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Jeanne DuPrau, Author - Jeanne DuPrau

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5 to 8
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When teachers find a book that hangs readers on the edge of their seats, they want more of the 'good thing.' That is what happened when Jeanne DuPrau wrote ...more
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When teachers find a book that hangs readers on the edge of their seats, they want more of the 'good thing.' That is what happened when Jeanne DuPrau wrote The City of Ember . Readers entered another world. This site explores this world and the author who created it. Now the book that is on every upper elementary and middle school shelf is a movie (released October, 2008). The sequel and prequel to The City of Ember allowed the reader to know the background to the suspenseful book, plus brought the reader into the future. Now, a fourth book in the series will hit the shelves in 2008. At the Random House link (the publisher of Ember); there is an interactive puzzle map of the city of Ember for students to put into place. Check out this site for more information about this author and her books. Specific links at this website include "Books," "About Jeanne," "What's Next," "FAQ," and "Contact."

tag(s): electricity (89)

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To find author interviews and activities that correlate with The City of Ember , go to the FAQ link. Share the link on your teacher web page as one of many author sites when doing author studies.
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Skip's Radio Scripts for Language Learners - Skip Reske

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6 to 12
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These adapted radio scripts assist ESL/ELL students with learning how to use articles and grammar correctly, increase vocabulary, and improve reading comprehension. A highly motivating...more
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These adapted radio scripts assist ESL/ELL students with learning how to use articles and grammar correctly, increase vocabulary, and improve reading comprehension. A highly motivating site, students can see photos of old movies and even enjoy clips from the movies as they work with the scripts.

tag(s): grammar (217), movies (66), radio (26)

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This website is particularly useful if your ESL/ELL students want to perform a portion of a play. If your students are having difficulty with article usage, try a different approach to teaching the skill in the context of drama. If you have access to DVDs of the films used, you may want to play a few clips for the students.

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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - Randall Davis

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3 to 12
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This site offers audible everyday conversations with adult and children's voices for ESL/ELL students. There are three levels of difficulty. Each story (conversation) includes before,...more
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This site offers audible everyday conversations with adult and children's voices for ESL/ELL students. There are three levels of difficulty. Each story (conversation) includes before, during, and after listening information. Note: some content, such as "Dating Woes," "The Ideal Woman," and "Personal Problems" may not be appropriate for younger students. Preview! There are some small Google ads, but they are not objectionable. This site requires Windows Media Player or Real Media and Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): listening (90)

In the Classroom

Consider using some of the listening exercises to help all students learn to become better listeners or to discuss the concept of "main idea." Turn up your speakers (and use a projector to display the "quiz script," if you wish) to share the stories and questions or assign stories for student listening in a center. Use the follow-up questions to assess listening skills.

Be sure to follow your school district's guidelines for students posting information online if they will be responding to the blog feature on this site.
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Travel For Kids - Globetracks

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2 to 8
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This website provides easy-to-access information about numerous countries. The information focuses on what would interest travelers to each country: the main cities, sites of interest,...more
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This website provides easy-to-access information about numerous countries. The information focuses on what would interest travelers to each country: the main cities, sites of interest, geographical features, food, shopping, family activities, and books. There are approximately 40 countries included (such as Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Canada, Cuba, Chile, Bali, Kenya, and numerous others). The highlight of this website is the wonderful annotated list of books about each country.

tag(s): countries (76)

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Have students research various countries throughout the world -- maybe one from their famiy heritage. Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to have them share the various countries. Have your students read books from the various countries. Then challenge your students to create travel posters or broshures about the country. World language teachers can use the country information for students to learn "plan a trip" to a country where residents speak the language you are studying and create a tour advertisement in the language.

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Spelling Bee - Interactives - Annenberg Media

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1 to 12
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Are you looking for a new way to integrate spelling into your lesson plans? This helpful website offers interactive spelling challenges for grades 1-12. Students type in their names,...more
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Are you looking for a new way to integrate spelling into your lesson plans? This helpful website offers interactive spelling challenges for grades 1-12. Students type in their names, and are directed to short stories. The stories are cloze passages, i.e. have blanks for missing words. The website will read the stories to the students, or the students can read the stories themselves. There is also an option to click on the speaker sign next to the blank, to hear the word that needs to be spelled. The Spelling Bee requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): spelling (169)

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What a fabulous language arts resource - integrating reading, listening, and spelling skills. Project the stories on an interactive whiteboard or screen and have students take turns reading the story aloud to the class. Then have the students record their spelling words at their seats. Once you have gone through the entire short story, ask students to share how they spelled each word. Take a class poll to determine the correct spelling and have students take turns typing the "winning" word into the blank space. Or have teams take turns at the interactive whiteboard, trying to get the best possible score and "defeat" the other groups' scores. You will see some arguments, no doubt!
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CuePrompter.com: The Online Teleprompter - Hannu Multanen

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2 to 12
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This handy online tool (Windows only--sorry) makes any computer screen into a "teleprompter" (scrolling screen with the text YOU paste in). No membership or log in is required. Just...more
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This handy online tool (Windows only--sorry) makes any computer screen into a "teleprompter" (scrolling screen with the text YOU paste in). No membership or log in is required. Just open the site and copy/paste in the text from a word doc (or type it in, but there is no way to SAVE it on the site). We recommend keeping your text ready-to-copy/paste and saved in another program. Set the font size and screen size to large or small. When you are ready to "speak," click the "start prompter" button. The speed controls are at the top of the screen. Remember that F11 will make any web page full screen without menus and toolbars. If you are fortunate enough to have a rear projection screen, the text can even be reversed. Anyone who wants scrolling text can just paste and go. The maximum text length is 2000 characters, but you could always have a second window ready and switch mid-speech. See System Requirements if you cannot get it to work.

tag(s): fluency (23), speech (91)

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Why bother with this one? Lots of reasons! Once they see it, your students are sure to come up with more, but here is a start: Try making a sample dialog for students to follow out loud as your project it in a foreign language or ESL/ELL class. Be sure to write in script format so they know who is speaking! Or share this tool with students who need help getting their nose out of their notes in presenting speeches. They can run it on a laptop only they can see and look out at the audience past the prompter. The comfort of having their text right there will ease many butterflies.

An alternate use: build reading fluency by having students read aloud from this tech-tool. They will be FAR more motivated to read up to speed! Speech clinicians may want to try it for articulation practice, as well.

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While this is a great tool. I found http://www.freeteleprompter.org/ much easier to use. Cueprompter looks rather cluttered and dated. Just my 2 cents as you guys would say. Dave, , Grades: 6 - 12

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The History of Jim Crow - NYLife/PBS

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6 to 12
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This website presents a comprehensive look at Jim Crow and the history of segregation in the United States. It is full of direct information as well as links to related ...more
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This website presents a comprehensive look at Jim Crow and the history of segregation in the United States. It is full of direct information as well as links to related sites. Subtopics include television, geography, history, American literature, and teacher resources. The teacher resources include lesson plans (with standards), activities, and other resources. The literature connections provided are the "icing on the cake." Note: some additional information about the site -- and sales of videos -- appears in a pop-up. You may want to temporarily allow pop-ups to see if this information is helpful.

tag(s): segregation (15)

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There are countless ways that secondary teachers could incorporate this website. The lesson plans are ready to go and simple to use (see Teacher Resources). Why not work together with your teaching team to offer an interdisciplinary unit on segregation, relating the history to literature? Use the books, To Kill a Mockingbird, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, or numerous others to help your students visualize the time period and make connections about the history and the literature. This website is also a great opportunity for collaborative work. Have your students read different historical fiction books from this time period, and then share the various similarities that they find. As an extension, have students write fictional blog entries from people they read about.
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Online Stopwatch - online-stopwatch.com

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K to 12
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What a wonderful tool to use in any classroom. This website provides an online stop watch (as the name suggests). On the home page, you have your choice of a ...more
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What a wonderful tool to use in any classroom. This website provides an online stop watch (as the name suggests). On the home page, you have your choice of a stop watch (counting up from 0) or a countdown (for the number of minutes or seconds you choose). There is even a "large stop watch" link that makes the counting a full-screen adventure (perfect if you are using your desktop computer at a distance -- easier for students to see). The stop watch and countdown both require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): counting (119)

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There are many uses for this practical online tool. Get out your interactive whiteboard or projection screen (or even the classroom desktop computer) and make sure the speakers are turned up. Use this tool for students to practice speeches, or to limit time for a quiz or spelling test. Shrink the stopwatch window in the corner of your interactive whiteboard as you time different teams completing a drag-and-drop challenge. The countdown feature could also be used for timing the rotations from center to center. You can even use the timer for reading fluency exercises or physical education warm-ups! A clever classroom management tool would be to start the visible count-down on your computer screen when you want the class to settle down for directions or to transition to the next subject. Kindergarten students can practice counting along with the watch!
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This is truly a wonderful tool, it uses flash though so it won't work on the iPad, in that case I suggest using http://ipadstopwatch.com it does the same thing but also has it's own unique features. Luis, , Grades: 0 - 12

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100 Free Short Stories for ESL - Rong-Chang Li & Bill Bailey

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6 to 12
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This website provides a large collection of short stories selected for beginning and advanced beginning ESL students. The subject matter of many stories is not appropriate for younger...more
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This website provides a large collection of short stories selected for beginning and advanced beginning ESL students. The subject matter of many stories is not appropriate for younger students. Some include topics you would find in newspaper articles, and some deal with dating. Preview! The website allows you to read the story yourself or click on the speaker icon to hear the story read aloud. The site could also be used to provide extra reading and reading/listening for struggling readers. There are also an online dictionary, numerous follow-up activities to check comprehension, and crossword puzzles. The questions and other review activities provide immediate feedback. This website requires RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): puzzles (209), reading comprehension (114), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125)

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Share these activities with individual students as an assignment or independent practice on your classroom computer and as a link from your web site. The reading and activities are easy to work on independently because of the listening feature and the available dictionary. Don't forget to provide headphones. Provide this link for the families of ESL/ELL students to read (or listen) to the stories together.
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Beacon Street Girls - B*tween Productions, Inc.

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4 to 7
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For those teachers, school counselors, and parents looking for a safe place for "tween" girls to feel acceptance - check out this website based on the Beacon Street Girls. This ...more
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For those teachers, school counselors, and parents looking for a safe place for "tween" girls to feel acceptance - check out this website based on the Beacon Street Girls. This website offers interactive games, details about Beacon Street Girls books, and other ways to connect with girls from around the world. You will have to steer clear of some advertising content. Some of the activities require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): adolescence (11)

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Counselors working with small groups of girls may want to include this as an activity option or discussion starter in their meetings. Teachers who find that girls' interpersonal behavior is interfering with classwork, especially in middle school, may also find that this site can provide a positive activity during study halls and even provide some writing ideas for girls' journals.
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Musical English Lessons - Bibi Baxter

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4 to 10
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This very ambitious site reviews many traditional grammar rules/issues and attempts to link the grammar with lessons gleaned from lyrics to popular songs. The grammar is in the center...more
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This very ambitious site reviews many traditional grammar rules/issues and attempts to link the grammar with lessons gleaned from lyrics to popular songs. The grammar is in the center of the page and lots of options for using music frames the page on both sides. There is a wide variety of content, for teachers willing to take the time to search. Lesson plans, information on hot topics, proverbs, sport features, and games are only some of the offerings which try to link grammar to music.

tag(s): grammar (217), idioms (44), songs (52)

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Use this website to connect grammar rules and issues with songs that know. Share this site with learning support teachers or as extra help during a tough grammar lesson. Use music with ESL/ELL students as much as possible to reinforce pronunciation, listening, and memorization of grammar structures. These activities are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Project the activity on the screen and have students work individually or in pairs to complete the challenge. These activities are appropriate for small group instruction in an ESL, ELL, or Special Education class - but they could also be used in a regular education class to reinforce grammar understanding.

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Picturing a Canadian Life: L.M. Montgomery's Personal Scrapbooks and Book Covers, - Confederation Centre Art Gallery

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6 to 10
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A compilation site sponsored by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery of Canada, this page is a wonderful resource for anything L. M. Montgomery. It is an inclusive site that discusses...more
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A compilation site sponsored by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery of Canada, this page is a wonderful resource for anything L. M. Montgomery. It is an inclusive site that discusses diverse topics from the book covers to her books through Scrapbooking, collecting and creating images, research, a section called "cultural tourists," and learning fun. The activities available are as varied as the topics offered. The history portion is especially interesting for studying turn of the century women ("The Changing Role of Women in L. M. Montgomery's Time"). An intriguing aspect of this site is the fact that it approaches writing from a visual angle.

tag(s): authors (120), literature (274), writing (361)

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The scrapbooking approach is truly engaging: students can create their own scrapbooks on a variety of subjects (limited only by what interests them!). After looking through the "Collecting and Creating Images" art of the site, have students individually or in groups create their own scrapbooks of an incident in their lives, or their school, and then write about it. Or have them create scrapbooks on an author as part of your reading class.

If you have digital cameras and/or computers available, make the scrapbooks digitally. PowerPoint slides make great scrapbook "pages." If it's easier, create paper scrapbooks with writing. Whatever you do, be sure to plan a scrapbook sharing day or event to include an audience outside your class. The projects will be ten times better for the authentic audience!

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Themes and Literature Circles - Literature Learning Ladders

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1 to 8
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Themes and Literature Circles offers explanations, tips, and ideas based on current scientific research for creating literature circles in the classroom. The site provides several theme...more
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Themes and Literature Circles offers explanations, tips, and ideas based on current scientific research for creating literature circles in the classroom. The site provides several theme examples to get started as well as book lists for each theme, technology ideas, and Internet connections. Some of the topics included are 100th Day Celebration, All About Me & Celebrating Diversity, Colonial America, Quilts, Japanese Internment Camps, Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Native American Legends.

tag(s): literature (274), literature circles (5), themes (12)

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Use the thematic Internet links for web quests and teacher resources as part of an interdisciplinary or team-taught unit. Share the reading lists with your school library/media specialist for featured displays. If you want to really generate student enthusiasm have the class create a wiki on the theme, including book reviews and informational pages on the topic. Don't know about wikis? See the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through to get started.

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Fridge Magnet Poetry Board - Nitric Interactive

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3 to 8
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Introducing fridge magnets on the web! This interesting site could provide great creative writing entertainment and engaging grammar for students. The site provides a variety of words,...more
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Introducing fridge magnets on the web! This interesting site could provide great creative writing entertainment and engaging grammar for students. The site provides a variety of words, on magnet-looking pieces, that the students can manipulate to create their own stories or poems. Younger students may need assistance with some of the more difficult vocabulary words. The actual "magnets" appear in a new window and require Java. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): writing (361)

In the Classroom

This site would be great on individual classroom computers or a cluster or as a whole class grammar or figures of speech lesson on interactive whiteboard. Another idea: Have students create a story related to a current classroom topic or skill. Have students submit their creations to share on the site by submitting a screen "dump" (also known as a screen shot). Use the PrtSc key to "copy" your screen and PASTE it into a document for submission. We recommend making the submission anonymous or using the class as the name.

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Hoax or Not? - Chris Clementi

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5 to 8
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This web quest offers guided practice for students to research on the Internet and evaluate sites. Students review given sites and research facts to determine if the information is...more
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This web quest offers guided practice for students to research on the Internet and evaluate sites. Students review given sites and research facts to determine if the information is fact or fiction. For a final project, students create a creature and use creative writing skills to write a hoax about the creature. A KWL chart, web site rating, final project rubric, and a tutorial for the final project are included. This site requires Adobe Reader for some pages. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): creative writing (166)

In the Classroom

This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Before you assign a research project on your middle school team, take the time to work through this webquest. Every student on the team will benefit when it comes time to do research in ANY subject. Perhaps you can "divvy up" the webquest tasks and time across multiple subjects so no one class needs spend too long on this foundation experience.

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NASA Education - NASA

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K to 12
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Interactive games, activities, lessons, videos, facts, projects...the NASA list of resources is vast. TeachersFirst lists many individual activities and lessons, but this well-designed...more
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Interactive games, activities, lessons, videos, facts, projects...the NASA list of resources is vast. TeachersFirst lists many individual activities and lessons, but this well-designed teacher portal will give you access to even more. Explore this site for a wealth of information about NASA, space, math, and science in general. From history to the present, your students will grow in NASA knowledge as they interact with the site. All ages, from preschool to college, can find appropriate information at this site.

tag(s): moon (72), nasa (39), space (207)

In the Classroom

The whiteboard would be a great asset in playing the games. Most games are for individual fun, so using laptops or a learning center would work well, too. For the older students, this site's vast information would be a great starting point for projects or reports. Make science real for your students. Reading teachers seeking non-fiction articles for comprehension practice will find excellent options from the news listings on the home page.

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Mystery Net's Kids Mystery - MysteryNet: The Online Mystery Network

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4 to 9
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If solving a good mystery is what your students crave, then this website is worthy of bookmarking. There are 28 'quick solve' mystery stories provided. Students read the story, and...more
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If solving a good mystery is what your students crave, then this website is worthy of bookmarking. There are 28 'quick solve' mystery stories provided. Students read the story, and then choose the perpetrator. Clues are provided as necessary. This website also features 29 chiller mystery stories to solve. At the bottom of the screen, you will find links to lesson plans (about mysteries), mystery bibliographies, a "tricks" page, and much more.

tag(s): forensics (27)

In the Classroom

Reading teachers in the elementary and middle grades will appreciate the complicated story line at a lower reading level. Students will be motivated to read more of the stories.

Why not display the mystery on an interactive whiteboard (or projection screen) as an anticipatory set for a science class on forensics, reading lesson about "finding clues," or a mystery unit. Use the tools to highlight clue words and other ways that the mystery "leads" you to the solution. Challenge your class to create their own 'quick solve' mysteries individually or with a partner on a class wiki. If your teaching assignment allows you to team teach, coordinate your mysteries in reading class with a look at scientific method in science class, using these mysteries.

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Inspiration Lane - Susan Alyn

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4 to 12
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This dynamic site offers a blog-style newspaper for ESL/ELL students and could also be used in other academic areas. The daily entries follow the same basic format: "Quote of the ...more
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This dynamic site offers a blog-style newspaper for ESL/ELL students and could also be used in other academic areas. The daily entries follow the same basic format: "Quote of the Day," "This Day in History," "Article of the Day," "Comic Creators," "Cooking State," "Match Up," "Museum Town," and "Caption Central." All change daily! "Today's English Lesson" changes on weekdays. Like a newspaper, teachers and students can read a single feature or the entire sheet. Interspersed with the information are grammar reminders and practical applications. For foreign language students and beginning language learners, there is an option to translate the page into Korean, French, German, Italian, Portuguese,Spanish, Japanese, simplified Chinese and even Arabic!

tag(s): cooking (34), news (260), pronunciation (43), vocabulary (323)

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Project this on your whiteboard at the start of your lesson as students enter or to wrap up the final five minutes with interesting clips from history, quotes, ESL in music etc. Encourage your students to try a new vocabulary word each day on their own. If your students have Internet access outside of class (even in study hall), require a weekly current events response for writing practice--perhaps on a class blog?
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Reading Online Journal - International Reading Association

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Access hundreds of reading education articles through this International Reading Association's online journal site. To search articles, simply type in the key words and hit 'go.' ...more
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Access hundreds of reading education articles through this International Reading Association's online journal site. To search articles, simply type in the key words and hit 'go.' Another option is to browse the author, title or subject index. Keeping afresh in the field of reading means knowing the research and new ideas. Grab a cuppa joe, and plan your next personal development session at this site.

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Aaron Shephard's RT (Reader's Theater) Page - Aaron Shephard

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3 to 12
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This page provides lots of info and resources for using reader's theater in conjunction with plays, manuscripts, and folktales. Besides displaying Shephard's books for sale, click on...more
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This page provides lots of info and resources for using reader's theater in conjunction with plays, manuscripts, and folktales. Besides displaying Shephard's books for sale, click on Aaron's Extras to find scripts for plays and tales you can use in the classroom. Other offerings include worksheets, examples of scripting sheets you can use or learn to do it yourself, tips for using RT, and links to other references. You can search among the many materials available by genre, country, historical period, theme, etc.

tag(s): plays (36), writing (361)

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Use this website to find hints on how to dramatize the literature or folklore you're studying in the classroom. ESL students will find using Reader's Theater particularly helpful as they can read, speak, and listen to the materials and have more chances at comprehension. Similarly, students who are visual or oral learners will benefit from the multi-sensory presentations.
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