Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomThe 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.
Grades3 to 6
tag(s): money (192)
In the ClassroomThis 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.
Grades1 to 6
tag(s): money (192)
In the ClassroomGet 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.
Grades4 to 8
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 (192)
In the ClassroomAs 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).
Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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).
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
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomThere 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.
GradesK to 12
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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In the ClassroomUsers 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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Includes Interaction w general public/ public galleries with unmoderated content
Includes social features, such as "friends," comments, ratings by others
Requires registration/log in (NO email)
Products can be embedded
Products can be shared by URL
Multiple users can collaborate on the same project
GradesK to 6
This site offers an incredible number of useful interactives. Be sure to check this one out!
In the ClassroomThe 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.
Grades3 to 6
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.
In the ClassroomUse 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.
Grades3 to 5
In the ClassroomUse 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.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse 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).
GradesK to 8
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In the ClassroomUse an interactive whiteboard or projector and challenge your students with this St. Patrick's Day fun!
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomShare 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.
Grades3 to 7
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.
In the ClassroomShare 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).
Provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website so students can practice math, percentages, and decimals at home.
Grades3 to 7
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)
In the ClassroomShare 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).
Provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website so students can practice probability at home.
Grades4 to 10
In the ClassroomThis 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.
Grades1 to 6
This site requires Flash. Some of the lessons and printables require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
In the ClassroomThe site can also be incorporated into social studies and history for the many uses of popcorn by various cultures. For example, include the site in a Thanksgiving unit. Follow the seed to plant information for a life cycle unit in science. Add it to a health curriculum under healthy eating habits and food groups. Do not forget to check out the worksheets and lessons for math and reading.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomFind ideas for your own classroom at this site. Save this site in your favorites, and check back frequently, as new material is added. Then try the lessons yourself. Don't be shy about commenting back on the blog, but be sure to tell them you found them on TeachersFirst!
Grades4 to 10
In the ClassroomWhat a fabulous craft to complete at the beginning of the calendar year (January). Take your class to the computer lab and have the students fill in the blanks to print their calendars. Then use an interactive whiteboard or projection screen to share the instructions for folding the calendar.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomUse this site as a lesson plan and a new way to teach multiplication to your class. Use the Revision Bite to introduce the new multiplication 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 pace on the multiplication 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 link to provide on your website for students to practice and review at home (before the big test). If your site supports it, you can actually copy/paste the code and embed the activity right on your site.