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Whether your want to create something, ignite new learning, or hold on to what you already know, you will savor these safe, reviewer-recommended resources. Be sure to share with your friends, neighbors, and family. Teachers will want to share this page with students departing for summer break.

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Qlovi - Harlyn Pacheco

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K to 12
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Qlovi has scads of interactive digital books and stories to read for free. Search for the books by genre, theme, grade level, difficulty level, language of the book, and standards....more
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Qlovi has scads of interactive digital books and stories to read for free. Search for the books by genre, theme, grade level, difficulty level, language of the book, and standards. In addition, as you read, highlighted passages will have questions aligned to Common Core Standards. Qlovi then generates a report for comprehension levels of the text and the understanding of each standard present in the selection. Once you have seen the results of the assessment, you can add certain types of questions to future assignments for readers to work on areas where they need to improve. There is also a writing instruction section, free lesson plans, rubrics, and an option to message your readers/students. There are ebooks that are not free, but all public domain texts and ReadWorks texts are free, as well as the lessons. A quick email registration is required. Once you have your account look for the Need Help? button in the lower left for a tutorial.
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tag(s): classroom management (99), folktales (63), literature (220), myths and legends (24), reading comprehension (100)

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Once you have set up your account and classes, you will need to set up the lesson. There are different elements you can include in a lesson for Qlovi reading selections: warm up, reading, quiz, essay, and exit ticket. Include a learning objective with the title of the lesson. Use this site to differentiate reading levels for your students. Set up a learning center for use during your L.A. block. In a learning support or remedial reading class, especially at upper levels where "reading" is no longer a regular subject, this tool will allow students some autonomy in improving their skills. It will also let them see progress. Discuss with individual students the questions they answered, where the answer was in the reading, etc. Be certain to save this site in your class favorites and list it on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Encourage your weak readers to read stories on their own for "practice" and to become better readers more quickly. You may want to send a newsletter home to tell parents about Qlovi and encourage them to have their students read from this program during vacations, summer break, and snow days so as not to lose any skills. Encourage your world language classes to select reading from this program for the language they are learning.

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CurriConnects Booklist: Adventures in Summer - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of books is all about summer! Summertime brings many adventures: vacations, camp, wild weather, fireworks, and more! Travel aboard a cruise ship, explore a mysterious...more
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This collection of books is all about summer! Summertime brings many adventures: vacations, camp, wild weather, fireworks, and more! Travel aboard a cruise ship, explore a mysterious island, learn about summer weather, meet some tiny creatures living in hotels, and make this a summer reading adventure to remember. This collection of books offers both fiction and information texts. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles'®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (107), independent reading (111), summer (10)

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This collection is perfect to share with students (and families) prior to the summer break. Keep minds fresh during the summer. Allow students (or partners) to choose their own book. If you want to "spice" up your final month of school, allow students to start summer (in their minds). These books provide experience with both fiction and nonfiction informational texts. They often require students to draw inferences about the "facts." Allow students (or partners) to choose their own book. Share this list with your school library/media specialist or public library, as well, for them to "pull" books in support of your end of school-year reading. Extend the experience by having students create visual presentations of the concepts they learn. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) or Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here.

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Matific - Shmulik London and Raz Kupferman

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K to 6
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Matific uses hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes, to teach K-6 math. Choose activities by grade level, curriculum, or textbook. Try the activities on a web browser,...more
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Matific uses hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes, to teach K-6 math. Choose activities by grade level, curriculum, or textbook. Try the activities on a web browser, iOS app, or Android app. Most activities include a teacher's guide providing background information, other activities, and discussion questions. There are both interactive and worksheets. Activities are aligned with Common Core and Texas - TEKS. Free teacher sign up allows you to add classes and receive progress reports. Parent accounts are NOT free.
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tag(s): addition (232), DAT device agnostic tool (119), decimals (130), division (159), fractions (230), geometric shapes (142), mean (26), median (24), mode (16), multiplication (210), number sense (91), place value (56), subtraction (192)

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Create a class account and assign activities for students based on your curriculum. If you teach using EnVision Math or Everyday Math use Matific's correlation to your textbook to find activities for your class. Create a link to activities on classroom computers for student use as a classroom center. This is an excellent site to differentiate for all levels in your classroom. Challenge your gifted students to try activities at a higher grade level. Share Matific with parents as an excellent resource for supplemental practice at home. This is definitely a site to share for summer practice, using your teacher account!
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MathABC - MathABC.com

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Don't miss this incredible wealth of math information! Find activities divided up by grade level, including instructional videos. Use the instructional videos to learn the skills required...more
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Don't miss this incredible wealth of math information! Find activities divided up by grade level, including instructional videos. Use the instructional videos to learn the skills required for each practice. Choose Kindergarten through sixth grade by clicking the Practice button. Then, pick a particular skill at that grade level. Each skill (such as Addition, Subtraction, Time, Fractions, Measures, etc.) has multiple practice activities that are rated by difficulty with stars. Increase the difficulty by starting with one-star items and working towards the five-star items. Click on instructional video if you get stuck to view a screencast video of how to solve the problems. These videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): addition (232), decimals (130), division (159), fractions (230), measurement (153), money (180), multiplication (210), numbers (195), percent (77), subtraction (192), time (139)

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Bookmark and save this tool for use throughout the school year when teaching and practicing math lessons. Share this tool on your class website for students to practice math skills. View Instructional Videos together on your interactive whiteboard or projector to show how to solve the Math problems. Students can work on Math skills independently, working from the easy skills to more challenging ones. This is an excellent site to use to differentiate your math class. Offer your gifted students the opportunity to work on new skills. Your learning support students can use this tool to review skills not yet mastered. This is a perfect addition to your 1-1/BYOD classroom. Use this site with or without creating a login. Consider pairing students who excel at math skills with those who struggle.
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Prodigy Math Game - Rohan Mahimker and Alex Peters

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K to 7
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Prodigy offers engaging interactives for seven to twelve-year-olds to practice their math! Use the anime-style avatars to travel the world and meet wizards and confront challenges....more
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Prodigy offers engaging interactives for seven to twelve-year-olds to practice their math! Use the anime-style avatars to travel the world and meet wizards and confront challenges. As math skills improve, your characters earn new spells that can be used only when math proficiencies are strengthened and expanded. The activities will differentiate, assigning and reviewing new math skills. Track your success and get help in areas where you are struggling. Some of the instruction videos (for parents and teachers) are hosted on YouTube. If your school blocks YouTube, you may want to familiarize yourself with this site at home.

tag(s): addition (232), division (159), fractions (230), number sense (91), numbers (195), subtraction (192)

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This activity would be perfect for practicing math concepts just introduced in class! Share this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site offers applied experience with math skills and provides critical thinking experience. Students will learn at their pace, and you can get real time reports about how and what your students are doing. There is an option to have the questions read aloud, so have the headphones/earbuds ready. Students will love the multiplayer experience and will forget they are practicing math. Bookmark this tool on your classroom computers and post it on your website for students to use at home. This is perfect to recommend to prevent summer slide.
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TogetheRead - TeachersAndFamilies.com

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K to 12
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Share family reading and activities around a monthly theme using this outstanding series by our partner site, TogetherForLearning. Interwoven into each TogetheRead theme are questions...more
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Share family reading and activities around a monthly theme using this outstanding series by our partner site, TogetherForLearning. Interwoven into each TogetheRead theme are questions and activities based on reading strategies for effective readers. Parents and children of all ages can select books from the annotated lists, read together, and do related free or low-cost activities. Written in language understandable to parents and without education "jargon" so familiar to teachers, these themes will help any child become a a better reader and enjoy sharing family time. Books are grouped into "bands": preschool/picture books, early elementary, upper elementary to middle school, upper middle school to young adult, and mature teen to adult books. Activities accompany each age group, and participants can contribute their own activity suggestions, as well.

tag(s): independent reading (111), parents (48)

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Share this link on your teacher web page or in a newsletter. You might even talk to your parent organization about promoting TogetheRead as a whole-school activity. Maybe even host a TogetheRead family evening in the gym or library.

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Knowledge Adventure - Knowledge Adventure, Inc

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K to 6
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Find educational activities to reinforce skills for preschool through elementary school students at Knowledge Adventure. Browse by grade, subject, or age. View a list of all games in...more
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Find educational activities to reinforce skills for preschool through elementary school students at Knowledge Adventure. Browse by grade, subject, or age. View a list of all games in alphabetical order. Choose any game then read the short instructions before playing. Explore activities to practice typing, sight words, counting, memory puzzles, logic, science, art, color, and more. Most of the activities at the site appear to have been created by Knowledge Adventures, but some were created by other sites and included here (such as JumpStart). The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): alphabet (90), capitals (24), counting (119), keyboarding (34), logic (213), preK (256), puzzles (192), sight words (36), spelling (170), word choice (25)

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Share (and have a student demonstrate) this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create links to specific skill games on classroom computers for center time or indoor recess. There are some advertisements on the right side. Warn your students to avoid them.
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MobyMax: Complete K-8 Curriculum - MobyMax.com

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K to 8
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Practice and improve math and vocabulary skills through pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities at MobyMax. Pre-tests target areas of struggle and assign...more
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Practice and improve math and vocabulary skills through pre-testing students and assigning differentiated activities at MobyMax. Pre-tests target areas of struggle and assign curriculum based on need. The progress tracking throughout is based on Common Core standards. Adjust assigned curriculum on your own if desired by reassigning a pre-test or assigning your own lessons. Register using your email and school information to begin. Add your student list. Once created students have their own individual login to begin placement testing. Set student IEP goals using Common Core standards. Choose from tabs on the teacher page to view student progress reports, testing, lessons, and IEP progress. There is a PRO account that costs money, this review is only for the FREE portion.
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tag(s): addition (232), division (159), fluency (24), multiplication (210), subtraction (192), vocabulary (316), vocabulary development (116)

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Create a classroom account. Use MobyMax for nightly homework, for use during centers, or computer lab time. Share with parents as an excellent resource for practice of math and vocabulary skills at home. Use the pre-testing features at the beginning of the school-year to get students started at the correct levels. Use this tool to differentiate for all students. Your gifted students can pretest out of material already learned and receive activities and instruction at their individual level. Remedial students can use this site to meet IEP goals (already saved on this site). Be sure to bookmark this site to use with all levels of students.

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Times Tables Test - tablestest.com

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3 to 7
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Practice basic multiplication facts at this interactive site. There are six levels that test your knowledge of times tables as well as speed. Earn points for correct answers and speed....more
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Practice basic multiplication facts at this interactive site. There are six levels that test your knowledge of times tables as well as speed. Earn points for correct answers and speed. Use the drop down box to change the language to Spanish, French, and other options.

tag(s): multiplication (210)

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Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard for a quick five minute introduction. Create a link on classroom computers and have students challenge themselves to increase speed, accuracy, and skill levels. Share a link on your class website or blog for student practice at home. This is a great site to include for students to use to practice during the summer months. It is also useful on BYOD tablets, since it does not require Flash and uses a simple "click" interface.

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Quest - Alex Warren

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5 to 12
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Create text-based adventure games and interactive fiction using Quest! No programming language required. You can also play games already designed by others. Choose the "play" option...more
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Create text-based adventure games and interactive fiction using Quest! No programming language required. You can also play games already designed by others. Choose the "play" option from the top of the web page to view and play games such as The Mansion or Shipwrecked. Play games online or download to your Windows computer. Design your own games online using your web browser or download software to your Windows PC to work offline. Create an account in Quest to begin creating activities. View the video tutorial for an overview of the activities and creation processes. Create rooms and objects or tasks for each room. Create more complex games by following complete instructions found in the web browser version of the game system creator. Add sound files and even videos to games in addition to tasks. An option allows players to choose their own endings to games. There is a documentation wiki and a forum to get help. This site may require some tinkering around to figure it out! But it is well worth the time. Note: since games available for Play are created by the general public, you will want to preview for appropriateness.

tag(s): interactive stories (28), process writing (35)

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Challenge students to create games when studying process writing of essays. Instead of writing a dry essay, create an object of entertainment with an interactive story. Use steps of the game to provide supporting evidence for the essay. Create simple text games to show the typical patterns of stories. Have a contest to see which group of students in your class can imagine the best game scenario. In science class, have student groups create games that follow the life of a plant or animal where players collect all the needed nutrients or conditions the plant/animal needs to survive. In civics/government class, have students create a game around getting elected, passing a bill, or ending Washington gridlock! Don't have time to have your students actually CREATE a game? Create your own "review" game for your students to use to prepare for the big test. This would be ideal if it is a unit that you teach yearly; you can reuse your game! Share some of the ready-made games on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link with parents on your class website. Students may enjoy the challenge of creating a game during summer break.

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Writer Igniter - Gabriela Pereira

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5 to 12
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Writer Igniter is an "easy to use" writing prompt creator to set minds in motion! Choose the shuffle button then watch the four categories spin before stopping to set the ...more
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Writer Igniter is an "easy to use" writing prompt creator to set minds in motion! Choose the shuffle button then watch the four categories spin before stopping to set the scene for a story. Categories include character, situation, setting, and prop. Writer Igniter is also part of a larger website called DIY MFA offering articles and information for Writing with Focus and Reading with Purpose. Designed to encourage and offer tools for writers, it is a wealth of information for any aspiring writer, though it is intended for adults.

tag(s): creative writing (149), writers workshop (21), writing prompts (87)

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Engage students using the Writer Igniter for any creative writing assignment or to help them think about story patterns as you brainstorm as a class to generate a story outline. Click shuffle and let the fun begin! Use the Igniter for all members of a class to begin with the same scenario or allow students to shuffle their own story starter. Have students use Page Flip-Flap (reviewed here) to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! Share articles from Writer Igniter to teach writing skills, or assign students to read and share information from articles with classmates. World language students could write tales in their new language.

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Smarty Games - smartygames.com

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K to 4
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Smarty Games offers educational games for pre-kindergarten and elementary students on a variety of topics. Topics include math, reading, coloring, dress-up, and puzzles. Some specific...more
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Smarty Games offers educational games for pre-kindergarten and elementary students on a variety of topics. Topics include math, reading, coloring, dress-up, and puzzles. Some specific topics include counting, time, money, mazes, sudoku, and several others. Choose a topic to begin. Choose your specific activity within that topic (most have varied levels for differentiation). Each option includes a short description of the game and content included. Some options-- such as the dot to dot games --offer the option of printing.

tag(s): addition (232), alphabet (90), colors (73), counting (119), digital storytelling (101), division (159), fractions (230), money (180), multiplication (210), parts of speech (67), preK (256), puzzles (192), subtraction (192), sudoku (17), time (139)

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Smarty Games is an excellent resource for classroom computers or your interactive whiteboard/projector as a center. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and play games to reinforce skills. Display games or interactives on your whiteboard. Use the interactive clock located under the time section on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate telling time. Be sure to share this site with parents via your class website or newsletter as an excellent site for educational games at home. Kids are having so much fun, they don't realize they are learning.
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Montage - Fuse Labs

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4 to 12
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Montage will create a visual display of search results for any topic you choose. The result is a highly professional looking display of web pages, RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, ...more
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Montage will create a visual display of search results for any topic you choose. The result is a highly professional looking display of web pages, RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, and YouTube videos (based on your search). The first page that comes up looks similar to a newsletter, but if you do not like that display, you can click next to view more display options. For each of the Montage pages, you can edit, add, or delete widgets. "Widgets" are what Montage calls the pieces of information on a page. You do not need to register to create a Montage, just type in your topic. In order to save a Montage, you will need to sign in and create an account with your Facebook, Twitter, or Windows Live I.D. Share your Montage via Twitter or Facebook or from the url you get when you "Publish" it. It is also intriguing to look at what other people have searched and the resulting Montage. Note that this is public content, so preview before showing to a classroom or children. The introduction video requires Flash, the rest of the site does not.

tag(s): bookmarks (57), creativity (97), flexibility (6), images (230), news (173), search engines (63), visual thinking (11), vocabulary (316)

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Introduce any topic or unit by creating a montage or creating book talks by using Montage. Spark a quick discussion to assess prior knowledge using this visual display. It might be best to use a whole class Twitter account to set up a Montage account and more easily supervise students using this tool. Since this is a public site that displays searches from others, it is best to monitor what the students are searching or browsing in the gallery. At first you may be more comfortable using it on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). You could also preview what is on the page for that class period. Students can explore different current events to see different points of view, and practice their informational reading skills. They can also use the visual as an introduction to a speech. This might be a good program to teach layout and design in an art, yearbook, or journalism class.

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Digital Booktalk - Florida Gulf Coast University

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K to 12
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On the Digital Book Talk site, you will find high quality book trailers that will whet your appetite for a good book. Search for books by content level and interests. ...more
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On the Digital Book Talk site, you will find high quality book trailers that will whet your appetite for a good book. Search for books by content level and interests. Then click on a book to be taken to the book's page. Included on each page is a short video (some created by students), book synopsis, lexile level, publication date, number of pages, genre, and ISBN number. Teachers and library/media specialists can join the project and contribute videos. Read the "UB the Director" area ( UB=You Be).

tag(s): book lists (107), independent reading (111)

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This is an excellent place for students to start their search for a book that will hold their interest. Find a book trailer to introduce a novel that the whole class will be reading or set up classroom computers with a link to Digital Book Talk where students can be inspired to find their next read. Have students create their own book talks and share the videos using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Share this site on your teacher web page for students and families to access during summer.
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What a terrific summer resource for students and parents! Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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The National Gallery of Art NGAKids Art Zone - The National Gallery of Arts

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K to 8
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Find an incredible number of activities that will challenge, amuse, entertain and engage young artists for hours on end. Tools include a collage machine, 3-D twirler, still life, paintbox,...more
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Find an incredible number of activities that will challenge, amuse, entertain and engage young artists for hours on end. Tools include a collage machine, 3-D twirler, still life, paintbox, and much more. Scroll down the home page to find links to activities with a short description of the activity along with directions on use. Some activities require Shockwave plugins, and some include a link to print finished products or save as an image file on computers. Adobe Shockwave for Windows will download automatically with your permission. Mac users are advised to download the desktop version. There is now a free iPad app with nine new activities.

tag(s): collages (17), drawing (69), painting (64)

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Demonstrate different representations and forms of art on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Art teachers will like the ability to simulate many art techniques without purchasing materials!Let students choose one of the activities to create images for use with summarizing and retelling stories. After creating images which they download, have students create an online book of images and captions using a site such as bookr (reviewed here). Have students create and download an image then write a story about the picture.
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I Want to Know! Helping students explore a wonder-filled summer - TeachersFirst

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This installment in the Help I lost my library/media specialist series offers lessons and resources to send your students off for the summer ready to explore their "I Wonder" lists....more
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This installment in the Help I lost my library/media specialist series offers lessons and resources to send your students off for the summer ready to explore their "I Wonder" lists. Written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, the feature includes ideas for making an "I Wonder" notebook or journal, kid-friendly search tools, and tools for teaching effective web searching. Help your students look ahead to a summer of self-directed learning, just for the fun of it!

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Make "I Want to Know" the theme for your final month of the school year as you reinforce lifelong learning. The tools in this article are must-shares for parents to know about. Include them in your final newsletter or web page update for the year as students venture off for the summer.

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Zoodles - Mark Williamson & Rich Humphrey

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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety...more
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety of subject areas. Many of the activities come from other sites (Starfall, PBS kids, etc.). But this is a nice compilation of subjects and activities. The safety in this program is that once it is downloaded and opened, children don't view the regular computer toolbars anymore. Thus they can't search the web on their own. To exit the program, click QUIT and OK.

There is a parent play-along mode that helps guide learning experiences in a more personal way. Zoodles has been created to work on virtually any type of computer, including tablets and smart phones. Games are searchable by age (toddler to 8 yrs old), and subject. Many games will also have parent ratings with the educational and fun value of the activity. Creating an account is easy and requires simple user information including email and the child's age. This is used to populate age-appropriate games. There is a premium membership with more features.
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Create 2 or 3 (or more, as needed) classroom accounts with different age levels to provide diversity for students. Each account then be bookmarked on classroom computers for student use. Share this site through your classroom blog or newsletter as a resource for learning games at home. Use activities from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a classroom activity. Provide this link to parents to use on rainy days or during the summer.
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24/7 Science - The Lawrence Hall of Science

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K to 6
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24/7 Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science has interactives and hands-on activities for elementary school students. Some (such as Oobleck) are even appropriate for the pre-kindergarten...more
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24/7 Science by The Lawrence Hall of Science has interactives and hands-on activities for elementary school students. Some (such as Oobleck) are even appropriate for the pre-kindergarten crowd. The game section contains 25+ online educational interactive related to space, seasons, car design, body functions, Whale Sounds, and more. The hands-on activities area has numerous science learning activities that may require supervision: How Old is Your Penny?, Measure Yourself, Parachute Drop, Oobleck, and others. Be sure to scroll down past the activity, as many of them also include suggestions for related videos. The site contains a link to an educator's section that is coming soon.

tag(s): animals (253), human body (104), measurement (153), planets (111), plants (131), preK (256), seasons (36), STEM (82)

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Share activities on your interactive whiteboard with students. Then allow them time to explore and practice on their own. Create a link on classroom students for students to try the educational "games," then journal about what they learned. Use these activities for Science nights at your school or as part of a STEM family focus. This is a great site to include for summer sites for students to explore!
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Arcade Diner - Pomegranate Software

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Arcade Diner offers some interesting and unusual "edutainment" for practicing math, science, and problem-solving skills. "The irRegular Game of Life" leads you through 42 levels of...more
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Arcade Diner offers some interesting and unusual "edutainment" for practicing math, science, and problem-solving skills. "The irRegular Game of Life" leads you through 42 levels of cell-placing and evolving pattern placement. "Milo Physics" demonstrates concepts of physics by dropping objects and collecting stars to proceed to different levels. Also included are board games such as chess and mahjong, number games, and puzzle games. There are a great many logic activities and much more. Most activities include a visual tutorial. The site offers a sign-up for posting high scores; however, it isn't required to play games. Note: Some games play an approximately 30 second advertisement before loading.
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tag(s): atoms (53), cells (100), critical thinking (73), fractions (230), geometric shapes (142), logic (213), number sense (91), numbers (195), patterns (84), problem solving (218), puzzles (192), symmetry (52)

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Create a link to this site on classroom computers to use as a center. Share this site on your classroom website or blog for students to use at home. This is a fabulous site to provide to students/families to use over summer break!
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ABCya - ABCYA.com, l.l.c,

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ABCya.com, developed by a web developer turned computer teacher, aims to provide educational games and activities for elementary students. Nearly every subject is included. Simply click...more
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ABCya.com, developed by a web developer turned computer teacher, aims to provide educational games and activities for elementary students. Nearly every subject is included. Simply click on your grade level (K-5) and find what is available under language arts, math, and other subjects. Specific topics range from basic typing activities to creating word clouds to grammar games (at all levels) and so much more. The interactives are teacher approved and offer colorful and attention grabbing ways for learning. Opportunities for sharing on Facebook, tweeting, and sharing on social bookmarking sites are incorporated. This is a MUST SEE site for elementary teachers looking for some great practice sites for basic skills!
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tag(s): alphabet (90), decimals (130), drawing (69), fractions (230), geometric shapes (142), keyboarding (34), latitude (13), literacy (91), longitude (13), number sense (91), numbers (195), operations (106), preK (256)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, demonstration how to use the specific tool/activity. Create a learning center AT the whiteboard or on individual laptops and allow students to try it out on their own. List this as a student and parent resource on your classroom website. Use this site to informally assess skills to tell you which students to allow to do alternative work or go ahead. Allow your gifted students to explore new concepts while providing necessary reinforcement for those learners that need a technology-inspired method to help master learning goals. This is an excellent tool for differentiating. Provide as an anticipatory guide for new units.
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