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Sleuthing and Snooping: Real and Imagined Mystery Read-alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This readaloud collection is part of the Help I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection...more
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This readaloud collection is part of the Help I lost my library/media specialist series. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, this collection of books and activities was created by an experienced elementary library/media specialist for fall read alouds and class discussions as Halloween and "mystery season" bring a chill to the air. The list of books to read aloud and accompanying activities include puzzles and stories that challenge their thinking. Of course we include Lexiles where available.

tag(s): book lists (133), halloween (39), reading lists (79)

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Use mysteries as an opportunity to learn some specialized vocabulary, a new story/text structure, to practice making inferences, and to synthesize information and make predictions. If your library does not have the books you want from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

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Crickweb Games Just For Fun! - Crickweb

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K to 6
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Although the title of the site is "Games Just For Fun," these activities provide practice with logic, prediction, time management, mouse control, and many other skills. The main page...more
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Although the title of the site is "Games Just For Fun," these activities provide practice with logic, prediction, time management, mouse control, and many other skills. The main page features the latest games. Find the others by choosing the Fun Games link on the blue bar at the top of the page. Each activity includes a short description on the main page and instructions before beginning play. Because this site was created in the United Kingdoms, American English speaking students will find slight spelling differences.
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tag(s): geometric shapes (165), grammar (213), logic (239), matching (24), organizational skills (128), probability (131)

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Use these activities on a student-operated interactive whiteboard center for enrichment. Create a classroom chart with activity scores, and challenge students to record and increase totals. Share this site with parents on your classroom blog or website as a site with educational value.
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3D Photo Cube - Hame

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K to 12
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Create a digital photo cube with MySpace 3D photoCube. Upload your favorite photos or images and add special digital effects. Make your photo cube glow, disappear, or control how ...more
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Create a digital photo cube with MySpace 3D photoCube. Upload your favorite photos or images and add special digital effects. Make your photo cube glow, disappear, or control how it spins. Copy the html code into your MySpace, blog, or website.
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tag(s): creativity (119), images (274), photography (161)

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This tool is obviously too complicated for your elementary students to use independently. However, it could be used as a whole group/teacher led activity with any grade level. Visualize photo cubes with pictures of special class events, field trips, or just the usual day! Change the cube daily, to feature different activities, subjects, or kids. Bring into subject area content and add public domain images to add visual information for the content you are studying. For vocabulary words, add images to explain. Use photo cubes to show the main idea of historical events, literature, or even math concepts. Make a photo cube with related or unrelated images and use as a writing prompt. Use photo cubes for sequencing practice. Have fun with extra curricular clubs and highlighting events. Begin your school news show featuring the cube from different places in your school during the day. Have older students create their own photo cubes to accompany poetry in an online literary magazine (using Creative Commons or their own images). Art students can create a cube with images of their own work as an opener to a portfolio web site. Share this tool as an option for a "visual aid" during speech units pr to present images as art of a research report. Embed cubes on your class wiki to support conepts such as environmental concerns or local history. Challenge gifted students to create visual "puzzles" where viewers must guess the word or concept that the images have in common. Teach creative flexibility!

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Let's Play Math! - letsplaymath.net

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K to 12
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Let's Play Math! is a blog by a homeschooling mom that shares resources, ideas, and an excitement for teaching mathematics to all students. Find popular posts on the right-hand toolbar...more
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Let's Play Math! is a blog by a homeschooling mom that shares resources, ideas, and an excitement for teaching mathematics to all students. Find popular posts on the right-hand toolbar or browse by topic tag. Topics with the most entries are highlighted and in a larger font making them easier to find. Search within the blog using the search box included. You may also want to check out the link to the Best of the Blog. This includes some of the author's favorite posts sorted by subject and includes favorite games, puzzles, activities, and more. Although this blog was designed by a homeschooling parent, the information is useful in any math classroom setting.
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tag(s): mental math (29), preK (291), puzzles (207)

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Bookmark this blog to use as a resource for classroom lessons and activities. Subscribe to the blog or "like" the Facebook page to be notified when new posts appear. Share this link on your class website for students and parents to use at home.
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Promethean Planet - Promethean, Inc

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K to 12
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Looking for resources to use on your interactive whiteboard? If so, this site is a tremendous resource for all whiteboard users, not just those with a Promethean Board. View, search,...more
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Looking for resources to use on your interactive whiteboard? If so, this site is a tremendous resource for all whiteboard users, not just those with a Promethean Board. View, search, and download from over 60,000 resources in all subject areas and grade levels. Use the Resources tab to search by state standard, content, grade level, or resource type. Register on the site to enable download ability as well as many other features such as saving favorites, reviewing resources, asking questions on the technical forum, following specific users, and uploading your own resources. Each resource includes a short description, grade level recommendation, file format, and size. Another great feature is the slide show included with each download for previewing different pages used on each chart.

tag(s): iwb (30), numbers (199), preK (291), resources (112)

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Before you try any of these activities, think about how you can make the lesson more student-centered. Find ideas in TeachersFirst's Hands off, Vanna! Giving Students Control of Interactive Whiteboard Learning . Browse the site for interactive whiteboard resources to download for classroom use. Bookmark and save favorites for later use. Download any resource, then tweak it to your individual needs. Have questions about creating Promethean Flipcharts? Post your question on the technical board to receive helpful replies. If you have a SmartBoard, be sure to check out the SmartBoard lessons and resources page located here. You will need to download the ActivInspire software (free).

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This is the go-to site for Promethean flipchart downloads. Most files were created by teachers. The only downside is that the files are hit-or-miss. There are many gems, but you might have to browse some not-so-great files to find them. Tim, , Grades: 0 - 6

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Do Lectures - Talks That Inspire Action - The Chicken Shed

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6 to 12
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Do Lectures are like TED Talk videos, inspiring talks from people who are changing the world. Choose to view talks about Big Ideas, Challenging Talks, Funny Talks, Informative Talks,...more
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Do Lectures are like TED Talk videos, inspiring talks from people who are changing the world. Choose to view talks about Big Ideas, Challenging Talks, Funny Talks, Informative Talks, Inspiring Talks, and Soulful Talks. Some examples of titles are Why Going Down Mountains is Harder than Going Up and Why is Beauty Such an Important Word? Search by topic (business, creativity, environment, food, sport, technology, or well-being) or by speaker. Learn more about lecturers by clicking the link to their bio, or find similar videos with the links included with each talk. Share videos easily on social networking sites with buttons included with each talk, or use the embed code to embed talks into your blog or website. Even more simply, copy/paste the url for the video to share it.

tag(s): business (57), careers (136), creativity (119), debate (44), environment (318), nutrition (159), psychology (66), sociology (22), video (276)

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Do Lectures are a great place to find inspiration and new ideas for your classroom. Many of the videos connect today's real world with curriculum topics, even in entrepreneurship, health, or family and consumer science classes. Use Do Lecture videos as the perfect supplement or launching point for units of study in your classroom. Find a video that supports the topics happening in your classroom. Share on your website for student viewing. Use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for a whole class discussion. Stop the video at various points to discuss or debate ideas included. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos in response to videos viewed on Do Lectures or their own topic. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Teachers of gifted could plan an entire unit of study around one video or have students select one to use as the launch point for an independent project.

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Math Puzzles - Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, Inc.

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5 to 12
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Math Puzzles is an excellent resource for many different types of math puzzles. There are several different sections to the site such as logic puzzles, algebraic thinking, geometry,...more
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Math Puzzles is an excellent resource for many different types of math puzzles. There are several different sections to the site such as logic puzzles, algebraic thinking, geometry, probability, and more. Choose a topic and a puzzle for a clear explanation of the problem. Each page has a link to print the page or to send as email. Along with the answers to each puzzle, there is a thorough explanation of the thought process used to reach its conclusion. If you need more information, there is a button to "Ask the Expert." This link goes to resources for math articles as well as frequently asked questions. The Number Sense puzzles would be of particular interest to those who love mindstretchers.

tag(s): differentiation (49), logic (239), probability (131), problem solving (273), puzzles (207)

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Spark mathematical thinking beyond the math book. Share puzzles and answers on your interactive whiteboard as an example of how to explain the process of finding an answer. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted) using a tool such as Blabberize (reviewed here). Use the avatars to explain steps used to solve one of the problems on the site. You might consider using the problems for extra credit or homework. These puzzles would be great to use when differentiating work for students. Allow some students to solve problems on their own and others to work in cooperative groups to solve them. Include a Favorite Puzzles page on your class wiki for students to share their favorites from this collection and tell why they like it.

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Word Game Time - Copyright '''''© 2011 Fila, LLC

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K to 7
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Join Word GameTime for language arts, geography, math, and typing activities. Find a variety of games including brain games, crosswords, vocabulary, world capitals, and spelling. Worksheets...more
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Join Word GameTime for language arts, geography, math, and typing activities. Find a variety of games including brain games, crosswords, vocabulary, world capitals, and spelling. Worksheets and educational videos offer further explorations.
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tag(s): capitals (25), countries (77), grammar (213), keyboarding (37), logic (239), reading comprehension (119), spelling (168), states (164)

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In your classroom, offer Word GameTime as a center. Have students keep a log of the games they successfully complete to earn classroom incentives. Find appropriate interactives by grade level or by subject area. Include this link on your class web page as a place for reinforcement or even enrichment.
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MathFlix - Loyola University Chicago School of Education

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6 to 12
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MathFlix is a resource of over 1000 QuickTime videos sorted by topic. The site also includes over 400 downloadable worksheets that reinforce concepts and provide additional practice....more
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MathFlix is a resource of over 1000 QuickTime videos sorted by topic. The site also includes over 400 downloadable worksheets that reinforce concepts and provide additional practice. The videos themselves are hosted at many different locations on the web, but this index makes it easy to find them by math topic. Enter the site by choosing either the "I am a teacher" or "I am a student" icon. The teacher link lists topics by standards and content within each standard. Choose from Number & Operations, Algebra, Technology, and more. Each of these links leads to further subcategories listing video titles to view. The student link leads to clickable images or words, including topic and subcategory. Choose one of these links to go directly to the list of videos available for that topic. Be sure not to miss the links at the bottom of the page. They aren't quite as obvious as information for the videos; however, they include additional information relating to Common Core, assessment, and curriculum support.

tag(s): area (68), charts and graphs (195), decimals (131), estimation (46), fractions (234), inequalities (27), logic (239), money (185), numbers (199), patterns (85), percent (83), perimeter (30), polls and surveys (54), probability (131), problem solving (273), statistics (124), symmetry (54), variables (21), whole numbers (16)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for math videos to use on your interactive whiteboard or on classroom computers. Watch videos together to introduce or review classroom concepts. Or "flip" your classroom by sharing the videos oor independent viewing before you discuss the topic in class. Share a link to videos on your classroom website or blog for students to use as a review resource at home. Share this entire site on your class website, wiki, or blog for alternative presentations of topics that are difficult. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their own on math concepts. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Dice Wars - GameDesign

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3 to 8
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Dice Wars is a logic and strategy math game. The objective is to invade and take over your opponent's territory by rolling a larger number on the dice. Start by ...more
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Dice Wars is a logic and strategy math game. The objective is to invade and take over your opponent's territory by rolling a larger number on the dice. Start by choosing from two to seven opponents on the computer; then begin play. Each turn you may attack any opponent's territory from one of your adjacent territories as long as your territory has more than one die on it. Your turn ends when you click the "End Turn" button.

tag(s): logic (239), probability (131)

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This strategy and logic game would make an interesting and entertaining homework activity, especially as you study probability of attaining certain rolls of the dice. Have students play the game then journal about successful and unsuccessful strategies.
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Edsitement - EdSitement

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4 to 12
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Find lesson ideas and more for literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history and social studies at the reworked site that was once part of MarcoPolo. Book...more
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Find lesson ideas and more for literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history and social studies at the reworked site that was once part of MarcoPolo. Book articles, data bases, educational gaming, professional development events, sound, film, video resources, and resource website lists all aid teachers and learners. A calendar keeps you up to date with famous dates in history.

tag(s): art history (72), cultures (110), literacy (106)

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Use Edsitement for lesson ideas in language, history, literature, and cultures. Find multiple sources to give a deeper comprehension on the subject matter. In history classes, keep the ongoing calendar in your favorites to celebrate an important historical day every day. Lesson plans cover multiple grade levels in many different subject areas. Resources can enrich, or even to give further explanation to current topics of study.
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Visit global landmarks with photo tours in Google Maps - Google

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1 to 12
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Around the world in one website? See the world using photo tours in Google maps thanks to this blog post explaining how. Enter 3D photo scenes to immerse you in ...more
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Around the world in one website? See the world using photo tours in Google maps thanks to this blog post explaining how. Enter 3D photo scenes to immerse you in nearly 15,000 popular sites and cultures from around the world. Find blog tools and useful links to make your visit more interesting. This site works best in FireFox or Chrome, and you will need to download Google Maps' web GL.
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tag(s): earth (232), map skills (81), maps (293), natural resources (60), virtual field trips (50)

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Use photo tours in Google to expand your classroom into the world. The easy tutorial flies you off immediately into the world without budget, permission slips, or travel. Social studies and history come alive in the actual settings. Examine the real look at world cultures. Bring into a world language class for a field trip. In language arts, explore settings from around the world and see how they influence the story. Look at folktales from around the world with their settings. Current events come alive and meaningful through your visit. In language arts classes or math classes, plan an imaginary trip to a different place. Google photo tours make it concrete and allow you to experience the world. Transport your students to another place, and see if they can play Where in the World. In art classes, study architecture or nature to influence art pieces. Science classes can explore landscapes, earth surfaces, natural resources, mapping skills, and habitats. Now your classroom has no walls.
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KIDSINCO - KIDSINCO.com

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1 to 6
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KIDSINCO offers an easy set of readers' theater scripts for kids. Fairy tales, fables, Greek myths, or stories with moral values such as friendship, generosity, honesty, patriotism,...more
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KIDSINCO offers an easy set of readers' theater scripts for kids. Fairy tales, fables, Greek myths, or stories with moral values such as friendship, generosity, honesty, patriotism, perseverance, respect, tolerance, trust, and hard work are all easily printed and ready for your eager actors. Patterns for animal masks, and stories in Spanish are also available. Scroll down to find an author listing on the left side to explore the options.
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tag(s): readers theater (17)

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Spice up language arts with exciting readers theater scripts readily prepared for all occasions. Begin as a whole group activity to model expression, and fluency. Continue in groups, or even in centers. Use the scripts as an example to help students turn stories into script format. Have your class make recorded scripts for younger class buddies. Challenge students to create narration and soundtracks for photos and images using UtellStory, reviewed here. Have older brothers or sisters make a memorable dramatized story for their younger sibling. Use the scripts in high school world language classes; translate into Spanish, French, or German. Determine what stories are missing from KIDSINCO and make up your own scripts to complete the list.

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Inference Riddle Game - Phil Tulga

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1 to 4
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Try this inference and prediction guessing game for the young. Press "show a clue" to receive clues for the mystery word. Guess the word or press the button again to ...more
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Try this inference and prediction guessing game for the young. Press "show a clue" to receive clues for the mystery word. Guess the word or press the button again to get another clue. Fifteen child-friendly riddles are available, and the riddles have up to ten clues.
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tag(s): inferencing (5), riddles (16)

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Bookmark and save this site to use as a bell ringer or for a quick center activity. Display on your interactive white board and allow students to try to solve the riddles with as few clues as possible. Use these riddles as models for students to create their own riddles to share with classmates. Beginning raders will need help spelling their responses, so try partnering them with a stronger speller.

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Tesla - Master of Lightning - PBS

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4 to 12
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Flash to PBS to get a bolt of learning about Nikola Tesla. Discover a compressive view of Tesla from his early years and his coming to America. Follow his ...more
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Flash to PBS to get a bolt of learning about Nikola Tesla. Discover a compressive view of Tesla from his early years and his coming to America. Follow his accomplishments while harnessing the Niagara. Discover the true mystery about who invented the radio. Trace his inventions and accomplishments. Inside the lab, discover the AC motor, the Tesla coil, radio, remote controls, and improved lightning. Resources include a timeline of electricity and radio, Tesla's patents, and articles about Tesla. Explore discussions from experts about Tesla's life and accomplishments. There are lesson plans for teachers. Some materials are for sale.

tag(s): electricity (90), energy (202), industrial revolution (25), inventors and inventions (95), motion (61), radio (27)

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Add intrigue and mystery, to your science unit on electricity, motion, or inventors as you study the life and accomplishments of Nikola Tesla. Excellent lesson plans include a concrete understanding of potential energy, mechanical energy to electrical energy. Use on an interactive white board to begin your unit or create a "Who Dunnit" with electricity or radio. Follow the structure of ideas presented to create an online "famous scientist" wiki, blog or PowerPoint to add to your class website. Use a Socratic seminar to debate which scientist should get credit for the induction motor, radio, and even the Industrial Revolution. Use the readings for older students, advanced readers, or gifted students, as they are far above the reading level of elementary and early middle school students. In language arts, writing topics could include "What a shock electricity is in my life" and "Will the true inventor of electricity please stand up?" The ideas and resources are electrifying!
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CE02: The Climate Business Game - Allianz and World Wildlife Federation

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8 to 12
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CE02 puts players into the role of a CEO in one of four leading industries from 2010 to 2030, trying to control your output of CO2. Choose insurance, utility, automotive, ...more
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CE02 puts players into the role of a CEO in one of four leading industries from 2010 to 2030, trying to control your output of CO2. Choose insurance, utility, automotive, or chemical companies to begin play. Enter the name of the CEO and company name. Then view a demo and read about the company before playing. Read about various options, and make decisions by dragging choices to the option bar. Once you make decisions, view how the company performs during the 20 year time span. Each round progresses to a new decade with new opportunities and risks.

tag(s): carbon dioxide (15), carbon footprint (11), environment (318), industrialization (14)

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Use this site as part of your unit on the environment to demonstrate the effect of decisions made by leading industries. Have students create presentations using one of the many tools from the TeachersFirst Edge presentation tools. Consider dividing your class into four different groups, one for each industry. After playing, have them discuss and compare results from each group. Alternatively, have students operate this on your interactive whiteboard and play together as a class, discussing decisions and the impact that they have on the environment. Teachers of gifted can suggest this as an extra challenge for students studying environmental issues in science or even business class.
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Wild About Math - Wild About Math

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6 to 12
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At Wild About Math you will find videos for math (SAT) challenges and several cartoon videos that will make math fun. Open your mind to the wild world of mathematics. ...more
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At Wild About Math you will find videos for math (SAT) challenges and several cartoon videos that will make math fun. Open your mind to the wild world of mathematics. Join Sol Lederman and others in uncovering the math challenges. Challenges, blogs, question areas, math contest information, and mathcasts will appeal to every mathematician. Join the RSS feed to stay in math shape! Search the index on the right to find topics that interest you. Some videos cost money, but the most of the site is free.
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tag(s): equations (153), pi (26), pythagorean theorem (33), sudoku (18)

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Inspire your students to find joy in math with Sol Lederman. Test your brightest mathematicians or simply add depth to your math curriculum. Use math casts for personal explanations. Encourage students to create their own library of math casts to explain current information. Keep math casts on file to use as student tutoring by yourself as teacher or even for peer tutoring. Follow blog feeds to expand and involve students in even more intriguing problems.
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Reading Rockets - WETA Washington D.C.

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Reading Rockets is a comprehensive guide for parents, teachers, librarians, principals, school counselors, speech therapists, school psychologists, preschool caregivers, summer care...more
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Reading Rockets is a comprehensive guide for parents, teachers, librarians, principals, school counselors, speech therapists, school psychologists, preschool caregivers, summer care providers, and anyone interested in keeping kids reading! This site is an amazing resource to answer your reading needs. Updated continually, it keeps you informed with the latest research. New teachers, seasoned teacher, parents, principals, and anyone who works with students (reading) can benefit from the information included. Teachers will find: classroom strategies, how to help struggling readers, professional development webcasts, how to build strong parent teacher relationships, booklists, and how to use books in your curriculum. For principals, discover information on school level leadership, supporting teachers, closing the achievement gap, and working with parents. Find over 80 interviews with award winning authors, an author study tool kit, themed booklists, holiday gift guide, research-based articles, parent letters, launching young readers (series) on ipod, reading adventure packs, and other great tools. A librarian toolkit offers free video modules on finding the right book, becoming aware of print, reading as dialogue, and writers secrets. Many detailed articles discuss information about speech pathology, dyslexia, comprehension, motivation, phonics, writing, and spelling.
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tag(s): authors (121), dyslexia (7), literacy (106), literature (274), parents (59), phonics (71), reading comprehension (119), reading lists (79), reading strategies (49), speech (94), spelling (168)

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Reading Rockets is a fantastic resource for teachers, librarians, parents, and principals. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter for the latest information, blogs, thoughts, and ideas for teaching reading. Use this website as a resource for your classroom, library, or even with you school action committees. Provide a link to this site on your class webpage. Install widgets for reading, and find the latest apps to support literacy. Join reading blogs, and add widgets to make your reading strategies complete. : If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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Newtools Powered by Aardvark - John Davitt

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4 to 12
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Try this idea generator, called "learning events," to spark projects to show in-depth understanding. To give you an idea for what to expect, here are two examples: "do what the ...more
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Try this idea generator, called "learning events," to spark projects to show in-depth understanding. To give you an idea for what to expect, here are two examples: "do what the Magna Carta meant in a series of 5 photographs," or "do metamorphosis as a blues song." There are 2,500 of these ideas, and you will have to scroll through them until you find the one you like. All the learning events use the highest level of Bloom's Taxonomy, synthesis (now called "creating"). This page is just the beginning! You will also find idea generators for geography and homework! Build creative flexibility and orginality with these prompts.

tag(s): creative writing (171), creativity (119), flexibility (5), writing prompts (95)

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Set up Newtools on a classroom computer. Make this one of several writing prompt options for blogs or other open-ended assignments. Allow students who finish work early or who need a journal idea to scroll through and try to find an idea that you have studied in class. Write several of these on your interactive whiteboard and then have students choose which one they would like to work on. Once all the projects are complete, rotate the students around the room to share with classmates who worked on a different project. Use this site to challenge gifted students to produce a higher level project. Some of the projects suggest using video or another presentation format. Be sure to check TeachersFirst Edge Presentation tools here to find one that is just right.
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Spreaker - Spreaker Online Radio

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1 to 12
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Create a live Internet radio show -- free -- with Spreaker! This super easy online tool creates podcasts instantly for you to share with your own URL, on Facebook, Google ...more
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Create a live Internet radio show -- free -- with Spreaker! This super easy online tool creates podcasts instantly for you to share with your own URL, on Facebook, Google +, Soundcloud, Twitter, or add to the Spreaker website. Follow others, or invite others to follow your podcasts. With a click of a button you are creating a live podcast. To create a podcast you do not need Flash. However, there are several tutorials, and these tutorials require flash. There is a free version and a more deluxe premium version. This review is for the free version.
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tag(s): podcasts (55), radio (27)

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Enjoy a live radio show from your classroom! Publish written pieces of writing, science reports, social studies reports, and any other reports you would like to share. Create a New Book or Book Review podcast for the media center. Link to your podcast URL on your class website. Publish directions to projects, explanations for difficult concepts, or even a radio show of you reading your favorite books for your students. Have upper elementary students take turns reading aloud for a podcast aimed at little reading buddies in kindergarten. Allow students to podcast to "pen pals" in faraway places. Record your school choir, orchestra group, poetry club, or drama club doing their best work or dramatic readings of Shakespeare soliloquies. Take your school newspaper to a new level with recorded radio articles. Be sure to include interviews with students, teachers, principals, parents, authors, artists, and almost anyone. In younger grades, use to save an audio portfolio of reading fluency, expression, or to aid with running records or even include writing. Be sure do this regularly throughout the year to analyze growth. Have fun at Halloween with your Halloween station filled with favorite spooky stories! Welcome your students to a new school year by sending them your message. Create messages for classmates who move away. Bring your foreign language classes an extra resource of your pronunciations whenever they need more practice. ESL/ELL, special education classes can often benefit from the extra explanations, practice, and elaborated instructions given at their own pace. The possibilities are endless! The site itself is a "web 2.0," social networking style site, so some schools may have it blocked. Ask about unblocking just YOUR teacher account so you can have students access it while at school and under your supervision.

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