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LEGO Education Activities - LEGO Education

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K to 12
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Lego Education Activities are designed to be rich, fun-filled, creative learning experiences. They offer educators a means to use LEGO sets as essential tools that engage students while...more
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Lego Education Activities are designed to be rich, fun-filled, creative learning experiences. They offer educators a means to use LEGO sets as essential tools that engage students while challenging their creativity and enhancing their knowledge and comprehension. As a thinking teacher, you only need to look on the Teachersfirst Editor's Blog here to realize what a hot topic teaching creativity is and how it fits into the classroom. From role-playing and meeting the needs of early childhood development to theme-based sets for older students, LEGO Activities offer a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching. There are also specific sets designed to cover specific subject areas, including technology curriculum. As you browse the activities, you will find obvious connections to curriculum in simple machines and other science topics, as well. Stay current and find a lot more stimulating ideas by checking out the LEGO Education and LEGO Smart Blogs available from theLego Education Activities page.

tag(s): creativity (116), critical thinking (110), logic (236), problem solving (272)

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Expose your students to different levels of the learning spiral by challenging them to use problem-solving skills for increasingly difficult obstacles. Students can work in small groups to foster cooperation and teamwork as they sort, graph, follow and give directions, and discuss ideas. Of course you will need some LEGOs, so you might try raiding your own children's toy boxes, include a request in your classroom newsletter for donations, look around for LEGO kits collecting dust on classroom shelves, or put it on your school's PTA wish list. Be sure to have cooperative learning groups video their activities to share with the rest of the class using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Pauly's Playhouse - paulysplayhouse.com

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K to 3
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Pauly's Playhouse is a collection of early elementary level educational activities organized under the tabs of "Games," "Lab," and "Cartoons." Clicking on any of these items leads to...more
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Pauly's Playhouse is a collection of early elementary level educational activities organized under the tabs of "Games," "Lab," and "Cartoons." Clicking on any of these items leads to a visual of an educational activity; a summary of the activity appears in the middle of the screen. The activities vary from literacy to easy math to puzzles to alphabet games etc. At the "Games" tab there are activities for music, art, geography, science, math, language arts, and more.

At the time of this review, there was one cartoon available which was entertaining - however, not particularly educational.

tag(s): addition (238), alphabet (91), animals (284), division (167), logic (236), maps (289), multiplication (221), preK (284), puzzles (206), subtraction (198), vision (86), weather (194)

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Mark this site in Favorites on the computers in your classroom. Pair students on individual computers to try some of the activities. If individual computers aren't available, share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make an IWB "center" for small groups. Share this site with ESL or special education students who need to catch up on alphabet or math skills. This is a fabulous site to list in your class newsletter or on your class website or blog for extra practice at home.
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Twitter - Twitter, Inc.

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K to 12
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Twitter users enter information to share with their "followers" by creating 140 character "tweets," and "followers" see what they are thinking, favorite links, etc., all from the brief...more
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Twitter users enter information to share with their "followers" by creating 140 character "tweets," and "followers" see what they are thinking, favorite links, etc., all from the brief "tweet." Tweets are much more than messages to share what you are eating for lunch! Use this popular microblogging and social networking tool for a great way to communicate with teaching peers and real world people you may not have a chance to otherwise meet. Reply to others to create conversations for some of the best professional development around. Each "tweet" or message may not seem extraordinary, but using the sum total of tweets from those you "meet" on Twitter can have an amazing impact. Use your profile and settings to add a bio and other information, change your security settings from public to protected, find those who follow you, and more. Post your tweets through the website, mobile devices, or myriad of applications to manage tweets and followers. Keep track of your favorite tweets by starring them. Refer to your favorites list as needed. Wish you could take back a tweet? Click the trash can beside the post to delete (however, others may have already seen and responded.) Find many opinions about Twitter on and off the Internet. Remember you will gain only as much as you put into this service. Build a network of helpful colleagues to become a better learner (and educator). Anyone can learn from Twitter, even a class of elementary students! Still not sure what Twitter is about? Find a great explanation of how it works in this review.

tag(s): microblogging (45), social media (17), social networking (113)

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Bring teaching and learning to new heights by using this service as a great form of professional development. At conferences, use Twitter as a backchannel to expand upon thoughts and ideas during presentations and after. Have a question to ask others' opinion about? Throw it out to Twitter to see the great perspectives given by those who follow you. Start out slowly and look at conversations that catch your eye. Follow people with experience in your areas of interest to gain from the conversations. Start off by following @teachersfirst or @cshively (our leader).

Learn about hashtags -- ways to mark, search, and follow conversations on a specific topic. For example, the #ntchat tag is for new and pre-service teachers and the #edchat hashtag is for all teachers. Participate in these chats which are scheduled at certain days and times or search for their tweets anytime. Find archived tweets from these chats to learn from some wonderful and motivated teachers when it is convenient for YOU. Use other Twitter applications to search or collect specific hashtags.

As a teaching tool, Twitter is amazing! If your school permits access, have a class account to share what you are doing with parents and especially for your class to follow people in topics you study. Studying space? Follow NASA. Studying politics and government? Follow your congressional rep or the White House. Consider using your teacher or class account to send updates to other teachers across the country or across the globe. You can also teach about responsible digital citizenship by modeling and practicing it as a class. A whole-class, teacher account is the most likely way to gain permission to use Twitter in school, especially if you can demonstrate specific projects. That can be as simple as making sure you and that teacher are FOLLOWING each other, then sending a direct message (start the tweet with D and the other teacher's twitter name) or creating a group with your own hashtag for a project such as daily weather updates. Even if you are not "following" someone, you can send them a tweet using @theirtwittername in the body of the message. This is called a "mention" but can be seen by others, too. Compare what your class is observing in today's weather, which topics you will be discussing today, or ask for another class' opinions on a current events issue. Ask for updates about local concerns, such as talking to California schools about wildfires in their area or a Maine school about a blizzard. Challenge another class to tweet the feelings of a literacy character, such as Hamlet, and respond as Ophelia, all in 140 characters or less. Have gifted students? Connect your classroom with the outside world to find greater challenges and connections beyond your regular curriculum.

Learn much more about teaching ideas and tools for Twitter in the many resources listed on TeachersFirst Twitter for Teachers page.

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Gymnasium For Brain - Sitalakshmi Seshadrinathan

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3 to 12
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The goal of this site is to make Math fun and provide mental exercise and stimulation. 100's of warm-up puzzles are provided that require logic and problem solving to come ...more
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The goal of this site is to make Math fun and provide mental exercise and stimulation. 100's of warm-up puzzles are provided that require logic and problem solving to come up with a solution. Hints are provided as well as the solution. The Speed Math section demonstrates different "tricks" as alternatives to standard algorithms in a detailed explanation. Another section demonstrates different Math patterns and how they are formed and expanded. The Kids Corner provides simpler problem solving activities for younger students. Free membership to the site is available.

tag(s): logic (236), problem solving (272)

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Use this site as a resource for a problem of the day activity. Challenge students to solve and provide explanations to logic puzzles and create their own problems. Display on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a springboard to class discussion of the Mathematics involved within each of the problems.

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Fraction Webquest - Lynn and Samantha Fender

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4 to 8
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This Fraction Webquest entitled "Cooking with Fractions," takes students on a comprehensive journey through computation of fractions. The activities included in the webquest are thorough...more
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This Fraction Webquest entitled "Cooking with Fractions," takes students on a comprehensive journey through computation of fractions. The activities included in the webquest are thorough and engaging.

tag(s): cooking (35), fractions (235)

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Use Cooking with Fractions after introducing computation with fractions. This site would make an excellent review for a test on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Students could work independently or with a partner. After completing the webquest, have students create fraction story problems that go along with cooking and/or food. Maybe include the story problems in a class wiki or an online book using Bookemon, reviewed here.

What's fantastic about this site, is that all the student worksheets are digitally provided on this site, making it easy for students to complete digitally and email to you OR easy to convert them to Google Docs, (reviewed here). Save some trees and get rid of the pile of papers to grade afterwards!
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Measurement - Money - SmartTutor

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1 to 3
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Help Carlos shop for his parrot, Paco, with this interactive all about money. You choose the wallet with the correct amount of money to purchase items. Following a demonstration of...more
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Help Carlos shop for his parrot, Paco, with this interactive all about money. You choose the wallet with the correct amount of money to purchase items. Following a demonstration of how to count money and choose the correct wallet, you are given a price of a treat for Paco and are asked to find the correct wallet. If correct, Paco places the item into his cage, a wrong response prompts you to try again.

tag(s): measurement (160), money (190)

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Choose this site for a math computer center to allow students to practice money counting skills. Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector while students draw and write the correct answers at their seats. If you are teaching a unit about money, provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Measurement Tools - Angles - SmartTutor

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4 to 6
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Dudley Dog is looking for his buried items and it is up to you to find them. Using a protractor, you will find the correct angle of the item based ...more
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Dudley Dog is looking for his buried items and it is up to you to find them. Using a protractor, you will find the correct angle of the item based upon location from his doghouse to help return the items. A narrated demonstration begins the activity to explain how to use the protractor and locate the angle. If the incorrect angle is given, the player can try again. If the correct angle is given, Dudley digs up his buried treasure. You can also click on a link to review the definitions for protractor and vertex. Learning objectives and covered vocabulary is presented before the start of the game.

tag(s): angles (87), measurement (160)

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Demonstrate the use of a protractor on your interactive whiteboard or projector with this activity. Challenge students to guess the angle before measuring with the protractor. Assess understanding of acute and obtuse angles through students' estimates of angles.
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Decimal Problem Solving - SmartTutor

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4 to 7
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Practice adding and subtracting decimals by checking grocery receipts for correct totals. The narrator, Omar, describes and demonstrates the activity before the game begins. Suggestions...more
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Practice adding and subtracting decimals by checking grocery receipts for correct totals. The narrator, Omar, describes and demonstrates the activity before the game begins. Suggestions are also given for checking answers - demonstrations are given on how to use mental math and a calculator to find the correct response. Upon completion of each problem, a demonstration is given on how to find the correct answers. The graphics are bright and eye-catching and will be sure to hold student's attention! The introduction to the game also includes learning objectives covered.

tag(s): addition (238), decimals (132), subtraction (198)

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Use this sight on your interactive whiteboard or projector when beginning a unit on addition or subtraction of decimals to help students recognize the real world uses of decimals. Challenge students to create their own version of the game for classmates for additional practice. Incorporate the activity into your class website or blogs for students to access and practice at home.
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Shape Trails - SmartTutor

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1 to 4
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The goal of this game is to move the provided shape to the chest along a trail in as few moves as possible. Once the chest is reached, rotate the ...more
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The goal of this game is to move the provided shape to the chest along a trail in as few moves as possible. Once the chest is reached, rotate the shape correctly to open the chest to receive the prize inside. You choose the path to follow, and difficulty is increased as each level is reached. In addition to moving the shape along the path correctly, you will have to know the degree of the angle the shape will have to turn to go inside the chest. The activity begins with a narrative and demonstration showing how to play. Several geometric definitions are available by clicking the book link within the game.

tag(s): logic (236)

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Practice vocabulary of geometry terms by allowing students to play the game, as they reach each level, challenge them to define terms such as rotation, reflection and translation. Set up the activity at a computer center to practice logic and problem solving skills. Challenge students to create their own map with a path for other students to play.
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Space Rocks - SmartTutor

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3 to 5
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Aliens collect space rocks containing factors of given numbers in this multiplication practice activity. A demonstration is given showing you how to use the game, click on all rocks...more
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Aliens collect space rocks containing factors of given numbers in this multiplication practice activity. A demonstration is given showing you how to use the game, click on all rocks with given factors of a given number. When you feel that you have found all factors, click on done. If correct, positive feedback is given and a new number is provided. After 2 incorrect choices, the correct answers will be shown. Players can click on a book which also offers definitions of factor and products.

tag(s): factors (41), multiplication (221)

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Use this game as a math center to practice multiplication facts. Play as a class on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this site on your class webpage for students to utilize both in the classroom and out.
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Jigsaw Sudoku - Rachel Lee

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1 to 6
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Sodoku is a popular game for all ages, this interactive site allows the you to play online. Choose from different ability levels from easy to hard and pick the tiles ...more
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Sodoku is a popular game for all ages, this interactive site allows the you to play online. Choose from different ability levels from easy to hard and pick the tiles to use from numbers, symbols, or letters. Other options include a timer, sound, and placement of tiles. The bright, interactive format is easy to use and will keep all users engaged.

tag(s): logic (236), problem solving (272), puzzles (206)

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Display on your interactive whiteboard or projector to use as a center for logic and problem solving. Keep a class chart and challenge students to increase their speed and increase level of difficulty.
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Dipity - Underlying, Inc.

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3 to 12
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Dipity is an online timeline creator that allows you to create, view, and share timelines in several different ways. When viewing timelines the default mode is the classic timeline...more
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Dipity is an online timeline creator that allows you to create, view, and share timelines in several different ways. When viewing timelines the default mode is the classic timeline display. With just a click the same information can be shown as a flipbook, map, and list. Sharing is simple through widgets that can be embedded on blogs or websites as well as quick links to common networking sites.
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tag(s): timelines (64)

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Click on "add an event" and complete as much information as you can about the event. Types of information that are provided include: title, date, description, picture, link, location, and video Url. If you do not have a complete set of information, the event will still look good in the timeline! Also, please note that you cannot create imaginary locations. The site does verify the place entered as location is a real place.

Use a created, identifiable to the outside world team name to preserve student internet security. This way, students do not need to create their own accounts. Be careful when having students enter locations, if it is historical project, real dates and times are safe to use. However, if students are creating personal type timelines, use general locations like city and country or even just country. You can control who can see the timelines, and who can edit the timeline. Use caution here!

Create a timeline of classroom events throughout the school year. During a unit on inventions, having different students add each invention to the timeline along with pertinent information to create a very visual display of the chronology of the introduction of each item (great for review!). Use for an author study to compare and contrast lives of authors and add historical events to put each author's works into perspective. In science class, have students create a timeline of scientific discoveries or the life of a plant, animal, or scientist. Challenge students to create cross-disciplinary timelines showing historic, scientific, and artistic events during the same time period, such as the Renaissance or a decade during the 20th century, so they can see trends. Make timelines of environmental concerns, such as the Gulf Oil Spill--or a history of environmental disasters. Create timelines for historic events -- local or global. Make family histories in world language classes using vocabulary and grammar skills to describe family members in the new language. Create a class timeline to add to your classroom wiki and have students add information as the year advances so that they can look back on all that they have accomplished.

Need a challenge for your gifted students? as the study history or a scientific discovery, have them make a timeline that shows other events happening in the world at the same time. Have them create a "family tree" for endangered species using this timeline tool. Add pictures, locations, and names of related species and causes for the threat to that animal. Have them map out the steps leading to a war or civil rights event, adding the more subtle causes and people not included in the regular curriculum.

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Free Fraction Worksheets - Peter Waycik

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2 to 8
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This site features several free downloadable fractions worksheets including modeling fractions, reducing fractions, adding fractions, subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions, and...more
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This site features several free downloadable fractions worksheets including modeling fractions, reducing fractions, adding fractions, subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions, and dividing fractions. All of the fraction worksheets come complete with an answer key.

tag(s): worksheets (61)

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This is a great site to help students better understand fractions. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector and fill out the sheets on the board. Print out the worksheets and pair them with manipulatives and create a center. Since the worksheets have different levels, use them to differentiate for students who need extra scaffolding or for students who need extension activities.
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Blank Game Board Templates - Donna Young

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K to 12
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This site, created for homeschooling families but useful in any classroom, provides downloadable game boards that can be used in any subject area. Game boards come in two varieties,...more
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This site, created for homeschooling families but useful in any classroom, provides downloadable game boards that can be used in any subject area. Game boards come in two varieties, start to finish and racetrack. The two varieties come in several different styles. Printable dice and game cards are also available as well as directions on how to assemble the game board.

tag(s): printables (37)

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This site is a great way to add creativity to your teaching. Make games boards that can be used to review curriculum in any subject area. These games can be used as a center to support your curriculum. These boards aren't just for the teacher, have pairs of students work together to create their own games. Perhaps have them research a topic, then share the information with peers in the form of a game. Then have students exchange games for other pairs to play. This is a great way to differentiate an assignment by providing different versions of a game or having students create their own at an appropriate level of difficulty. For students who need more support, provide partially completed versions for them to "create" the rest from a word bank.
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Rubric Gallery - RCampus

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K to 12
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This site contains links to many different sources for rubrics. You can search by grade level, subject, or type making it easier to find an appropriate rubric. ...more
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This site contains links to many different sources for rubrics. You can search by grade level, subject, or type making it easier to find an appropriate rubric.

tag(s): assessment (104)

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Use this site to search for rubrics for any type of assignment or classroom use. Material isn't limited to academic use, it also includes attendance, homework, and other types of rubrics.

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Miamiopia - KidsKnowIt Network

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1 to 6
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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons...more
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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons go when they escape from the hands of humans." The balloons seek to improve themselves by learning about the world around them. Learning activities are located in each building found on the map and include music, history, dinosaurs and more. You then can customize the Miamiopian by earning coins as you play games, the coins can be used to purchase hair, clothing, and other accessories.

tag(s): dinosaurs (58), logic (236), problem solving (272), puzzles (206), spelling (169)

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Check school policies about setting up student accounts and passwords and be sure to keep a record of student passwords! No email is required. Set up at the computer center and keep a chart for each student's progress and points collected. Demonstrate on the interactive whiteboard or projector, record terms used during the games (ex: history - iron age, stone age, and bronze age) to research. This would be an ideal link to provide on your class website for students to access at home.
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Equivalent Fractions - David Hellam

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3 to 8
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Equivalent Fractions asks students to make three fractions equivalent to the first one and automatically checks whether or not the answers are correct for instant feedback. This is...more
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Equivalent Fractions asks students to make three fractions equivalent to the first one and automatically checks whether or not the answers are correct for instant feedback. This is a simple "fill in the box" exercise.

tag(s): fractions (235)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After introducing equivalent fractions, have students practice making equivalent fractions with this interactive. This would be a great site to use for a warm up or review.

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Planet Size Comparison - Science Net Links

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1 to 6
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Planet Size Comparison allows students to see the differences in the sizes of planets side by side. Students can choose two planets they want to compare and visually experience the...more
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Planet Size Comparison allows students to see the differences in the sizes of planets side by side. Students can choose two planets they want to compare and visually experience the size differences of each planet. The comparison lists the diameter of each planet in kilometers or miles and also provides the ratio size differences for each comparison.

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Planet Size Comparison is an interesting way to show size comparisons when teaching about the planets. Project the site for a larger feel of the size differences. Students will really enjoy seeing the planets in a larger-than-life view. Have students find pairs of images that have the same relative size or create their own electronic drawings, then stretch/shrink them to create size comparisons of their own on PowerPoint slides or to print out. In math class, use the size comparisons to discuss ratio as well as the solar system.

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Decimal Challenge - David Hellam

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4 to 7
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Decimal Challenge is a guessing game where students try to identify a decimal. The interactive tells you whether your guess is too high or too low. Students try to guess ...more
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Decimal Challenge is a guessing game where students try to identify a decimal. The interactive tells you whether your guess is too high or too low. Students try to guess the decimal in the fewest amount of tries.

tag(s): decimals (132), numbers (198)

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A great interactive to use with students who need a little extra practice with decimal number sense. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector to discuss strategies and then let students play independently or with a partner. Students would enjoy competing against each other during whole class time.

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Mix Book - Andrew Laffoon

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K to 12
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Enhance digital storytelling and classroom-publishing techniques with Mixbook. This web 2.0 creating tool lets students collaboratively create beautiful books. Users can simultaneously...more
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Enhance digital storytelling and classroom-publishing techniques with Mixbook. This web 2.0 creating tool lets students collaboratively create beautiful books. Users can simultaneously insert photos, text, and edit from separate computers. Authors can select from a wide variety of thematic designs, layout options, stickers, and backgrounds or design their own. Upload personal photos, scanned illustrations, or free public domain images directly into the image library. Inserting photos is a simple, intuitive process that requires a click and drag. The text comes in a variety of font options, and sizes. A complete transcript of the writing appears below the book. Viewers can enjoy the reading the book without needless advertising or redirection to another site. It is also possible to copy a book and easily create a customized edition for individual students. There is always the option to purchase books directly from the Mixbook. Go directly to this site and immediately create your masterpiece.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (152), ebooks (43)

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Use Mixbook to create collaborative projects, yearbooks, or to give writers workshop publishing a professional flare. History teachers may enjoy letting students photograph a re-enactment of a scene from the past and then write accompanying text. Combine yearly research reports with this multimedia option. Have students create collaborative projects that access fantastic photography collections from sites such as the Library of Congress . Primary school teachers can photograph student illustrations of familiar songs, poems, or rhymes and create "class" books. Project these books onto an interactive whiteboard or projector and revolutionize shared reading. Create parent education books that communicate how to help with their student's reading at home, or explain the stages of project-based learning. Students can also author books in a foreign language. Mixbook is useful for all areas of the school curriculum. Remember to embed student books into the school website for family and friends at home to enjoy.

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