TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Aug 16, 2015

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Word Sort - Houghton Mifflin Company

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K to 6
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Word Sort offers practice with word patterns for grades 1 through 6. Choose a grade level to begin, and then a unit to start the activity. Even though this is ...more
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Word Sort offers practice with word patterns for grades 1 through 6. Choose a grade level to begin, and then a unit to start the activity. Even though this is a Houghton Mifflin site and the tool is aligned to their Spelling and Vocabulary materials, those materials are not necessary to complete activities. Drag and drop words into the categories provided, play activities with or without a timer. Upon completion, activities provide feedback on words sorted correctly on the first try and words that needed multiple attempts. With the Word Search, highlight words you find in the puzzle that match the list.

tag(s): spelling (168), word study (80)

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Demonstrate how to play on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then create a link on classroom computers for use as a center. Use Word Sort to differentiate for different student abilities. Have students complete a word sort and then find additional words that use the word pattern found in the activity.
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Algebra vs The Cockroaches - hotmath

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5 to 9
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Use your algebra skills to destroy cockroaches as they travel in a straight line across the screen. Choose your weapon to begin: rocket, laser gun, sprayer, or shoe. Determine the ...more
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Use your algebra skills to destroy cockroaches as they travel in a straight line across the screen. Choose your weapon to begin: rocket, laser gun, sprayer, or shoe. Determine the correct equation of a line in slope-intercept form to stop them in their tracks. Click on hints for additional help along the way. Be fast, if 16 cockroaches appear before finding the correct equation, they win!

tag(s): equations (155), number lines (22)

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Use Algebra vs The Cockroaches as an entertaining introduction or review of lines and slope. Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students play on their own on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link on your class website for practice at home.
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Safe YouTube Videos - Wessam El Mahdy

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K to 12
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a...more
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Confidently share YouTube videos without distractions or offensive comments with Safe YouTube (no registration required!). Paste the URL of a YouTube link into the bar to generate a safe view link and begin viewing. Use links provided to download or share through social networking sites. If your district blocks YouTube, then 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): classroom management (134), internet safety (108), video (253)

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Share "distraction-free" videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Removing distractions and having confidence in removing any offensive content makes for a better learning experience. Use this tool to limit distractions for your ADD/ADHD, Autistic, unfocused Gifted, and other special needs students. Less distraction = better learning experience for all.

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Patch - Tim Armstrong

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6 to 12
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Patch is an online newspaper created to provide local information to its readers. By default, readers see top news for the USA including trending information, business news, and arts...more
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Patch is an online newspaper created to provide local information to its readers. By default, readers see top news for the USA including trending information, business news, and arts and entertainment. Personalize your feed by entering your zip code or city. Share your story or photos by clicking on "Post on Patch" and following the instructions. Create an account to share your story and photos. Commenting on articles does not require an account. Comments are public, so be sure to check articles before sharing.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94)

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Patch is ideal for use when learning about your community. Create a link on classroom computers for students to read and explore. Become a contributor to Patch by sharing stories of events and information from your school and classroom. Have students contribute top stories locally with those from around the nation (or world). Put in the name of any city in the US for students to read about local information. If you have penpals or collaborate with another classroom via Twitter, learn more about their community through Patch.

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energy4me - energy4me

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1 to 12
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Energy4me offers a large variety of resources for teaching and learning about oil and energy. Click on the little book titled About Energy and Sustainability to find an interactive...more
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Energy4me offers a large variety of resources for teaching and learning about oil and energy. Click on the little book titled About Energy and Sustainability to find an interactive about those topics. Clicking on the Into the Classroom book takes you to download-able lesson plans and more. Lesson plans are for all grade levels, in several languages, and all are correlated to US National Science Education Standards. Be sure to explore this site to find additional classroom resources, videos, and presentation materials. Choose from several interactives to test your energy IQ.

tag(s): careers (132), energy (197), engineering (125), fossil fuels (18), oil (45), STEM (134)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans (and interactives, of course). Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share videos from the site as part of your career unit. Be sure to provide a link to interactives on classroom computers and your class web page for students to explore on their own.
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Study Body Language - Study-Body-Language

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1 to 12
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Communicate more effectively with students, parents, and administrators with Study Body Language, a site that promotes nonverbal communication. Discover the many ways people communicate...more
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Communicate more effectively with students, parents, and administrators with Study Body Language, a site that promotes nonverbal communication. Discover the many ways people communicate non-verbally through facial expressions, gestures, touch, tone, volume, the rate of voice, personal space, eye contact, physical appearance, and hygiene. Discover how to hone your skills in reading others' body language. Learn ways to promote yourself using posture and attitude. A collection of videos from various sources helps you see concrete examples of reading nonverbal communications. If your district blocks YouTube, some 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. Join the blog and RSS feed to get even more videos and ideas on nonverbal communication.
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tag(s): autism (22), back to school (58), debate (41), gifted (96), speech (92)

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As a professional educator, nonverbal body language greatly impacts your teaching, communication with students, colleagues, parents, and presentations. Improve your nonverbal communication skills by reviewing different parts of the site. Feature on the interactive whiteboard (or projector) as part of instructions for student presentations to offer important tips for success. Use as a resource for any autistic children or children who have difficulty communicating. Give to parents as a resource for when their student is practicing a project presentation, or with their student who needs extra assistance in communication. Fuel your debate team with these important tips. During leadership classes or activities, these can become important lesson ideas and resources. During practice for job or college interviews, have students discover important ways to communicate.
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OldNYC - Mapping Historical Photographs of New York City - New York Public Library's Milstein Collection

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6 to 12
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Discover New York City's rich historical past with this collection of photographs from the 1870's through the 1970's. View photos placed according to location using Google Maps. Scroll...more
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Discover New York City's rich historical past with this collection of photographs from the 1870's through the 1970's. View photos placed according to location using Google Maps. Scroll through popular photos or explore the map to find images from around all of New York City.

tag(s): 1900s (33), 20th century (51), images (265), new york (26), photography (160)

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If you teach about local history, inspire students by sharing this site first, then have them create a wiki about your town! Not comfortable with wikis? Check out TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Get your interactive whiteboard or projector ready for this photographic journey. Share photos from different time periods as you study different eras from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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The Teacher Toolkit - The Region 13 Educator Certification Program (ECP)

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K to 12
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Find many strategies and techniques to keep your class engaged and interested! Many of the strategies are also helpful in adult meetings. View the short video on the home page ...more
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Find many strategies and techniques to keep your class engaged and interested! Many of the strategies are also helpful in adult meetings. View the short video on the home page to get a good overview of what to find and how to navigate this site. See the Strategies and Techniques, or Tools, by clicking on the button. Not only will all the tools be displayed, but on the left find a menu with categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. There are Opening and Closing Activities, Checks for Understanding, Reading Strategies, and more. There is no sign in to see all the activities. However, by joining the site, you will be able to take and save notes for the different tools of interest. Each tool has an overview of how and when to use it, variations of the tool, and templates (downloaded in Word) for participants to use. Some tools have accompanying videos to show the tool in action. The video clips require Flash, the rest of the site does not.

tag(s): back to school (58), classroom management (134), reading strategies (44)

In the Classroom

Keep lessons engaging and interactive with these Tools. For instance use the Quiz, Quiz, Trade activity to get students up and to interact with questions for review before a test. To structure a meaningful discussion try the 5-3-1 activity. Use the Gallery Walk to review and get students discussing the unit or topic just finished. With the Gallery Walk, student groups could create posters (maybe a picture summary of something just read in class) and walk around observing and taking notes from others' posters. There are dozens more for you to try at The Teacher Toolkit.
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Game of Chromes - Meredith Martin

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5 to 12
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Game of Chromes is a printable set of flash cards teaching about Google and Google tools. Choose "Open Editor" in the tools to edit and customize for your needs. When ...more
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Game of Chromes is a printable set of flash cards teaching about Google and Google tools. Choose "Open Editor" in the tools to edit and customize for your needs. When finished, print double-sided on cardstock to use.

tag(s): computers (94), flash cards (46), search engines (65), spreadsheets (17)

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Print this set of flash cards for use when introducing or reviewing Google tools. Modify and change the cards to fit any unit. For example, create a complete set just for Google Documents or Google Search. Have students edit the flash cards for review on creating slide shows or spreadsheets. Use this set of flash cards as an opening when presenting information on Google to other teachers and staff.

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PrepFactory - Darin Singh

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9 to 12
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PrepFactory is a free SAT and ACT preparation site. Sign up using email, Facebook, or your Google account to begin. Choose a test and then start watching videos or answering ...more
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PrepFactory is a free SAT and ACT preparation site. Sign up using email, Facebook, or your Google account to begin. Choose a test and then start watching videos or answering practice questions. Earn experience points along the way as you unlock different problem sets and view videos.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Share PrepFactory with students and parents as they prepare for SAT and ACT tests. Share this as an alternative to paid programs. Create a class account and practice together. Problem sets and videos are timed and only include a few questions at a time making it perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector for short study sessions.

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The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story - Dan Meyer

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7 to 12
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This blog details very specifically how to introduce and teach mathematical tasks through storytelling. Begin by choosing the first link that introduces the storytelling tasks through...more
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This blog details very specifically how to introduce and teach mathematical tasks through storytelling. Begin by choosing the first link that introduces the storytelling tasks through a "brief series" of video clips. On the landing page, click on the video to display the entire 36 minutes. Scroll to the bottom to find the series of clips. Follow the next link to find a Google document with many different tasks. Included in the document is information about the resource, standards addressed, and suggested task question. Click on the Task Title to view the problem.

tag(s): equations (155), geometric shapes (163), money (193), percent (82), perimeter (32), variables (22), volume (45)

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Work together with a colleague to learn more about the Three Acts Mathematical tasks strategy. Use tasks in your classroom for enrichment for gifted students, as extra credit, or as weekly homework. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here, to share steps for the problem solving process.

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Human Footprint Interactive - National Geographic

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5 to 12
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Discover the impact of your choices with this interactive showing how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Use the menu to look around the interactive and find ...more
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Discover the impact of your choices with this interactive showing how much of the world you use in your lifetime. Use the menu to look around the interactive and find out how many items you consume in your lifetime compared to the rest of the world. Choose the "Do More With This Resource" link to find links to related resources on the National Geographic site.

tag(s): natural resources (59), sustainability (19)

In the Classroom

Ask students to blog (or journal) about their food consumption and distance traveled for a week before introducing this interactive. Consider having students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students use the information in their blogs in the interactive. Compare your class results with another class in your school.
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Simple Sticky Notes - Simnet Limited

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1 to 12
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Find your sticky notes with the click of a button. Post your important notes or lists to your home screen on your computer quickly and easily. Download the software and ...more
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Find your sticky notes with the click of a button. Post your important notes or lists to your home screen on your computer quickly and easily. Download the software and begin writing notes. Easily delete with one button. Change color, theme, or text type on each sticky note if you desire.
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tag(s): brainstorming (23), graphic organizers (43), note taking (32)

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Stay organized and never lose that sticky note again! Make notes for conferences, lab materials, books needed, or even parent conferences. Use on your interactive whiteboard to create a fun brainstorming session. Use as a way to motivate unorganized students. Post a link on your class web page as a tool for students and even parents! Post on student computers and fill with inspirational messages, vocabulary or spelling words, or even for reflection questions.

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Online Tracking: You're Being Watched - backgroundcheck.org

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5 to 12
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Learn about the digital trail you leave as you browse online and how to manage it with this helpful infographic. Information includes who is tracking you and how they do ...more
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Learn about the digital trail you leave as you browse online and how to manage it with this helpful infographic. Information includes who is tracking you and how they do it as well as what they may do with the information gathered. Helpful tips offer advice for what you can do to opt out of tracking and become more secure online.

tag(s): digital citizenship (58), infographics (42), internet safety (108)

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Share this infographic on an interactive whiteboard or projector as you discuss online safety in your classroom. Be sure to share this information with parents for discussion at home. Use the code provided to embed the infographic on your class web page or blog. Have students explore different topics on this site and then create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.

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Use to discuss digital footprint. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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