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History's Heroes - E2BN

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4 to 12
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Discover some of history's real life heroes at History's Heroes. Learn the story of little-known people from history, explore their timeline, read and hear other's views and opinions,...more
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Discover some of history's real life heroes at History's Heroes. Learn the story of little-known people from history, explore their timeline, read and hear other's views and opinions, listen/view audio stories with more information, then decide for yourself if each person is really a hero using the interactive activity. There are also links to Encode a Message or Record Your Own Speech. Explore the teacher resources for lesson ideas and curriculum links. Heroes range from Anne Askew to Elizabeth Fry to Allen Turing and many others.

tag(s): american revolution (86), england (57), heroes (24), holocaust (39), slavery (72), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Use History's Heroes as a resource for teaching about unsung or little known heroes. Share the information on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Highlight a "Hero of the Week" from this website. Have students view activities on their own. Challenge cooperative learning groups to use the information to write a story persuading others that this person is or is not a real hero. (Common Core asks for evidence in supporting written opinions!) This site is excellent for enrichment or for gifted. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students use Fakebook (reviewed here) to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about any person featured on this site. Challenge students to "find" and create projects to share about other unsung heroes. Looking for some engaging presentation tools? Check out the TeachersFirst Edge Multimedia tools reviewed here. As you study local history, have students discover and describe the unsung heroes of your community. In higher level literature discussions, talk about the definition of "hero" and how these real life heroes compare to those in literature.
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Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives - Nestle USA

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K to 6
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Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives is a resource for educators, parents, and after school programs to support students in attaining healthy lifestyles. View all of the information...more
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Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives is a resource for educators, parents, and after school programs to support students in attaining healthy lifestyles. View all of the information in the packets. There are packets for Grades K-3 and for Grades 3-6. Packets include instructional activities, planning resources tied to National Curriculum Standards, tools for parents, and additional materials such as activity cards and posters. Download most information and materials in easy to manage PDF format.

tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Download materials for use during nutrition and health units. Use posters available on the site as inspiration for students to create their own posters, Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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I want to be... - The Ad Council

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4 to 12
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that...more
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that are recycled, how to recycle them, and the new items they become. In Recycling Journey, follow an item from curbside pickup to the new item it becomes. Visit Do Your Part and share information about recycling with others you know via social media. Put in your local zip code to find opportunities to recycle in your local area.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), natural resources (59), plastics (9), recycling (57), resources (112)

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For Earth Day or everyday, use this site to raise awareness about the energy that is used to create items and how energy can be saved by using recycled materials. Students can research statistics about the various items used in the United States and abroad. Discover why recycling is an important endeavor to combat pollution and energy use. Create a public service announcement for your school or community to learn more about the benefits of recycling. Initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling many items from the school including paper. Classes can tally the pounds of materials saved for recycling. Have students create informational commercials and share them using a hosting service such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Hurricanes - Curriculumbits

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4 to 8
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This simple website explains how hurricanes form. Each screen contains just one sentence which the you can read and also listen to. One of the most interesting parts of this ...more
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This simple website explains how hurricanes form. Each screen contains just one sentence which the you can read and also listen to. One of the most interesting parts of this short explanation is the page that shows inside a hurricane. The language and vocabulary used is scientifically correct but easy to understand. It also explains how the Safifir-Simpson scale measures the strength of hurricanes. Finally, an interactive screen allows students to see the effects of different levels of hurricane devastation.

tag(s): hurricanes (35), weather (188)

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Have students do a comparison of two famous American hurricanes using Pinwords reviewed here. Challenge students to upload a copyright-safe photo, and then detail the effects of the storm as if it were a news report.
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Tsunamis - Curriculumbits

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4 to 12
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This informative but simple website describes the formation of tsunamis. It combines drawings with real photos of the Sri Lankan tsunami of 2004. Although each page of the site contains...more
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This informative but simple website describes the formation of tsunamis. It combines drawings with real photos of the Sri Lankan tsunami of 2004. Although each page of the site contains only one oral and text sentence, the vocabulary used is accurate and scientific. The map of possible tsunami locations based on the presence of plates deep in the earth's surface provides a vivid picture of the original of the powerful waves.

tag(s): geology (81), tsunamis (16), weather (188)

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Have students, working in groups, create a project using a tool such as Padlet, reviewed here) to provide a comparison of the devastation of previous tsunamis using photos, drawings, and maps.
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Volcanoes - Curriculumbits

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4 to 12
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This simple, but very informative site shows how volcanoes form. Each screen contains only one sentence, which is both text and oral. It shows the three different types of volcanoes...more
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This simple, but very informative site shows how volcanoes form. Each screen contains only one sentence, which is both text and oral. It shows the three different types of volcanoes and contrasts their characteristics. One of the most interesting pages in the site is the map which shows where most of the world's volcanoes are including the infamous Ring of Fire.

tag(s): geology (81), volcanoes (61)

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Have students make mock volcanoes from papier-mache. Have different groups of students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of volcanic activity in various areas in the world. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Earthquakes - Curriculumbits

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4 to 10
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This simple, but very informative site shows how earthquakes form. Although each screen contains only one sentence, which is both text and oral, the correct scientific vocabulary used...more
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This simple, but very informative site shows how earthquakes form. Although each screen contains only one sentence, which is both text and oral, the correct scientific vocabulary used makes it a valuable site for geography buffs.

tag(s): earthquakes (48), geology (81), weather (188)

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Use this site in an introductory lesson on weather disasters or geographic oddities. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create simple Infographic comparing different famous earthquakes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
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Tornadoes - Curriculumbits

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2 to 8
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This simple site describes the development of a tornado. Both vocal and written sentences show exactly what happens when a tornado forms. The most interesting part is the last screen...more
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This simple site describes the development of a tornado. Both vocal and written sentences show exactly what happens when a tornado forms. The most interesting part is the last screen where you can click the different levels of tornadoes (from F0 to F5) to see what happens to a typical scene. This site will be great for ESL/ELL or resource students since each screen is very simple, easy to read, and vocally backed up.

tag(s): tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Use this as an introduction to a lesson on different kinds of severe weather or in the aftermath of a severe tornado strike. Have students make dioramas of a typical neighborhood scene and then, following the illustration of the tornado devastation from this site, take down whatever parts of the neighborhood will disappear, depending on the severity of the storm.
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Backpack Practice - Backpack Practice

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K to 12
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Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math,...more
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Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math, science, history, or languages to begin. Be sure to allow the program to access your computer microphone when prompted. Some answers are given as a spoken response. View the image and respond to the prompt: identify the president, say the number of dots on the dice, etc. If unsure, you can pass. Your number of correct responses and passes display on the left of the screen throughout the task. Be sure to speak clearly for Backpack Practice to recognize your response. Our editors did notice that the program sometimes gets behind in "hearing" your response, and we also noticed an occasional typo.

tag(s): addition (251), animals (276), continents (50), countries (77), division (172), grammar (216), map skills (80), money (193), multiplication (227), numbers (204), phonics (75), preK (279), presidents (130), speech (92), sports (96), states (163), subtraction (208), test prep (96), time (144), vocabulary (324)

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Share Backpack Practice with students for a quick practice of math facts, continents, presidents, and much more. Explore the various topics available for your grade level/subject area. Challenge students to improve their time or score for completing activities. Since many of the activities require speaking, not typing, this site is useful for all ages and abilities. Provide this link on your class website for students to access at home (if they have Google Chrome).

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Earth Engine - Google

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7 to 12
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This free collection uses satellite imagery to show changes in land use across the Earth since 1984. This landing page explains the time lapse project and showcases a group of ...more
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This free collection uses satellite imagery to show changes in land use across the Earth since 1984. This landing page explains the time lapse project and showcases a group of Featured Sites using time lapse satellite imagery. Enter a city in the search bar at the top to find data from other areas. Note: Keep in mind that imagery may not be available in all areas since the year 1984. This tool however shows exactly how areas have changed in many key areas such as the Amazon Rainforest, Dubai, and Las Vegas. Look at other natural areas such as the Aral Sea or the Columbia Glacier. This site uses Google Maps and/or the Google Earth browser plugin, so pretest it to be sure it works on the computer(s) you want to use in a classroom.

tag(s): biomes (116), ecosystems (88), environment (317), geology (81)

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Use on an Interactive Whiteboard or projector to see the land use changes in various locations "happen" in an instant. Discuss the reasons for the changes or brainstorm possible reasons. Use this as an introductory activity to various ecology or environmental topics. Research the native plants and animals displaced by human expansion in these locations. What environmental impacts are occurring in these areas? How have other locations changed in response to new uses such as Marcellus shale drilling, mountaintop removal for coal, etc? Discuss the possible changes and search out time lapse images that show changes. Have students create a "wanted" poster naming the "villains" who caused lasting damage to the environment, using a tool such as Poster My Wall, reviewed here.

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Recite - Piccsy.com

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4 to 12
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Turn a quote into a masterpiece using Recite. Type or copy/paste any quote into the text box. Choose a template from the many options below the quote box. Click Create ...more
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Turn a quote into a masterpiece using Recite. Type or copy/paste any quote into the text box. Choose a template from the many options below the quote box. Click Create to view an image of your finished product ready to share or print. Share using social media tools provided for Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, and more or download the image to your computer. Other options include a permalink to use on any website or email using the link provided. There is the option to purchase your quote/image, but this review is only for the free portion of the site.
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tag(s): quotations (23)

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Create printable quotes for back to school, testing strategies, or words of wisdom for your classroom. Make a student's day by creating a special quote for him or her birthday or other special occasion. Have students invent their own mnemonic devices that they share as "quotes" using this tool. Have students create their own quotes for use in class projects or for the "Star of the Week" in your class. Make a special "thank you" quote for the parents volunteers in your classroom.

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Interactions Among Living Things - EduPlace

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K to 4
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Interactions Among Living Things is a simple interactive demonstrating animal adaptations that help them survive. Click on different animals and habitats to view a short explanation...more
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Interactions Among Living Things is a simple interactive demonstrating animal adaptations that help them survive. Click on different animals and habitats to view a short explanation or click on the speaker icon to hear the explanation. When finished, drag and drop animals to their correct habitat. The third part of the interactive contains a short wrap-up along with a discussion question.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), habitats (84)

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View this site together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast two animals and their adaptations.
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ICT Games Topic Activities - ICT Games

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4 to 8
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Find an eclectic mix of simulation and interactive activities to gamify learning. At the time of this review, there were seven diverse topics: Engine Simulator, Day Night Simulator,...more
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Find an eclectic mix of simulation and interactive activities to gamify learning. At the time of this review, there were seven diverse topics: Engine Simulator, Day Night Simulator, Dress the Knight, Nocturnal Animals, The Human Body, Braille Builder, and Captain Scott and His Crew (South Pole exploration). Each item delivers animated simulations of content. Some interactives offer options such as including labels or text highlighters. Others, such as the Human Body simulation, allow choices from several different topics within the simulator such as different body systems or organs for viewing.
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tag(s): animals (276), body systems (57), explorers (61), human body (120), machines (30), medieval (27), moon (72), seasons (37), sun (71), vision (87)

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Share simulations on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during health, seasons, animal, and other units that correspond to content on the site. Allow students to explore and create Braille messages using the Braille Builder as part of a unit on vision or study of The Miracle Worker. Have students watch and explore simulations on their own then create and label drawings demonstrating content learned. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Culture Street - culturestreet.org

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K to 5
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Culture Street introduces young people to contemporary writers, artists, and film makers and offers the opportunity to create unique work with the site tools. Choose from the many activities...more
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Culture Street introduces young people to contemporary writers, artists, and film makers and offers the opportunity to create unique work with the site tools. Choose from the many activities such as Paint Studio, Picture Book Maker, Super Action Comic Maker, and many others. Explore each of the four channels for an in-depth look at art, film, stage, and books. Scroll through the latest information to read about different artists and organizations. You must register to ACCESS this site. This website is funded in the United Kingdom. However, users outside of the UK are welcome to use all parts of the site once registered. .

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142), preK (279)

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Create and share picture books using the Picture Book Maker Tool and the Super Action Comic Maker. Once students have created books, print to use at reading centers or create links on classroom computers for reading online. With younger students, have them create pages and then add their weekly spelling words scattered on the pages. This will give them practice both writing (typing) and reading their spelling words! Create short stories about a story's main character, setting, conflict, etc. instead of book reports. Images are limited, but text of any kind can be added.

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GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

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6 to 12
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (317), inventors and inventions (101), medicine (67), mental health (26), nutrition (154), oceans (148), robotics (25), solar energy (38), STEM (134), trees (30), video (253)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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CloudConvert - Lunaweb Ltd

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4 to 12
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CloudConvert is a file conversion tool. Upload any file to convert to a different format. Select files from your Google Drive, DropBox, or computer to begin. Choose the format ...more
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CloudConvert is a file conversion tool. Upload any file to convert to a different format. Select files from your Google Drive, DropBox, or computer to begin. Choose the format for conversion. For example, convert an avi movie file to a different movie format such as mp4 or an audio file. Choose an option to receive your new file by email or directly into your DropBox (reviewed here ). This tool is particularly helpful for mobile device users because it can manage conversions of files both stored and converted in the cloud.

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Bookmark and save CloudConvert for use throughout the year. Upload PDF files to convert into Word documents, save PowerPoint presentations as a PDF, convert movie or audio files to one single type for use in class projects. Use CloudConvert to change files that won't open to a different format accepted by your computer.
 
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EZVid - ezvid.com

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K to 12
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EZVid is a video screencasting tool that captures everything that appears on your Windows computer screen. Once recorded, you can edit videos, add voice, add text, draw directly on...more
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EZVid is a video screencasting tool that captures everything that appears on your Windows computer screen. Once recorded, you can edit videos, add voice, add text, draw directly on the screen image, or control playback speed. Be sure to watch the video tutorial for all features. Upload finished videos directly to YouTube. Once uploaded, share using social networking links. At the time of this review, this tool was not compatible with a MAC. The website does offer some suggestions to MAC users (such as using Bootcamp). If your school blocks YouTube, you will not be able to use this site while at school.
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tag(s): video (253)

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Use EZVid to record instructions for using websites. Share how to perform problems, step by step directions for any project, and much more. Leave a video message for your substitute teacher or even your class! Create a video message to share with parents about current projects, clips from field trips, and more. Share on your class website for students to view at home.

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Interactive Orchestra - ADL

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K to 6
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Explore and learn about parts of an orchestra with this interesting interactive resource. Click on any section of the orchestra image to see the name of the highlighted section and...more
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Explore and learn about parts of an orchestra with this interesting interactive resource. Click on any section of the orchestra image to see the name of the highlighted section and hear a short piece played by those instruments. Click again to complete a short fill in the blank about that section of the orchestra more in depth.

tag(s): musical instruments (48)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This is ideal for music class or for schools with no music teacher. In science units about sound, take the basics of sounds a little further by having students figure out how different instruments within the orchestra generate sound waves and adjust the pitch. Create a quick poll (with no membership required) using kwiqpoll (reviewed here) to find students' favorite orchestra section.
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Online Voice Recorder - 123apps

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K to 12
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and ...more
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and simple recording treasure! Simply push the record button and follow screen prompts to ALLOW the application access to your computer's microphone. Talk as long as desired. Then listen to the recorded playback. Trim and edit the length using easy sliders as desired. Save your finished version in mp3 format using the link.
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tag(s): fluency (23), preK (279), speech (92), spelling (168)

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Have students practice spelling words orally, record speeches, practice reading fluency, and much more using Online Voice Recorder. After recording, allow students to listen to the playback and reflect upon the quality of their work. Do before and after recordings of students to share with parents during conferences to demonstrate reading progress. Have students record weekly summaries for what has happened in your class to share on your class website or blog (you will have to upload the files). Record weekly or daily homework assignments and share as a voice recording on your website. Save file space by replacing old files with new ones. Online Voice Recorder would be an excellent resource for recording and sharing more complicated directions for projects and assignments (adding you voice intonation and cues!). Your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students may do better with a combination of written AND auditory directions. Provide the link on your class website for students to use at home for additional practice in spelling, reading, practicing reports, and more. Share this site with parents at Back to School Night. Have students write and record audio book reviews others can play on iPads or iTouches in the school library. If you have gifted students in your classroom, this tool is simple enough for even the youngest to be able to record audio mini-dramas portraying a historic figure, poetry readings, and more. Be sure to show them how to NAME and download the files to the local computer! Anything they can say out loud can become a creative project recording. Don't forget about recording musical performances or practices.

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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension - Scholastic.com

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Looking for ready-made graphic organizers? This time-saving site has numerous organizers available to print in a pinch or to use on an interactive whiteboard. Use these versatile learning...more
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Looking for ready-made graphic organizers? This time-saving site has numerous organizers available to print in a pinch or to use on an interactive whiteboard. Use these versatile learning tools with any book across all grade levels. The categories on the site provide efficient and effective searching. Find graphic organizers for assessing students, plot and sequence, character analysis and setting, reading comprehension, and organizing patterns. Find idea webs, Venn diagrams, timelines, KWL charts, story trains, reading records, and more. Integration ideas accompany each organizer.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), guided reading (47), independent reading (126), reading comprehension (116)

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Print and save the graphic organizers for use throughout the year. The organizers also work well on interactive whiteboards or projectors. These organizers are especially helpful when teaching different text structures found in informational text as required with Common Core. Use the organizers for writer's workshop or reading instruction. Share organizers when preparing for standardized tests to help students organize information. Use the organizers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your student's thought process.
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