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Droodles - The Exploratorium

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4 to 8
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This site by Exploratorium offers a new twist on an old favorite. Droodles are a combination of a riddle and a doodle, and this site lets students solve the riddles ...more
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This site by Exploratorium offers a new twist on an old favorite. Droodles are a combination of a riddle and a doodle, and this site lets students solve the riddles and draw their own on-screen. Besides being fun, the site helps build memory, drawing, and thinking skills.

tag(s): drawing (84)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center. Have students test the concept on their own by making their own droodle and sharing it with a classmate to try to recreate.

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Block Corner - Gamekitchen

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4 to 8
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Although the commands take some time to get used to, this site allows students to build block structures using simple programming commands. Once students get the hang of it, this ...more
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Although the commands take some time to get used to, this site allows students to build block structures using simple programming commands. Once students get the hang of it, this graphical site provides an interesting way to merge art and technology as students design block towers.

tag(s): computers (100), graphic design (36)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center. Consider conducting an electronic block-castle building competition and having students email you pictures of their completed projects.
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Macbeth's Birnam Wood

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9 to 12
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An artist's rendition; from the Tate Gallery, London. ...more
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An artist's rendition; from the Tate Gallery, London.

tag(s): macbeth (10), shakespeare (104)

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Friends - Houghton Mifflin

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1 to 8
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This lesson is part of Houghton Mifflin Publishing's collection of theme-based lessons and activities, most of which have been developed by classroom teachers. Each plan is a page or...more
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This lesson is part of Houghton Mifflin Publishing's collection of theme-based lessons and activities, most of which have been developed by classroom teachers. Each plan is a page or two long, and can easily be printed for later use.

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The Andy Warhol Museum

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1 to 12
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tag(s): painting (67)

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Visual Information in Art

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9 to 12
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This site offers fairly technical interpretations of how the mind interprets perspective, shadow, and other three-dimensional effects in two dimensional artwork. Developed by a psychology...more
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This site offers fairly technical interpretations of how the mind interprets perspective, shadow, and other three-dimensional effects in two dimensional artwork. Developed by a psychology professor, it offers a theoretical framework for developing artistic effects. There's probably more theory here than the average student would need, but the approach could be a helpful foundation.

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ArtsEdNet - Getty Education Institute

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This site provides lesson plans and curriculum ideas segmented into elementary, middle school, and high school levels, including ideas for integration into regular curriculum. The site...more
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This site provides lesson plans and curriculum ideas segmented into elementary, middle school, and high school levels, including ideas for integration into regular curriculum. The site also has image galleries and understandable links within the site to make it usable for all.

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Search the site to find the appropriate grade level and subject for your classroom. Take advantage of the multitudes of free lesson plans offered.

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Art Lesson Plans

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A collection of lesson plans from the Incredible Art Department. ...more
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A collection of lesson plans from the Incredible Art Department.

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Jackson Pollock - National Gallery of Art

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9 to 12
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This site offers a collection of images of contemporary artist Jackson Pollock's work, along with biographical information describing Pollock's life and work. The images are large enough...more
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This site offers a collection of images of contemporary artist Jackson Pollock's work, along with biographical information describing Pollock's life and work. The images are large enough to use as study aids. Created to accompany an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the content is executed with their customary thoroughness.

tag(s): biographies (91)

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BrainPOP Free Stuff - BrainPop

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K to 12
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of ...more
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of topics and subjects. The best part is the FREE stuff for BrainPop Espanol, BrainPop Jr, and BrainPop ESL. Some of the specific topics include: Harlem Renaissance, Civil War, Blogs, Angles, DNA, Stocks & Shares, Digital Animation, and MANY others. These were the FREE topics at the time of this review, and of course is subject to change.

tag(s): angles (85), blogs (86), charts and graphs (199), civil war (143), digital storytelling (151), dna (66), energy (207), grammar (210), harlem (8), internet safety (111), main idea (9), mars (40), martin luther king (36), nutrition (155), shakespeare (104), stock market (13), women (94)

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Use this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
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Fire Safety Week Activities and Games for Kids - Apples4theteacher.com

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K to 5
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This site offers many different activities related to Fire Prevention Week and general fire safety. Although the advertisements are a bit distracting, the content is worth it. Learn...more
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This site offers many different activities related to Fire Prevention Week and general fire safety. Although the advertisements are a bit distracting, the content is worth it. Learn about fire safety, when Fire Prevention Week is each year, find a home fire prevention checklist, and more general information for students and families. There are also classroom materials such as online coloring pages, thematic reading lists for a variety of grade levels/reading abilities, plus puzzles, vocabulary worksheets and other printable page, and more.
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tag(s): fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (12), vocabulary (323)

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Display one of the vocabulary challenges on your interactive whiteboard and have students take turns manipulating the whiteboard. Use the reading lists to help students find books suitable for their reading levels. Be sure to include this link on your class website for families to access at home.

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DLTK's Crafts For Kids: Fire Safety Section - DLTK

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K to 2
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This very simple site offers crafts, songs, greeting cards, and printable pages all about fire safety. This site is geared towards the preschool and young elementary grades. ...more
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This very simple site offers crafts, songs, greeting cards, and printable pages all about fire safety. This site is geared towards the preschool and young elementary grades.
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tag(s): fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (12), songs (53)

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During Fire Prevention week, use these songs or crafts to teach students fire safety. Have students create greeting cards for their families. Print out the coloring pages for students to work on as they enter the classroom. Create a bulletin board displaying your crafts, coloring pages, and more.

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CyberKidz Educational Games - Chato

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K to 5
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Cyberkidz is a site that provides educational games for students aged 4 through 12. Activities are available in math, literacy, geography, arts, music, and science. The interactives...more
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Cyberkidz is a site that provides educational games for students aged 4 through 12. Activities are available in math, literacy, geography, arts, music, and science. The interactives are broken down by age. In addition, the activities are available in different languages. There are ads are on the site, so advise students to only click on game links.
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tag(s): editing (71), maps (295), preK (294)

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This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students interact with the site as a whole group or place on your classroom computers and use as a center. Use this site with older students, especially the Find the Typo activity. This is a really good way to strengthen proofreading skills. The geography quizzes will be another great addition to your teaching. Quizzes are available for several countries and all the continents. Share this site with your students and parents via your class website or newsletter. This is an excellent tool to use for basic practice during the summer, to avoid "summer slide."
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Lightbox - Time

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4 to 12
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Explore cutting-edge technology and video from the photo editors of Time with a daily blog from Lightbox. Time Lightbox features photos and videos of current events, behind the scenes,...more
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Explore cutting-edge technology and video from the photo editors of Time with a daily blog from Lightbox. Time Lightbox features photos and videos of current events, behind the scenes, new exhibits, books, and technology. Take another critical view of current events with photos never released or ways never portrayed. This daily, behind the scenes look, lets you know what is happening on the front lines, through photojournalism with portraits, faces, and events that are changing our history. The images give you a mix into the artistic world of photojournalism with a closer look at our world.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (122), images (274), photography (159)

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Lightbox offers applications into many subject areas in the classroom. In social studies, world histories, or current events look closer at the portrayal of current events. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Analyze the viewpoint given by the media and compare to the behind the scenes look at Lightbox. What are the stories, experiences, and effects behind the news? How does history change the lives of people? Discover multiple viewpoints that might come to life from these riveting images. Follow current events and bring them to a personal level for students. In Art classes, dive into the art of photojournalism with composition, style, space, and elements of design. Bring to life a study of current photographers portraying messages in unique manners. In Language Arts class, determine characterization, story, or details discovered in each image. Challenge students to link to one of the photos, and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report using UtellStory, reviewed here. Create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place with Zeemaps, reviewed here. Use images as ready-made writing prompts for current events or writing classes. Develop multiple points of view into well-known events to share, debate, and discover how people are affected. Lightbox will make any blog become dazzling and poignant. Keep students active, reflective, and involved in current events in an intriguing, visual way. ELL/ESL learners will benefit from the extra information shown in each photograph. Challenge gifted learners to analyze and synthesize current events in ways that they have yet to discover! Remember that these images are copyrighted, so the best way to display them on a blog or other web project is as a LINKED image. COPY the direct image URL by RIGHT-clicking on the image itself and choosing "copy image location" on a Mac or "Properties" on a windows computer. Most web tools allow you to insert images by URL, so you can paste the URL to make it display on your blog, wiki, UtellStory, Glog, etc.
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BridgeURL - BridgeURL

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K to 12
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Share a number of URL's easily with just one link. Simply enter a title, enter the URL's, and click "Create Link." BridgeURL makes it easy to share the URL's. ...more
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Share a number of URL's easily with just one link. Simply enter a title, enter the URL's, and click "Create Link." BridgeURL makes it easy to share the URL's.

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Create a simple link with this free resource. No sign up is required for use. Use the sliders in the two sections to navigate between the links. Hover the mouse over sections to see the 'Next' or 'Previous' link. Click on the box icon on the top of the slider to open the link in a new page. Use BridgeURL for anytime that many links need to be shared such as for projects, research, or webquests.
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