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Game Classroom - Big Purple Hippos LLC

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K to 6
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Find free interactives in Math, Logic, and Language Arts using this colorful site. Choose your grade level (K-6) and then your specific topic. Some examples of topics include: Time...more
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Find free interactives in Math, Logic, and Language Arts using this colorful site. Choose your grade level (K-6) and then your specific topic. Some examples of topics include: Time and Money, Problem Solving, Reading and Comprehension, Range, Mean, Median, and Mode, Grammar, Literature, and countless others. Find help in the homework help section along the right side of the site. You may also do a more generalized search by using the links for "Popular," "Math," or "Language Arts." Many of the activities have been created by other sites or educators (you may even notice some familiar characters, such as Big Bird). Some activities may have ads appearing beside them. Students should be advised to ignore these ads.

tag(s): equations (155), fractions (239), homework (44), keyboarding (38), measurement (159), poetry (227), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Make it a kinesthetic "center" for students to explore using your interactive whiteboard. Use these activities to strengthen skills, provide practice, and identify weaknesses. For example, use math games that teach graphing, analyzing, and counting. There is a wide variety of topics here, so be sure to peruse this site before your new unit or lesson! Using examples on this site, students can create their own homework help using a wiki, blog, or other site to help others. Allow students to "rate" the games using stars or smiley faces and comment on how the game helps them learn. Play a variety of word and other language arts games. Be sure to list this link on your class website or wiki for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Easter Activity Idea Place - Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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K to 3
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Although this site is not aesthetically pleasing, they do a wonderful job providing a wealth of information on Easter. There are numerous crafts, songs, science lessons, math lessons,...more
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Although this site is not aesthetically pleasing, they do a wonderful job providing a wealth of information on Easter. There are numerous crafts, songs, science lessons, math lessons, games, drama fun, and more! Activities are divided into several sections: Art, Easter Songs, Games, Science, & Math, Group Time Games, and Dramatic Play. This site is a must-have in any classroom of young children. Be aware: this site does includes some advertisements.

tag(s): easter (21), preK (279)

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If you are an art teacher, find some great seasonal activities here. In music class, project the songs on your interactive whiteboard or projector and have a class sing-along. Take advantage of the many FREE resources (ready to go and kid-friendly) at this site.

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I'm Reading! - Starfall Education

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K to 2
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I'm Reading! is the highest level of the Starfall.com reading activity levels. This site offers various books, with or without audio, and students can highlight the words of each read-along...more
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I'm Reading! is the highest level of the Starfall.com reading activity levels. This site offers various books, with or without audio, and students can highlight the words of each read-along story at their personal pace. Through literature options such as plays, fiction/non-fiction, comics, Chinese fables, Greek mythology, and folk tales, students can experience a wide variety of literary genres. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): spelling (168)

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Have students work independently or in small groups to read the books. Students can read in a choral manner or as repeated readings in order to increase fluency. Students can take turns as characters in the easy-to-read plays and present the plays to the class as an extension activity.
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Sleepover Planet - BBC

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3 to 8
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This highly motivating website demonstrates step-by-step how to prepare a school musical. The website includes lyrics, drama vocabulary terms, musical notations, scenery, props, and...more
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This highly motivating website demonstrates step-by-step how to prepare a school musical. The website includes lyrics, drama vocabulary terms, musical notations, scenery, props, and an introduction to various types of music (including calypso). There is a Directors link that includes curriculum information, a glossary, and more. Use the website to teach your class about calypso music, drama vocabulary terms, and many other details pertaining to music and drama. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): ireland (12)

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Use this website to prepare a drama and/or musical with your students. Or pick and choose smaller segments of the website to incorporate into your lesson plans. If you plan to have students write and perform short plays as part of a social studies or interdisciplinary unit, this site is a great reference. Share this lively website with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector (be sure to turn up the volume).
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The Art of Ancient Egypt - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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4 to 7
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Lead your students on an exploration of the art of Ancient Egypt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a treasure trove of lesson plans and activities built around their ...more
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Lead your students on an exploration of the art of Ancient Egypt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a treasure trove of lesson plans and activities built around their stellar Egyptian collection. The educational resources integrate Egyptian art into language arts, social studies, math, science, and visual and performing arts. This would be a terrific launch point for a gifted enrichment unit. Dig into the Resources area to get an overview of the printable worksheets, bibliographies, maps, and online features. Be sure to click on the Curriculum Connection area for specific lesson plans and activities for your students.

tag(s): egypt (67)

In the Classroom

After exploring the various activities, students can create their own Egyptian-inspired artifacts for a classroom museum. Invite other classes for a student-docent tour of the museum. Discuss the stylized Egyptian figures that communicate ideas and stories and ask students to strike poses which others try to decipher. Students can add contemporary items to a time capsule and bury it somewhere on the school grounds to be discovered by future archeologists. Discuss why items in the time capsule might mystify people in the future.

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Aaron Shephard's RT (Reader's Theater) Page - Aaron Shephard

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3 to 12
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This page provides lots of info and resources for using reader's theater in conjunction with plays, manuscripts, and folktales. Besides displaying Shephard's books for sale, click on...more
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This page provides lots of info and resources for using reader's theater in conjunction with plays, manuscripts, and folktales. Besides displaying Shephard's books for sale, click on Aaron's Extras to find scripts for plays and tales you can use in the classroom. Other offerings include worksheets, examples of scripting sheets you can use or learn to do it yourself, tips for using RT, and links to other references. You can search among the many materials available by genre, country, historical period, theme, etc.

tag(s): plays (37), writing (358)

In the Classroom

Use this website to find hints on how to dramatize the literature or folklore you're studying in the classroom. ESL students will find using Reader's Theater particularly helpful as they can read, speak, and listen to the materials and have more chances at comprehension. Similarly, students who are visual or oral learners will benefit from the multi-sensory presentations.
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Renaissance: The Elizabethan World - Maggi Ros

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4 to 12
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This site has links to everything you ever wanted to know about the Elizabeth world from a Compendium of Life in Elizabethan England to Heraldry to the transcripts of the ...more
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This site has links to everything you ever wanted to know about the Elizabeth world from a Compendium of Life in Elizabethan England to Heraldry to the transcripts of the trials of the Earls of Essex and Southampton. It also includes a link to a list of more than a hundred recommended sites for the Renaissance and Elizabethan times.Teachers of everything from world history to Shakespeare will find something to mine at this site. The Compendium of Elizabethan Life is especially interesting to those students who want to know "how things worked" 500 years ago in the time of Will Shakespeare. While this is a great research sourcefor Shakespeare, it is also good for drama, literature, and history for all sorts of activities.

tag(s): elizabethan (17), renaissance (34)

In the Classroom

Share this resource on your teacher web page for students to choose different research topics related to Elizabethan or Renaissance times. As you teach Shakespeare, bring up a daily "factoid," text snippet, or image on a projector to take students back in time before you start class.

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Multicultural Theatre in Music - Iris R. Davis

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4 to 6
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This curriculum unit is designed to help fourth and fifth grade students acquire musical and dramatic skills and knowledge. The lessons can be taught in the regular enrichment class...more
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This curriculum unit is designed to help fourth and fifth grade students acquire musical and dramatic skills and knowledge. The lessons can be taught in the regular enrichment class and can be completed in less than 30 minutes. It will take approximately nine weeks to complete the entire unit. While this is geared to a music class, it is adaptable to literature, history, art, or drama. The history of the theater will help students to understand that personal beliefs and societal values influence art forms and styles. Identifying significant works of drama will allow students to understand the diversity of cultures and styles. Students will be able to recognize the aesthetic qualities of the arts and they will learn to act, analyze and respond to performances, evaluate the quality of performances, and demonstrate performance disciplines.

tag(s): diversity (36)

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The joy of units offered like this is being able to use them in their entirety or pick, choose, and adapt to your own classroom needs. If your language arts series includes a theme on creativity or drama, this is a natural extension of that theme.

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Drama Workshop: Ideas for teaching drama - Andrew McCann

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1 to 8
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Looking for a variety of improvisational activities for your students? Or perhaps an original play? This site offers several of these that are varied and interesting. Worth a look for...more
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Looking for a variety of improvisational activities for your students? Or perhaps an original play? This site offers several of these that are varied and interesting. Worth a look for a change of pace. While the site is a little cluttered with ads, the links in the left side column provide a lot of activities filed under categories (such as animals, Christmas, etc.) as well as two plays written by the creator of the site that are quite cute for middle school students. This provides some variety in the activities that you may have planned, particularly if you like looking for holiday focused activities.

tag(s): acting (27), holidays (147)

In the Classroom

Use improvisation as a springboard to writing in your language arts classes. Once students have tried acting, have them write "plays" or do brief improvisations to illustrate concepts from socisl studies or science!

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No, You Can't Take Me - Matt Buchanan

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K to 6
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This site is a lesson idea for a game that teaches confidence, pantomime, and critical thinking. It's also a lot of fun. It can be adapted for use from Kindergarten ...more
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This site is a lesson idea for a game that teaches confidence, pantomime, and critical thinking. It's also a lot of fun. It can be adapted for use from Kindergarten to Middle School - obviously with varying levels of sophistication. It looks more complicated than it is - the creator says he never has trouble making his students understand it.

tag(s): acting (27)

In the Classroom

Students are assigned to be different objects within a group (the other groups are the audience)and in acting out the object, they must also convince the teacher why they are useful (or were invented, etc.). Very cute and teaches all sorts of different skills painlessly. One possible adaptation is to use this as a review for different science concepts, such as body systems, instead of simply for an object. Each group could be a body system and would have to tell why they should not be taken away. This could truly check student understanding while building oral communication and drama skills, too.

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Around the world in 30 minutes - Matt Buchanan

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2 to 5
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Want to teach geography in a painless and engaging manner? This is the lesson for you! The creator provides a narrative that is easily adapted to have students choose countries ...more
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Want to teach geography in a painless and engaging manner? This is the lesson for you! The creator provides a narrative that is easily adapted to have students choose countries around the world (or on a specific continent or in a specific time period) that encourages research as well as creativity.

tag(s): acting (27), continents (50)

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Reading this lesson plan is bound to give you great ideas on how to use it and adapt it for your own needs. This is also a way to get kids interacting with knowledge and using their innate acting skills. Kids love to act! Here's a way to put that talent to practical use in another subject area.

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Playing with Shadows - Kennedy Center

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4 to 6
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Introduce your students to the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry with this delightful and interactive site. In addition to revealing the basic mechanics of the art, this resource...more
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Introduce your students to the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry with this delightful and interactive site. In addition to revealing the basic mechanics of the art, this resource provides historical background, descriptions of traditional stories and characters used in shadow puppetry, and videos of actual shows performed by the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater - a renowned Chinese puppetry troupe. After observing the step-by-step process of puppet and stage creation, visitors can construct virtual puppets and create their own shows.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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This site might provide some inspiration for a very different kind of multicultural class project. Create your own shadow puppets from straws, tape, paper fasteners, and scissors; then add a simple cotton screen and light source. Instructions and illustrations are provided.
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The Living Playbook

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4 to 12
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Don't be deterrred by this site's less-than-perfect screen interface. There are links to content on a wide variety of topics, as well as a good bit of original content. ...more
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Don't be deterrred by this site's less-than-perfect screen interface. There are links to content on a wide variety of topics, as well as a good bit of original content.

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Dramania

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4 to 8
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This is a quick collection of activities for individuals or groups, coupled with a collection of links for students, as well as a resources section for teachers and coaches. ...more
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This is a quick collection of activities for individuals or groups, coupled with a collection of links for students, as well as a resources section for teachers and coaches.

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Creative Drama Web Site

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3 to 12
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Here's a collection of practical teaching ideas and suggestions for drama teachers. In addition to classroom ideas, there are theater games, plays, and a bibliography. This site was...more
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Here's a collection of practical teaching ideas and suggestions for drama teachers. In addition to classroom ideas, there are theater games, plays, and a bibliography. This site was created by a "real teacher," so the content is particularly direct and helpful.

tag(s): plays (37), readers theater (17)

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The Children's Theater Pages - Northwestern Universtiry

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3 to 8
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From Northwestern University comes this nice collection of information and resources for those involved in children's theater activities. These pages include performance and content...more
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From Northwestern University comes this nice collection of information and resources for those involved in children's theater activities. These pages include performance and content resources from the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere. There is also a section on producing for young audiences.

tag(s): acting (27), readers theater (17)

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Literature of the U.S. Civil War - Yale University

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4 to 5
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This unit investigates the Civil War through children's literature, using multiple approaches to learning including reading, writing, dramatization, and music. ...more
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This unit investigates the Civil War through children's literature, using multiple approaches to learning including reading, writing, dramatization, and music.

tag(s): civil war (145)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans that are offered on this site about the Civil War. The unit plan offers varying approaches, such as small and large group work varying on what is more efficient in your classroom. This lesson plan is worth sorting through the large amount of text - be patient!

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