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Easter Activity Idea Place - Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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K to 3
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Although this site is not aesthetically pleasing, they do a wonderful job providing a wealth of information on Easter. There are numerous crafts, songs, science lessons, math lessons,...more
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Although this site is not aesthetically pleasing, they do a wonderful job providing a wealth of information on Easter. There are numerous crafts, songs, science lessons, math lessons, games, drama fun, and more! Activities are divided into several sections: Art, Easter Songs, Games, Science, & Math, Group Time Games, and Dramatic Play. This site is a must-have in any classroom of young children. Be aware: this site does includes some advertisements.

tag(s): easter (21), preK (279)

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If you are an art teacher, find some great seasonal activities here. In music class, project the songs on your interactive whiteboard or projector and have a class sing-along. Take advantage of the many FREE resources (ready to go and kid-friendly) at this site.

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Batter's Up Baseball - Prongo.com

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1 to 6
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This website offers a Flash-enhanced math game built on a baseball theme. The problems (addition or multiplication) presented vary widely in difficulty, so the game could be used across...more
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This website offers a Flash-enhanced math game built on a baseball theme. The problems (addition or multiplication) presented vary widely in difficulty, so the game could be used across several grades or with students of varying ability. Students have the option of choosing single digit questions, double digit questions, or a home run (difficult question). This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), baseball (36), multiplication (227)

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Demonstrate this colorful website on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work on individual computers at their current math level. Use this website for review before an addition or multiplication quiz on single or double digits. If individual computer are not available, use your interactive whiteboard or projector and play a class game of "around the world" with the math questions.
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Easter Activities For Children - DLTK

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K to 5
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This site provides a great deal of Easter activities. There is information on dying Easter eggs, coloring pages, crafts, online games, recipes, puzzles and more. They also offer numerous...more
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This site provides a great deal of Easter activities. There is information on dying Easter eggs, coloring pages, crafts, online games, recipes, puzzles and more. They also offer numerous educational worksheets including math, writing and other challenging pages.

tag(s): easter (21), eggs (6)

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Take advantage of these free resources about Easter!

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Poll Junkie (beta) - eppyjerk.com

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K to 12
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Use this site to create polls for your students (or have students create their own). The polls are embeddable in your wiki, blog, or class website. The site is still ...more
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Use this site to create polls for your students (or have students create their own). The polls are embeddable in your wiki, blog, or class website. The site is still in beta. You can create a name, an expiration date for the survey, questions (multiple choice, yes or no, and ranking), and input your email address to be informed as results come into the site. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Registration is not required to use this site. There are some advertisements and external links at this site (all appropriate at the time of this review). So if you allow students to use this site on their own, be sure to watch carefully.

tag(s): data (148), polls and surveys (48)

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Use this site to collect data for math activities and graphing. Use it for people to rate student-created projects or for social studies projects about elections, or other social issues. Have students make wiki pages on an issue and include a poll and then graph the poll results in math class. Poll parents and grandparents on your class web page to involve them in decisions or use their experiences to help students understand times "long ago."

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Tips For Kids - American Century Investments

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4 to 12
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This site features many modules (similar to lesson plans) in PDF format all related to money and economics. You can download the ENTIRE curriculum FREE! Each module includes four units...more
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This site features many modules (similar to lesson plans) in PDF format all related to money and economics. You can download the ENTIRE curriculum FREE! Each module includes four units of study. Module topics include Business Building, Mastering Finance, Economic Encounters, and Money & Me. There are also links to articles about finance (What is a Bond, Risk and Return, and others). At the "Resources" link there are four interesting calculators: Dollar Cost Averaging, Expected After-Tax Return, Staying Ahead of Inflation, and Time Value. Even though the stated grade levels go up through middle school, many of these could also be used with high school business, econ, or "life after high school" classes. This site does require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): consumers (21), investing (10), money (193)

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The activities at this site are ready to go, printable, and easy to follow. Although this site isn't highly interactive, the lessons are very practical and timely. Tie together your social studies, current events, and math classes with a unit found at this site.
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Kids Bank - Sovereign Bank

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3 to 6
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This site, ideal for elementary students, offers some basic information about money. There are "characters" that teach students: Penny, Interest Ray, Mr. EFT (electronic funds transfer),...more
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This site, ideal for elementary students, offers some basic information about money. There are "characters" that teach students: Penny, Interest Ray, Mr. EFT (electronic funds transfer), and others. Each character offers a basic slideshow of information about their topic. There are also interactive quizzes and calculators.

tag(s): money (193)

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This is a nice site to introduce young students to economics. It is ideal for a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students work in cooperative learning groups and assign each group a "character" to explore. Have the groups create a multi-media presentation to share with the class: video, wiki, blog, PowerPoint, or other.

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Kid's Finance - kidsfinance.com

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1 to 6
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This simple site offers a basic introduction to money and financing for younger students. The site has two main "characters" Penny and Bill. There is biographical information...more
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This simple site offers a basic introduction to money and financing for younger students. The site has two main "characters" Penny and Bill. There is biographical information about various "bills" of money, a matching game, and puzzles. There are printable pages, reference information, and other useful tools. There is a link to purchase a coinciding book; the site is FREE and usable without the book.

tag(s): money (193)

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Get some basic ideas at this site. Everything here is quick and simple. You will want to supplement with other information about the economy and money.

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Welcome to Planet Orange - ING Direct

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4 to 8
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This site is truly a MUST-SEE for anyone teaching economics and finance. In today's world, everyone could use a better understanding of this complex topic. Some of the highlights of...more
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This site is truly a MUST-SEE for anyone teaching economics and finance. In today's world, everyone could use a better understanding of this complex topic. Some of the highlights of the site include interactives explaining countless topics of "money," links for teachers with 20+ lesson plans, classroom ideas, links for parents, and more.

To begin your adventure, choose your student guide, Cedric or Amy. They will take you on a tour of the four continents on Planet Orange: Republic of Saving, Moneyland, Investor Islands, and South Spending. Each continent includes interactives, information, and an online quiz.

Teachers, be sure to visit the Teacher Resource Center. The center includes lesson plans, printable pages, "Certificate of Achievement" to print for students, answer keys, curriculum matrix, and more. Using the Teacher Resource Center requires registering with the website. Registration is FREE but does require some demographic information and an email address. Students DO NOT need to register to use the student portion of the site. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): money (193)

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As a teacher, the best place to begin the adventure is the Teacher Resource Center. Although this feature does require registration, it is well worth your time. The ideas at this site are simply to use, in "kid-friendly terms," and ready to go. Since there are four continents at Planet Orange, why not divide your class into four teams. Have each team explore one of the continents and prepare a video sharing what they have learned. Share the videos on TeacherTube (explained here).
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Graphic Organizers - Graphic.Org

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1 to 12
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Graphic organizers defined--that describes this site. Click on the links at the left to hone in on a particular graphic organizer, Venn diagram, or concept map. As well as defining...more
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Graphic organizers defined--that describes this site. Click on the links at the left to hone in on a particular graphic organizer, Venn diagram, or concept map. As well as defining the organizer or map and explaining their usage, some links show 'real' examples. This site does not typically offer worksheets per se, but shows examples of organizers that students can easily draw in their notebooks for quick learning. There is quite a bit of advertisement at this site, some difficult to discern from the actual site content. It typically is a reference site for educators only, so student access to these ads will generally not be a problem.

tag(s): graphic organizers (43), maps (288), professional development (123), venn diagrams (16)

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Use this site to learn more about graphic organizers. Why not have your students create an online Venn diagram about a current science topic or literature unit? Use a tool such as bubbl.us(explained here).

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This is an excellent resource for teachers of any elementary grade level. There are endless examples of graphic organizers that students can utilize in order to help them organize or present information. I have had a lot of experience with Inspriation, which is one of the graphic organizer programs mentioned in this resource. This program is easy to use and manipulate. Students can typically learn the basics in one session (50 minutes). I use this program often to teach reading concepts, such as main idea, comparing & contrasting, or character development. You could also use the program to show life cycles or concept development for mathematics. The great thing is that you can either create a template, where students merely insert information or students can create their own organizers depending on their levels of experience. Great resource! , , Grades: 0 - 5

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Practical Money Skills - Practical Money Skills for Life

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This site offers lots of information on money management for students of all ages, including college students. Click on the Education tab at the top and select your grade level...more
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This site offers lots of information on money management for students of all ages, including college students. Click on the Education tab at the top and select your grade level to find lesson plans, curriculum ideas, classroom resources, and more. The lesson plans include a PowerPoint presentation for the lesson (also in PDF format) and student activities. Though some look gray as if they aren't accessible, they are, so just click or double click on them and they will be downloaded to your computer. Help high school students succeed financially after high school with the 22 free, standards-aligned lessons that this site has revamped for grades 9-12. This section includes student-centered activities, research projects, discussion points, and resources. Clicking on the Games tab will display many games at different grade levels. Especially interesting for high school and college students will be the Financial Football. Only the games require Flash. This site is fully accessible with no registration.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

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There are countless options and ideas about how to use this site in your classroom. Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Take advantage of the FREE lesson plans to teach your students about money and the economy. Use the free, standards-aligned lessons in sequence or on an individual basis. If financial literacy is not part of your Common Core Standards for math, think about making the activities and/or games a weekly center or activity on the computers in your classroom or the school computer lab. Also, look through the videos listed to see if there are any that are age appropriate for your students.
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PicLits - PicLits.com

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K to 12
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The title says it all: "Inspired Picture Writing!" Use this free drag and drop literacy tool to create great sentences inspired by beautiful pictures. Or add inspirational or humorous...more
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The title says it all: "Inspired Picture Writing!" Use this free drag and drop literacy tool to create great sentences inspired by beautiful pictures. Or add inspirational or humorous captions to pictures.

NOTE: Our editors regret that PicLits occasionally allows advertising on their home page to include images that are not classroom-friendly. Teachers should preview to determine whether or not your students can ignore the ads.

"Learn It" provides learning opportunities and examples for creating captions, compound sentences, or paragraphs. Advanced lesson plans for teachers are viewed in the "Learn It" tab as well. "View the Gallery" to see already-created PicLits as well as comments and ratings. After selecting a picture (or using the one they provide) and dragging a word onto the screen, choose different forms of the word by using the drop-down menu next to the word. Move your words anywhere on the screen for creative writing. You can also click "freestyle" instead to type in your own words instead of choosing from their list. Word lists change, depending on the image selected. Note: Advertisements run alongside the PicLits screen. Caution students to ignore these. Here is an example:
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tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142), images (265), sentences (52)

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Users of PicLits must be able to navigate tabs on sites, manage logins, and use URL's and embed codes to share results on websites and blogs. Play to learn the tools before or after joining. Help also provides a short-and-sweet text explanation of the tools.

Registering for a PicLits account requires the use of an email address. PicLits can be used without an account but users are unable to save or blog about their creation without an account. A class account can be created instead of individual student accounts. However, it does not show which work is attributable to which student. You may want to require that students initial their contributions in order to get credit. All work on the site can be seen without a login. All projects are public.

You may want to create a word doc, Favorites folder, or other "collection" of the URLS to all your students' projects in one place for easy work at grading time. Some teachers use a class wiki or blog with links to all projects from there. You may allow students to self-register, but be sure to keep a written record of their passwords for when they "forget." It may be worth your time to do advanced registration for your younger students or simply use a whole-class account.

Share a PicLit on your interactive whiteboard at the start of a grammar or writing lesson to discuss word choice, figures of speech, or vocabulary. Use the visual picture prompt for journal or blog writing, allowing each student to compose a unique poem or haiku. Even science classes can write about concepts illustrated in the many nature photos. Emotional support teachers will love the chance to discuss feelings and how to describe facial expressions in the pictures. Make a collection of PicLits for a curriculum topic or as a literary magazine online. ESL students can create PicLits to learn new vocabulary. Have students create PicLits for special occasions and special people (mom, dad, grandparents, school nurse, or others). Use the embed code to place your creations on many other sites, including your class wiki or blogs. Share your PicLit by using a URL or code for an embedded widget.

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Equipment Animations - New Zealand Ministry of Education

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K to 6
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View animations using familiar objects and manipulatives such as fingers, popsicle sticks, beads, or animals to understand basic math principles. Search animations in the following...more
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View animations using familiar objects and manipulatives such as fingers, popsicle sticks, beads, or animals to understand basic math principles. Search animations in the following categories: "Counting," "Additive," "Multiplicative," or "Proportional." Activities are downloaded to the desktop.

This site offers an incredible number of useful interactives. Be sure to check this one out!

tag(s): air (163), counting (120), decimals (133), fractions (239), manipulatives (41), number lines (22)

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The activities at this site are wonderful ways to show math concepts easily. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the activities as an introduction to a new unit or review. Use this site for remediation or for learning activities. List this site on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Problem Solving - BBC

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3 to 6
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Time to go to the grocery store and do some shopping. Simple, right? How about using pounds instead of American Money? Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find ...more
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Time to go to the grocery store and do some shopping. Simple, right? How about using pounds instead of American Money? Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the activity. This site has three features: an interactive (the shopping activity) which includes explicit details and several different activities and the ability for a "full screen" option, an online quiz (multiple choice), and a Revision Bite which includes reference information about problem solving.

The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. Some of the activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), money (193), problem solving (272), subtraction (208)

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Use this site as a lesson plan for your class. Use the Revision Bite to introduce new concepts to your class. Share the "Bites" with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to explore and complete the interactives available at this site. Or set up a learning station featuring these problem solving activities. Have students work independently on the review quiz. Share this link on your class website.
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Division - BBC

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3 to 5
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Can you divide by 9, 6, 10, or 7? This site challenges students to click on the correct answer when it "flashes" on the screen. Scroll to the bottom of ...more
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Can you divide by 9, 6, 10, or 7? This site challenges students to click on the correct answer when it "flashes" on the screen. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the activity. You can try your hand at this activity over and over again, with new division challenges each time. The site also includes an online quiz (which is multiple choice) and a Revision Bite which provides detailed information about division. What an excellent method to practice mental math. If your site supports it, you can actually copy/paste the code and embed the activity right on your site. The site has a full screen option and requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): division (172), factors (42), multiples (35), vision (87)

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Use this site as a lesson plan and a new way to teach division to your class. Use the Revision Bite to introduce the new division concepts to your class. Display the information on your interactive whiteboard or projector, and have students take turns reading to the class. Have students work at their own level on the division interactive. Use the online quiz to check students' understanding. Project the questions (on the interactive whiteboard or projector) and have students answer the questions at their seats.

This is a great site for at home practice, be sure to list this link on your class website.
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Real Trees 4 Kids - The National Christmas Tree Association

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K to 12
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Trees, trees, and more trees - that is what you find at this site. There are lesson ideas and activities for all grade levels (K-12). The activities are broken down ...more
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Trees, trees, and more trees - that is what you find at this site. There are lesson ideas and activities for all grade levels (K-12). The activities are broken down into grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each level includes several "Teacher's Guides." In grades K-2, the site's goal is for students to learn about trees and their parts using writing, science, and math! The Grades 3-5 section focuses on the life cycle of conifer trees. This level also discusses how real trees are recycled, the types of trees grown on farms, and new vocabulary words. In grades 6-8 students learn about the life cycles and scientific names of the trees and take a look (first-hand) into the life of a real tree grower. Grades 9-12 challenges students to dig deeper into the soil and check out how REAL TREE growers keep their crops healthy, how supply and demand works, and more details about conifers. There are many other highlights at this site: ready to go units, photos, and more. The TF editorial staff checked many of the links; there were two not working at the time of this review. However, the other 30-40 links did work. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), plants (144), trees (30)

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Use this site to "spruce" up Earth Day or your study of plants and trees! The Teacher's Guides are basically ready-to-go units of study. Some of the activities are more interactive than others. If you are looking for a more "technology" friendly activity, consider having students create a wiki guide to the various trees in their hometowns (or around their school). Or have them create a video "Tree Tour." Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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St. Patrick's Day Theme Unit - edhelper.com

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K to 8
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Visit this site to find "ready-to-go" critical thinking activities, math activities, reading comprehension activities, language arts fun, puzzles and more! The math and language arts...more
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Visit this site to find "ready-to-go" critical thinking activities, math activities, reading comprehension activities, language arts fun, puzzles and more! The math and language arts activities include grade levels. There is Irish Sudoku, the story of "Leprechauns at the Amusement Park" and many more highly diverse and educational activities. Some activities are for "members only", but most of the activities are open to everyone.

tag(s): st patricks day (14)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector and challenge your students with this St. Patrick's Day fun!

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The Number System - BBC

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3 to 6
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Practice place value skills at this site: units (American English calls it the ones, tens, hundred, thousands, and ten-thousands). If the screen appears white, scroll down, the activity...more
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Practice place value skills at this site: units (American English calls it the ones, tens, hundred, thousands, and ten-thousands). If the screen appears white, scroll down, the activity is at the bottom. Some of the challenges include building the largest number using three specific numbers, multiplying a three digit number by 10 or 100, or creating a number that is between two given numbers. This site also includes an online quiz, and Revision Bite which offers an introduction (or review) of place value. The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. Some of the site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), counting (120), multiplication (227), numbers (204), place value (56)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about place value. Tip: if your students are familiar with American English, be sure to explain that "units" is the word British English uses for the "ones" column. Then use the activities and online quiz as extensions to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Why not have students work in groups and create their own interactive place value challenges using PowerPoint (plus graphics), or create a blog, or even their own educational videos demonstrating their understanding of place value on TeacherTube (explained here).

Provide this link in your class newsletter and on your class website so students can practice math and place value at home.
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Percentages - BBC

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3 to 7
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The park manager at Park Wise needs your help! She will give you exact percentages for different features of the park (grass, water, playground, etc..) and your job is to ...more
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The park manager at Park Wise needs your help! She will give you exact percentages for different features of the park (grass, water, playground, etc..) and your job is to design the correct park using her requested percentages. Are you up to the challenge? Scroll to the bottom of this page to find the activity! You can try this activity repeatedly, as new requests are provided each time. Be warned, the challenges get more difficult as you go! Some of the requests are in decimal format rather than percentages.

This site also includes an online quiz and a reference link Revision Bite. The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. The site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), decimals (133), percent (82), subtraction (208)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about percentages or decimals. Then use the activities and online quiz as enhancements to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Why not have students work in groups and create their own interactive percentage or decimal activities using PowerPoint (plus graphics), creating a blog, or even creating their own educational videos on YouTube or TeacherTube (explained here).

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Probability - BBC

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This site takes you to the "Amazing Ball Machine." Be sure to scroll down the screen to find the activity. Will the ball be red ball or will it be ...more
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This site takes you to the "Amazing Ball Machine." Be sure to scroll down the screen to find the activity. Will the ball be red ball or will it be blue? Use probability to figure it out! Directions for the activity are provided, and a full screen option is available. You are able to play again and again, each time with new questions and answers. This site also has Revision Bite which provides a detailed review (or introduction) of all of the math skills needed at this site. The final feature of this site in an online quiz.

The entire interactive is embeddable by copying/pasting the "code" into your class web page or wiki. Flash is required, you can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): probability (130)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the Revision Bite as an anticipatory set for a lesson about probability. Then use the activities and online quiz as enhancements to your lesson (or even AS the lesson). The site is ready to go, easy to follow, educational, and simple for both teachers and students to use. Why not have students work in groups and create their own interactive probability activities using PowerPoint, or even create their own videos demonstrating probability on TeacherTube (explained here).

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Census in Schools - U.S. Census Bureau

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This site, created especially for students who need to understand information collected during the census (up to, and including the year 2000), offers five main areas: State Facts for...more
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This site, created especially for students who need to understand information collected during the census (up to, and including the year 2000), offers five main areas: State Facts for Students, Program Overview, Teaching Materials (K-adult), Reference Materials, and Highlights. The state pages include a generalized lesson plan and pertinent information for each state. The City map section under reference materials is especially interesting as it shows city growth from 1790 to 2000. The teaching materials section includes activities and downloadable, printable census kits for classroom use from kindergarten students to adults.

tag(s): census (19), maps (288), states (163)

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This historical census data is ideal for comparison with other, more recent years or for students to make predictions for an upcoming census based on past trends. Use this page when studying various states; students can make a quick comparison between targeted states with the facts ready to read all on one or two pages. If you teach data analysis and graphing in your math class, this data provides real world information for students to use in math exercises, spreadsheets, and graphs. You could even use it in Google Docs spreadsheets (reviewed here). If you have ESL and ELL students, check out the special ESL pages found under the teaching materials section. The easy to read materials include glossaries, exercises, and excellent maps, perfect for geography lessons.
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