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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.

Make learning how to learn part of your class routine at any grade level and in any subject.

 

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Quizbox - Quizbox.com

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K to 12
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Create a quiz for your blog, wiki, or site in 3 easy steps! Set up your quiz structure, including number of questions, number of choices for the question, and title. ...more
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Create a quiz for your blog, wiki, or site in 3 easy steps! Set up your quiz structure, including number of questions, number of choices for the question, and title. Edit the questions and choices. Complete the quiz and place on your blog. At the end of the quiz, students click submit and get their score. Use the result editor to provide a feedback message depending upon their score.
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tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96), test prep (95)

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Use as a pre-test at the start of a chapter or unit. Identify misconceptions or basic knowledge to help determine instruction. Identify interests of students at the start of the school year. Use to poll students on project ideas or to determine reactions to current events. Do the questions as a whole-class activity on a multimedia projector or interactive whiteboard with students contributing the portions of knowledge they do know toward solving the question. Using teamwork and thinking aloud can often help the group reach a conclusion that no single member could do on his/her own. They can each test different math answers to see which one is correct. This process will not only foster thinking aloud and group communication, but also model test-taking skills for multiple choice.
 

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Intro to Learning Skills: Module 1: Self-Assessment - Red Rocks Community College

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6 to 12
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Use the self-scoring Learning Styles Assessment and Multiple Intelligences Inventory to determine student learning styles as you begin your unit on study skills or psychology. Students...more
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Use the self-scoring Learning Styles Assessment and Multiple Intelligences Inventory to determine student learning styles as you begin your unit on study skills or psychology. Students can complete both forms on paper and use the accompanying scoring page to determine their "learning style" and multiple intelligence strengths. Psychology or guidance classes or learning support teachers may want to explore other aspects of tutorial as well.

tag(s): learning styles (19), psychology (64)

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Any teacher may want to use the site as a lead-in to the school year to help students develop stronger study skills. Have students complete the self-assessment then find their "match" for peer tutoring. Inspire student project ideas and options from the multiple intelligence information. Consider having students a clas wiki presenting the same curriculum content via various different "intelligence" channels.
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I had my sixth graders do this inventory as we started the school year. It helped them find "study buddies" for study hall times at school. This eased their adjustment to middle school and the heavier homework load. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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Gnowledge - Gnowledge Sdn. Bhd.

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2 to 12
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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Create your new ...more
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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Create your new test defining the name, subject, and whether it is your test material or from a third party. Create questions, add images, and include bits of text snippets. Help options are found on the question pages. Enter the questions, answer choices, and actual answer as well as answer explanations will be provided. Be sure to look at all the question type options in the tabs above: Fill in the blanks, Match, Multiple Choice, and True/False. When finished, be sure to click Apply New Changes, Make Visible. Note: All created tests are made public but need not be turned on until needed. Students can take tests and go back later if needed.

tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96), test prep (95)

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Use this resource as a way to practice material and improve students' scores in preparation for an actual test. Use this resource to practice involved questions that like those found on the state tests. Practicing with various question formats builds confidence and improves performance. Create quizzes and tests that students must pass before moving on to other content or other harder tests. Use these as progress steps along the way to help students learn the content as they progress through a unit. Learning support teachers may want to work together with small groups to create their own "practice" quizzes before major tests.

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Everyone can create, publish, share and take tests of any subject or syllabus on this site. Kudos! John, , Grades: 0 - 12

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PocketMod - PocketMod.com

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K to 12
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This VERY simple tool lets you or your students make simple, folded small booklets that fit in a pocket. You choose what will appear on each page: from blank space ...more
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This VERY simple tool lets you or your students make simple, folded small booklets that fit in a pocket. You choose what will appear on each page: from blank space to lines to calendars or checklists. Then print the single sheet (and run copies!) for a student "organizer" useful for homework assignments, long-term project deadlines, checklists, even student-made study guides. Students use the booklets the old fashioned way: by WRITING in them; but the clever, customizable format lets you teach organizational skills in a way that works.

See a sample PocketMod checklist, notes, and calendar booklet (with a separate page of folding directions) and one made from a PDF of the Pennsylvania Science and Technology Standards, converted using the free downloadable software.
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tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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Go to PocketMod and follow the simple drag-and-drop visual screen to create the PocketMod from their many organizer options. Print and fold (NO Acrobat Reader required). More skilled users should consider downloading the free "PDF to PocketMod" converter that will take any pdf document and format it to the small, foldable format. If you have handouts in pdf format or can make them from your scanner/copier, you can make ANYTHING into a PocketMod. The converter assumes you have Acrobat Reader.

Have students design their own study guides before a chapter test or maintain a project checklist to be submitted along with the completed project to build better organizational skills. Warning: Students will quickly learn that PocketMod is a great way to make CHEAT SHEETS. Be forewarned of student cleverness!
 
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Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in All Classrooms - Karen Janowski

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K to 12
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Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in All Classrooms is the reference tool that gives you all the necessary free websites to promote learning for all students. UDL, or Universal Design...more
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Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in All Classrooms is the reference tool that gives you all the necessary free websites to promote learning for all students. UDL, or Universal Design for Learning, is a concept promoting learning for all learners using assistive technology to promote motivated, strategic, flexible, lifelong learners. UDL reduces barriers and offers support and challenge for each individual learner. Create a free account to make your own wiki or to join in another wiki. Some available resources are free text-to-speech, graphic organizers, multimedia and digital storytelling, study skills tools, literacy tools, writing tools, collaborative tools, research tools, math tools, and tools that compensate for handwriting issues.

tag(s): differentiation (47), graphic organizers (43), literacy (103)

In the Classroom

Refer to this site when you have a struggling learner who needs more support or the student who needs a challenge. Dig through these sites to use in your classroom. Go down the list and incorporate two a week. Many are also reviewed in more detail on TeachersFirst, so don't forget to search for our in-depth reviews to learn more. Ask your student technology crew to investigate and find their favorite from a list of three sites. Add to your class website as a reference. Use this site at Back to School Night to help parents jump into educational technology! Add more to the list! This only opens the doors to technology.

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Number2.com - Eric Loken and Josh Millet

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8 to 12
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This website offers students access to comprehensive free online test preparation courses for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. It contains a vast reservoir of questions, tutorials, and vocabulary...more
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This website offers students access to comprehensive free online test preparation courses for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. It contains a vast reservoir of questions, tutorials, and vocabulary drills for test prep. Registration is required; however, access to the site is free. Parents and guidance counselors can also create accounts to help coach students by using the reports created within the site to monitor progress. The site adjusts questions to skill levels as you go so it is more interactive than other sites with a bank of practice questions.
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tag(s): test prep (95), tutorials (47), video (254), vocabulary (323)

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Share the site with students and parents on your class webpage or blog, during meet-the-teacher night, or at Open Houses as a resource for test practice. Allow students to access the site for practice during free time or study hall periods. Match students with a partner to coach each other within the site.

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Quiz Busters - Teachers Direct Recruitment Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Find existing plenary quizzes or create your own quickly using this great site. Students play as teams and full instructions are included with each game. Search through a variety of...more
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Find existing plenary quizzes or create your own quickly using this great site. Students play as teams and full instructions are included with each game. Search through a variety of subject areas and topics to find a quiz appropriate for your class. To make a new game, enter your questions and answers. Twenty questions with key-word answers are needed for each game. Check the database to avoid creating duplicated games.

tag(s): grammar review (37), quiz (84), quizzes (96), test prep (95)

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This quiz would be fantastic on an interactive whiteboard either with a whole class collaborating to earn the optimum (group) grade or small groups of students manipulating the interactive whiteboard themselves. Use as a formative assessment throughout the learning experience, providing more fun than simple question and answer. Use for SAT and other review.
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Simple Diagrams - Daniel McQuillen

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5 to 12
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Simple Diagrams is a free download desktop application useful to create diagrams and flowcharts. This easy-to-use tool turns ideas and concepts into a visual explanation. You merely...more
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Simple Diagrams is a free download desktop application useful to create diagrams and flowcharts. This easy-to-use tool turns ideas and concepts into a visual explanation. You merely drag and drop icons from the available library onto either a chalkboard or a whiteboard background. Insert personal photos or type written notes on virtual index cards or post-its directly into a diagram. Select colors, adjust alignment, magnify or minimize images and arrange content in layers. One annoying feature of the free version is that it is constantly asking users to upgrade to the paid full version. The free version does not allow you to save their diagram but it is possible to export work as a PNG file on your computer. Insert the PNG file directly into a presentation or interactive whiteboard lesson. Simple Diagrams uses an Adobe AIR platform and runs smoothly on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), drawing (77), graphic organizers (43)

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Simple Diagrams is a useful tool for any subject area. Project diagrams onto an interactive whiteboard or projector and write upon them while lecturing. Ask students to demonstrate their understanding of a lesson by creating a diagram of their own. For example, students can demonstrate the chain of events behind the French Revolution, map out battle strategies, or explain the cause and effect of Industrial Age with a diagram. Science teachers may want to ask students to explain the steps of a science experiment or explain a water cycle with a diagram. Solve word problems with diagrammatic illustrations or create family trees full of digital photographs. PE teachers may find this a great tool to use to use when discussing strategic plays or relay races. Suggest using diagrams as a study tool for finals. Simple Diagrams provides a unique opportunity for students to create a visual explanation of key concepts.

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Flashcard Stash - WharfWorks LLC

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2 to 12
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Use this free web site to create flashcards for teacher or individual student use. Flashcard Stash is not just another flashcard maker. Here you certainly can make your own flashcards,...more
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Use this free web site to create flashcards for teacher or individual student use. Flashcard Stash is not just another flashcard maker. Here you certainly can make your own flashcards, but you can also find ready-made flashcards for 100 Common SAT words, 501 Spanish or French Verbs, 100 words you should know, and Words to impress your friends. You can choose to hear the words pronounced correctly, too. Flashcard Stash also uses multiple choice and fill in the blank questions, and calculates the optimal time for review. Teachers get a free account that can create classes and share lists of flashcards with your students.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Joining as a teacher you will get all the perks for free. You can create your own personalized lists and focus only on words your class needs to work on.

Change the way students learn and study vocabulary by giving it to them the way they want it with interactive flashcards and self assessment quizzes. Demonstrate with the whole class on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use it that way periodically whenever you have a few teachable moments to fill. Embed it on your class web page for students to access frequently.

Facts, spelling words, vocabulary, definitions, foreign language, root words, historical names, all can easily be typed into this flashcard format for any subject. Plan a system of tags for sets on related material so they can be grouped. For example: tag all geography terms "geography" and all words from the same science chapter using the chapter number or topic. In the computer lab, using a projector or interactive whiteboard, walk your students through making their own sets of flashcards or use teacher created flashcards for student and group use. Students or parents can then access their electronic cards at home or anywhere. Learning support teachers may want to work together with small student groups to create verbal and visual card sets to accompany the chapters they are studying. Involve the students in the process so they can reinforce new content as they create their own "study materials."

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Fraction Finder - Shodor

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3 to 6
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This activity provides you with two fractions, a pair of shapes, and a number line. Each shape is connected to a point on the number line corresponding to one of ...more
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This activity provides you with two fractions, a pair of shapes, and a number line. Each shape is connected to a point on the number line corresponding to one of the fractions. You can create the computer generated fractions by adding sections to the empty shaped and coloring in the appropriate portion of the shape to match the fraction. When both shapes are correctly divided and colored, a third box appears. You are asked to divide and color the new shape to create a new fraction that lies between the values of the original two. After all three boxes are correctly colored, the student must enter the value of the fraction which they created. Be sure to check out the link for instructors which provides a printable with exploration questions, links to standards, suggested classroom uses, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): area (66), fractions (239), test prep (95)

In the Classroom

Print the exploration questions for students to use with the activities on the site. Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector to compare fractional amounts and place fractions on a number line. Place a link on your classroom website or blog for practice at home. Don't forget to visit the link for instructors.
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Mr. Bird's Calc Page - Sean Bird

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9 to 12
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This site provides many handy resources and tidbits to help with Calculus 1. Although the site is deceptively simplistic in its look, there is a great deal of information hidden ...more
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This site provides many handy resources and tidbits to help with Calculus 1. Although the site is deceptively simplistic in its look, there is a great deal of information hidden within the links. Advice includes reminders for taking the AP Calculus exam such as 10 Reminders About the Calculator and Top 10 Student Errors. Other interesting downloads are the Word Documents with Calculus Songs. These documents have the words to 33 songs related to Calculus, such as Separation of Variables to the tune of Itsy, Bitsy, Spider. There is even a calculus video! Other links are to Stuff You Must Know Cold (including quizzes), PowerPoints for Calculus Review, and Smart Notebook Files (including a link to the viewer).

tag(s): calculators (41), songs (52), test prep (95)

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Use the Calculus Songs as warm-ups for class time and have students create their own songs. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge students to create their own top 10 lists to share with the class. Use the AP review quizzes to help students study for the exam. Print the Calculus study cards for students to use for review. Challenge students to create calculus flashcards using a tool such as Brainflips (reviewed here). Teachers looking for new ideas to spice up their calc class will find terrific possibilities on this teacher-created site.
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Knoword - Trevor Blades

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5 to 12
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This site provides a good way to practice vocabulary words. Knoword is a vocabulary game that requires you to think quickly on your feet. You will be given one randomly ...more
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This site provides a good way to practice vocabulary words. Knoword is a vocabulary game that requires you to think quickly on your feet. You will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. The object of the game is to fill in the rest of the word. The faster you guess the word the more points and time you'll receive. Don't know the word? Just hit the skip button and a new definition will appear. You can create an account if you want to save your scores. Creating an account does require an email address. Note that you can change which English spellings used (U.S. or Canada/Britain) by clicking the small flag at top right. The speed and variety of words builds general verbal accuity and flexible thinking along with specific vocabulary.

tag(s): test prep (95), vocabulary (323)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Put this on classroom computers or on a whiteboard at the side of the classroom for students to use as a center. This game would be great for students preparing to take SATs. Another activity is to have a team competition. Divide your class into three or four groups and give each group a laptop. Have them work together to see how many words they can type. Before you begin be sure that you change the language to English US because it defaults to English Canada/Britain. Have a team tournament for high scores throughout the year. Gifted students -- even very young ones-- will love this challenge.

Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships (if you decide to register). If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.
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A+ Click - A+click

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1 to 12
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This site offers practice with math and challenging problems for all grade levels. If you teach math to grades 1-12, this site is a MUST SEE. It contains a graduated ...more
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This site offers practice with math and challenging problems for all grade levels. If you teach math to grades 1-12, this site is a MUST SEE. It contains a graduated set of over 1,000 problems starting from very easy and working up to very difficult levels. Each problem contains a short description and an image to help visualize the problem. Problems adapt to the skill of the person answering problems, grade levels cannot be increased until 5 correct problems in a row have been solved. The tests concentrate on understanding, spatial reasoning, and problem solving rather than math rules and theorems.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), logic (235), operations (125), order of operations (33), test prep (95)

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Share this site on your classroom newsletter or blog for students to access at home. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then create a link on classroom computers. Challenge students to progress through different grade levels and share problems with the class.

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Exploratree - Futurelab

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4 to 12
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Exploratree is a free online library of thinking guides where you can choose a graphic organizer/mind map and fill it in. Or, you can create your own thinking guide. There ...more
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Exploratree is a free online library of thinking guides where you can choose a graphic organizer/mind map and fill it in. Or, you can create your own thinking guide. There are many highly interactive features: printing, emailing, and collaborating with others in real time. The home page has several videos that show you how to use the features of the site, and it has many ideas for how to use Exploratree in your classroom.

tag(s): brain (72), brainstorming (23), graphic organizers (43)

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Play with the tools and toolbars to create a mind map; use toolbars to collaborate, publish, or print diagrams. Creating the organizers is of easy to medium difficulty depending upon how elaborate your organizer is. You and your students must be registered and logged in to share, or comment on each other's thinking guide. Note: to use the collaboration feature, collaborators need individual email accounts to gain access. You can also export the mind maps in pdf format, text, or as an image (gif).

Make sure your students use a code name or number when registering. Be sure to save their names/numbers, for when they "forget."

Have students create graphic organizers in cooperative groups as a study guide for unit content, to collect information for a group research project, or show examples of an important concept. In science classes, have groups generate visual illustrations of processes such as photosynthesis. In literature, generate story maps or diagram the relationships between characters. In social studies, illustrate different factors that lead to a war or economic meltdown. Share and compare the organizers on an interactive whiteboard or projector in class and allow classmates to suggest changes. Use student-made organizers as an informal formative assessment part way through any unit.

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Vector Kids - Rick Larson

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1 to 6
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Vector Kids was designed with the belief that students can strengthen math skills through interactive technology. The site includes many interactive math activities to practice basic...more
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Vector Kids was designed with the belief that students can strengthen math skills through interactive technology. The site includes many interactive math activities to practice basic computation skills, fractions, and algebra. Also included are 2 basic skills activities for counting coins and learning U.S. Capitals. Kids will enjoy the Math Invaders game that offers practice with multiplication and division.

tag(s): addition (250), capitals (24), division (172), flash cards (45), fractions (239), money (192), multiplication (227), subtraction (207), vision (87)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then allow students to explore on their own. Share a link to the site on your class website or blog for students to practice at home. Practice with the flashcards as an alternative to traditional hand-held cards. Use this fabulous practice site in your math and social studies lessons.
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What's Your Learning Style? - Edutopia

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4 to 12
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Here you will find a quick and interesting learning styles quiz for your students to take. You don't need to sign in. No email address or registration is required. Once ...more
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Here you will find a quick and interesting learning styles quiz for your students to take. You don't need to sign in. No email address or registration is required. Once you've found your dominate style there is a description, and, best of all, tips for the best way for you to learn. Some of the learning styles also include possible career choices.

tag(s): learning styles (19), multiple intelligences (11)

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Have your students open a word document and save it. Then have them take the quiz, without signing up. Use the "Print Screen" feature on the computer to have the students copy their test. They can then paste it in their word document. Next have them look to see what is their most dominate style, and have them copy and paste the description for that style first, then their next dominate and so on. Not only can your students use this when trying to figure out final projects for assessments, but if they are having trouble with tests, they can look and see what might help them when it comes to study time. You can also use the results to group students or for them to select a "study buddy" before tests! Many of the styles include possible careers for students to pursue.

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Model Bank-Elements of Language - Holt, Rinehart and Winston

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7 to 12
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The Elements of Language Model Bank is the ideal teaching companion for any type of written expression. Whether you are teaching how to write a news article, a descriptive essay,...more
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The Elements of Language Model Bank is the ideal teaching companion for any type of written expression. Whether you are teaching how to write a news article, a descriptive essay, a cause and effect piece, a short story, or just about any type of writing, including research reports, these online, interactive examples are perfect for students to see exactly what an outstanding assignment should look like. There is a link for a printable Writer's Guide at the top of each model that explains exactly what to do and how to do it, with directions and illustrated explanations. Teachers and students will find the framework and information super easy to follow, attractive, and a real "life saver."

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There is no doubt that you will want to bookmark this site in your favorites and put a link to it just about everywhere...on your computer's desktop, on your portable USB drive, and maybe even in your email...it's just that good! Use it as a teaching tool itself, for practice, and as a go-to site to project examples of various types of writing assignments on your classroom whiteboard. There will be no more excuses for not knowing how to write an attention grabbing opening, thesis, and main idea statements, supporting details and elaboration, and conclusion and call for action. When assigning a specific writing project to students, or when preparing for the written portion of standardized tests, including SATs and other college entrance exams, providing a link to this site on your class web page or wiki is like giving your students an easy place to get plenty of extra help.
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