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I Speak Math - Julie Reulbach

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5 to 10
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I Speak Math is an sidea-filled and informative blog from a math teacher currently at a project-based private school in North Carolina. Posts are updated often and include pictures...more
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I Speak Math is an sidea-filled and informative blog from a math teacher currently at a project-based private school in North Carolina. Posts are updated often and include pictures of classroom projects along with links to resources used. Examples include a kinesthetic box and whisk-ers plot activity, foldables for functions and graphing, and reflections upon students grading their own tests. Explore the site further by viewing top posts through the link on the side bar. Search the site using the search box on the top of the page. Most posts include several tags. Click on a tag to find other posts with the same topic or click on popular tags located in the tag cloud on the side bar.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (148)

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Use this site as a resource for finding varied math activities for your class. Search the site for math stations to find tips for running math stations in your classroom.

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Mr. Honner - Math Appreciation - Patrick Honner

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8 to 12
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Mr. Honner's blog is an entertaining and informative blog related to all things math (particularly high school math). Categories of the blog include Art, Challenge, Geometry, Photography,...more
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Mr. Honner's blog is an entertaining and informative blog related to all things math (particularly high school math). Categories of the blog include Art, Challenge, Geometry, Photography, and Resources. A quick look under each of the topics finds many interesting posts along with pictures of classroom activities and reflections on the learning. Top Posts are listed on the side column for a quick look at what others have found interesting including a mobius battle, math haiku, and a custom pi necklace. Be sure to subscribe to the blog by using the RSS feed link near the top of the page.

tag(s): blogs (88), logic (235), photography (160), pi (22), social networking (112)

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Use this blog as a resource for finding new classroom activities such as the custom pi necklace mathematical Valentine. (Use the search bar near the top of the page to find these items if not found on the home page.) Have students complete activities found on the site and challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Share the site with your art teacher for collaborations in art and math classes.
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101 Questions - Dan Myer

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2 to 12
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At 101 Questions, look at the image or video, and then write a question for the picture. The question can only be 140 characters total. You can also click to ...more
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At 101 Questions, look at the image or video, and then write a question for the picture. The question can only be 140 characters total. You can also click to skip a picture. Submit your own picture or video, and get points for the perplexity it inspires, or even join the top 10 lists. Save images to your favorites and classify by tags using your membership. Note that the public can participate so some responses may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Preview and monitor or have an adult operate the site together.

tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), images (266), writing prompts (92)

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Creative fluency begins here! Set up a whole class account. Use this site in language arts: discover main idea, details, cause and effect, or even an inspirational writing prompt. Find ways to group images together based on characteristics or attributes. Use in gifted or enrichment situations, for inspiration for problem-based learning. Sequence the images to find ways to form a logical plot. Find ways to make Perplexors out of the given image. In math, write short word problems to accompany images or videos. Find ways to illustrate vocabulary definitions with examples and non-examples. As a morning work challenge, find questions, details, or even other questions. As a writing challenge, look for the image that conveys the mood or feeling you are trying to convey. In science, submit examples to illustrate scientific concepts. Use to generate scientific method style questions based on the given image. In social studies, find images to convey feelings represented by the time being studied. Challenge students to make a historical statement or political statement by finding and adding to an appropriate image. ESL/ELL students can use this site to help acquire conversation/questioning skills. In world language class, have students generate questions in their new language, even if they do not post them. In art, find mood, theme, style, or self expression images. Be sure to monitor the blog content. Put similar content on your own classroom blog. Challenge students to create their own 101 question images or videos to share on your class blog, inviting viewers to respond with questions in the comments.

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Edublog - Edublogs.org

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K to 12
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Blog your way into the latest social technology using Edublogs. Use the free service to set up a blog as a student, teacher, or campus. This education friendly tool avoids ...more
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Blog your way into the latest social technology using Edublogs. Use the free service to set up a blog as a student, teacher, or campus. This education friendly tool avoids some of the "public interaction" that can offer inappropriate content. Upgrade to more advanced features, to include more options. The additional information on blogging makes this site very valuable even if you already have a blogging platform. Find a plethora of advice, tutorials, pdfs, and lesson plans for blogging. This site is a great reference site for all who are beginning to use blogs, or even look for more varied and effective ways to log with students, or even other classes. Compare this tool to other free blogging tools mentioned in TeachersFirst's Blog Basics for the Classroom . This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.
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tag(s): blogs (88)

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Save this site as a favorite for all of your blogging needs. Find very informative instructions on blogging, and follow the student blogging challenge lesson plans. ) 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. Peruse through the various subjects and discover how other teachers use blogging in their classrooms. Using the given PDFs on blogging start up, parent guidelines, incorporating into subject areas, and adapt to make them suitable for you. Look at a variety of examples to help devise your own unique style to meet your students' needs.

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Tetris N-Blox - Paul Neave

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2 to 8
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Practice spatial awareness, logic, and reasoning skills with this Tetris site. Choose a level and click play to begin. Actions are controlled by the use of arrow keys on the ...more
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Practice spatial awareness, logic, and reasoning skills with this Tetris site. Choose a level and click play to begin. Actions are controlled by the use of arrow keys on the computer keyboard and directions are included by clicking on the game surface. Progress through levels by successful completion of building lines with Tetris blocks. Game status is shown including lines created and total score.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Help students develop computer skills and reasoning skills through playing this game. Tetris teaches visual thinking and two-dimensional awareness very helpful for geometric reasoning. Create a classroom chart and challenge students to post their highest scores and levels achieved. Have students write journals describing how they feel as they play the game, and strategies used to progress through levels. Display this site on an interactive whiteboard to use as a learning station.
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Build Your Own Robot - SaveYourself.com

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K to 4
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Create and design your very own robot. Choose different features to add from options on the site: heads, legs, arms, body, and objects. Drag the objects to where you want ...more
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Create and design your very own robot. Choose different features to add from options on the site: heads, legs, arms, body, and objects. Drag the objects to where you want them. You can stretch, rotate, and color each piece. For examples and ideas, a gallery of the last 50 robots created and submitted is available for viewing. You can submit your robot to the site. An email address is required. You can also email it to yourself so you can keep the url. Or simply take a screen shot to save the robot (Shift+command+4 on a Mac or PrntScrn key to COPY the image on Windows.) PASTE the screenshot into a document or slide.

tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (109), parts of speech (68), writing prompts (92)

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Demonstrate how to use the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore and experiment on their own. This site would be great for teaching adjectives. Have the class create robots then write descriptions. Then have the class try to match each robot to the written descriptions. Use the created robots as a story starter for creative writing assignments.
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Geometry - 2D Shapes - Smart Tutor

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K to 2
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Practice finding shapes based on a given description with this geometry challenge. Listen to the directions, then click on the shape described. If correct, the shape changes color;...more
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Practice finding shapes based on a given description with this geometry challenge. Listen to the directions, then click on the shape described. If correct, the shape changes color; an incorrect guess prompts you to try again. Two different activities are included. When complete, a message tells how much time you took to complete both tasks and your accuracy rate.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), preK (281)

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Use this site on classroom computers as a math center. Challenge students to record completion time and accuracy percentage each time played in an effort to improve each time. Display the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) when teaching basic geometric shapes. After the description is given ask students to name the shape given. Take advantage of incorrect student responses to compare and contrast shapes. Share this link on your class website for students to practice both in and out of the classroom.
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Teach21 Inquiry Based Lesson Plans - West Virginia Department of Education

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K to 6
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Find elementary level math and science inquiry based lesson plans on this simple website. Choose math or science, then a grade level - kindergarten through 6th grade. Each lesson plan...more
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Find elementary level math and science inquiry based lesson plans on this simple website. Choose math or science, then a grade level - kindergarten through 6th grade. Each lesson plan is very thorough and includes essential questions, content standards, differentiation strategies, lesson expansion suggestions, and downloads for student materials. At the time of this review, not all grade levels had both math and science lessons available.

tag(s): chemicals (40), geometric shapes (163), inquiry (37), magnetism (36), rocks (49)

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Search the site for lessons that correspond to curriculum used in your classroom, or explore the resources linked in the site to use as a supplement to your current materials.
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Encalc - Encalc

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8 to 12
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Use Encalc for a great scientific and graphing calculator. This calculator includes units and the ability to perform dimensional analysis. Use for algebra and calculus. Define and find...more
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Use Encalc for a great scientific and graphing calculator. This calculator includes units and the ability to perform dimensional analysis. Use for algebra and calculus. Define and find the values of variables and physical constants from the tool's database. Integration, differentiation, parentheses, and scientific formulas are also supported. The graphing calculator function of the site is only available in browsers other than Internet Explorer.

tag(s): calculators (41)

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Click on the embed tab of the site and copy the code to embed this tool directly into your class website. Be sure to also link this tool to your website or blog for easy access. Use the calculator on an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to show how they solved problems.

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Dib Dab Doo and Dilly too... A smarter safer way to search the Internet - Dibdabdoo.com

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K to 7
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Here you will find a "kid-appropriate" search tool featuring countless general topics: Facts & Reference, Computers/The Internet, The Arts, Strange & Mysterious, Hot Topics, The World,...more
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Here you will find a "kid-appropriate" search tool featuring countless general topics: Facts & Reference, Computers/The Internet, The Arts, Strange & Mysterious, Hot Topics, The World, Science & Math, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Nature, and several others. Within each of the main topics are subtopics. For example, in the Classroom section you will find English, Foreign Langauges, Math, History, Reference Tools, Shapes, Woodwork, Colors, Art, Religion, Philosophy, Social Studies, and Homework Help. There is a ton here to explore! The information includes articles and images/photos.

tag(s): alphabet (92), animals (276), animation (63), clip art (10), colors (79), comics and cartoons (74), cooking (34), crafts (41), creative writing (166), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), dance (28), dinosaurs (57), disabilities (20), diseases (66), drawing (78), fitness (49), flags (21), folktales (65), geometric shapes (163), grammar (216), homework (44), insects (69), journalism (46), measurement (159), museums (49), mysteries (25), numbers (204), nutrition (154), oceans (148), operations (126), origami (17), painting (66), photography (160), poetry (228), psychology (64), rainforests (13), religions (61), search engines (65), seasons (37), sign language (8), social networking (112), spelling (168), sports (97), trivia (17), vocabulary (324), weather (188)

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Help students learn about narrowing and refining research by demonstrating this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. As you start a project, take the time to SHOW how to use this tool to save time and find appropriate resources. Allow students to explore this site on their own finding relevant information from the various topics. If time permits, have students research a specific topic and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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CK-12 - CK-12 Foundation

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5 to 12
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CK-12 offers a large variety of lessons and resources in STEM topics mostly geared for sixth grade and higher. Choose to access the site as a student or teacher to ...more
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CK-12 offers a large variety of lessons and resources in STEM topics mostly geared for sixth grade and higher. Choose to access the site as a student or teacher to begin. Search by specific content or to find standards-aligned flexbook textbooks. Download flexbooks in several formats such as PDF or mobi and epub format for use on Kindle and e-readers. Create an account and add flexbooks to your list. Add your own files and resources. Specific topic searches provide links to information from flexbooks as well as available study aids, activities, and assessments.

tag(s): atoms (56), cells (102), charts and graphs (195), decades (14), energy (198), engineering (125), equations (155), fractions (239), genetics (90), inequalities (29), landforms (45), measurement (159), oceans (148), organisms (21), periodic table (50), probability (130), pythagorean theorem (35), rocks (49), scientific method (64), seasons (37), solar energy (38), solar system (119), statistics (122), STEM (134), test prep (96), variables (22)

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Introduce CK-12 to your students (and parents) on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrate ways to use the site at home. Be sure to create a link to the site on your class website or blog for easy access at any time. Create an account and upload your own resources and activities to create your own flexbooks for use with students. CK-12 is available in many languages. Use this site with your ESL/ELL students as a supplement to classroom resources.
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Desmos: A Beautiful, Free Online Graphing Calculator - Eli Luberoff

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9 to 12
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This tool is a standalone, web-based graphing calculator ideal for math or science. It graphs equations as you write them, is color-coded, and instantly revises and redraws the equations...more
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This tool is a standalone, web-based graphing calculator ideal for math or science. It graphs equations as you write them, is color-coded, and instantly revises and redraws the equations as you update them. Share any graph with a Bit.ly (shortened) link. Note that the calculator does NOT use Flash so it works on iPads and iTouches. Easily manage your graphs in a folder and browse examples. Desmos just released the news that they now have a free iPad app for their graphing calculator!

tag(s): calculators (41)

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Use this Better Calculator in place of expensive graphing calculators that many students may not have. Be sure to provide the link on your teacher page or wiki for easy access. This is a wonderful tool for iPad or 1:1 classrooms with their newly released free iPad app.

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TES Interactive Whiteboard Activities - TSL Education

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K to 6
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Explore a wonderful resource of interactive, Flash-based whiteboard activities for preschool and elementary students. Choose from EYFS (early childhood), KS1 (approximately ages 6-8)...more
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Explore a wonderful resource of interactive, Flash-based whiteboard activities for preschool and elementary students. Choose from EYFS (early childhood), KS1 (approximately ages 6-8) or KS2 (approximately ages 8-11). Subjects include math, literacy, science, geography, and more. Each activity includes a short explanation with suggestions for classroom use. Many of the literacy activities relate to familiar children's stories such as Goldilocks, Cinderella, and the Three Little Pigs. All resources can be sorted by subject or grade level and include a link to copy for embedding in classroom blogs, websites, or as a bookmark on classroom computers. The site originates in the UK, so it uses British English.

tag(s): animals (276), characterization (16), charts and graphs (195), communities (35), counting (120), data (148), human body (121), numbers (204), plants (145), preK (281), setting (11)

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Use activities on this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as whole class activities or in classroom computer centers. Share the site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter as a resource for skills practice at home.
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LearnZillion - Eric Westendorf and Alix Guerrier

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2 to 10
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LearnZillion is a video platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Lessons highlight Common Core Standards in Math for grades 3 - 9. Each lesson is given...more
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LearnZillion is a video platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Lessons highlight Common Core Standards in Math for grades 3 - 9. Each lesson is given in a video format, generally about 5 minutes per lesson. The lesson ends with a practice video. You are also presented with practice problems, and the answers are demonstrated and discussed. Teachers can sign up for a free account offering many special features of the site. Create customized playlists for students by dragging and dropping videos onto your playlist. Many lessons have a behind the scenes commentary just for teachers to watch before teaching a lesson to explain the rationale behind what is included. Featured materials can be downloaded for use in class. Short quizzes at the end of each lesson are scored and updated in student profiles, providing you with quick assessment information. Create individualized playlists for students to customize and differentiate instruction. Find lessons by using the Explore link on the site, choosing a general topic, then a more specific category. Each lesson includes the Common Core Standard addressed above the video lesson.

tag(s): data (148), equations (155), fractions (239), functions (70), measurement (159), number sense (97), numbers (204), problem solving (272), ratios (53), statistics (122)

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Create a classroom account and create playlists for different instructional content. Assign content as stuednts move along in the curriculum. Assign videos for students to use for review and remediation, or assign videos for self-motivated students who are ready to move ahead. Share this site with parents (on your class website or wiki) to use as review when helping their student with homework.
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Math Pickle - Dr. Gordon Hamilton

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K to 12
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Math Pickle goes WAY beyond traditional math drill and skill games or math problem worksheets. There are mathematics videos for kindergarten through twelfth grade. The videos feature...more
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Math Pickle goes WAY beyond traditional math drill and skill games or math problem worksheets. There are mathematics videos for kindergarten through twelfth grade. The videos feature real students engaging in inspiring math problems and puzzles. The videos often speak to unsolved math problems throughout history. In the unsolved problem, you must use developmentally appropriate math to work out the problem. To begin, choose a grade level to search. Each video for that grade level has a short description of the task to be completed. Most videos are fairly short, from 3 to 10 minutes, and are accompanied by a PowerPoint and a Keynote presentation of the lesson. Many also include some additional worksheets or handouts. Read video explanations to find out whether they are intended for teacher or student viewing-- or both.

tag(s): logic (235), number sense (97), operations (126), problem solving (272)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for challenging math activities for the classroom. Use these videos and activities with gifted students to promote problem solving, trial and error, and exploration of concepts. This collection includes a wealth of professional material to inspire new teaching strategies. Videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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Viral Vinnie Presents Gut Instinct - BBC

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3 to 6
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Practice Math, Science and English with Viral Vinnie. Choose one of the topics to get started; then put in initials, choose an avatar, and decide to play against all players ...more
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Practice Math, Science and English with Viral Vinnie. Choose one of the topics to get started; then put in initials, choose an avatar, and decide to play against all players or just known players. There is an option to create a league name with known players. After submitting this information, the questions will start. All questions are multiple choice and earn points for correct answers. Also, the player with the fastest time will be indicated after each question. The questions encompass a wide variety of subjects and difficulty levels. The site originates in the UK, so spellings and word choices are British.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), cells (102), grammar (216), operations (126), order of operations (33), planets (123), plants (145), problem solving (272), root words (13), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word choice (26), word study (80)

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This site is perfect to use on your interactive whiteboard as a center or quick review activity. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to "test themselves" during free time. Send a link to the site home on your class website or newsletter for students to play at home. This is a great site to visit during the summer to keep students fresh. Use the site as an example, and have students create their own multiple choice game for any subject or based on individual research topics.
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Zoo Whiz - EdAlive

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K to 8
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Zoo Whiz is an education site that encourages kids to be "whizzes" in math, reading, and word development. There are levels and content for students from 5 to 15 years ...more
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Zoo Whiz is an education site that encourages kids to be "whizzes" in math, reading, and word development. There are levels and content for students from 5 to 15 years old. There are over 11,200 interactive activities to help unleash the whiz in every student. Once sign-up (free) is complete, you are guided to provide the age range (5-6 is the youngest). This tailors activities to the individual child (great for differentiation). As students master the skill, more difficult activities are presented. Parents and teachers can easily view progress. The activities go beyond simple drill and skill to build higher order thinking skills and problem solving strategies. As students play games, they earn Zoo Whiz "money" that will allow them to purchase animals to build up their zoo. It is necessary to create an account on the site. Teachers can set up a class account with individual accounts for each student. Students can use the same account on home computers. Premium accounts are available with additional activities; however, there are many items available on the free portion of the site.

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Create a classroom account and accounts for each student to monitor students' progress. This is an excellent tool for differentiating. If you don't want individual accounts, create one classroom account and have students can take turns earning money for the zoo and deciding how to spend it. Share this site with parents through your newsletter or classroom website as a resource for practice at home.
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Zoodles - Mark Williamson & Rich Humphrey

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K to 3
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety...more
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Zoodles offers a safe web platform for kids that includes fun and educational games, videos, and activities. The BASIC membership to this tool includes countless activities in a variety of subject areas. Many of the activities come from other sites (Starfall, PBS kids, etc.). But this is a nice compilation of subjects and activities. The safety in this program is that once it is downloaded and opened, children don't view the regular computer toolbars anymore. Thus they can't search the web on their own. To exit the program, click QUIT and OK.

There is a parent play-along mode that helps guide learning experiences in a more personal way. Zoodles has been created to work on virtually any type of computer, including tablets and smart phones. Games are searchable by age (toddler to 8 yrs old), and subject. Many games will also have parent ratings with the educational and fun value of the activity. Creating an account is easy and requires simple user information including email and the child's age. This is used to populate age-appropriate games. There is a premium membership with more features.
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tag(s): addition (251), body systems (57), constitution (79), counting (120), grammar (216), numbers (204), operations (126), phonics (75), preK (281), subtraction (208)

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Create 2 or 3 (or more, as needed) classroom accounts with different age levels to provide diversity for students. Each account then be bookmarked on classroom computers for student use. Share this site through your classroom blog or newsletter as a resource for learning games at home. Use activities from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a classroom activity. Provide this link to parents to use on rainy days or during the summer.
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Mr. Vizza's Class - Thomas Vizza

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8 to 12
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Find a plethora of secondary math resources: Smart Board lessons and activities, SAT review, Flashcards, and even graph paper. Many of the activities at this site were created to support...more
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Find a plethora of secondary math resources: Smart Board lessons and activities, SAT review, Flashcards, and even graph paper. Many of the activities at this site were created to support various chapters of Algebra Two textbooks. Don't miss the amazing library of Mathematical Notebook Galleries containing images, pages, and even a few Flash animations. The site is easy to explore by choosing from categories on the left-hand side of the home page. Although some activities were designed for "Smart Board," most can be used on any type of interactive whiteboard. There are also downloadable Geometer's Sketchpad files, ready to go if you have that software.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), equations (155), factors (42), flash cards (46), functions (70), geometric shapes (163), inequalities (29), integers (41), iwb (31), percent (82), probability (130), pythagorean theorem (35), quadratics (32), transformations (17)

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Search this site for lessons and activities to use on your interactive whiteboard. Use this site to review before the SATs. Provide links to various parts of this site on your class wiki or website.
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Create Your Own Flowers - ZeFrank

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K to 8
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Make unique and creative flower designs. Choose a petal color and style; then drag the mouse inside the flower box to create your own flower. If the design isn't up ...more
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Make unique and creative flower designs. Choose a petal color and style; then drag the mouse inside the flower box to create your own flower. If the design isn't up to par, click "undo last petal" to erase. Other options include increasing and decreasing opacity of the color and number of petals to include. Multiple colors can be used in a single flower by adding petals onto the design. When the design is complete, it can be shared via email with others or directly on the site (with a title and name of city). Noe: the email window opens as a pop-ip, so you will need to allow pop-ups from this site. Once the email window is open, you can also COPY the image by right-clicking it tand choosing COPY image to paste it into a document, slide, etc. You don't even have to SEND the email. Other designs can be viewed by choosing the "load a flower" option to the right of the design screen.
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tag(s): colors (79), drawing (78), geometric shapes (163), mothers day (13)

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Save this site in your favorites on your class computers. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to create their own designs and use those drawings as inspiration for an art project. Show them how to copy/paste from the "send by email" pop-up. Encourage re-creating flowers shared by others as a way to study shape, color, radial symmetry, and design. Create flowers to teach about analogous and complementary color schemes. In a language arts class, allow students to create poems or short rhymes to accompany their created flowers. Make Mothers Day email messages, cards, or thank you notes using these images. Teach letter writing or email "etiquette" at the same time.
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