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Sound City Reading - Kathy Davis

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K to 2
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Come to Sound City Reading to find a phonics program for beginning readers. Choose from readiness levels 1-5 and materials to accompany Reading Street for First Grade....more
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Come to Sound City Reading to find a phonics program for beginning readers. Choose from readiness levels 1-5 and materials to accompany Reading Street for First Grade. Print and use accompanying sound pictures for each of the booklets. Choose from several versions of wall charts for classroom use. Other resources include games and word cards to print and use. The site states that Mac users may have trouble pulling up the Reading Street tests correctly, but our editors tested the activities on a Mac and experienced no issues.

tag(s): alphabet (90), independent reading (129), phonics (72), preK (291), spelling (167)

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Browse the site for materials to use along with your current classroom curriculum. Print books and sound pictures for students to take home for practice. Share a link to the site on your class website for parents to access additional reading materials. Use materials with ESL/ELL students for additional reading practice. Use with learning support students for extra support in reading.
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Video Lessons: Essay Writing - Ryan Thiggins

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8 to 12
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These "video lessons" orally instruct how to write argument, discussion and IELT essays. The site includes information on how to write a thesis statement, do an outline, and complete...more
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These "video lessons" orally instruct how to write argument, discussion and IELT essays. The site includes information on how to write a thesis statement, do an outline, and complete the essay. It goes through all the necessary planning and thinking steps by actually writing an essay on the site's chosen topic. Although these essay writing lessons target ESL/ELL students who are preparing for the IELTS exam, their simplicity makes it useful for any beginning essay writers. Be aware: some of these videos opened a bit slow using Chrome.
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tag(s): essays (21), expository writing (44)

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Use these videos as a preview to writing an academic essay in class. Ask the students to take notes on what the various parts of the essay are. When you expand to writing another type of essay, have the students make their own videos of the different parts and thinking processes similar to this one. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Reading Hawk - Clark Ness

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K to 2
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Reading Hawk presents over 500 downloadable books for beginning readers. Choose from three categories: Dolch Sight Word Stories, Reading Hawk Library, and Single Word Stories. Download...more
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Reading Hawk presents over 500 downloadable books for beginning readers. Choose from three categories: Dolch Sight Word Stories, Reading Hawk Library, and Single Word Stories. Download stories in PDF format by reading level or choose individual stories to read online. Some of the stories also include audio to hear each page. (QuickTime is required.)

tag(s): guided reading (46), phonics (72), preK (291), printables (38), sight words (37)

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Learning support teachers, reading specialists, and ESL/ELL teachers can use this site to individualize reading materials for students. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link with your families using your class website or wiki. Send home specific pdfs for students to practice at home.
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Wild Kratts - Kratt Brothers Company / 9 Story Entertainment production.

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2 to 7
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Join Aviva, Chris, Martin, Jimmy, and Koki on their quest to save the animals of our world. Based on the PBS television show, explore biology, zoology, and ecology of our ...more
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Join Aviva, Chris, Martin, Jimmy, and Koki on their quest to save the animals of our world. Based on the PBS television show, explore biology, zoology, and ecology of our planet. You will also learn small ways to make a big impact on saving our world. With a login, you can save points earned from games and receive special powers from animals to compete and survive in the games using your avatar. You do not need any email account to register/sign in. Explore the avatar creation area, games, creaturepedia, habitats, and videos to help learn about animals. Click on the Teachers Link (For Grownups) at the top of the page to find lesson plans, printable PDFs, objectives, and more.
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tag(s): africa (180), animal homes (44), animals (290), ecology (135), habitats (85), zoology (7)

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Capture kids' interest in biology, zoology, and ecology with Wild Kratts. Joining in adventures with the gang, allows students to learn about animals, habitats, and the planet. Use this site as a resource in science. Share the videos and/or interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Add the site as an enrichment area for everyone to explore. Use the adventures to inspire either narrative or expository writing. Use as a technology resource for digging in deeper for your common core content area. With using your avatar, students can experience and make connections with each of the animals given. ESL/ELL and learning support students will find this site useful with reading, video, and demonstrations of the different featured animals. Your science club will enjoy the experiences of the Wild Kratts. Using the area you live in, have students work in groups to study the animals, birds, reptiles, fish, and arthropods. Create a wiki with the research of your area. Or have students create their own blogs highlighting what they have learned. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary! Share your research and stories with other classes in your own school, students' families, and more.
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Fakebook - Class Tools

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4 to 12
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Create a "fake" Facebook-style page for anyone or anything! No membership required! Give your page a title and add an image from your computer. (They insert an image for you ...more
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Create a "fake" Facebook-style page for anyone or anything! No membership required! Give your page a title and add an image from your computer. (They insert an image for you if you do not select one.) Of course you will need to use a Creative Commons or other copyright-safe image. You can also use autoselect from a websearch, edit the profile, and your page is almost ready. You must add at least one post and one friend to save work. Choose "save" from the options on top right side of the page, enter a password, and your unique url for your Fakebook page appears. Be sure to copy and save this link as it is the only time it is given in the setup process. Here is an example created in less than a minute. Page creation is quick and easy with a small learning curve. Flash is needed only to watch the introduction video, not use the site/tool. There is a downloadable Word doc "startup guide" for those who prefer written, illustrated directions.
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tag(s): book reports (37), creative writing (170), social networking (112)

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Engage and create interest in classroom learning with Fakebook. This site is wonderful for creating interest in many subjects. In social studies, instead of a typical biographical report have students create a Fakebook page about their famous person. Write about presidents, founding fathers, famous scientists or artist, a civil war soldier, and much more. Have students create a timeline of any historical event (the page should be named for the event). Use Fakebook to outline the plot of a book, play, or film, then share with students while studying the material. To use Fakebook to study literature, create a page for the central character, book's author, or the setting of the book or play. For a unique twist is science class, create a Fakebook page for a periodic element or another science topic. Use the page to describe "the life" of that atom or element. In world language classes, have students do this activity (about themselves) in the second language they are learning. Create a Fakebook page for the first day of school to introduce yourself to students or at Open House for parents. Challenge students to create and share a page about themselves during the first week of school. Share a Fakebook page with students to demonstrate proper netiquette and social sharing. Be sure to share a rubric with students for all expectations of what should be included on their page. Make Fakebook one of the options for your gifted students doing projects beyond the regular curriculum. With no membership required, this tool is simple enough for younger gifted students who have parent permission to post work to the web. We could pretend that they do not know what Facebook looks like, but we would be deluding ourselves!

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Common Core Tasks, Units, and Student Work - New York City Department of Education

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K to 12
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Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level (preK through 12), subject area and Common Core Learning Standard. This site...more
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Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level (preK through 12), subject area and Common Core Learning Standard. This site is provided by the New York City Department of Education. Search results provide a short description of packets including the length of units and mathematics concepts addressed. Units are very detailed and include descriptions, standards addressed, student work pages, rubrics, student work examples, support for ESL/ELL students, and support for special education students. Print each unit from the PDF link included.

tag(s): literacy (107)

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Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year for Common Core units and lessons. Share with other teachers in your building and district as a resource for Common Core lessons. Explore the site during Common Core professional development days.
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The Daily English Show - thedailyenglishshow

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4 to 12
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The Daily English Show is a video podcast of daily news for ESL/ELL students. Many of the broadcasts would also be appropriate for native English speakers. It has been ...more
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The Daily English Show is a video podcast of daily news for ESL/ELL students. Many of the broadcasts would also be appropriate for native English speakers. It has been broadcast from New Zealand, Japan, and Canada. Regular features include news, a Word of the Day, broadcasts from regular columnists, jokes, questions, and movies among others. One very interesting part is a section called "mistakes" in which common English errors are examined. Although the speaker has an accent from New Zealand, the material is relevant, and it adds high interest for ESL/ELL speakers struggling to comprehend English. The site has scripts of the podcasts available.
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tag(s): news (265), podcasts (55), virtual field trips (51)

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Make this site available for students to explore on their own and to share their favorite hints or stories with classmates. After watching a few shows, have your ESL/ELL students prepare their own podcasts with features of their choosing and share them via a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Perhaps have them offer a "mistake" video on their own most frequent error.
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Dr. Kate Kinsella's Learning Activities - Dr. Kate Kinsella and the California Department of Education

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6 to 9
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Dr. Kinsella shares several learning activities for middle school students, with a focus on English language learners. There are four different professional learning activities each...more
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Dr. Kinsella shares several learning activities for middle school students, with a focus on English language learners. There are four different professional learning activities each containing four activities and lessons. Included are video presentations, detailed questioning techniques, and ideas for differentiation and assessment. The format for each activity includes Consider Your Practice, View the Video, Apply the Concepts, and Make it Happen at Your School.

tag(s): literacy (107), questioning (33), vocabulary development (125)

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Use this information during professional development sessions to develop techniques and ideas for teaching English language learners. Share with ESL/ELL teachers as a resource. Although geared toward English language learners, there are many tools on the site that can be used in any classroom such as the Lesson Observation and Reflection Tool found in the Take Action Section of the first learning activity. There are many other professional resources at this site.
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Teacher Invaders Game Generator - Andrew Field

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1 to 8
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Create a Flash-based interactive game in a "flash." The free software is Windows only. Teacher Invaders, from the makers of the popular Fling the Teacher game, is based on the ...more
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Create a Flash-based interactive game in a "flash." The free software is Windows only. Teacher Invaders, from the makers of the popular Fling the Teacher game, is based on the very first video arcade game of the 1970s, called Space Invaders. The site is free and easy to use. Enter your question(s) and hit the "generate game" button. Teacher Invaders is ideal for terminology, vocabulary, definitions, and rote learning. You can adjust the number of questions you want to include along with other aspects of the game. You can download the software (which is still under development from Content Generator). Although free of charge, you must join the forum linked on the site to be able to download the software.

tag(s): vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125)

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Create games for any subject for review before testing or practice throughout the year. Share your educational games on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign games for homework or use on classroom computers as centers. If possible, allow cooperative learning groups to create their own educational review games to share with the class. Learning support or ELL teachers could work together with small groups to create games, reinforcing learning both in making and playing the games.

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Elementary Test Prep Center - Social Studies - Studyzone.org

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3 to 5
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This Elementary Test Prep Center for Social Studies website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and preparation for specifically the New...more
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This Elementary Test Prep Center for Social Studies website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and preparation for specifically the New York Standardized tests. The information given is applicable to any standardized test. Find grade level resources for 3, 4, and 5 in the areas of lessons, practice, interactive games, teacher resources, and literature for every standard given. Tips for parents include ideas to help families better prepare their children for standardized testing.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Help your students gain confidence in standardized test taking. Many resources by grade level offer activities in lessons, practice, interactive games, literature, and teacher resource. Your students will feel better prepared with practice tests. Use lessons on your interactive whiteboard to share with the whole group. Use practice activities and interactive games for center time. Post this site on your class website and use for remediation, extra practice, or enrichment. Set goals for your students to finish certain activities. The lessons and practice allow students to progress at their own speed, offering many opportunities for differentiation. You may want to have students record in a daily task journal, reflecting upon the activities they accomplished and the reasons for the activities. Explore literature and resources to widen your teaching repertoire.
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Pen.io - Anthony Feint

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K to 12
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Write and publish a very simple blog post or writing piece instantly. This is a simple tool and requires NO membership. Pen.io is also ideal for collaborative drafts. All you ...more
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Write and publish a very simple blog post or writing piece instantly. This is a simple tool and requires NO membership. Pen.io is also ideal for collaborative drafts. All you need to do to create a page is to choose a name and a password for editing. (You may have to try a few names to find one that is unique.) You receive a URL you can give to others along with the password to be able to collaborate. Or simply share the url for them to read only. You can include an image by dragging and dropping.

tag(s): blogs (90), editing (68), process writing (45), proofreading (23), writing (366)

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Publish student writing projects such as short stories, poems, and reports. Publish study guides before tests. Publish directions for assignments. With the options for password protected editors, students could post a collaborative report and have others help edit the work. This is an easy way to set up a student blog, especially if the focus is on writing rather than multimedia. Have students write a progressive story where they each add a portion. Practice vocabulary in English or world languages by having students add sentences throughout the year, continuously using the newest words. Just make sure that students use the same password for all the stories started in a class.

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Snapguide - Heavy Bits

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2 to 12
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Looking for an easy to use "how to" guide? You must visit Snapguide! Find various topics: Sports & Fitness, Technology, Cooking, Music, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, and countless others....more
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Looking for an easy to use "how to" guide? You must visit Snapguide! Find various topics: Sports & Fitness, Technology, Cooking, Music, Arts & Crafts, Gardening, and countless others. You can view all of the content of this site without joining. Create your own "how to" guide on any topic. It's a "snap" to create the directions with pictures. Use your computer or iOS device to create a guide. Download the app onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to create a guide for explaining anything! Each page contains a picture and text to explain the parts for your guide.

tag(s): computers (92), crafts (43), directions (19), fitness (50), photography (162), sequencing (31), speeches (17)

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Share the ready-made snapguides in various classes: family and consumer science, music, art, photography, science, computer, and more! Create your own snapguides to share with your class on any subject matter. ESL/ELL and other special needs students will learn better seeing the photos along with the instructions. Use Snapguide to explain a lesson or a project that has multiple directions. Use Snapguide for directions for parents. Create a snapguide for your students when leaving plans for a substitute teacher. Students can also create their own snapguides to use as presentations and even for sequencing practice. These re the perfect prompts for writing and giving informative, how-to speeches. Students can explore the guides available and follow directions or even evaluate their effectiveness. Have cooperative learning groups create their own snapguides to share a new topic with the class. Encourage students to use Snapguide to illustrate their math solutions, discuss the completion and science behind a lab experiment, or show cause and effect.

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Talk Typer - 2012 TalkTyper

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K to 12
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Your spoken words are instantly changed to written text. You need to use the Chrome browser for this site to work properly. Just click on the microphone and speak. Follow ...more
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Your spoken words are instantly changed to written text. You need to use the Chrome browser for this site to work properly. Just click on the microphone and speak. Follow simple directions and immediately begin to dictate. You need to the Chrome browser for this site to work properly. As soon as speech is ready, it appears in red, and you push ok. Corrections are suggested in red. If your speech is not recognized, there is an alternatives button to help you dictate correctly. You can also click on the speaker button to hear the written words played back to you. Click the blue arrow to move the text down to the larger text box. There you can store several phrases or sentences together. Choose to print, email, or tweet your message. Talk Typer is also available in a variety of languages. Be sure to speak slowly and clearly. This is best used with short phrases or sentences.
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tag(s): text to speech (18)

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Talk Typer is a very versatile tool, for students, parents, and teachers alike. Bypass poor typing skills, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and physical disabilities. Use this tool in emails, documents, or anything requiring typed text. Use in your writing class so students can either write or edit their work. Use when you are in a hurry with emails requiring long text. Use for your newsletters or family emails. Share this on your class website and at Back to School Night. Emerging literacy students will enjoy the success they have with their oral language into written word. Improve content and forget about mechanics of writing or typing. Focus in on grammar and mechanics after seeing the recognized mistakes. Include this website on every tool bar and as a favorite on your class web page. ELL students can speak English, play it back, and correct it until it "sounds right" and expresses their ideas correctly.

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Vozme - Festival Speech Synthesis System Centre for Speech Technology

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K to 12
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Change text into speech in your email messages, in your browser, website, or Wordpress blog. VozMe is free and easy. Save as an MP3 file and expand your possibilities. Languages ...more
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Change text into speech in your email messages, in your browser, website, or Wordpress blog. VozMe is free and easy. Save as an MP3 file and expand your possibilities. Languages include Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Hindi, and Apache. You can also choose a male or female voice.

tag(s): text to speech (18)

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Create a verbal classroom using speech in your email messages, blog, browser searches, and even class discussions, read alouds, and simple explanations. Lower elementary classes, ESL/ELL, or learning support classes can enjoy greater independence with both verbal and written text. Let students try making a blog post with synthesized speech. ELL students can hear written language to build listening skills and relate written English to the spoken sounds. Send an email with an anticipatory activity for a content lesson by polling, asking a question, or offering food for thought. At the end of the unit, have students create a review for content area subjects. Use in your writing class for students to listen to their own work read aloud. This allows for easier self-revisions. Share all written work on your class blog, allowing everyone to share (with parental permission, of course). Enjoy giving students writing prompts or homework assignments spoken aloud, playable as many times as each individual needs. Send a quick email to a sick or absent student, adding a more personal touch with them hearing your message. Use to read poetry or to illustrate inflection and emotion in your speech. Enjoy all the talking and listening you and your class will do!

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Lesson Stream - Jamie Keddie

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K to 12
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Lessonstream offers 70+ English lessons originally intended for ELL/ESL learners. They are divided by ability levels, listed according to topic, language aim, learner type, and lesson...more
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Lessonstream offers 70+ English lessons originally intended for ELL/ESL learners. They are divided by ability levels, listed according to topic, language aim, learner type, and lesson time. Each lesson includes images or a video, preparation tasks, text prompts and then the lesson plan. Many include additional printouts to supplement the lesson. Explore the site in several ways: browse all lessons page by page, time needed for lesson, learner type, main activity, language aim, or materials. Download lessons using the PDF link provided with each lesson. "Pinned" images provide age level information, activity type, and language skill addressed for each activity. Most lessons are aimed at middle school learners and above. However, there are several for younger students and worth taking a look if you teach younger grades.
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tag(s): narrative (23), parts of speech (67), punctuation (43), sentences (50)

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Bookmark and save this site to access lesson plans throughout the year. Lesson plans cover multiple grade levels in many different English content areas. Resources can enrich, or even give further explanation to current topics of study. Teachers of English/language arts and special ed will find some of the lessons quite applicable for all students, not just ELL.
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Twitter - Education Chats - Chat Scheduler

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K to 12
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This Google site is a chat schedule for Twitter educational hashtags. Take a look at who is using Twitter and why. You'll see that Twitter isn't just idle "chat." This ...more
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This Google site is a chat schedule for Twitter educational hashtags. Take a look at who is using Twitter and why. You'll see that Twitter isn't just idle "chat." This is just the educational chats. You can find diverse chats about everything from leadership, to minimalist running enthusiasts, to 4th grade teachers, and more. You'll probably find something that piques your interest! Some of the chats occur live, but many are ongoing. Not free at a chat time? You can always read the tweets later.

tag(s): microblogging (41), social networking (112), twitter (43)

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Explore the site to discover and follow educational and professional chats that match your interests and needs. Read the tweets about what is happening in other classrooms to gain some new/fresh ideas. Students in upper grades interested in a particular career or trying to find a mentor in an area of interest could use this. You may want to preview and pick out certain hashtags for your student(s). Want to know more about Twitter? See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Elementary Test Prep ELA - Studyzone.org

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This Elementary Test Prep for English Language Arts website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and prepare specifically for the New York...more
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This Elementary Test Prep for English Language Arts website gives information to help students, teachers, and parents gain more information and prepare specifically for the New York State tests. The information, however, is applicable to any standardized test. Find grade level resources for grades K - 4 ELA: lessons, practice, interactive games, teacher resources, and literature for every standard. Tips for parents include ideas to help families better prepare their children for standardized testing. Click to find the tutorials and practice pages for your desired content. If you are looking for a specific topic, you can use the search feature for the particular skill that you need help with.
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Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins. Explore literature and resources to widen your teaching repertoire. Share resources on your class web page to support students and parents at home.
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Crickweb Learning Games Grade 3-5 - Crickweb

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Discover over 100 online interactives for practicing elementary skills from reading, math, and more at Crickweb. Featured offerings are on the main page, including practicing basic...more
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Discover over 100 online interactives for practicing elementary skills from reading, math, and more at Crickweb. Featured offerings are on the main page, including practicing basic math skills of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Choose additional activities from the bar labeled Key Stage 2 located near the top of the page. This drop-down box provides additional games divided into categories from literacy through French and Spanish. Activities include easy to follow directions and instant feedback for responses. Note that this site uses British spelling!
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tag(s): addition (239), dental health (23), division (169), earth (231), food chains (22), habitats (85), human body (126), life cycles (24), light (49), magnetism (37), map skills (82), matter (60), multiplication (222), parts of speech (67), rivers (22), rocks (50), spelling (167), subtraction (199), sun (72)

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Use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a whole class activity or for a learning center. Create a link to games on classroom computers for students to practice while at centers or during free time. Share this site for at-home practice through your classroom newsletter or blog.
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Wix - Giora Kaplan, Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami

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Wix makes creating your own website EASY! Wix has over 100 visually rich templates for you to choose. Or you may choose a blank template and upload your own material. ...more
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Wix makes creating your own website EASY! Wix has over 100 visually rich templates for you to choose. Or you may choose a blank template and upload your own material. The easy, "drag and drop" elements allow even the novice technology user to create their own website. Choose to have your website in Flash or HTML. Wix does all the work for either of these. Choose from 100s of images, fonts, menus, music files, buttons, and widgets, or upload your own. There are video tutorials that will take you from beginner to website designer in 8 steps!
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tag(s): blogs (90), game based learning (113), gamification (75), portfolios (32), social networking (112)

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Your students, 13 and over, may register by email if you want them to create a page to present a project, or for club web pages. Use a whole class account for students under 13. This program would be nice for developing student portfolios, small group presentations, even journals about career research. Create a Wix website page to publish biographical information about any historical figure in any subject area. Use Wix to create pages about characters in a novel. Create pages about scientists and their contributions including reactions of others to their discovery or invention. Research why these inventions were particularly important and the scientific knowledge that changed as a result. Create a page about artists, musicians, politicians, etc. using the same guidelines as above with scientists. Challenge students to step into the person's character to create an informative understanding about the person and their contribution. In upper elementary grades, have all students generate a starter page offline about a famous person (or people) you are studying. Then vote on one to publish as a class using this online tool. Have teens begin a "Me" portfolio in middle grades, one that they can continue to develop as they approach college and/or career. Encourage them to showcase links to online projects, favorite images they have taken or created, artwork, music, writing samples, and personal interests. This is the ideal way to build a positive digital footprint that students can actually use well into the future. If you teach gifted students, encourage them to add suitable projects from your class to their portfolio site, especially projects that involve connections with the "real world."

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Drama in the ESL Classroom - Jessica Davis

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Find a wealth of resources for using drama in the ESL/ELL classroom. The same activities can also be useful for other subjects. The improvisation resources are especially exciting,...more
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Find a wealth of resources for using drama in the ESL/ELL classroom. The same activities can also be useful for other subjects. The improvisation resources are especially exciting, offering definitions, examples of activities, links, and visual examples of how you can use improvisational techniques. In addition, information and activities on using plays, process drama, and reader's theater for language teaching abound. Use play writing for another aspect of language teaching. There is a complete curriculum for offering an independent class in drama for ESL/ELL students. Although this site may appear plain vanilla, there are sprinkles throughout, making this tool very valuable and informative.

tag(s): acting (27), creative writing (170), plays (36)

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Use this site as the starting point for group projects like having the students write and produce their own play(s). This is a great find for gifted students as well as students studying any modern language as the play writing and acting techniques can easily be adapted. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of the plays they write and produce. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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