM (62), wikis (18)

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Provide a link to MathWiki on your class website or blog for student use at home. Share information from the wiki on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to supplement current learning materials. Use the wiki to find questions and student problems for classroom use. Differentiate learning for gifted students using content provided on the wiki.

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Read Theory - Read Theory (Tanner)

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2 to 12
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Read Theory offers over 1,000 interactive reading comprehension exercises. Learn to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details,...more
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Read Theory offers over 1,000 interactive reading comprehension exercises. Learn to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details, and infer meanings of vocabulary words. Get detailed reports to track and analyze progress using percentages, bar graphs, and tables. Sign up with an email and be sure to know your reading level. Then it is simple: Read the passage, take a quiz, and see answers and explanations for answers after finished with the quiz. If you are unsure of the appropriate reading level, visit a reading assessment site. Try Literably, reviewed here, to assess oral reading comprehension or News in Levels (use Test Your Level of English), reviewed here.

tag(s): guided reading (42), reading comprehension (88)

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Take your students to the next level in their reading and reading skills! Sign up students yourself (assigning a password and username). Students can sign up for themselves if they have an email (and school policies permit). The first task is to provide the reading level. Use this site to differentiate reading levels for your students. Set up a learning center for use during your L.A. block. This will allow you one-on-one time to begin the program. In a learning support or remedial reading class, especially at upper levels where "reading" is no longer a regular subject, this tool will allow students some autonomy in improving their skills. It will also let them see progress. Discuss with individual students the questions they answered, where the answer was in the reading, etc. Be certain to save this site in your class favorites and list it on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Math Fact Cafe - Math Fact Cafe

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K to 6
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Math Fact Cafe is a free math worksheet generator for grades K-5. Choose from pre-made worksheets or use the custom worksheet generator to create your own worksheets. To customize your...more
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Math Fact Cafe is a free math worksheet generator for grades K-5. Choose from pre-made worksheets or use the custom worksheet generator to create your own worksheets. To customize your worksheets, choose from options including the range of numbers, degree of difficulty, and name and date. Topics include basic facts, money, time, and word problems. In addition to worksheets, Math Fact Cafe offers three online games featuring problem solving and trivia skills.
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tag(s): addition (217), counting (115), division (147), money (177), multiplication (198), preK (236), problem solving (190), subtraction (180), time (134), worksheets (43)

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This site offers many customization options, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Use worksheets from Math Fact Cafe in learning centers. Share a link to the site on your class website or newsletter for parents to use at home. Use Math Fact Cafe for review before quizzes and tests.
 

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Maths Is Good For You! - Dr. Snezana Lawrence

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6 to 12
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Maths Is Good For You offers a history of mathematics and loads of math activities for young mathematicians. Although the site isn't very visually pleasing, it contains quite a bit...more
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Maths Is Good For You offers a history of mathematics and loads of math activities for young mathematicians. Although the site isn't very visually pleasing, it contains quite a bit of mathematics background and information. Learn about famous mathematicians, famous places in math, and the background on some of the origins of mathematics. Be sure to check out the worksheets section for some interesting and quirky activities. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice slight spelling differences. There is also mention of Key Stage 3, 4, and 5. In America, these stages equate to Ages 11-14 (Stage 3), Ages 14-16 (Stage 4), and Ages 16-18 (Stage 5).

tag(s): egypt (62), numbers (183), pythagorean theorem (28), roman numerals (7), worksheets (43)

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Use Maths Is Good For You as a starting point for information on famous mathematicians and theories. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a famous mathematician. Print and use worksheets for homework, math centers, or to differentiate instruction. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here) using timeline information found on this site.
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GoSoapBox - Go Education, LLC

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5 to 12
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Engage your students and knockdown participation barriers with GoSoapBox, a free web-based student response system. Set up an event, or GoSoapBox space, for your class. Students enter...more
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Engage your students and knockdown participation barriers with GoSoapBox, a free web-based student response system. Set up an event, or GoSoapBox space, for your class. Students enter the SoapBox through a unique code, and only the instructor can view the student names. Accessible through a computer or mobile device, GoSoapBox offers many tools for some creative Q&A in your classroom. The confusion barometer allows the teacher to assess the students' understanding of the topic. The poll and quiz tools provide a formative assessment option. Post questions or topics for your students using the GoSoapBox discussion tool. An option to post anonymously is available as well as many other settings for using the Social Q&A tool. Students can post questions for their peers or the teacher to answer. Coupled with an Internet connected device, GoSoapBox provides an outside the box classroom experience. GoSoapBox is free for class sizes under 30 students.
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tag(s): chat (38), classroom management (88), polls and surveys (41)

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GoSoapBox provides an opportunity for instructors to think outside the box for greater student engagement and participation. Is your classroom BYOD? Use GoSoapBox for free! Use the polling feature to access prior knowledge, or use it as an exit slip. Assign multiple choice quizzes as formative assessments throughout the class to differentiate instruction. Post questions and topics to foster higher-level thinking using the discussion tool. The Social Q&A tool allows students the opportunity to communicate and collaborate for understanding. Use the Social Q&A as a back channel during lectures or videos to make sure you address all student questions. Students can vote on the questions posted in the Social Q&A. Use this feature to address the most pressing needs of the class. GoSoapBox is a useful site to organize and collect meaningful data to make sure you are meeting all the needs of your learners. Try it during Back to School night as your school begins BYOD so parents can see the power of engaging EVERY learner.

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Skim.it - Lloyd Jennings and Jack Hampson

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6 to 12
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Skim.it is a Chrome extension that turns text intensive articles and websites into an easy to read 100 word summary. Save summaries into a topic-based Canvas for sharing and collaboration....more
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Skim.it is a Chrome extension that turns text intensive articles and websites into an easy to read 100 word summary. Save summaries into a topic-based Canvas for sharing and collaboration. To download the extension, follow the directions and the link on the home page. Once installed, click the toolbar button to skim any website or right-click on any section of the site to skim that part.

tag(s): summarizing (12)

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Share Skim.it with students working on research projects as a way to quickly determine content and viability of using websites. Use to differentiate instruction with students. Use with learning support students as a resource to make content easier to understand (and shorter to read). Use Skim.it summaries when teaching how to summarize in English class. Compare the summary you create as a class or in small groups with the "automated" one. Are there subtleties or important distinctions that this tool misses? As a challenge for your more critical thinkers, have them try to figure out what signals the tool uses to create its summary.

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OK2Ask'®: Differentiating for ALL students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn ways to differentiate your teaching for all of your students using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn ways to differentiate your teaching for all of your students using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help differentiate in all subject areas and at all levels. Participants will explore the differentiation section on TeachersFirst. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 differentiation resources on TeachersFirst. Explore the differentiation pages and resources offered on TeachersFirst. Explore and practice with selected resources. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): differentiation (27)

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Find new strategies and techniques to differentiate for all of the students in your classroom. Explore various tools for language skills, focus, organization, differentiation, and more. Share some of your favorite sites on your class wiki or website. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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TeachingEnglish - BBC

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K to 12
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TeachingEnglish provides free classroom materials, lesson plans, and activities for teaching English from primary ages through adults. Explore free teacher professional development...more
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TeachingEnglish provides free classroom materials, lesson plans, and activities for teaching English from primary ages through adults. Explore free teacher professional development and training materials in addition to articles on the facets of teaching. Any group, whether ESL/ELL or not, can use the lessons and some of the interesting activities they have for learning vocabulary and engaging in conversation. At the bottom of the home page find a huge directory categorized by Teaching Resources, Tools for Teachers, Teacher Development, Teacher Training, Specialist areas, and more. Since the site is from the UK, the vocabulary and spelling used is British.

tag(s): vocabulary (308), vocabulary development (104), word study (60)

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You may want to complete some of the selections with a projector or your interactive whiteboard for the whole class. You could also differentiate by having small groups of students working on various activities at their individual independent levels. Make a shortcut to the activity on your classroom computer. Share a link to this resource on your class website or blog.
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Diagnostic Questions - Craig Barton and Simon Woodhead

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4 to 12
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Diagnostic Questions offers over 2000 quick questions for an immediate and accurate look at student understanding of math concepts. Choose the question link to browse and find questions...more
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Diagnostic Questions offers over 2000 quick questions for an immediate and accurate look at student understanding of math concepts. Choose the question link to browse and find questions by topic. Choose "Random Question" for one question on any topic. Each question offers multiple choice answers and checks for the correct response. View each response to find out how many others made that choice. Optional site registration allows you to assemble collections of questions into quizzes to save and share. Use the online editor to create and share your own quizzes and questions in just seconds. The site was created in the UK, so it has some pronunciations and spellings different from American English.

tag(s): angles (78), area (54), assessment (64), charts and graphs (188), data (143), decimals (118), equations (133), exponents (39), fractions (216), functions (63), geometric shapes (126), median (21), order of operations (29), statistics (110), time (134), vectors (24)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use to find a question of the day to begin lessons. Share or embed questions on your class website. Have students prepare a question of the day to include with your quizzes. See the "About" page to find questions for class discussions. Though they suggest using mini whiteboards or a large card, think about using computers or tablets and a student response system, such as Socrative, reviewed here. Using a student response system, you will be able to keep a record of the responses without having stacks of paper. It will help you to differentiate and know whom to focus on with some immediate extra help.

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Online Math Learning - OnlineMathLearning.com

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1 to 12
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates...more
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Supplement math instruction in the classroom using OnLineMathLearning. Find videos explaining concepts, worksheets for practice, games, and activities. The site material correlates to Singapore Math but is assessable to all learners. Explore math by grade level, or by topic. Find math worksheets by grade level or even by topic. There is also Test Prep for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, ESL, IELTS, or TOEFL. Furthermore, this site has instruction on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Animal facts, Programming, or English help. Find many science project ideas, listed by subject area.
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tag(s): parents (45), video (185), worksheets (43)

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OnLineMathLearning is a nice supplement to your classroom. Use the videos on your interactive whiteboard to begin instruction. Differentiate your math instruction by student need and assign individually. Use the worksheets, games, and activities for extra practice and reinforcement. Allow students to see the ideas listed before they start their science fair projects. Recommend this website to parents so they can understand the "new way" of doing math. Be sure to list as a resource for extra practice on your class website. Keep the videos on this site in mind for using as models when assigning students to make their own videos. Be sure to include in your math parent night. Use as enrichment for your advanced students.
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Oppia (Beta) - Oppia.org

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8 to 12
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Oppia is a wonderfully interesting tool for creative learning explorations. The goal of Oppia is to create a one-on-one learning situation similar to that found in a learning dialogue....more
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Oppia is a wonderfully interesting tool for creative learning explorations. The goal of Oppia is to create a one-on-one learning situation similar to that found in a learning dialogue. As you proceed through each Oppia and enter responses, feedback stimulates thinking without providing answers. Browse the gallery to begin exploring math, languages, and programming options. Be sure to choose the "Show beta explorations" option to find many more activities with topics from "Art" to "Welcome to Oppia." The activities offer an exploration of the background and use of the website. If you feel comfortable with technology, try to create and add your own Oppia to the site. There are not many activities yet, but the possibilities for this one as both a programming challenge and an activity source make it one to watch.

tag(s): logic (203), puzzles (183), STEM (62)

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Assign Oppia explorations to gifted students as part of your differentiated learning lessons. Use Oppia explorations as part of your flipped classroom. Have students complete explorations and then discuss in class. Add links to (or embed) Oppia explorations on your class website or blog for students to explore at home as a review tool or as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson. Join the Oppia Users Group to collaborate with others to create your own Oppia explorations.

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Spell Up - Google Chrome

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3 to 12
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Practice spelling a new way with Spell Up. This activity requires the Chrome browser. Allow your computer's microphone to connect to the website to begin. Choose from beginner, intermediate,...more
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Practice spelling a new way with Spell Up. This activity requires the Chrome browser. Allow your computer's microphone to connect to the website to begin. Choose from beginner, intermediate, or expert level to play. After hearing the word to spell, say a letter and wait for it to appear and continue on until the word is completely spelled (wait to speak when you see the orange dot). Correctly spelled words become part of a tower of words. Incorrect words fall off the screen with the opportunity to try again. Options within the game include a dictionary to hear the definition of words, a keyboard to hear letter pronunciations, and a translator to translate words into many different languages.

tag(s): spelling (163), vocabulary (308)

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Demonstrate HOW to use this website on your interactive whiteboard or projector (with your mike nearby!). Divide your class into teams and test out the site together. Create a link to Spell Up on your class website or blog for students to play at home. Use Spell Up at varied levels for different students to differentiate challenges for your students. Share this link on your class website for students to use at home (especially for spelling practice during the summer).

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Bees: A Honey of an Idea - Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

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3 to 9
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Learn about the fascinating world of bees with this beautiful and comprehensive site. Begin your exploration as you choose from different categories such as What is a Bee?, Pollination,...more
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Learn about the fascinating world of bees with this beautiful and comprehensive site. Begin your exploration as you choose from different categories such as What is a Bee?, Pollination, Life in a Hive, or The Beekeper. The entire site is also available in French. Explore each topic as you view images and descriptions of the life of bees. Find the Glossary link near the top of each page to view a selection of vocabulary words and definitions. Be sure to view the Activities page including recipes, crafts, printable activities, and an image gallery.

tag(s): insects (59)

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Be sure to share this site during any unit on insects or careers. As news stories tell us about the rapid demise of honeybees and the resulting danger to our food supply, step back to see what bees are all about. Allow older students to explore on their own. Younger students will benefit from viewing and reading together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a week in the life of a beekeeper. Use the glossary as a resource for differentiated spelling lists each week. French teachers may want to use this site as a reading experience!
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Fill in the Chart - Susan Jones

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Fill in the Chart helps you practice multiplication facts using multiplication charts with missing numbers. Choose from many different versions of the charts such as the 5's...more
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Fill in the Chart helps you practice multiplication facts using multiplication charts with missing numbers. Choose from many different versions of the charts such as the 5's or 10's facts. When finished, choose "Grade Me!" to view your score. These practice activities are untimed (so less pressure). Other practice charts include quizzes with multiplication facts offered in random order. Choose from many different practice options.
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tag(s): multiplication (198)

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Share Fill in the Chart on your class website or newsletter for multiplication practice at home or from any computer. Create a link on classroom computers for student practice during center time. Differentiate learning by assigning different practice charts based on individual student needs. This site doesn't time students, therefore causing less stress. if you prefer, have students time themselves with each activity then challenge them to improve completion time and accuracy with each practice. Or time your students using the free Online Countdown Timer (reviewed here).

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Frontiers for Young Minds - Frontiersin.org

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2 to 10
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This tool is a neuroscience journal that includes articles reviewed by kids! Approved student scientists, ages 8-16, review the articles, and neuroscientists serve as their mentors....more
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This tool is a neuroscience journal that includes articles reviewed by kids! Approved student scientists, ages 8-16, review the articles, and neuroscientists serve as their mentors. The scientific process is followed with young scientists writing their submission specifically for the Frontiers Journal. The article is then peer reviewed. Students and scientists serve as peer reviewers. The process shows how articles are reviewed in major publications and show the scientific process.

tag(s): brain (56), child development (21), human body (93), senses (24)

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Use these articles in Biology or Health class to learn about the brain and factors that affect it. Students will find many articles of interest to them. Articles focus not only on learning, but games, media, emotions, and other activities. Have a bright students looking for a challenge? Encourge him/her to follow the directions to apply as a Young Mind reviewer. Challenge cooperative learning groups to read an article and create an infographic sharing the highlights of what they discovered. Use a tool such as Venngage reviewed here. If you teach gifted science students or would like to offer an advanced option to a gifted student in your regular science class while studying the brain or human body, this journal offers an outstanding opportunity for real world collaboration with scientists and very bright students in other places. Differentiate by going outside school walls! Have your student write an article and/or apply to join the team of young scientists.

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Learn That Word - LearnThat Foundation

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3 to 12
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Learn new words ten times faster at Learn That Word. This free, personalized spelling and vocabulary program also offers a "personal vocabulary coach." Create a free account...more
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Learn new words ten times faster at Learn That Word. This free, personalized spelling and vocabulary program also offers a "personal vocabulary coach." Create a free account to begin. Email is required, but you do not have to wait for a verification email. You will definitely want to watch video tutorials available by clicking "My Account" to understand how to use all the tools. The help and activities open in new pop-up windows. Before you start, you are tested for words you already know. Learn new vocabulary if you are learning English or new terms in any subject. Generate your own list of spelling words. There are many ready-made lists and activities. With 180 thousand words in their database, this tool encompasses all ages and skill levels. The activities include multimedia, audio, video, and images to make your new words stick. There are three types of quizzes: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Combo. The root words and prefix/suffix information is very helpful in learning more general approaches to new words.

tag(s): prefixes (15), root words (14), spelling (163), suffixes (12), vocabulary (308), vocabulary development (104)

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Although the site could theoretically work for any age, navigating through it to find what you are looking for would be tough for students below grade 3. You will definitely want to create directions AND demonstrate how to navigate on a projector or interactive whiteboard, even for "savvy" students. This tool is terrific for word study units on prefixes and suffixes as well as for ANY classroom unit that involves learning spelling or word meanings, even in science or social studies. Learning support teachers will love the ability to create activities to reinforce terms. Have your middle and high school students create their own in small study groups to reinforce the words as they create the quizzes! What a great way to differentiate and offer individualized lists! Students can practice the nuts and bolts of spelling with this collection of activities involving root words, prefixes and suffixes, vocabulary, or both in the Combo Quizzes. Create your own spelling and vocabulary lists or search the archives for topic lists. There are two options for teachers to add students to this program. Students can join using a key code, or you can add them yourself by adding their names, and optional email, and a username that will be their password. Students who are entered or join a class will also be registered for the "All Students" class, making it easy to assign lists or inform/remind students of assignments and quizzes coming up. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Divide your class into groups, and have a class challenge for past and present spelling words or vocabulary. This is an excellent site to differentiated student word practice. Share this link through your class website or newsletter for practice at home.

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