TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 25, 2015

Here are this week's features. Clicking the tags in the description area of each listing will present a list of other resources with this topic. | Click here to return to the Featured Sites Archive

 

Less
More

International Dot Day - Reynolds Center for Teaching Learning & Creativity

Grades
K to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
  
Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Become part of a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration on International Dot Day. Formed in response to The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds, this day is set aside to rekindle and inspire the power of creativity in all of us. Sign up for free to download the Educators Handbook. Explore the site to find many pictures of Dot Day in action. Don't forget to follow International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world. Sign up to become a member of the Dot Day Community and celebrate with others around the world each September! Some of the videos are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view them 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): creativity (108), cross cultural understanding (115), literature (275)

In the Classroom

Although the official International Dot Day is in September, use ideas from the site to inspire creativity and collaboration throughout the year. Read The Dot to students and encourage them to collaborate ways they can make their mark in the world. Challenge older students to explore their place in the world through the use of a blog such as Throwww, reviewed here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided. Throwww is as easy as using a basic Word program! Consider following International Dot Day on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with all of the latest updates from around the world.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Eat: The Story of Food - National Geographic

Grades
4 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
  
Eat: The Story of Food is an accompaniment to the National Geographic series of the same title. Choose from six different categories to learn more about the evolution of food ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Eat: The Story of Food is an accompaniment to the National Geographic series of the same title. Choose from six different categories to learn more about the evolution of food and eating habits. Scroll through to the bottom of each "course" to view videos, read short articles, and browse short slide show presentations. Easily share the entire site or individual sections using social networking share buttons.

tag(s): food chains (22), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector to explore the evolution of food together as a class. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects, have students explore on their own and choose a category for further exploration. Have students or groups collect additional ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Ice and Sky - Association Wild-Touch and Luc Jacquet

Grades
8 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
  
Learn about the history of climate change through the scientific explorations of Claude Lorius. View the entire interactive as a slide show or use the menu to explore specific content...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Learn about the history of climate change through the scientific explorations of Claude Lorius. View the entire interactive as a slide show or use the menu to explore specific content such as Exploring Ancient Climates or Man Disrupts the Giants of Nature. The tutorial explains how to display and download related documents from the site. Add any screen to create a personalized lesson, or download and display documents from the Ice and Sky educational program. Downloads include videos and educational booklets. The site seems to work well on Chrome, and not as well on Safari.

tag(s): antarctica (29), climate change (64), slides (60), video (251), weather (187)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Challenge students to create a multimedia presentation on climate change using UTellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows for narrating and adding text to a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to use), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a map (choose locations, add text, images, and videos to demonstrate the effect of climate change) using Tour Builder, reviewed here. Have students use Bio Cube, reviewed here, to create a biography about Claude Lorius.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

LEGO Friends Story Maker - LEGO

Grades
K to 3
0 Favorites 0  Comments
   
Design and create your own three-page stories using LEGO characters from Heartlake City. Click on one of the three books to begin and use links to add characters, stickers, emojis,...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Design and create your own three-page stories using LEGO characters from Heartlake City. Click on one of the three books to begin and use links to add characters, stickers, emojis, and text. Continue to add new pages and edit as desired. When finished, click on each finished page to save to your computer as PNG file and then print them.

tag(s): creative writing (167), digital storytelling (135), interactive stories (31), preK (275), stories and storytelling (30)

In the Classroom

LEGO Friends Story Maker is perfect for use with a projector or interactive whiteboard to demonstrate story elements. Create stories together as a class while adding characters, setting, and a storyline. Save your class-created stories and print for student to read on their own as part of a reading center.
 

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Math 4 Raft Race - Learn Alberta

Grades
3 to 6
0 Favorites 1  Comments
 
Help Carl and his friends enter the school raft race challenge. Use your math skills to collect the four items needed to build a raft. Complete as many activities as ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Help Carl and his friends enter the school raft race challenge. Use your math skills to collect the four items needed to build a raft. Complete as many activities as possible to enhance the quality of your raft. Practice your skills with basic operations, symmetry, time, equations, diagrams, and more. When finished, watch what happens when Carl and his friends enter the race!

tag(s): equations (155), symmetry (54), time (144), venn diagrams (16)

In the Classroom

Introduce the Raft Race on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore and play on their own. Share a link to the site on your class website for students to play at home. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on time, symmetry, equations, and more. Use ideas from this activity and have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to explain what they learned.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Comments

In the fractions section in the lumber yard, there is an error in the program. Even though an activity is listed as correct, the program does not place a check mark on the activity to show that it was completed successfully. Note from the editor: Thank you for the information about this tool. Sharon, PA, Grades: 0 - 8

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Strimko Puzzles - The Grabarchuck Family

Grades
4 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
Strimko Puzzles provides a wide variety of sudoku-type puzzles for online play or download. Click the play link below any puzzle, and then choose a difficulty level to begin. Use ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Strimko Puzzles provides a wide variety of sudoku-type puzzles for online play or download. Click the play link below any puzzle, and then choose a difficulty level to begin. Use links at the bottom corner of each puzzle to restart, show the solution, and read directions on how to play. Choose download to receive a PDF with all three difficulty levels of a puzzle to print.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (192), logic (229), problem solving (258), puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

Share the Strimko Puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector to play as a class. Use as a math center or for rainy day recess. Create a link to the puzzles on classroom computers or your class website. Strimko Puzzles are a great find for use with gifted students to practice logic and problem-solving skills. Challenge students to work through each difficulty level of the puzzles.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Happier - Nataly Kogan

Grades
3 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
 
Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out,...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Share positive moments and increase your happiness! Share by describing your happy moment, upload a picture (not required), and place it in categories you create, such as working out, family, and more. Click Share to share with others, including on Twitter or Facebook. Why use categories? If you are lacking motivation for working out, viewing your positive messages from before can definitely help! Connect with others and comment on their happy moments! Read helpful tips to center you on happiness, find mini-courses, and use daily reminders to increase your happiness. Read the many articles on your journey to a happier YOU! This site/app is easy to use with today's busy lives, and interactivity is grounded in actual science.

tag(s): mental health (26), psychology (64)

In the Classroom

With testing, social pressure, and the desire to do well, use Happier in class to celebrate the small steps and successes on which students should be focusing. Teach students to identify positives along the way, no matter what the test or situation's outcome. Consider asking what did you learn from the situation? Identify categories that encompass all of the student's lives and focus on finding happy moments in all areas. Be sure to use this yourself! Find the positives in every facet of your day building happiness day by day. Psychology and Sociology classes can use this as an experiment about happiness, collecting student or family data through the year.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Reddit - Reddit.com

Grades
9 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
   
Reddit democratizes news through voting on the headlines that matter to you. Though informative, it is not eye catching. Simply "upvote" or "downvote" a headline to bring it higher...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Reddit democratizes news through voting on the headlines that matter to you. Though informative, it is not eye catching. Simply "upvote" or "downvote" a headline to bring it higher (or lower) in the news column. Curate the best stuff on Reddit by creating a Subreddit. Note: New accounts are unable to make a Subreddit without time spent being active in the community. Search or view the various Subreddits for a topic of your choice. To make a Subreddit, choose "Create your own Subreddit." On the left-hand side are the boxes for your Subreddits (under the Multireddit label). Subscribe to various threads of interest through the subscribe button. As you subscribe to the threads, your Reddit page will change to show these subscriptions. Some threads are Ask Me Anything (AMA), and the poster will answer when you ask. As Reddit is Social Networking, be sure to look at the comments of others before sharing with students. Since you can curate your own topics, this may not be a major concern.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): microblogging (44), news (261), social networking (112)

In the Classroom

Use Reddit to show the uniqueness and value of topics by the upvotes and downvotes. Also discuss the thinking behind the upvotes and downvotes. Comments to the posts offer more detailed information to portions of the topic that can lead to different points of view, deeper analysis, and discussion of related topics. Since the average person and professionals use Reddit, students can ask a question to get crowdsourced answers such as "How to write a better term paper?" View the various topics that have high or poor ratings and determine whether rating is based upon facts or opinion. Students can find various topics for term papers or research by viewing the Reddit topics. Reddit is also popular for finding peer review journals and tutorials.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Word Mover - ReadWriteThink

Grades
2 to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
   
Use Word Mover to assemble found poems from word tiles. Use word banks, existing famous works, or create your own word tiles. Experiment with word placement, size, font, color options,...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Use Word Mover to assemble found poems from word tiles. Use word banks, existing famous works, or create your own word tiles. Experiment with word placement, size, font, color options, and six backgrounds. Register with a username and save to your device, send as email, or print. Find an introduction video here. Word Mover will work on any device that uses a web browser and Flash. There is also an app for both iPads and Android devices.

tag(s): creative writing (167), creativity (108), DAT device agnostic tool (192), grammar (217), poetry (229), sentences (52), writing (355)

In the Classroom

Word Mover is a perfect tool to use with an interactive whiteboard or projector for a class activity for constructing sentences. Employ this tool in this manner to teach simple lessons about subject-verb agreement, complex sentences (with proper punctuation), or any grammar lesson. Write a found poem from a descriptive informational article with the proper attribution and citation. Use on class computers and at literacy stations. If you are lucky enough to have iPads, have students use the text to speech feature to listen to their creations. ESL/ELL students especially will benefit from hearing their sentence construction. With older students, creating found poems can be a non-threatening outlet for creativity and self-expression. Have students use a found poem for a book they've read, or a particularly descriptive article about an interest of theirs (sports, animals, music, and more). National Geographic is a good source to find descriptive informational writing.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

25 Moments That Changed America - Time Magazine

Grades
6 to 12
1 Favorites 0  Comments
Take a look at what leading experts consider the 25 moments that changed 20th century America in this interesting list from Time. Click through the slideshow or view all moments ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Take a look at what leading experts consider the 25 moments that changed 20th century America in this interesting list from Time. Click through the slideshow or view all moments in one list. Each event, listed in chronological order, also includes a summary and photograph. A few also include a video clip. Click on the links at the bottom of each moment to view more information from the Time Vault.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): 20th century (50), civil rights (117), presidents (129), womens suffrage (25)

In the Classroom

Use this site to introduce any lesson or unit on 20th century America with an interactive whiteboard or projector. At the end of a 20th century unit, have students create their own list individually or as a group before sharing this site. This site contains many events that may be unfamiliar to most younger Americans, use it as an opportunity to explore these events further. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share information from different events. This is a good informational reading source to help meet your Common Core Standards.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Multimedia Mania Project Checklist - MidLink Magazine

Grades
5 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
Do you need a checklist for students to use before submitting multimedia projects? This site provides a printable list (pdf) that covers several areas such as mechanics, documentation,...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Do you need a checklist for students to use before submitting multimedia projects? This site provides a printable list (pdf) that covers several areas such as mechanics, documentation, and quality of content. Check off each item on the list, multiply the weight, and come up with the total points.

tag(s): assessment (99), multimedia (52), rubrics (32)

In the Classroom

Use this checklist as it is or as a starting point for creating your own rubric for any project. Not sure how to build your own rubric? See Rubrics to the Rescue, here. Share with students when assigning any project and ask them to complete it and turn it in with the project when done. Create a link on your web page or blog so students (and parents) can access information from home. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools, reviewed here.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Mathematics Instructional Resources - Los Angeles Unified School District

Grades
K to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
  
The Los Angeles Unified School District offers resources for math instruction in all grades and correlated to Common Core Standards. Choose from elementary, middle, or high school links...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

The Los Angeles Unified School District offers resources for math instruction in all grades and correlated to Common Core Standards. Choose from elementary, middle, or high school links to find curriculum maps, lessons, and assessments offered by grade level or high school curriculum topic. Middle and High School links also provide intervention through tutorial labs. Be sure to check out the printable article Opening Strong in a Common Core Classroom that provides many suggestions and strategies for the first ten days of school.

tag(s): assessment (99), commoncore (92), professional development (123)

In the Classroom

Bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and curriculum maps provided. Share with colleagues as you plan Common Core lessons. Use the intervention links provided for middle and high school students to reinforce and review topics. Share the Opening Strong in a Common Core Classroom article with your back to school activities.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

A Day in the Life: Dress the Part - History.org

Grades
5 to 12
0 Favorites 0  Comments
 
Dress the Part is an interactive that teaches about eighteenth-century clothing and its relationship to social status in Virginia. Choose a member from different social statuses such...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Dress the Part is an interactive that teaches about eighteenth-century clothing and its relationship to social status in Virginia. Choose a member from different social statuses such as field slaves up to the gentry. Learn about that place in society and choose the proper clothing. When your member of society is appropriately dressed, read more about their situation and social status.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): 1700s (23), slavery (72), virginia (16)

In the Classroom

Use this activity to introduce the idea of social classifications during the 1700's. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Challenge students to create an interactive map and tell a digital story about a society member's ancestry and movements. Use a tool such as Tour Builder, reviewed here. With Tour Builder, you can add locations, text, images, and videos to build the story. A simpler project would be to ask students to use Cube Creator, reviewed here, and design a Bio Cube about different members of Virginia society.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close

Less
More

Over the Edge - ChildU

Grades
K to 3
1 Favorites 0  Comments
 
Learn about directions and use a compass rose with this interactive. Answer a few short questions as the activity loads, and then follow directions to locate items on the grid. ...more
Here is the direct link to share this resource review. Feel free to copy and paste this URL into an email or place it on your web page or blog so others can read this TeachersFirst review:

 Close Link

Learn about directions and use a compass rose with this interactive. Answer a few short questions as the activity loads, and then follow directions to locate items on the grid.

tag(s): compasses (4), maps (287)

In the Classroom

Use Over the Edge on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce cardinal directions and how to use a compass rose. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Share a link on your class website for students to practice at home.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

Add your comments below (available only to members) | Become a Member

Rating (click star to set rating):

Close comment form

You must be registered and logged in to add items to your favorites.
Use the form at the top of the page to log in, or click here to join TeachersFirst (it's free!).

Close