TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 21, 2011

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Gnowledge - Gnowledge Sdn. Bhd.

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2 to 12
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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Create your new ...more
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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Create your new test defining the name, subject, and whether it is your test material or from a third party. Create questions, add images, and include bits of text snippets. Help options are found on the question pages. Enter the questions, answer choices, and actual answer as well as answer explanations will be provided. Be sure to look at all the question type options in the tabs above: Fill in the blanks, Match, Multiple Choice, and True/False. When finished, be sure to click Apply New Changes, Make Visible. Note: All created tests are made public but need not be turned on until needed. Students can take tests and go back later if needed.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (95), test prep (95)

In the Classroom

Use this resource as a way to practice material and improve students' scores in preparation for an actual test. Use this resource to practice involved questions that like those found on the state tests. Practicing with various question formats builds confidence and improves performance. Create quizzes and tests that students must pass before moving on to other content or other harder tests. Use these as progress steps along the way to help students learn the content as they progress through a unit. Learning support teachers may want to work together with small groups to create their own "practice" quizzes before major tests.

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Everyone can create, publish, share and take tests of any subject or syllabus on this site. Kudos! John, , Grades: 0 - 12

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JA Titan - Junior Achievement

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9 to 12
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This FREE online simulation is designed to give students experience in running a business. Registration is required to participate. Players can take on others in their geographic area,...more
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This FREE online simulation is designed to give students experience in running a business. Registration is required to participate. Players can take on others in their geographic area, or play against the computer. Using variables like price and production quantity, players allocate their money to particular parts of the business, and consider advice from computer generated stakeholders as they compete against other "businesses" to make a profit. The graphics are fairly rudimentary, but there is plenty of complexity here for students to evaluate as they work through the game. You will need to spend a little time yourself in playing a practice game in order to be able to prepare students to get the best learning experience; otherwise they will just randomly click options without thinking about the impact on their business plan.

tag(s): business (57)

In the Classroom

Consider dividing your class into teams, and pit them against each other to design a winning business plan. This is an exercise that could continue over a long period of time, or could be undertaken in a marathon session, but students will need to focus on the variables carefully in order to get the most out of the experience. Have students create a multimedia presentation sharing their business plan and outcome using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Hashtagify - Daniele Mazzini

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9 to 12
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Twitter users and Twitter novices can use this tool to better understand Twitter hashtags. Pull Twitter hashtags into one place to see the relationships among hashtags via mind map....more
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Twitter users and Twitter novices can use this tool to better understand Twitter hashtags. Pull Twitter hashtags into one place to see the relationships among hashtags via mind map. New to Twitter? See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers. To use Hashtagify, enter a hashtag into the search bar and the relationships between related hashtags will be shown. Try it with #edchat, a popular hastag for teachers! Click on a portion of the mind map (one of the related hashtags) and it expands to include other related hashtags. View the actual links that use the hashtag along the right side of the screen. Click on these to go to the actual tweet.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): microblogging (44)

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Use this tool to follow conversations or to find information on tweets and their related tweets. If your class uses Twitter, use Hashtagify to look for tags you can use to narrow your conversations to those in a certain professional field or with a certain special interest.

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Number Cruncher - Science Net Links

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K to 5
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At this site, you are given a starting number and a target number. The goal is to get to the target number in as few steps as possible (using both ...more
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At this site, you are given a starting number and a target number. The goal is to get to the target number in as few steps as possible (using both positive and negative integers.) This number puzzle activity is perfect for developing and enhancing number sense and critical thinking skills. Be sure to pay attention to the operation sign next to each number as that directs you on how to proceed. You can only select numbers adjacent to your current number, so you must plan ahead. Two levels are available: beginners try to reach the target number in as few steps as they can; experts only use seven steps. Move through phases within each level as you achieve target numbers.

tag(s): addition (252), critical thinking (92), division (172), logic (229), multiplication (227), number sense (97), numbers (203), operations (126), subtraction (209), whole numbers (16)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a class activity, small group center, or quick 5 minute number sense practice. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard and use as a math center to practice math facts. Create a class chart for students to record achievement within levels. Share the site with parents through your classroom website or as a Favorite on your TeachersFirst public page for a fun way to practice operations at home.

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Fraboom Online Children's Museum - Flying Rhinoceros

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K to 8
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Inspire the cartoonist in your class. Fraboom free Daily Doodle live page provides online art teachers, learning communities, video tutorials, and interactive activities. Fraboom TV...more
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Inspire the cartoonist in your class. Fraboom free Daily Doodle live page provides online art teachers, learning communities, video tutorials, and interactive activities. Fraboom TV has videos on how to draw faces, noses and mouths as well as educational videos about dinosaurs, ants, outer space and much more. There are also engaging interactive books to listen to and view.
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tag(s): animation (59), artists (75), comics and cartoons (74), creative writing (167), drawing (77)

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Inspire expressive writing with cartooning. Play the video lessons about drawing cartoon faces as part of a writing mini-lesson. Encourage students to incorporate evocative facial features in their story illustrations. Afterward, prompt students to include expressive language in their writing that supports their drawings. Be sure to preview the online learning space before allowing students to participate. Fraboom monitors all chats and content before posting. An adult needs to enroll students in order for them to participate in the online drawing classes. Check your school policies on allowing students to participate in online discussions. Spell out permissible use and consequences in advance. This site may or may not be fully accessible inside your school filtering. Be sure to screen all portions of the site before implementing it in class and check if it is available when using your school's network.

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Myth Machine - Scholastic

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2 to 6
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Inspire every student in your class to become a Myth Maker! The "myth machine" helps students choose elements to create a myth. The elements are open ended so each ...more
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Inspire every student in your class to become a Myth Maker! The "myth machine" helps students choose elements to create a myth. The elements are open ended so each myth is unique. Myths brainstorming machine guides you through the essential elements for creating a myth. Through detailed instructions, you choose elements to help you determine the type of myth based on setting, monsters, or gods or goddesses. Using a picture, you can then determine the mood of your myth. An outline provides for you the basic information for your myth. Thought-provoking graphics are also included. Add extra information to the outline to gather more details. When completed, the ideas are stated along with a given writing space.

tag(s): myths and legends (25)

In the Classroom

Enable every student to be successful in creating a new myth. Never again, hear, "I do not know what to do!" Mythmaker is interactive whiteboard Ready! Use this tool to help reluctant writers, ESL/ELL, or SPED students have extra support to allow them to become independent. Gifted students can study societies who generated myths, and make further myths for further explanations. Create your own classroom myths!
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Welcome to Mrs. Waltke's Literacy Page - Kristi Watkie

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K to 5
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Literacy coach Mrs. Waltke's web page is full of resources to support the teaching of reading and writing. At first glance, the site is "old fashioned," but don't be fooled! ...more
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Literacy coach Mrs. Waltke's web page is full of resources to support the teaching of reading and writing. At first glance, the site is "old fashioned," but don't be fooled! This site appears to support only a Scott Foresman curriculum in Tennessee, and also created solely for kindergarten students. By digging a little bit deeper you will discover many useful tools, links, and lesson ideas. Download free resources such as sight word flipbooks, checklists, word ladders, and dominoes. Many of the links are to sites designed for kindergarten students; however, others include links to activities for all elementary students. Kristi Waltke's site is a portal of valuable resources that reflect a wide range of professional knowledge and collaboration skills.

tag(s): assessment (99), guided reading (46), literacy (102), reading comprehension (114), reading strategies (43), spelling (168), writing (356)

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Educators new to teaching or changing grade levels will find a wealth of useful advice such as; on how to build a chart stand with PCV pipes, use Elkonian boxes, and develop reading fluency. Veteran teachers, literacy coaches, and school leaders will find Mrs. Waltke's site a model to emulate in their own school. An impressive part of this site is the Excel template weekly lesson plan that integrates a drop down menu of state standards Tennessee. This is a great way help educators target specific subsets of skill while creating curriculum, documenting, and sharing lesson plans. Share a link or two at time with parents for at home practice or extra help for individual students.
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Edheads - Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery - Edheads

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8 to 12
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This interactive simulation of deep brain stimulation surgery is incredibly detailed. From the background information to the real life surgery pictures, this site is engrossing. The...more
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This interactive simulation of deep brain stimulation surgery is incredibly detailed. From the background information to the real life surgery pictures, this site is engrossing. The simulation of the brain stimulation can either be followed through from the launch of the page or can be navigated using the top line of the page.

While testing this site, one reviewer noticed a pop up game. It appears to be intermittent. However, do warn your students to ignore it, or have the site already open on your classroom computers or on the computers in your school's computer lab. Note: Surgery pictures are not for those weak of stomach.
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tag(s): brain (70), mental health (26), operations (126)

In the Classroom

Use this in health class to learn more about the brain and its function as an organ, and about how surgery is performed. View the introductory information with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then follow up by having students complete the surgery individually on laptops. Or, you may want the students to pair up to explore this surgery with one student's computer on this site, and the other student's computer on Postica (reviewed here), a program used to create web-based sticky notes on a sticky board. Have the students take notes on Postica about brain functions. Use the sticky boards as visual prompts for review and to help with any misunderstandings or questions the students may have. Headphones for students are highly recommended for this activity.
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Shape it up! An Earth Changing Erosion Activity - kineticcity.com

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2 to 8
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Learn about erosion with this easy to understand site. When prompted, choose forces of nature to change a flat piece of land into the eroded land pictured. If the wrong ...more
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Learn about erosion with this easy to understand site. When prompted, choose forces of nature to change a flat piece of land into the eroded land pictured. If the wrong force of nature is chosen, a red X appears. When correct answers have been chosen, the actual process appears in order to illustrate how the processes make the first scene change into the last one.

tag(s): erosion (17), glaciers (14), landforms (45), volcanoes (61), water (130)

In the Classroom

Use this simple and effective site to identify the common processes involved in erosion. Demonstrate how the site works on your interactive whiteboard and projector. Then allow students to explore the site on classroom computers or in the computer lab. As students work through the site, have them note what creates the eroded area. Students can either take notes, draw pictures, or record audio. During class discussion, name the processes and forces for greater understanding. You may want to have pairs investigate and use Postica (reviewed here), to create web-based sticky notes on a sticky board about the aspect of erosion they had time to investigate. Use the board as a visual prompt for review topics.
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Lunar Phase Simulator - University of Nebraska Lincoln

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5 to 12
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Demonstrate how the moon and sun appear to us on Earth using this clever application. View the main window to start the simulation and follow daylight and the movement of ...more
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Demonstrate how the moon and sun appear to us on Earth using this clever application. View the main window to start the simulation and follow daylight and the movement of the Moon. Skip forward by minutes, hours, or days, or change the speed of the animation. The side window shows the phase of the moon present as it passes between the Sun and the Earth. Click angle, lunar landmark, or time tick marks to add more information for even greater understanding of moon phases. View the horizon diagram at the bottom to reveal how the Sun and Moon would move about the sky if one were standing on Earth.

tag(s): earth (228), moon (72), sun (71)

In the Classroom

Consider having the class use this simulation prior to discussion in class and after an initial survey quiz to determine prior knowledge about lunar phases. After using this simulation in groups, encourage students to identify the movement of the Earth and the Moon over time. Allow students to use a projector or other light source and objects resembling the Earth and the Moon to demonstrate what they have learned to the rest of the class.
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