TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 3, 2013

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Virtual Geoboard - Math Learning Center

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K to 8
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The virtual geoboard provides an online geoboard experience for elementary and middle school students. Choose a rubber band color and drag to any peg. Move the rubber band to form ...more
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The virtual geoboard provides an online geoboard experience for elementary and middle school students. Choose a rubber band color and drag to any peg. Move the rubber band to form new shapes and angles. Make any shape created on a regular geoboard to demonstrate lines, angles, triangle formation and more. Fill and unfill shapes using the color tool provided. Choose from a 5 X 5 or 15 X 10 pegboard using the link at the bottom of the page. Want to learn more? See the i link.

tag(s): angles (86), geometric shapes (159), manipulatives (44)

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Display the virtual geoboard on your interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate what students create on their individual whiteboard. Younger students can use the online geoboards to practice creating squares, triangles, and more. Older students can use the geoboard to explore various triangle formations and angles. Create a link to this site on classroom computers for students to explore as a center. Use the print option on your computer to print creations formed with virtual geoboard for students to label and identify. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to access at home.

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Sound Around You - University of Salford

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2 to 12
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Listen to soundscapes recorded all over the world. Find a place of interest on the map, listen to the recording, and read the information about the location. Upload your own ...more
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Listen to soundscapes recorded all over the world. Find a place of interest on the map, listen to the recording, and read the information about the location. Upload your own soundscapes using the site or through the iPhone/iPad app.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), listening (92), maps (287), senses (28), sound (100), sounds (68)

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Those who teach geography and world cultures will like this! Use this resource to get your students thinking about the sounds around them. Include it when studying sound or the human ear in science class. Connect with other subjects by envisioning smells that would be there or craft a story inspired by the sounds heard at a specific location. Play sounds for your younger students and ask what they hear. Create sound stories together -- or as a creative project --by playing a series of sounds to tell the tale! Use your imagination to add this resource to other location projects used throughout the year. World language teachers could assign students to create a sound and word story about a cultural location. Use these sounds as background and add the dialog!

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Math Monday - National Museum of Mathematics

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6 to 12
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos)...more
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Math Monday is a weekly column discussing fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics. Each article takes a math idea, explains the concept, and uses images (and/or videos) to put the concept into action. Sample topics include hula hoop geometry, large stars, mathematical quilting, and much more. Subscribe to the RSS feed to view new topics each Monday using the link at the top of the page. (Or add the feed to your Flipboard account if you have a tablet.) There is also a very long list of archives to explore and try!

tag(s): colors (79), fractions (239), geometric shapes (159), origami (17), pi (22), puzzles (208)

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Share articles with students and replicate activities included in the article. Share the video demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos after reading articles and attempting activities. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Use activities in the article as inspiration for Math night activities or Math Fair projects.
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Poem Hunter - PoemHunter.com

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6 to 12
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PoemHunter is a search engine (and more) for finding poems, lyrics, and quotations. Know only part of a poem or quotation? Type it in the search box to find the ...more
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PoemHunter is a search engine (and more) for finding poems, lyrics, and quotations. Know only part of a poem or quotation? Type it in the search box to find the entire original source. Choose from hot poems or specific topics on the home page. View and explore the top 500 poets and/or the top 500 poems. Read the Poem of the Day that includes three poems: one classic, one modern, and one viewer submitted. Choose from the poets, poems, quotations, or lyrics tabs to narrow your search to specific topics. Become a member to save favorite poems for further reference. Be aware: many of the pages include comments from users. While all were appropriate at the time of this review, it is always best to preview!
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tag(s): authors (118), literature (275), poetry (229), quotations (24)

In the Classroom

Bookmark PoemHunter to use as a resource for finding poetry or quotations for classroom use. Share with students to find poems based on personal interest or specific topics. Use as a model when students create their own poems. Challenge students to create their own poems to be shared on a class poetry wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Shake Sphere - Michael J. Cummings

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6 to 12
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Peruse this Shakespeare Study Guide to find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare, his works, his craft, the Globe Theater, and more. This site is so ...more
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Peruse this Shakespeare Study Guide to find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Shakespeare, his works, his craft, the Globe Theater, and more. This site is so impressive that it is recommended as a Shakespeare Resource by The New York Times, the British Library, and the BBC. Of course, you will find all the famous sayings (one fell swoop), quotations, and insults.
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tag(s): feudalism (3), hamlet (13), julius caesar (7), literature (275), macbeth (11), midsummer nights dream (5), plays (37), romeo & juliet (7), romeo and juliet (6), shakespeare (131), sonnets (7)

In the Classroom

Make this all inclusive site available to your students on your webpage so they can look up words they do not know, etc. There are so many resources available that you could divide your class into groups and have each group research a different play or sonnet. Along with resources for Shakespeare's writing there are resources for Feudalism, Kings and Queens, castles, stage directions and drama terms, and so much more. Consider introducing your heterogeneous class to Shakespeare by using one of the Animated Shakespeare Videos reviewed here. Also, to help differentiate, look at Shmoop's Shakespeare page, reviewed here.

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Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks - Council on Foreign Relations

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9 to 12
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Find the numbers of preventable diseases that have been confirmed in various areas around the world using this visual map. The preventable diseases shown include Measles, Mumps, Rubella,...more
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Find the numbers of preventable diseases that have been confirmed in various areas around the world using this visual map. The preventable diseases shown include Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, and Whooping Cough. Each of the diseases is completely preventable by vaccine. Click on each circle to see the number of cases, date range, and a link to the source data.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), medicine (67)

In the Classroom

Use this tool during a unit on infectious disease in biology or health classes. Identify the difference between a cluster outbreak, secondary transmission, epidemic, and other categories of outbreak. View the various diseases and have students research each to report to the class about the transmission and dangers of each of the diseases. Identify the prevalence of various diseases in certain parts of the World compared to other locations. Identify why certain diseases are found in each of these areas. Research various ways to prevent further epidemics from occurring as well as the various social, religious, and political issues. Assign cooperative learning groups a disease to investigate. Use an online tool such a Creately (reviewed here) to create diagrams and other visual graphic organizers.

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The Victorians - Learn to Work Like a Historian - The National Archives - United Kingdom

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6 to 12
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Use sources to investigate the past at this website offered by the National Archives of the United Kingdom. View videos explaining how to think about historic artifacts and try studying...more
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Use sources to investigate the past at this website offered by the National Archives of the United Kingdom. View videos explaining how to think about historic artifacts and try studying items on your own. Take notes to save and use along the way. Topics include Queen Victoria, childhood, women, the Great Exhibition, the British Empire, and Local History. The site contains an extensive group of resources for teachers embedded in each section. Teacher resources include lesson notes, how to use resources, and historical source captions and notes. In addition, each unit has a downloadable pack of assets for use with an interactive whiteboard.

tag(s): britain (35), careers (129), england (57), great britain (16), victorian (20), women (101)

In the Classroom

View this site and the videos together as a class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as part of career days. Use this site as an introduction to history and how research is completed, or as part of your studies of England or the Victorian Era. Have students watch on their own and complete notes as they view the videos and information. Break the site up into portions and assign to different groups of students. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and more using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Peek: Create Your Perfect Day - Ruzwana Bashir and Oskar Gruening

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5 to 12
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Visit Peek and "Create Your Perfect Day." Register using email and a password. Pick a city or area to visit. Start planning your day using the prompts provided for morning, ...more
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Visit Peek and "Create Your Perfect Day." Register using email and a password. Pick a city or area to visit. Start planning your day using the prompts provided for morning, afternoon, evening, and night activities. Choose from pictures provided based on your input or upload your own. When finished, publish to share your "perfect day" via it's unique url or through social media sharing links. This site is part of a travel website. The main page includes many activities (with prices). Avoid the homepage and go directly to "Create Your Perfect Day."
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tag(s): creative writing (167), local history (13), virtual field trips (48)

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Although this is not a typical "educational" site, the possibilities for classroom use are unlimited. Have students create their perfect day using the site as a story starter or creative writing prompt. Use the site to plan a virtual field trip anywhere. Have students create a day in the life of a story character, famous person from history, or in the career of their choosing. Retell any important date in history using Peek as a guideline. Teach budget planning by having students research and plan a perfect travel day. World language or world cultures classes can use this to create a day focused on the cultural riches of the country they are studying. Language students can write about it in their new language. After students create their perfect day, create an online folder or wiki page with links to all of the "perfect days" for other students to use as writing prompts (creative or informational). Share all students' perfect days on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site to create a perfect day for visitors to your school or community.

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World History TimeMap - TimeMaps Ltd

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5 to 12
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See the history of the world from 3500BC to 2005AD! TimeMaps offers a look at every nation, empire, and civilization as one story using maps. Choose a date or time ...more
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See the history of the world from 3500BC to 2005AD! TimeMaps offers a look at every nation, empire, and civilization as one story using maps. Choose a date or time period to begin exploration. Use pinpoints located on the map to view specific information about that location. Use timelines located under the map to narrow down topics within a time period. For example, at 100 AD choose to view information by Ancient Rome, Mayan Civilization, Medieval India, or Ancient China. This is an excellent site for providing an overview and exploration of world civilizations during any given time period. Choose the "Are You a History Teacher" link to find several suggestions for using TimeMap in your classroom along several different lesson plans.
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tag(s): 1600s (11), 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), 20th century (50), africa (181), asia (73), china (66), egypt (66), europe (74), greeks (29), india (36), israel (17), maps (287), mayans (12), north america (20), romans (35), timelines (62)

In the Classroom

Explore time periods together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Find the time period you are teaching then explore pins to view more information about different civilizations during that time. Assign students different civilizations to research during a time period using TimeMaps as a starting point. Have students create their own comics to explain a civilization using comic-creation tools from this collection.

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Excellent interactive and visual timeline for students!! It's free!! Jackson, MD, Grades: 6 - 12

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Historical Thinking Interactive Poster (Secondary) - National History Education Clearinghouse

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6 to 12
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Learn to think like a historian. See how we know about the past by using this interactive poster. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of ...more
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Learn to think like a historian. See how we know about the past by using this interactive poster. All you have to do is hover your mouse over one of the quadrants and click. More information, activities, and links will appear. Each of the quadrants also has additional teaching resources. On the far left column you will find links to "What Is Historical Thinking?" a video, "What are Primary Sources?" and "What are Secondary Sources?"

tag(s): civil rights (117), history day (23), infographics (42), primary sources (84)

In the Classroom

Use your projector or interactive whiteboard and teach your students how to think like a historian. There are some interesting links here for you and your students to investigate. For instance, there are links for exploring the modern civil rights movement, primary sources to look at diary entries from other time periods, examining lithographs, using and reading multiple perspectives, and several more. You may want to go through each quadrant with the entire class, or you might want to assign groups to become "specialists" in a quadrant and have them present it to your class. Challenge the groups to create presentations using Prezi (reviewed here).
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My Favourite Scientist - Brady Haran, Nottingham Trent University

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6 to 12
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Learn about the life and careers of many famous scientists by viewing intriguing videos. Find out about scientists such as Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, and Gregor Mendel through...more
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Learn about the life and careers of many famous scientists by viewing intriguing videos. Find out about scientists such as Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, and Gregor Mendel through interviews with scientists in their field today. Don't let the cartoon figures fool you: these videos are not "juvenile." The scientists included may not be household names to everyone, but the videos make their work accessible and interesting. At the time of this review, there were over a dozen scientists included, and more were being added regularly. Note that the actual videos are hosted on YouTube so may not be accessible in some schools. 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.

tag(s): biographies (85), darwin (11), scientists (68)

In the Classroom

Use as a resource for finding more information about a variety of different scientists told from a scientist's perspective. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider having students create their own report about the importance of research and not just the biographical information about a scientist. Encourage students to make their own videos (or other presentation tool) about scientists to place on a wiki, site, or blog. Have students use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge multimedia tools reviewed here.
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Take Me Fishing - Fishopedia - The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

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3 to 10
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Learn about all different species of fish in the United States and around the world. This site packs an aquatic animal punch! Explore the Fishopedia to learn facts about different ...more
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Learn about all different species of fish in the United States and around the world. This site packs an aquatic animal punch! Explore the Fishopedia to learn facts about different types of fish such as where they live, what type of food they eat, and how to catch them. There are even sections about fishing safely and conserving fish and their native habitats.
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tag(s): animals (277), conservation (127), environment (317), fish (24)

In the Classroom

Use this resource to help your students learn more about local fish and the effects of human behavior on aquatic life. Have students use a fish to tell its own story with the additional assistance of a tool like Blabberize reviewed here. Use in environmental science courses to help students understand sustainability and conservation. Try using it as part of practice for Envirothon competitions. Perhaps even start a wildlife club and use this site to prepare for a field trip of fishing.
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