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Lomax the Hound of Music - PBS

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K to 2
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Jump aboard to learn American folk history songs and music with Lomax, the Hound of Music (inspired by Alan Loman, a famous folk artist). Join the hound puppet Lomax, Delta ...more
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Jump aboard to learn American folk history songs and music with Lomax, the Hound of Music (inspired by Alan Loman, a famous folk artist). Join the hound puppet Lomax, Delta the cat, and their 2 humans on a train traveling across America exploring music. The site features activities that incorporate melody matching, musical selections to listen to, and video clips from the PBS television series. Find lesson plans, activity guides, and educational philosophies to make the most of the interactive experiences to learn both music narratives and problem solving.

tag(s): music theory (43), preK (281), rhythm (20), songs (52)

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Use this in the classroom to inspire singing and music while learning and developing young minds. Share the activities and/or videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Try the activity Melody Match in a primary music class learning about melody and rhythm. Check out the lesson plans and activity guides for more engaging ideas. Create your own songs with your class too!
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Young Adult Books Central - Kimberly Pauley

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K to 10
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Young Adult Books Central, a section of Kids Books Central, is for tweens and teens to find and discuss books. Read book reviews by teens and staff reviewers, author interviews, ...more
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Young Adult Books Central, a section of Kids Books Central, is for tweens and teens to find and discuss books. Read book reviews by teens and staff reviewers, author interviews, and chapter excerpts. Books include two ratings: one by editors and one by site users. Search to find books by top rated, recently added, most reviewed, and audio books (not all audio books are free). Find books for younger children in the "Kids" section. Members can write reviews; however membership is not necessary for other portions of the site. Although aimed at all tweens and teens, most reviews on the main page appear to be books that would appeal only to girls. You may need to take time to explore the site to find material for boys.
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tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128), preK (281)

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Create a link on classroom computers, your website, or your blog to use as a resource for students to find independent reading material. For younger students, share the link directly to the Kids section. Be sure to share this site with parents at Back to School night. View book reviews together. Have students find examples of well-written reviews and poorly written reviews. Have students create their own book reviews using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary! Share the review urls on a class wiki and in the school library.

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RideSurfboard Web Page Browser - Ryan O'Donnell and Aaron Wadler

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3 to 12
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Experience an ordinary website in a flippable, newspaper-like format. Enter the url of any website. Surfboard instantly converts the website into a white, flippable, newspaper-like...more
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Experience an ordinary website in a flippable, newspaper-like format. Enter the url of any website. Surfboard instantly converts the website into a white, flippable, newspaper-like format where all content is laid out nicely. Click on the next arrow at the bottom of your screen to flip to the next page or swipe if using an iPad or iPhone. Choose a headline and click to view the full story. Content is optimized for Safari desktop browser, iPads, and iphones. It may not work well with other browsers. There are tips for using a Chrome browser found on the homepage. Note: our editors noticed many websites would not convert, even using Safari. So test before you use this site in a class or presentation. Many newspaper sites display nicely (without all the ads).

tag(s): browser (6)

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Teachers with iPads in their classrooms will probably benefit most from this site. Create a link directly to SurfRider.com on classroom ipads for students to view websites in this page-flip format. Any computer with Safari could use this website also. This site could be used to make the content of a website more palatable for students easily distracted by "flashy" websites. Learning support teachers might want to try this presentation of informational texts with their students to see if it improves their comprehension. If your students have blogs, try reading them using this tool for a very "professional" look.

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BarryFunEnglish Tools - BarryFunEnglish. com

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K to 12
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BarryFunEnglish offers several free and useful teacher tools for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the dart board selector to randomly choose students from your class....more
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BarryFunEnglish offers several free and useful teacher tools for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the dart board selector to randomly choose students from your class. Import your class from a txt file or input names manually. Easily edit your class list with absent students. Once ready, click to spin the dart board, launch a dart and see what names appears! Open each tool in a new window for a larger viewing area. At the time of this review the other free tools included a random name generator, scoreboard, and stopwatch. Access to all tools is available after registration with email and a password. Note that other areas of this site are subscription based.
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tag(s): classroom management (135)

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Use the free registration option to sign up for the site. Bookmark and use this site as a tool for classroom management, such as a way for choosing random students, keeping score, stopwatch, and others. All of the tools are perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Open them in separate windows so that you can drag off to the side if doing an on-screen activity.
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Listango - A Better Way to Bookmark - Jason Inzer and Steven Roberts

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K to 12
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Save, organize, and share your favorites (bookmarks) for free using Listango. Access them from any computer. This tool is basic and quick. Sign up with email and a password or ...more
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Save, organize, and share your favorites (bookmarks) for free using Listango. Access them from any computer. This tool is basic and quick. Sign up with email and a password or your Facebook account. View the introductory video on the home page. Drag the Listango bar to your toolbar to start using the service. Access your account to begin creating folders. Add as many folders as you like or create additional folders as needed. Click on the Listango bar on your browser toolbar to add any webpage to your bookmarks, then choose a folder for placement. Edit bookmarks at any time when logged in to your Listango account. Hover over the description to change the name, add a description, or change folders. Easily share bookmarks via Twitter, Facebook, or email using the link located by each descriptions. Make important links stand out by clicking the star next to the description. Download your bookmarks at anytime through html and csv file links located in the tools section of the site.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Use Listango to organize and share links used throughout the year. Organize by subject, topic, type of material, etc. Demonstrate how to use Listango on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students. Have students email links used in classroom projects to your email account. Create a Listango classroom account for students to add links found to use throughout the year: ideas could include games, videos, sites for review, etc. You could also create folders for each student, using this simple tool to introduce very young students to an online bookmarking site under adult guidance.

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Sacred Stories - The British Library Board

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4 to 12
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This visually stunning site offers stories from six world religions. At the time of this review, there were twelve stories in all. All stories are read aloud, animated, and subtitled...more
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This visually stunning site offers stories from six world religions. At the time of this review, there were twelve stories in all. All stories are read aloud, animated, and subtitled (you can turn on or off). The stories use artwork from the British Library collection and stay true to the religious beliefs. For instance, the Islamic text uses no human or animal figures while telling the stories. Instead, they use beautifully changing geometric patterns. By clicking on the home button, you can discover for yourself the origins of the text and the "contrasts and crossovers" for three of these religions by investigating "Understanding Sacred Texts." Click on the "Home" button at the top right and find teachers notes and student activities.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), hanukkah (16), holidays (147), religions (61)

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Ancient History and World history teachers will delight in this site! Use this site at a learning station (headphones would be a good idea) and allow students to talk about what they think they know about the religion before viewing the text. Follow up after with what know after viewing the content and completing the student activities. This site would also be an excellent extension for the gifted students in your classroom. Consider having the gifted students explore the three religions that have the "contrasts and crossovers." Language arts teachers can use this site to meet the goals of Common Core State Standards (cross curricular studies and nonfiction reading). Challenge students to find other myths and legends from other cultures that "crossover" with these or other well-known tales.
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What Should I Read Next? - Thoughtplay Ltd.

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K to 12
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Not sure what to read next? Enter a book title you have enjoyed and view a generated list of similar titles. With a free registration, you can save a list ...more
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Not sure what to read next? Enter a book title you have enjoyed and view a generated list of similar titles. With a free registration, you can save a list of favorite books. When you view the list of similar books, you will notice a tab to click which leads to the listings on Amazon.com. Although a commercial site, there is a summary of the books and often, a few pages are available to preview the internal contents to see if you may like a book.
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tag(s): book lists (128), reading lists (75)

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Refer students to this site when they are enthusiastic about any particular book. They will be delighted to find an extensive list of similar books. If your school policies allow students to register at sites, they can keep a list of favorites. Or, use a class email to register and keep a list of favorite titles your class has read. Provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home and find some "new reads."

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Art and Music - Gold Ridge Elementary School

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K to 6
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Art and Music is a collection of art and music resources for elementary age collected by a now-closed elementary school in California. Scroll down the home page to find items ...more
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Art and Music is a collection of art and music resources for elementary age collected by a now-closed elementary school in California. Scroll down the home page to find items listed in the two categories. In the Art portion of the site choose from "toolkits" and animations demonstrating items such as warm/cool colors, visual rhythm, and create a painting. In the Music portion explore note names, play drums, or be a composer. There are many wonderful art and music resources located here. Be sure to take some time to check them all out!

tag(s): colors (79), musical instruments (48), musical notation (35), painting (66), picasso (6), rhythm (20)

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In art or music class, share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Peruse through the links to find treasures applicable in your curriculum. This site could also be used in science during a unit on sound. Create a link to activities on this site and use as a resource for indoor recess or enrichment. Share the site on your class web page for students to explore at home, too!
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Sound Maps -- British Library - The British Library

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K to 12
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or ...more
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or by category and save to your playlist for future use once you create a free account.

tag(s): cultures (105), multimedia (57), sounds (68)

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This site is a great addition to any world language, history, music, English, or science class. Use the oral history section to hear stories from Holocaust survivors. Listen to accents from around the world. Have you ever wanted to know what a cicada sounds like? Use the recordings from the nature and environment section. Science and music teachers can use the site to show how sound waves look. Use the site to demonstrate how to create an oral history. Then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of a particular topic you are studying. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). In world language classes, have students explore locations to learn more about the sound of that country. Then have them create a recording that uses recorded sounds as background to their own spoken words in their new language.

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Thankuz - thankuz.com

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K to 12
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Thankuz offers a simple and easy way to send a thank you note to anyone, anytime. Choose Create to start your card. Fill in the blanks using the template provided ...more
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Thankuz offers a simple and easy way to send a thank you note to anyone, anytime. Choose Create to start your card. Fill in the blanks using the template provided and upload an image, if you wish. Modify your card using panels to change the color and style. Send your thank you card using links provided for email, Facebook, Twitter, or using the URL created.

tag(s): holidays (147), letter writing (21)

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Ask students to write a "Thank You" card to classroom visitors, school staff, and other helpers. This is particularly good for lessons on friendly letters. Have students create cards to celebrate birthdays, other holidays, and send to each other. When you finish reading a story, have students send cards to the characters. Write a note to students and ask them to answer you using Thankuz. With older students, provide this link on your class website for both students and parents access to "quick and easy" thank you notes!

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Docs Demo: Master's Edition - Google

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9 to 12
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Try collaborative writing with great authors using this Google Docs demo. You write a few words, and then a great writer intervenes, writing along with you in his/her own inimitable...more
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Try collaborative writing with great authors using this Google Docs demo. You write a few words, and then a great writer intervenes, writing along with you in his/her own inimitable style. The writing "collaborators" might delete some of your words and change to their own vocabulary or phrasal selections. A writer might add an adjective or change your verb to a more colorful and literary one! Writers include Emily Dickinson, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. Your completed document will often have parts by several of the famous dead authors, color coded so you know who is who. You can save and send your document, if you sign into your Google account.

tag(s): authors (120), creative writing (166), dickens (13), literature (275), poetry (228), shakespeare (131)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask high schoolers to identify exactly what makes the famous writer's intrusions specifically his/her own. Challenge students to write their own passage that will be edited. Once edited, have students save, print, or email their document. Take it a step deeper and have students explain WHY a specific author would have made a specific change. Have them find the original passage where the author used a certain phrase or quotation and explore its context there. Use this site during Poetry Month for students to create their own poems, to be edited by a famous author (or poet). Have pairs of students collaborate on creating a piece of writing and share after saving using a tool such as Crocodoc reviewed here.
 

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Fetch - PBS Kids

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2 to 8
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Join Ruff Ruffman in the PBS Kids Game show, Fetch. Learn about animal science as you view (and participate) on this educational game show including 5 contestants ages 10-14. "Ruff"...more
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Join Ruff Ruffman in the PBS Kids Game show, Fetch. Learn about animal science as you view (and participate) on this educational game show including 5 contestants ages 10-14. "Ruff" hosts the game show, reality style with children contestants, learning about science and also crazy challenges. Topics include (but are not limited to) animals, engineering, deserted islands, dinosaur footprints, hover crafts, mummies, song birds, and more. There are past episodes and games available.

tag(s): animal homes (41), birds (50), dinosaurs (57), diseases (66), literacy (103), machines (30), simple machines (37), vocabulary (324)

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Invite Ruff Ruffman into your classroom to add spice to your science, language arts, and math curriculum. Although contestants are ages 10-14, younger students would benefit by watching the activities. Some may be too challenging for younger students to complete on their own. Students will identify with the contestants as they learn and laugh along with Ruff. Add a Ruff adventure or interview as an anticipatory guide for a unit. Share a clip or experiment on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a way to enrich during your unit on mammals, motion, or problem solving. Have older elementary students (or middle school) become familiar with the show's format, and create an "episode" based on your unit of study. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos to share using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Create a writing experience from episodes given. Use an episode as a spark to begin a further area of inquiry. Add to your computers as a center time activity, or even as a special earned award. Share on your website as an enrichment source, or a great place for educational learning.
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Future Me - Write a Letter to the Future - Matt Sly and Jay Patrikios

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K to 12
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Future Me is an email service that allows you to write an email and have it delivered in the future (up to 50 years later). Insert your email address, subject, ...more
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Future Me is an email service that allows you to write an email and have it delivered in the future (up to 50 years later). Insert your email address, subject, and write your email. Choose a future date for delivery, and it's ready to go! Options include adding an image and making the email public or private. Note - the public gallery is unmoderated so may contain content not suitable for school.
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tag(s): back to school (58), creativity (109), letter writing (21)

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Future Me is a wonderful tool to use at the beginning of the school year. Ask students to send themselves (or you) a "future" email with what they would like to learn this year, subjects they do and don't like, and goals for the school year. Send and share the emails on a date near the end of the year to see how they have changed. High school seniors may want to write a letter to themselves four years in the future with their goals for college and the future. Share with parents, and ask them to write a letter to their student for future delivery. Have students write an email to you describing what they know about any topic or person before beginning a unit, have the email delivered upon completion of the unit as a reminder of how much learning has occurred. Have middle schoolers write emails with summer goals before summer break and have set them for delivery in September so students can see whether their summer was as productive as they had hoped. What a great way to teach goal-setting!

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Scoop.it! - Scoop.it Inc

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5 to 12
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see...more
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see what you want them to see. This is a way to deliver subject focused articles and information to a specific audience. Scoops can be shared through social media or using a widget to embed on your website.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Create Scoops for projects so that students have a one stop shop to research. Create a Scoop with information and sites for students to use as a study guide. This also gives you some control over the information to which your students are exposed. Have students sign up for their own free account. Students could use this as a working bibliography of the resources they use for research, posters, and presentations for all classes. Assign students to create a collection of online literature about a specific topic as an assignment. Have students use the "add your insight" text box to provide a mini review of the articles.

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Civil War Read-Alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to...more
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to do before, during, and after the read-aloud. Infuse an extra measure of history into your curriculum and tap into the richness of our nation's story while you build reading and listening skills. The books about the Civil War and related topics include a wealth of fictional and informational literature to share with your students. The lists and related activities are segmented into lower, middle, and upper elementary. There are Lexile''® levels for the books (where available). If your library does not have the books you want to use from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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These read-alouds are perfect during February celebrations of Presidents Day and Black History Month but could be used any time. If your social studies curriculum includes the CIvil War or you simply want to connect the interrelated topics of Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, this is a great place to start.

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Poetry and Music of the War Between the States - civilwarpoetry.org

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7 to 12
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of ...more
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of the War links. Listen to popular music of the day such as Oh! Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home. Explore poetry separated into categories including battles, soldier life, and the home front. Other options for exploring the site include searches by title, first lines, and authors.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), poetry (228)

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Include this site with your Civil War unit resources. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Or challenge cooperative learning groups to use one of the many other multimedia presentation TeachersFirst Edge tools found here.

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The Civil War - Hershey Middle School

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7 to 12
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by ...more
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by categories such as battles, databases, medicine, women, and many others. Each site contains a link along with a short description of the content included. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find information on the magazine project such as required content, use of images, and focus of articles.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), primary sources (86), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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Use this site as a resource for a class magazine project (doesn't have to be Civil War) - use ideas for any topic. Share a link to this page on your classroom website for students to access Civil War resources included. Have students create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.

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The Brown Bookshelf - Paula Chase-Hyman

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K to 12
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The Brown Bookcase showcases literature for young readers written by and featuring people of color. View archives going back to 2007 to find book reviews, author's chats, and some videos...more
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The Brown Bookcase showcases literature for young readers written by and featuring people of color. View archives going back to 2007 to find book reviews, author's chats, and some videos that accompany books featured on the site. A flagship feature of the site is the 28 Days Later portion. Each day during Black History Month features a different author. It is a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans to help parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers recommend good reads. Archives are available beginning with the 2008 campaign.
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tag(s): african american (113), black history (59), book lists (128), civil rights (117), literature (275), preK (281)

In the Classroom

Bookmark this site for use throughout the year, not just during Black History Month. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and find books for reading. Share this link on your class website or blog for students to use at home. Showcase books found on this site for classroom readalouds. Have students create commercials for books found on this site and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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E is for Explore! - Erin Bittman

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K to 6
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E is for Explore! offers many learning activities and opportunities for classroom exploration (and fun) that conforms to Common Core. Explore the blog by scrolling through the many...more
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E is for Explore! offers many learning activities and opportunities for classroom exploration (and fun) that conforms to Common Core. Explore the blog by scrolling through the many activities or search using keyword tags on the right of the page. Choose from popular posts such as Lego fractions or ABC handprints or St. Patrick's Day skittles. All activities include simple directions, and some include links to printables for completing activities. Be aware: some of the activities include comments from other users. At the time of this review all comments were appropriate.

tag(s): addition (251), alphabet (92), angles (88), branches of government (48), charts and graphs (195), density (21), dinosaurs (57), division (172), electricity (89), erosion (17), fractions (239), geology (81), geometric shapes (163), inferencing (5), literacy (103), logic (235), minerals (17), money (193), multiplication (227), place value (56), reading comprehension (116), rocks (49), senses (28), subtraction (208), transformations (17), weather (188)

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Bookmark this site for great hands-on activities across the curriculum. Use the activities throughout the school year. Allow students to explore areas of the site to find activities to perform on their own. For example, click on the fractions tag and allow students to view the list of activities to choose their own exploration. When finished, challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the activity and its outcome. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

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mailDiary - mailDiary.net

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3 to 12
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with ...more
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with your entry for automatic posting. Images can also be added to entries. Personalize the site using your choice of color and fonts. View entries as a PDF for easy printing as desired. Register with an email and unique name for your diary.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21), writing prompts (92)

In the Classroom

Create a diary with a message to your students each day. Have students keep a diary of their first week at school. They can re-read this at the end of the school year. Have students keep a diary of a famous person for a character in a story that you have been reading in class. Ask students to write a diary about a picture that you have sent to them. Have students write diary entries from the point of view of soldiers, presidents, scientists, and more. Prompt a giving diary during the holiday season with students writing about what they GAVE to someone else each day.

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