TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 17, 2013

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Algebra Nation - Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida

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6 to 12
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Algebra Nation is an intensive, interactive Algebra site. Although specifically created for Florida students, material is applicable for any Algebra students. This program was originally...more
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Algebra Nation is an intensive, interactive Algebra site. Although specifically created for Florida students, material is applicable for any Algebra students. This program was originally created for students to use at home after school and on weekends. Interesting fact: you access all materials through a Facebook account! Enter Algebra Nation through the link provided to connect with a Facebook account. If you are not associated with a Florida High School, type "other" when prompted to enter a school name. Once logged in, choose any topic from the large list of videos explaining and breaking down featured problems. Use the study guides to follow along and practice independently. Choose the Teacher Resources link and register to access the section created for teachers. This includes videos and other classroom resources. If your school does not allow students to access individual Facebook accounts, why not create a class account under your name (or class number). All students can use the same login information for Facebook.

tag(s): equations (155), exponents (42), factoring (31), fractions (239), order of operations (33), polynomials (32), venn diagrams (16)

In the Classroom

Share this site with students and demonstrate how to enter and access Algebra Nation using their Florida High School name or entering "other." Share this resource with parents as an excellent tool for review and study of Algebra topics. Create a teacher account and share videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an additional learning tool to use along with current classroom materials. Provide this link for students to use at home to hone their algebra skills.
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It's Okay To Be Smart - Joe Hanson

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6 to 12
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This Tumblr blog from the host/writer of the PBS series of the same name has great science information, pictures, and videos sure to wow and inspire! Entries feature all areas ...more
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This Tumblr blog from the host/writer of the PBS series of the same name has great science information, pictures, and videos sure to wow and inspire! Entries feature all areas of science with fun and interesting information for smart people of all ages. Some examples of topics include blue whales, proteins, asteroids, auroras, and other "interestingness."

tag(s): animals (277), behavior (46), earth (228), evolution (100), landforms (45), moon (72), polar (19), space (206)

In the Classroom

Use this blog for students to find interesting information to learn from and report to others in the class (like Science current events.) Consider creating a blog for students to share information that they research and write about for understanding. Collect students' How, Why, and What questions for further research themselves and reporting to others. Or have students create their own science blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!

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Visualising China 1850-1950 - University of Bristol

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6 to 12
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Explore over 8000 images of China from 1850-1950. Images come from both private albums and public collections from throughout the world. Search for images by keyword or begin exploration...more
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Explore over 8000 images of China from 1850-1950. Images come from both private albums and public collections from throughout the world. Search for images by keyword or begin exploration with sets featured on the site's home page. Click on any image to view location, date, people, and other key information related to the photograph. Choose any tag associated with an image to view related images. Download images using links provided. Explore connections from the resource to find related images by time, people, and place. The permissions for each images are included at the right (Creative Commons, etc).

tag(s): 1800s (44), 1900s (33), china (66), images (261)

In the Classroom

Share with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to view actual images taken in China from 1850-1950. Allow students to explore keywords such as fashion, specific cities or locations, or schooling to view images taken over the 100 year time span. Challenge your students to use a site such as Timetoast reviewed here to create timelines of images found using keyword searches. (Most images offer a version available under a Creative Commons Share-alike license.) Be sure they include image credits!

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Voices of Youth - UNICEF

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6 to 12
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Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know more, learn more, and do more about our world. Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions ...more
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Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know more, learn more, and do more about our world. Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions with others around the world on global topics. Topics include poverty, education, human rights, health issues, and much more. Choose from links on the home page to find information on specific topics. Scroll through the page to read the latest posts. Click on tags at the bottom of each article to find related articles. Easily view the site in French or Spanish using links provided at the top of each page. Create your own posts or add comments after registration on the site -- with email or using a Facebook or Twitter account. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your school 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.

tag(s): dental health (23), disabilities (20), environment (317), hiv/aids (18), inequalities (29), mental health (26), school violence (12)

In the Classroom

This site is an excellent resource to bookmark and use throughout the year when discussing current events, specific countries or geographic areas, or for non-fiction reading. Find informational texts that matter to your students. Spark informational writing, as well. Allow students to browse the site to find interesting articles. Have students create magazine covers of information found on this site using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Challenge students to create a newspaper article using articles found on this site as a model using the Newspaper Clipping Generator. World language teachers will find this useful when viewing articles in French or Spanish to practice translation skills.
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Living Wage Calculator - Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier

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8 to 12
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Living Wage Calculator provides information to estimate the cost of living in any community or region. Enter a location in the search box or choose from the state list to ...more
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Living Wage Calculator provides information to estimate the cost of living in any community or region. Enter a location in the search box or choose from the state list to begin. Results are provided for an entire state, county, or specific city. The "calculator" provides typical expenses for the location along with living wage, poverty wage, and minimum wage. View typical wages for different occupations in that location. The wages at poverty level are indicated in red.

tag(s): careers (129), financial literacy (78)

In the Classroom

This site would be excellent for use during a unit on careers, economics, or financial literacy. Allow students to explore pay for different career options not only in your city but in different locations across the country. Have students create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Use this site during Family and Consumer Science units to explore the cost of living and typical salaries across the United States. Have students put together a mythical "budget" for living in their chosen career.

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Groups in Action - Video Vignettes for Triggering Discussion - Problem Based Learning at University of Delaware

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6 to 12
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Groups in Action shares 13 video vignettes to help understand and address problems faced during collaborative projects. Topics address common problems: someone being constantly late,...more
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Groups in Action shares 13 video vignettes to help understand and address problems faced during collaborative projects. Topics address common problems: someone being constantly late, someone dominating conversations, disinterest in projects, and more. The videos also offer solutions to the common problems. Since collaboration is a much-touted job skill for the 21st century, this resource can help anyone improve their skills-- even adults!

tag(s): problem solving (258), social skills (20)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a resource when beginning group projects. Most videos are under 3 minutes (even around one minute). It would be feasible to show nearly all videos prior to starting group projects. Show videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to display suggested approaches to problems within groups. Use throughout projects as needed to address specific problems that have arisen with groups in your classroom. Make the link available for students to access as needed when frustrations crop up. Counselors and support teachers may also want to use these videos to help students improve interpersonal "smarts" for group work.

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Persuasion Across Time and Space Lesson Plan - Stanford University Graduate School of Education

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6 to 12
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Stanford's Understanding Language offers this free five-lesson unit plan for English Language Learners on persuasive writing. Although geared towards middle school students, it could...more
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Stanford's Understanding Language offers this free five-lesson unit plan for English Language Learners on persuasive writing. Although geared towards middle school students, it could be useful with high schoolers as well. Each lesson includes an overview of content and goals for the end of lesson. Download the introduction and each of the five lessons using the PDF links provided. All lessons include correlations to Common Core standards and take approximately 4 to 5 days to complete. Each lesson includes all necessary handouts and assessment suggestions. Lesson topics relate to important events and people from American history: Gettysburg Address, civil rights, and others.

tag(s): advertising (33), civil rights (117), gettysburg address (18), martin luther king (37), persuasive writing (54), speeches (17)

In the Classroom

Print and use lessons (or portions of lessons) in your classroom. Although geared toward middle school ESL/ELL students, these materials can be adapted and used for any middle and high school students. Challenge your students to write their own persuasive writing pieces. Use this site to teach about historical events in America's past (Gettysburg Address, civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr, and more).
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Capitalization - e-Learning for Kids

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3 to 5
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Review and practice capitalization rules with this interactive. Prepare to take a field trip to see Editor Bob at the newspaper as the virtual teacher gives a lesson on proper ...more
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Review and practice capitalization rules with this interactive. Prepare to take a field trip to see Editor Bob at the newspaper as the virtual teacher gives a lesson on proper capitalization. Choose the menu icon for choices including the teacher lesson and three game choices. "Games" cannot be accessed until completing all of the initial warm-up and lesson activities.

tag(s): capitalization (19), grammar (217)

In the Classroom

Introduce this activity briefly on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then assign students to work in partners to write down the rules of capitalization for a class bulletin board display or wiki. Share a link to this site on your class website or blog for students to watch at home for review. After the activity, challenge students to create their own multimedia presentation demonstrating understanding of capitalization "rules." Consider having them write them as rules for a new sport! Have students use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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