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Paper Toys - PaperToys.com

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3 to 10
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This crafty website provides students (and teachers) with directions to create paper toys. The patterns are printables on the web page. The website provides instructions for approximately...more
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This crafty website provides students (and teachers) with directions to create paper toys. The patterns are printables on the web page. The website provides instructions for approximately 100 unique models. The types of models vary from monuments (such as the Chrysler Building or the Eiffel Tower) to holiday creations. There are printable instructions provided for each model. This website is a refreshing activity for art classes, social studies classes or any class seeking a creative method to use to re-create famous monuments and other objects or buildings.

tag(s): architecture (84), paper folding (4)

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The paper folding activities would work well with cooperative learning groups. For example, during a unit on architecture or structures, have each group recreate a different monument or architectural design. Then teach about the various concepts of architecture by using the groups' models. Ask gifted/talented students to analyze how the paper fold-ups work then design a model of your school. Some of the options are purely entertainment oriented. You may want to print the paper patterns yourself instead of sending students to the site.

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Molecularium - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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2 to 5
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Learn about the basic parts of matter, atoms, and our molecular world through taking part in the three delightful and interactive tools from Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes, Molecules...more
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Learn about the basic parts of matter, atoms, and our molecular world through taking part in the three delightful and interactive tools from Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes, Molecules to the Max, and a Nanospace virtual theme park, reviewed here. Click to open Riding Snowflakes and then the Kids Site-Play Games. Discover three activities by opening the top bubble "Nanolab" on this page: "Build" explains the molecules of basic compounds, "Zoom" shows molecules from space, and "Transform" teaches about states of matter. Other areas of the website show digital views of compounds and fantastic animated video trailers in the Digital Dome. The Gallery is a series of musical animated views of different molecular arrangements and states of matter. Back on the home page click Educators then Educators Resources. find many additional activities under the Guide to Nanospace tab, and a printable teacher's resource guide for help and suggestions by clicking the Educator Resources tab.

tag(s): atoms (55), matter (61), molecules (45), states (165)

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Turn on your speakers! Be sure to explore this site completely before attempting to use it with your class to be able to navigate comfortably. The use the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard as an introductory lesson on atoms and molecules. Once your lesson is complete, be sure the site is available for students to revisit on their own on a classroom computer (with headphones) or as link from your web page. Teachers of the gifted may wish to bookmark this site for their students to explore on their own. Whether exploring at a computer center, on their own, or as a class, instruct students to create blogs sharing their learning, drawings, and understanding of matter, molecules, and atoms using Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here. An alternative would be to have students upload their drawings to Thinglink, and create an annotated image including text boxes, audio explanations, and related links and videos.
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Braingle: Brain Teasers, Puzzles, Riddles and More - Braingle

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3 to 12
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the ...more
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the Internet. Once you explore the site, you trust their word. The site is mobile phone and wii-friendly. Don't miss the section with SAT vocab (in Mentalrobics). There are articles on study skills and strategies such as clearing your mind before studying, "chunking" when reading, or various strategies to memorize material. Engage students into math and reading exercises through the endless riddles and puzzles at this site. They won't even be aware they are 'reading' or 'solving math.'

tag(s): brain (68), puzzles (203), riddles (16), vocabulary (321)

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Start class with a "warm-up" brain teaser. Or include this link on your teacher web page (with a caution about parental supervision for younger ones). Site creators claim the entire site is family-friendly, safe for classroom use. Portions of the site require membership, and the membership level that displays ads is free. You may want to set up a CLASS account and use it under controlled circumstances since there are forums and chat rooms, however. Or ask your tech folks to block the portion of the site that includes "community" in the URL (http://www.braingle.com/community/) to avoid having to deal with forums, chat rooms, etc.(If you are lucky enough to have such helpful tech support, make them cookies once in awhile!)
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Word Games - east of the web

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2 to 12
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some...more
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some of these challenges are perfect for spelling practice, learning new vocabulary, problem solving and basic math practice. Each activity provides instructions for the user to explain the purpose of the activity. Many of the activities also have various difficulty levels to differentiate the activity for a variety of learning levels. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): puzzles (203)

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This website is "interactive whiteboard ready." Students will love these mind stretching challenges and teachers will love the easy-to-use format of the activities. Put a game up on the whiteboard as students are taking their seats to focus attention and minds on WORDS before you start class. ESL teachers may find these games will help students practice language skills more readily. If you don't have time to utilize this challenge in class, provide the link in your class's newsletter or on your teacher web page.
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History Detectives Kids - PBS

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3 to 6
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This History Detective for Kids site features the same stars that investigate on the adult program. Your class will find many things to do, including examining the parts of ...more
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This History Detective for Kids site features the same stars that investigate on the adult program. Your class will find many things to do, including examining the parts of a detective's kit, submitting a photo of a mystery object, coming back to the site weekly to check for a new clue, and solving a real mystery. With video clips of mysteries in history and mystery games, children will forget they're "in school." Users can create an individual identity by joining the detective's club. For safety's sake at school, you may want to create a teacher account that you use as a class. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Use the History Scene Investigators area to teach basic geography and U.S. landmarks on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Find many lesson ideas for teaching inquiry, hypothesis-testing, and problem-solving processes in your science curriculum using the games available on this site---see the Teacher Area.
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Physics GCSE - S-Cool!

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7 to 12
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This website provides review ("revision" in the UK) for numerous physics concepts taught in secondary sciecne. Utilize the resource to simplify the complexities of physics. There are...more
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This website provides review ("revision" in the UK) for numerous physics concepts taught in secondary sciecne. Utilize the resource to simplify the complexities of physics. There are nine different guides/mini-units on various physics topics. Some of the specific topics include energy transfers, properties of waves, radioactivity and more. The website features animation, interactive challenges, lessons, explicit details about the physics concepts and other educational activities. An FYI for U.S. teachers: GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education (UK). The interactive activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (92), energy (207), forces (46), magnetism (38)

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Many of these activities could be overview-introductions on an interactive whiteboard or projector. You will definitely want to share this resources on your teacher web page for students to use as test revew for your class. Be sure to tell them which modules to use to fit your content! More able and curious science students who wish to "self-teach" on their own will appreciate the modules as tutorials. Teachers of gifted should share them with their science enthusiasts from grade 5 and up.
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Goldburger To Go - PBS

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2 to 8
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For all of you who can't get enough of Rube Goldberg - this site is for you! This website provides a brief biography about Rube Goldberg and numerous ideas ...more
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For all of you who can't get enough of Rube Goldberg - this site is for you! This website provides a brief biography about Rube Goldberg and numerous ideas for creating inventions at home (such as lemon juice rockets, sneaker launchers and food elevators). But the highlight of this website is the interactive challenge "Goldburger To Go." The activity challenges students to design a machine that serves lunch. This activity provides a wealth of scientific information simply by clicking on the "Get a Clue" buttons throughout the activity. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Be sure to check out the teacher's link for additional ideas for teaching inventions and other science topics.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (92), machines (27), simple machines (35)

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Students will truly enjoy this website, get an interactive whiteboard and involve the entire class. This activity provides wonderful enrichment and/or extensions for any unit on inventions, simple machines, or laws of motion.
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Inventing Modern America: Invention Connection - The Lemelson - MIT Program

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4 to 10
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete...more
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete this activity over and over again and learn about new inventions each time. The text portions may require some explanation to elementary students. This site requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): evolution (102), industrial revolution (26), inventors and inventions (92)

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Use this wonderful resource during your inventions/inventors units. This activity helps students to understand the connections between numerous inventions and forces then to think about unusual commonalities between unlike objects. This invention activity is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. You may want to have a separate window open to "look up" some of the more esoteric inventions that show up, since they may not be familiar to you and your students.
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Questioneering - Try Engineering

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9 to 12
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This virtual trivia game (appropriate for secondary level) challenges students to test their engineering skills. The game itself takes up to 10-minutes (depending on the speed of the...more
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This virtual trivia game (appropriate for secondary level) challenges students to test their engineering skills. The game itself takes up to 10-minutes (depending on the speed of the answers). This activity would work well for individual review or a class project. "Questioneering" requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): engineering (129)

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Use this science and engineering trivia quiz as a prototype for students to create their own review quizzes in science class (PowerPoint would work well) or to practice for science and quiz bowl-type competitions.
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Science Zone - Mandy Barrow

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K to 8
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (92), forces (46), human body (132), light (51), planets (128), plants (174), sound (105), water (133), water cycle (32)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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Maths Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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2 to 6
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division),...more
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), to shapes and space skills, to data and probability, to measurement skills, and even math investigations. There are worksheets to print. There are also interactive activities to use with an interactive whiteboard or individual computers. Some of the activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): angles (87), charts and graphs (198), decimals (125), fractions (228), mean (26), median (23), mode (16), money (185), percent (82), probability (141), time (141)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce your class to this site's activities. Then differentiate your math lessons by allowing students to work independently on the math skills they are currently acquiring. Even if you have only a single classroom computer, you can provide practice and challenge at all levels. This is also a wonderful site to share as a link from your teacher home page or in your classroom newsletter.
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Interactive Maths Games and Activities - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 8
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more....more
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more. The specific activities are extremely attention grabbing and diverse. Some of the activities include Word Blender, Tessellations, and Sokoban. Most of these activities require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): homophones (15), logic (247), numbers (197), spelling (168)

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This website literally provides activities on nearly all elementary subjects. The logic and mind stretcher activities are appropriate for elementary gifted students and middle school students. Get your entire class involved and use an Interactive Whiteboard!
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Primary Homework Help - Mandy Barrow

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K to 5
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples...more
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples of the specific activities include, "Saving the Environment", "Fraction Monkeys", and "Ancient Egypt". The site provides a huge amount of topics and a wide range of activities. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): fractions (228), grammar (211), habitats (106), homework (42), human body (132), measurement (175), money (185), spelling (168)

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This website would be an excellent resource to use with an interactive whiteboard. You may also want to provide this link on your teacher web page for parents to use at home. Nearly all subject areas (and topics) are included. Do yourself a favor - and utilize this excellent resource! Learning support teachers will love the opportunities for their students to get extra practice.
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Andy's Los Alamos Blog - TeachersFirst

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7 to 12
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TeachersFirst is proud to offer this chance to experience the life of a physics researcher through the eyes and dry humor of our own physics blogger, Andy. As an undergraduate ...more
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TeachersFirst is proud to offer this chance to experience the life of a physics researcher through the eyes and dry humor of our own physics blogger, Andy. As an undergraduate not long out of the high school physics lab, Andy brings us into the "real world" of scientific research but can still connect with the middle or high school student who may be wondering, "When am I ever gunna use this stuff?" Spending the summer of 2007 at Los Alamos National Labs, Andy shares his day-to-day discoveries and gives your students a chance to respond to the blog, perhaps connecting to a "real" scientist for the first time. Use the calendar on the left menu and start reading in the month of May.

tag(s): blogs (85)

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Share this resource with your science students or gifted classes on your teacher web page and encourage them to follow it throughout the summer. Andy promises to keep all of us up to date and, within time constraints, respond to meaningful comments. Have students blog about their lab experiments or experiences outside of school. Use a blogging tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.

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Protopage - Protopage

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K to 12
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This online tool creates a highly visual "home page" that can incorporate multiple elements simply by dragging and dropping them in place. Not unlike Google's personalized homepage,...more
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This online tool creates a highly visual "home page" that can incorporate multiple elements simply by dragging and dropping them in place. Not unlike Google's personalized homepage, the elements look like little sticky notes or boxes, but there is far greater flexibility and a wider variety of content readily available. You can also make the page local (simply use it as the "home" on your classroom computer), shared by a select group (passworded), or completely public. You can easily make a theme or unit page for quick access of resources, complete with directions.

tag(s): resources (107)

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How would you use this in your teaching? Create a set of RSS feeds for current events or a specific curriculum topic such as weather and make them available for an in-class activity, complete with directions. World language, world cultures, or geography teachers can profile a location on the globe, complete with local weather and news. Make separate tabs for separate activities. Students can access them by password or publicly from outside of class, as well. For primary grades, make simple instructions right on the desktop for a computer center activity. Use color coding of the instructions to differentiate for different children (Sam, I want you to do the yellow one). If your school permits students to set up accounts on web services, have groups make Protopages on an assigned topic, collecting and organizing resources, images, and information: "A Protopage Guide to Cells" or "Shakespeare's Times." Gifted and highly-able students will go crazy!

Skills needed: Join (free). Check out the Intro, Overview, and Quickstart to see how it works. Play to your heart's content, including making tabs. Learn about RSS feeds and other Widgets-- including sticky notes. Share the URL with those you wish to have use it. Note: this works on Internet Explorer 6 and higher and on Firefox. If your users are on older web browsers, the developers recommend upgrading. This may be a problem for some. Check with your end-user computers before you spend too much time making the perfect Protopage!

If you allow students to create their own Protopage, you will need to have very specific rules about content, since there are non-educational elements available.

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Secrets of the Dead: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria - PBS

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6 to 12
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This site accompanies a PBS episode on the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Following a "crime scene investigation" model, the episode looks at the controversy behind the collision between...more
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This site accompanies a PBS episode on the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Following a "crime scene investigation" model, the episode looks at the controversy behind the collision between the Doria and the Stockholm in 1956, and efforts to examine the wreck off the coast of New England. The site's usefulness is not limited to history teachers, however! There is a significant portion devoted to the science of deep sea diving.

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Use the excellent flash-enabled interactive "Diving Deep" to illustrate the physical properties of deep-sea diving that can endanger the lives of divers. There is also a detailed lesson plan in the Teacher Toolbox section that offers hands-on activities for exploring gas laws that affect divers, and printable handouts that provide questions on the lessons.

As you study the decades of the 20th century, this site could also be an interesting independent project source for a student interested in the 50's. Gifted students as young as upper elementary might find it a springboard for a comparison of maritime disasters.
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Foreign Languages - South Carolina ETV and ITV

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1 to 6
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This Website is designed to meet the needs of schools that would like to offer foreign languages but have no language. It serves as an introductory-level course in French, German, ...more
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This Website is designed to meet the needs of schools that would like to offer foreign languages but have no language. It serves as an introductory-level course in French, German, or Spanish. Each 10-15 minute lesson presents many words, with emphasis on the spoken word rather than the written word. Teachers of gifted may have students who want to learn a language as independent study using this site. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and Windows Media Player. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): french (91), german (66), spanish (111)

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Share the videos as a whole-class lesson on a projector. You will need speakers for the audio portions of this site. Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. As you study different continents or cultures, include a little of the language to expose your students to the "sounds" of other places. If you have ESL students in your class, share a video for the native English speakers to better understand the experience of learning a new language.

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Pyramids: The Inside Story - NOVA: PBS

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5 to 12
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Learn about each Egyptian pyramid by following explorers through the excavations, and learn about the exciting history of pyramid discovery and uncovering! View detailed inside views...more
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Learn about each Egyptian pyramid by following explorers through the excavations, and learn about the exciting history of pyramid discovery and uncovering! View detailed inside views of each site. Learn how to decipher hieroglyphics as you make your way through this fascinating site. Read about current digs and restoration efforts. The virtual exploration portions of the site require Quicktime. There is a link to download it, or you can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): archeology (32), egypt (67), pyramids (28)

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Use the lesson plan to build a scale model of a pyramid in your classroom or assign your students to explore the pyramids and collect information to compare them to burial customs of other ancient civilizations. You will definitely want to make this site available as a link from your teacher web page for further exploration. Teachers of gifted could use this as a springboard for an entire Egypt unit.

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Mad Sci Network - Mad Sci Network/Third Sector New England

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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access...more
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access to a search engine, a list of FAQ's on common topics, a library with links to other relevant sites, a knowledge generator, an archive of lab experiments, and other assistance with science fair projects. The Mad-Sci labs also has a "Guided Tour of the Visible Human" section on human anatomy, with many images of cross-sections and internal organs.

tag(s): air (148), experiments (69), scientists (69)

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Navigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.

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Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog - Geoffrey Chaucer et.al.

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Those studying Chaucer and middle English will find this site hilarious, intriguing, and downright addicting! Besides the blogs all being in middle English, it includes "Howe to Reade...more
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Those studying Chaucer and middle English will find this site hilarious, intriguing, and downright addicting! Besides the blogs all being in middle English, it includes "Howe to Reade My Writinges; Basic Glossary; Notes on translatynge Middel Englysshe; On my Englysshe; Elizabeth Renfeldes Notes on Pronounciacioun and Vocabularie as sidelight links on the left.

Under the heading "Linkes of Sentence and Solaas" there are links to a variety of related sites that are rich in information as well as interest. A favorite was the Virtual Tour of Dante's Hell.

tag(s): authors (120), chaucer (5)

In the Classroom

You are limited only by your imagination in the use of this site with high school students. Assigning different "translations" would be the least of the activities. Connecting and writing or reporting on the many related sites can create endless projects from "Market Day" to storytelling to panel discussions to powerpoint demonstrations.

DO be aware the "Playing on my Ipod" will take students to other student sites, so you might want to limit and be specific about what you want them to do; checking that first yourself may prove that your school filtering blocks those sites anyway. There is also a link to buy shirts from zazzle.com with Chaucer-related sayings on them; again, your filtering may block this, or you might want to specifically deal with that issue. In any case, there is too much "good stuff" here not to use at least some of it for fun and learning if you teach Chaucer et. al. Teachers of gifted students may find this site a marvelous prototype for creating a similar author-centered blog or wiki.

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