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Fun Attic - Fun Attic

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Need some new ideas for end-of-year activities and class celebrations? This collection of games and activities provides basic description and instructions for creating educational and...more
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Need some new ideas for end-of-year activities and class celebrations? This collection of games and activities provides basic description and instructions for creating educational and interactive experiences that require minimal materials, but maximum student involvement. Includes a nice list of suggestions for adding some educational fun to those long summer days - definitely a resource to share with parents before the end of the school year.

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American Sign Language Browser - Michigan State University

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This interactive glossary of thousands of American Sign Language Terms provides students and teachers with QuickTime animations and description of how the words are actually formed....more
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This interactive glossary of thousands of American Sign Language Terms provides students and teachers with QuickTime animations and description of how the words are actually formed. A great visual resource for those needing some practical assistance in communicating with hearing impaired students.

tag(s): air (163), hearing impaired (6), sign language (8)

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (163), images (277)

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Innovation Odyssey - Intel

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Intel's Innovation Odyssey offers a catalog, tool kit, and other resources designed to help teachers use technology more effectively in education. Of course, much of the focus is on...more
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Intel's Innovation Odyssey offers a catalog, tool kit, and other resources designed to help teachers use technology more effectively in education. Of course, much of the focus is on hands-on, project based science education. This is an extensive effort that includes scores of mini-case studies, inservice materials, and teaching tools.

tag(s): design (82)

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Staff responsible for integrating technology will find lots of opportunities here, as will teachers interested in participatory classroom projects.
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Field Trip Advice

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Before you schedule that next field trip, spend some time with this helpful site that outlines tips for making the excursion as pain-free as possible. A must for first-timers - ...more
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Before you schedule that next field trip, spend some time with this helpful site that outlines tips for making the excursion as pain-free as possible. A must for first-timers - but even seasoned trekkers can pick up some useful advice. Includes a sample schedule, parent letter, and suggested rules.

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School District Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.

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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required...more
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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required should such a threat turn into an actual pandemic. As such, it might be useful reference to bookmark for possible future use. The various links to facts about avian influenza and its current spread should be of more immediate interest.

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Hyperstaffs - Staffordshire University

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Empower students to help themselves in learning content-related material with this engaging collection of educational multimedia lessons created by Staffordshire University students....more
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Empower students to help themselves in learning content-related material with this engaging collection of educational multimedia lessons created by Staffordshire University students. Enter a first name, choose an age range, and explore the interdisciplinary offerings. Drag the magnifying glass through the town map, and click on the signpost of your choice to reveal a collection of activities organized by subject area.

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Understanding Fair Use - University of Minnesota

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Understanding and applying the Doctrine of Fair Use is vital for teachers and students at all levels. This site clearly explains important exemptions that limit the exclusive rights...more
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Understanding and applying the Doctrine of Fair Use is vital for teachers and students at all levels. This site clearly explains important exemptions that limit the exclusive rights of copyright holders and provides analysis of the four factors of Fair Use. Other features include an interactive tool to help students and teachers determine whether the use of a copyrighted work is a "fair use," a downloadable worksheet, and classroom guidelines.

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Earth Calendar

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Find a reason to celebrate each day of the year with this online calendar that highlights special holidays and celebrations around the world. Check out the current observances, or search...more
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Find a reason to celebrate each day of the year with this online calendar that highlights special holidays and celebrations around the world. Check out the current observances, or search for holidays by date, country, or religion.

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Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs - American Foundation for the Blind

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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and...more
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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and hearing impairments, vision problems, and developmental disabilities.

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Boggle's World - Boggle's World

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This impressive collection of free printable worksheets, flashcards, puzzles, and lesson plans offers ESL teachers at all levels so many options for teaching vocabulary, conversational...more
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This impressive collection of free printable worksheets, flashcards, puzzles, and lesson plans offers ESL teachers at all levels so many options for teaching vocabulary, conversational skills, "survival" English, and culture. You may have to poke around a bit to find what you need, but this is definitely a resource to bookmark.

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Try the "Hypothetically speaking" game as a way to teach students how and when to speak hypothetically in a fun, humorous way. Put students in cooperative learning groups that are mixed in levels of English comprehension. Introduce the game by example with a select student before allowing cooperative learning groups to complete it themselves.

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Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities - Schwab Learning

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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education,...more
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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education, and connecting with other parents who share similar concerns. Sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter, participate in an interactive message board, or personalize your visits to the site with the "My Page" feature.

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Basic Environmental Science Concepts - Environmental Literacy Council

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This primer from the Environmental Literacy Council offers teachers a brief but thorough introduction to the basic concepts of environmental science. While suitable for use by high...more
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This primer from the Environmental Literacy Council offers teachers a brief but thorough introduction to the basic concepts of environmental science. While suitable for use by high school students directly, much of the content could serve as background information for science lesson planning.

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Making Schools Work - PBS

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PBS commentator Hedrick Smith's latest articulation of current "school reform" efforts concentrates on the factors common to several school districts that have achieved notable successes...more
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PBS commentator Hedrick Smith's latest articulation of current "school reform" efforts concentrates on the factors common to several school districts that have achieved notable successes at improving both teaching and student performance. While not designed to please everyone, teachers will want to peruse the extensive text content on this site for ideas they might adapt to their own situations.

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Time Out - Edutopia

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This article, published in the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia online journal, argues that the rigid time schedules found in most schools work to the detriment of both teachers and...more
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This article, published in the George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia online journal, argues that the rigid time schedules found in most schools work to the detriment of both teachers and their students. It argues for a reexamination of some of the practices common in most schools, and suggests the consequences of continuing with current patterns.

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Kids' Page Archive

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This huge collection of downloadable worksheets covers all major subject areas - from geography and reading, to science and spelling. New choices are added on a regular basis, so check...more
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This huge collection of downloadable worksheets covers all major subject areas - from geography and reading, to science and spelling. New choices are added on a regular basis, so check back often. Please read and follow the copyright guidelines provided on the site.

tag(s): spelling (166), worksheets (61)

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Going Back to School - Kidshealth

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Back-to-school time can be especially traumatic for students who must face the transition from elementary to middle school. This article, especially designed for parents and teachers,...more
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Back-to-school time can be especially traumatic for students who must face the transition from elementary to middle school. This article, especially designed for parents and teachers, discusses the common but negative emotions students may experience as they return to school. Includes tips on minimizing first-day anxiety, thoughts on what students can expect from their teachers, and suggestions for recovering from a "bad start" to the year.

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I Love That Teaching Idea

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These "short and sweet" tips and hints covering everything from classroom management to bulletin board designs have been created for teachers by teachers. Select a topic from the navigation...more
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These "short and sweet" tips and hints covering everything from classroom management to bulletin board designs have been created for teachers by teachers. Select a topic from the navigation bar on the left and check out the offerings. If you're looking for lesson plans, this is not the site for you, but if you need some fresh ideas to incorporate into your classroom, this site is worth exploring.

tag(s): classroom management (148), teaching strategies (24)

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Teacher Tools - Internet4Classrooms

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As the school year begins, you might find that you need a little extra inspiration, so check out this collection of materials that can make your classroom run more smoothly. ...more
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As the school year begins, you might find that you need a little extra inspiration, so check out this collection of materials that can make your classroom run more smoothly. Offerings include downloadable bookmarks for students, lesson plan templates and forms, as well as links to calendar makers, worksheet generators, and assessment tools and so much more.

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Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt - Enchanted Learning

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Looking for a good icebreaker for the first week of school? This interpersonal activity will help students get to know you and each other while having a lot of fun. ...more
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Looking for a good icebreaker for the first week of school? This interpersonal activity will help students get to know you and each other while having a lot of fun. A printable questionnaire and scavenger hunt sheet are included.

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