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Play - Kids CBC - Kids CBC

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K to 1
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This site has lots of interactives for young children to explore. Interactives cover several different subject areas and include lots of fun sounds and graphics. Simply click the arrows...more
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This site has lots of interactives for young children to explore. Interactives cover several different subject areas and include lots of fun sounds and graphics. Simply click the arrows to scroll through the games. Be aware: if you click "Home" you will be taken to the main page for Kids CBC, not the specific area for primary grades only. So you may want to use the back arrow to return, or mark this as a Favorite for easy return.

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These interactives will be a nice addition to any preschool, kindergarten, or first grade classroom. The interactive, Blooming Bubbles, will help your students count while they learn about what is needed to grow a garden. In "Busytown," young children can learn about the different parts of a town. Use the interactives on a whiteboard or in a computer lab. These are also good to use for center work. Be sure to turn up speakers to hear audio for whole class use or use headphones if using this site at a center. Why not list this link on your class website for families to explore at home.
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Mapcrunch - MapCrunch

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2 to 12
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Use MapCrunch to go to places in the world without ever leaving the classroom. Explore the world's geography and cultures easily. View detailed "Google Street View" snapshots of towns,...more
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Use MapCrunch to go to places in the world without ever leaving the classroom. Explore the world's geography and cultures easily. View detailed "Google Street View" snapshots of towns, cities, and areas all over the globe. Randomly tour spots on the earth or choose a tour by continent. Use the navigation buttons to zoom in or out or shift the MapCrunch window to face a different direction. Click on the checkbox to use the slideshow feature. Share by using a link, through Facebook, or email.

tag(s): maps (288)

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Assign students various countries, regions, or continents to make comparisons. Identify the biological, geographical, cultural, and social issues that exist in the world, based on what the pictures show and what their research uncovers. Bring a greater understanding to current economic and environmental issues in many countries. World language (or World Cultures) classes can help students understand the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. Compare specific attributes of two countries using an online Venn Diagram, such as the one reviewed here. Another idea: have cooperative learning groups use this resource to create online books about the country of their tour using a resource such as Bookemon,
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The Gingerbread Man with Everything - Sprint

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K to 3
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Decorate a virtual gingerbread man with this simple to use site. Add frosting, decorations, and more. Then save your creation (downloads as a jpg file). There are options to share ...more
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Decorate a virtual gingerbread man with this simple to use site. Add frosting, decorations, and more. Then save your creation (downloads as a jpg file). There are options to share and send, but these do not appear to work all the time. You can also browse a Gallery of others' creations for inspiration. Important note: the site uses pop-ups to save or send, so be sure you allow pop-ups from this site.

tag(s): christmas (64), holidays (147), writing (359)

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Share the gallery and have students experiment together to learn what the tools do on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure everyone knows how to SAVE their creations. Then set up a gingerbread man center for creative expression. Once students create their virtual treats, have them click to SAVE the file on the local computer. They can write stories about them in the pattern of classics: "You can't catch me...!" or in their own fantasy style. Print the illustrations or include both stories and images on your class wiki. Not sure how to make a wiki? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Another option: You could make a class book of the students' creations. For this you might want to use Mixbook reviewed here to add a professional flare.
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Christmas Fun - Mrs. Robin Martin

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K to 5
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If you are looking for fun activities to feed the holiday spirit check out Mrs. Martin's blog. Students will enjoy decorating digital gingerbread cookies, "elfing" themselves, making...more
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If you are looking for fun activities to feed the holiday spirit check out Mrs. Martin's blog. Students will enjoy decorating digital gingerbread cookies, "elfing" themselves, making virtual snowflakes, creating colorful sand drawings, and counting down the days to Christmas on advent calendars from around the world.

*BE AWARE: at the time of this review, a few of the links were "under construction." However, what IS available is worth taking a look at!

tag(s): christmas (64), snow (21)

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Incorporate fun digital activities into your interactive whiteboard or projector lessons this December. Make a shortcut to links from this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Read Jan Brett's book "Gingerbread Baby" and then have students create virtual gingerbread cookies from the variety of sites on this blog. Science units covering the states of matter, weather, or water cycle can include a fun diversion to cutting out virtual snowflakes. Schools that celebrate Christmas will enjoy projecting an advent calendar daily and seeing what surprises each new day brings.

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All About Snow - National Snow and Ice Data Center

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3 to 12
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, ...more
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, and other useful links. The range of topics goes from blizzards to snow formations. Especially informative is the question and answer section where readers can find the answer to questions from "How big can a snowflake get?" to "Is it ever too cold to snow?"

tag(s): snow (21), weather (188)

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Ask students to write their own questions about snow and research the information on this site. This is a perfect site to include with any winter activities. Ask students to locate the places mentioned in the gallery on a map. Have students research a historic snowstorm from a specific geographical location and use an online mapping tool to tell the class about the winter event (and location). Try a tool such as MapSkip (reviewed here). Use the site when teaching a unit on weather (or winter Olympics) for factual information about snow using the resources link. Extend the snow "storm" with snowflake interactives such as Make a Flake, reviewed here.

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Snowflake Bentley - Jericho Historical Society

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3 to 8
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This site offers many links to information about Snowflake Bentley and other resources for studying snow crystals. Wilson (Snowflake) A. Bentley is credited with the discovery that...more
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This site offers many links to information about Snowflake Bentley and other resources for studying snow crystals. Wilson (Snowflake) A. Bentley is credited with the discovery that no two snowflakes are alike. His research and studies on snowflakes were conducted in the small Vermont town of Jericho. Snowflake pioneered the science of photographing snow crystals by attaching a microscope to his camera. The most in-depth section of the site offers resources to learn more about snowflakes such as an educational unit on snowflakes, computer recreations of snowflakes and math sites studying patterns and symmetry.

tag(s): pioneers (8), snow (21)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects about famous pioneers, weather research, or famous characters from books. This site is a perfect addition to any winter activities. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a specific section of this site and share their findings on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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reencoded - reencoded

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2 to 12
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At reencoded you will find beautiful, interesting photography you can use as writing prompts. The URL for this review is just one of the pages of cool photography you will ...more
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At reencoded you will find beautiful, interesting photography you can use as writing prompts. The URL for this review is just one of the pages of cool photography you will find at this site. Since this is a blog, the front page will change frequently, so be sure to bookmark your favorite pages. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "older entries" to find a plethora of material.

tag(s): writing (359)

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Using photos as prompts is good for the students who have writers block, are having problems visualizing what they want to convey in words, or for young writers just starting out. Giving students a photo helps them to form a story and makes their ideas more concrete. Use your projector or interactive whiteboard to project one of the photographs and have students envision the photo as a video that has been put on pause. Ask students to come up with ideas for what happened in the video before it was paused, and what will happen once the video is on "play" again. Have students annotate the picture with the ideas the class comes up with, and then let them get started writing their story to go with the photo. You could do several of these and make a class book of the students' writing. For this you might want to use Mixbook reviewed here to publish student writing to give your writers workshop publishing a professional flare.

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Clothes Around the World - ELCivics

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2 to 10
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This site offers colorful pictures of different kinds of traditional dress from around the world: Scotland, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Nigeria, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Sweden, Brazil,...more
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This site offers colorful pictures of different kinds of traditional dress from around the world: Scotland, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Nigeria, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Sweden, Brazil, and others. An accompanying PowerPoint lesson plan allows instructors to display the clothing graphics on a screen; the PowerPoint contains extra information about the clothing and cultures they represent. The target group for this lesson is beginning language learners. You must have PowerPoint software to open the downloadable PowerPoint shows. Be aware: this site does include many advertisements which may be rather distracting.

tag(s): clothing (9)

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Use this site with beginning world language lessons; select appropriate slides from the cultures speaking the target language. Have students consult with relatives about other forms of traditional dress and draw their own color illustrations. Have students find photos and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Try Compfight reviewed here to locate Creative Commons images students may use. Challenge students to narrate a picture using Slidestory, reviewed here. Use the lesson plan as a jumping off point for student research projects on other countries and cultures. Younger students may enjoy printing the clothing slides and creating puzzles with similar shaped pieces. Mix the pieces and have students assemble the clothing correctly and name the countries involved.

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Wylio - wylio.com

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K to 12
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a ...more
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a search term, view the possible pictures, and click on your choice. Change the alignment of the picture and the size it will appear using the simple tools. When done, click "Get The Code" to view the embeddable code. Copy and paste the code into a site, blog, or wiki to share with others. What is special about Wylio? The attribution to the picture's author is embedded into the code, so you are modeling ethical use of electronic resources!

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (266), photography (160)

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Users must be knowledgeable about embed codes and how to use them in a site, blog, or wiki. Be sure to test out embedding a picture on your site to anticipate problems when students use Wylio. Use Wylio to find copyright-free pictures for teacher use in any subject area or for student use as soon as they learn to copy/paste embed codes. This tool would be a great asset to a photography or art class but can be used in any subject area. Use pictures that showcase life around us or in a Math class to show various Math functions in man made structures and nature. Use this site to take your geography class around the world (virtually). Have students create presentations in any subject area and narrate the pictures rather than doing a traditional oral report. Use a site such as Slidestory, reviewed here, to narrate the pictures. Speech and language in lower grades or ESL/ELL teachers could use pictures for vocabulary development and allow students to add words or sentences to go with the pictures. In Science, find pictures that represent various concepts and encourage explanations of these concepts for better understanding. Embeddable pictures also work very well in "glogs" (online posters made using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here) or on your class wiki. Note: embedded picture only show on computers connected to the Internet since the embed command "goes and gets" the pictures using the web.
 

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Virtual Skeleton - Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

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4 to 12
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This website shows three dimensional, interactive pictures of parts of the skeletons of different humans. A quick time player is needed to use this website. Click on the bone you ...more
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This website shows three dimensional, interactive pictures of parts of the skeletons of different humans. A quick time player is needed to use this website. Click on the bone you want to see, allow it to load (which only takes a few seconds depending on your connection speed), and then click on the image to move it and view it from different angles. Experience human bones up close without the expense of purchasing a model.

tag(s): body systems (57)

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Place this link on your website to be used as a study aide by your students studying bone structure and anatomy. Or, try making an art and science connection by having students in a class choose different bones and then -- with the aide of the pictures-- make clay structures. Have the entire class create an entire skeleton as an individual/group activity. Take digital photos of the skeletons and have students narrate the photos using ThingLink, reviewed here.
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Paper Toys - Marilyn Scott-Waters

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1 to 4
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Designed by an artist, this site offers a number of free toy patterns to print out and put together. Students can choose toys that spin and fly as well as ...more
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Designed by an artist, this site offers a number of free toy patterns to print out and put together. Students can choose toys that spin and fly as well as learning toys that teach math concepts and problem solving. Also featured are an array of toy patterns organized by themes as well as miniature toys. An option at the bottom of the pattern page allows the directions to be translated into 6 other languages. The simplicity of the patterns on the site allows students to use their creativity and individuality.

tag(s): patterns (85)

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Check out the learning toys; students will enjoy making their own tools to learn multiplication or to solve puzzles. Use the gift boxes patterns for students to put small Christmas, Mothers' and Fathers' Days gifts in. After examining some of these patterns, ask your students to design their own folding patterns. Use the printables and images from this site for your bulletin boards. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects.

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We Can Waste Wise - Florida PBS Stations in Partnership with DEP

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2 to 5
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"We Can Waste Wise" is a fun, interactive challenge for younger students. This site is created through the partnership of several different concerned companies to promote earth-friendly...more
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"We Can Waste Wise" is a fun, interactive challenge for younger students. This site is created through the partnership of several different concerned companies to promote earth-friendly practices and especially recycling starting at a young age. The game is easy to play and navigate. There are three different levels of recycling that include washing the recyclables, too. After each level of the activity is an informative piece of information that is both in words on the screen and read to you. The final part of the activity is where students can create new characters or machines out of recycled materials. These creations can be emailed to share, but this step is optional.

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Try using this interactive with students as an introduction to a lesson on recycling. Students can make guesses based on what they may already know about recycling and reusing to complete the activity. Teach the lesson on the three R's of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Then have students revisit the activity to see if their scores improve. An extension based on this activity could be to have students research freecycle.org (reviewed here) with their parents. Student could put their unwanted toys or outgrown clothes on freecycle.org with their parents help, or do an outgrown clothes drive for Goodwill or other such organizations.
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Kaboose - Walt Disney Internet Group

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K to 6
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Kaboose is a potpourri chock full of new ideas for gifts to make for special occasions, holiday crafts and recipes with easy-to-follow directions, slide shows, puzzles, games,...more
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Kaboose is a potpourri chock full of new ideas for gifts to make for special occasions, holiday crafts and recipes with easy-to-follow directions, slide shows, puzzles, games, and more all based on seasonal activities and celebrations. The page is "busy" with lots of links to related resources and advertisements, but with very little exploration you will find entertaining, creative ideas for projects that can be done in the classroom. Be sure to check the copyright restrictions on the bottom of the web page.

tag(s): crafts (41), holidays (147)

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How many times have you taught the siblings of your current students and are now looking for a new project or gift for them to bring home? Bookmark this site in your favorites or in your folder for holiday/seasonal arts and craft ideas. Invite parents in to work with small groups to give you plenty of extra pairs of hands. During classroom celebrations, project a selection of the related interactives on your classroom whiteboard to keep students educationally engaged and prevent them from "wandering" too far from the holiday theme.
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CurriConnects - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help...more
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge. Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Topics include Earth Science, Explorers, Frontiers and Settlers, Geographic Wonders (landforms), Inventors and Inventions, Maps, Math in Use, Medicine and Health, The Artists's Eye (books with outstanding illustrations and books about artists), What Do You Do? (careers). More are being added on an ongoing basis. Grade ranges vary.

tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128), reading lists (75)

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Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Explore the many ideas TeachersFirst offers for using CurriConnects in your classroom. Be sure to share these lists with ESL/ELL teachers for reading selections to build student vocabulary and understanding of curriculum.

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Tessellate! - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice with creating and exploring tessellations. Choices are provided to use triangles, rectangles, or hexagons. Once a shape is chosen, the corner can be stretched...more
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This site provides practice with creating and exploring tessellations. Choices are provided to use triangles, rectangles, or hexagons. Once a shape is chosen, the corner can be stretched to create a new shape. Click a button and that shape is converted into a tessellation in front of your eyes! Choices are also provided for different colors within the shapes to enable visualization of how the pattern is created.

The learner portion of the site provides a written explanation of tessellations and information on how they are found in the real world. Be sure to visit the instructor link on the website for information on classroom use, links to standards, links to similar resources and to print an exploration questions worksheet.

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on tessellations on a projector or interactive whiteboard. It relates well during study of flips, turns, and rotations as well as visual thinking. Introduce this site and then have students complete the exploration questions independently or in small groups. After students become familiar with tessellations, use examples on the site and have students create their own tessellations.

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Picture a Story - Delaware Art Museum

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K to 12
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Picture a Story is an interactive storytelling activity that lets you create stories with artwork from the Delaware Art Museum. Students first select a story genre, then a setting for...more
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Picture a Story is an interactive storytelling activity that lets you create stories with artwork from the Delaware Art Museum. Students first select a story genre, then a setting for the story to take place in. Next, they insert characters and props into their scene to create a unique scenario. From this assemblage students can either write or record an accompanying story. All of the available imagery comes directly from the Museum collection.

Be aware: there is an allow/deny button that pop up on this site. You must allow access in order to fully utilize this website. Before the site opens, they ask permission to access your computers camera and microphone. This will enable audio recording functions. Denial of this access will still allow students to create and write stories.

tag(s): art history (70)

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Picture a story is an engaging way to inspire students to write. Working from this rich bank of imagery can nicely support writing lessons about voice, sensory description, point of view, descriptive narrative, and story structure. Use this site with a projector or interactive whiteboard when presenting a writers workshop mini-lesson to the whole class. Use this site together with younger students (unable to read on their own) on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can submit their writing and record themselves telling their story. This is a great opportunity to address reading fluency, expression, and communication skills. Integrate writing lessons with art history. Have students research the historical significance of the images they choose. Take time to enjoy and review stories by other students and professional storytellers. This activity would work well for individual students in a lab or on laptops. Share the final project through email or submit it to the Delaware Art Museum's online gallery of pictures and stories.

General Tips and Reminders: Remember to obtain parent/guardian permission before allowing students to submit their stories. Also, check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to interact with the public online. Adobe Flash Player is necessary to record audio.
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Virtual Pumpkin Carving - Kevin Jarrett, NCS Tech blog

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K to 8
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This elementary computer teacher (and acclaimed teacher-leader in educational technology) has collected the very best of virtual pumpkin carving sites on his class blog. Scroll to the...more
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This elementary computer teacher (and acclaimed teacher-leader in educational technology) has collected the very best of virtual pumpkin carving sites on his class blog. Scroll to the wonderful Shockwave file version hosted right on this blog and to several other virtual pumpkin links below it. Go far beyond "mouse practice" to creative designs. You may be tempted to purchase several real pumpkins to try out the designs you work out here.

tag(s): fall (16), fall festival (5), halloween (40), holidays (147)

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Share these sites as part of pumpkin day at your school as you count and graph pumpkin seeds in math class, prepare pumpkin recipes in science, and write pumpkin stories. Save the mess and make a virtual pumpkin carving station on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of a Fall Festival. Take a screen shot of your "best" pumpkin to accompany student writing on your class blog. On Windows, press the PrntScrn key to COPY your screen, then PASTE it into a document. You will want to use the crop tool to eliminate stuff around the edges. On a Mac, it's shift+command+4 to get a tool you use to select the portion of your screen to "screenshot." Then use the image file saved on your desktop as your illustration. You might even want to make a class book of pumpkin designs and stories.
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Coloring Page Tuesdays - Elizabeth O. Dulemba

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As the name of the depicts, this site offers FREE coloring pages. Children's books' author and illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba, creates an assortment of "coloring pages" every week that...more
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As the name of the depicts, this site offers FREE coloring pages. Children's books' author and illustrator, Elizabeth Dulemba, creates an assortment of "coloring pages" every week that accompany her stories. There are images of animals, people, and various themes such as holidays, patriotism, and school. Simply click the image to open a .jpg to print and color. Sign up to receive alerts when new coloring pages are posted each week.

tag(s): images (266), themes (12)

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Although the original intent of the coloring pages are meant for younger students, they are perfect if you are looking to build a library of readily accessible images that can be categorized and saved into folders for quick display on your whiteboard or to embed in PowerPoint slides or documents. Simply right click on any image, and then remember to choose save target as, and name the image. You are then able to open it and size it accordingly.
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Yulia Brodskaya - Yulia Brodskaya

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K to 12
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Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian born graphic design artist. Her site is a virtual gallery of her amazing paper art constructions. Her artwork integrates an inventive use of typography,...more
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Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian born graphic design artist. Her site is a virtual gallery of her amazing paper art constructions. Her artwork integrates an inventive use of typography, illustration, and graphic design. There are also YouTube videos of her working in the studio.

tag(s): design (84)

In the Classroom

Art and design teachers will enjoy sharing the innovative ways Yulia Brodskaya uses design elements and color with cut paper. Her art is especially useful for explaining unique ways in which artists use line in their work. Share the art on this site as a whole-class lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. A few videos show the artist creating her work and as an animation. The film is embedded from YouTube so if your school blocks YouTube, consider accessing this site and previewing the video at home. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube to bring it/them in for class use. Be sure to take time to view Yulia Brodskaya's earlier work and to discuss how a signature style can mature with practice and perseverance. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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geoGreeting - Jesse Vig

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This site is an engaging way to send greetings to friends via Google Maps. The creator became interested in seeing how many buildings looked like letters of the alphabet when ...more
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This site is an engaging way to send greetings to friends via Google Maps. The creator became interested in seeing how many buildings looked like letters of the alphabet when viewed in Google Maps so he decided to put them together as a way to send messages to friends. Just type in your message and it will be created using various buildings from around the world, your message can then be emailed to your friends. Each letter also includes a pop-up showing the name of the building and its location. Click here for an example of a message that can be created.

tag(s): architecture (84), maps (288)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce students to Google Maps by creating messages with geoGreeting. Art teachers can use this tool to show the flexibility of letter forms created by real objects via satellite view. Primary reading teachers may even want to expose students to alternate letter forms created from satellite views! Use this site to expand your students' understanding of geography. Create messages, then explore and research the buildings and areas that are used in the creation of the message. Have students work with a partner to research a building and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. How about an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here, or narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. If you want to use another geography tool, have students use an online mapping tool to create their own "tour" for the class. Try a tool such as MapSkip (reviewed here).
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