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CurriConnects Book List: The Way Things Work - TeachersFirst

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This CurriConnects list offers books about science applied in the real world. Read about the how and why of the way things work. Some fiction, and some non-fiction, all the ...more
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This CurriConnects list offers books about science applied in the real world. Read about the how and why of the way things work. Some fiction, and some non-fiction, all the books will appeal to your curiosity and inspire young designers and engineers. This list includes books for all grade levels. This is a great match during units on scientific method or scientists or simply as a way to promote STEM. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your school does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (133), engineering (127), scientists (70), STEM (151)

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Have students choose a book they can connect to concepts you are studying in science class or have them choose a book of interest and generate a list of the questions they would like to learn about after reading the book. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills. For more on text complexity and Lexiles''''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework.

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Electing the President - How Do You Make Up Your Mind? - History News Network

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5 to 8
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History News Network offers this lesson plan challenging students to analyze election issues, compare and contrast opinions, and think about the process of choosing a president. Download...more
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History News Network offers this lesson plan challenging students to analyze election issues, compare and contrast opinions, and think about the process of choosing a president. Download the lesson in PowerPoint format using the link provided, as well as the accompanying worksheet for student use. The worksheet is in Word format. Modify it as necessary to meet your own needs. If you are unable to download the PowerPoint, find procedures and information for teaching on the lesson's main page. That should provide enough information for planning and presenting the lesson. Common Core standards are included.
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tag(s): elections (78), electoral college (17), presidents (132)

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Select components of the lesson as a supplement to your current election unit. Print the worksheet for students to use to identify topics that are important to them. Use information from this lesson to study and consider the influence of Social Media on elections, Have students use Screenr (reviewed here) to make narrated recordings about the use of social media, political advertisements, or any other election topic after completing the lesson on this site.
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Helping With Math - HelpingWithMath.com

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K to 9
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Help students with math using the tools at this website. Beyond its many worksheets, there are other valuable resources available for classroom use. The interactives portion of the...more
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Help students with math using the tools at this website. Beyond its many worksheets, there are other valuable resources available for classroom use. The interactives portion of the site contains activities, calculators, flash cards, and lessons for grade levels K-8. Be sure to check out the lessons, which are actually animated slide shows containing several fraction lessons. Resources have also been aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose a grade to find skills and related resources. Use the links at the top of each page to search for printables, interactives, grade level activities, and more. The advertisements on this site can be rather distracting, but the content is worth the distractions.
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tag(s): addition (239), counting (120), data (151), division (169), equations (153), fractions (235), geometric shapes (165), integers (41), measurement (159), multiplication (221), number sense (95), numbers (199), ratios (56), rounding (22), subtraction (199), volume (44)

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Share this site with parents and students for at-home practice. Choose games to play on your interactive whiteboard or projector or to assign at a class center (individualized or small group). Some students will be confused by the many ads or cluttered layout, so be sure to demonstrate how the activities work. Print and use the flash cards in the classroom or for take-home practice.
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ScootPad - Bharat Kumar and Maya Gadde

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K to 5
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Practice the Common Core standards for math and reading in grades K-5 at Scootpad. Change proficiency settings to meet desired targets and goals. Modify content to meet the needs ...more
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Practice the Common Core standards for math and reading in grades K-5 at Scootpad. Change proficiency settings to meet desired targets and goals. Modify content to meet the needs of specific students by choosing topics from any grade level. View classroom data quickly on your dashboard, or see individual progress with one click. Assign, view and grade homework online through ScootPad, and provide feedback using the comments area. Use your class wall on the site to engage and inform students, post notes, and engage in conversations. Lively interactives with rewards such as coins, certificates, badges, and more keep students engaged and returning for more. Be sure to watch ScootPad's 2 minute video to get a comprehensive overview of the features and how to use the site. Download and use available apps for any tablet or smart phone.

tag(s): addition (239), alphabet (89), alphabetical order (19), charts and graphs (195), division (169), fractions (235), game based learning (113), geometric shapes (165), grammar (214), literacy (106), multiplication (221), phonics (71), preK (289), subtraction (199), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (124)

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Share this site with parents to view homework information or as a resource to practice Common Core skills at home. Create a link on classroom computers and use as a center for when students complete work or as a Guided Reading or Math center. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to complete ScootPad activities at home. Are you lucky enough to have tablets in your classroom? Download the free apps for student use during any free time.
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LiveTyping - Online Text Recorder - LiveTyping Studio

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3 to 12
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LiveTyping is a text recorder that records as you type. It records absolutely everything entered, typos, deleted letters, new versions... etc. When finished, click "Enliven" button...more
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LiveTyping is a text recorder that records as you type. It records absolutely everything entered, typos, deleted letters, new versions... etc. When finished, click "Enliven" button to replay what you typed. Use links to view the text as a picture link (animated gif format), obtain code to place in a website or blog, or code for use in a forum. Options include choices of font type and size, typing speed, and size of image. Note that the link to "Truly Lives" displays what others are typing or have typed. These may not be appropriate for young people, so avoid this area. Play a sample here.
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tag(s): editing (68), note taking (39), paragraph writing (17), process writing (45), sentences (50)

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Use LiveTyping on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an interesting way to demonstrate editing or improving sentence/paragraph writing. Type or copy/paste in text, make editing changes, then "Enliven" to save the image or to replay the finished product. Have students do the same to show their own editing/revision process. Teach about different types of sentences (simple, compound, complex, etc.) by typing with this tool and sharing the examples on your class web page, showing how to combine sentences or improve sentence variety. Compose paragraphs and improve the topic sentence LIVE with "instant replay" for students to see how the writing/thought process can work. Then have them make their own in class or for homework. Use the codes provided to embed or save completed examples on your class website, wiki, or blog for students to view at home. Use different examples for students to use as a resource for editing decisions. During poetry month or a poetry unit, challenge students to write a haiku "live" or to add figurative language to a simple line of poetry "live" as we watch.

Demonstrate note-taking or composing a "main idea' sentence as a class after reading a passage and share the final product as an example. What a great tool for science or social studies literacy for Common Core!

Teachers could share tonight's homework assignment using this engaging tool and share it on the class web page in hopes that students might actually DO it!

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Teaching Channel - Videos, Lesson Plans, and Other Resources for Teachers - Teaching Channel

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K to 12
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Explore this video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices from America's schools. The video library offers a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. Videos also include...more
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Explore this video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices from America's schools. The video library offers a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. Videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms. Browse by grade level band, subject, or popular topics. Use the search box to find ideas for a specific topic, such as "earth" or "electricity." There are too many topics to list. Pretty much anything you are looking for academically, behaviorally, or professionally can be found here! See video length for each choice along with the title, subject and grade band. After choosing a video, view objectives, questions to consider, and information about the teacher in the video. Download or receive codes to embed videos using the links available with each video. Register on the site (free) to access the site's lesson planner features. Save, schedule, and receive reminders about great ideas after registering or follow teachers to receive notification of new uploads.

tag(s): assessment (105), behavior (47), classroom management (148), commoncore (95), differentiation (50), firstday (26), inquiry (38), newbies (18), professional development (133), rhythm (20), substitutes (21), video (275)

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Mark this one in your favorites for those times when you need inspiration. View videos as a way of finding fresh lesson ideas with practical suggestions for implementation. Share this site with other teachers, viewing videos together during professional development sessions. This site is a great site for mentoring new teachers to develop professional skills. There are even videos to share with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Common Core Instructional Support Tools - North Carolina Public Schools

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K to 12
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Visit Common Core Instructional Support Tools to promote understanding and implementation of the Common Core Standards. Although produced by North Carolina Schools, the information...more
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Visit Common Core Instructional Support Tools to promote understanding and implementation of the Common Core Standards. Although produced by North Carolina Schools, the information is relevant to anyone implementing Common Core. It has several sections and includes information divided by subject and grade level. Most documents are in PDF format, making them easy to print and use. The "unpacking" section is especially useful as it takes each standard then puts the information into words explaining what a student must know and be able to do to meet each standard. This site is a "must-visit" for anyone beginning to implement Common Core Standards in their classroom.

tag(s): commoncore (95), teaching strategies (25)

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Bookmark and save this site for use in implementing and understand Common Core Standards. Share this site with other teachers and administrators in your building.
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MathFlix - Loyola University Chicago School of Education

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6 to 12
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MathFlix is a resource of over 1000 QuickTime videos sorted by topic. The site also includes over 400 downloadable worksheets that reinforce concepts and provide additional practice....more
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MathFlix is a resource of over 1000 QuickTime videos sorted by topic. The site also includes over 400 downloadable worksheets that reinforce concepts and provide additional practice. The videos themselves are hosted at many different locations on the web, but this index makes it easy to find them by math topic. Enter the site by choosing either the "I am a teacher" or "I am a student" icon. The teacher link lists topics by standards and content within each standard. Choose from Number & Operations, Algebra, Technology, and more. Each of these links leads to further subcategories listing video titles to view. The student link leads to clickable images or words, including topic and subcategory. Choose one of these links to go directly to the list of videos available for that topic. Be sure not to miss the links at the bottom of the page. They aren't quite as obvious as information for the videos; however, they include additional information relating to Common Core, assessment, and curriculum support.

tag(s): area (68), charts and graphs (195), decimals (131), estimation (46), fractions (235), inequalities (27), logic (239), money (190), numbers (199), patterns (85), percent (84), perimeter (30), polls and surveys (55), probability (131), problem solving (274), statistics (124), symmetry (54), variables (21), whole numbers (16)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for math videos to use on your interactive whiteboard or on classroom computers. Watch videos together to introduce or review classroom concepts. Or "flip" your classroom by sharing the videos oor independent viewing before you discuss the topic in class. Share a link to videos on your classroom website or blog for students to use as a review resource at home. Share this entire site on your class website, wiki, or blog for alternative presentations of topics that are difficult. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their own on math concepts. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Common Core State Standards - Mathematics - Sue Gendron

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K to 12
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Find many resources and ideas for implementation of Common Core Standards at this site. There are several sections for easy viewing. These sections include: "Download the Standards,"...more
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Find many resources and ideas for implementation of Common Core Standards at this site. There are several sections for easy viewing. These sections include: "Download the Standards," "Keep an Eye on These," "Assessment," "Helpful Tools," "What are Other States Doing?" and more. Download and use information included in PDF and Excel format such as, progression of standards within grade levels and math cards for supporting instruction. Some other useful features are district plans for transitioning to Common Core Standards and "gaps" found when transitioning to Common Core.

tag(s): commoncore (95), professional development (133)

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Share this website with your district and fellow teachers as a resource for information on Common Core Standards. Bookmark the site to use for viewing and understanding Common Core components as needed.
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Animal Tribe - Ariadne Green

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K to 6
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Find not only photos but articles all about animal archetypes used in totems. Learn how indigenous tribes all over the world honored their animal relations as friends and guides. This...more
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Find not only photos but articles all about animal archetypes used in totems. Learn how indigenous tribes all over the world honored their animal relations as friends and guides. This site focuses on seeing animals as allies, self-concept, relationship to family and friends, social values, and spiritual development through getting to know animal traits. Find lesson plans for creating your own totems and more!
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tag(s): animal homes (44), animals (290), endangered species (39), native americans (78), social skills (21)

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Find lesson plans under the Parents and Teachers link along the top. Find a link to the Totem Pole lesson plan to create a totem pole and understand the significance in your classroom. With Common Core State Standards, there is a push for nonfiction reading and writing. Use this site to focus on nonfiction. Make it a learning station where students look at the photos, reading the captions and articles about the various aspects of animal life. Students could have a special notebook where they summarize or write an opinion about what they learned from "Animal Tribes" that day. Young children could use the information to make a picture book of their own, summarizing what they read (or heard read to them). Include this site during a unit on Native Americans as you learn about their tales and beliefs about animals.

Language arts and ESL/ELL teachers could have students write their own description of the pictures and then compare their captions to those on the site. Students could also write a fictional story about what is happening in one of the pictures. The site also mentions endangered animals. Students could research their favorite animal to see if it is endangered or threatened. Why not make it more interactive and have students create an online, interactive poster using a program like Tackk, reviewed here,

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Recycle Bank - Recyclebank, subsidiary of Recycle Rewards, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Recycle Bank offers current information to help live "greener." Their goal is to realize a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Recycling information is easy ...more
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Recycle Bank offers current information to help live "greener." Their goal is to realize a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Recycling information is easy to understand and engaging. Register to become a member and earn points by taking quizzes on environmentally friendly topics, by reading articles and learning more about recycling, and by recycling (if your center or borough participates in the Recycle Bank program). Earned points lead to rewards of grocery or entertainment coupons and some gift cards. No registration is required to read resources posted on the website.
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tag(s): earth (231), earth day (112), environment (318), recycling (57), sustainability (20)

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With the Common Core State Standards push for nonfiction reading, this site is a natural for any time of the year. Recycle Bank will appeal to students who are environmentally conscious, but its intrinsic value is in teaching all students to think about how they can recycle in their everyday life. The advertising comes along with the prizes, so be sure to discuss where to click (or not). If your students have access to email, have them register with the website and start a class competition to see how many points students can earn individually or as a class. Conclude the competition by having students discuss (no matter who won the competition) how acting in greener ways allows everyone to win. There will be future "Green Schools" program competitions. This is a yearly competition where school groups design a green plan for their school that wins up to $2500.00. Posted on the website are the accepted projects where members from all over the country can award points to your school. For every 250 points donated to your school initiative, you earn $1.00. Promote Recycle Bank to get as many people involved as possible. Ask them to donate their points to your school. Use this as an opportunity to teach students about grassroots movements and the difference that one bright idea and a few motivated people can make in the world. Why not plan an Earth Day project using this site?
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Wolfram Education Portal - Wolfram

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8 to 12
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This site from Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica offers dynamic tools and materials for learning math topics and MUCH more. The tool has an interactive textbook and lesson plans aligned...more
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This site from Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica offers dynamic tools and materials for learning math topics and MUCH more. The tool has an interactive textbook and lesson plans aligned to the Common Core standards. Check out the supplemental materials that include demonstrations and videos. Currently the portal contains FULL materials for Algebra and some material for Calculus. Coming soon is Pre-Calculus, along with additional features like problem generators. The interactive Algebra textbook uses the CK-12 Flexbook, Wolfram|Alpha widgets and links, and demonstrations created in Mathematica. You must set up a free account to see all that is available. Most content requires the free CDF player software, available for download.

tag(s): ebooks (42), problem solving (274)

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This is an excellent resource for math teachers and students alike. Use the variety of lessons, links, and demonstrations to help students in your class. Set up a computer in your class -- or the computer lab -- with the like problem generator so students who are struggling with a particular concept can practice.

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I like this because Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica are used in the real world for a students future career. It exposes them to tools they can use when they are older. They will be more advanced because they have been using them as students. Thank you, Heather Heather, CA, Grades: 9 - 12

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Articles- PlanetSEED - Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, Inc.

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5 to 10
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SEED's collection of science articles are clear, age-appropriate, and thought-provoking for minds that may not want to read about science. Young readers can connect science to their...more
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SEED's collection of science articles are clear, age-appropriate, and thought-provoking for minds that may not want to read about science. Young readers can connect science to their own world of medicine and climate change as most of them have had a cold or experienced a hot day. The History of Medicine and Global Climate Change collections are fantastic. Each article also reveals links to further readings in related concepts. This is excellent for increasing literacy in science (think Common Core) or improving a young reader's ability to process and comprehend informational, nonfiction text.

tag(s): climate change (65), energy (202), genetics (95), medicine (70), solar energy (40)

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Use articles as alternatives to textbook reading assignments. As informational text, this reading is more exciting and easier than the average printed textbook for students. You may want to have students read and reflect in their science journals or on their science blog. You might consider using Throwww, reviewed here, which requires no sign up. They could write a short response as an entrance or exit "ticket," depending upon when you choose to assign the reading. History and world cultures teachers will also find useful articles about people and places that students could use to connect with locations they are studying and with current events.

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EasyBib Lesson Plans - Imagine Easy Solutions, LLC

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3 to 12
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EasyBib lesson plans bring information literacy for teachers into the digital age. Find information about search engines, source requirements, backwards outline, credibility analysis,...more
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EasyBib lesson plans bring information literacy for teachers into the digital age. Find information about search engines, source requirements, backwards outline, credibility analysis, flash research and cross subject research papers. Develop note taking skills with Diigo, notebook exercises, and source scavenger hunts. All lesson plans are based on Common Core standards and vary in grade levels. Help bring the latest emerging technologies into your curriculum in all content areas.

tag(s): citations (35), media literacy (61), plagiarism (35)

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Teaching students note taking and research skills is the job of every academic teacher. Use EasyBib lessons to develop current strategies for note taking, searches, and source information. After expanding your own knowledge, bring this into core content areas to add to the development of your Common Core curriculum. These useful lessons are easily adaptable for your needs. Follow the blog to find additional timely information.
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My Math Universe - Pearson

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6 to 9
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My Math Universe features a variety of video channels with different math activities. Actress Danica McKellar welcomes you on the video Math Doesn't Suck: The Channel. Videos on this...more
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My Math Universe features a variety of video channels with different math activities. Actress Danica McKellar welcomes you on the video Math Doesn't Suck: The Channel. Videos on this channel include reducing fractions, prime factorization and how to focus. The Rappin' Mathematician sings rap songs about core concepts, and MangaHigh is a resource for finding math games. AlleyOop contains activities by grade level with topics such as percents, scientific notion, rational numbers, and much more. Be sure to check out Virtual Nerd that includes many step by step math tutorials. All activities on the site align to Common Core Standards. The site is new as of May, 2012, so it is worth watching for new material.
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tag(s): fractions (235), percent (84), ratios (56)

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Use videos from the site to introduce new concepts on your interactive whiteboard or projector in a fun way. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about other math topics then share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Create a link to games on your classroom website and assign for homework.
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Infogr.am - Infogr.am

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5 to 12
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Create interactive charts or infographics to embed onto your site and share with others. Choose from one of the themes (a limited choice for free members) and enter your information...more
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Create interactive charts or infographics to embed onto your site and share with others. Choose from one of the themes (a limited choice for free members) and enter your information into the existing words and charts. You can even load data from Excel. Change settings, themes, elements, and more as you work. Your work saves automatically and can be found in your Library. When finished, click Share to publish and send to Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Copy the embed code to place the graphic on your web site, or click "view on web" to copy/paste the URL to share. Note that any infographic you make with a free account is publicly viewable.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (151), infographics (45)

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Consider using quantitative data (or collecting your own) to create class graphics explaining and sharing the data. This tool does not create infographics that show flow charts or non-numeric relationships. Use the site to teach data and the graphic display of data. Common Core expects students to interpret data from visual representations and to create their own visual representations of information. Allow groups of students to choose a graphic and report to the class on how the data was made more meaningful using the graphics that were chosen. You may also want to share this link as a research tool for debates or presentations on science or social studies topics. Discuss the science, history, or math behind the data collected. Discuss other information and ways of presenting the information in order to create a more interesting graphic.

To challenge your gifted students, have them research and create infographics depicting the data to support stances on issues related to your curriculum topics: Numbers of people affected by climate change, economic effects of pollution, etc. Have them research the data and present it visually on a class wiki, then write an accompanying explanation or opinion piece.

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LearnZillion - Eric Westendorf and Alix Guerrier

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2 to 10
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LearnZillion is a video platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Lessons highlight Common Core Standards in Math for grades 3 - 9. Each lesson is given...more
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LearnZillion is a video platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Lessons highlight Common Core Standards in Math for grades 3 - 9. Each lesson is given in a video format, generally about 5 minutes per lesson. The lesson ends with a practice video. You are also presented with practice problems, and the answers are demonstrated and discussed. Teachers can sign up for a free account offering many special features of the site. Create customized playlists for students by dragging and dropping videos onto your playlist. Many lessons have a behind the scenes commentary just for teachers to watch before teaching a lesson to explain the rationale behind what is included. Featured materials can be downloaded for use in class. Short quizzes at the end of each lesson are scored and updated in student profiles, providing you with quick assessment information. Create individualized playlists for students to customize and differentiate instruction. Find lessons by using the Explore link on the site, choosing a general topic, then a more specific category. Each lesson includes the Common Core Standard addressed above the video lesson.

tag(s): data (151), equations (153), fractions (235), functions (69), measurement (159), number sense (95), numbers (199), problem solving (274), ratios (56), statistics (124)

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Create a classroom account and create playlists for different instructional content. Assign content as stuednts move along in the curriculum. Assign videos for students to use for review and remediation, or assign videos for self-motivated students who are ready to move ahead. Share this site with parents (on your class website or wiki) to use as review when helping their student with homework.
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Game Up: Brain Pop Games - Game Up Brainpop games

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K to 12
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources....more
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources. Game Up, a free area of Brain Pop, is a collection of free online games that are linked to Common Core and State Standards. Science, math, social studies, and health activities provide challenge for every learner. This free gem also includes activities for grades K-3 and ESL/ELL students. Some of the topics (at the time of this review) included: Drake Equation, Court Quest, Cell Command, Blood Typing, Make Me Sick, The Diabetic Dog Game, and Food Fight.
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tag(s): branches of government (50), cells (104), debate (44), diseases (69), fractions (235), game based learning (113), logic (239), matter (60), myplate (28), nutrition (158), oceans (153), planets (127), plants (155), puzzles (207), solar system (122), supreme court (23)

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Use Game Up to introduce, illustrate, review, or assess concepts. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector for students to operate as a class activity. Use one of the activities as a learning center. Be sure to put this as a link on your website to allow students a great way to reinforce learning both in and out of your class.
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Inside Mathematics - Noyce Foundation

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K to 12
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This site provides resources for educators interested in improving students mathematics learning and development. The site includes video examples of innovative teaching methods and...more
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This site provides resources for educators interested in improving students mathematics learning and development. The site includes video examples of innovative teaching methods and tools for immediate use in classrooms. Each grade level offers links to Core Ideas and most offer MARS Tasks, Rubrics, and Analysis. The MARS Task is where lesson ideas are found. These lessons are available in portions (task, rubric, questions, etc.), or as a large downloadable file containing all portions of the lesson. Be sure to click on the Common Core Resources to find tasks and materials, by grade level or standard, you can use immediately. Many other resources are available such as a school-wide problem of the month, professional development resources, and administrative leadership resources. Be sure to take the video tour of the site as an overview of all that is available.

tag(s): commoncore (95), number sense (95), place value (55), probability (131), problem solving (274), rubrics (32), statistics (124), teaching strategies (25), video (275)

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Use this site as a resource for lessons that correspond to Common Core Standards. Share classroom coaching videos with other teachers during common meeting times or school professional development.
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DOGOnews - Meera Dolasia

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2 to 12
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety ...more
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety of articles, add a book list, a calendar, favorite sites list, add lesson plan instructions, monitor student comments, and more. DOGOnews is kid friendly, colorful, and flexible. After all, DOGO means young or small in Swahili. You can select articles from a number of categories (Social Studies, Science, World, Current Events, etc.). There is an integrated dictionary for challenging words and maps for geographical context. Some of the articles include short video clips. Students may leave brief comments about each article (no login required). Also, typing the word "video" in the search box will bring up the Video of the Week for the past several weeks. The 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. In addition, find a Book and Movie section with a brief summary for the book or movie, and comments. You don't have to join to read the articles, but you do need to join to create a class page. There are many benefits to creating a class page, and it's all free! Don't want to create a class page? You can also embed articles on your current web page.

tag(s): news (265), reading comprehension (119), sports (98)

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Non-fiction reading and background knowledge have found a new emphasis with The Common Core State Standards. It is more important now than ever to help connect students with quality, non-fiction reading and viewing material. Find great news resources and videos of the week to create assignments for your class at DOGOnews. You may want to create a class page and load several news articles. Have students choose from the articles, and email it to themselves. Have students print out the article and complete a "close reading" of the article by annotating it. Then have students who chose the same article get together in groups to discuss their reactions about the article, create a summary together, and create four or five open-ended questions about the article. Lastly, create groups of four, with each student having a different article, and have them present their article to the others in the group and ask them their open-ended questions to trigger a discussion. Create a class magazine from the articles. Or better yet, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Strengthen reading comprehension by having an 'article du jour' on your interactive whiteboard or projector as students arrive. Link this site on your homepage.

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