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Game Up: Brain Pop Games - Game Up Brainpop games

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K to 12
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources....more
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This new "freebie" from Brainpop goes beyond the usual videos and quizzes. It includes several engaging interactives, some created by Brainpop and others linked to outside sources. Game Up, a free area of Brain Pop, is a collection of free online games that are linked to Common Core and State Standards. Science, math, social studies, and health activities provide challenge for every learner. This free gem also includes activities for grades K-3 and ESL/ELL students. Some of the topics (at the time of this review) included: Drake Equation, Court Quest, Cell Command, Blood Typing, Make Me Sick, The Diabetic Dog Game, and Food Fight.
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tag(s): branches of government (50), cells (104), debate (44), diseases (69), fractions (235), game based learning (113), logic (239), matter (60), myplate (28), nutrition (158), oceans (153), planets (127), plants (155), puzzles (207), solar system (122), supreme court (23)

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Use Game Up to introduce, illustrate, review, or assess concepts. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector for students to operate as a class activity. Use one of the activities as a learning center. Be sure to put this as a link on your website to allow students a great way to reinforce learning both in and out of your class.
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Thanks for Teaching Us - T.B.D.

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3 to 12
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Whether you have a favorite professor or elementary teacher, here is a way to thank them publicly. It's very simple. There is no registration. Click on "Submit a Story" ...more
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Whether you have a favorite professor or elementary teacher, here is a way to thank them publicly. It's very simple. There is no registration. Click on "Submit a Story" to fill in the teacher name, what you are thanking him/her for, and other details. You can include your Twitter picture. You can even email the letter to the teacher. Read the letters posted by others. This site could be used for thanking a favorite past teacher, or anyone affiliated with a school. There is a multitude of people who work in schools and are kind to children.

tag(s): letter writing (21)

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What a nice way to teach letter writing! Teach your students how to write a friendly letter for an authentic audience. Have them put their final copy on Thanks for Teaching Us. In lower grades, work together to write letters to "community helpers" in your school. What about that favorite coach? The custodian who got the ball off the roof? The lunch lady who gave your student a lunch even though his/her account had no funds? The principal? Counselors? Avoid having students identify themselves on the Internet. Use first names only with parent permission.

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Shared Talk - Rosetta Stone

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9 to 12
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By the makers of the language learning software Rosetta Stone, this free site offers language learners an opportunity to have an online pen pal. You can choose to use the ...more
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By the makers of the language learning software Rosetta Stone, this free site offers language learners an opportunity to have an online pen pal. You can choose to use the chat or email function and practice your language skills in the languages of your choice. After a free registration, you can use either voice chat, written chat, or email. You can share as little or as much information as you choose to in your profile. To begin, simply choose a native language for your language partner as well as the language you would like to use to communicate in! There is the option to choose more than one chat partner as well. With an authentic language partner from another culture the opportunity to learn about culture, idiomatic language, things of interest to young people, etc. is a terrific bonus for you. Develop a network of friends at this site.

tag(s): arabic (21), chat (53), chinese (50), french (90), german (65), hebrew (19), idioms (44), italian (34), japanese (43), russian (28), spanish (109)

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Use this site with your world language students. Warning: Due to interaction with the public, be sure to check your school's policy on allowing students to register on a site such as this. We strongly recommend parent permission, as well. Discuss safety issues in advance, such as what to do if the "pal" enters into inappropriate discussions.

If you have a group of students participating, prepare a list of interview questions and have your students make culture reports using the information they gather from their partners. You could give them a choice of presentation tools, so all in the class can learn from the other cultures. Use a presentation tool such as authorSTREAM reviewed here, My Brochure Maker reviewed here, or Bookemon reviewed here.

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Mr. Thorne Does Phonics - Christopher Thorne

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K to 5
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Learn grammar and phonics using short video clips. Videos are divided into categories based on phases of learning (phonics/reading levels), high frequency words, and other criteria....more
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Learn grammar and phonics using short video clips. Videos are divided into categories based on phases of learning (phonics/reading levels), high frequency words, and other criteria. Videos are engaging and short enough to keep students interested (most run 2-4 minutes). This site includes everything from learning the alphabet to consonant blends to pronouns and much more. Note that the speaker is not American, so the accent may be different from what young students have heard before. There are app versions of many of the activities.
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tag(s): alphabet (89), alphabetical order (19), grammar (214), phonics (71), pronunciation (44), sight words (37), spelling (167), verbs (41), vowels (13)

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Use this site to practice word recognition, pronunciation, and phonics rules. The Mr. Thorne Does Phonics site would be a wonderful site to have available for students on classroom computers as a reading/learning center. Or share specific video clips with your entire class on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge your students to make their own Mr. Thorne inspired videos for phonics or grammar. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Heads Up English - Chris Cotter

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4 to 12
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At this site you will find basic skill builders for the beginning level, to complete lesson plans that teach one targeted skill, or lessons that are based with news events. ...more
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At this site you will find basic skill builders for the beginning level, to complete lesson plans that teach one targeted skill, or lessons that are based with news events. Though targeted for the ESL/ELL classroom, all language arts teachers can use the materials found here. Each week, the site owner adds two more 90-minute lesson plans based on a central theme. Click on one of the four different levels that appear across the top of the screen. Articles about teaching techniques are also available free of charge and can be accessed in the same area. All of these are available at no charge, however there are other parts of this site that you must pay to see.
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tag(s): grammar (214), listening (91), news (265), speaking (25)

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Looking for a quick way to share current events with your classes? You'll find just that at Heads Up English. Just download the article and lessons and you're ready to go! You don't need to teach ESL/ELL to benefit from the lessons at this site. Check daily to see if the day's lesson focus is appropriate for your classroom or for students' extra work if you have a mixed class. Share the site with students to use in their free or study time. Use this site also with low-level readers who may find the lessons on news articles interesting. Check the lesson offerings on the far right side of the opening page to find plans for use on holidays.
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Free Kids Books - Red Sky Ventures

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K to 6
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Free Kids Books is a growing library of unique children's books and literary resources available for download in a user-friendly PDF format. You may purchase the books, but this review...more
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Free Kids Books is a growing library of unique children's books and literary resources available for download in a user-friendly PDF format. You may purchase the books, but this review relates to the FREE PDF format. Find books by the categories: toddlers, children, and young adult. This site is growing, so keep checking back. You will also find a Garfield alphabet poster and more to fill your language arts classroom needs! Links to literacy resources, publishing sites, and author resources, children's activities, and book review sites make this a very useful site for further resources to expand your language arts program.
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tag(s): ebooks (42), preK (289)

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If you are not a primary level teacher, be assured all the ESL/ELL, world language, theme related alphabet books are completely customizable. A great way to use the resources with older, struggling readers is to tap into their interests and have them customize the resources.

Create a class book with favorite activities, rhymes, names of books, or any way you choose to create classroom community. Make a special book for your school to welcome visitors or new students. Read the PDFs on the interactive whiteboard, projector, or at a center. Post as a link on your website for students to read at home.
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TPR Exercises - Henny Jellema

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3 to 12
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This site is a collection of listening and/or listening/reading exercises that use the technique of total physical response. The student must listen to a phrase and select the correct...more
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This site is a collection of listening and/or listening/reading exercises that use the technique of total physical response. The student must listen to a phrase and select the correct picture that corresponds to it. The author of the site suggests trying the activity before clicking to see that the right answer has been selected. The collection of 30 plus exercises uses stick figurines and a loosely connected theme for each separate page. These exercises and directions were created in the Netherlands, and clearly the directions were not written by a strong English language speaker, but the exercises themselves are quite useful.

tag(s): listening (91)

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Assign this exercise to students who are reluctant to answer in class but who can, in fact, answer basic questions in English. Demonstrate the site using your interactive whiteboard or projector before having groups of students try it together or in pairs.

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Sound Cloud - SoundCloud Ltd.

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K to 12
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SoundCloud is a sound sharing site. Upload your favorite sounds and share using your sound cloud free account. Share via a link or a choice of embed widgets to add ...more
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SoundCloud is a sound sharing site. Upload your favorite sounds and share using your sound cloud free account. Share via a link or a choice of embed widgets to add into a website, blog, podcast, Wordpress, email, instant message, or social network. You can choose to use previously recorded sounds or record your own sounds using this site. Share the sounds on the web, with your group, or privately between users. Use your drop box to receive recorded material from others.
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tag(s): creative writing (170), descriptive writing (43), expository writing (44), sound (105), sounds (70)

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Add the dimension of sound into your language arts classes with SoundCloud! Turn written stories or poetry into works of spoken art. Use SoundCloud recordings of places such as; the city, the forest, the beach, or a cafeteria to bring settings to life. Make and share audio writing prompts. Challenge students to create their own story using sounds. Add sound into projects such as webquests, PowerPoints, podcasts, or blogging to hear the results! Emphasize important messages to your parent or student emails using sound. What a practical solution for ESL/ELL learners. Record and share poetry readings during Poetry Month. Save quarterly recordings of speech articulation students s they can hear their own progress (and you can share it with parents). Check school policies, of course, before uploading any student recordings to the web. Instrumental music teachers can share clips of musical pieces for students to emulate during at-home practice.

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ALTs altastic - Altastic.com

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K to 5
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Find useful, interactive whiteboard resources, downloads, and lesson ideas (aimed at the elementary levels). These resources are divided into categories such as Flashcards, Scorers,...more
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Find useful, interactive whiteboard resources, downloads, and lesson ideas (aimed at the elementary levels). These resources are divided into categories such as Flashcards, Scorers, Interactive Stuff, Time Killers and the Lab. Each of the resources can be downloaded or accessed directly from the site by clicking the image next to the title. They will run on computers or any brand of interactive whiteboard or projector. Flashcard sets include handwriting practice, number practice, the Verbinator, mysteries, flags of the world, and more. Scorers are different forms of scoreboards use keeping track of game play. The Lab section is a very nice interactive demonstrating proper formation of letters in block, basic, or cursive script. Click on the color link on this page to break each of the letters into colored sections to help visualize the proper letter formation. Be sure to check out the interactive clock and dice located under Interactive Stuff. This site appears to be updated often, so be sure to check back. The downloads are JAVA applets that can run offline. Unfortunately, the activities do not work on iOs devices like iPads.

tag(s): alphabet (89), flags (22), flash cards (47), handwriting (17), iwb (31), numbers (199), verbs (41)

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Display the handwriting flashcards on your interactive whiteboard as a student-operated center to practice letter writing skills. Choose random letters, and have students make a list of words beginning with that letter. The What's This activity would be great vocabulary practice for ELL students or speech/language students. Use the Timekillers on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for a quick 5 or 10 minute class or center activity.

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Literacy Connections - Educators Circle, LLC.

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K to 6
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Literacy Connections provides information on reading: teaching and tutoring techniques for all ages (young child, adult literacy) and ESL/ELL students. Find resources that are useful...more
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Literacy Connections provides information on reading: teaching and tutoring techniques for all ages (young child, adult literacy) and ESL/ELL students. Find resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and tutors. Topics include; read aloud, fingerplays, readers theater, songs, spelling, high frequency words, writing instruction, the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, the best in children's literature and more. Broaden your knowledge for ESL/ELL, literacy programs, and parent information. The (many) articles are well written and cover a broad variety of topics such as learning the letters of the alphabet, encouraging your student (or child) to be a reader, reading aloud, and many others.
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tag(s): alphabet (89), literature (274), phonics (71), preK (289), readers theater (17), reading comprehension (119), sight words (37), spelling (167), word study (79)

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Make your reading and writing workshop come alive with a wealth of resources and information at your fingertips. Help your school volunteer program or business partnership with background training to work effectively with your students. Share this one on your website as a link for parents. Periodically revisit to be sure your language arts program has the most useful and meaningful components. Gifted and ESL/ELL programs will greatly benefit from additional ideas and fun activities for whole group instruction, centers, or even homework practice.
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Wridea - Octeth Ltd.

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4 to 12
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Wridea is an idea management, brainstorming, and collaboration tool. It's a place to organize and categorize your ideas, share them with others for input, and store them. To collaborate...more
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Wridea is an idea management, brainstorming, and collaboration tool. It's a place to organize and categorize your ideas, share them with others for input, and store them. To collaborate using this tool, you must have individual memberships (email required). Note that maps that are shared can be seen by the public, but not altered. You specify the members who may collaborate and make alterations. At this time, this site does not work properly in Internet Explorer. However, it is a great tool to use in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or other browsers.

tag(s): brainstorming (25), concept mapping (21), graphic organizers (42), mind map (24), organizational skills (128)

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Demonstrate the activity on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and then allow students to create their own Wridea tool. Use this site for literature activities, research projects, social studies, or science topics. Have students collaborate together (online) to create group study guides or review charts before a test. Have students use Wridea as a study guide by brainstorming all the important concepts they remember about the unit being studied in history or science, and then have them share their Wridea with another student who will add concepts that were left out. Build student creative fluency by having them use Wridea to create categories of wonder, question, and answers for research; map out a story or plot line, or map out a step-by-step process (life cycle); map a real historical event as a choose-your-own-adventure with alternate endings based on pivotal points.

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This resources looks like it has a wide variety of applications suitable to upper elementary and secondary classrooms. Sign up was quick and easy, but I received a message upon completing those steps that Wridea doesn't support Internet Explorer. It "suggested" using Mozilla Firefox instead. I'm a strong advocate for being comfortable with using several browsers, so, this doesn't throw up any huge roadblocks to me, but if you do not have or use Firefox, you will need to take that extra step as well before actually making use of this tool.

Editor's Note: the review has been updated to reflect this new information.
Rita, WA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Elmer's & Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Tool Kit Grants - Elmer's

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K to 12
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Apply for one of these school supply grants offered annually by Elmer's so they can do one or more of the projects in the "catalog" of ideas Elmer's offers. All ...more
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Apply for one of these school supply grants offered annually by Elmer's so they can do one or more of the projects in the "catalog" of ideas Elmer's offers. All certified K-12 teachers are eligible, though priority is given to first year teachers. Read the criteria and click to download the grant application. The application cycle appears to open in Feb-April for funding the following school year. The catalog of ideas offers downloadable pdfs for many subjects and grades. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Teacher Toolkit.

tag(s): crafts (43), grants (19)

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Explore the many crafts, center, and curriculum project ideas for many subjects. Many are offered for grades K-8 and a few for high school. Then apply for a grant for the coming school year. You might also enjoy simply browsing for good craft and curriculum project ideas, even if you do not seek a grant.
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ESL Base - ESL Base

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3 to 12
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This is a marvelous collective resource for any teachers of ELL/ESL students and even for teachers of other languages. The range of offerings goes from lesson plans and activities to...more
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This is a marvelous collective resource for any teachers of ELL/ESL students and even for teachers of other languages. The range of offerings goes from lesson plans and activities to games to grammar explanations and more. There are also teaching tips and informative articles. The overall ESL Base website also has job-finding and other important information for ESL/ELL teachers worldwide. The GRAMMAR section of this site would be useful to any class learning proper grammar (articles, reflexive pronouns, passive voice, and more). (This website does not use American English, so you may notice some slightly different spellings if using this is American schools. For example, practice is practise.
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tag(s): grammar (214), grammar review (38), professional development (133), resources (112), verbs (41)

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Check here if you need a new way to teach a specific grammar skill or if you want to find support from the TEFL community. This is a great professional resource, so don't miss out on the many helpful articles. Provide the direct link to interactives/practice games on your class website.

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Fiction Teachers - Meadowbrook Press

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2 to 8
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Jump into fiction and poetry with fictionteachers.com. Find information about teaching reading, poetry, readers theater, and inviting such authors to visit your classroom. Write a Girls...more
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Jump into fiction and poetry with fictionteachers.com. Find information about teaching reading, poetry, readers theater, and inviting such authors to visit your classroom. Write a Girls to the Rescue, a mini mystery, or a new fangled fairy tale. Lesson plans have creative ideas to inspire students, teachers, and parents.
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tag(s): poetry (224), readers theater (17)

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Jazz up your language arts class with fun, laughter and great readers theater scripts. Find links for other websites for more resources. Discover book resources to make your language arts workshop become the favorite part of your students' day. Use on an interactive whiteboard (or projector), at centers, for parent resource, or additional advice for tutors.

After students have experienced two or three of the reader's theater scripts from this site, have them create their own script for a favorite story. Use the script writing tips found on Aaron Shepard's Reader's Theater Page reviewed here.

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Lilian's Tool Box - Lilian Marchesoni

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1 to 12
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This site is a wiki that allows ESL/ELL teachers to share helpful websites, games, presentations, and songs with other ESL/ELL instructors. There are PowerPoint presentations, games,...more
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This site is a wiki that allows ESL/ELL teachers to share helpful websites, games, presentations, and songs with other ESL/ELL instructors. There are PowerPoint presentations, games, templates, tutorials, songs, and more... all ready to go! You don't need to join the wiki to enjoy the games, PowerPoints, etc., but , by joining the workspace, you can comment on materials and methods, and add your own activities. Another benefit of joining is that all members receive notification of changes and new activities added to the wiki, in their email.

tag(s): directions (19), grammar (214), songs (53), vocabulary (324), writing (367)

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Scan this site for both activities and presentation methods for your target lesson. Take advantage of the ready to go ESL/ELL activities at this site.

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Word Talk - CALL Scotland

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K to 12
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Enter the world of assisted learning with Word Talk, a free plugin for use with Microsoft Word. This software downloads onto unlimited computers for educational use. A talking dictionary...more
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Enter the world of assisted learning with Word Talk, a free plugin for use with Microsoft Word. This software downloads onto unlimited computers for educational use. A talking dictionary assists with definition and spelling. The ability to turn the words into MP3 format is available. This plugin has won the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award.

tag(s): dictionaries (57), text to speech (18)

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Include Word Talk as your classroom helper for FREE! Offer assisted learning for struggling readers or writers to provide success. Provide study guides or notes in an MP3 file to include on your website. Offer as a way to encourage independence and confidence in all learners. Incorporate into writer's workshop to help with editing and proofreading. Help your ESL/ELL and special needs students find more success. This helps you achieve the technology goal of assisted learning in IEP students. Offer all directions with the text to speech option.
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Listening Archive - British Council

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8 to 12
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This site contains over 100 downloadable podcasts for ESL/ELL students. You can listen to them by downloading them to a PC, or by putting them on an MP3 player. Students ...more
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This site contains over 100 downloadable podcasts for ESL/ELL students. You can listen to them by downloading them to a PC, or by putting them on an MP3 player. Students can also select to see the script. The PDF of the script contains a short exercise with a key to the answers as well as the actual script from the podcast. Please be aware that the speakers do have a British accent.

tag(s): listening (91), podcasts (55)

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Share this site with students who want to improve their listening comprehension. Have students listen to alternate podcasts and create their own questions to quiz others. Have students practice reading each other the scripts of the podcasts and/or give each other dictations on them. Use the podcasts as an introduction to a topic your students will explore; the subjects are widely varied so if you become familiar with the topics, you may easily find something useful. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about [topic of selected podcast] using the Newspaper Clipping Generator. Combine the newspaper clippings to make the beginnings of reference sources about the topic.
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Brightstorm English - Brightstorm, Inc.

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3 to 9
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Find FREE English videos covering every topic in Grammar and Writing. Categories include: parts of speech, sentence basics, sentence style, voice, and style with multiple videos for...more
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Find FREE English videos covering every topic in Grammar and Writing. Categories include: parts of speech, sentence basics, sentence style, voice, and style with multiple videos for each topic. The Writing topics include: Parts of an Essay, Types of Essays, Writing Terms, and Writing Process.

tag(s): essays (21), expository writing (44), grammar (214), grammar review (38), parts of speech (67), process writing (45), sentences (50)

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Do your students tune out when you start explaining grammar? Bring another teacher into your room by using these videos. Put on the Nouns video and have your students take notes. They will learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, abstract nouns, etc. Pause the video at the beginning so students can write notes on the whiteboard. Then when you start the video have the students fill in the information in their notes as the designated "teacher" fills in the information on the whiteboard. You can follow-up by having students write sentences of their own using the different types of nouns and share them on your interactive whiteboard. (Alternatively, "flip" your classroom bay assigning students to watch the video as homework, then come to class prepared to apply and practice the concepts.)

Put the URL for a video on a classroom computer for students, or pairs of students to rotate through. You can even have a follow-up activity stored there for the students to complete after watching the video. To show what they have learned from the video, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. You could do this on a weekly basis. If you have two computers available, students could rotate through one of the grammar videos and one of the writing videos weekly. Put the URL for the videos on your website for students and parents to use as homework help or review.
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Socrative - Socrative.com

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4 to 12
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Socrative is a smart student response system -- the answer to not having expensive "educational clickers" in your classroom. Socrative is in beta at this time and is free. Their ...more
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Socrative is a smart student response system -- the answer to not having expensive "educational clickers" in your classroom. Socrative is in beta at this time and is free. Their apps work on tablets, smartphones, iPod Touch, laptops, and others. There is an introductory video demonstrating teacher and student logins and how your class will interact in real-time. You can create your own multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. You may also choose to use one of their ready-made activities as exit tickets, thoughtful questions, or games. See your students' responses in an Excel file or view online as a Google spreadsheet. Multiple choice questions are automatically corrected.

tag(s): chat (53), DAT device agnostic tool (171), game based learning (113), gamification (75), polls and surveys (55), questioning (33), social networking (112)

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If you've ever wanted greater student engagement, increased student interest, and heightened discussion and interactivity in your classroom, Socrative is the answer. Students can give their input and express their views anonymously, if you wish.

In any curriculum area, ask open-ended questions and display student responses with your projector or interactive whiteboard. Students could then use a tool like Thinkmeter reviewed here to vote on the options.

Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.
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Talk and Learn - English-Portal

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8 to 12
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This is a social networking site for English language learners. With a free registration, students can create their own profile, make new "friends," upload photos of their choice, chat...more
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This is a social networking site for English language learners. With a free registration, students can create their own profile, make new "friends," upload photos of their choice, chat using text, voice and video chat, create a "wall" similar to that in Facebook, practice English using a remarkable exercise bank, and play language games. Activities such as hangman, spelling power, crosswords, and more are available without creating an account or logging in. Creating an account allows full access to the social networking features of the site and is similar to Facebook. Registration requires a username, first and last name, email address, and birth date.

tag(s): grammar (214), social networking (112), word study (79)

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Check your school policies for allowing students to use social networks. This site is good practice for students using their English to follow directions to set up their profile as well as writing brief notes in English to communicate with their new "friends" on Talk and Learn. This may be a good site to provide to ESL/ELL families via your class website.

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