TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of May 25, 2014

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A-Z Animals - Millie Bond

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2 to 9
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A-Z Animals is an online animal encyclopedia and much more! Browse through the large list of animals in several different ways. Sort by alphabetical listing, Scientific names, group,...more
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A-Z Animals is an online animal encyclopedia and much more! Browse through the large list of animals in several different ways. Sort by alphabetical listing, Scientific names, group, location, endangered animals, pictures, or favorites. Each selection contains beautiful images and extensive information including basic facts, habitat, and behavior. Click the "listen" icon near the top of the page to listen to all text on each page (read by a synthesized voice). Print each page in PDF format using the Print link also located on a tab near the top of the page. In addition to the animal encyclopedia, explore the large selection of reference articles including many topics such as habitat, life cycle, and evolution. Other great features of this site include online quizzes and games. This site is one you will want to explorer and save! The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), biodiversity (38), habitats (84)

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Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further exploration during and after your animal or biodiversity unit. Explore information about the Animal of the Day. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Print animal pages for use in classroom reading centers or for Guided Reading instruction. This site is perfect for use with Special Education and ESL/ELL students in upper elementary and above-- if their listening vocabulary is strong enough. Provide headphones and allow them to listen to information from any page. Have cooperative learning groups use information from this site to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Multiplying Numbers Near to 100 - skoool.co.uk

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6 to 12
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Enjoy an interesting step by step demonstration of how to mentally multiply numbers close to 100 in four or five easy steps. Choose a number range of 80-99 or 90-99 ...more
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Enjoy an interesting step by step demonstration of how to mentally multiply numbers close to 100 in four or five easy steps. Choose a number range of 80-99 or 90-99 to begin. View each step with a written explanation as well as demonstration with images. Click "Next" to move through each step to the final calculation. The site was created in the UK, so some of the spellings may differ a bit from American English.

tag(s): mental math (27), multiplication (227)

In the Classroom

Display this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and demonstrate the process to students. Allow time for discussion and possible explanations of how (and why) this method works. Not all students will understand this process, but it may "click" with students looking for alternative methods for understanding and computing multiplication problems. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Share with parents during Open House to help them understand how different methods of computation help students gain an understanding of math. Challenge students who understand this method to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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e-learning for kids - Life Skills - Dr. Nick van Dam

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3 to 8
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Explore fifteen Life Skills lessons ranging from Emotions to Stress to Choosing the Right Career. One of the activities, Dunkin' Doc, is a Jeopardy type word game for words associated...more
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Explore fifteen Life Skills lessons ranging from Emotions to Stress to Choosing the Right Career. One of the activities, Dunkin' Doc, is a Jeopardy type word game for words associated with school, communication, emotions, relationships, and family. Another area of the site, You and Others reviews peer pressure, fitting in, and cliques. Read and learn about self image and puberty in Growing Body and Personal IDM.

tag(s): bullying (52), careers (132), child development (25), emotions (35), family (59), human body (120), stress (14)

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Initially, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of a relevant health unit , guidance class, or career unit. Suggest this site when students have clashes with others or are experiencing stress in their family life. If you have computers for at least half the students in your class or you are lucky enough to work in a "Bring Your Own Device" school, you might consider sharing the site with everyone and have them use Today's Meet reviewed here, to ask questions. Next set up rotating stations where students can learn about several social/emotional skills in a week. The text portions might be challenging for ESL/ELL and younger students. Pair your weaker readers with strong readers as necessary.
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The Video Math Tutor - Luis Anthony Ast

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4 to 10
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Video Math Tutor is a YouTube channel offering many math tutorials from basic math operations through Algebra. Find videos using playlists on the site sorted by topics such as Video...more
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Video Math Tutor is a YouTube channel offering many math tutorials from basic math operations through Algebra. Find videos using playlists on the site sorted by topics such as Video Flash Cards, Tips for Students, Calculator Tips, and much more. The site continues to grow and offer a great variety of content. 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.
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tag(s): addition (251), division (172), equations (155), factors (42), inequalities (29), multiples (35), multiplication (227), operations (126), subtraction (208), time (144)

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Visit this channel to find ideas for lessons in the classroom and to find additional support. Luis frequently updates the offerings. Share these videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. FLIP your classroom and have students view the videos at home and discuss and apply them the next day in class. (This is a great option if YouTube is blocked in your school.) Use the videos to introduce new content or share tips, and assign others in the series for homework. Learning support teachers may find their student prefer learning from a video they can rewind and replay. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students (and their families) to access at home for additional Math practice.
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Contraction Match - Oswego School District

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1 to 3
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Need contraction practice? This simple contraction game matches the contraction with the words that form it. Practice finding all the contractions and words that make up each. ...more
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Need contraction practice? This simple contraction game matches the contraction with the words that form it. Practice finding all the contractions and words that make up each.

tag(s): spelling (168)

In the Classroom

Introduce on your Interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce contractions. Offer at centers to give extra reinforcement. Make the challenge even greater by timing the activity. Time your students using the free Online Countdown Timer (reviewed here).
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Dictionary Design - BBC

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2 to 4
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Practice alphabetical order by arranging dictionary definitions. Discover new vocabulary words while alphabetizing. Choose the easy game or the hard game for a greater challenge. Note:...more
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Practice alphabetical order by arranging dictionary definitions. Discover new vocabulary words while alphabetizing. Choose the easy game or the hard game for a greater challenge. Note: this game was created in the UK, so some spellings may vary from the American version.

tag(s): alphabetical order (19)

In the Classroom

Introduce Dictionary Design on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to your whole group. Play the game together. Add this as an option in your ELA center rotation for individual practice. Have students create either index cards, a PowerPoint, or a Prezi (reviewed here) to feature vocabulary words, spelling words, or content area vocabulary and practice your own custom made alphabetizing.
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Visme - Hindsight Ineractive

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7 to 12
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This free tool replaces PowerPoint and Flash to create powerful presentations, banners, Infographics, and more! The projects are viewable on any mobile or computer browser, including...more
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This free tool replaces PowerPoint and Flash to create powerful presentations, banners, Infographics, and more! The projects are viewable on any mobile or computer browser, including iOS. This tool is very simple to use and not as complicated as many other tools currently available. Choose your type of creation and then a specific template theme. The Navigation area is along the left side. Customize the various tools by clicking on an item in the Navigation such as Canvas, Slides, etc. The Stage area is found to the right of the Navigation, and various tools, grids, and texts appear above the Stage. Drag and drop items into the Stage and even include vector images. Presenter also includes a free image library and also allows searching Flickr Creative Commons from within the tool. Once placed in the stage, style images the way you want, including animation! Products created by this tool play on any browser or device or can be embedded in a web page or blog. Free accounts allow only three projects.
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tag(s): images (265), infographics (42), multimedia (57)

In the Classroom

Use to create educational slideshows and Infographics to introduce and interest students in a topic of study. Use to generate questions prior to the discussion of topics. Create a multi-image slideshow where students brainstorm how the images are all connected. Have students create projects for class using this easy to use tool. Be sure to include this tool on your blog, wiki, or public page for easy student access. You may want to consider allowing your older students to create their own accounts, depending on school policies. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Create a project site for students to upload images and videos found when studying any subject. Find images with various shapes when discussing geometry or shapes in nature. Find pictures of plants or animals for a science unit, etc. World language students can create digital photo stories to narrate using new vocabulary. Present teacher professional development or an end of year display for the school media center.

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Toogles - toogl.es

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K to 12
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Toogles is a clean, clutter-free interface to search YouTube videos. Browse by categories. Type your search term to begin. Results display in easy to view boxes including the title...more
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Toogles is a clean, clutter-free interface to search YouTube videos. Browse by categories. Type your search term to begin. Results display in easy to view boxes including the title and length of the video. Click to begin play without all the clutter of comments, ratings, and other distractions included on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, this may not be viewable.Since the videos on YouTube, not all are appropriate for the classroom. So please preview. Remember that this is only a search tool, and you will not be able to save or share videos using traditional YouTube methods.

tag(s): video (253)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and use Toogles for use as a YouTube search tool. Help your students have better focus with fewer distractions. Share a link on your class webpage or blog for students to access at home.
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Jumpshare - Ghaus Iftikhar

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K to 12
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Jumpshare is a tool for sharing and viewing files easily. Create an account with your name, email, and password to begin. Drag and drop files to share. Use the link ...more
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Jumpshare is a tool for sharing and viewing files easily. Create an account with your name, email, and password to begin. Drag and drop files to share. Use the link to browse and find files on your computer. Jumpshare supports 200 file types including images, videos, and documents. Once uploaded, use links to share documents via email or social networking options. Free accounts include storage of up to 2 GB and a limit of 100 MB on individual files.

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Eliminate file sharing challenges during projects with penpals or people from other schools anywhere in the world. Create a class account (or several) for students to upload completed class projects. Share this site with older students to use when collaborating on group projects. Collaborate easily on lesson plans with other teachers by uploading and sharing files from anywhere.

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The Historical Marker Database - HMdb.org

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5 to 12
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The Historical Marker Database is an illustrated and searchable website for finding and viewing historical road markers. Information includes photographs, marker locations, and more....more
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The Historical Marker Database is an illustrated and searchable website for finding and viewing historical road markers. Information includes photographs, marker locations, and more. Search and browse the site in several ways. Find markers near your location, enter a keyword in the search bar, or choose from category options. Most entries include a short description, map location of the marker, the transcription, and links to other nearby markers. This site is rather text-heavy. It is full of great information. There is also a link to a free Google Field Trip app that uses these markers.
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tag(s): 20th century (51), american revolution (86), anthropology (11), civil rights (117), civil war (145), disasters (39), explorers (61), heroes (24), hispanic (18), labor day (5), native americans (78), natural disasters (20), natural resources (59), vietnam (36), war of 1812 (14), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Use the Historical Marker Database to find information and locations of important events near your hometown or relating to any area of study. For example, choose the Civil Rights link to find markers noting important events related to Civil Rights. Then have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops! Have students create timelines of historic events near your school (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles (reviewed here).

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The State Hermitage Museum - State Hermitage Museum

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6 to 12
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Take a virtual field trip to one of the oldest and largest museums in the world without leaving your classroom! The Hermitage Museum located in St Petersburg, Russia offers virtual...more
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Take a virtual field trip to one of the oldest and largest museums in the world without leaving your classroom! The Hermitage Museum located in St Petersburg, Russia offers virtual visits, viewings, and academies through their extensive website. Virtual Tours offer descriptions and panoramic views of all rooms in the museum. Choose the Virtual Viewing link to exhibits, art collections, and themed exhibitions exploring different people and eras in Russian history. Be sure to check out the Children and Education link for many offerings in the virtual academy exploring topics such as medals and the Winter Palace. App versions are available.

tag(s): artists (75), DAT device agnostic tool (196), medieval (27), museums (49), religions (61), russia (38), virtual field trips (48)

In the Classroom

View exhibits and information together with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site on their own. Have students create a timeline of artworks and more using Xtimeline (reviewed here). Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here). Have students create a word cloud of the important terms (or people) they learn about the Hermitage using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here).
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Hiroshima Peace Museum - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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8 to 12
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Explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum site to learn about the effects and aftermath of nuclear war. View guided tours and images of over 57 monuments located in Hiroshima. These...more
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Explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum site to learn about the effects and aftermath of nuclear war. View guided tours and images of over 57 monuments located in Hiroshima. These monuments were constructed as memorials to those who lost their lives. Visit the Kids Peace Station for activities geared toward younger students. Explore the virtual museum to view exhibits such as damage caused by the atomic bomb blast and recorded testimony of survivors.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), japan (61), virtual field trips (48), world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

Take your class on a virtual field trip to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to get a first-hand look at the effects of an atomic bomb. Display on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide students time to explore on their own. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a survivor of the bomb. Have students create a timeline using Xtimeline (reviewed here) of events leading up to the bombing and following. Be sure to include a look at the museum during your World War II unit. This site would also provide good research material for a class debate about nuclear weapons.
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