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Free Training Tutorials - Barak Sofer

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K to 12
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life...more
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Here is your one stop for FREE training on Microsoft Word and Excel, Typing challenges, and activities in several subjects. There are activities for typing, math, spelling, and life skills geared toward elementary and middle school students. The menu at the left provides links to all activities except Excel. Find those at the top of the page. If you find an activity you like, easily share using links on each activity via email or social networks. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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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tag(s): grammar (216), keyboarding (38), operations (126), parts of speech (68), spelling (168), spreadsheets (17), vocabulary (324)

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Make a shortcut to any activity on this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Train yourself on Microsoft Word or Excel using these video clips. Share the typing activities with your students to increase their speed and accuracy. Set up learning centers for the interactives available (such as nouns and verbs).
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Better Lesson - BetterLesson

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K to 12
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources...more
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources without registering. Click the blue "Browse" button to get started. Choose along the top from Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, or Next Generation Science. Lessons are arranged by grade level or Math, Language, and Science subjects. However, if you want to create your own resources, registration is required. After registering, create a class and then create a unit for that class. Finally, create a lesson for that unit, fill in an objective, select a state standard, and estimate the total time on task. Upload files (or drag and drop) to assign them to the lesson or keep them "unassigned" for later use. Additionally, simply add other users' files to your own curriculum. Search for files by keyword, age-level, and type of format. Click on a result to see every lesson plan using that file.

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Use this site to create lessons for students to follow. Use this site to share inspirational lessons you create or to find inspiration in the work of others. Meet the Common Core goals by using the tools and lesson plans offered at this website. Though the site deals with the technical aspect of lesson planning, many ideas exist to reverse engineer to your own lessons. Create a course to maintain and tweak your lessons for your classes. Expand PD to others in your school or in other schools to learn from the best ideas of others!

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Build a Snowflake - Peter Hawkes

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K to 10
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Create virtual snowflakes using the simple tools of this Flash-based interactive. Click New Snowflake to access the tools. Be sure to watch the sample snowflake first to understand...more
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Create virtual snowflakes using the simple tools of this Flash-based interactive. Click New Snowflake to access the tools. Be sure to watch the sample snowflake first to understand how to drag the nodes on the starter triangle. Click to add and drag nodes on each line of the triangle. Preview to see your shape replicated and rotated to make a full snowflake using radial symmetry. You can edit it to change how it looks. Add as many nodes as you wish to make more complex designs. Click to name and save your snowflake. You can also print it. Animate the snowflakes to see your creations "falling." Note that "saving" simply puts the snowflake information in the browser cache on your computer and may not actually "save" once you close your browser, depending on the computer settings. "Send to a friend" emails ONLY the website address (not your flake) for your friend to try the snowflake tool.

tag(s): snow (21), symmetry (55), weather (188)

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Explore geometric constructions or simply enjoy some winter fun with this tool. In math, geometry, or art class, explore what happens when a shape is repeated radially. Use this to demonstrate radial symmetry, figure/ground relationships, and the impact of obtuse/acute angles in creating snowflake shapes. Have students create flakes when studying angles. They can screenshot or print them, then write an explanation of why the angles they used created a successful flake. They can even create comparisons of two flakes. With younger students, use the snowflake builder as a writing prompt for a winter story or in lessons on crystals, weather, and more. Save printer ink by taking screenshots (Printscrn button on Windows or ShIft+Command+4 on Mac) to paste the flake images into a slideshow or save as images on your computer. Be sure to share this one on your class website for snow days!
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MathABC - MathABC.com

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K to 7
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Don't miss this incredible wealth of math information! Find activities divided up by grade level, including instructional videos. Use the instructional videos to learn the skills required...more
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Don't miss this incredible wealth of math information! Find activities divided up by grade level, including instructional videos. Use the instructional videos to learn the skills required for each practice. Choose Kindergarten through sixth grade by clicking the Practice button. Then, pick a particular skill at that grade level. Each skill (such as Addition, Subtraction, Time, Fractions, Measures, etc.) has multiple practice activities that are rated by difficulty with stars. Increase the difficulty by starting with one-star items and working towards the five-star items. Click on instructional video if you get stuck to view a screencast video of how to solve the problems. These videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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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tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), measurement (159), money (193), multiplication (227), numbers (204), percent (82), subtraction (208), time (144)

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Bookmark and save this tool for use throughout the school year when teaching and practicing math lessons. Share this tool on your class website for students to practice math skills. View Instructional Videos together on your interactive whiteboard or projector to show how to solve the Math problems. Students can work on Math skills independently, working from the easy skills to more challenging ones. This is an excellent site to use to differentiate your math class. Offer your gifted students the opportunity to work on new skills. Your learning support students can use this tool to review skills not yet mastered. This is a perfect addition to your 1-1/BYOD classroom. Use this site with or without creating a login. Consider pairing students who excel at math skills with those who struggle.
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YUUreka Mathematics Common Core Resources - Wesley Yuu

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K to 12
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YUUreka Mathematics offers a list of downloadable documents in PDF and Word format designed to help educators gain a better understanding of Common Core Math Standards. View documents...more
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YUUreka Mathematics offers a list of downloadable documents in PDF and Word format designed to help educators gain a better understanding of Common Core Math Standards. View documents for standards progression across grade levels. Find suggested manipulatives by grade level. The documents can be printed on to card stock for easy use.

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Bookmark and save this site for resources as you implement Common Core Standards. Share with colleagues during professional development sessions. Explore the manipulative suggestions. If you don't have the materials available in your classroom, consider asking parents to send in donations.
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Common Core: ND Curriculum Initiative - North Dakota Curriculum Initiative

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The North Dakota Curriculum Initiative offers this informative site containing many downloadable documents. Use these documents when implementing and planning ELA (English/Language...more
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The North Dakota Curriculum Initiative offers this informative site containing many downloadable documents. Use these documents when implementing and planning ELA (English/Language Arts) and Math Common Core Standards in all grades. Choose from grade level links to begin browsing available content. Choose from lists of standards, lesson and unit plans, pacing calendars, and much more.

tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Share the Parents Guide with parents at Open House to introduce them to Common Core ideas and guidelines. Use information and resources on the site to supplement your current lesson ideas and planning tools. Use unit and yearly pacing guides as a guideline for planning. Share these resources with colleagues during professional development sessions.
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Core Learning Free Math Resources - Core Learning

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5 to 10
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Core Learning offers a small, but useful variety of math resources for several different math topics. Choose from demonstrations on fractions, decimals, and more. Explore print reference...more
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Core Learning offers a small, but useful variety of math resources for several different math topics. Choose from demonstrations on fractions, decimals, and more. Explore print reference materials such as glossaries of terms or reference guides to measurement.
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tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), measurement (159), multiplication (227), percent (82)

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Although the list of resources is fairly small, many of the offerings are very high quality materials useful for many classroom purposes. Print glossaries for students to include with math notebooks for reference throughout the year. View demo lessons on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and share the link for students to view at home. Print and display reference materials on classroom bulletin boards. This site would be perfect for the math teacher looking to try Flipping their classroom. There are very professional looking lessons and quizzes. Each lesson has audio and text explaining the concept and click-able choices for topic and vocabulary. Put a link to this site on your class website for parents to use.
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Fractions, Decimals, Percents: Interactive Teaching Resources - S Riley Teacherled

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3 to 6
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Discover a collection of resources for the teaching and learning of fractions, decimals, and percentages. These resources will work on your interactive whiteboard, most tablets, iPad,...more
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Discover a collection of resources for the teaching and learning of fractions, decimals, and percentages. These resources will work on your interactive whiteboard, most tablets, iPad, or a regular computer! This site does seem ideal for BYOD classrooms, but they do mention that some of the activities run slow on a standard Android browser. An app (non Internet) version will be available soon for a small fee. This review is for the free portion of the site. At the time of this review, there were 15 free resources to explore. Some sample topics include: Fraction Bars, Decimal Compare, Percent to Fraction, Decimal Lines, and more.
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tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239)

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Teach through your students' favorite form of learning, technology! Introduce concepts on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site at a computer learning station. Provide this link on your class website during your fraction or decimal units. Challenge students to transfer learning to physical manipulatives and explain concepts in their math journals.
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Secondary Mathematics Common Core Wiki - Howard County Public School System

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6 to 12
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This Wiki, created by Howard County Public Schools, shares many resource materials for middle and high school math courses. Click on any course title to view information sorted by topic...more
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This Wiki, created by Howard County Public Schools, shares many resource materials for middle and high school math courses. Click on any course title to view information sorted by topic or unit of study. Resources vary from lessons, tasks, assessments, and more. Courses with Alfresco next to the name are not available to the public. As you enter the page there is an informative podcast explaining content and how to use the materials that automatically load. Click the pause button on the podcast to turn it off if desired.

tag(s): angles (88), commoncore (94), equations (155), geometric shapes (163), probability (130), problem solving (272), statistics (122)

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Bookmark this site for use in finding supplemental materials for secondary math courses. Share information with others in your math department for use when developing Common Core lessons.
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Inspirograph - Nathan Friend

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2 to 12
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Remember playing Spirograph as a kid? Now you can create and play online with Inspirograph! Choose from fixed and rotating gears, and then change the size of the gears. Change ...more
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Remember playing Spirograph as a kid? Now you can create and play online with Inspirograph! Choose from fixed and rotating gears, and then change the size of the gears. Change the background and pen colors using the toolbar. Click on the + sign to personalize colors. Be sure to view the gallery of saved designs for lots of inspiration when beginning. Click the download icon to save images to your computer.

tag(s): angles (88), critical thinking (108), gifted (96), problem solving (272)

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Use Inspirograph to create fascinating art and to explore math concepts. Have students experiment with different gear sizes (both fixed and rotating) and explain changes. Design a table for students to map out findings such as number of points made when using different gear sizes. Find patterns between the fixed circle sizes and the number of points generated. Work collaboratively with other groups of students to create and answer questions about spirograph designs. Identify the various shapes created. For gifted and advanced students, find information on formulas for spirograph designs here. Be sure to sign up to receive notification when the Inspirograph app is available for mobile devices.

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West Contra Costa Unified School District Mathematics Center - West Contra Costa Unified School District

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K to 12
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The Mathematics Center is an excellent site full of mathematics teaching resources aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose options from the menu on the home page such as lessons, videos,...more
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The Mathematics Center is an excellent site full of mathematics teaching resources aligned to Common Core Standards. Choose options from the menu on the home page such as lessons, videos, applets, and Common Core resources. Links lead to offerings sorted by grade level and topic. Most content is available for easy download in PDF format. Be sure to check out the parent guides available in both English and Spanish.

tag(s): area (66), decimals (133), division (172), equations (155), exponents (42), fractions (239), functions (70), numbers (204), perimeter (32), quadratics (32), rounding (22), subtraction (208), video (254)

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Bookmark and save this site for math Common Core resources throughout the school year. Share parent guides to help parents understand teaching strategies and techniques. Explore the many general mathematics resources for classroom use. Be sure to share with other math teachers in your building and district.
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Annenberg Learner - The Annenberg Foundation

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K to 12
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The Annenberg Learner Foundation's goal is to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their...more
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The Annenberg Learner Foundation's goal is to advance excellent teaching in American schools. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and improve teaching methods in all grade levels in all subjects. There are video resources for all subject areas. Find lesson plans for all subjects by grade level. A variety of interactives accompany lessons or can also stand alone. Follow the monthly updates and blogs for the latest information.
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tag(s): art history (70), butterflies (13), conversions (23), critical thinking (108), dna (69), earth (228), environment (317), geometric shapes (163), immigrants (20), medieval (27), native americans (78), patterns (85), periodic table (50), renaissance (34), rocks (49), russia (38), south africa (10), spelling (168), statistics (122), volcanoes (61), weather (188)

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In your classroom, explore the interactives available to enhance your lessons. Use the lesson plan library to add a new twist to your subject matter. Organize a professional study of your area of concentration for your department or grade level.
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New Zealands Maths - New Zealand Ministry of Education

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K to 6
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New Zealand Maths provides a large number of teaching and professional development resources in mathematics. Choose a topics such as Number & Algebra or Problem Solving to view activities...more
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New Zealand Maths provides a large number of teaching and professional development resources in mathematics. Choose a topics such as Number & Algebra or Problem Solving to view activities sorted by levels 1-6. These levels correspond approximately to US Grades K-12. Select Early Childhood Education to browse resources for PreK/K students. Also check out the sections for parents and professional development that contain many helpful ideas for any education setting. The site was created in New Zealand, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), number sense (97), numbers (204), preK (281), problem solving (272), professional development (123), spreadsheets (17), statistics (122)

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Share this site with your teaching colleagues as part of your mathematics professional development activities. Although correlated to New Zealand standards, all lessons and activities support common mathematics topics. Bookmark and save this site as an excellent resource for math lessons and activities throughout the year.
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Corbettmaths - Mr. Corbett

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4 to 12
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This fabulous UK site offers many resources for math practice and instruction. Choose the Videos and Worksheets section to find a large list of topics sorted alphabetically including...more
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This fabulous UK site offers many resources for math practice and instruction. Choose the Videos and Worksheets section to find a large list of topics sorted alphabetically including instructional videos and practice questions. Many also include corresponding textbook exercises. Choose 5-a-day to find another large selection of printables for daily review, choose from three different levels for each date. (U.S. users will need to "translate" the 5-a-day letter equivalents to find approximate grade levels; count backwards from grade 12 being "A.") Conundrums for each day of the year provide short, daily brainteasers ready to print and use. Don't miss the Great Maths Bakeoff, a terrific idea for Pi Day! This site was created in the UK. American English speakers will notice slight spelling differences and use of English currency. There is also mention of Key Stages 3, 4, and 5. In America, these stages equate to Ages 11-14 (Stage 3), Ages 14-16 (Stage 4), and Ages 16-18 (Stage 5). Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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.

tag(s): addition (251), angles (88), charts and graphs (195), coordinates (32), decimals (133), division (172), equations (155), estimation (46), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), inequalities (29), mean (25), measurement (159), median (22), mode (15), multiplication (227), probability (130), problem solving (272), pythagorean theorem (35), quadratics (32), sequences (16), square roots (24), subtraction (208), time (144), transformations (17), volume (45)

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Use printables and worksheets from Corbettmath for homework, review, and reinforcement of any math concept. View videos together and have students complete practice questions. Create a link to YouTube videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Share this site as a way to review before tests.
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Irregular Shapes Interactive - ASSET ASU

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4 to 8
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This Active Tutorial will help you understand composite/irregular shapes. Watch and listen to helpful hints from a cartoon turtle. Then practice problems on your own. Use the Menu to...more
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This Active Tutorial will help you understand composite/irregular shapes. Watch and listen to helpful hints from a cartoon turtle. Then practice problems on your own. Use the Menu to follow the different steps along the way to Look, See, Try, and Show different examples. Find formulas for finding the area of different shapes, and try using that information to find the volume of 3D shapes.

tag(s): area (66), geometric shapes (163), volume (45)

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This interactive is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. View tutorials and practice problems together. Be sure to include a link to the site on your class website for students to access at home. After completing these interactive activities, have students create their own area and volume problems for classmates to solve. They could write them as blog posts and have classmates reply with their answers as comments. Want to learn more about blogs? Check out TeachersFirst's Blog Basics.
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Flying Classroom - Flying Classroom

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K to 9
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Join a journey to eleven countries and three continents as part of a global STEM learning adventure aligned to Next Gen and Common Core Reading standards. The site navigation itself...more
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Join a journey to eleven countries and three continents as part of a global STEM learning adventure aligned to Next Gen and Common Core Reading standards. The site navigation itself takes a little "exploration," but the time is well worth it. Learn about locations around the world as you explore science and technology at each stop along the way. Learn about the captain and crew under Flight Briefing. Follow the clickable flight route under Flight Tracker. Take a flight tutorial at Fly with Us (under Flight Briefings). Explore videos on the Blog and under Flight Briefings. Watch the intro video on the home page. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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.

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (276), architecture (84), ecosystems (88), endangered species (38), flight (36), oceans (148), STEM (134), volcanoes (61), weather (188)

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Incorporate this expedition into your units on continents, exploration and explorers (to compare modern exploration with historic expeditions), or science units on flight, energy and more. See the Blog for specific scientific explorations your students can read in groups or as a class. Include this resource in a unit on scientists and what they do. Include some of the readings as informational texts that will generate high student interest. This is a great resource for your gifted students in a regular classroom to extend curriculum and share what they have learned with classmates. For more background for teachers, see the Executive Summary under "About." Have students use a class account to create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Middle school students can use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any of the people on Captain Barrington's journey.
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Jessica's Pattern Block Templates - Jessica Brown

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K to 4
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Find many resources for using pattern blocks at this site. Choose from many different pattern block templates sorted by categories such as holidays, vehicles, and alphabet. Click any...more
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Find many resources for using pattern blocks at this site. Choose from many different pattern block templates sorted by categories such as holidays, vehicles, and alphabet. Click any template to view the PDF for instant printing. When printing, do NOT "scale to fit page." Be sure to print at 100% or the actual size. The site is designed for use with standard pattern block pieces. However, if you don't have any, no worries! Select the Printable Blocks link for many print-and-cut options to use.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), manipulatives (41), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Liven up your math centers with the many different templates found on the site. Print any template on cardstock and laminate for long-time use. Create take-home bags for students to work with pattern blocks at home. Share a link to this site on your class website for use at home.
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Solve My Math - solvemymath.com

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5 to 12
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Solve My Math offers a wide selection of math calculators, games, and information for all different levels of math. Use the drop down box to choose a math category such ...more
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Solve My Math offers a wide selection of math calculators, games, and information for all different levels of math. Use the drop down box to choose a math category such as general math or complex numbers and trig. Some calculators offer only a solution while others show step by step ways to obtaining answers. Choose Math Courses for a basic overview of math content sorted by topic. The Math Games section offers games for learning basic math skills. Spend time exploring how the site is organized so you can avoid clicking the ads!
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tag(s): addition (251), calculators (41), charts and graphs (195), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), numbers (204), probability (130), statistics (122), subtraction (208)

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Use calculators on the site to solve math problems. Show students how to find the appropriate calculator while avoiding the many ads. Ask students to demonstrate the problem solving process but use this site as a self-check. Share a link to Solve My Math on your class website for students to access at home. Create a link to games/interactives on classroom computers for use as a math center.
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Cool Kid Facts - CoolKidFacts

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1 to 7
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Visit Cool Kid Facts to find information for just about anything in this world or even out of this world! Select from Geography, History, Science, Animals, and Human Body. There...more
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Visit Cool Kid Facts to find information for just about anything in this world or even out of this world! Select from Geography, History, Science, Animals, and Human Body. There are also topics in the right menu on the home page that range from Albert Einstein to Volcanoes and nearly everything else you can think of (alphabetically) in between. There are articles, videos, pictures, and quizzes, too. The videos are from various outside sources and are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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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Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and show them all the different subjects available. Challenge students to find a topic about which they know nothing (or barely anything). This site will give them experience reading informational text on a topic they wonder about. Partner weaker readers with others who may be able to help them read the text-heavier articles. Have students read and research individually or in small groups taking notes using a simple graphic organizer from 25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. Use this opportunity to teach summarizing, and citing sources. Cool Kid Facts is a great tool to build background knowledge about all sorts of topics!
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Beyond Traditional Math - Jen Smith

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Beyond Traditional Math is an interesting blog written by a fourth-grade teacher who was "appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group." This inspired...more
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Beyond Traditional Math is an interesting blog written by a fourth-grade teacher who was "appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group." This inspired her mission to move beyond the traditional classroom model for teaching math. Informative articles discuss building strong classroom cultures through standards, writing clear learning targets, and discussions on classroom activities. Explore this blog to find many lesson ideas along with practical classroom tips for use throughout the year. The ideas are adaptable across several grade levels. Click on tags at the bottom of each blog post to find archives of posts about similar topics.
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tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Subscribe to this blog through email or follow on Facebook and Twitter to receive notification of blog updates. Use blog posts during professional development or brainstorming sessions to find and develop classroom lessons. Try these ideas to differentiate for all students. Click on the Common Core tag to see a strategy to get students to start showing their work! Share student-made math projects using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.

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