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Mosaic of Elin Keene Thought Teaching Tools - ReadingLady.com

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K to 5
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This listserve site sponsored by ReadingLady offers an incredible array of resources and materials to use with the Mosaic of Thought book, all sorted by categories. Many materials...more
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This listserve site sponsored by ReadingLady offers an incredible array of resources and materials to use with the Mosaic of Thought book, all sorted by categories. Many materials are conributed by teachers who are part of the listserve. Although geared toward Mosaic of Thought, this is a great resource for all reading teachers, especially those using Guided Reading strategies. Materials are available in Word or PDF format and sorted by categories such as assessment, lesson plans, PowerPoints, and much more.

tag(s): assessment (99), guided reading (47), independent reading (126), literature (275), rubrics (32)

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Bookmark this site to find printables, posters, rubrics and much more to enhance your reading instruction. Share with other staff members as a resource for use with their reading program.
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Crickweb Useful Extras - Crickweb

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K to 4
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If you need a resource for countdown timers, Promethean flipcharts, or phonics videos you may find what you need at this "extras" site from Crickweb. These are resources that don't...more
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If you need a resource for countdown timers, Promethean flipcharts, or phonics videos you may find what you need at this "extras" site from Crickweb. These are resources that don't fit neatly into their useful grade level categories, so are in this "other" spot on the site. Included are several Promethean flipcharts in zip format for easy download. Topics include function machines, weigh ins, and a number Venn diagram. Timers are for use on any PC or whiteboard and include countdown clocks in several formats such as a clock, timer, or "bomb."

tag(s): iwb (31), phonics (75), preK (279), time (144)

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Download and save the timers for use during student work time. Set a timer on your interactive whiteboard for students to see time remaining. Promethean users can download and save flip charts for classroom use.
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K20ALT - Authentic Learning and Teaching - University of Oklahoma

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K to 12
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Find lesson plans for English, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Social Studies that integrate STEM and authentic learning principles. You can download innovative lesson plans that use...more
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Find lesson plans for English, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Social Studies that integrate STEM and authentic learning principles. You can download innovative lesson plans that use inquiry, data collection, and scientific thinking to learn the subject. Many of these activities are cross-curricular, as well. One drawback: there does not seem to be a way to set a grade range on a lesson plan search, and lesson grade ranges are not obvious. Most appear to be middle to high school, even though the site is labeled as K-20. Though this site does not require Flash, the videos do.

tag(s): debate (41), engineering (125), inquiry (37), scientific method (64), scientists (68), STEM (134)

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Did you ever think you could get students excited about reviewing the parts of speech? Take a look under the English category to find the lesson titled "War of Words" to see a perfect example of how to combine students' prior knowledge and their interest in arguing into enthusiasm for reviewing the four main parts of speech. This is just an example of how motivational these lessons in core subjects can be. Find lesson plans that include teacher and student resources to bring inquiry and authentic learning into your classroom. Increase STEM in your classroom with the great ideas from the innovative minds of the contributing educators.

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News Bites - National Geographic Kids - National Geographic Kids

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2 to 8
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News Bites is a blog for kids presented by National Geographic. Updated often, this site presents short articles on current events. Many articles include links for further information...more
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News Bites is a blog for kids presented by National Geographic. Updated often, this site presents short articles on current events. Many articles include links for further information or videos. Choose from keywords included with each article to find more information on similar topics. Search also by popular keywords or posts by category or date. Find archived articles by clicking the link at the bottom of the home page.
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tag(s): animals (276), endangered species (38), news (261), newspapers (94)

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Subscribe and follow the blog to receive notification of new entries. Allow students to choose an article to read and share with the class. Have students follow keywords to find further information. Use this site as a resource for students to use to make online "tours" to explain current events or topics of interest using Screenr (reviewed here).
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Teaching Kids News - Teaching Kids News

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2 to 8
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Teaching Kids News is an excellent, visual newspaper for kids grades 2 through 8. Set up in a typical newspaper format, articles contain interesting images and easy to read text. ...more
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Teaching Kids News is an excellent, visual newspaper for kids grades 2 through 8. Set up in a typical newspaper format, articles contain interesting images and easy to read text. Use curriculum connections included with every article for an instant lesson plan or discussion starter. View by choosing category selections such as news, entertainment, science, politics, and more. One interesting and helpful feature is the use of tags with each article. Choose from clearly labeled tags to find other articles with similar topics. Included on the right side of the site are tags used most often on the entire site. Larger and bolder text indicates most widely used tags. Share articles easily using social media links included to most common sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Read the How to Use This Site page for ideas on how to make the most of this site with students.

tag(s): literacy (103), news (261), newspapers (94)

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This site is perfect for interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the site on your whiteboard when discussing current events. Use as a learning center for students to read and journal. Practice with Main Idea or summarizing using these interesting informational texts. ESL/ELL learners can also find accessible news stories here. Provide this link for students to use at home to keep up with current events. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain or summarize any article on the site. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

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Our Little Earth - News for school, news for kids, current events for kids - OurLittleEarth.com

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3 to 8
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Our Little Earth is a biweekly newspaper just for kids. View editions online or subscribe via email for email delivery. Each edition contains short articles from around the world. Some...more
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Our Little Earth is a biweekly newspaper just for kids. View editions online or subscribe via email for email delivery. Each edition contains short articles from around the world. Some include video and images. Articles are generally no longer than two to three paragraphs in length. View previous editions using the past editions link located near the top of the page.

tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94)

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Use as a learning center for students to read and journal. Assign different groups of students articles to read and present to the class. Practice with Main Idea or summarizing using these interesting informational texts. ESL/ELL learners can also find accessible news stories here. Provide this link for students to use at home to keep up with current events.
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ePub Bud - ePub Bud, a not for profit organization

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K to 12
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EPub Bud is a multifaceted site where you can create and share your writing, read ebooks published by others, participate in activities, and join or create groups. You can read ...more
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EPub Bud is a multifaceted site where you can create and share your writing, read ebooks published by others, participate in activities, and join or create groups. You can read and create ebooks for and on any device. EPub Bud uses the standard .epub file format. Go to the page titled "How To Read These ePub eBooks" to see all the different readers and browsers and recommendations for how to read the ebooks. This is perfect for those with more than one device requiring different formats or when sharing eBook resources with others. Use many formats such as doc, PDF, HTML, and more to convert. Also, see their Upload/Convert page. ePub Bud, developed for children's books, also has adult books. You can learn to create books that include audio, too.
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tag(s): ebooks (41), independent reading (126), literature (275)

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What better way to publish for an authentic audience than to have your student's short stories, research, children's books, and novels published here? Use for students to "publish" their own works easily. Write and collaborate using Google Docs, download the document, and then convert using this tool. Use in elementary reading to make instant ebooks from their own writing or from vocabulary words in upcoming units. Use for whole-class collaboration and create a book to share on eBook readers. The books you or your students create can also include audio and video. Offer this site to students who use digital devices to read. You can use this resource to convert eBooks for sharing in a class using a variety of devices. Since there are also adult books on ePub Bud, you will want to supervise any downloading of books by students to read in your classroom. ESL/ELL and learning support students may benefit from being able to hear or see books in a different way. Use these texts in language arts to analyze or manipulate on your interactive whiteboard to teach reading comprehension skills, parts of speech, transition words, vocabulary study, and writing style. Teacher librarians can encourage students to share student-written eBooks or book reviews in the school media center on almost any type of device.

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Comics Workshop for Teachers - Marek Bennett

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K to 12
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth ...more
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth your time. Marek Bennett moved this site from an older Wordpress blog in March, 2014, but much of the older blog (and its great posts) remain as an archive, so explore BOTH. Click on any of the comic images to view posters, books, and tips for using comics in the classroom. Take the time to explore and view each of the links available. Be sure to check out the information about comics and multiple intelligences. Take time to explore other areas of the blog for more information on creating and using comics. There is information about paid workshops, but the site has much to offer without spending a cent.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), digital storytelling (142), stories and storytelling (32)

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Be sure to check out Teachers First's Comics Resources for many other ideas and tools for using comics in the classroom. Comics are great for telling the "story" of any curriculum concept, such as insect life cycles or biographies. They are also very creative for using with languages, ESL/ELL, gifted, and learning resource students for writing.

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Crickweb Early Years Learning Activities for Preschool/Infant/Kindergarten - Crickweb

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K to 1
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This site offers fifteen learning games for early childhood. Activities include learning about sounds, counting, colors, seasons, and more. Directions are clear, and voice prompts motivate...more
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This site offers fifteen learning games for early childhood. Activities include learning about sounds, counting, colors, seasons, and more. Directions are clear, and voice prompts motivate interest in activities. Icons next to the games give a quick overview of the activity and have a short description of the game. Note that the vocabulary and speech are British, so American children may need to adjust a bit for slight differences.
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tag(s): colors (79), counting (120), literacy (103), numbers (204), phonics (75), preK (279)

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Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or as a center activity. Create a link to games on classroom computers for student use. Share this site with parents through your classroom newsletter or blog for use at home.
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VideoJug: School Subjects - VideoJug Corporation Limited

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4 to 12
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This area of the VideoJug video sharing site offers many resources sorted by school subject. Choose from math, poetry, cool experiments or other educational topics. Search for items...more
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This area of the VideoJug video sharing site offers many resources sorted by school subject. Choose from math, poetry, cool experiments or other educational topics. Search for items using the search bar or sort videos by most viewed, newest, or hot now categories. Click on the thumbnail link to view the full video and view text below the video link. Many videos include text of the content below the video window so you can recap important steps or ideas. Register using your email and a password to save favorite videos. There is a short advertisement at the beginning of each video. Though the overall site is not in Flash, the videos are. Note that this education area is a part of a wider Videojug sharing site that includes topics not appropriate for schools ("Love and Dating," etc.). Control access if using the site with young people. Find links to specific video pages by clicking Embed at top left of the video and copying the link or the embed code.
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tag(s): experiments (71), poetry (227), punctuation (43), video (253)

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Search the site for videos to use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) with students. Share direct links to specific videos on your classroom website or blog for students to view at home. Think about using Grokit/Answers reviewed here, to put questions with the videos viewed at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos on any topic using the videos as examples. Share the videos created on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Animal Tribe - Ariadne Green

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K to 6
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Find not only photos but articles all about animal archetypes used in totems. Learn how indigenous tribes all over the world honored their animal relations as friends and guides. This...more
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Find not only photos but articles all about animal archetypes used in totems. Learn how indigenous tribes all over the world honored their animal relations as friends and guides. This site focuses on seeing animals as allies, self-concept, relationship to family and friends, social values, and spiritual development through getting to know animal traits. Find lesson plans for creating your own totems and more!
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tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), endangered species (38), native americans (78), social skills (20)

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Find lesson plans under the Parents and Teachers link along the top. Find a link to the Totem Pole lesson plan to create a totem pole and understand the significance in your classroom. With Common Core State Standards, there is a push for nonfiction reading and writing. Use this site to focus on nonfiction. Make it a learning station where students look at the photos, reading the captions and articles about the various aspects of animal life. Students could have a special notebook where they summarize or write an opinion about what they learned from "Animal Tribes" that day. Young children could use the information to make a picture book of their own, summarizing what they read (or heard read to them). Include this site during a unit on Native Americans as you learn about their tales and beliefs about animals.

Language arts and ESL/ELL teachers could have students write their own description of the pictures and then compare their captions to those on the site. Students could also write a fictional story about what is happening in one of the pictures. The site also mentions endangered animals. Students could research their favorite animal to see if it is endangered or threatened. Why not make it more interactive and have students create an online, interactive poster using a program like Tackk, reviewed here,

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iPiccy - iPiccy.com

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4 to 12
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This tool is a terrific online photo editing and paint app. No account or registration is necessary. Upload a picture or find the URL of a photo from online or ...more
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This tool is a terrific online photo editing and paint app. No account or registration is necessary. Upload a picture or find the URL of a photo from online or Facebook. Re-size, flip, rotate, crop, or alter the exposure, saturation, and contrast. Use additional features such as fix image, smart blur, and reflections. Use even more effects such as a cartoonizer, artistic painting, or wanted photo. You will love the retouch section which features the standard red-eye and blemish fix, along with teeth whitening. Add captions or text to the pictures with a wide selection of fonts. You can also create collages, but you must enable local storage of images on your computer. The Painter section includes standard pen, brush, erase with a sponge, and burn effects to allow for drawings on the pictures. Once completed, download the finished picture to a computer, post on Facebook, share by url, or upload to Flickr. Here is a sampleof adding text to an online image without even creating an account.
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tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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Use this tool anytime that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. Encourage students to use on images for projects or presentations. Use the editor to edit pictures to fit styles of pictures when doing historical reports or to set a mood. Use caption bubbles for the photos themselves to tell the stories. Have students annotate or label Creative Commons online images of cells, structures of an animal, and much more, sharing the results (with an image credit) on your class wiki.
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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 (69), cultures (105), literacy (103)

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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 (228), map skills (80), maps (288), natural resources (59), virtual field trips (48)

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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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Kideo Player! - Tom Ajello

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K to 2
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This kid-safe YouTube video player features videos such as entertaining and educational cartoons, language learning and animal programs; most programs are from PBS Kids or other "reliable"...more
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This kid-safe YouTube video player features videos such as entertaining and educational cartoons, language learning and animal programs; most programs are from PBS Kids or other "reliable" sources. Navigation is simple: just press the space bar to move on to the next video. Choose from "Just for Moms" or "Most Popular" options or simply allow programs to appear on their own. Small text ads do appear on some videos, but you can close them. Note that many schools block YouTube, so test to see if this site works at school.
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tag(s): preK (279), video (253)

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Suggest Kideos to parents as an alternative to YouTube for their little ones. Kids will be able to find all the content they are looking for without any of the inappropriate comments found on some YouTube videos. Mark this site in classroom Favorites to use as a student-directed interactive whiteboard center without fear of "bad" content. If students discover videos you would like to use in lessons, you can click "View on YouTube" to open in YouTube's usual page and copy the video url. Use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here, to show specific videos without the YouTube clutter.
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Virtual Sentence Board - North Baddesley Infant School

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K to 2
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Practice sentence writing or sight word skills with this drag and drop sentence board. Drag words from the sets at the bottom of the board onto the board in any ...more
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Practice sentence writing or sight word skills with this drag and drop sentence board. Drag words from the sets at the bottom of the board onto the board in any order, and rearrange as needed. Included are four sets; change by using the drop box on the page. Type in any word to use on the drawing board. One limitation of the site is that each word set stands alone and will not mix with other word sets. Adapt this by typing in your own words as needed. This site will work on iOS tablet devices because it does not require Flash.

tag(s): preK (279), sentences (52), sight words (37)

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Practice sight word recognition by having students drag words they can read to the sentence board. See how many they can read from each set. Create a link on classroom computers for students to practice creating sentences from word sets. Use on your interactive whiteboard to create sentences as a class or a student-run center. Share with parents through your classroom website or newsletter for sight word practice at home.

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DearReader - Suzanne Beecher

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4 to 12
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Don't know what to read next? No problem. Sign up and, based on your interests, you will receive short excerpts via email for suggested books every day. See a quick ...more
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Don't know what to read next? No problem. Sign up and, based on your interests, you will receive short excerpts via email for suggested books every day. See a quick look at a book before deciding to read the entire novel. Join email book clubs at local libraries with the book club links on this site.

tag(s): independent reading (126), literature (275)

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Sign up for DearReader and receive daily emails with book excerpts. Share the excerpts with your class as a way to hook some into reading or to offer book suggestions. Use the emails as an example of a service that students may want to try; have students choose an interesting excerpt from a book they are reading and share with others via email or your classroom blog or website. Consider having students create "talking pictures" to read their excerpt using Fotobabble reviewed here. Use excerpts as a discussion starter in literacy circles or writers workshops.

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KIDSINCO - KIDSINCO.com

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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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What Speed Do you Read? - Staples.com

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Speed read your way into an easy to use speed reading test. In just a few minutes, read and take a short comprehension quiz; discover your time and how ...more
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Speed read your way into an easy to use speed reading test. In just a few minutes, read and take a short comprehension quiz; discover your time and how you compare nationally. Next, discover how long it would take you to read War and Peace, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Lord of the Rings, Catch 22, and 1984.
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tag(s): independent reading (126), reading comprehension (116)

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Race to read, with Staples simple Speed reading test. Offer your students and parents an easy way to track reading fluency. Use this tool to open discussion about the reasons why we sometimes need to slow down and how practice can build fluency. Offer contests, use in portfolios, or just plain have fun reading! Begin by using on the interactive whiteboard and reading aloud and modeling good reading behaviors. Help students discover the skills of great comprehension. Have students graph the family results. Test your principal and other teachers. Use this website to prove reading takes practice. For another reading speed builder, try Easy Prompter, reviewed here.
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WhatWasThere - Enlighten Ventures, LLC

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Search for any place in the world and view images of "what was there" in the past using a Google Maps street view. Find your location on Google Maps, then ...more
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Search for any place in the world and view images of "what was there" in the past using a Google Maps street view. Find your location on Google Maps, then search through the list of available photographs. View the photo details or view in Google Street View (the little orange man). Photo details include date taken, title, description, and copyright information. Roll over the photo for a magnified view. In Street View, you can fade in and out through the photograph. You can upload photos, too. This tool is also available as an iPhone app.

tag(s): communities (35), images (265), local history (13), maps (288), photography (160)

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Use this tool to explore the changes in your local area or elsewhere. Compare medicine, education, nutrition, and more from each of the time periods. Create a campaign to showcase your local area today by cataloguing various neighborhoods with your classes. Write stories about life in each of the historical periods. Research headline news of those days, political figures, and major achievements. In elementary grades, show how towns and cities change over time by projecting the photos and maps as part of your Communities unit. In very early grades, introduce the very idea of history by showing "what was there" at familiar local sites. Have students write stories about what happened there "once upon a time."

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