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Literacy Connections - Educators Circle, LLC.

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K to 6
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Literacy Connections provides information on reading: teaching and tutoring techniques for all ages (young child, adult literacy) and ESL/ELL students. Find resources that are useful...more
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Literacy Connections provides information on reading: teaching and tutoring techniques for all ages (young child, adult literacy) and ESL/ELL students. Find resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and tutors. Topics include; read aloud, fingerplays, readers theater, songs, spelling, high frequency words, writing instruction, the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, the best in children's literature and more. Broaden your knowledge for ESL/ELL, literacy programs, and parent information. The (many) articles are well written and cover a broad variety of topics such as learning the letters of the alphabet, encouraging your student (or child) to be a reader, reading aloud, and many others.
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tag(s): alphabet (90), literature (276), phonics (72), preK (290), readers theater (17), reading comprehension (118), sight words (37), spelling (166), word study (79)

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Make your reading and writing workshop come alive with a wealth of resources and information at your fingertips. Help your school volunteer program or business partnership with background training to work effectively with your students. Share this one on your website as a link for parents. Periodically revisit to be sure your language arts program has the most useful and meaningful components. Gifted and ESL/ELL programs will greatly benefit from additional ideas and fun activities for whole group instruction, centers, or even homework practice.
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Interactive whiteboard Resources for Teachers - Teacher LED

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K to 12
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This site has great simulations in Math that can be used with an Interactive Whiteboard. Math categories include "Algebra," "Data Handling," "Number," "Shape, Space, and Measure," and...more
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This site has great simulations in Math that can be used with an Interactive Whiteboard. Math categories include "Algebra," "Data Handling," "Number," "Shape, Space, and Measure," and "General Maths." Specific topics include "Reading Scales," "Rotational Symmetry," "Shop Addition," "Prime Snakes," and "Number Cylinder." Information and ideas for use on each Interactive can be found both on the site and as an Adobe PDF download. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): addition (238), data (148), division (167), multiplication (220), numbers (199), prime numbers (32), subtraction (198), symmetry (54), vision (86)

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Show difficult-to-understand concepts on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these Interactives by having students predict outcomes and then carry out the experiment, such as in rolling die to determine probabilities. Students can then apply the information to a new set of problems. Use many of the interactives as a class game. Though perfect for the whiteboard, they can also be used on individual computers or as a computer learning station.
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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Utah State University

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K to 12
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This celebrated collection of countless interactive math activities was created by Utah State University. Use the simple grid to find activities by grade level (pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and...more
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This celebrated collection of countless interactive math activities was created by Utah State University. Use the simple grid to find activities by grade level (pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)and topic: numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis & probability. Specific virtual manipulatives include attribute blocks, geoboards, pattern blocks, algebra tiles, and numerous others. Nearly all of the activities require JAVA. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), probability (130), tangrams (14)

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What a perfect tool to help your visual learners connect the dots in math class. All activities are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is also an excellent resource to use for re-teaching skills, additional practice, enrichment activities, or even advanced activities for your gifted students. Learning support teachers will appreciate the alternative way to present math topics in a "hands-on" format. Be sure to include this website as a link on your classroom web page.
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Daily 5 - K-5 Literacy Connections

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K to 5
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View four short videos of a teacher and her first-grade students as they practice the Daily 5 routines. These videos give a great beginning overview of how this structured literacy...more
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View four short videos of a teacher and her first-grade students as they practice the Daily 5 routines. These videos give a great beginning overview of how this structured literacy time functions in the classroom. Each video is six minutes or less. Also find a Pacing Guide for the first 23 days of a Daily 5 routine. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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): independent reading (130), literacy (107), reading comprehension (118), reading strategies (47), video (273), vocabulary development (125), word study (79)

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Although these videos feature a first-grade classroom, the Daily 5 routines are great to use for any elementary grade. If the Daily 5 is new to your classroom, these videos will be a great asset in helping you understand what you do, what the students do, and how all of it sounds and looks. Once you have viewed the videos, click on the Pacing Guide to view what to do for the first 23 days while implementing the Daily 5.

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Google CS First - Google

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5 to 9
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Google CS First is a program for clubs to increase access and teach computer science to 4th-8th-grade students. All training and materials are free for anyone hosting a club in ...more
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Google CS First is a program for clubs to increase access and teach computer science to 4th-8th-grade students. All training and materials are free for anyone hosting a club in the U.S. Materials offer lessons based on themes such as storytelling, sports, social media, friends, and fashion and design. In addition to lesson materials, Google CS provides online training information for club leaders.

tag(s): animation (65), coding (50), critical thinking (110), digital storytelling (156), gamification (74), musical notation (37), problem solving (272), social media (17), sports (97), stories and storytelling (32)

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Create a club in your classroom as part of your STEM activities, as a lunch/recess club, or an at-home activity for students. Use the flyers and presentation materials provided to create interest in the club. Differentiate clubs by student interests and abilities. Share Google CS First with your school's media or tech leader as an excellent resource for teaching coding. This site is perfect for those who want to learn more about coding, but have some hesitancy since all materials from creating a group through the lessons are free. If you still have some doubts, enlist the services of a tech-savvy high school student to help with activities as part of their volunteering requirements.

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OK2Ask: Daily 5 With a Technology Twist - TeachersFirst

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K to 8
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. What is the Daily 5? How can you infuse technology into your Daily 5?...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. What is the Daily 5? How can you infuse technology into your Daily 5? This session offers an introduction to the Daily 5. Learn what the Daily 5 is and how it can work in your elementary or middle school classroom. Explore resources to learn more about the Daily 5. Find tools that will work with your students. This session is for teachers at all technology comfort levels.

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Find tools from this session to incorporate technology into Daily 5 structure. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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TV411 - Finance - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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6 to 12
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Find web lessons, videos, and downloads about timely and necessary financial topics. Learn about credit card financing, hidden costs, and paychecks. Each lesson begins with an introduction...more
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Find web lessons, videos, and downloads about timely and necessary financial topics. Learn about credit card financing, hidden costs, and paychecks. Each lesson begins with an introduction to the activity including questions to answer. Feedback is given to the questions, including an explanation of the correct answer. Use the print downloads for creating a budget to use as an activity in class.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (190)

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Include this site in a course on personal finance, business, or consumer science. It would also be very useful as a real world application for math skills. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review financial topics. Take advantage of the free lesson plans. Share the videos with your class as you study finance and the economy. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or blog.
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ClassTag - Vlada Lotkina and Jason Olim

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K to 12
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ClassTag is a cloud-based management system for teachers to engage parents in their classroom community. Instead of parents signing up, teachers add emails to send out invitations to...more
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ClassTag is a cloud-based management system for teachers to engage parents in their classroom community. Instead of parents signing up, teachers add emails to send out invitations to participate. All included emails receive notice of updates and information even without signing up. ClassTag allows teachers to view who has read announcements and other pertinent information. Another option allows teachers to send out a weekly newsletter including personal notes and updates.

tag(s): chat (53), classroom management (148), communication (5), parent conferences (23), parents (58)

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Create a free account to use for all your classes, and even your extracurricular activities, to send homework, project, and supply reminders. Remind parents of upcoming events, practices, or items students need to bring to class or practice. Remind parents of big tests, report cards, field trips, deadlines, back to school night, sneaker days, conferences, and more. Set up a faculty reminder group within your school for emergency closures and more.

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Beyondpad - Arturs Girons

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K to 12
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Beyondpad is an organizing tool on steroids! Use this tool to create templates to track time spent on any task, build checklists, take notes, and save online information. Add tags ...more
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Beyondpad is an organizing tool on steroids! Use this tool to create templates to track time spent on any task, build checklists, take notes, and save online information. Add tags to any item to unify and organize information. Upcoming features include images, calendars, and maps. Be sure to go into Beyondpad's Demo Mode for hands-on practice with all of the site's features. Beyondpad also includes apps for Chrome, Windows, and Firefox. The Demo Mode will not save your work unless you sign in with email and password or one of several social media accounts. At the time of this review there was one introduction video and it resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view it at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): classroom management (148), note taking (38), organizational skills (129)

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Create a class account to organize information into one easy to access place. Spell out the use of the site and what is allowed and not allowed -- and the penalties. Even though all students have the same login, create different notebooks for different tasks that students can use to upload information to be shared by all. Create separate accounts for student groups who can then share their notebook with other groups. Use tags to easily find and identify specific information. Create checklists of steps in a project. Place all notes in one place, so you do not forget. Use this tool easily in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. It may take some time to learn all of Beyondpad's many features, start by adding basic information and find out more as you begin to use this tool.

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Unite for Literacy Library - Unite for Literacy

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K to 8
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The Unite for Literacy Library offers many online books for young readers with audio. Browse through the home page to choose books to read from the library shelves. Narrow down ...more
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The Unite for Literacy Library offers many online books for young readers with audio. Browse through the home page to choose books to read from the library shelves. Narrow down your choices using picture icons for different themes such as animals or families. Select and click a book to read. Click the speaker icon to hear each page. The narration is also available in many languages from Arabic to Vietnamese.

tag(s): audio books (31), independent reading (130), preK (290)

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This site is one you must bookmark if you work with young readers! Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore and listen to books on their own. Unite for Literacy is perfect for use with ESL/ELL students for reading and hearing books in both English and their native language. Share a link to the site on your website or newsletter for use at home. World language teachers can use this site to have students listen to books in the language they are learning.

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Flipgrid One - Charlie Miller & Brad Hosack

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2 to 12
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Flipgrid is a video discussion tool with capabilities for sharing student responses through video. Flipgrid One is the free version of Flipgrid offering the use of a single grid to...more
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Flipgrid is a video discussion tool with capabilities for sharing student responses through video. Flipgrid One is the free version of Flipgrid offering the use of a single grid to incorporate the Flipgrid experience. Single grids allow users to include unlimited topics and student responses. This version also provides security settings including password protection. Begin by creating your grid and personalizing settings to fit your needs. Easy-to-follow directions guide users through the process of setting up a video response. When finished, use links to share the URL or embed your Flipgrid into a website. Students access your Flipgrid using the access code provided when sharing your topic.

tag(s): assessment (106), DAT device agnostic tool (167), video (273)

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Flipgrid One is a versatile tool for use in any subject. Create prompts for students to respond to about anything and everything. Challenge students to reflect on their learning at the end of a unit, research project, or literature circle. Here are just a few example questions to ask: What are some things you did well on this assignment? What mistakes did you make on your last assignment that you did not make on today's assignment? What would you do differently? What would you like to learn more about?

For professional use, create a topic for peers to discuss. Ideas might include discussing concerns with implementing new technology or curriculum. Have fellow teachers share articles of interest from professional journals. Use Flipgrid One to implement a book talk on a topic of interest.

Use Flipgrid as follow up for a flipped assignment. Ask students to explain what they understand and/or still don't understand about a concept. You can review the responses before class the next day. Use it as an exit "slip" before students leave class or as a warm up at the beginning of class (what do they remember about the lesson taught yesterday). World language students can practice speaking in their new language and choose the best video to turn into their teacher. Student or teacher can explain a series of steps in an assignment or concept, one at a time (great for differentiation). Math students can explain the steps they took to solve a problem and why. Art students can explain a creation, either theirs or a famous artists, talking about techniques. Music students can perform and explain their learning, or reflect on their performance.

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Quest: The Science of Sustainability - KQED, Inc.

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5 to 9
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Join the Quest and learn all about sustainability and interesting facts about the environment. Some of the interesting topics include A Hidden World Thrives Beneath the Snow, Farm Waste...more
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Join the Quest and learn all about sustainability and interesting facts about the environment. Some of the interesting topics include A Hidden World Thrives Beneath the Snow, Farm Waste Fashionistas, and Let Them Eat Flies. These highly engaging informational texts are great for meeting Common Core standards. Read articles, view video clips (with transcripts), and more. In addition to the main topics highlighted at this site, explore the related videos found at the bottom of the page. This site is often updated (based on the season), so check back often. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biodiversity (39), climate (93), energy (203), environment (319), sustainability (19)

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Use this resource in science classrooms to connect the importance of sustainability, water use, biodiversity, and other environmental issues to the world surrounding your students. Connect science to social studies (and vice versa) through the discussion of long term problems/hidden costs of unsustainable use of resources, challenges in crafting and enforcing government policies, and effects of environmental issues on other social problems. Use these articles to meet the Common Core standards for reading informational and digital texts. Share the video clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Assign cooperative learning groups a video/topic to explore and share with the class around Earth Day. Challenge cooperative learning groups (or partners) to create a story about their topic using a site such as StoryBird, reviewed here.
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TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills - Kent State University Libraries

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3 to 12
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TRAILS is a free online, interactive student assessment using multiple-choice questions on a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards....more
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TRAILS is a free online, interactive student assessment using multiple-choice questions on a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This easy, flexible tool is for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. TRAILS can be used for formative and summative evaluations in five category areas: Develop Topic, Identify Potential Sources, Use Search Strategies, Evaluate Sources and Information, Use Information Responsibly, Ethically, and Legally.

tag(s): assessment (106), digital citizenship (63), media literacy (58)

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Students can be evaluated in four separate grade-level tests. You must create accounts and new sessions to save student work and have it graded. Individual codes are assigned to students allowing teachers and students to review performance and teachers to generate reports. Questions have been aligned to the Common Core standards.

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CodeChef for Schools - Directi

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8 to 12
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CodeChef for Schools offers computer programming training and competitions. After registering as a New User, choose the Get Started button to begin as a newbie and explore frequently...more
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CodeChef for Schools offers computer programming training and competitions. After registering as a New User, choose the Get Started button to begin as a newbie and explore frequently asked questions. Choose the practice area to hone skills from beginner level through challenge level. Compete in monthly competitions with other coders from around the globe. Middle and high school students will appreciate the lunchtime contests, an introduction to competitive coding, targeted for their age group. These take place the last Saturday of each month, and specific times are posted on the site. The demonstration videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): coding (50), competitions (16), computers (92), critical thinking (110), problem solving (272), STEM (147)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. The site offers different levels, so differentiation is built in. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki. Encourage advanced students to enter the monthly competitions offered on CodeChef.

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Spanish Christmas Food - Mama's Box

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K to 12
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Do you need new ideas for a Christmas Around the World celebration or a unit about Spain? Try some authentic Spanish dessert recipes for starters. The easy to follow directions ...more
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Do you need new ideas for a Christmas Around the World celebration or a unit about Spain? Try some authentic Spanish dessert recipes for starters. The easy to follow directions along with vibrant images offer interesting suggestions to liven up any event.
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tag(s): christmas (66), cooking (35), cross cultural understanding (116), cultures (107), spain (9)

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Ask parents to volunteer to cook and bring in items for celebrations. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to describe the different foods or ingredients. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops from their around the world food tasting! If teaching Spanish, have students rewrite recipes in Spanish.

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CurriConnects Book List - Real Life in Wartime - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Explore the human experience of civilian life during wartime, through the eyes of those who lived it. Learn what life was like for ordinary people during wartime, specifically major...more
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Explore the human experience of civilian life during wartime, through the eyes of those who lived it. Learn what life was like for ordinary people during wartime, specifically major 20th century conflicts. This booklist includes offerings about two World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, along with smaller conflicts/crises. Discover both nonfiction and historic fiction about every day life and the impact of war on what people do, think, eat, plan, say, and more. Find books for all grade levels. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'''''® (where available) to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles'''''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): 20th century (53), korea (15), vietnam (36), world war 1 (53), world war 2 (141)

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Add a layer of human reality to the "facts" students study about wars that to them seem "long ago and far way." Go beyond the textbook by encouraging students to choose a book to make connections. Encourage them to share what they learn through writings, fictitious blog posts, or creative presentations using tools from the TeachersFirst Edge.

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Random Name/Word Picker - ClassTools

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K to 12
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from ...more
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This random name or word picker tool offers two different methods for selecting names from a list. Enter each name or word on a different line, copy and paste from a spreadsheet or word document if available. Choose the typewriter to view a scrambled word letter-by-letter. The fruit machine reveals a choice with a slot machine, choose the button Remove to delete used words from the list as you play.
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tag(s): classroom management (148), gamification (74)

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The obvious use for this tool is for selecting students to answer a question or do an activity. Other uses could include forming groups/pairs or creating seating charts. Allow students to use it when it's time to choose the next student. Instead of names, enter activities for P.E., rainy day recess activities, the next book your class will read together, or anything where you need to make a choice. Enter vocabulary words and use the word picker to practice definitions, or have one student provide the definition for a selected word and other students guess the word.
 
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WordClouds - wordclouds.com

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2 to 12
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WordClouds generates custom word clouds using your text. Create using their "wizard" with step-by-step directions to add documents or text and personalize features. Another option is...more
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WordClouds generates custom word clouds using your text. Create using their "wizard" with step-by-step directions to add documents or text and personalize features. Another option is to use the dashboard at the top of the page to add and customize the look of your word cloud. Choose colors, type of display, and font. The most frequent words appear larger and darker. When finished, select file to save in your choice of format or share online.

tag(s): editing (66), proofreading (23), speech (92), vocabulary (325), word choice (27), word clouds (11)

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WordClouds is a terrific visual tool to share on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Paste in a passage or URL for a political speech to visualize the politician's "message." Analyze advertising propaganda by visualizing the language used in TV or print ads. Create word clouds of historical texts of inauguration speeches as time capsules of the issues of the day. Use this site as a way to help students see and memorize text, especially visual learners. Use it also when writing poetry or reading passages of great literature to "see" themes and motifs of repeated words and images. Have students paste in their own writing to spot repeated (and monotonous) language when teaching lessons on word choice. Students will be surprised to see what words appear to be dominant. ESL and ELL students will eagerly use this site since word order will no longer be a problem for them. Have students work in groups to create word posters of vocabulary words with related meanings, such as different ways to say "walk" or "said" and decorate your classroom with these visual reminders of the richness of language.

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ReadWorks Digital - ReadWorks

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K to 12
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Find everything you love in ReadWorks PLUS students can now interact online with articles and curriculum, and it works on any modern browser. Teachers can create classes to assign reading...more
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Find everything you love in ReadWorks PLUS students can now interact online with articles and curriculum, and it works on any modern browser. Teachers can create classes to assign reading and track assessments (which are automatically graded). After signing up with email, click on Admin from the top menu and create a class. Students join the class by using a code and their Google account. No Google account? No problem. Create a roster and provide the class code to students. Find Reading passages by level and subject or topic, nonfiction or literary, with questions and vocabulary. Easily assign to the whole class, or individuals as a way to differentiate. At this time the support is through email and they will get back to you within 24 hours. There is still the option to print for those who don't have online access at home.

tag(s): classroom management (148), guided reading (47), independent reading (130), reading comprehension (118), reading lists (79)

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Show students how to sign up and log into ReadWorks Digital using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Complete a sample assignment together. Post the link on your website and consider assigning the Article-A-Day for at home reading. Rotate the subjects weekly and discuss the topic the next day in class. Consider using a back channel tool such as GoSoapBox, reviewed here, for the discussion, so even your quiet and shy students feel comfortable participating, and you can get analytics after the discussion. Teachers of all subjects, but especially science and social studies, can find topics for students to read for their subject. Then challenge students to research the topic further. Have students submit their findings to a special class magazine using Zinepal, reviewed here, created for the topic. Differentiation can be accomplished easily by assigning to individual students, or you can create multiple classes, which would actually be small groups, who read at the same level or have the same topic interest.

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Science News for Students - Society for Science and the Public

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3 to 12
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Kid-friendly science articles to intrigue all ages fill this freshly-redesigned site. Browse menus for illustrated news articles on "Inventions & Innovations," "Space," "Culture," "Body...more
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Kid-friendly science articles to intrigue all ages fill this freshly-redesigned site. Browse menus for illustrated news articles on "Inventions & Innovations," "Space," "Culture," "Body & Brain" or "Technology." A featured articles and "in the news" items make a big splash across the top of the home page to draw interest. Many articles list "POWER WORDS" at the end, highlighting terms and definitions used within that article. The page layouts and whitespace make the online articles uncluttered and legible. The site has reorganized into a structure that roughly parallels school curriculum, so it is even easier to find articles connected to specific science areas.

tag(s): agriculture (56), animals (287), computers (92), dinosaurs (58), engineering (126), environment (319), news (262), nutrition (155), weather (195)

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Use Science News for Kids as a great reading and reporting assignment. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test, reviewed here, provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. Students can find an article of interest to read, summarize, and report to the class as part of a Science in My World unit or regular science current events activity. Have students create commercials about their topics. Video and share using a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here. Students can use these news articles to find additional relevant information on the internet. Students may find these topics to be great independent study topics. Teach reading comprehension using these factual articles on your interactive whiteboard, asking students to highlight key words and generate a "main idea" sentence using them. Articles offer ideal practice for informational reading questions on high-stakes reading tests.

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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension - Scholastic.com

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1 to 12
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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...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.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), guided reading (47), independent reading (130), reading comprehension (118)

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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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Twuffer - Grady Britton

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K to 12
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Schedule your tweets to send at any time with Twuffer. This Twitter management tool allows users to write tweets then schedule them to go out at a later date. Just ...more
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Schedule your tweets to send at any time with Twuffer. This Twitter management tool allows users to write tweets then schedule them to go out at a later date. Just create an account and click to schedule a tweet. Include any links or images as desired and select a date and time. Once you select "schedule," your tweet will be posted at your desired time. If you make a mistake, delete any scheduled tweets anytime before they post. The free version of Twuffer allows up to 50 scheduled tweets per month.
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tag(s): chat (53), classroom management (148), microblogging (45), PLN (6), social networking (115), twitter (51)

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Twuffer is perfect for all busy teachers trying to manage classroom duties and social media. Prepare and schedule tweets with reminders for project due dates, homework assignments, and more at your convenience. If you have reoccurring events, set up tweets in advance for these reminders. Timing is everything! Schedule tweets to be sent at several times throughout the day to make sure all users see your posts. Share with students who use Twitter with class assignments.
 

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Website Evaluator - ResearchReady.com

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5 to 12
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The Website Evaluator takes you step-by-step through the process of evaluating any website. The site also creates a final report based on your input. Begin by adding the URL of ...more
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The Website Evaluator takes you step-by-step through the process of evaluating any website. The site also creates a final report based on your input. Begin by adding the URL of any website and clicking "Go." A sidebar set of questions appears alongside the site to guide you as you go. Questions consider purpose, accuracy, authority of the author and publisher, relevancy, and how recent the information is. Once finished, view responses and print or email them.

tag(s): evaluating sources (14), internet safety (105)

In the Classroom

Use the Website Evaluator as an integral part of your Internet safety, information literacy/research, or website evaluation lessons in any subject where you require online research. Demonstrate how to use the Evaluator on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to evaluate sites on their own. Share and compare printed evaluations on a classroom bulletin board or your class website (or wiki). Have students use the Evaluator to compare and contrast different websites to find the one that is the best fit for a particular need. Require that students include a site evaluation for any online source they use as part of a research project.

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Teaching Kids News - Jonathan Tilly, Joyce Grant, and Kathleen Tilly

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2 to 8
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Teaching Kids News is an online news magazine designed for kids in grades 2-8. New articles are published frequently (almost daily) throughout the school year, relating to events around...more
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Teaching Kids News is an online news magazine designed for kids in grades 2-8. New articles are published frequently (almost daily) throughout the school year, relating to events around the world. Choose from content topics such as news, entertainment, science, or sports. Find ideas for classroom use at the bottom of most articles. Browse the archives for past articles, or click on tags to view articles with similar content. Articles include comprehension questions, student activities, and more.

tag(s): guided reading (47), independent reading (130), literacy (107), news (262), newspapers (95)

In the Classroom

Include a link to Teaching Kids News on classroom computers. ESL/ELL teachers and those who work with learning support students can recommend this site to students with lower reading levels when students are required to report on current events, even in upper grades. Have students choose an article to share with the class. Use the ideas at the bottom of the article for additional lessons. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class reviewing an article using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Find other articles with similar content then use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare them. Teacher Librarians might want to keep this page open on computers for students who drop by the media center or include news notes from this site as part of the morning announcements. Have a student news show on your school TV channel? Find great material here for students to retell in their own words.

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Pencil Code Gym - David Bau

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K to 12
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Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction with Pencil Code Gym. The main language is Coffescript, but you can press the gear button to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS. ...more
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Code your own art, music, and interactive fiction with Pencil Code Gym. The main language is Coffescript, but you can press the gear button to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS. Follow instructions to code using drag and drop blocks or text. Click the pencil in the upper left corner to see several resources including Materials for Teachers, Teachers Manual, Printable Activities, and several others. Toggle back and forth between the two formats to view the different formats. The wide range of activities make this site perfect for use with students of all levels of coding abilities. When complete, share finished projects on "GymStage", the sharing portion of Pencil Code Gym.

tag(s): coding (50), critical thinking (110), digital storytelling (156), drawing (80), geometric shapes (165), musical notation (37), problem solving (272)

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Create a link on classroom computers for use as centers. Use the text options for students to use with digital storytelling. This site is perfect for differentiating different levels of coding skills. Allow students to explore at their own pace, then share their creations with classmates. Challenge students or groups to create videos explaining their creations using theLearnia, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to add a link to your class website for students to practice at home.
 

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Great resource for all ages, more appropriate for middle school and above. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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