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BizKids - American Public Television

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5 to 12
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Explore the many facets of the business world on this approachable site. All information is tied in to the T.V. show entitled "BizKids" which was created to teach kids about ...more
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Explore the many facets of the business world on this approachable site. All information is tied in to the T.V. show entitled "BizKids" which was created to teach kids about money and business. The site is divided into several different sections - for teachers and for students. The teacher section includes lesson ideas that tie into videos available on the website. This can be found under the link "Cool Biz Stuff": five lessons are available in both English and Spanish.

Students can sign up to receive a newsletter with money tips just for them. Also included is a blog with links to other financial sites for kids. Most resources for students are located under "Cool Biz Stuff," then go to "Tools for Kids." Some of the tools include a financial calculator to determine what it takes to become a millionaire, sample business plans, allowance budgeting, and investment basics. Under "The Show" link, short video segments are available for review. Shows are geared toward increasing student interest through the use of familiar cultural icons such as "The Intern" and a parody of the T.V. show "24."
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tag(s): business (57), college (48), financial literacy (80), money (185)

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Watch the video on "How to Hold a Fundraiser" when planning a class economics project or before a school fundraiser event to get ideas on how to boost fundraising income. Watch a few of the short videos for creative ideas before creating classroom presentations of information studied in class. Divide up the online shows between students in your class and have students view and report back on the information presented in the videos. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Ask students to create an economic plan using the allowance budget worksheet. Business teachers, family and consumer science classes, and young entrepreneurs will appreciate the many offerings on this site. College counselors will also want to share the college planning information.
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Learning Objects - Wisconsin Technical College System

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7 to 12
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Looking for review materials for a variety of classes? Use Learning Objects for a wide range of curriculum topics. (A "learning object" is any kind interactive activity, animation,...more
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Looking for review materials for a variety of classes? Use Learning Objects for a wide range of curriculum topics. (A "learning object" is any kind interactive activity, animation, video, audio file, etc, that can be used for learning.) This site is great for introductory, reinforcement, or review materials. Find most of the relevant topics under "General Education." Choose from many subjects such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, sociology, world languages, and written communication, among others. Gifted students or those who learn well independently can study Chinese and other topics not easily available in their school using these learning objects.

tag(s): animals (288), business (57), cells (104), chinese (50), grammar (213), grammar review (39), life cycles (24), microscopes (13), plants (153), psychology (66), sentences (50), sociology (22), speech (94)

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Find a variety of topics for each subject area. For example, use learning objects in biology topics: How to use a Microscope, Life Cycles of Animals and Plants, and Cell Division. Choose from many others. Use as an introduction to a new unit. Additionally, these learning objects can be used for reinforcement or as a review. Under the Written Communication subject you will find 50 Learning Objects from parts of speech, commonly confused words, to how to summarize, brainstorm, and many others. Share direct urls to specific review activities to help students who need extra practice or as links on a class web page or wiki for all students to access outside of class. Encourage students to comment on your wiki about the learning objects they found most helpful in explaining tough concepts (use the discussion tab).
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Dvolver - Movie Maker - Ben Rigby

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7 to 12
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Dvolver creates animated movies online. In no time at all, there is an animation of your topic. No membership is needed to create movies. Membership is free. Some content choices ...more
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Dvolver creates animated movies online. In no time at all, there is an animation of your topic. No membership is needed to create movies. Membership is free. Some content choices may be inappropriate for the classroom. The scene descriptions include things like "freeze your butt off" at the mountain scene, so less mature students will not manage this tool well. Always preview or use under supervision, depending on your teaching situation and students' maturity level. Here is a sample Dvolver movie made by our review team. Tip: email the finished movie to yourself to obtain the url or find it amid the embed code, if you are enough of a "geek."

Devolvr content may be problematic in some middle school/junior high settings, depending on community standards and student maturity levels. Teachers should preview to determine suitability at their own school or use only in a teacher-supervised setting.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (69), video (276)

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Model how to use this site safely on your projector or interactive whiteboard so students can learn how to act wisely online. Doing this also provides you with the ability to point out specific features students should not use and to spell out consequences. Some districts may filter this site. Follow district policy to see if you can request it be unblocked for educational purposes. Have students create commercials for any or all content areas. The videos are short and limited in the number of characters for text. This means they take very little time to create which makes the tool very versatile. Use this to create beginning of the year "do's and dont's" for your classes instead of rule lectures. Try one for open house to let parents know quickly what is going on in your class. Embedding results in a class wiki or web page will avoid issues with students venturing into undesirable areas of the site. Primary teachers could make quick "movies" as a class using sight words in the speech bubbles so students can practice reading them at a center.

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Not appropriate for elementary or middle school students. Options suggest or lend themselves to inappropriate content. Characters are overtly sexual and scantily clad. Editors Note: Thank you for your comment. We have raised the grade level and added a strong warning. Dwight, , Grades: 3 - 7

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EasyDefine - Prabbav Jain

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4 to 12
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email...more
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email your list to others. Be aware: there are no filters on this definition site, so ANY word (appropriate or not) can easily be searched by students. Use under teacher supervision with students likely to enter inappropriate terms for immature reactions.
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tag(s): dictionaries (57), synonyms (38), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (124), word study (79)

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You must know where you are saving downloads on your computer to save the list as a document. Pay attention and name files with meaningful file names, such as "chapter17vocab." Enter your list with one term per line or separated by commas, etc. Click on advanced options to add other options to the search: number or alphabetize the definition results, maximum definitions, and hiding parts of speech.

Create definitions easily for word lists in any subject area. Have students enter a series of similar words to see variations in connotations. For example, enter various words that mean "fat" and discover the variability in positive and negative connotations. Follow up with a ranking or sorting activity with the same words on interactive whiteboard to build word choice options. Have students generate individualized reading vocabulary lists for content are reading chapters or literature. Click on the synonyms tab to find related words. Save as a document for easy sharing in groups. Advise students to collect definitions and compare to those they write in their own words. As with any other reference, students should be cautioned to be sure these are accurate definitions needed for the context in which they are studying the words.

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iRubric - Reazon Systems, Inc.

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K to 12
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great ...more
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great project ideas!) Search the type of rubric or project to find a related rubric. Use the buttons at the bottom to preview, edit (customize and save your own version from existing ones), or copy. Share by URL or embed code in a wiki, blog, or site. Keep bookmarked rubrics in your account on the site. Create free personal or group accounts (for educators). Create classes, join educator groups, and more.

tag(s): assessment (107), rubrics (32)

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To save rubrics and modify existing ones, educators must create an account. Find great project ideas, rubric examples and criteria. Build on the expertise of others to create excellent rubrics. Consider creating categories and using the advice of students to help identify criteria that is important to the project. You might even want to create differentiated rubrics to match multiple intelligences, learning styles, or varied ability levels. With such easy adaptations, you can start alter different versions very easily.

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Math Worksheets to Go - Math Worksheets to Go

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6 to 10
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This site offers printable worksheets for practice in Arithmetic, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Each topic includes several sub-topics such as factoring, simplifying...more
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This site offers printable worksheets for practice in Arithmetic, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Each topic includes several sub-topics such as factoring, simplifying equations, sum and product of roots, and more. Each worksheet offers an example problem, practice problems, and mixed-practice homework problems. Answer keys are also included. In addition to the worksheets, links are provided to web resources for each concept that include additional information and interactive images.

tag(s): angles (86), equations (153), factors (40), operations (123), worksheets (62)

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Share examples of worksheets with students then challenge them to create their own worksheets for other students to solve. Provide a link to the site through your classroom website or blog for parents who would like additional practice resources. Take advantage of the links to additional images and interactive resources as a supplement to class activities. Use worksheets to supplement practice for struggling learners.
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Virtual Nerd - Josh Salcman

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8 to 12
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Virtual Nerd is a FREE unique, online resource offering students real help in math. Current topics include middle grades math through algebra 2, geometry, and SAT math topics. Within...more
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Virtual Nerd is a FREE unique, online resource offering students real help in math. Current topics include middle grades math through algebra 2, geometry, and SAT math topics. Within each topic are many subtopics offering videos along with a written explanation of the problem.
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tag(s): equations (153), functions (69), test prep (96), tutorials (48), variables (21), video (276)

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Display videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction or review to current topics. Create a link on classroom computers for students to view videos for review. Post the link to this site on your classroom website for students to access at home.

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U.S. National Debt Clock: Real Time - USDebtClock.org

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8 to 12
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This site offers an interesting, visual look at the U. S. National Debt in real time. Many different categories are included making this quite complicated looking; however it offers...more
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This site offers an interesting, visual look at the U. S. National Debt in real time. Many different categories are included making this quite complicated looking; however it offers a real-time snapshot of the country's complicated balance sheet. In addition to the National Debt, there are categories for debt per person and amount of debt per taxpayer. Other statistics include largest budget items, money creation, U.S. population, and much more. Definitions and sources of information can be found by mousing over the item, then looking at the U.S. debt logo at the top of the page.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), data (152), financial literacy (80), statistics (124)

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Display this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector for students to view the ever-changing amount of U.S. debt and other statistics. Create a graph by recording daily debt amounts over a period of time for students to observe and discuss. Research and find debt statistics for previous years for students to compare.

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Math Glossary - McGraw-Hill

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6 to 12
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This site features a multi-lingual glossary for middle and high school mathematics along with a listing of mathematical formulas. Thirteen languages are included ranging from Arabic...more
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This site features a multi-lingual glossary for middle and high school mathematics along with a listing of mathematical formulas. Thirteen languages are included ranging from Arabic to Vietnamese. Upon entering the site, you select a grade level or formulas. A list of all vocabulary terms are on the left side of the page, or the initial letter of the vocabulary word can be chosen from a list at the top of the page. After choosing the word, the definition is displayed. The option is also available for an audio definition of the term. Changing language is as simple as choosing the desired language from a drop-down box at the top of the page. Formulas are available as an easy-to-print PDF document.

tag(s): dictionaries (57), vocabulary (324)

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Create a link on classroom computers to use the site as a resource for students to use as needed for vocabulary help. Share this site with the ESL/ELL teacher to use when helping students with mathematics. World language teachers may want to use this site for higher-level students to increase vocabulary skills.

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Pi Day - 314 Solutions, Inc

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7 to 12
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This website aims to be the online hub for everything related to Pi, and to promote fun with math! Although a portion of the site contains links to shopping for ...more
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This website aims to be the online hub for everything related to Pi, and to promote fun with math! Although a portion of the site contains links to shopping for Pi-related items, there are many valuable resources within the site to use in the classroom. Beginners can learn about Pi through the short explanation at the Learn About Pi link. While at this page, be sure to look on the right-hand side for the link of classroom ideas - this link contains many ideas sent in by classroom teachers. Suggestions include eating pie, contests for memorizing the most digits, Pi research ideas, and more. Also be sure to go to the link, Pi Stuff, here you will find videos, music, and more.
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tag(s): pi (26), puzzles (207), vocabulary (324)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site on their own or with a group. Use some of the ideas on the site when celebrating Pi Day in your classroom. Share the site with students as a resource for Pi research projects.

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MathnStuff.com - Agnes Azzolino

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6 to 10
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This site offers several different resources and materials for learning Algebra and Pre-Calculus. There is an Arithmetic, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus dictionary which contains in-depth...more
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This site offers several different resources and materials for learning Algebra and Pre-Calculus. There is an Arithmetic, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus dictionary which contains in-depth explanation for terms found in these courses. Most explanations include images and written definitions of concepts. The link to lessons contains many Geometry and Algebra lessons including warm-ups, vocabulary, and assignments. The link to "Good Stuff" includes interactives, graph paper, and masters of activities. The site is a little difficult to navigate, especially within the lessons section; however, the material is useful and would complement any resources already being used in the classroom and are worth exploring.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), dictionaries (57), vocabulary (324)

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Check out this site for games, activities, and lessons that can reinforce lessons already being taught. Share the dictionary portion of the site with students to use as a resource. Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students and parents to access at home.

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Amazing Mathematical Object Factory - Frank Ruskey

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8 to 12
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This site offers the opportunity to experiment with, learn about, and create combinatorial objects. Each object type is listed along with a link to information about the object. There...more
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This site offers the opportunity to experiment with, learn about, and create combinatorial objects. Each object type is listed along with a link to information about the object. There is another link to generate the object based on your inputted information. Object categories include permutations, partitions, magic squares, Fibonacci sequences, and more. Explanations are quite detailed and include a definition, images, and examples of problems. Also included are classroom uses and links to other resources.

tag(s): gifted (92), logic (239), manipulatives (36), sequences (16), test prep (96)

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Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing combinatorial objects. Create a link to the site on classroom computers and allow students to explore the site and generate their own creations then discuss findings in math journals.
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Free Puzzles - Jimmie Dean

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6 to 12
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This site offers many puzzles and math logic activities in an easy to use format. Puzzles are sorted by difficulty level and topic such as logic, geometry, or math. New ...more
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This site offers many puzzles and math logic activities in an easy to use format. Puzzles are sorted by difficulty level and topic such as logic, geometry, or math. New puzzles are indicated on the home page and is updated often. There is also a quiz of the day and that solution can be accessed without registration. Puzzles can be accessed without registering to the site; however, to receive solutions, you must register then solutions will be sent via email. You may want to consider setting up a separate email account (gmail) specifically for the site so that each student doesn't have to register individually.
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tag(s): logic (239), puzzles (207)

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Consider setting up a class email account so that students can use the site then have solutions emailed. If you plan to have students register individually, read tips for safely managing email registrations here. Use the problems for a problem of the week or day. Have students write problem-solving methods used in their math journals and share with other students.

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Problems with a Point - Education Development Center

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6 to 12
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This site provides a resource for teachers who use, or are only beginning to use, a problem-centered approach. Varying in difficulty and approaches, these problems are useful for teachers,...more
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This site provides a resource for teachers who use, or are only beginning to use, a problem-centered approach. Varying in difficulty and approaches, these problems are useful for teachers, students, parents, math clubs, and home-schoolers. Problems are classified by topic, time required, suggested technology, required mathematical background, and habits of mind that students develop or use as they work. Synopses of the problems are keyword searchable. Answers and solutions are provided, and many problems include hints. Problems are available as html and as pdf documents. Each problem also has a link to view/add reader comments - this section may be useful for finding problem extensions or difficulties found when using problems. To become familiar with the site, there is a guided tour of the site, links to readers' favorite problems, and technical requirements. There is an extensive selection of teachers resources with answers to problems, goals and objectives, and preparations for class use.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), logic (239), modeling (10), problem solving (273)

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Use this site as a resource for locating problems to use with your existing math program. Assign problems to students based on individual skills and needs or as enrichment for gifted students. Suggest this site to parents as a resource for practice problems to use at home. Challenge students to explain the problem-solving process used with a multimedia presentation. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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The Writing Site - Stephanie Krajicek

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6 to 12
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This site is a valuable resource for teachers to use for cross-curricular writing tips. Articles are added daily. Topics include Affect vs Effect, Writing Numbers - 5 Rules to Remember,...more
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This site is a valuable resource for teachers to use for cross-curricular writing tips. Articles are added daily. Topics include Affect vs Effect, Writing Numbers - 5 Rules to Remember, What is an Oxymoron, and many others. Click previous entries to access additional articles of interest.
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tag(s): grammar (213), grammar review (39), journals (22), writing (369)

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Print articles to use in class for writing lessons in class. Use several articles and have students present information to the class. Have each student in your class read one article and report back to the class. Challenge students to create electronic "posters" or word graphics for adopted word using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here). Another idea, use the articles as examples for students to write their own writing tips articles. Check the site weekly and share one article per week with students to use in writing journals.

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Trig Without Tears - Stan Brown

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9 to 12
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This site offers explanations for trigonometric functions and identifies the most important formulas as a basis for learning and understanding trigonometry. The concept is that student...more
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This site offers explanations for trigonometric functions and identifies the most important formulas as a basis for learning and understanding trigonometry. The concept is that student learning will increase with understanding of basic concepts instead of memorizing all formulas by rote without comprehension of meaning. Although a little dry and void of many illustrations, the site may be helpful for studying and learning basis trigonometric concepts. There is a printable version of the site which can be used for student journals or notebooks.

tag(s): functions (69), test prep (96)

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Use copies of the printable version of the site with students to use in class for highlighting important information. Use small portions of the printable information to reinforce new concepts taught in class or when reviewing for assessments. Read portions of the site in class with your students and have them create their own explanation of concepts.

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Mathematical Interests - Kenneth Boyd

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8 to 12
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This very simple looking site offers some valuable resources for Arithmetic, Trigonometry, and Functions. Each of these links provide basic information and facts for each of the topics...more
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This very simple looking site offers some valuable resources for Arithmetic, Trigonometry, and Functions. Each of these links provide basic information and facts for each of the topics through written explanations and images. Some of the explanations tend to get complicated and may be overwhelming; however, they may be useful as a starting point for classroom conversations when introducing or reviewing topics. Gifted students may appreciate this site as a way to receive more in-depth information on common math topics.

tag(s): functions (69), gifted (92)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then allow students to explore on their own or in groups. Provide a link on your classroom website or blog for students to access resources at home. Challenge students to create their own definitions and explanations of Math content covered in class.

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Math Madness - Bob Garvey

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3 to 12
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Although this site is created to sell Math CD's there are several samples of Math songs and cheers offered for free. Elementary students will enjoy The Candy Shop (adding numbers),...more
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Although this site is created to sell Math CD's there are several samples of Math songs and cheers offered for free. Elementary students will enjoy The Candy Shop (adding numbers), Multiply Cy, and The Fraction Song which are available both in audio form and downloadable lyrics. For older students samples included are Pi Song, Algebra Song, and Quadratic Song. Also of interest are videos of various cheers that can be used to liven up classrooms. Students will enjoy the Watermelon Cheer, Ketchup Cheer, and others.
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tag(s): fractions (234), multiplication (220), number sense (94), songs (53)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and share song examples with students before challenging them to create their own song for topics taught in class. Have students either video or create a podcast of their songs. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Create a podcast using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Post student songs to your class website or blog. Teach students a new cheer each week to use in the classroom.

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Alabama Learning Exchange Lesson Plans - Alabama Learning Exchange

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K to 12
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This site offers a searchable database of lesson plans in all subjects and grade levels. Searches can be performed by subject area, grade level, and/or keywords. A short summary of...more
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This site offers a searchable database of lesson plans in all subjects and grade levels. Searches can be performed by subject area, grade level, and/or keywords. A short summary of each lesson is offered with the search results, lessons contain an overview, content standards (state and national), learning objectives, materials needed, procedures, and assessments. Remediation and Extension activities are also included. Some lessons also include variations added by site users.

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This site is a great resource when looking for lessons by subject. Try including a grade level above and below your current level to find additional activities that can be modified to meet your needs. Save this site in your personal favorites to visit throughout the year!
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Your Weight in Other Worlds - Ron Hipschman

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3 to 12
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Did you ever wonder what you weigh on other planets? This site offers the opportunity to compare the effect of gravity across our universe in a personal way. Simply input ...more
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Did you ever wonder what you weigh on other planets? This site offers the opportunity to compare the effect of gravity across our universe in a personal way. Simply input your weight to find out what you would weigh on other planets, moons, and even stars. Be sure to check out the explanations and information provided below the weight calculations. Information is provided on mass, weight, gravity, and distance, and the formula for calculating the weights are provided.

tag(s): density (22), gravity (49), mass (22), planets (127)

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Younger students will enjoy inputting their weight to find the differences on other planets. Challenge older students to do the calculations before inputting weights on the site. Create a graph outlining the change in weight based on distance from the sun.

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