TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 11, 2012

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TimeSearch History - HistoryWorld

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6 to 12
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What Happened When? This useful site allows you to aggregate a text timeline by date, theme or geographic area using links to Google searches, Google images and content from HistoryWorld...more
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What Happened When? This useful site allows you to aggregate a text timeline by date, theme or geographic area using links to Google searches, Google images and content from HistoryWorld (with which the site is affiliated). Enter a date or keyword(s) for the event(s). You will see a text list with icons that lead to related Google, images, and HistoryWorld info. Try exploring by themes such as performing arts and science and entering a year to see what occurred during the same year. While the overall visual impact is fairly bland, it's a great "quick and easy" utility for putting events into a chronological context. If you search two very diverse events, you can discover unusual convergences. Additionally, it can be the jumping off point for a more complex search by helping students make connections among ideas, characters and events that may seem unrelated. For example, this is a wonderful tool to explore decades of the twentieth century or periods in the arts.

tag(s): search engines (64), timelines (62)

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Make this one of your bookmarks on classroom computers used for research, and suggest that students add it to their own research repertoire. Consider a classroom activity that begins with a common starting place (a date, an event, a character), and has groups of students follow their own self-guided path through the links. Where does each group end up? Why are the paths different? After having student explore on their own, have them "teach" how they found the information most important to them. A projector or interactive whiteboard is ideal for such a demo.

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Interactive Number Line - Coventry City Council

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K to 6
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This site offers the opportunity to practice numberline skills in two different activities. "Guess the Number" places the number on a numberline and you try to find out the correct...more
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This site offers the opportunity to practice numberline skills in two different activities. "Guess the Number" places the number on a numberline and you try to find out the correct number. "Goes to the Nearest Division" allows you to choose a point on a numberline and the number chosen is revealed. Both activities have several choices for formats to allow differentiation and negative numbers. Choices include hundredths, tenths, fives, ones, and much more. Both numberline activities also include choices for random placements of numbers for student participation.

tag(s): iwb (31), negative numbers (23), number lines (22), number sense (97)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a warm-up activity or quick time filler. Create a link on classroom computers for students to use during center time. Share a link to the site on your classroom website or newsletter for students to use at home.
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Sun Moon Scope - Sunaeon

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4 to 12
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Use this well designed 3D simulation to show the position of the sun and moon from any point on Earth. See the positions instantly in real time or choose a ...more
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Use this well designed 3D simulation to show the position of the sun and moon from any point on Earth. See the positions instantly in real time or choose a past or future time. Hover over the Moon to view the current moon phase. Sunrise and sunset times are also given. Choose different locations on Earth (it gives you the latitude and longitude) to see the differences. There is a lot of information hidden in the interactive, so explore carefully (and ignore the ads on both sides of the page).
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tag(s): map skills (80), moon (72), seasons (37), sun (71), time zones (8)

In the Classroom

The change in seasons is a difficult concept for students to understand. Use this interactive tool to show the sun's position at various times of the year and how the sunrise and sunset times change. This is terrific to share on an interactive whiteboard or projector, then have elementary (or even middle school) students "act out" the roles of sun. moon, and earth by moving about the room. Turn down the music to avoid distraction. Show how sunrise and sunset are also different at various points on the globe. Allow students the opportunity to play with the tool first and ask them what they notice and what questions they have. Inquire together to understand the various concepts. Share on an interactive whiteboard or projector with a student emcee to run the inquiry. Be sure to include this site with your study of map skills, longitude, and latitude so students can see how our maps and nature's actions fit together.
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Word Hippo - Wordhippo.com

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2 to 12
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Word Hippo is a word study tool for synonyms, antonyms, and more. Look for rhyming words, opposites, translations to a variety of languages, plurals, definitions and uses for the word,...more
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Word Hippo is a word study tool for synonyms, antonyms, and more. Look for rhyming words, opposites, translations to a variety of languages, plurals, definitions and uses for the word, etc. The site also makes suggestions for other words in case you might have made a typo or do not know the spelling. As with any other reference, students should be cautioned to be sure these are accurate definitions needed for the context in which they are studying the words. You will want to spell out consequences and/or supervise to be sure students are not searching for inappropriate words, but the most egregious words of bad taste do not appear to be available for search at this site.
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tag(s): antonyms (26), dictionaries (55), spelling (168), synonyms (38), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

In the Classroom

Use this site for vocabulary development and word study assignments, such as writing sentences, paragraphs, or essays using new words. Since the site permits translation, this would be a valuable tool in world language classes, ESL/ELL classes, and more. Introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard and elicit examples to show the class how quickly it works. Have students create their own word walls with synonyms, antonyms, sentences, and more for their latest vocabulary words. Try a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, for each student to create an online "wall" with words aligned to color coded stickies for synonyms. antonyms, etc. Alternatively, have students create class challenges for their peers with color coded matching activities for the interactive whiteboard matching words to synonyms, antonyms, and an appropriate fill in the blank sentence. Share this as a favorite on your teacher public page for handy reference any time students encounter an unknown word. Even subject area teachers such as science and social studies will find this tool handy for students with weaker vocabulary levels.

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Rich Kid, Smart Kid - The Rich Dad Company

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K to 12
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These activities provide an introduction to financial concepts and tips to getting on the right financial footing for a secure future. There are four different activities. Each contains...more
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These activities provide an introduction to financial concepts and tips to getting on the right financial footing for a secure future. There are four different activities. Each contains interactives by grade level-- up through high school. Even thought the cartoons appear juvenile, the concepts are adapted to be appropriate at each level. Concepts included are debt, making profit, and investing assets. In addition to the games, there is a portion of the site for adults. Here you will find lesson plans for each of the activities by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Lesson plans include handouts, additional activities, questions for the classroom, and learning objectives.

tag(s): financial literacy (78), money (192)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a resource for financial literacy activities. Create a link to grade-level interactives on classroom computers or computer lab computers after demonstrating how to play on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Differentiate activities for students using the grade-level option. After trying the interactives and completing classroom activities challenge students to create a newspaper article about finances using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.
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America Saves - Consumer Federation of America

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6 to 12
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America Saves is a national campaign that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. There are free financial tools, savings services, tips for saving...more
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America Saves is a national campaign that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. There are free financial tools, savings services, tips for saving for a car, how to save on a budget, and other resources offering help with managing money more effectively. It isn't necessary to register to use many of the site's resources. Registration allows you to input individual financial information into the planners to receive personalized planning information. Click "For Savers" to find savings tips, calculators, estimators, and savings strategies.

tag(s): financial literacy (78), money (192)

In the Classroom

To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Share this site with students to explore on their own, then challenge them to create a newspaper article about savings strategies using Zinepal, reviewed here.
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Game Up: Brain Pop Games - Game Up Brainpop games

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K to 12
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources....more
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources. Game Up, a free area of Brain Pop, is a collection of free online games that are linked to Common Core and State Standards. Science, math, social studies, and health activities provide challenge for every learner. This free gem also includes activities for grades K-3 and ESL/ELL students. Some of the topics (at the time of this review) included: Drake Equation, Court Quest, Cell Command, Blood Typing, Make Me Sick, The Diabetic Dog Game, and Food Fight.
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tag(s): branches of government (48), cells (102), debate (41), diseases (66), fractions (239), game based learning (101), logic (229), matter (56), myplate (28), nutrition (154), oceans (147), planets (122), plants (143), puzzles (208), solar system (118), supreme court (22)

In the Classroom

Use Game Up to introduce, illustrate, review, or assess concepts. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector for students to operate as a class activity. Use one of the activities as a learning center. Be sure to put this as a link on your website to allow students a great way to reinforce learning both in and out of your class.
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7 Billion Actions - SAP

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6 to 12
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7 Billion Actions lets you visualize world population data many ways. Start by region or country. Focused in on population's impact on poverty and inequality, female empowerment, reproductive...more
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7 Billion Actions lets you visualize world population data many ways. Start by region or country. Focused in on population's impact on poverty and inequality, female empowerment, reproductive health and rights, youth, the aging, the environment, and the impact of urbanization. The site shares information via maps and graphs, snapshots of people, stories of people in their world, music, population trends, and a blog. Short video clips provide training for how to use the information available at this site.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), maps (287), population (60)

In the Classroom

Use this site to explore the impact of population or simply to find real world practice with data in a math class. This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use it to introduce students both to graph reading and the problems of the growing population. Help students learn how to read visual representations of data by sharing this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard and asking student volunteers to operate the site to answer certain questions, such as where are the most senior citizens in the world? Ask students to form hypotheses about the relationship between population and certain aspects of life, then explore the maps and data to find out whether they are right. In world cultures and current events classes, use this site to look at contrasts between western and developing nations and continents. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create their own online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Flock Draw - free online drawing tool - FlockDraw

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2 to 12
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Flockdraw, an online based painting and drawing tool, makes it easy to draw with multiple people. Unlimited people can be in a room, and the drawing updates in real time. ...more
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Flockdraw, an online based painting and drawing tool, makes it easy to draw with multiple people. Unlimited people can be in a room, and the drawing updates in real time. Different colors, shapes and text are available. Navigate the right panel to choose color, brush size, line tool, fill tool, text, brush tool, and eraser. Arrows change tools, colors etc. Finished products can be embedded onto your website or blog or saved as a png file on your computer. CAUTION: This tool can be used by 10 users at the same time. Be warned that inappropriate words or drawing could appear while using this site. You may want to avoid the "open rooms." Click Create Your Session" to start your own session (non-public).
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tag(s): colors (79), drawing (77), painting (66)

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Allow students to create collaborative drawings through this site as responses to literature. Share the finished products on an interactive whiteboard, projector, or your class website. Have a group of students create a drawing, then another group can use that as a story prompt. Use this site with students in a computer lab (or on laptops) setting to create a drawing of the setting in a story as it is being read aloud.

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Present.me - Present Me Ltd.

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K to 12
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Present.me is a place to upload presentations, add voice and video, and record your presentations to share with anyone. The free version of the website allows you to store up ...more
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Present.me is a place to upload presentations, add voice and video, and record your presentations to share with anyone. The free version of the website allows you to store up to 15 minute presentations, record 10 times a month, and use 50 MB of storage space. This would be a great way to deliver distance presentations or enhance your online teaching. If you are shy about presenting in person, record without the crowd!
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tag(s): slides (60), sound (100), video (251)

In the Classroom

Try using present.me to create lectures using your existing PowerPoint presentations. Share the link on your webpage or wikispace. This way, students can spend homework time completing notes and acquiring basic information. You can use classroom time to have students do hands on activities or laboratories. It is a great way to maximize the time you have to teach your content and intensify the impact by having students use the information to better understand it. Prepare a presentation to share with parents at back to school night. Challenge students to create their own presentations, rather than completing a traditional research project. Shy students may be more comfortable recording a presentation in advance.

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