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Soungle - Southern Codes

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5 to 12
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Royalty Free Sound Effects Library for Download by Soungle.com is a go-to resource to keep in your bookmarked favorites for easy, free downloads of sounds, and the best part ...more
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Royalty Free Sound Effects Library for Download by Soungle.com is a go-to resource to keep in your bookmarked favorites for easy, free downloads of sounds, and the best part is it is searchable! The sound effects are short, and there is no membership required. Cautionary advice would be to direct students to type in a search term and avoid clicking on word links which will actually lead away from the webpage.
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tag(s): sound (101), sounds (68)

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Try sharing this resource with students when they are creating podcasts, slideshows, and other media projects. This would also be great for performance groups such as drama clubs or musicals that need sound effects. Very creative students might like to actually tell a story through nothing but sound effects. Have them try making a "sound rebus" story on your class wiki, with words and sound links to tell what happens. Download sound effects and add them, worry-free, to projects or productions. Make sure students realize that "royalty free" does not dismiss the need to give proper credit for their source!

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Epic Decide - EpicDecide.com

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3 to 12
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the ...more
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the majority. Test the tool by trying the Instant Demo. Enter the answer to the following: "What would you like to vote on" and "The best options are the most"... Include as many options as are necessary. Click create the vote. Send the URL to others to read the options and make a choice. Click Settings to choose to update the acceptance of nominations. Click Results to see choices people have made. Be sure to keep the results page bookmarked in your Favorites to view the results. Results are not saved within an account.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), quizzes (97)

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Use this tool to make choices on activities in class, what students feel about certain aspects of history or current events, or any other question where you want to offer options and collect votes. Use in clubs and organizations in school. Poll a class at the start (on iTouches) to see how they would have handled a difficult issue in history or as part of homework, have them predict what will happen in the next chapter of the novel the class is reading. Have students use the decision maker in a role play activity such as deciding whether or not your state should secede from the Union in 1861.

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A Google a Day - Google

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4 to 12
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the ...more
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the structure that houses the ZIP code 10118?" and others are more complicated, such as "If you were a ferry passenger traveling from Continental Europe to the country with twice as many sheep as people, in what town would you most likely dock?" What a discussion starter for key words to use in THAT search! There is also an archive of questions you can get to by clicking on the colored numbers below the question of the day.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), search strategies (30)

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Use this after presenting some of the lessons from "Google Web Search for Educators" reviewed here. Once you've been through several of those lessons, why not use "A Google a Day" for a beginning of the class warm up or an end of the class exit activity. Once you've done this for a while, you might want to switch things up and have students write their own questions (related to curriculum, of course) to challenge their classmates.

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Brain Teasers - Pedago.net

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4 to 12
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This simple site offers hundreds of brain teaser problems along with answers. Categories include friends, math, logic, optical illusions, puzzles, and more. Some topics are NOT suitable...more
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This simple site offers hundreds of brain teaser problems along with answers. Categories include friends, math, logic, optical illusions, puzzles, and more. Some topics are NOT suitable for the classroom (such as dating.) Each brain teaser is fairly short and includes a link to click on the answer.
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tag(s): logic (235), optical illusions (11), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Choose a problem to use for a problem of the day or problem of the week in your classroom. Students can explain the problem solving process in math journals. Use several problems in a math problem-solving center. Copy several problems and have students store them in math folders to complete when finished with other work.

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The DeciFractor - Mark Robinson

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4 to 9
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The DeciFractor converts fractions to decimals from numbers you input. Fractions are then converted to their decimal value. There are several fractions already available on the site...more
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The DeciFractor converts fractions to decimals from numbers you input. Fractions are then converted to their decimal value. There are several fractions already available on the site to use as demonstration; however the option is there to enter any fraction you would like. The numerator and denominator are clearly labeled and each of these numbers can be increased or decreased to demonstrate how the decimal will change by changing each part of the fraction.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), number sense (97)

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Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate and practice fraction to decimal equivalences. Before clicking to converta fraction you enter, have student predict the result. Use your whiteboard (and this site) to create a learning station for students to "try their hand at." Have students investigate patterns made by changing fractional parts. Be sure to click on the Ideas button towards the bottom of the page to get more ideas about how to use DeciFractor with your students.
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Paper Rater - paperrater.com

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6 to 12
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At Paper Rater you can check your grammar, detect plagiarism, and find writing suggestions all at one place. Use this site for sixth grade writing and above. With the free ...more
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At Paper Rater you can check your grammar, detect plagiarism, and find writing suggestions all at one place. Use this site for sixth grade writing and above. With the free version you are able to check for plagiarism, grammar, vocabulary, word choice and style (transitions). No login is required. PaperRater offers a premium version for a fee.

tag(s): book reports (35), editing (61), essays (21), grammar (216), plagiarism (35), proofreading (19), writing (359)

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Users must be able to find their document and copy and paste into the correct fields. Follow the easy directions to determine grammar errors and create a better document. Use without a login or sign up.

Have students use Paper Rater to check their rough drafts. Have students work in pairs, as a peer review, to help each other improve their papers using the suggestions given by Paper Rater. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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KId Wind - Kind Wind Project

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6 to 12
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn...more
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn about wind energy. The wind turbine plans vary in difficulty. Construct basic models from common materials such as Tinker Toys or create a more sophisticated one with a wind generator built from car alternators. This is a good resource for students interested in investigating for a science fair project about renewable energy. In the free curriculum area there are also lesson plans/activities (mainly pdfs) on energy efficiency, creating a hot air balloon, solar power, and more. Be aware: some of this site is for a fee.

tag(s): air (163), electricity (89), energy (198), engineering (125), ratios (53), solar energy (38)

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Use experiential learning to model how higher-level math concepts have a direct correlation to current environmental issues. Learn to measure wind energy, calculate "gear ratios," the area of a blade's "sweep," measure the amount of energy or wind a turbine is producing.

There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.

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Common Core Standards - Pearson Education, Inc.

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K to 12
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Start investigating the world of common core Curriculum through Pearson education. Pearson Common Core standards website offers an introduction to Common Core standards, reading standards,...more
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Start investigating the world of common core Curriculum through Pearson education. Pearson Common Core standards website offers an introduction to Common Core standards, reading standards, math standards, and information on the transition to Common Core Curriculum. All but six states have adopted common Core standards and they will be transitioned into full use by 2014. Pearson currently employs several of the authors of common core curriculum. Free webinars offer information about introductions to common core, math and reading, and transitions into common core. Included on this site is a blog and parent information.
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tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Begin your transition in to the world of Common Core Curriculum by starting with great webinars and resources. The webinars are very informational and give great insight. Find ways to begin to align your own teaching by offering more rigor and challenge. Stay in touch with the latest blogs on Common Core Information.
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Coin Toss - Shodor

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4 to 9
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This activity provides the opportunity to explore experimental probabilities through simulation of a coin toss. In this activity you can view the results as a list, ratios and probabilities,...more
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This activity provides the opportunity to explore experimental probabilities through simulation of a coin toss. In this activity you can view the results as a list, ratios and probabilities, and a table. In addition, the choice is available to view cumulative stats or not. The learners section of the site contains an explanation about probability and how it is used in science and medicine. The instructor portion has information on how the activity can be used in the classroom, links to standards, and similar resources.

tag(s): coins (8), percent (82), ratios (53)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the difference between chance and probability. Share the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Complete the activity showing results as a table. Then have students convert those results to a table and ratios. Allow students to explore the site and compare results - discuss comparisons between individual results and results found when combining all results.

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Perimeter Explorer - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This applet provides practice calculating the perimeter of random shapes. Create random shapes or the site will make them for you, another option allows for creating a shape based on...more
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This applet provides practice calculating the perimeter of random shapes. Create random shapes or the site will make them for you, another option allows for creating a shape based on a pre-determined area. An explanation of perimeter is provided on the learners portion of the site. The instructors part of the site provides links to standards, a printable with exploration questions, classroom discussion information, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): area (66), perimeter (32)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to complete the exploration questions. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. Have students create their own representations after exploring the site and allow other students to solve for perimeter and area.

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Area Explorer - Shodor

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3 to 9
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This site provides multi-leveled practice with calculating the area of random shapes. The applet allows the creation of random shapes to be used in finding area. Options allow for changing...more
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This site provides multi-leveled practice with calculating the area of random shapes. The applet allows the creation of random shapes to be used in finding area. Options allow for changing the perimeter, displaying the rectangular outline, scored or not scored, and the amount of units to be included. The learner area of the site explains the concept of area and includes charts comparing metric to standard units as well as an explanation on how to convert square feet into square meters. The instructor area includes links to standards and some textbooks, information needed for classroom use, links to similar resources, and a link to downloadable exploration questions.

tag(s): angles (88), area (66), perimeter (32)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on area on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Then have students complete the exploration questions on their own or with a partner. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of area. Make a link on classroom computers to use as a center activity.

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Angles - Shodor

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6 to 12
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This site provides practice with vocabulary associated with angles. Common Core State Standards are addressed for fourth and seventh grades and geometry. The site is also appropriate...more
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This site provides practice with vocabulary associated with angles. Common Core State Standards are addressed for fourth and seventh grades and geometry. The site is also appropriate for younger grades to use when learning and processing information about angles. The learner section has detailed explanations about different types of angles that can be used as a review when working with angles. The instructor area has correlations to standards, classroom information, links to similar resources, and a downloadable exploration questions sheet. The activity allows options of one or two transverals and scoring can be used or turned off.

tag(s): angles (88), geometric shapes (163)

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Introduce this site with your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to complete the exploration questions. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson about angles on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a link to the site on your classroom webpage or blog for students to practice at home.

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Single Fraction Finder - Shodor

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6 to 8
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Visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle with this activity. It also provides practice with viewing fractions in...more
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Visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle with this activity. It also provides practice with viewing fractions in a circle or square and the representation on a number line. Scoring is available; however, it can be turned off to allow students to practice freely. Be sure to check out the instructor area which provides links to standards, possible classroom uses, and links to related resources.

tag(s): area (66), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), test prep (96)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Number Base Clock - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice in converting from base 10 to other values up to base 16. Three clocks are displayed and options are provided for choosing the value used on ...more
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This site provides practice in converting from base 10 to other values up to base 16. Three clocks are displayed and options are provided for choosing the value used on the clocks. Upon entering the choice, the hands on the clock turn to show the appropriate representation in the chosen base. The learner section provides information on base number systems and how they have been used in the past. The instructor section provides links to standards, place value in the curriculum, possible issues that may arise in the classroom and links to additional resources including an activity sheet.

tag(s): base ten (12), number sense (97)

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Provide students with the exploration questions and let them work with a partner to solve. Display the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a springboard to introduction of bases other than the base 10 system. Use when studying Ancient Mayans to demonstrate their counting system that used base 20.
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Super Sequencer - Mark Robinson

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K to 7
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The Super Sequencer lets you practice number patterns using any number including decimals. Just input your starting number, decide on the increment (change), and you are off! You can...more
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The Super Sequencer lets you practice number patterns using any number including decimals. Just input your starting number, decide on the increment (change), and you are off! You can even choose a counting speed of slow, medium or fast. Sound effects are included! This would be a great resource to practice counting by two, five, etc. or multiplication facts. Increase fluency and number sense.

tag(s): counting (120), decimals (133), fluency (23), fractions (239), multiplication (227), number sense (97)

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Use on your interactive whiteboard or projector to practice multiplication facts. Start at 0, input the number fact you want to practice, choose a speed and challenge students to keep up! Demonstrate the change when adding decimals by inputting decimal amounts and watching the increasing values. Create a learning station with this site on your whiteboard for small groups to practice multiplication, number patterns, basic counting, or decimals.
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Sand Dollar City - DoughMain

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4 to 7
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Sand Dollar City is a virtual computer activity where students manage a candy shop set in an underwater village. Players buy inventory, make store upgrades, handle expenses, etc.,...more
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Sand Dollar City is a virtual computer activity where students manage a candy shop set in an underwater village. Players buy inventory, make store upgrades, handle expenses, etc., while attempting to make their store a success. Through their adventures, they will learn real-world financial concepts including earning, spending, saving, budgeting, banking, smart shopping, credit cards, credit scores, needs and wants, and more. Interactives can only be played by registering with the site using a parent's email address and creating a username and password. The introductory video resides on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): banks (11), financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Create one classroom account using your teacher email and a single user name and password. Record scores weekly as different students try the activity to record growth of the candy shop. Challenge students to increase scores each week by posting recorded scores and making a graph. Send site information to parents and allow students to create accounts at home, then compare student scores each week and challenge them to make the most successful store.
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Yudu - Yudu.com

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5 to 12
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Yudu is more than an online library to read and explore. You can get your own writing published. It's as simple as uploading your PDF, Word, or PowerPoint document. These ...more
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Yudu is more than an online library to read and explore. You can get your own writing published. It's as simple as uploading your PDF, Word, or PowerPoint document. These are automatically turned into the Yudu page-turning format. You don't even have to register to read or listen to a book, magazine, podcast, or brochure. It's free. Aspiring authors can register and publish your writing here, for free. You can also publish digital content beyond digital magazines and brochures. You can publish podcasts, music, audio clips, and photos. You can use Yudu as a visual bookmarking program, too. Once registered, you can create a library to store, share, & promote your digital content. Share your digital, page-turning publications for free or you can keep them private for you, friends, and family. There is an introductory video to get you started. The Yudu "plus" version (for a fee) has additional features.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), ebooks (42), multimedia (57), news (261), podcasts (52)

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If you have a classroom newsletter, this would be the perfect place for you to publish it. You can then embed it on your website or wiki for parents and students to read.

If your class is studying a certain time period and/or area in the world, have your students produce brochures or newspapers (called a magazine on Yudu) using Yudu. Have your students create their brochure using Word, and then upload it to Yudu for a very polished look. You can then publish these by embedding them, or sharing the url on your wiki or webpage for your class and their parents to view.

In science or math students could make a small magazine with pictures to describe a concept or equation to their peers, to younger students, , or as a final assessment. Instead of a book report, create a Yudu! In English (or L.A.) have students write creative stories or step by step instructions and publish them via Yudu. At the beginning of the school-year, create a class Yudu introducing everyone in the class (name, favorite subject, favorite sport, highlight of their summer, etc..). Share the books with parents online or at Back to School Night.

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Single Fraction Pointer - Shodor

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6 to 8
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This site provides students the opportunity to visually relate fractions within a square or circle to the representation of the same fraction on a number line. The activity begins with...more
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This site provides students the opportunity to visually relate fractions within a square or circle to the representation of the same fraction on a number line. The activity begins with empty shapes, with the pointer pointing to zero. As the desired sections are colored, the pointer moves along the number line corresponding to the fraction of the shape that bas been colored. The instructor area of the website provides information on how the activity corresponds within the math curriculum, links to standards, classroom preparation and links to related resources.

tag(s): estimation (46), fractions (239), number lines (22), numbers (204)

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Demonstrate the activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allows students to explore on their own on classroom or lab computers. For assessment or accountability, have students recreate several fractions found during their exploration. Provide a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for practice at home.
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Positive Linear Function Machine - Shodor

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6 to 12
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This site provides great practice with linear functions in the format of y=m*x+b. Integers between 0 and 10 are available for use. The activity can be used with or without ...more
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This site provides great practice with linear functions in the format of y=m*x+b. Integers between 0 and 10 are available for use. The activity can be used with or without scoring. The learner section provides a detailed explanation and examples on how to use the function machine. The instructor sections includes information on how to use the site in the classroom, links to standards and related resources. Be sure to check out the downloadable exploration questions that can be used in the classroom.

tag(s): functions (70), logic (235), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Demonstrate the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector by introducing the learner section and discussing examples included. Provide students with a copy of the explorations questions to complete on their own or with a partner. Provide a link on classroom computers to use as a classroom center. Provide a link on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Mixtures - Shodor

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5 to 9
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This site provides good practice with mixtures to create percent problems through 4 different activities. Activities include exploration, unknown pile, unknown percent, or unknown total....more
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This site provides good practice with mixtures to create percent problems through 4 different activities. Activities include exploration, unknown pile, unknown percent, or unknown total. The site includes sections for both learners and instructors. The learners section explains how mixtures are used in the real world and the instructor section provides curriculum and standards alignments, classroom suggestions, and links to related resources. This site would also work well in a chemistry class.

tag(s): percent (82)

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Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share this link on your class website for students to access at home. This site offers multiple modes of use, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class.
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