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Ad Out - adout.org

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K to 12
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Make any web site advertising free using the cool tool. Tired of directing kids back to the web site they should be using due to accidental clicks on ads? ...more
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Make any web site advertising free using the cool tool. Tired of directing kids back to the web site they should be using due to accidental clicks on ads? Use this free resource to make the page you are using ad free. Paste the web url into the field on this site to view your site in an ad free manner. To share the adfree resource, simply copy the new web address that is now ad free to share with your students. Note that some websites may be blocked by adfree. Check on your school computers to see if adfree is blocked or whether district filters already block ads. Missing ads show up as blank spaces on the pages.
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tag(s): advertising (33)

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Use this resource to use sites without ads to keep students on track and not be distracted by information that is not content Be sure to share this link on your class website for families to use at home..
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Phylotaxis - Seed Magazine

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6 to 12
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As explained by the author/artist of this website, "phylotaxis" is the study of the ordered positions of leaves on a plant stem; scientists have discovered that these positions are...more
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As explained by the author/artist of this website, "phylotaxis" is the study of the ordered positions of leaves on a plant stem; scientists have discovered that these positions are not random, but governed by the Fibonacci Sequence. This website uses this word to describe the exploration of the space where science meets culture. Flash gives this site one of the most elegant visual impacts currently out there on the web. A collection of round icons is all gathered together in a flower-like structure. Each icon represents a news story about either science or culture. Use the slider bar to make the icons scatter in a more random (like culture) pattern or a more ordered (like science) arrangement. Click on "discover" to read any of the news stories; click on "agitate" to make your mouse disrupt the patterns and move the icons around. Load another arrangement for another date.

tag(s): news (261), writing (359), writing prompts (92)

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Aside from the pure "wow" factor of this site's appearance, projected on an interactive whiteboard or projector, it would serve as a good current events warm up for a social studies or science class. Additionally, its very configuration would spark an interesting science or culture discussion. Perhaps more beautiful than practical, it still deserves a place in your bag of tricks. Pull it out when you need something to spark discussion or wake up your class. Have students investigate a story of their choice and create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. As a higher level thinking challenge, have students discuss the "why" connections behind these articles or use ideas from this site to spark an unusual essay or blogging assignment. Teachers of gifted will want to share this link on their class web page, for sure!
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My Math Games

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K to 12
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My Math Games provides easy to use interactives for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. There is also a link to a calculus activity ideal for secondary students....more
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My Math Games provides easy to use interactives for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. There is also a link to a calculus activity ideal for secondary students. Games use recognizable animated characters to engage students. Advise students to ignore the advertisements. The links to the actual games are BELOW the ads!

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), fractions (239), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Have students try out these simple skills based activities using an individual laptop. Share this site with parents (on your class wiki or website), so students can practice at home. Since the games are very kid friendly, make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center.

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Fraction Switch - David Hellam

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4 to 8
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Fraction Switch is a simple interactive game focusing on ordering fractions. Students swap fractions around until they are in ascending order. When compeleted, fractions lined...more
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Fraction Switch is a simple interactive game focusing on ordering fractions. Students swap fractions around until they are in ascending order. When compeleted, fractions lined up correctly show a correct response. Incorrect ordering elicits no response.

tag(s): fractions (239)

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With younger students, you may want to introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try this activity independently or with a partner to practice ordering fractions. Use as an informal assessment by having students explain their thinking as they attempt to order the fractions. List this link on your class website so students can practice this skill both in and out of the classroom.
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Solving Quadratic Equations - Craig McNatt and Dr. Bruce Lewis

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7 to 12
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Solving Quadratic Equations, developed by an educational graduate student, provides a variety of resources and explanations for quadratic equations through a well thought out webquest....more
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Solving Quadratic Equations, developed by an educational graduate student, provides a variety of resources and explanations for quadratic equations through a well thought out webquest.

tag(s): equations (155), factors (42)

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After introducing quadratic equations to students, have them participate in this webquest to deepen their understanding. Share the webquest on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in cooperative learning groups to complete the quest, or on individual laptops. Have students record their notes and follow up the webquest with a discussion to synthesize information. Create a class wiki about how to solve quadratic equations. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Online Math Learning

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K to 12
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Online Math Learning is a huge website with numerous resources including interactive problem generators, a video library, worksheets, and links all organized by grade level and subject...more
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Online Math Learning is a huge website with numerous resources including interactive problem generators, a video library, worksheets, and links all organized by grade level and subject level. This site is very well organized, easy to use, and has something for every grade level and nearly every subject/topic area. Advise students to ignore the advertisements.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), equations (155), statistics (122)

In the Classroom

Use the interactive section's problem generator to create team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Check out the videos to reach struggling students or help deepen understanding of concepts. For a project, have students recreate a video using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here) and share with classmates. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice.

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Tables and Graphs - Monroe County Women's Disability Network

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6 to 12
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Tables and Graphs offers an overview of tables, bar graphs, line graphs, column graphs, and circle graphs to assist in research and decision making. An interactive quiz follows each...more
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Tables and Graphs offers an overview of tables, bar graphs, line graphs, column graphs, and circle graphs to assist in research and decision making. An interactive quiz follows each of the brief and simply worded descriptions. Please note that this site is attached to the Monroe Women's Disability Network.

tag(s): data (148)

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Go through the brief descriptions on the different types of graphs and then have students take the follow up quizzes independently. Have students do a scavenger hunt to find the various types of graphs in informational texts. Then, have students compile them into a multimedia presentation to share with each other. Have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here to share their findings. This site would also make a great review before standardized testing. Consider including this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom for additional practice and information.

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AngleShapes - Mark Robinson

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5 to 12
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AngleShapes offers 20 different interactive activities to help explore angles and use a protractor. Activities include exploring opposite angles, adding the total angles in a triangle,...more
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AngleShapes offers 20 different interactive activities to help explore angles and use a protractor. Activities include exploring opposite angles, adding the total angles in a triangle, finding equivalent angles, finding angle pairs and much mores. In each activity, the geometric shape is placed onto the screen and remains constant. The protractor can be moved around and rotated to explore and measure angles.

tag(s): angles (88), measurement (159)

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Assign during computer lab to allow students to explore angles and protractors through several different activities. Demonstrate congruent angles, opposite angles, right angles on the interactive whiteboard or projector through the use of the online games. Have students create simple instructional videos using this site to demonstrate a math concept requiring a protractor. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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What's My Angle? - Mark Robinson

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5 to 12
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This online protractor is designed to help students learn how to use a protractor as well as to support the learning and investigation of angles. The introduction demonstrates how to...more
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This online protractor is designed to help students learn how to use a protractor as well as to support the learning and investigation of angles. The introduction demonstrates how to use a protractor to measure angles. After viewing the introduction, there is a list of activities that are offered. Examples of activities are Show the Angle, Make and Measure, Make the Angle Game and several others. Feedback is provided throughout the activities to demonstrate progress with each activity. The activities are designed for interactive whiteboards and/or computer monitors.

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Demonstrate use of the protractor by showing students the introduction to the website on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students to create and measure their own angles. Be sure to list this site on your class website for students to access in and out of the class.
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Spruz - spruz.com

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7 to 12
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Spruz is a tool for creating social networks. Though that may be a scary term to parents and a concept prohibited in your school, this site provides private spaces for ...more
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Spruz is a tool for creating social networks. Though that may be a scary term to parents and a concept prohibited in your school, this site provides private spaces for classroom use in K-12. Because of concerns over COPPA (federal legislation protecting children on the web), it is recommended for ages 13 and up. Users outside the U.S. do not need to worry about this law. There are related blog posts and debate about whether the law applies if you configure your site a certain way, but TeachersFirst cannot recommend circumventing the law.

Spruz provides an online space for forums (threaded discussions), blogs, "friends," groups, personal spaces for members, and more. As the administrator, you can control the actual set-up. Make your space private or set to public. Members still have to join to be part of the site. Assuming you can access the URL at school, this tool can provide a PRIVATE online space for your classes or teaching team as an electronic home for use in and out of school. This site touts that they have beefed up their business model in order to continue to offer free services.

tag(s): blogs (88), bookmarks (60), chat (51), forum (9), social networking (112)

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Before you start, make sure filtering on the school network will not block your specific URL. See some of the tips from the Edge team. Set up a network, including name, URL, and description. Be sure to choose Private to limit viewing of your network to those you INVITE to join. Drag your desired features to create your layout. You can always change it later. Make appearance choices. Click on the parts of the site you wish to create such as chat, forum, blog, links, bookmarks, files, etc. Be sure to check the box that requires approval from the account owner for members to join. Change profile questions and options available to members easily.

A class social network has limitless possibilities. Engage students in discussions on current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Create groups for students to work on projects and use the space as a forum to work out tasks, scheduling, and file sharing. Get creative and ask students to play the role of a historical figure on a social network across time: Ben Franklin networks with Harry Truman to argue about the atomic bomb. Use the site as a forum for any simulated or real task. Invite parents to join to give their points of view on upcoming elections or public policy issues. Include the principal or superintendent in your class discussions of students' rights as you study the Constitution. Your students themselves will suggest ways to use this all-too-familiar tool from their world. Imagine the "profiles" they could create as characters from fiction or inventors from history! Create incredible discussions of environmental, political, or economic issues. Inviting members from another school or community provides incredible perspective into a variety of different beliefs and values. Definitely plan to model and use this tool in lessons about Internet safety and the "lasting" nature of one's Internet presence. Social networking is part of life today, and the opportunity to learn about it in a private space is important for today's students.

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Creative Commons Search - Creative Common

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4 to 12
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Find digital images that are available for use without violating copyright. This search tool finds images licensed for use under Creative Commons licensing. While most major search...more
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Find digital images that are available for use without violating copyright. This search tool finds images licensed for use under Creative Commons licensing. While most major search engines have advanced features the allow you to filter out content by copyright privileges, the CC search website makes is easy and convenient. Be sure to READ the information about verifying licensing. The results are somewhat cluttered but provide extensive options that can be legally (and ethically) used in wikis, blogs, reports, and more, as long as you provide the attribution information. What a fabulous tool for students to use for interactive or traditional projects!

tag(s): air (163), copyright (47)

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Teaching students to understand and respect copyright of digital information can be difficult and overwhelming. The first step in helping students understand digital copyright is to get them to explore the terms of use and copyright of a variety of information. Create a scavenger hunt for students to find the terms of service and/or copyright for common websites. Once they realize that not all information is "free" for them to use, introduce the Creative Commons website and the symbols that are used to describe how the content is licensed by the owner. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate searching using the CC search site. Perform searches that yield results that show several different types of licenses. Discuss each type using scenarios of how the information can and cannot be used. As an extension activity for this site, students can create their own work and publish the work using a creative commons license. The work can be as simple as using a digital picture or as complex as creating their own derivative artwork, such as a collage or "photoshopped" image. It can be published on a commercial site such as flickr or on your school webpage. Make sure to follow any school guidelines before publishing student work. Perhaps you can create a class wiki of annotated creative images created by students with explanations of where they found the "parts" and how they created the original works from these parts. What a wonderful model to share with future students, as well. Teachers will also appreciate being able to find images you can freely use on class web pages and in online project samples, etc. (with attribution).

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Head Magnet

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3 to 12
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HeadMagnet is a new twist on flashcards. You can create flashcards for any subject that you wish or use cards already available on the site. Once the cards are made, ...more
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HeadMagnet is a new twist on flashcards. You can create flashcards for any subject that you wish or use cards already available on the site. Once the cards are made, there are different study modes to choose - slide show, self-test and normal (type in responses). Study sessions can even be timed. After completing the study session HeadMagnet predicts which items will need more study time, enabling you to spend more time on material that hasn't been learned yet. Study lists can be shared with others, and you can search for already created materials. After completion of a study session, you can access statistics that show your overall memory of the material. You need to register to create your own materials but all items are free. Registration requires and email address. Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. 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.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Create flashcards for any subject to review material being learned in class. Use this as a review for vocabulary before tests. As a pre-assessment, create a study list to use on the interactive whiteboard or projector to find out what students already know. Provide this link on your class website for students to use to create flashcards both in and out of your classroom. Learning support teachers may want to show students how to create their own cards. The process of creating the will actually reinforce skills, as well.

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Chogger - Chogger, LLC

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2 to 12
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Create comics easily and simply by drawing, uploading pictures or graphics, and choosing as many frames as possible to complete your project. Registration is not required to use Chogger....more
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Create comics easily and simply by drawing, uploading pictures or graphics, and choosing as many frames as possible to complete your project. Registration is not required to use Chogger. Click "Create A Comic" to get started. The creator will launch in a new window. Note: to FINISH and share a comic by URL, you must establish a free account.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), images (266)

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Use a whole-class account created using a teacher (memberships) email for students to create comics that can be easily monitored/managed by the teacher. Click on buttons to learn the basics that can be used to create the comic. To use, click "Create" and then on "New drawing." Use the tools to create shapes, draw lines, change points, and drag segments easily. Click on the camera icon to take or upload a picture. Click Text tab to add caption bubbles and text. When finished, easily save your comic by adding a title and description. Comics can also be marked private, if you wish. Share completed online comics by copy/pasting the URL of the "finished" comic. Be sure to KEEP a record of these URLs or manage them using "My Comics."

Provide only the link to the "Create" portion of the site to remove possible viewing of public comics. If desired, require students to take a screenshot of their comic instead of saving to the site. Take a snapshot using the print screen (PrtScrn) button on a PC or using the screenshot shortcut in a Mac (apple/shift/4.) Images can then be uploaded to a blog, wiki, or other site for display.

Use Chogger to explain vocabulary words or other concepts from any class or subject area. Use comics to write summaries of current events, responses to reading assignments, expressions of teen problems, and creative works of humor. With younger students, use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share or create a class comic on a current topic of study, such as the life cycle of the frog or ways to conserve energy. Use this site to integrate an art and writing lesson. Why not have students create comics to demonstrate a concept in science or social studies, rather than a traditional paper/pencil quiz? World language teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will love the chance for students to demonstrate written language skills in the "context" of their comic situations. Emotional support /autistic support teachers and students can create comics to help explain social interactions.

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Connect a Million Minds - Time Warner Cable

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5 to 12
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This site works to connect young people with after school opportunities in their communities that will lead to the betterment of their science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge....more
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This site works to connect young people with after school opportunities in their communities that will lead to the betterment of their science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge. The free registration involves making a commitment to linking appropriate students to appropriate community opportunities. After registering, teachers are linked to opportunities in their areas. Teachers are encouraged to create links to opportunities they know about. You can save opportunities you are interested in and also share them with other educators and parents. This is a growing site.

Registration at this site does require an email address. Rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. 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.

tag(s): enrichment (13)

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Reference this site when referring students to summer enrichment programs that involve engineering, math, technology, and/or science opportunities. Collect site ideas from others in your school! Tell teachers new to your area about this site as well. Be sure to provide this link on your class website to share with students and parents at home.
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Sumdog - Crocodile Clips

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3 to 8
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Sumdog's free math games are designed to improve numeracy for students in upper elementary school through middle school. Concepts range from addition to square roots adapting to student...more
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Sumdog's free math games are designed to improve numeracy for students in upper elementary school through middle school. Concepts range from addition to square roots adapting to student skill level. Sumdog addresses over 100 numeracy topics and has 10 different levels within each topic. Teachers can register a class in mass. The pop culture friendly interface will intrigue students and help them enjoy practicing numeration topics. The pop culture friendly interface will intrigue students and help them enjoy practicing numeration topics. Be aware: only certain features are available without a PAID subscription. See the Teachers Link for more information about what is free and what is for a fee.

tag(s): addition (251), game based learning (103), numbers (204), operations (126), subtraction (208)

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A great interactive site to use for skills related practice. Have students work in small groups to design a math game that incorporates engaging pop culture characters and themes with a topic like the games in Sumdog. Share the games on your class wiki or on video using a video sharing site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Encourage students to play these games at home for further skills practice.
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Freeology - Free Printable Graphic Organizers - Freeology.com

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1 to 12
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This site offers over 50 downloadable PDF graphic organizers for the English/Language Arts classroom. Many of the graphic organizers (like the Venn diagrams) could be used in various...more
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This site offers over 50 downloadable PDF graphic organizers for the English/Language Arts classroom. Many of the graphic organizers (like the Venn diagrams) could be used in various subject areas. Some of the organizers include SQ3R, Pros and Cons Scale, KWL, Pyramids, and 10+ pages of other forms of graphic organizers!

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This is a great site to help students sequence, brainstorm, and organize information. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector and fill out organizers after a lesson. Print out organizers and have students use them in cooperative reading groups. Use the organizers to differentiate for students who need extra scaffolding or for students who need extension activities. As students get older and learn which study skills help them best, they will want to access this site on their own to study for tests. Be sure to save this site in your personal favorites!
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Girl Talk Radio - The Girls, Math, and Science Partnership

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6 to 12
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This website is a launch site for GirlTalk Radio podcasts. Click "Start the Broadcast" to begin. The site contains podcasts of interviews created by teen female students (girls) with...more
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This website is a launch site for GirlTalk Radio podcasts. Click "Start the Broadcast" to begin. The site contains podcasts of interviews created by teen female students (girls) with an interest in science. Current interviews include Nina Kang from Google Maps, Erin Estell from the National Aviary, Mia Davis from the National Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and several others. The site promotes girls working and achieving in science.

tag(s): women (101)

In the Classroom

Use this with your students to encourage students, especially female students to seek knowledge in science. Have students listen to a podcast from the site. Then have the students think about a type of scientist that they would like to interview. Have them either role play as the scientist and student, or put the students in contact with real life scientists to interview. You could even have students create their own podcasts of their interviews using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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Online Personal Finance and Economics Game - Council for Economic Education

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5 to 12
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This online interactive personal finance game has students work their way through 15 personal finance missions. Within each 30-minute mission, students are asked to help someone solve...more
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This online interactive personal finance game has students work their way through 15 personal finance missions. Within each 30-minute mission, students are asked to help someone solve a personal finance situation. Students create, choose teams and use online tools like the mission brief and geo-locator to help solve the mission.

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

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have students work together to form their mission groups and create a friendly competition within your class. Another option is to work on this as a whole class and compete against another classroom. Use the training videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector to prepare students for the missions. Have students blog or journal their experiences as they complete each mission. Lesson plans and materials are available at an additional cost. Teachers can sign up for their class.
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Math Live - Alberta Education

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Math Live contains several mini math lessons that explain math concepts in the following areas: Numbers, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability. Some...more
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Math Live contains several mini math lessons that explain math concepts in the following areas: Numbers, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability. Some lower level concepts, such as telling time on digital and analog clocks, are also included. Each lesson is presented in a "television show" format and contains a glossary of terms, parent and teacher notes, an activity and assessment sheet. Teacher support materials are also included that gives you an overview of what each lesson contains. Spelling is Canadian.

tag(s): iwb (31), patterns (85), probability (130), statistics (122)

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This website can be used in many different ways. This site would make a great lesson starter. Use it with a projector and interactive whiteboard to introduce a topic to the whole class. Use the provided assessment worksheets as a pre-assessment to see what students already know. Since the lessons are self paced, use the site as a center during math time. The site can also be used for remediation and review. Assign a particular lesson for homework and have students complete the activity worksheet for extra credit.
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TeachersFirst's US Census Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the United States census and to plan related projects and classroom activities...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the United States census and to plan related projects and classroom activities for both math and social studies classes at all levels. The census gives us a new lens to view geography, economics, history, current events, pop culture, and-- of course-- math!

tag(s): census (19)

In the Classroom

Whether you spend one class or an entire unit on the census, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning. Consider other census connections, such as using a data or graphing resource to collect and manipulate data from a school mini-census, learning math skills at the same time.

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