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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies.  The collection includes specific study tools, reading strategies, review ideas, and notetaking methods that students and teachers can try as lessons in themselves or --even better-- as they go about the regular curriculum. Whether you want to use a graphic organizer, create your own electronic flash cards, or simply learn how to approach a test, there is a resource to help. Learning Support teachers and teachers of gifted will also want to share these alternate ways for students to organize and retain concepts, vocabulary, and more.

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Vocabulary Web Games - Sheppard Software

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2 to 12
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Enjoy language arts interactives suited for elementary students through adult learners at Vocabulary Web Games. Elementary activities offer review of grammar and punctuation...more
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Enjoy language arts interactives suited for elementary students through adult learners at Vocabulary Web Games. Elementary activities offer review of grammar and punctuation concepts. Activities include Magical Capitals, Comma Chameleon, Adjective Adventure, and more. More advanced (secondary+) activities include practice SAT and GRE prep vocabulary, medical vocabulary, and computer vocabulary using a flash card format. Play word games such as word scramble and hangman with other interactive games on this site.
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tag(s): capitalization (19), grammar (216), parts of speech (68), puzzles (208), test prep (96), verbs (41), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Create links to games and practice vocabulary on classroom computers for students to practice language arts skills. Have students preparing for the SAT/ACT or GRE take vocabulary quizzes to find unknown words. Complement this site by creating your own vocabulary flash cards using an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here).
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Bubble Test Form Generator - Answer Sheets - Catpin Productions

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K to 12
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Do your students have trouble filling in the bubbles? Create free bubble sheets for assessments. Carefully fill in the fields as you scroll down the page. Blank boxes will not ...more
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Do your students have trouble filling in the bubbles? Create free bubble sheets for assessments. Carefully fill in the fields as you scroll down the page. Blank boxes will not appear on the test form. Change font sizes for the text, and provide directions in English or Spanish. Format your bubble columns and styles that best meet your assessment needs. Select a variety of other graphic styles that are not necessarily "normal" looking bubbles. Various styles of math grids are available. Choose from a menu of miscellaneous options to add some creativity to your test form. Include scoring boxes for evaluation and comments. Include registration marks for automated test marking machines. Select the "Test ID" option to reprint your form at a later date. The ID number will appear on your form. All data is saved for future retrieval (1-2 months). Create a test key by printing a bubble sheet on a clear transparency. Use a permanent pen to mark the correct answers on the test key.
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tag(s): assessment (100), test prep (96)

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Are your students in trouble with the bubble? Provide them with a daily double bubble form. Introduce your students to the many different styles of testing early in the school year. Create forms that mirror graphics, a feelings chart, fact/opinion, music staffs, and many other options. Go beyond the bubble and have students analyze assessment results. Tired of grading? Use the registration marks to create forms for automated testing machines. Students can self-correct using test keys. Get instant results for faster analysis. Give your younger students regular practice with bubbles by creating a "lunch count" bubble sheet students fill in "packing" or "buying" or a daily attendance check in sheet.

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Chart Jungle - Wendy Shepherd

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K to 4
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Find and print many useful charts at Chart Jungle. Topics include story starters, homework charts, reading logs, and more. Chart Jungle also includes alphabet and number flash cards...more
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Find and print many useful charts at Chart Jungle. Topics include story starters, homework charts, reading logs, and more. Chart Jungle also includes alphabet and number flash cards to print and use. Other interesting printables include the digestive system, clocks, and skeletons. Choose any chart to print directly from your computer. Although this site does include a lot of advertisements, there are many timesavers and treasures.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), classroom management (135), flash cards (46), handwriting (18), homework (44), organizational skills (122), presidents (131), printables (38), time (144)

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Use Chart Jungle as a resource for charts for use throughout the school year. Familiarize yourself with this site at the beginning of the school year. Use the reading chart for students to record the minutes spent reading at home. Use the homework charts to help your students stay organized. Share the flash cards link with parents to use at home.

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Learn English Teens - British Council

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7 to 12
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This teens' branch of Learn English (created in the UK) contains interactives, short stories, poems, grammar bits, and a video zone with many short videos. You can also write captions...more
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This teens' branch of Learn English (created in the UK) contains interactives, short stories, poems, grammar bits, and a video zone with many short videos. You can also write captions for humorous photos. The vocabulary zone organizes words into various categories. The exam section gives advice on exam preparation for all types of tests including listening, speaking, and reading as well as study tips. Don't miss the free time section and a magazine with articles written by peers. A free log-in allows teens access to printed versions of the stories (with questions), the ability to make comments, enter competitions, answer polls, and even submit writings. Since this site was created in the UK, you will notice some spelling differences from American English.

tag(s): creative writing (166), grammar (216), test prep (96), video (253)

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Introduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and have your ELL/ESL students use it as one of your learning stations. Short stories and other interactive features of the site would work well with weaker readers and learning support students, too. Encourage your ESL/ELL students to share their writings here (if allowed by school policy).
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Teachem - the School of You - FurtherEd

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4 to 12
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Build and view online courses created from pieces of YouTube videos using Teachem. Teachem "courses" include review questions and more to supplement the video you build. Browse current...more
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Build and view online courses created from pieces of YouTube videos using Teachem. Teachem "courses" include review questions and more to supplement the video you build. Browse current offerings by date added, number of flashcards, title, or categories from abs to YouTube. Create your own courses after registering with the site, add the YouTube url and type in questions. Teachem presents the video without YouTube's usual clutter, too! Courses can be public or private for only those with the link. See the FAQ link to answer your "how do I do this?" questions. If your district blocks YouTube, then this tool may be a bit more challenging. Before you spend too much time preparing a "course," test some of those available on Teachem to see whether they will open at school. If so, you could always view the YouTube videos at home and create your "Teachem" presentation.

tag(s): test prep (96), video (253)

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Teachem is perfect for use in the "flipped" classroom. Create your own courses for students to view including notes and comments. Have students create their own Teachem videos to share information on any topic. There is no better way to learn, than to become the teacher! Browse and search for courses already created to use in your classroom to introduce or review any topic. Embed courses on your website or blog for students to access from home. Encourage students to share any helpful course they discover on Teachem as alternative presentations or review of the concepts you are studying in class. Learning support teachers might want to work together with small groups of students to prepare a review and self-test "course" before major tests, assuming you can find the appropriate YouTube videos to help.

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Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots - Jessica Meacham

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K to 4
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Come to Mrs. (Jessica) Meacham's Classroom Snapshots to find elementary ideas and materials that are organized and ready to share! Choose from many downloads and teaching ideas all...more
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Come to Mrs. (Jessica) Meacham's Classroom Snapshots to find elementary ideas and materials that are organized and ready to share! Choose from many downloads and teaching ideas all organized by alphabetical order. Sample topics include: assessment, classroom management, organization, graphing, 100th Day, and many more. Learn about math tubs, download files, print emergent reader books, and so much more! Visit Jessica's page/site on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media and/or organization sites.

tag(s): alphabet (92), behavior (46), copyright (47), dr seuss (13), graphic organizers (43), guided reading (47), handwriting (18), iwb (31), literature circles (5), organizational skills (122), preK (281), professional development (123)

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Bookmark and use this site throughout the year for downloads and classroom ideas. Explore the site for ideas that can be modified and used in your classroom. This site is ideal for a new teacher, substitute, or seasoned professional.
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Study Droid - StudyDroid.com

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K to 12
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StudyDroid is an online flashcard creator (with a new twist). They have a database of over 3 million sets of cards. Create cards online or on a mobile device. Take ...more
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StudyDroid is an online flashcard creator (with a new twist). They have a database of over 3 million sets of cards. Create cards online or on a mobile device. Take pictures from your mobile phone to include on flash cards; then sync to the site to download for mobile use. Register using your email to save and access cards from anywhere. Use the search feature to find flashcards available. Choose the study online option or print to have a printed copy. Share card sets using the share button to email or share via common social networking sites. When viewing online, click in the large box displaying the question to see the correct answer.
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tag(s): flash cards (46), test prep (96), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Create flashcards for your classes or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, then again in the practice of the concept, and again as a final review. It is a nice three for one creation deal! This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words to students. Use in science terms, or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports. Be sure to check the data base for already created sets to save you time making them yourself!

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Common Core Part 2: Moving Forward with Informational Text - TeachersFirst

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K to 5
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In this second in a series about Common Core, move into lessons that address Common Core Reading standards for "informational texts." This article offers specifics about Common Core...more
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In this second in a series about Common Core, move into lessons that address Common Core Reading standards for "informational texts." This article offers specifics about Common Core Anchor Standard #5 for Reading, which deals with text structure. Find explanations of the five most common text structures and instructional approaches to help students understand and even write each type of information text. Learn how you can explicitly teach organizational patterns in reading and have students apply these patterns in their own writing. Note that the CCSS and texts also apply in science and social studies literacy, so the lessons cross into these disciplines, as well. Although the article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series, the discussion of Common Core and informational texts applies at any level.

tag(s): commoncore (94), graphic organizers (43)

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Read lesson ideas and explore the suggested resources as you begin to implement Common Core. Mark this article in your Favorites. Many of the suggested resources may be helpful during curriculum planning sessions with other teachers. Click the "share" widget to send them to others!

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25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers - Daily Teaching Tools

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K to 9
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Find ready-made graphic organizers for Language Arts at this site. View organizers through the quick links containing titles such as 3 column notes, main idea web, or character map....more
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Find ready-made graphic organizers for Language Arts at this site. View organizers through the quick links containing titles such as 3 column notes, main idea web, or character map. Scroll down a bit further to see images of each of the organizers. Right click and save each image or choose the link provided at the very end of the page under "Free Download" to access and easily print the files in PDF format for all of the graphic organizers listed. The permissions say you can use them for one teacher. Tell your teaching colleagues to download for themselves.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), process writing (42), writers workshop (31), writing (359)

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Many of these organizers are useful for Common Core standards. Print and save the graphic organizers for use throughout the year. These organizers should be especially helpful when teaching different text structures found in informational text as required in Common Core. Use as part of your writer's workshop or guided reading instruction. Share organizers when preparing for standardized tests to help students organize and understanding test materials.
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Mind Maple Mind Mapping Software - MindMaple Inc

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4 to 12
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Download this EASY, FREE mind-mapping tool available in iOS or Windows ("lite") versions. No Mac version is available. Begin with the "central idea" box to start growing ideas. Create...more
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Download this EASY, FREE mind-mapping tool available in iOS or Windows ("lite") versions. No Mac version is available. Begin with the "central idea" box to start growing ideas. Create as many subtopics as you want by clicking and dragging from your central idea. Expand subtopics by adding more subtopics under them. Add symbols and pictures from the gallery or find your own pictures from your desktop. Attach notes and give hyperlinks, attach documents, edit, and save them on MindMaple. Change the colors, background, the layout and the style of your mind map to add your personal touch. There is a paid version that includes additional features; however, the free version contains all features above for easy use. The FREE version includes two map themes and a few backgrounds and clipart options. Files can be shared with others who have the free software/app or exported as Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, image files, TXT and HTML.
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tag(s): concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (43), mind map (25), timelines (62)

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Have student groups create presentations on MindMaple. The subtopics can serve as talking points when it is their turn to talk. Have students begin projects by making an outline with MindMaple and sharing it with the teacher. As a whole class, create a MindMaple at the beginning of the unit showing what the class knows. Add information to the MindMaple throughout the unit. Create lesson plans on MindMaple by outlining the lessons with the order of topics, links, and the documents that you will be using. Take notes about lessons/units using MindMaple. Pass the mind map to the class as a visual guide and summary of what you have taught including visuals, documents, and links. Share completed maps with learning support teachers and parents to help struggling students. Ask students to create a mind map of a book or a chapter. Outline characters, setting, and events taking place in stories. Use MindMaple to create a graphic organizer/timeline of important historical events.

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Elementary Test Prep Center - Social Studies - Studyzone.org

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3 to 5
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This Elementary Test Prep Center for Social Studies website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and preparation for specifically the New...more
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This Elementary Test Prep Center for Social Studies website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and preparation for specifically the New York Standardized tests. The information given is applicable to any standardized test. Find grade level resources for 3, 4, and 5 in the areas of lessons, practice, interactive games, teacher resources, and literature for every standard given. Tips for parents include ideas to help families better prepare their children for standardized testing.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Help your students gain confidence in standardized test taking. Many resources by grade level offer activities in lessons, practice, interactive games, literature, and teacher resource. Your students will feel better prepared with practice tests. Use lessons on your interactive whiteboard to share with the whole group. Use practice activities and interactive games for center time. Post this site on your class website and use for remediation, extra practice, or enrichment. Set goals for your students to finish certain activities. The lessons and practice allow students to progress at their own speed, offering many opportunities for differentiation. You may want to have students record in a daily task journal, reflecting upon the activities they accomplished and the reasons for the activities. Explore literature and resources to widen your teaching repertoire.
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Elementary Test Prep ELA - Studyzone.org

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This Elementary Test Prep for English Language Arts website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and prepare specifically for the New York...more
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This Elementary Test Prep for English Language Arts website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and prepare specifically for the New York State tests. The information, however, is applicable to any standardized test. Find grade level resources for grades K - 4 ELA: lessons, practice, interactive games, teacher resources, and literature for every standard. Tips for parents include ideas to help families better prepare their children for standardized testing. Click to find the tutorials and practice pages for your desired content. If you are looking for a specific topic, you can use the search feature for the particular skill that you need help with.
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Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins. Explore literature and resources to widen your teaching repertoire. Share resources on your class web page to support students and parents at home.
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Dweeber - SmartWired

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7 to 12
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to...more
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to help each other with academics. Created with young people in mind, Dweeber has an ultra-cool look, and strict, upfront safety precautions. There are several components that make Dweeber unique. Their S.M.A.R.T. profile (stands for Successes, Mind Patterns, Attractions and Interests, Resources, and Thinking Talents) helps you to get to know how you and your friends learn best. My Sites/Top Sites is where you can store the sites that help you learn and study and is a place for you to vote on the best websites in the entire Dweeber network. Dweeber lists the sites that users have rated the highest. Up to eight people at a time can engage in a real-time study session using the collaborative whiteboard.

tag(s): homework (44), learning styles (19), social networking (112)

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Teachers and students create your own accounts. Then invite each student as friend. Go to the "My Dweebs" tab on the top, and click "New team" in the upper right corner. Create teams of any size. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Set up teams for students to work on projects or literature circles. Use the space as a forum to work out tasks and scheduling. Use the chat area for students to discuss the current novel they are reading or to ask peers for clarification about assignments. Students can brainstorm ideas for their group presentations or help each other work out math problems using the real-time collaborative whiteboard. Your students will likely suggest additional ways to use this tool from their world.

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Word Dynamo - Dictionary.com, LLC

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1 to 12
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How many words do you know? Play the Dynamo challenge and learn new vocabulary with this free site. Choose from various grade levels, subject areas, and even for test ...more
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How many words do you know? Play the Dynamo challenge and learn new vocabulary with this free site. Choose from various grade levels, subject areas, and even for test prep (high school and college/graduate level). Find help with Latin and Spanish, too. Create lists and look at lists created by others. Create your own personalized home page to keep track of your progress. Play games and study using flashcards.
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tag(s): flash cards (46), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Use Word Dynamo to explore or study new words. Create lists of words to learn. Have students keep track of their progress by creating their own page. You may want to post the address for this program on your website or wiki, and bookmark it on the classroom computers. There is no need to sign up to simply play games.

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Be careful! The Greek and Latin root games on this site are fakes and do not offer the benefits that real root-learning does. Also, even the definitions of elementary level words contain many much harder words, meaning that students may get an inaccurately low reading. Ellisha, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Cue Flash - cueflash.com

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K to 12
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This tool is an Internet-based flashcard system. Create, edit, and re-mix flashcards for any topic or subject. The interface and flashcards are simple and the site is very easy to ...more
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This tool is an Internet-based flashcard system. Create, edit, and re-mix flashcards for any topic or subject. The interface and flashcards are simple and the site is very easy to use. Use the tag cloud or subject list to find existing flashcard sets.
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tag(s): flash cards (46), word study (80)

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Create flashcards for your classes -- or have them make their own. Try using them as an introduction to a concept, then again in the practice of the concept, and one more time as a final review. This would be great for teaching Latin prefixes and suffixes of words used in science terms or for standardized test preparation. Try having students create flashcards and share with each other to quiz themselves within their own groups. Clicking on Discussion Group in the upper right corner to start a discussion thread about a flashcard to extend learning. Teach students in higher grades how to create flash cards with multiple blanks to challenge their brain to remember more pieces of the puzzle. Show them how to carefully read through their classroom notes and underline the most important word or words in a sentence. Then have them leave out the most important words for their flashcards. Learning support teachers might want to have small groups create cards together to review together before tests. Have students create flashcard sets to "test" classmates on what they "teach" in oral reports.

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I Need a Pencil - Jason Shaw

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10 to 12
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Find 60 innovative SAT lessons, 800+ SAT practice questions, and countless useful features to help students prepare for the SAT and maximize their scores. I Need a Pencil started a...more
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Find 60 innovative SAT lessons, 800+ SAT practice questions, and countless useful features to help students prepare for the SAT and maximize their scores. I Need a Pencil started a few years ago by a high school student whose goal was to rewrite the rules for college/university admissions to enable students from all socioeconomic levels to have greater access. Shocked and inspired by a visit to an impoverished school, the creator of this site did not want income to determine outcome when it came to attending college. Having just taken the SAT and curious about how these students would do when it was time to apply to college, Jason Shah did some research and found that students from higher income backgrounds consistently outperformed lower-income students. Wanting to help to make a positive change, he put together a business plan and launched this free website, which he continues to keep up-to-date with help for thousands of students each month to improve their performance on the SAT.

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Project this website on your classroom white board to show all students the power and opportunity to improve their scores and make their college entrance dreams attainable. Demonstrate the easy to navigate menu of the available resources in addition to practice questions and advice, such as sample essays and the ongoing blog with responses to frequently asked questions, samples of exemplary college applications, and scholarships. Inform parents and provide a link for I Need a Pencil on your class web page. Make your guidance counselors, principal, and other administrators aware and ask them to include the website in the school's newsletter. Many school districts set aside a night to meet with students and parents of high school juniors and seniors. What a great opportunity to encourage them to use this web site.
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Course hero - Course Hero, Inc.

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5 to 12
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Take note of Course Hero with your class. Course Hero looks at various note-taking methods and explores each (using infographics and more). The featured infographic here shows results...more
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Take note of Course Hero with your class. Course Hero looks at various note-taking methods and explores each (using infographics and more). The featured infographic here shows results on written vs. computer note-taking. Discover different types of note taking and research for each. Find the most effective ways to take notes. Caution: this is a public blog, so you may want to preview comments before allowing students to explore on their own. Or simply share this site together with your class rather than using it for individual exploration.

tag(s): infographics (42), note taking (32)

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Use Course Hero to introduce note taking for your study skills class or integrate into any subject. After introducing each note-taking strategy mentioned, have your students try each type and decide which works best for each individual. Immediately after your first audio lecture, give a pop quiz. Let students try note taking and discover the value for success. Use as a remediation tool for learners who need more reinforcement. Introduce in gifted classes, when these learners can no longer rely on simply remembering. At your parent orientation, give this site as a resource. And be sure to provide this link on your class website.

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Chemistry Regents Exams with Explanation - Kent Chemistry

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9 to 12
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Review and practice for Chemistry Regents exam with this site that contains over 1000 questions with answers and explanations. Choose from previous exams beginning in 2002 on up to...more
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Review and practice for Chemistry Regents exam with this site that contains over 1000 questions with answers and explanations. Choose from previous exams beginning in 2002 on up to current exams. Questions are displayed, answers are provided in the same color as the background making them invisible when first viewing the page. To find some answers, you must click a link, depending on how new the practice test is. Highlight the answer or explanation box to see the correct response along with are short explanation. Each page contains 10 questions. Be sure to follow links to view all of the questions from each exam.
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tag(s): test prep (96)

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Share this site with students to use when preparing for Regents exams. Display sample questions on your interactive whiteboard or projector and practice together. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class.

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