## TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 3, 2013

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### Factoring with Mr. Yang - Gene Yang

5 to 12
Review and practice factoring through web comics created by Mr. Yang. Begin with the introduction or any of the topics such as grouping, greatest common factor, or more. Move through...more
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Review and practice factoring through web comics created by Mr. Yang. Begin with the introduction or any of the topics such as grouping, greatest common factor, or more. Move through comics by clicking the cartoon character or go back and review using the link. Included is an option for additional examples in many of the comics. The factoring extends from numbers to algebraic expressions, the bane of every Algebra I student!

tag(s): factoring (31), factors (41), prime numbers (33)

#### In the Classroom

These web comics are a fun way to introduce and review factoring concepts. Share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students explore the comics on classroom computers. Be sure to include a link to this site on your class webpage for students to access at home. Use this site as an example and have students create an online or printed comic using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection to explain other math concepts.

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### Illustrating the Standards for Mathematical Practice - National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

K to 12

Explore the language and sample tasks of national Common Core Standards. This site is geared towards professional development for math in all grade levels (K-12). Choose from modules...more
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Explore the language and sample tasks of national Common Core Standards. This site is geared towards professional development for math in all grade levels (K-12). Choose from modules sorted by grade level and topic to begin. Suggested length of each module is 2-3 hours. Modules include videos for you to see sample lessons as well as downloadable PowerPoint presentations and PDFs including resources. NCSM is a division of NCTM.

tag(s): commoncore (95), numbers (201), order of operations (36), patterns (85), problem solving (274), professional development (134), quadratics (34)

#### In the Classroom

Has your professional development money dried up? This is a great, free resource for high quality materials to complete on your own or with fellow teachers. Divide modules into portions to use for professional development throughout the year. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector for whole group interaction/participation.

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### GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

6 to 12

GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (321), inventors and inventions (95), medicine (70), mental health (27), nutrition (158), oceans (154), robotics (24), solar energy (40), STEM (150), trees (30), video (274)

#### In the Classroom

Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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### CloudConvert - Lunaweb Ltd

4 to 12

CloudConvert is a file conversion tool. Upload any file to convert to a different format. Select files from your Google Drive, DropBox, or computer to begin. Choose the format ...more
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CloudConvert is a file conversion tool. Upload any file to convert to a different format. Select files from your Google Drive, DropBox, or computer to begin. Choose the format for conversion. For example, convert an avi movie file to a different movie format such as mp4 or an audio file. Choose an option to receive your new file by email or directly into your DropBox (reviewed here ). This tool is particularly helpful for mobile device users because it can manage conversions of files both stored and converted in the cloud.

#### In the Classroom

Bookmark and save CloudConvert for use throughout the year. Upload PDF files to convert into Word documents, save PowerPoint presentations as a PDF, convert movie or audio files to one single type for use in class projects. Use CloudConvert to change files that won't open to a different format accepted by your computer.

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### Learning English with Mr. Duncan - Mr. Duncan

2 to 12

Discover a comprehensive YouTube channel of ESL/ELL videos at Learning English With Mister Duncan. This channel includes over 75 videos at the beginner through intermediate levels....more
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Discover a comprehensive YouTube channel of ESL/ELL videos at Learning English With Mister Duncan. This channel includes over 75 videos at the beginner through intermediate levels. Subjects include survival English, grammar, travel, the history of linguistics, and more. Videos vary in length from just a few minutes to over 30 minutes. Mr. Duncan is a British series, so American English speakers may notice some slight differences in pronunciations. Mr. Duncan claims to offer a new video daily! If your district blocks YouTube, these videos 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): cultures (107), grammar (214), punctuation (43), slang (15), video (274)

#### In the Classroom

Check out the video list before presenting a lesson to your ESL/ELL learners. These selections are an excellent way to preview or summarize the lesson you have prepared. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website or wiki for students (and ESL families) to explore at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own ESL/ELL videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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K to 6

Explore and learn about parts of an orchestra with this interesting interactive resource. Click on any section of the orchestra image to see the name of the highlighted section and...more
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Explore and learn about parts of an orchestra with this interesting interactive resource. Click on any section of the orchestra image to see the name of the highlighted section and hear a short piece played by those instruments. Click again to complete a short fill in the blank about that section of the orchestra more in depth.

tag(s): musical instruments (47)

#### In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This is ideal for music class or for schools with no music teacher. In science units about sound, take the basics of sounds a little further by having students figure out how different instruments within the orchestra generate sound waves and adjust the pitch. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using kwiqpoll (reviewed here) to find students' favorite orchestra section.

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### We Do Listen Foundation - We Do Listen Foundation

K to 3

Songs, audio books, lesson plans, songs, and more abound at this fabulous site for young children! At We Do Listen you will find activities to build character traits (such as...more
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Songs, audio books, lesson plans, songs, and more abound at this fabulous site for young children! At We Do Listen you will find activities to build character traits (such as honesty) and social skills (such as anti-bullying). There are many audio books, with text included. Choose the lessons link to find printable lessons to accompany each book to teach character traits and social skills. There is also online coloring and a place to write and color your own story! Download song videos to your computer for use at any time. Choose the color and print your own book to color on paper, computer, and create stick and paper puppets.

tag(s): bullying (52), ebooks (42), preK (291), social skills (21)

#### In the Classroom

All primary classrooms should take advantage of this wonderful tool. Share the interactive books and songs on your projector and interactive whiteboard. Use the songs, stories, and lesson plans to teach about various character traits: honesty, anti-bullying, good sportsmanship, courage, and more. Use these stories during class meetings to discuss issues happening in your own classroom. Share a link to the site with parents as a resource for use at home. Shera the songs with your PE teacher to reinforce the concepts during movement activities.

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### Online Voice Recorder - 123apps

K to 12

Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and ...more
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and simple recording treasure! Simply push the record button and follow screen prompts to ALLOW the application access to your computer's microphone. Talk as long as desired. Then listen to the recorded playback. Trim and edit the length using easy sliders as desired. Save your finished version in mp3 format using the link.

tag(s): fluency (23), preK (291), speech (93), spelling (166)

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### Cuban Missile Crisis - Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center

8 to 12

The Cuban Missile Crisis offers a great resource for learning and teaching about the 1962 missile crisis. Explore the site to find many primary documents, an excellent timeline, and...more
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The Cuban Missile Crisis offers a great resource for learning and teaching about the 1962 missile crisis. Explore the site to find many primary documents, an excellent timeline, and lessons. The Educators section of the site includes many tools such as lesson plans, reading lists, and videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos 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): 1960s (30), kennedy (27), presidents (132)

#### In the Classroom

Bookmark this site (or save it in your favorites). Use the resources for any unit that includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidents, or John F. Kennedy. Watch videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any of the characters involved with the crisis. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare the point of view of the U.S. vs Cuba or to compare outcomes based on possible decisions made during the crisis.

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### Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension - Scholastic.com

1 to 12

Looking for ready-made graphic organizers? This time-saving site has numerous organizers available to print in a pinch or to use on an interactive whiteboard. Use these versatile learning...more
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Looking for ready-made graphic organizers? This time-saving site has numerous organizers available to print in a pinch or to use on an interactive whiteboard. Use these versatile learning tools with any book across all grade levels. The categories on the site provide efficient and effective searching. Find graphic organizers for assessing students, plot and sequence, character analysis and setting, reading comprehension, and organizing patterns. Find idea webs, Venn diagrams, timelines, KWL charts, story trains, reading records, and more. Integration ideas accompany each organizer.

#### In the Classroom

Print and save the graphic organizers for use throughout the year. The organizers also work well on interactive whiteboards or projectors. These organizers are especially helpful when teaching different text structures found in informational text as required with Common Core. Use the organizers for writer's workshop or reading instruction. Share organizers when preparing for standardized tests to help students organize information. Use the organizers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your student's thought process.

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### Map Treasure Hunt - Class Tools

5 to 12

Create a virtual treasure hunt using the tools and maps on this resource. Follow simple directions to add clues to find any location on the globe. When finished, save to ...more
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Create a virtual treasure hunt using the tools and maps on this resource. Follow simple directions to add clues to find any location on the globe. When finished, save to receive a unique url for your treasure hunt. Players follow your clues to find coins at each location along the way. After finding a coin, clues provide information for the next stop. There is a small learning curve for following and creating treasure hunts. But once you figure out the first one, the activity becomes quite simple to understand. See a very short treasure hunt sample here.

tag(s): game based learning (113), map skills (82), maps (293)

#### In the Classroom

Add virtual treasure hunts to many classroom lessons. Share treasure hunts on your projector or interactive whiteboard, perhaps for students to do as a center. Create treasure hunts to announce field trips, locate areas of interest for social studies lessons, or point out locations in novels and other reading material. Have students create their own virtual treasure hunt for a favorite location, where they were born, or to begin a biography of a famous person or series of historic events such as the civil rights movement. In science class, have students create a treasure hunt of habitats or environmental disaster sites. Create student-made mapquests for math skill practice as students calculate distances, map scale, and trip costs using a treasure hunt.

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### The Edible Schoolyard Project - Alice Waters

K to 12

Visit this incredible site to bring students of all ages into a positive relationship with food by connecting it with nature and culture. Discover a sustainable food curriculum that...more
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Visit this incredible site to bring students of all ages into a positive relationship with food by connecting it with nature and culture. Discover a sustainable food curriculum that includes Farm to School ideas and much more. This project shares a food curriculum for schools around the world to put into practice. Search and explore inspiring ideas, programs that work, and voices of the movement. Add your own story or classroom to the project to share with others around the world.

tag(s): nutrition (158), plants (155)

#### In the Classroom

Use the search feature to find lessons by grade, topic, or even season. View videos available on The Edible Schoolyard to learn how to begin a classroom or school garden. Show the videos to parents to help and participate. If your school doesn't have an area for planting a garden, be creative! Plant a small garden in a wagon to roll in and out each day! Create a class wiki and update your garden's growth through pictures and words each week. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.