TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 1, 2012

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Seaview - Underwater Earth

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K to 12
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View unbelievable imagery of the sea with this interactive, undersea viewer. View life along Barrier Reefs and in the Sea. See the different fish and other organisms who call the ...more
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View unbelievable imagery of the sea with this interactive, undersea viewer. View life along Barrier Reefs and in the Sea. See the different fish and other organisms who call the reef their home. Discover the characteristics of the ecosystem that allows for such a varied amount of organisms to call it their home. This project is just getting started as it surveys the Great Barrier Reef and documents it visually. Read the details by clicking "The Science." Click on Seaview Demo to begin your exploration. Rotate your mouse to look at any direction under the sea. Use the map along the right to choose a different location to view. Several objects are available to click on and zoom to for a closer look.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth day (112), ecology (135), ecosystems (88), oceans (147), reefs (8)

In the Classroom

Explore this site as a virtual field trip under the sea during a unit on animal habitats, biomes, or oceans. Create a poem, song, or artwork using the images from the viewer as inspiration. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Create a poster campaign (digital or traditional) to identify why conservation is important in these areas.
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Students will love taking an underwater dive and seeing many species of ocean animals , NJ, Grades: 0 - 12

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Phreetings (photo+greetings) - Picture Sandbox

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K to 12
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This very simple tool creates quick image+message greetings that can be shared via email or by url. Enter a search term to find images or videos, drag your chosen image, ...more
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This very simple tool creates quick image+message greetings that can be shared via email or by url. Enter a search term to find images or videos, drag your chosen image, and type in text below. Click "send" to open your email program to send the link or copy/paste the link to view it directly on the Internet. The url for each custom image and greeting combination shows clearly below the box where you type the message. Highlight it and press Ctrl+ C (or Command +C on a Mac) to copy it. Here is a sample "Phreeting" created in less than 15 seconds. Although not clearly stated on this tool, phreetings searches use Creative Commons images from Flickr. Clicking on the image in the "phreeting" opens the image page on Flickr. As with any search tool, it is possible to search for inappropriate topics, so make sure you have a clear policy about what students may/may not search and what the consequences are. Note: if you do not copy the url as you create, you will NOT be able to find it again!

tag(s): images (261), photography (160), vocabulary (323)

In the Classroom

Hold an image captioning contest on projector/interactive whiteboard at the start of class about verbs by searching "run" or another action word. As a quick formative assessment, have students create a Phreeting using an image of a curriculum concept (a leaf, for example), with a greeting that explains about photosynthesis. During poetry month, have students compose a haiku message to accompany an image they find. Write and share similes and metaphors using image prompts and share the links on a class wiki. Share the links to the many quick projects on your class web page. Mark this quickie tool in your Favorites on your teacher public page so students can use it to send greetings and questions by email any time. Younger students/classes can make "Phreetings" to send to school helpers, visiting firemen, and others. ESL/ELL, speech/language, or world language students can practice writing simple sentences about an image they find and share the result via email or a link you collect on a class web page. If you have a class Flickr account, search for your own photos and have students add captions explaining the activity pictured and send them to the principal or parents. At holiday season, send Phreetings as practice writing informal "letters" or thank you notes.

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Speechable - Enluminari

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K to 12
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Add a captivating or informative speech bubble to a picture from your computer or that you find (legally) online. Make the picture private and share with others. The public pictures...more
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Add a captivating or informative speech bubble to a picture from your computer or that you find (legally) online. Make the picture private and share with others. The public pictures on the home page change frequently, so be sure to check this just before SHARING with your students. Some of the captions could be considered offensive to some. . Be sure to make all of your pictures private.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), images (261)

In the Classroom

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Caption the homework directions on your teacher web page. Ask your students to create captions for class photos for all sorts of reasons. Use photos or digital drawings from your classroom, such as pictures taken during any hands-on activity. Have students draw in a paint program, save the file, and then add a caption. Spice up research projects about historic figures or important scientists. Have literary characters "talk" as part of a project. In a government class, add captions to photos explaining politicians' major platform planks during election campaigns. Caption the steps to math problem solving. Even primary students can make captions of an animal talking about his habitat or a "community helper" talking about his/her role. Make visual vocabulary/terminology sentences with an appropriate character using the term in context (a beaker explaining how it is different from a flask?). Students could also take pictures of themselves doing a lab and then caption the pictures to explain the concepts. This would be a great first day project (introducing yourself and breaking the ice). Share the class captions on your class web page or wiki! Leave directions to your class (for when a substitute is there). Use at back to school night to show your humorous side to the parents. Have students make talking photos of themselves as a visual tour of their new classroom for parents attending back to school night.

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World Memory Project - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com

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8 to 12
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See firsthand documents that paint the grim picture of the lives and deaths of the millions of Holocaust victims. The project which culminated in this site digitized thousands and thousands...more
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See firsthand documents that paint the grim picture of the lives and deaths of the millions of Holocaust victims. The project which culminated in this site digitized thousands and thousands of papers, photos and other memorabilia of the Holocaust and made them available online for free. In some cases, the documents are not available, but references to the articles are. Families of survivors, student researchers, and professional writers can use the historical documents available here. Easy to use search tools explain the process clearly.

tag(s): family (59), germany (28), hitler (10), holocaust (38), jews (19), world war 2 (141)

In the Classroom

Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of individual families' involvements in the Holocaust or of the days of the Holocaust itself. Have interested students create a family tree using documents from this site. Make World War II history more real with these actual accounts.
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Learn English Kids - British Council

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K to 8
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This kids' branch of Learn English (created in the UK) contains interactives, short stories, crafts, songs, and even an opportunity for students to help their younger brothers and sisters...more
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This kids' branch of Learn English (created in the UK) contains interactives, short stories, crafts, songs, and even an opportunity for students to help their younger brothers and sisters learn English. A free log-in allows you access to printed versions of the stories (with questions), the ability to make comments, enter competitions, answer polls, and even create a "character." Another log in for teachers and parents opens up suggestions for teaching and using the resources of the site. Professionals can also find video tips and access to helpful articles. Access to the site is available in other languages such as Chinese and French, all aimed at teaching English. A text help feature using "BrowseAloud" opens up the English learning to students with vision or reading challenges. Note that vocabulary used is British, so you may need to explain a few words to US or Canadian students, e.g. "rubbish bin."
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tag(s): interactive stories (31), preK (275), songs (52), vocabulary development (126)

In the Classroom

Primary grade and preK teachers will find many useful interactives for basic skills like colors and phonics on this site, even though it is intended for learning English. Share the activities as a center or for extra practice for struggling students. Check with your administration about whether students can register individually for the site. Introduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and have your ELL/ESL students use it as one of your learning stations. Short stories and other interactive features of the site would work well with special education students, too. Be sure to share this link with parents of your ELL students if they have Internet access at home.
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Protein Translation - The University of Arizona

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9 to 12
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See how protein translation works in this animation. Press the play arrow to view the process of creating proteins. Pause the animation as needed. A text description explains as the...more
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See how protein translation works in this animation. Press the play arrow to view the process of creating proteins. Pause the animation as needed. A text description explains as the animation progresses.

tag(s): cells (102)

In the Classroom

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this resource after discussing the basics of mRNA, tRNA, and protein synthesis. As the animation progresses, use student groups to create a key that shows the various components of the molecules. Have students write a story that describes the process of protein production. Consider having students make animations or other media to demonstrate their understanding of protein synthesis or any other cellular process.
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A Game A Day - AgameAday.com

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2 to 8
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Find interactives and puzzles across the curriculum to spark curiosity and increase motivation, concentration, and skills. Two different levels of play allow a greater range of skill...more
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Find interactives and puzzles across the curriculum to spark curiosity and increase motivation, concentration, and skills. Two different levels of play allow a greater range of skill level. This award-winning site offers a huge variety of activities for reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, math, and thinking skills. Many activities require Java.

tag(s): logic (229), operations (126), problem solving (258), puzzles (208), sight words (37), spelling (168)

In the Classroom

Use kids' love of games to inspire problem solvers and thinkers within each of your students. This ever-changing site allows for a wide variety of topics and interests. Use as a center tool, reward time, reinforcement, introduction, or review of a variety of skills and concepts. Many of the games are well suited for ELL students to simply practice reading directions and using vocabulary. Add as a link to your website to provide interesting new ideas and concepts. Inspire thinkers in your gifted or advanced classes. Use in computer classes to provide examples for game types. Use as examples of review tools at the end of any unit so students can create their own review games to challenge each other. Put the daily challenge up on your interactive whiteboard or projector as students are entering the room. Preservice teachers will find this site invaluable.

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Dub City Rockers - Infinite Wheel

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2 to 9
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Created by Infinite Wheel, Dub City Rockers is a collection of several different sound and music interactives. They are brightly colored and engaging. Sounds can be added or removed...more
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Created by Infinite Wheel, Dub City Rockers is a collection of several different sound and music interactives. They are brightly colored and engaging. Sounds can be added or removed by clicking on different animated figures. Mix up sounds to produce unique music. Bring out your inner DJ and remix with Dub City Rockers.

tag(s): music theory (41), rhythm (20), sound (100), sounds (68)

In the Classroom

Share Dub City Rockers on your interactive whiteboard (or projector), and turn up your speakers. USe these activities to practice rhythm, rests, and more in music class or to illustrate basics about sound in a science class. You could even tell a story using sound effects. Have the class choose what to do next as a student demonstrates the program on IWB. Then have students work with a partner to use the tool and produce their own group sound. Allow students to demonstrate their sound to class using the interactive whiteboard. Have students identify which animations are responsible for specific sounds and create a key. Using this, they can write out the sounds to show how their music is working.
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Re-Living the Wright Way - Tom Benson - NASA

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3 to 12
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This site provides information and resources about the Wright Brothers, their flights, and the science behind their work. The site was created to celebrate the centennial anniversary...more
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This site provides information and resources about the Wright Brothers, their flights, and the science behind their work. The site was created to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic flight. Although the site may appear simple in design, it has many nooks and crannies to explore.

tag(s): aviation (40), flight (36), gravity (45), inventors and inventions (103), motion (58), scientists (68), wright brothers (26)

In the Classroom

This site provides teachers with resources on the topics of Newton's Laws of Motion, The Four Forces of Flight, Lift, Drag, Thrust, Weight, Center of Gravity, Roll, and Pitch. View the videos using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Download the simulations to your classroom computers and have students work in groups to solve them. Have students work cooperatively to complete one of the many activities found on the site like building a model airplane. Students can then conduct an investigation to see whose plane can fly the farthest.
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