TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Feb 17, 2013

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Google World Wonders Project - Google

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6 to 12
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How about a field trip to all the Wonders of the World? Imagine the cost, the time, the paperwork! Google has an alternative. Using Street View technology, view virtual field ...more
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How about a field trip to all the Wonders of the World? Imagine the cost, the time, the paperwork! Google has an alternative. Using Street View technology, view virtual field trips to dozens of the World Heritage Sites across the globe and on every continent. Sites include links to 3D models, user submitted photographs, YouTube videos and other content that will enrich your "visit" to the site. The collection is searchable by location or by theme (for example: architecture, palaces and castles, places of worship, and natural wonders). There are also downloadable educators' packets associated with the sites with further classroom resources and suggestions.

tag(s): archeology (32), architecture (83), cross cultural understanding (115), virtual field trips (48)

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Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard, enabling your classroom to become a virtual window on the world. Indulge in a quick "visit" to a site associated with a historical issue in your curriculum. Compare and contrast various architectural styles across cultures. See how humankind has built places of worship in keeping with different religious viewpoints. Groups of students or individual students might be asked to design their own field trip, choosing a collection of sites, researching them, and presenting their personal journey to the rest of the class. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Consider using the in-depth examination of one of these sites as an enrichment activity for high achieving students, or as an independent project. Be sure and explore the downloadable educators' packets yourself for more suggestions and classroom resources.
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Disease Detectives - Science Museum of Minnesota

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5 to 12
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This online exhibit introduces you to three patients, all of whom are suffering from different illnesses. Examine each interactive mannequin: take their temperatures, listen to their...more
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This online exhibit introduces you to three patients, all of whom are suffering from different illnesses. Examine each interactive mannequin: take their temperatures, listen to their hearts, lungs, and bowels. Try to determine what is making them sick. Choose the activities link to view a teacher's guide as well as additional online activities (Predict the Flu, Bacteria Blaster, and an Interactive Timeline of Infectious Disease.) View photos and videos to explain the use of antibiotics, food inspection, and malaria worldwide.

tag(s): bacteria (30), careers (132), diseases (66), heart (43), respiration (17)

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Share activities and video clips on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore on their own during health or career units. Biology teachers can use this as practical application during units on cells and viruses. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about preventing the spread of disease using the Newspaper Clipping Generator.
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Art and Music - Gold Ridge Elementary School

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K to 6
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Art and Music is a collection of art and music resources for elementary age collected by a now-closed elementary school in California. Scroll down the home page to find items ...more
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Art and Music is a collection of art and music resources for elementary age collected by a now-closed elementary school in California. Scroll down the home page to find items listed in the two categories. In the Art portion of the site choose from "toolkits" and animations demonstrating items such as warm/cool colors, visual rhythm, and create a painting. In the Music portion explore note names, play drums, or be a composer. There are many wonderful art and music resources located here. Be sure to take some time to check them all out!

tag(s): colors (79), musical instruments (48), musical notation (35), painting (66), picasso (6), rhythm (20)

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In art or music class, share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Peruse through the links to find treasures applicable in your curriculum. This site could also be used in science during a unit on sound. Create a link to activities on this site and use as a resource for indoor recess or enrichment. Share the site on your class web page for students to explore at home, too!
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Multiplication - Krimsten Publishing

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1 to 6
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Practice your multiplication skills using this comprehensive site including games, tips, tricks, free worksheets, quizzes, flash cards, and bingo cards. There are also addition and...more
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Practice your multiplication skills using this comprehensive site including games, tips, tricks, free worksheets, quizzes, flash cards, and bingo cards. There are also addition and subtraction activities. Discover a multiplication table that has a picture with a story for every multiplication fact. Listen to a story about every fact. Beginning (or struggling) learners will benefit from the plethora of multiplication activities that will interest, intrigue, and motivate the varied style of learners in your classroom.
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tag(s): multiplication (227), operations (125)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing new facts. Use this site at centers or as a homework activity. Find all necessary tools for your class including flashcards, quizzes, practice sheets, and bingo cards. Motivate your reluctant learner as well as add challenge to gifted learners. Give this site to parents as a resource to practice multiplication at home.
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Good web site with lots of interacting games. Kevin, SC, Grades: 0 - 5

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Sound Maps -- British Library - The British Library

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K to 12
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or ...more
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or by category and save to your playlist for future use once you create a free account.

tag(s): cultures (105), multimedia (56), sounds (68)

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This site is a great addition to any world language, history, music, English, or science class. Use the oral history section to hear stories from Holocaust survivors. Listen to accents from around the world. Have you ever wanted to know what a cicada sounds like? Use the recordings from the nature and environment section. Science and music teachers can use the site to show how sound waves look. Use the site to demonstrate how to create an oral history. Then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of a particular topic you are studying. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). In world language classes, have students explore locations to learn more about the sound of that country. Then have them create a recording that uses recorded sounds as background to their own spoken words in their new language.

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Thankuz - thankuz.com

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K to 12
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Thankuz offers a simple and easy way to send a thank you note to anyone, anytime. Choose Create to start your card. Fill in the blanks using the template provided ...more
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Thankuz offers a simple and easy way to send a thank you note to anyone, anytime. Choose Create to start your card. Fill in the blanks using the template provided and upload an image, if you wish. Modify your card using panels to change the color and style. Send your thank you card using links provided for email, Facebook, Twitter, or using the URL created.

tag(s): holidays (147), letter writing (21)

In the Classroom

Ask students to write a "Thank You" card to classroom visitors, school staff, and other helpers. This is particularly good for lessons on friendly letters. Have students create cards to celebrate birthdays, other holidays, and send to each other. When you finish reading a story, have students send cards to the characters. Write a note to students and ask them to answer you using Thankuz. With older students, provide this link on your class website for both students and parents access to "quick and easy" thank you notes!

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SciStarter - Science for Citizens LLC

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5 to 12
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects....more
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Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects. Example projects include: EyeWire (participants "reconstruct the tree-like shapes of the neurons in the retina to help the computer develop 3-D reconstructions of the neurons"), WaterIsotopes "(a call for assistance in collecting samples of precipitation - both rain and snow associated with the passage of Hurricane Sandy"), the Baby Laughter Project, and Citizen Weather Watcher Observer Program. Topics range from weather to birds to medicine to sound. Rather than focusing on teachingcontent, the activities focus on using scientific communities to connect and immerse students in the science.
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tag(s): animals (276), archeology (32), birds (50), ecology (135), environment (317), geology (81), insects (69), medicine (67), oceans (148), science fairs (25), scientific method (64), sound (101), space (205), transportation (40), weather (188)

In the Classroom

Find a great project for your students to participate in, entering data and looking at the results. Search by activity or topic to find a project geared towards your students age range, curriculum, and ability to complete. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Docs Demo: Master's Edition - Google

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9 to 12
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Try collaborative writing with great authors using this Google Docs demo. You write a few words, and then a great writer intervenes, writing along with you in his/her own inimitable...more
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Try collaborative writing with great authors using this Google Docs demo. You write a few words, and then a great writer intervenes, writing along with you in his/her own inimitable style. The writing "collaborators" might delete some of your words and change to their own vocabulary or phrasal selections. A writer might add an adjective or change your verb to a more colorful and literary one! Writers include Emily Dickinson, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. Your completed document will often have parts by several of the famous dead authors, color coded so you know who is who. You can save and send your document, if you sign into your Google account.

tag(s): authors (120), creative writing (166), dickens (13), literature (275), poetry (228), shakespeare (131)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask high schoolers to identify exactly what makes the famous writer's intrusions specifically his/her own. Challenge students to write their own passage that will be edited. Once edited, have students save, print, or email their document. Take it a step deeper and have students explain WHY a specific author would have made a specific change. Have them find the original passage where the author used a certain phrase or quotation and explore its context there. Use this site during Poetry Month for students to create their own poems, to be edited by a famous author (or poet). Have pairs of students collaborate on creating a piece of writing and share after saving using a tool such as Crocodoc reviewed here.
 

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ESA Space for Europe - European Space Agency

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4 to 12
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and space on this European site. View multimedia videos, high resolution images, animations, and downloads. Find additional resources...more
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and space on this European site. View multimedia videos, high resolution images, animations, and downloads. Find additional resources for further information about space missions. View and read related articles. Find current topics of focus in Astronomy such as recent and impending solar eclipses. The link "For Educators" is full of "ready to go" lesson ideas. There is also a link on the Educators' section to esaKIDS: designed with elementary students in mind. Most of this site is ideal for secondary students; however, parts of the Educators' area could be used with upper elementary students.
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tag(s): earth (228), solar system (119), space (205), sun (71)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a learning station. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students create posters on paper or do it together online as a class using a tool such PicLits (reviewed here). Or use other online tools such as Padlet (reviewed here), PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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PictureSet - Special Education Technology British Columbia

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K to 12
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles:...more
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles: Young Adult, School, Community, Home, and others to access resources. Available resources include songs, posters, booklets, and stories. Print and save files using links included. Many of the collections were designed to meet specific needs such as articulation.

tag(s): dental health (23), holidays (147), hygiene (10), posters (36)

In the Classroom

Print posters from the site for classroom use for procedures such as bathroom routines, cleanup, teaching personal hygiene, etc. This is an excellent site to use with learning support, or even life skills students. Many parts of this site would be ideal to use in the ESL/ELL classroom. Special ed teachers looking for free communications materials will love the teacher-made options available here. You can aso share materials you create. World language teachers can use the images to create vocabulary challenges for students to narrate.
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Fetch - PBS Kids

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2 to 8
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Join Ruff Ruffman in the PBS Kids Game show, Fetch. Learn about animal science as you view (and participate) on this educational game show including 5 contestants ages 10-14. "Ruff"...more
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Join Ruff Ruffman in the PBS Kids Game show, Fetch. Learn about animal science as you view (and participate) on this educational game show including 5 contestants ages 10-14. "Ruff" hosts the game show, reality style with children contestants, learning about science and also crazy challenges. Topics include (but are not limited to) animals, engineering, deserted islands, dinosaur footprints, hover crafts, mummies, song birds, and more. There are past episodes and games available.

tag(s): animal homes (41), birds (50), dinosaurs (57), diseases (66), literacy (103), machines (30), simple machines (37), vocabulary (323)

In the Classroom

Invite Ruff Ruffman into your classroom to add spice to your science, language arts, and math curriculum. Although contestants are ages 10-14, younger students would benefit by watching the activities. Some may be too challenging for younger students to complete on their own. Students will identify with the contestants as they learn and laugh along with Ruff. Add a Ruff adventure or interview as an anticipatory guide for a unit. Share a clip or experiment on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a way to enrich during your unit on mammals, motion, or problem solving. Have older elementary students (or middle school) become familiar with the show's format, and create an "episode" based on your unit of study. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos to share using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Create a writing experience from episodes given. Use an episode as a spark to begin a further area of inquiry. Add to your computers as a center time activity, or even as a special earned award. Share on your website as an enrichment source, or a great place for educational learning.
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Virginia Trekkers - David Clough, Brad Fernald, Frank Fitzpatrick, & Alfonso Favale

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2 to 8
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the...more
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the Blue Ridge Mountains) from offerings on the left side of the site. Choose from the subtopics offered to view videos and information correlated to Virgina State Standards. View over 50 podcasts filmed around the state. Each podcast includes additional information, state standards, and some include online activities. Choose the activities option games that match up with podcasts but can also be played independently. Many of the activities are suitable for students in all areas of the country such as Simple Machines from the Past and Patriotic Symbols. View the link for USA Trekkers to visit other states.

tag(s): civil war (145), explorers (61), native americans (78), simple machines (37), symbols (19), virginia (16), virtual field trips (48), watersheds (16)

In the Classroom

Explore the podcasts and activities for use in your classroom. Create links on classroom computers to games and podcasts. Use the site's podcasts as a model and have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating important information and locations near you. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Has your field trip budget disappeared? Take a virtual field trip to the many regions of Virginia with your class by watching podcasts together on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Future Me - Write a Letter to the Future - Matt Sly and Jay Patrikios

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Future Me is an email service that allows you to write an email and have it delivered in the future (up to 50 years later). Insert your email address, subject, ...more
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Future Me is an email service that allows you to write an email and have it delivered in the future (up to 50 years later). Insert your email address, subject, and write your email. Choose a future date for delivery, and it's ready to go! Options include adding an image and making the email public or private. Note - the public gallery is unmoderated so may contain content not suitable for school.
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tag(s): back to school (58), creativity (108), letter writing (21)

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Future Me is a wonderful tool to use at the beginning of the school year. Ask students to send themselves (or you) a "future" email with what they would like to learn this year, subjects they do and don't like, and goals for the school year. Send and share the emails on a date near the end of the year to see how they have changed. High school seniors may want to write a letter to themselves four years in the future with their goals for college and the future. Share with parents, and ask them to write a letter to their student for future delivery. Have students write an email to you describing what they know about any topic or person before beginning a unit, have the email delivered upon completion of the unit as a reminder of how much learning has occurred. Have middle schoolers write emails with summer goals before summer break and have set them for delivery in September so students can see whether their summer was as productive as they had hoped. What a great way to teach goal-setting!

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Scoop.it! - Scoop.it Inc

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5 to 12
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see...more
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see what you want them to see. This is a way to deliver subject focused articles and information to a specific audience. Scoops can be shared through social media or using a widget to embed on your website.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Create Scoops for projects so that students have a one stop shop to research. Create a Scoop with information and sites for students to use as a study guide. This also gives you some control over the information to which your students are exposed. Have students sign up for their own free account. Students could use this as a working bibliography of the resources they use for research, posters, and presentations for all classes. Assign students to create a collection of online literature about a specific topic as an assignment. Have students use the "add your insight" text box to provide a mini review of the articles.

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