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Landforms - Southern Kings Consolidated School

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3 to 7
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Looking for a site that teaches landforms? This site offers simple explanations and photos of several types of landforms: valleys, plateaus, mountains, plains, hills, loess, and glaciers....more
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Looking for a site that teaches landforms? This site offers simple explanations and photos of several types of landforms: valleys, plateaus, mountains, plains, hills, loess, and glaciers. There is also a link to the rock cycle. The photos at this site really enhance the simple explanations.

tag(s): landforms (46)

In the Classroom

Use this site during a unit on landforms, or for research about the landforms. Have students create multimedia presentations about landforms. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)! Share the Mapskip presentations on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Google Earth Lessons - David (a Central Florida Computer Teacher)

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4 to 12
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This site offers a collection of lesson plans to correlate with Google Earth. There are lessons in math, social studies, language arts, and science. View "How To" videos, "Student Controlled"...more
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This site offers a collection of lesson plans to correlate with Google Earth. There are lessons in math, social studies, language arts, and science. View "How To" videos, "Student Controlled" lesson plans, "Teacher Controlled" lesson plans, "mini lessons," or search the lessons by content area. Click on Home to read the latest news at the site. The lessons are ready to go. Some include standards. This site does require Flash and Adobe Acrobat. Google Earth How-To links use Quicktime video. You can all these plug-ins from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (24), latitude (13), longitude (13), maps (293), migration (59), time (140), time zones (8)

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Search the site for your content area. Take advantage of the free lesson plans. If you aren't familiar with Google Earth check out the site (reviewed here). There is a lot to explore with this multi-faceted tool, Google Earth. If you do not have it installed for FREE on your school computer, use this lesson blog to demonstrate to your administration why you should.
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Kidlandia - Kidlandia, Inc.

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K to 4
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Imagine a land that your students can claim as their own. Kidlandia grants that wish--for free. With a simple sign-in, your students chose a landform, type in their own names, ...more
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Imagine a land that your students can claim as their own. Kidlandia grants that wish--for free. With a simple sign-in, your students chose a landform, type in their own names, enter their birth date, then enter the names of 20+ other people (parents, grandparents, whomever you wish). The map is magically created with their personal names, such as "Melissa Island" and "Brady Sea." If sharing email addresses is allowed, students may share their map with others. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Although much of this site is free, there are links to purchase the maps and other "extras." So be sure to warn students NOT to click on those options. Flash is required at this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creativity (118), maps (293)

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Use this site to reinforce map skills using students' own personalized maps! If you have a classroom wiki page, link the student maps to share with viewers. Challenge students to write stories to go along with the maps and email them to grandparents and parents along with the map link. Print the maps for a creative bulletin board on map making skills.
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Antarctic Sun

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6 to 12
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Want to know what's new in Antarctica? Read the online version of the daily paper published during the "summer" season that begins in October. This one's interesting as much for ...more
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Want to know what's new in Antarctica? Read the online version of the daily paper published during the "summer" season that begins in October. This one's interesting as much for its insights on life in Antarctica as for its scientific substance.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on Antarctica and the scientists living there. To highlight information, preview the site and create graphic organizers to guide students through and find the important information. For help making graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here)

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Exploring the West - Stanford University

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9 to 12
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Exploring the West is specifically designed for high school U.S. history teachers, and presents curricular units, worksheets and lesson plans related to US expansion west. The units...more
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Exploring the West is specifically designed for high school U.S. history teachers, and presents curricular units, worksheets and lesson plans related to US expansion west. The units are divided into three main sections: Urban Growth (related to Phoenix, Arizona; Calgary, Alberta; and Bay Area, California); Maps (which relates to role of maps and mapmaking in US expansionism); and Cowboys. Each broad unit has seven to ten lesson plans and over 100 worksheets. Each unit is also tied to National Standards for History, as well as correlated to some science standards. Some of the printable pages require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): westward expansion (29)

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This is one of those sites that you will need to use as you plan for the year. There are good resources here which can be woven into the curriculum already in use at your school, or which can provide additional extension activities for advanced students. The site is user-friendly, and resources are easy to locate. Few, if any, of the lesson plans include creation of technology-based projects, but many of them could be adapted for use on a class wiki or using tools such as Google Earth. If your class includes a unit on the West, this site will be valuable to you. Save this site in your favorites.

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Cinco de Mayo - The History Channel

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4 to 12
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This collection of Cinco de Mayo videos and more from The History Channel explores many angles on this important day. Learn about the food and fun! Learn about the historical ...more
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This collection of Cinco de Mayo videos and more from The History Channel explores many angles on this important day. Learn about the food and fun! Learn about the historical impact of the holiday and its significance to Mexicans (and folks from other countries, as well). There is even a Meciao Memory game (click "interactives"). Read the backgound historical information and explore related articles, even a Mexico timeline.

tag(s): cinco de mayo (12), mexico (34)

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This site is ready to use in class. Have cooperative learning groups explore various aspects of the holiday and Mexican culture.If you have time, have them make their results into a class wiki with a page for each angle. Have students write a journal entry (as a blog) from the perspective of someone living in Mexico during the 1800s. Share maps of Mexico on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups create commercials highlighting what they have learned (be sure they include some new vocabulary words) or even a video advertisement for your class's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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FORVO - forvo.com

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2 to 12
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Forvo offers word pronunciations in a whopping 213 languages, with more words recorded every day. Besides common languages, there are a host of unusual and even rare and old...more
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Forvo offers word pronunciations in a whopping 213 languages, with more words recorded every day. Besides common languages, there are a host of unusual and even rare and old languages whose words students can hear on the site: Lithuanian, Latin, Tibetan, Franco-Provencal, Walloon, and many others. Speakers of other languages may wish to contribute their own pronunciations for unusual words; all of the speakers on the site are native speakers! Words are organized by languages and also in 6 very general categories which include people, music, countries, etc. The site also includes Google Maps of the areas where the languages are spoken. Files are downloadable to mp3's and other types of recorders. But you can also listen to them directly online without downloading. Native speakers can also dispute recorded pronunciations and request for new languages to be added. There is free membership, but this is only needed if you wish to rate recordings or participate as a contributor.

tag(s): maps (293), pronunciation (44)

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World language and ESL/ELL classes (using a whole class account) or individual students (if a specific school permits students to join sites) can maintain their own word lists with pronunciations. They can submit words to hear them pronounced by native speakers or pronounce them themselves. A teacher could submit words or assign students to explore and find a list of personal words to learn each week. Students can also compare pronunciations of the same word by several different speakers coming from different countries (Mexican Spanish vs. Spanish from Spain etc.). ESL students will no doubt enjoy disputing the pronunciation of words from their native languages! This is a perfect collaboration of geography and world language classes. Share the maps on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could also be useful as a learning center, for students to practice pronunciation. (Don't forget the headsets!) List this link on your class website for students to use for at-home practice!

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Immigration Explorer - NY Times

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3 to 12
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This site offers an interactive map that displays the population and ethnicity of the counties of the United States. Readers can select various ethnic groups and find out where they...more
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This site offers an interactive map that displays the population and ethnicity of the counties of the United States. Readers can select various ethnic groups and find out where they settled. A drop down menu has lists of immigrant groups. The color coded map of the U.S. displays settlement locations for specified groups. Separate countries available include many Asian and European countries. African countries are not listed separately, unfortunately. Another feature allows students to move the timeline marker to show immigration in different years. The timeline includes the 1880s through the 2000s. This interactive map does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): immigration (58), migration (59)

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Share this map on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use with your ESL/ELL students to show the class where most settlers from their specific countries go. Talk about your American students' origins and check to see where their ancestors may have settled. Use this interactive map to teach about various kinds of map making and map keys. Use this site to reinforce your students' understanding of timelines. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a specific decade. Challenge the groups to create multimedia presentations to share with the class: blog post from a settler during their "decade" or maybe an interactive timeline of a fictitious settler family using a tool such as TimeRime (explained here).
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The Hunt - ThanksUSA

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4 to 12
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ThanksUSA is a site dedicated to raising money to support the families of those serving in the armed forces. The centerpiece of the site is a virtual treasure hunt focused ...more
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ThanksUSA is a site dedicated to raising money to support the families of those serving in the armed forces. The centerpiece of the site is a virtual treasure hunt focused on the history of the United States. Each year there is a new theme. This year the focus in on the histories of Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, and Rhode Island, along with the histories of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps and the history of ThanksUSA. There are crosswords, wordokus, word searches, kakuros, anagrams and more at the end of each chapter as you try to unlock that chapter's treasure chest. Although the site requires registration to access the treasure hunt (FREE), the game can be played on line, or by downloading materials and printing them out. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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The long term nature of the treasure hunt would make this a good enrichment activity or extra credit project for students. Alteratively, the class could act as a team and undertake one chapter at a time as an ongoing project. The project might also make a good summer enrichment opportunity for students, be good for home schools, or work well with summer day camp groups.
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Pixcetera - AOL

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2 to 12
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This is a great source for a massive number of pictures on the web, especially recent pictures. Students and teachers can search for pictures, video, news photos, a specific topic ...more
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This is a great source for a massive number of pictures on the web, especially recent pictures. Students and teachers can search for pictures, video, news photos, a specific topic etc. and have many pictures to choose from. The pictures are well organized and easy to search. They are displayed in Flash, however, so you cannot download them or use them elsewhere. You CAN link to a gallery of images or display it on a projector or computer screen. To get the link for a gallery, click share, choose "email" and copy the link that appears in the email that pops open.

Be aware: this site does include some unobtrusive advertisements. Some of the slideshows and videos require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): news (265), photography (162)

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Include this site in assignments students have to prepare for presentations. Look for photos of any recent news event, even events obscure enough not to be included in American newspapers. Share an image or gallery of images on your projector or interactive whiteboard in a world language class as you discuss it in the language and learn about the culture and news in far off places. Link to certain galleries from your class web page or from student presentations to show examples of concepts and life in other places. Save this site in your favorites, for students to easily access during research projects. Use the photos as a writing prompt in current events or writing classes. Or create a visual current events "quiz" by displaying a gallery of mages and asking students to explain the background of the story. Speech or ESL/ELL teachers can also share images and ask student to talk about or describe them. Let the students select the image they wish to discuss!
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Find Country - Improve Your Geography Knowledge

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5 to 12
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This site offers an interactive world map quiz. You are asked to type in your name and click Start Game. The site asks you to identify various countries on the ...more
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This site offers an interactive world map quiz. You are asked to type in your name and click Start Game. The site asks you to identify various countries on the map by clicking on them. If you are incorrect, the correct location is highlighted. You can play again and again, with a new game (and locations) each time. This is great for reinforcing world map skills!

tag(s): countries (78), maps (293)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try this site on individual computers. Provide this link on your class website for students to access for practice both in and out of class. This is a perfect addition to a geography or world cultures class!

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Earth Knowledge - Earth Knowledge Inc.

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8 to 12
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Looking for information about the Earth? Interested in scientific information about the environment that can be used by others interested in the issue of balancing preservation and...more
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Looking for information about the Earth? Interested in scientific information about the environment that can be used by others interested in the issue of balancing preservation and consumption? Want the attest articles on environmental topics? Click on the buttons to find up to date information about "Biological Diversity," "Water," "Climate," and "Land." Click on the headline across the top of the map to read current articles (powered by RSS feed from Google News) .Use the embed code to embed a widget in a blog or wiki. This site is powered by Google Maps and Google News.

tag(s): climate (92), conservation (128), environment (321), maps (293), water (130)

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Use the information to stay up to date about issues concerning the environment to add relevance to your lessons or for project based learning. Share the maps on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can research issues and write blog posts or wiki pages about new information that is timely and relevant. Students can also create other multi-media projects or other traditional projects to display information.

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Nepantla: Between Worlds - Race Bridges for Schools

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6 to 12
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This lesson plan set uses a Latino story teller whose stories to promote tolerance and embrace diversity. Short MP3 extracts are provided, which can be heard on Windows Media Player...more
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This lesson plan set uses a Latino story teller whose stories to promote tolerance and embrace diversity. Short MP3 extracts are provided, which can be heard on Windows Media Player or your computer's chosen audio program. At the time of this review, some of the MP3 tracks include "My Own Rhythms," "Why Do You Want To Go To College," "Bridge Between Worlds," and many others. With a complete lesson plans accompanying the story sections, this resource is ready to use in a variety of situations. Other lesson plan topics on ths site include : Feathers of the Wind: A Jewish-American Story, A More Perfect Union, Hidden Memory: Japanese American Internment, and several others. New lesson plans and story excerpts appear often. This site requires Windows Media Player (or similar MP3 audio player) and Adobe Acrobat. You can get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): diversity (36), immigration (58), mexico (34), migration (59), tolerance (10)

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Social studies and language arts teachers will enjoy this site when talking about diversity, second generation immigrants, living between two cultural worlds, etc. Use some of the story extracts when your school is celebrating holidays around the world. Share the audio clips. And be sure to TURN UP THE VOLUME. When studying folk literature and culture, have your students search through the extracts for evidence of underlying myths and universal tales. Have your ESL students from Hispania compare their experiences to those in the stories.
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The China Guide - The Great Wall of China - The China Guide

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3 to 12
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The China Guide offers a fantastic panoramic video of the Great Wall of China. Throughout the panoramic video, viewers can choose to enter various areas of the structure and "walk"...more
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The China Guide offers a fantastic panoramic video of the Great Wall of China. Throughout the panoramic video, viewers can choose to enter various areas of the structure and "walk" to other areas and towers along the wall. Snippets of history and other explanations are provided while taking the tour. The site provides a realistic opportunity for students to view the Great Wall of China in a manner other than pictures. Many of the photos appear in pop-up windows, so you need to turn off your pop up blocker for THIS site only. Be aware: this site was created by a travel agency, so you will encounter some advertisements for booking trips. This site does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): china (68)

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This site would be a great introductory lesson into a unit on China. Show the panoramic video on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students to conduct the walk by choosing where the video takes them. Have students explore this site with a partner and then find a photo (legally permitted) of the Great Wall of China. Have students use UtellStory, reviewed here, to narrate the photo that they chose. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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Race Bridges for Schools - Race Bridges for Schools

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3 to 12
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This is a teacher and professional resource containing lesson plans and links for promoting diversity and addressing racial divides. This site contains excellent lesson plans on diversity,...more
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This is a teacher and professional resource containing lesson plans and links for promoting diversity and addressing racial divides. This site contains excellent lesson plans on diversity, discrimination, multiculturalism, and tolerance. Each plan focuses on a person or event of a specific racial group, or a problem common to all multicultural groups. The plans do not specify a grade level, though many could be adapted for use from middle elementary level to high school. From Japanese internment to celebrating Thanksgiving in an American school, the plans and activities are excellent, varied, and fresh. The lesson plans are VERY detailed and provide objectives, but no correlation to standards. Many of the individual stories are available in MP3 format. You can listen to the stories using Windows Media Player or on any MP3 player, as well. Some of the lesson plans require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): black history (61), diversity (36), native americans (78), racism (19)

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Use the lesson plans that are relevant to your class as you study different cultures, history, racial tensions in the U.S. , or even character education. Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. With older students, have cooperative learning groups explore different lessons. Have the groups create a multi-media presentation sharing their discoveries. Have the groups create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon . You could also use this site as the core of a contemporary topics debate series.
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The Lost Book - Helen Jackson & Adam Brewster

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6 to 12
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Would you like to get your students involved in something truly interactive and ongoing? Then this is the site for you! Through Binary Fable, this site is a collaborative adventure...more
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Would you like to get your students involved in something truly interactive and ongoing? Then this is the site for you! Through Binary Fable, this site is a collaborative adventure story that began in January 2009. Click on the Watch The Story So Far button to get caught up on the story. The video/stories are not long (only a few minutes each). Other options for students include "Leave a Comment," voting for where "Aileen" can go next, and more. While this site would require supervision due to the openness of it, it would be a great class project that you are able to join in on at anytime.

The Lost Book has been developed through the efforts of many groups including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bookcrossing.com, and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature. Be certain to preview any video before you share, as our editors did notice one questionable word in the introduction episode. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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This is a great opportunity to work with others around the world in a controlled environment within the classroom. Every episode offers opportunities for students to PARTICIPATE in the story, rather than being passive observers. Share the "catch-up video" on your interactive whiteboard or projector (previewed, of course). Have students vote as a class or individually. Have your class create their own interactive stories. There are many creative options. Have students create a collaborative wiki with a new episode on each successive page. Or have students work in cooperative learning groups to create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon (reviewed here).
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Jeopardy Labs - Matt Johnson

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K to 12
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Looking to make a great jeopardy game with no fees, registration, or powerpoint slides involved? Now you can with Jeopardy Labs! Create your own Jeopardy game or browse the already...more
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Looking to make a great jeopardy game with no fees, registration, or powerpoint slides involved? Now you can with Jeopardy Labs! Create your own Jeopardy game or browse the already created jeopardy games! Be aware: there are over 6,000 Jeopardy Templates ready to use in the classroom, beginning at kindergarten! You may notice that some of the already created Jeopardy Templates are not in "question" format. The topics include nearly everything one can imagine: European Settlement, South America, various books, specific math topics, media, aircraft, and many, MANY more.

Note that all jeopardy templates created become part of the domain and can be used by others.

tag(s): grammar (215), keyboarding (37), literature (275), meiosis (15)

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Use any already-created game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge or review on projector or interactive whiteboard.

To prevent others from editing your template you create a password when you start. Others will be unable to edit your created game without your password. After creating your password, you are taken to the familiar blue jeopardy screen. Here, enter the title at the top and the topics at the top of the columns. Click on a dollar amount under each topic to enter the clue and the What is... question in a pop-up box. Click done to enter the information. The dollar value square becomes blank to let you know it was completed. When done, click "Save." Click on Browse to view random template titles or enter a term into the search bar. On the "Build" page, follow the quick instructions and even browse tips for editing. When done, an internet link will be given for your Jeopardy game. Put this link in any website, blog, or wiki for students to click on and review information for study.

Use this as an introductory activity to uncover misconceptions. For example, prior to a unit on viruses, create a jeopardy game about myths and truths about viruses. Share the Jeopardy activities on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these as a starting point for understanding concepts in the unit. Create review games for students to learn and remember content. After making one game together as a class, allow students to make their own games to challenge each other on segments of the material. This not only provides students with material to review, but the creation of a game takes thought and understanding of the material. Be sure that students understand how to create such a game and how to choose parts carefully. Check student games prior to saving. Maintain a page of Jeopardy links for review of a wide range of curricular topics.

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P.A.C.E. Trek 2009: An Adventure in Alaska - Paul James Staso

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Ready or not - PACE Trek 2009 is coming soon. This challenge (created by a former 5th grade teacher), encourages students to get fit while virtually "racing" Paul James Staso. ...more
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Ready or not - PACE Trek 2009 is coming soon. This challenge (created by a former 5th grade teacher), encourages students to get fit while virtually "racing" Paul James Staso. The PACE Trek 2009 is FREE and open to school groups of all ages (or individuals). The challenge runs from April 20, 2009 to May 12, 2009. And this year, students can learn about Alaska during this challenge! Students will encounter the Arctic Circle, Canada's border, glaciers, Denali National Park, Alaskan wildlife, native villages, vast wilderness, and more. The website provides specific details and requirements for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

The PACE Trek 2009 challenge all began because of a promise that Paul James Staso made to his daughter's 5th grade class. Mr. Staso promised that he would run solo across the United States. During the summer of 2006, Mr. Staso ran the 3,260 miles that he had promised. There is a video included at the website that highlights his journey. Since then, Paul James Staso has begun to challenge students to get fit (and he even teaches geography during the trek). This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alaska (25), fitness (49)

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For the PACE Trek 2009, classes need to walk or run every day during the 17-day challenge. This totals no more than 10-minutes per day. Registration is free. Click on your age group to read overall curriculum goals, expectations, and to register your "team". Why not include the challenge as a joint project between your Health/P.E. classes and geography curriculum?

Mr. Staso will also teach about the geography of Alaska as he travels. What a wonderful way to get your students excited about exercise. Now, get going!
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Miniature Earth - Sustainability Institute

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This site shows a short but powerful video that breaks down the demographic makeup of the world if it were reduced to 100 people. Besides ethnic differences, it also shows ...more
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This site shows a short but powerful video that breaks down the demographic makeup of the world if it were reduced to 100 people. Besides ethnic differences, it also shows statistics for sex divisions, urban vs. rural living situations, percentage of people with disabilities, general living conditions, literacy/educational level, computer ownership/internet hookup, military presence, economic conditions, religions, and general material possessions.

The site can be viewed in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, or German. Although the text and statistics are familiar, they have been updated for this video with its vivid closeups and haunting music. The text upon which the video is based is also online here. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): population (62), religions (67)

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Use this to introduce social studies units on countries in the third world. Use it as a jumping off point when asking your students thoughtful questions about the relative prosperity of people in the U.S. compared to a lot of the rest of the world. Use it also when studying recycling, tolerance, and world cultures.

Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students respond to what they found most surprising using a class wiki or blog. In math class, use this video to start a real-world statistics/data analysis project or a discussion of proportion.
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Vacations - Myvocabulary.com

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Explore vocabulary and word activities related to vacations on this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more. Find interactive vocabulary activities the same list of using vacation...more
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Explore vocabulary and word activities related to vacations on this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more. Find interactive vocabulary activities the same list of using vacation vocabulary words. There are printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): back to school (58), vocabulary (325)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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