TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 2, 2011

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Random Poem Generator - Mathijs1988

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4 to 12
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Anything can be turned into a poem by using this web site! Enter a url for a web page that has text, choose a rhyme scheme (Haiku, ABAB alternating, or ...more
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Anything can be turned into a poem by using this web site! Enter a url for a web page that has text, choose a rhyme scheme (Haiku, ABAB alternating, or AABB), then select "poemize this page." Results will include words from the selected web page in poem form. Examples are included on the main page showing how this can be done with text from Romeo and Juliet, Pokerface by Lady Gaga, and more. After the poem appears, there is a choice for creating a new poem from the same site.

tag(s): poetry (227)

In the Classroom

Introduce your poetry unit by showing this site on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrating the three types of poems created from items known to students. Create poetry from student-created websites for classroom display. Have students create poems from websites then use this site to create poems and compare the different outputs. Choose websites that aren't language arts related such as math, history, or science sites and create poetry from their content. For some interesting, high level discussion, ask students what makes something a "poem" vs. simply a collection of words.

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3rd World Farmer - Frederik Hermund

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6 to 12
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This activity simulates some of the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. You get to manage an African farm and are soon confronted with the ...more
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This activity simulates some of the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. You get to manage an African farm and are soon confronted with the difficult choices that poverty and conflict can cause. Unlike typical interactives where it's always possible to prosper by playing cleverly and making the right choices, it is not always like that in 3rd World Farmer. Just as real people die from starvation in desperate situations that they are not responsible for, all it takes for things to go wrong in this activity is one bad harvest, an unfortunate encounter with corrupt officials, a raid by guerrillas, a civil war, a sudden fluctuation in market prices, or another random event that might never happen in industrialized countries. Begin by buying crops, place them in your fields, then continue on to the next steps. A short commercial plays when you enter the site and before access to the activity.
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tag(s): africa (180), agriculture (54)

In the Classroom

Try this activity as a class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector), discussing choices and events that happen throughout the game. Allow individual students to try this activity and journal their experiences and the effect that events can have on farmers in 3rd world countries. Compare/contrast the effects of events on 3rd World farmers vs the same events in a student's life. Download a worksheet for students to record activities here.
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Volunteer Spot - Volunteer Spot

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K to 12
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Manage classroom helpers, conference nights, and much more with this easy to use web service. This is a real time saver since everyone schedules their own time online - no ...more
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Manage classroom helpers, conference nights, and much more with this easy to use web service. This is a real time saver since everyone schedules their own time online - no more gathering and sorting papers, and preparing schedules! After signing up for free at the site, teachers can create items and add to a calendar along with different length time spots, as needed. Once the event has been set up, share the URL with parents and others via a web page link, email, or school newsletter. Once a participant has signed up for a time spot they receive email confirmation, and an email reminder close before their assigned time. (WOW!) They can also go in and cancel their assigned time completely or choose another time. This feature can be locked if you don't want changes close to the event. Schedules are printable so that they can be posted and used during the event period. For a quick overview of how to use the site, be sure to watch the short video tour included on the home page.
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tag(s): calendars (44), parent conferences (22)

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Teachers can use this for conference night sign-ups; parents can see time slots available immediately and choose what is best for them. This is also great to use for classroom volunteer schedules, class snack sign-ups, and more. School organizations such as PTO's can use this to schedule volunteers for fundraisers, library helpers, and any other activities requiring a volunteer pool. After creating an event, be sure to post the link to the sign up on your class webpage, blog, and in class newsletters. Teachers will also love using this to organize faculty events and more.

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Fire Prevention Week - National Fire Protection Association

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2 to 12
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This collection, provided by the National Fire Protection Association is amazing. Here you will find fire prevention facts, products to help families stay safe, special materials for...more
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This collection, provided by the National Fire Protection Association is amazing. Here you will find fire prevention facts, products to help families stay safe, special materials for parents (and teachers, too), an online quiz for both students and families, and more! At the time of this review, the message for the year was "Protecting Your Families and Loved Ones From Fire." The approach, at the time of this review, is multimedia; in addition to the quiz, there are audio public service announcements, a blog, an upcoming webinar, and safety videos. For younger children, the familiar Sparky the Dog offers fun activities. Accompanying safety tip sheets benefit everyone, and a focus on high-risk populations assures you that everyone will have a fighting chance against fire.
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tag(s): fire prevention (10), fire safety (11), homes (12)

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Try pair teaching after introducing the important facts available on this page. Have the first of a pair give the other student the facts and then have the second add to what the first has missed. Have your class make their own posters using this year's campaign logo. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Have your class create check sheets they can take home and do their own domestic assessment with. Ask if they know any members of the population that might be higher at risk for fires, and see if they can think of ways to make contact and help this group.
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ZisBoomBah - ZisBoomBah

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K to 6
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Learning about food and good nutrition has never been as much fun as it is on this interactive website "ZisBoomBah: Where it is OK to play with your food"! The ...more
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Learning about food and good nutrition has never been as much fun as it is on this interactive website "ZisBoomBah: Where it is OK to play with your food"! The site is divided into several portions - for kids, parents, and teachers. There is an option to sign up on the site; however, it isn't necessary to access most activities, recipes,and information. Students will enjoy the many interactives, one of the most interesting is called Pick Chow - students drag food portions onto a divided plate based on food categories such as dairy, vegetables, etc. The goal is to create a 5 star meal, once the meal is built then dessert can be added. When finished, the meal can be emailed home to recreate in your own kitchen. Teachers can access lesson plans focusing on nutrition and printables to be used in the classroom. For parents there are video tips and lunchbox ideas that kids will love.

tag(s): fitness (49), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

Set up the Pick Chow game on classroom computers for students to use in designing nutritious meals. Create a class book with 5 star meals created by students, or post a different 5 star meal each day to your class website or blog. Challenge students to explore the site and find outdoor activities that can be done at school during recess on the Outdoor Play portion of the site.

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Fold Play - Alfa, Superspy, and Octave

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1 to 10
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Turn your photographs into a three-dimensional wonder. Fold Play lets users upload their own photographs into existing templates, print, and then fold them into Kaleidocycles, books,...more
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Turn your photographs into a three-dimensional wonder. Fold Play lets users upload their own photographs into existing templates, print, and then fold them into Kaleidocycles, books, double-sided poly puzzles, or invertible cubes. The clear instructional tutorials and directions make the process painless. Some projects even include video instructions.
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tag(s): crafts (40), creative writing (166), geometric shapes (163), origami (17), paper folding (5), photography (160), puzzles (208)

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Create clever "All About Me" projects while teaching mathematical principals about 2D and 3D figures, line, area, perimeter, and planes. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. The most effective way to use this site is to allow students to work on it in pairs so they can easily assist each other. The tutorials are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector because students can follow (and fold) along with the presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating how to create 3D shapes with sites such as PodOmatic (reviewed here (reviewed here). Ask students to explain the folding process with geometric terms such as fractional parts, symmetry, faces, edges, rotations, lines, triangles, angles, and shapes. Foldplay turns math instruction into an art. Younger students may find some folding tasks a challenge, so be sure to provide a buddy for those with poor fine motor skills.

Make gifts for special occasions, such as to thank the school principal or cafeteria workers. Create unique ornaments using student photos. Decorate a "physics tree" or "author tree" using Fold Play ornaments made from images of the concepts or of books by that author.
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I was about to bookmark this site and use it for my Intermediate students. I would consider this to have inappropriate content for students. The site talks about unhealthy attraction to pornographic haiku and lesbianism.

Editor's Note: We investigated this comment and looked through all the Foldplay activities/templates. ALL areas are safe and school appropriate EXCEPT under "Links and Stuff." The value of the activities in the other areas makes this site worth keeping, even if you must monitor to avoid the "links" area. We have also contacted FoldPlay to explain teacher concerns.
Nina, TX, Grades: 3 - 5

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The Dancers and Degas - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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K to 7
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Come learn about the life and art of Edgar Degas through the voice of his dancing model Marie van Goethem. This interactive site, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ...more
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Come learn about the life and art of Edgar Degas through the voice of his dancing model Marie van Goethem. This interactive site, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, contains interactive activities, lesson plans, and free downloads. There are also beautiful voice enabled books that cleverly connect knowledge pertaining to the world of dance with art history. The synthesis of these two worlds is what makes this site unique and valuable.

tag(s): art history (69), artists (75), dance (28), europe (75), france (40), impressionism (5), museums (49), painting (66), sculpture (21)

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The lessons and downloads are perfect for immediate use in the classroom. Use the printable resources and images from this site for your bulletin boards. Ask your students to visit the site and then collaborate to create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.

Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. The "Day with Degas" digital books also model how art connects to disciplines and subjects outside of the world of Fine Arts. While studying an artist, incorporate background investigation into the subject of their artwork. For example, while learning about Mary Cassatt, research the clothing and lifestyles of woman during the late 1800's. Consider using Bookemon, reviewed here to publish this research. The Metropolitan MuseumKids website is an enrichment resource. Be sure to include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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Jokes for Math Teachers - Clem Falbo

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4 to 12
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What did one math book say to the other? Don't bother me I've got my own problems! Are you looking for more bad jokes like this for your math class or ...more
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What did one math book say to the other? Don't bother me I've got my own problems! Are you looking for more bad jokes like this for your math class or perhaps a staff presentation? This site is for you! Choose from over 40 math jokes listed on this site, or send in your own. Who says math teachers can't be funny?

tag(s): riddles (15)

In the Classroom

Share a joke a day with your classroom or encourage them to create their own jokes. Use a joke to introduce a new topic and explore what makes it funny. Share a joke a week on your class website or blog and encourage readers to add their own joke or spin on the joke. Add an entire math joke section to your class wiki and give extra credit to promote a multiple intelligence approach to math.

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Division with Remainders - E-Lab/Harcourt Schools

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4 to 8
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This activity allows students to practice division with remainders. You can create your own problem or choose a problem already created. The dividend and divisor are modeled at the...more
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This activity allows students to practice division with remainders. You can create your own problem or choose a problem already created. The dividend and divisor are modeled at the top of the screen, then different quotients are modeled to give you a visual. Type in a quotient and the bars chosen move under the dividend to demonstrate how close to the solution you are. If the quotient chosen is too large or small, feedback is given and you can try again. A printable recording sheet is also available.

tag(s): division (172), operations (126)

In the Classroom

This is a very visual way to demonstrate division in a different format than the typical multiple groups format. Use on your interactive whiteboard or projector to model why there is a remainder in some division problems. Print out the recording sheet to use as an assessment and check answers together on your whiteboard. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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How Things Fly - National Air and Space Museum

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4 to 12
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How Things Fly offers a self guided, interactive resource to understand how space and air flight happen. This site delivers information clearly and effectively about lift, drag, thrust,...more
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How Things Fly offers a self guided, interactive resource to understand how space and air flight happen. This site delivers information clearly and effectively about lift, drag, thrust, and weight. It is very easy to navigate and there is a ton of information to gained! This answers a lot of questions that students tend to ask when talking about space and some physics.

tag(s): aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36), space (205)

In the Classroom

Choose a type of flight to have students study and assign that part of the website as a web search with a question sheet. Or have students create their own journey by picking a path and then explain what they learn as they go through the activity in writing. Before writing, have students organize their thoughts about what they learn with a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here.)
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Quiz Revolution - QuizRevolution

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2 to 12
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Create cool, professional looking quizzes and tests! Quiz Revolution offers a platform for developing online quizzes for your websites and blogs. Multimedia options offer the opportunity...more
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Create cool, professional looking quizzes and tests! Quiz Revolution offers a platform for developing online quizzes for your websites and blogs. Multimedia options offer the opportunity to personalize quizzes and to create a more interesting look for your pages. You can add text, images, video, and html as well as choosing from pre-made "skins." There is a "look and play" section where you will get an idea of this program's capabilities.

tag(s): assessment (99), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

In the Classroom

Create quizzes to use for pre- and post- lesson assessments. Post the quizzes to your class website or blog as assignments. Insert videos, photos, and text into your quiz to reinforce concepts before students take the test. Assign students to create a quiz on a current topic as a wrap-up to a unit. Share the quiz on your interactive whiteboard or projector (use it as a center, rather than a "whole-group" activity. Learning support teachers may want to have students work with a partner to create review quizzes they can use as study aids.

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Things to Learn With: Learning Almanac - Cheryl Davis

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6 to 12
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Find meaningful ways to teach 21st century skills in all curricular areas. Spend some time with this collection of lesson ideas that utilize Google Docs, other Google tools, and some...more
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Find meaningful ways to teach 21st century skills in all curricular areas. Spend some time with this collection of lesson ideas that utilize Google Docs, other Google tools, and some 2.0 programs such as wikis and YouTube across the curriculum. Browse through the outstanding resources which are perfect for middle school and beyond.

tag(s): blogs (88), charts and graphs (195), communities (35), experiments (71), geology (81), literature (275), news (261), search strategies (30), spreadsheets (17), statistics (122), tutorials (47), wikis (19)

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For example, use the lesson It's a Statistical World to bring statistics and the use of spreadsheets into the classroom. Follow project ideas, suggestions, and how to's to complete the activity. Specific examples, suggestions, and tutorials for using the resources are given throughout. Find unbelievable ideas that are exceptional for many curricular areas. Mark this one in your Favorites to use when you need inspiration or a new approach to curriculum that never seems to "stick" the way you wish it would.
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Teen Read Week - American Library Association

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6 to 12
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To raise teen interest in reading and reading related activities, encourage your teens to participate in some of the Teen Read week activities! This annual event is held in mid-October....more
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To raise teen interest in reading and reading related activities, encourage your teens to participate in some of the Teen Read week activities! This annual event is held in mid-October. Get free posters from YALSA and radio announcements to send or email to local radio stations. Have teens participate in creating an original theme and logo for National Legislation Day and win a free trip to DC. Each year offers new competitions and activities, so check back every fall!

tag(s): creativity (109), posters (36)

In the Classroom

Stir up interest in reading by making these teen appealing activities available to your classes on your teacher web site, bulletin boards, or in class. Be sure to share this annual event with families. Participate in some of the challenges with your class.
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