TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 18, 2012

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SunnyKids Playground - Jen - My Sunny Corner

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K to 2
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Explore SunnyKids Playground for some great resources for young students. It was created by a parent for her now-grown child but has been kept alive for the enjoyment of others. ...more
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Explore SunnyKids Playground for some great resources for young students. It was created by a parent for her now-grown child but has been kept alive for the enjoyment of others. Categories of the site include fun and games, word puzzles, the music room, story time, and more. Explore the Fun and Games section to find "Crack the Code" and "Guess Me" games. Find classic children's songs in QuickTime format in the music room. (Be sure to test on your own computer to be sure you have the plugins to make them play before announcing the song to young ones!) Visit Story Time for printable stories, hear an audio story, fix a story, or to produce a silly story maker. Many of the games/interactives require Java. Some of the audio books ONLY work on Internet Explorer.

tag(s): holidays (147), logic (229), parts of speech (68), preK (275), puzzles (208), songs (52), stories and storytelling (30)

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Test the site on your classroom computers to be sure you have the right plug-ins. Create links on classroom computers for students to complete word puzzles, listen to children's music, or create their own silly story. Print each silly story created by students and make a class book for students to enjoy over and over. After creating a story, have older students exchange with a partner, identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives found in their partner's creation. Share this site with parents through your classroom newsletter or website for students to enjoy at home.
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Guided Math - Mary Mueller

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K to 5
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The Guided Math blog contains resources, games, and ideas for implementing Guided Math in the elementary classroom. This blog was created by an experienced teacher implementing Guided...more
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The Guided Math blog contains resources, games, and ideas for implementing Guided Math in the elementary classroom. This blog was created by an experienced teacher implementing Guided Math in a multi-age classroom so many items are a result of that need. The Getting Started section contains practical step-by-step information for setting up Guided Math. The Stations portion of the site describes a schedule and rotation plans for groups and centers. Another portion of the site contains math games and card games to be used at centers. If you are in a multi-age setting (or simply have a wide range of skill levels in your classroom), be sure to check out that portion of the blog for suggestions on getting started and daily scheduling.

tag(s): addition (252), classroom management (129), decimals (133), differentiation (47), division (172), fractions (239), measurement (163), multiplication (227), number sense (97), numbers (203), place value (56), subtraction (209)

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Bookmark and save this site for use when implementing math centers or guided math activities. This site offers many ideas for math games, use these as a resource for your classroom. Modify activities as needed for your own use. Differentiate for multiple skill levels using the management tips shared here. Looking for specific content ideas? Choose from the Quick Clicks on the right side of the page to find ideas that have been posted on the blog.

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High School Journalism Initiative - Reynolds Journalism Institute

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8 to 12
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The High School Journalism Initiative is a large site dedicated to high school journalists, teachers, and mentors. Choose from several different options such as news literacy, games,...more
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The High School Journalism Initiative is a large site dedicated to high school journalists, teachers, and mentors. Choose from several different options such as news literacy, games, students, teachers, and more. You can view stories by teens, read school papers, find local journalism organizations, research colleges with journalism majors, and more. You can also find a large bank of lesson plans along with teaching tips, information on starting school newspapers, and links to featured school papers. Search the lesson archive to find lessons sorted by topic such as bias, ethics, or interviewing.

tag(s): editing (58), journalism (45), media literacy (56), news (261), newspapers (94)

In the Classroom

This is a must-bookmark site for any high school journalism or English teacher and even as teacher background for Newspaper units at any level. Share resources with students. Download and use lesson plans. Assign groups of students different articles to read and present to the class. The News Literacy resources and feeds are also useful for social studies classes looking at the media and bias as they stay up to date with current events. Challenge your students to go past PowerPoint and make an online presentation using Animoto (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to share their findings.
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Best Word Book Ever - kokogiak on Flickr

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4 to 12
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This clever Flickr page shows a comparison of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever published 28 years apart. Placing your cursor over the cover images will give you pop out ...more
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This clever Flickr page shows a comparison of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever published 28 years apart. Placing your cursor over the cover images will give you pop out descriptions of the differences in the two covers. You will also find images of some of the differences for the pages inside, with an explanation. Please note some schools block Flickr. So preview ahead of time! Also, remember Flickr does have comments from users.

tag(s): decades (14), images (261), sociology (22)

In the Classroom

Do you still have a favorite picture book from your childhood? Consider going to the library to find a more current version and compare the differences. Have your students ask their parents if they still have a copy of their favorite picture book, and they can pick up a copy of the current edition to compare. With older students, you can use the Best Word Book Ever comparison to see the changes in what is politically incorrect now that was in the earlier version. Students then discuss what society valued at the time of the older edition compared to what our current society values. There are not just the gender role differences (policeman vs the woman police officer). Look at the wording in the older version for behavioral expectations, too. Literature teachers could carry this one step further and make a comparison of the expectations of society at the time of a classic (Tom Sawyer, Pride and Prejudice ) and what society valued during that time. Students could make one of these comparisons using a program like Bookemon reviewed here, which creates interactive online books. They could take that project one step further with UtellStory, reviewed here, and add narrated commentary. Make sure your students adhere to Copyright laws if creating online. You may want to work offline using PowerPoint so student products can include copyrighted images under "Fair Use."

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Discover the Real George Washington - Mount Vernon Ladies Association

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3 to 12
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Discover the Real George Washington provides an interactive timeline of George Washington's life. The video/animation is clever, informative, and engaging. The timeline includes...more
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Discover the Real George Washington provides an interactive timeline of George Washington's life. The video/animation is clever, informative, and engaging. The timeline includes videos, images, and even battle maps. You can narrow down the timeline events by choosing a category from the drop down menu (e.g. family life, slave owner) or slide the bar to a date on the timeline. Click on images included on the timeline to view a short description of the event. Be sure to check out the list of timeline highlights included on the site's homepage.

tag(s): american revolution (86), presidents (129), slavery (72), washington (36)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) when studying presidents or to include with your President's Day unit. The reading levels, however, will require adult help or more able partners for many elementary students. Have students create magazine covers of George Washington using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here and include information from the timeline. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of events included on the timeline. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Asset MathActive for Grades 9-12 - Eight Educational Outreach Arizona State University

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8 to 12
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These flash animated modules contain lessons and activities addressing geometry performance objectives. Choose from well over 60 activities, including many in Spanish and Navajo voice....more
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These flash animated modules contain lessons and activities addressing geometry performance objectives. Choose from well over 60 activities, including many in Spanish and Navajo voice. Sample topics include: The Volume of Spheres, Surface Area of Pyramids, Special Right Triangle - Bumblers, and 60+ others. Read a short description of each activity before choosing a link. Each activity also includes a teacher's guide in PDF format containing Arizona standards addressed, objectives, overview, modeling instructions, assessment, and more. Activities have easy to follow directions and many contain additional extension activities as well as questions for exploration.

tag(s): area (65), charts and graphs (195), coordinates (32), equations (155), perimeter (32), pythagorean theorem (34), transformations (17), volume (46)

In the Classroom

Share activities on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to complete as a class or allow students to explore on their own. Share this site with parents and students through your classroom website or newsletter as a resource for math practice at home.
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Koshland Museum of Science Life Lab - National Academy of Sciences/Koshland Science Museum

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5 to 12
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Explore the Life Lab and find why we age, characteristics of each stage of development, the science of aging, the anatomy (and images) of the brain, and how memories are ...more
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Explore the Life Lab and find why we age, characteristics of each stage of development, the science of aging, the anatomy (and images) of the brain, and how memories are made. Although this site is slightly text-heavy, there is a lot of great information that is well organized and easy to follow.

tag(s): body systems (56), brain (70), human body (119)

In the Classroom

In your science or health classroom, look at the functions of a system and how it works together. Use as a reference source or use as an example to adapt to your unit of study. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have cooperative learning groups investigate specific sections/topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Candy Experiments - Loralee Leavitt

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5 to 8
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Candy Experiments offers several great experiments to explore concepts such as sink/float, density, and color separation. Everyone loves a science experiment, especially if it...more
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Candy Experiments offers several great experiments to explore concepts such as sink/float, density, and color separation. Everyone loves a science experiment, especially if it involves food! Choose an experiment to find a list of materials, activity procedures, and a short explanation of the science. Some experiments also include a YouTube video demonstrating the experiment. If your district blocks YouTube, they 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. Be sure to check out the words of caution at the bottom of the list of experiments before attemping to do them.
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tag(s): acids and bases (11), colors (79), density (21)

In the Classroom

Use this collection for some fun science experiments for the classroom. Can't use food in your school? Perform the experiment at home and videotape or give students the directions to perform at home (with parental help). Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. View videos of the experiments on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and have students predict results before watching the ending. Have students create their own comics to explain one of the activities using comic-creation tools reviewed here. Some explanations are fairly simple. Challenge students to explain concepts more fully with "talking pictures" using Fotobabble reviewed here. Extend the study by having student research the chemistry of other foods.
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One Ocean - CBC Radio Canada

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4 to 12
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View this amazing set of resources to explore the world's oceans in a 3D virtual environment. Watch full episodes, view descriptions, or explore the many links. Swim with killer whales...more
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View this amazing set of resources to explore the world's oceans in a 3D virtual environment. Watch full episodes, view descriptions, or explore the many links. Swim with killer whales or float along and watch sea turtles and other organisms that swim by. Complete missions such as exploring some of the deepest places in the oceans. Use the "Time Machine" to view the history of the ocean and its inhabitants.
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tag(s): conservation (127), marine biology (33), oceans (147)

In the Classroom

Share full episodes or explore the other links on the site. Provide time for students to explore the different items in this site. Students can work as groups to identify information to share with the rest of the class. Create a webquest about Ocean Life using this resource. Use this site on a whiteboard or projector to discuss Ocean Life with the class. Place this link on a classroom computer or list on your blog or class website for easy access. The underseas experiences would also be a great way for students to learn how to "observe" as scientists and record their observations, even in lower elementary grades.
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Quietube - STML

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K to 12
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Remove all the clutter and "stuff" from YouTube, Vimeo, and Viddler videos. Check out the "Quick Tutorial" link to learn more! Drag the button on this page to your bookmark ...more
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Remove all the clutter and "stuff" from YouTube, Vimeo, and Viddler videos. Check out the "Quick Tutorial" link to learn more! Drag the button on this page to your bookmark bar. When you choose a video, click the bookmark button. A new page opens that shows the video without all the comments and advertisements. Send the URL of this page to friend, families, or for access for your students.

tag(s): classroom management (129), video (251)

In the Classroom

Share "distraction-free" videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Share the URL for the clearer video on your class website or in assignments. Removing the comments and advertisements can make for a much better viewing experience. This is especially true of your ADD, autistic, unfocused gifted, or other special needs students. Less distraction = better learning experience for all.
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Reframe it - Reframe it

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8 to 12
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Use this browser add-on to comment anywhere on the web. Reframe It is a Firefox and Internet Explorer extension. Make specific comments next to the text or images of any ...more
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Use this browser add-on to comment anywhere on the web. Reframe It is a Firefox and Internet Explorer extension. Make specific comments next to the text or images of any website. Share your thoughts with friends and groups in Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and more. Add critiques or questions to share with others. You can share the annotated pages by url, even if the recipient does NOT have the add on. Find sample documents to try before downloading the add on here.

tag(s): browser (6), writing prompts (92)

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Use to comment and annotate on pictures and information anywhere on the web. This is a great tool for you (or your students) to annotate research and information on the Internet. Create teacher annotations or question and answer comments on pages. Ask comprehension questions or guiding questions for places you send students on the web. Ask questions that students can complete as homework to show that they accessed the web resource assigned. If students have access to the add-on with individual log-ins, they can converse and debate about web page content. This tool wold also be a powerful way for students to point out bias on a web page or for art students to comment on images and design elements. Create writing prompts by adding questions or comments to a web page and sharing it with students.

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Stripgenerator - Stripgenerator

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4 to 12
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Create simple and easy cartoon strips. Add frames, characters, balloons for speech text, and other items. The drag and drop interface makes it easy to create a comic strip. Share ...more
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Create simple and easy cartoon strips. Add frames, characters, balloons for speech text, and other items. The drag and drop interface makes it easy to create a comic strip. Share by url or embedding into your wiki, blog, or site. You can create a comic strip as a guest but must register to be able to save. If you plan to share this site with students, you must preview. There are unmoderated "latest" comics on the home page.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), emotions (34)

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Because of the public content, be SURE to tell students to go directly to the creation tools (and not to explore the public strips). If you cannot monitor/trust individuals, use a whole class account and have one group at a time work where you can monitor. Instead of writing boring summaries, why not assign a rotating scribe to summarize class through a comic strip. Make a class wiki collection of the comics created throughout the year. Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying about characterization, create dialog to show (not tell) about a character. Another idea - why not use the comic strips for conflict resolution or other guidance issues (such as bullying). Emotional support and autistic support teachers can work with students to create strips about appropriate interpersonal responses and/or feelings. Sometimes it is easier for students to write it down (or create pictures) than use the actual words. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments.

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