TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 23, 2014
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Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomCollect data in your classroom and quickly create a graph to represent it. Share through links or adding images to blogs, wikis, or websites. Share graphs on an interactive whiteboard or projector for better analysis of data by the class. Graph results of a test, answers from students, favorite foods, fictitious budgets, class schedules, and whatever else is applicable in your classroom. Use an informational text, and have students create a pie chart to understand how to read charts that accompany the informational texts. Have cooperative learning groups create graphs to share with the class on the class wiki. Create quick pie charts on your interactive whiteboard whenever you count class votes or encounter other data so students "see" data visualized on a regular basis; visual students will have another way to absorb the information. Keep the link handy on your web page to access it quickly in or out of class.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse Postcard FM to send quick reminders to students or parents of upcoming events. Have students send you a postcard as a simple book reports or preview of a class presentation. Send parents a weekly audio postcard with a summary of class events. (Better yet - have students create the weekly summary!) Have students create audio postcards to practice speech/language skills or ESL/ELL vocabulary. Use it in world language class for students to practice oral language and pronunciation as they send cards to each other. Create audio postcards as a thank you to school staff or a simple gift for Mothers or Fathers Day. Make postcards to announce events in the school library or sponsored by school clubs.
Grades1 to 7
tag(s): animals (286), australia (35), brain (71), china (67), deserts (11), earth (231), egypt (70), greek (41), heart (44), human body (125), italy (16), magnetism (38), mars (42), mexico (34), moon (75), newton (26), photosynthesis (32), rainforests (15), rome (28), sun (73), tornadoes (17), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (65)
In the ClassroomShare this site with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and show them all the different subjects available. Challenge students to find a topic about which they know nothing (or barely anything). This site will give them experience reading informational text on a topic they wonder about. Partner weaker readers with others who may be able to help them read the text-heavier articles. Have students read and research individually or in small groups taking notes using a simple graphic organizer from 25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. Use this opportunity to teach summarizing, and citing sources. Cool Kid Facts is a great tool to build background knowledge about all sorts of topics!
Grades8 to 12
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In the ClassroomIntroduce this program to your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an immediate attention grabber to begin your Edgar Allen Poe unit. Explore together and have students explore on their own or in groups. Provide the link on your website for students to continue to explore at home. Have students create online posters individually or in small groups to advertise their favorite part of "The Pit and The Pendulum." Use a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a story character or Edgar Allen Poe himself.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInvite parents and students as you create albums of specific events such as field trips, service projects, hands-on activities, field experiences, class speakers, and more. Anywhere photos can be used to showcase achievement, this service would be a great resource. Use for any project, class explanation of concepts, experiments, or demonstrations. Resource teachers, speech teachers, or world language teachers can collect images into "albums" for students to practice/develop speech and vocabulary. In science class when having students do insect collections, instead of having them collect the actual specimens, have them take pictures using their phones or digital cameras. Have the students upload to the album at home, and then they can create a multimedia project with the pictures and statistics of the specimen. Students can snap a picture anywhere, with any device, and upload to the web to use in class or cooperative groups. This tool would be great for clubs and performance groups as well! Do you send a newsletter home to parents? Try creating a heading made from a collage of your latest class activity. Use a program such as Mosaic Maker, reviewed here, to create a collage. Though the content is private, monitor student photos and comments as nothing would be prohibited by Homeroom. You will be notified of all new content.
GradesK to 6
tag(s): addition (238), alphabet (90), alphabetical order (19), antonyms (26), base ten (12), colors (80), counting (119), decimals (131), fractions (235), geometric shapes (163), human body (125), maps (291), money (190), multiplication (220), percent (81), phonics (72), sentences (50), synonyms (38), time (141), vowels (13), word study (79)
In the ClassroomDemonstrate how to use widgets using a projector or interactive whiteboard with your students. Use these activities for center time, indoor recess, or as rewards for students. Add widgets to your class website or wiki throughout the year. Get help with embedding almost anything into your website from this informative blog, reviewed here. Challenge students to complete activities then journal and share their experience. Have students use Ourboox, reviewed here, to create a beautiful, page-flipping digital book in minutes, and they can embed the book alongside the games on a class wiki.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomBookmark (or save in your favorites) Time and Date on your classroom computers for students to use throughout the year. Find out the local time and temperature in countries as you study them, count down the number of days until spring break or the end of the school year. Use the stopwatch or timer/alarm for timing class activities. Create a personal classroom calendar. This is a perfect addition to your Calendar Math lessons in elementary school. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as you count how many days you have been in school, daily weather, or a countdown to a special occasion. The possibilities are endless using all of Time and Date's features! Include time/date conversions for online conferences you will hold with parents who are deployed or traveling in different time zones. Share meeting dates/times for Skype sessions using the time conversions so everyone is "on time." Humor your fellow teachers by warning them of the upcoming full moon and its supposed effect on student behavior!
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Easyclass to manage and organize any classroom. Maintain a classroom calendar so students can easily find due dates and deadlines for homework and projects. Share information with parents to keep them up to date. Use the discussion feature as a resource for keeping students involved over long holidays or on a snow day. EasyClass is an interactive and collaborative program; have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they read using EasyClass. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse Novels on Location to find novels corresponding to geography and cultural lessons. Use this site as an example to create your own novel locations map. Share the locations using Google Earth (reviewed here). Challenge your students to choose novels from several different locations to compare and discuss the role of setting in the themes of the novels.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomIt can be tempting to relegate resources like this one to a special unit during Women's History Month, but the primary sources here need to be integrated throughout any study of civil rights in general and the importance of universal suffrage to a modern democracy. While the sources may all be related to the fight for votes for women, much of the content is also relevant in understanding the social and political history of the United States, particularly during the 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plans are comprehensive and include printable discussion guides and worksheets, as well as extension activities. They are standards aligned and Common Core compatible. For the extension activities, consider asking students to create a multimedia project rather than an essay. Either Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Both of these tools will allow students to create a multimedia magazine or booklet. You may also want to require students create a magazine cover using Magazine Cover Maker, reviewed here, to summarize info in their magazine with titles and as a way for them to double check and make sure they are not missing any requirements.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this program to use with units throughout the school year. Use as a text selection guide to build your knowledge and implementation of the Common Core standards. Use the guide for choosing Common Core suitable texts. Create lesson plans for favorite books, poems, articles and more.
Grades7 to 9
In the ClassroomTeachers sign up for the full program using their email, and then set up student accounts. The quickest way to understand and get started with SportsNetwork 2 is to click on the video. View the Teacher and Student Resources link in the middle of the page. Use the ten minute demo to introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students complete this 20-hour learning game on their own in class or as homework, too. Students print out reports to show completion of each section. The text portions might be challenging for ESL/ELL students or struggling readers. Pair weaker readers with strong readers as necessary. Completion of the activity could be scheduled by giving each student time on the class computers or scheduling the computer lab several days a week for part of the period.
Includes an education-only area for teachers and students
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Includes teacher tools for registering and/or monitoring students