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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn measurement and to plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts of both standard and metric measurement. Be sure to include some measurement activities during special sporting events such as the Olympics, World Series, or Super Bowl to give special relevance to your measurement “units”!

 

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AngleShapes - Mark Robinson

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5 to 12
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AngleShapes offers 20 different interactive activities to help explore angles and use a protractor. Activities include exploring opposite angles, adding the total angles in a triangle,...more
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AngleShapes offers 20 different interactive activities to help explore angles and use a protractor. Activities include exploring opposite angles, adding the total angles in a triangle, finding equivalent angles, finding angle pairs and much mores. In each activity, the geometric shape is placed onto the screen and remains constant. The protractor can be moved around and rotated to explore and measure angles.

tag(s): angles (88), measurement (159)

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Assign during computer lab to allow students to explore angles and protractors through several different activities. Demonstrate congruent angles, opposite angles, right angles on the interactive whiteboard or projector through the use of the online games. Have students create simple instructional videos using this site to demonstrate a math concept requiring a protractor. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Count Me In Too - State of New South Wales Department of Education and Training

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K to 6
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Count Me In Too was designed to support k-6 math topics in number sense, operations, and measurement. The site provides numerous interactive activities for students to practice a variety...more
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Count Me In Too was designed to support k-6 math topics in number sense, operations, and measurement. The site provides numerous interactive activities for students to practice a variety of concepts. From the main site, simple click on the activity of your choice. There are countless activities on a variety of topics. Some may require detailed teacher instruction, whereas others will be intuitive to students. The site also offers great assessment tips for teachers. You may need to wait for the Flash-powered icons to load so you can select an activity.

tag(s): addition (251), counting (120), measurement (159), number sense (97), numbers (204), operations (126), subtraction (208)

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Conduct informal assessments by having students navigate through a few activities while sharing their thinking strategies. In conjunction with a document camera or interactive whiteboard, students can take ownership in their learning by explaining their thinking. Use the site to reinforce number topics by having students complete activities. This is a great resource to give out to parents. Share the link on your class website.
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Math Maps - Tom Barrett

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K to 6
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This site is an interactive, collaborative project that uses Google maps with you and your students to provide content. You can also see Math maps created by others. By following ...more
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This site is an interactive, collaborative project that uses Google maps with you and your students to provide content. You can also see Math maps created by others. By following the directions, you can create math problems utilizing information from your own city or town. Once the math problems are posted on the map, you can tweet or blog to inform others about them. In addition to creating problems, your students can view the contributions of others and solve real world math problems. Be aware: pop-up messages do appear across the bottom of the screen. These messages are recent posts to the site. Teachers who wish to contribute must submit a Gmail address to be offered access to add their own "Maths Maps." (Note to U.S. educators and students: What you know as "math" is known as "maths" in the UK, Australia, and some other countries. The "s" is NOT a typo!)

tag(s): map skills (79), maps (287), measurement (159)

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What makes this site special is that the content comes directly from educators and students. Use the existing math problems as a challenge activity or to demonstrate how math can be used in the real world. Share the maps and math questions on your interactive whiteboard or projector. The different pin colors represent different age groups so you can choose appropriately leveled math problems. You can easily differentiate for individuals by telling them which color to explore. This site is a great way to get your students to learn more about their community. Have your students research a community spot and create a math problem about it as a class. Enter the information onto the map together or under teacher supervision for other classes all over the world to use. Allow students to explore on their own and keep a math log of all the problems they found and solved on a "trip around the world with math."

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The Ruler Game - RS Innovative and Ricky D. Spears

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2 to 6
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This site provides an interactive game designed to help students read rulers starting with whole number increments and leading up to sixteenths. ...more
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This site provides an interactive game designed to help students read rulers starting with whole number increments and leading up to sixteenths.

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Introduce this site and avoid confusion by playing the game several times on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then, have students explore the activity independently or with a partner. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class for further practice.

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SMART measurement - J. Dornberg

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K to 6
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Find great websites and activities for use with an interactive whiteboard, projector, or on individual computers at this well organized site. Find great resources for Length, Time,...more
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Find great websites and activities for use with an interactive whiteboard, projector, or on individual computers at this well organized site. Find great resources for Length, Time, Money, Perimeter/Area, Temperature, Weight, Volume/Surface Area, or Angles. Although TeachersFirst does not usually review "hotlists" of links, this one is extremely useful to share as is. This collection of resources pulls from across the web to organize interactive math skills practice into topics the way teachers and curriculum specialists "see" them, saving you load of time in finding just the right math practice activities.

tag(s): angles (88), area (66), measurement (159), money (193), perimeter (32), temperature (29), time (144), volume (45)

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Use any of the great resources interactively in the classroom. For example, click on "Weight" and then "Reading Scales" to access a great site. Choose a different scale to use on the interactive whiteboard (or students can use on a single computer.) Choose the measurement, and then "Generate." Practice reading the scale using the whiteboard as a class or in groups. Require students working individually to use a screen capture (print screen in PC or Apple-shift-4 in Mac) to capture an image of the screen. Use Paint or another lettering program to write their scale readings on their picture. Print or present to the class. Take a few minutes to check out this site and find some great resources for units and lessons in your classroom. Share this link on your class website.
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The Ultimate Unit Converter - Arthur Blair

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2 to 12
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Students will enjoy this site while brainstorming the most obscure units of measurement to convert. Simply type in the quantity and unit of measurement and VOILA! A long list of ...more
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Students will enjoy this site while brainstorming the most obscure units of measurement to convert. Simply type in the quantity and unit of measurement and VOILA! A long list of conversions will follow. The converter will provide measurement in the forms of astronomy, maritime, common, imperial, metric, surveying, and US. Students can even convert a football field into dunams and hectares. You can contribute to the site in a variety of ways by creating a free account. However, registration is not required to use the Unit Converter. Registration does require an email address. Why not use a gmail address, rather than your personal email address.

Since this site is user-contributed, they do make a caveat that "No guarantee is made on the results' accuracy. Do not use this tool when designing bridges or launching interplanetary probes."

tag(s): measurement (159)

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Have students use the converter to check their work after they make a valid attempt to convert their own measurements. Make sure students research the various forms of measurement when they see a new form that they do not know. Provide this link on your class website and save it on your own classroom computer's favorites! Have students use this site and work with a partner to create their own math word problems (relative to your current unit of study). Share the math problems on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Math Snacks - NMSU

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5 to 9
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Get a grasp on math concepts by grabbing short snacks of animations and math activities illustrating the concept. Math Snacks can be viewed online or downloaded to an iPod. iPhone ...more
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Get a grasp on math concepts by grabbing short snacks of animations and math activities illustrating the concept. Math Snacks can be viewed online or downloaded to an iPod. iPhone downloads are also currently available for a limited number of Math Snacks. Many of the lessons include teacher guides. View the descriptions and topics addressed for each Math snack and download the learners guide using Adobe Acrobat.

tag(s): animation (63), charts and graphs (195), coordinates (32), measurement (159), numbers (204)

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Find great interactives on proportions, number lines, ratios, measurement, and much more. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View the learners guide to record learning with the Math Snack animations and games. Find pre-lesson and post-lesson bonus activities in the Teachers guide. Check student answers with the attached answer key. Follow with other in-class scenarios using actual manipulatives such as snacks to show ratios or proportions.
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ArchDaily - Plataforma Networks

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8 to 12
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This website is a fascinating blog of architecture from around the world. The pictures are amazing, especially to the non-architect. The blog details the location and the designer of...more
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This website is a fascinating blog of architecture from around the world. The pictures are amazing, especially to the non-architect. The blog details the location and the designer of each architectural project pictured. Pictures of structures can be shared with multiple online social sharing websites. The site can be searched by keyword on the far right or by category of structure. This site offers a wide variety of styles, locations, and more.

tag(s): architecture (84), business (58)

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Useful to a multitude of different classes, this website could be utilized in art class, technology education, geometry, applied math, and even vocational curriculum. In art class, this site could be shown on the interactive whiteboard and used as inspiration for drawing or modeling projects. In applied math and geometry class, students could build scale models of structures found on the blog and apply measurement skills. Gifted students with visual/spatial or architecture interests could use this site as inspiration for individual projects. Another angle for this website is to integrate it into marketing, business math, and technology education classes in a unit where students find inspiration from an online design, create a budget to build the project using online resources such as lumber and steel companies, and then build scaled models. The projects could even be integrated into the English classes by having students present their projects as a business proposal in class. Present the proposals in a multimedia format, such as an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Think Math! - Harcourt school publishers

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K to 7
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Use Think Math to improve thinking about - Math! Choose either a grade level (K through 5) or a subject (such as Algebra, Geometry, Time and Money, or Data Analysis, ...more
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Use Think Math to improve thinking about - Math! Choose either a grade level (K through 5) or a subject (such as Algebra, Geometry, Time and Money, or Data Analysis, to name a few.) Use one or more of the e-lab activities for each subject as well as interactive tutorials explaining the topic. Use the glossary in the upper left corner to understand the meaning of the terms being used. Don't miss the "Teacher Resources" link with great Adobe PDF resources.

tag(s): data (148), measurement (159), money (193), numbers (204), statistics (122), time (144)

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If you teach math to grades K-5 (or beyond), you will want to save this site in your favorites. Use the interactive tutorials as review activities, to introduce concepts, or for students to learn as groups. Use the activities as exciting drill and practice that provides feedback on right and wrong answers. For example, use "Comparing numbers" tutorials and activities to learn and practice identifying the hundreds and tens places. Each example gives immediate feedback on right and wrong answers. Use as an individual activity or in groups to provide great examples and practice with math concepts. Be sure to list this link on your class website so students can access (and practice) both in and out of the classroom.
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Chemtutor - The National Science Foundation

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9 to 12
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Use Chemtutor for help with the fundamentals of Chemistry. Although this site appears "plain vanilla," there is a lot of information and helpful explanations. Click on problematic areas...more
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Use Chemtutor for help with the fundamentals of Chemistry. Although this site appears "plain vanilla," there is a lot of information and helpful explanations. Click on problematic areas of understanding for help with many of the most difficult to understand concepts. Read the text based information to help with a specific content difficulty and choose from a vast array of concepts. Learn how to study Chemistry by clicking on "Heuristics" which offer some great tips to surviving the first year of chemistry.

tag(s): homework (44), measurement (159)

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Use this helpful information for students having difficulty in a particular chemistry concept. Consider creating help videos or whiteboard tutorials by and for students to help others with these or other concepts. Enlist the help of student groups in the planning and creation of help videos which can be used on a wiki, blog, or other site to help all chemistry students. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Want to try a wiki, but have no clue where to begin? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Dynamic Paper - Illuminations, Thinkfinity.org

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2 to 12
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Use "Dynamic Paper" to create number lines, grids, tessellations, shapes, spinners, nets, and more. This web resource is an invaluable tool for math educators. The objects that are...more
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Use "Dynamic Paper" to create number lines, grids, tessellations, shapes, spinners, nets, and more. This web resource is an invaluable tool for math educators. The objects that are created can be exported as PDF files to be used in worksheets or as Jpeg images for use in other web applications or programs. The site can certainly save a lot of time if you have been trying to create diagrams using word processing applications!

tag(s): number lines (22), tessellations (6), worksheets (60)

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This site can be used to create anything from elementary math worksheets to high school geometry worksheets. Science teachers may find good uses for this tool in trying to create professional looking measurement activities. If individual computers are available, challenge students to create their own number lines or tessellations. Share HOW to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. And don't forget to mention this link on your class website, great for at home practice!
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Protractor - Mark Robinson

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3 to 10
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Choose from a selection of controls to create a demonstration of virtual protractors. Choose from one of ten activities to generate angles and use an actual protractor to measure and...more
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Choose from a selection of controls to create a demonstration of virtual protractors. Choose from one of ten activities to generate angles and use an actual protractor to measure and check the answer. Choose from "Show the angle," "Make and measure," "Make the Angle game," and others. All of the choices make this site easy to differentiate for a variety of ability levels. Even in lower grades, this tool will allow your students to visualize right angles and other angle basics.

tag(s): estimation (46), measurement (159)

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Use this excellent resource with an interactive whiteboard, projector, or using computer stations. Show students how to measure with a protractor as a class, in groups, or individually. Students can easily operate the demo themselves on your whiteboard. Follow up with additional activities that challenge students to use and measure with protractors. This may be a good site to list on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Create Your Own Classroom Olympic Games - Education World

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3 to 12
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This creative lesson plan challenges students to participate in their own version of the Olympics. Students choose which activities they want to "try their hand at" and are required...more
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This creative lesson plan challenges students to participate in their own version of the Olympics. Students choose which activities they want to "try their hand at" and are required to keep score. Some of the classroom Olympic "sports" include Speedy Spelling, Tongue-Twister Tournament, The Math Meet, and several others. The lesson plan includes descriptions of all sports and standards. This site was last updated in 2008, but the activities are applicable during any year.

tag(s): measurement (159), olympics (47), statistics (122)

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Bring the Olympics into your classroom. Share these "ready to go" sports with your students. Then have students try to invent their own Olympic games to share with the class. Why not video and share the Olympics using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

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E-learning for kids - e-learning for kids

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K to 6
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Check out this site offering FREE learning courses to students in science, language arts, English language, math, health and life skills, and computer skills. Choose from a wide variety...more
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Check out this site offering FREE learning courses to students in science, language arts, English language, math, health and life skills, and computer skills. Choose from a wide variety of different learning experiences in the subject areas for earning in a fun and engaging way. Each subject area has countless interactives ready to go! Detailed instructions are provided for each activity. You can control sound easily from the screen.

tag(s): body systems (57), fractions (239), human body (121), matter (58), measurement (159), money (193), nutrition (154), sorting (10)

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Use these "courses" as reinforcement of concepts, to uncover misconceptions, and to explore interesting topics. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create learning centers focuses on the specific content of the activities. Have cooperative learning groups (or individual students) explore specific topics and report back to the class. For example, have each group view the activities for a specific body part (blood, brain, hearing, immune system, heart and circulation, skeleton, skin, teeth, and more) and create a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Provide this link on your class website for families to explore together.
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KS3 Bitesize - BBC

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5 to 9
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Pick your subject for Keystage 3, roughly equivalent to grades 6-8 in the U.S. (English, Math, or Science anyone?) Find interactive activities and lessons in a variety of topics in...more
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Pick your subject for Keystage 3, roughly equivalent to grades 6-8 in the U.S. (English, Math, or Science anyone?) Find interactive activities and lessons in a variety of topics in each subject area. At the end of each lesson is a review that recaps the main points. In the English section you will find Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Shakespeare. The Math section features Numbers (basic arithmetic), Algebra, Handling Data, Measurement, Shapes, and Space. Science includes Organisms, Behavior, Health, Chemical and Material Behavior, Energy, Electricity, Force, The Universe, Environment, and Earth. Within each area there are interactives, tests, and review (referred to as revise at this site, created in the UK). There are also specific activities within each of the categories, educational "games," and message boards. Use of the message boards requires registration but it is not required to use the other materials.

tag(s): data (148), measurement (159), shakespeare (131), space (205), symmetry (55)

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From Life Processes to Solids, Liquids, and Gases in Science, Orders of Operation to Probability in Math, and Writing Structure to Shakespeare in English, find a topic for any material you are covering. Share the interactive (or other sections) on your projector or interactive whiteboard). Provide this link on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. After viewing a topic, brainstorm the main points together as a class and use the information on additional problems or interactives within the classroom.
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Math Apprentice - mathapprentice.com

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4 to 12
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings,...more
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings, or businesses. Learn how math is used every day in these work places: architecture, bike and toy makers, cafes, and more! Listen to a brief introduction of the concept. Solve problems or free play to identify math concepts in real life. No account or login is required.

tag(s): business (58), careers (132), equations (155), measurement (159), ratios (53), STEM (134)

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This site is a terrific example of STEM integrated learning. This is a great site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore different careers or buildings and share how math is used at their locations. Why not have groups create a video using a tool such as Teachers.TV (reviewed here) or a podcast using PodOmatic (reviewed here), to share their mathematical discoveries! At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific math practice using a real life concept. For example, visit the bike shop to use math to determine pedal gear to wheel gear ratios and resultant bike speeds. Use as an individual activity, a team activity, or with the entire class using an interactive whiteboard. Follow up with a personal problem to solve. In this example, students can measure the two gears on their bikes (or their teachers bike brought into the classroom) to use the information for further understanding.
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Game Classroom - Big Purple Hippos LLC

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K to 6
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Find free interactives in Math, Logic, and Language Arts using this colorful site. Choose your grade level (K-6) and then your specific topic. Some examples of topics include: Time...more
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Find free interactives in Math, Logic, and Language Arts using this colorful site. Choose your grade level (K-6) and then your specific topic. Some examples of topics include: Time and Money, Problem Solving, Reading and Comprehension, Range, Mean, Median, and Mode, Grammar, Literature, and countless others. Find help in the homework help section along the right side of the site. You may also do a more generalized search by using the links for "Popular," "Math," or "Language Arts." Many of the activities have been created by other sites or educators (you may even notice some familiar characters, such as Big Bird). Some activities may have ads appearing beside them. Students should be advised to ignore these ads.

tag(s): equations (155), fractions (239), homework (44), keyboarding (38), measurement (159), poetry (228), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Make it a kinesthetic "center" for students to explore using your interactive whiteboard. Use these activities to strengthen skills, provide practice, and identify weaknesses. For example, use math games that teach graphing, analyzing, and counting. There is a wide variety of topics here, so be sure to peruse this site before your new unit or lesson! Using examples on this site, students can create their own homework help using a wiki, blog, or other site to help others. Allow students to "rate" the games using stars or smiley faces and comment on how the game helps them learn. Play a variety of word and other language arts games. Be sure to list this link on your class website or wiki for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Google Earth - Google

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K to 12
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Bring the world into your classroom with Google Earth. This interactive view of the Earth (and more) is free for download. Find landforms, geographic locations features, pictures, and...more
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Bring the world into your classroom with Google Earth. This interactive view of the Earth (and more) is free for download. Find landforms, geographic locations features, pictures, and more from around the world using this satellite-powered software. As you spin the globe, you can tilt to view locations at an angle to show elevation, click to play a "tour" or "fly" from one location to another, or simply open tours and placemarker files created by others. Once you are comfortable, try making tours and placemarkers of your own. Note: this software uses more than the usual "bandwidth" to stay connected to the Internet while you are using it, so dial-up and slow connections will not work. Some schools block this tool because of the bandwidth needed, but teachers should not let this stop you from requesting this software to use in whole-class or group settings.

tag(s): climate (92), earth (228), landforms (45), landmarks (26), news (261), oceans (148)

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Use tutorials from this site to learn more, or try some Google Earth files from TeachersFirst's Globetracker's Mission to get a taste of what the program can do. Get started by exploring the different LAYERS available in the left side and searching a location you know. Locate and try the tools to drag, tilt, zoom, and even measure distance. Extensive user forums are available through the help menus.

Placemarker files created by you "live" on the computer where you make or save them and are not shared on the web. Note that your computer will ask whether you wish to save your "temporary places" (any places you have marked during a session) each time you close Google Earth. If many students use that computer, you may find you have a disorganized mess of saved places. Be sure to direct students to either name their saved places logically and file them into folders or NOT to save them to My Places! Students and teachers can create placemarker (.kmz or .kml) files and share them as email attachments, files on a USB "stick," or any other means you would use to share a file, just like a Word document.

Another practical tip: if students are using Google Earth on several machines at the same time, you may put a heavy load on your school network. Plan accordingly, perhaps having groups alternate their Google Earth time if it becomes sluggish.

Use Google Earth to teach geography or simply give location context to class readings or current events, especially on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Ex. you can tilt to show the peaks scaled by Lewis and Clark or volcanoes that rise in the Aleutians. Have students show the locations of historic events or literary settings and create placemarkers with links to learn more. Placemarker text is editable by going to the placemarker's "properties" or "info," so students can enter the text description, place title, and any inks they want to include, such as a link to a certain passage of text, an image of a character, or news image/article for a current events map. Students who know html code can get even more sophisticated in what they include in placemarkers. Have students/groups create and play a "tour" of critical locations for global warming, a comparison of volcanoes, or a family history of immigration. Navigate the important locations in a work of literature using Google Lit Trips or search the web for placemarker files connected to civil war battles, natural resources, and more. Turn layers on and off to look at population centers and transportation systems. Teach the concept of scale/proportion using a tactile experience on an interactive whiteboard and the scale and measurement tools. See more ideas at the teacher-created Google Earth 101 wiki reviewed here. Even if you do not venture into creating your own placemarker files, there are many already made and available for use by teachers and students. TeachersFirst's Globetracker's Mission includes a weekly file to follow the Mission.

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Dinosaur Train - PBS Kids

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All Aboard.... the Dinosaur Train! This website takes two topics that kids love (dinosaurs and trains) and turns the experience into a wonderful lesson in language arts, science, social...more
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All Aboard.... the Dinosaur Train! This website takes two topics that kids love (dinosaurs and trains) and turns the experience into a wonderful lesson in language arts, science, social studies, and more. Climb aboard the train and find lesson plans, games (which ARE educational), a field guide (introducing the various dinosaurs), a print option for printable pages of dinosaurs, and a video button to view clips of this educational show. There is also a link for parents and teachers (with lesson plans, class activities, overview of the show, and more).

NOTE: the popularity of this site can make it slow to load, especially at peak times. Open it on the classroom computer before the lesson so it is in the "cache," and avoid heavy traffic times such as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time when schools are online across the U.S.

tag(s): counting (120), dinosaurs (57), measurement (159), paleontology (41), preK (281)

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If you are teaching about dinosaurs, herbivores, carnivores, measurements, and many other topics, share this site on your interactive whiteboard. Share parts of the video clips and then discuss the science concepts discussed. Have students use the "Field Guides" to learn more about specific dinosaurs. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations about the dinosaurs they study. How about creating a class DinoWiki (dinosaur wiki). Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Be sure to list this site on your class website for all of your dinosaur loving students to view at home!

NOTE: Open this site on the classroom computer before the lesson so it is in the "cache," and avoid heavy traffic times such as 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time when schools are online across the U.S.
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Dole Superkids - Dole

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Dole has provided an all-encompassing website that teaches nutrition in a cross-curriculum manner through lesson plans, music, activities, and more, integrating health-conscious eating...more
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Dole has provided an all-encompassing website that teaches nutrition in a cross-curriculum manner through lesson plans, music, activities, and more, integrating health-conscious eating habits into the curriculum is a snap. The website is filled with facts and information to make preparing and teaching these topics much easier. Take the time to thoroughly review the Teachers tab to begin planning the unit and to tie the unit to cross-curricular subjects.

tag(s): counting (120), fitness (49), measurement (159), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Use the activities, videos, songs, and puzzles to reinforce the lessons during center time. Have students create their own superkids character using their favorite fruit or vegetable. Students can compile their own fact sheets using the information provided on the website. Have students report to the class all of the pertinent information they located about their assigned fruit or vegetable and the overall affects it has on their diet and within their body. Conduct a taste-testing for students to try new fruits and vegetables on the list. Check out Mia Mango's Recipe Maker by allowing students to create and name their own recipes and proceed to make them in class or at home. Be sure to catch some of the activities on video (if district policy allows) and share the video using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Consider having students video their own cooking show or short commercial.

Send a list of the superkids characters home and have families choose 5 new fruits or vegetables from the list to try together. Encourage families to post their comments about the new fruits and vegetables to the class blog.
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