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Infographic of the Day - Fast Company

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6 to 12
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The Infographic of the Day from FastCompany can give practice in learning about data and interpreting Infographics. Not sure what an Infographic is? Infographics provide visual...more
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The Infographic of the Day from FastCompany can give practice in learning about data and interpreting Infographics. Not sure what an Infographic is? Infographics provide visual data and information about a topic/related topics. Be sure to take time to preview the Infographics on this site as some may not be suitable for young people. It would be best to link directly to a specific Infographic to share.
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tag(s): data (148), infographics (42)

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Instruct students to view the Infographic and identify the information that jumps out at them. This is a good time to discuss design elements and how to arrange items to be noticed. Allow students to work in groups to identify interesting information. Students can identify the accompanying information that helps in the understanding of the data. Students can record any questions the infographic raises about the data or the related information. Challenge your students to use specific information they find to develop their own Infographic with further explanations and concepts. This last activity meets Common Core standards in paraphrasing content into simpler terms and synthesizing information from multiple sources into a coherent understanding. Learn more about Infographics here. Peruse TeachersFirst's many Infographics tools here.

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Science Lessons and Help - WyzAnt Tutoring

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8 to 12
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Find help with Biology, Physics, and Chemistry concepts at this site provided by WyzAnt tutoring. Choose from the categories of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to begin. Choose from...more
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Find help with Biology, Physics, and Chemistry concepts at this site provided by WyzAnt tutoring. Choose from the categories of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to begin. Choose from the list of specific topics available: Cell Cycle, Mendel's Laws, Acids, Bonds, Stoichiometry, Magnetism, Vectors, and many others. Lessons include a short explanation of each topic along with images and a short review quiz or practice problems at the end. There are advertisements for tutors on this site.
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tag(s): acids and bases (11), atoms (56), cells (102), chemicals (40), elements (36), energy (199), evolution (101), genetics (90), gravity (46), heat (15), magnetism (36), mass (23), matter (58), measurement (157), photosynthesis (33), temperature (29), vectors (25)

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Use lessons on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce or review concepts included. Share a link to lessons on your class website or blog for students to use at home. This is an excellent site for studying biology, physics, and chemistry concepts. Be sure to advise students not to click on the links to find tutors.

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Loose Leaves - looseleaves.me

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2 to 12
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Loose Leaves is a place to put thoughts that don't quite fit anywhere else. As they put it, "For Thoughts That Don't Have a Home." It is similar to ...more
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Loose Leaves is a place to put thoughts that don't quite fit anywhere else. As they put it, "For Thoughts That Don't Have a Home." It is similar to an instant web page maker. No registration required. Click on the leaf and begin composing your thoughts. Insert a title and begin writing. Edit font style, alignment, indent, and paragraph style using tools provided. Insert images using the image link. Images must already be online so you can point to them by url. Adjust image size, description, and placement in your document as desired. You can even drag images directly into your document from another open browser window! Choose Save to receive the url for your page. You will receive 2 url's: one for sharing and one to use for editing your page. Be sure to save that url in your Favorites or a document so you do not lose it! Collect lines for future poems, figures of speech that you like, or simply thoughts in this "idea bin" for writing.
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tag(s): blogs (89)

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Use this site for students to post or collect material for simple projects such as stories, poems, and art projects. Collect a master list of urls to student pages on your classroom website, wiki, or blog for easy access. If students are creating pages, be sure to check with your district's policy on publishing student work. The beauty of Loose Leaves is that there aren't any identifiers such as email address, name, or other information about the user. Publications are completely anonymous, if desired. Create pages for quick link sharing or for upcoming events such as field trips, class party information, school events, science fair, etc. Students can create simple pages to share links to include in presentations so classmates can participate on laptops. If you are beginning a major creative project such as a literary magazine or research project, Loose Leaves is a wonderful place for writers to collect questions and ideas to be developed later. Share this one with your gifted students as a place to collect written ideas or to collaborate on any kind of writing, such as a poem or script. Just be sure your disorganized ones save both the sharing urls: the one to view it and the one to edit it. If they do not mark these and save them to favorites, they will be gone forever! (You COULD start the page for them and give them the url to edit it... but you would not be helping them learn organization skills!)

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MindMup: Zero-friction online mind mapping - Gojko Adzic, Damjan Vujnovic, David de Florinier

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K to 12
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MindMup is an easy to use mind mapping tool. Click to create a new map. Double click the starter bubble to add your title. Use the tool box (left sidebar) ...more
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MindMup is an easy to use mind mapping tool. Click to create a new map. Double click the starter bubble to add your title. Use the tool box (left sidebar) to add or edit ideas. Use the mouse to drag and drop nodes. The mouse can also be used to scroll the map (drag the central node, or anywhere outside the map). As soon as you change a map, the Save button appears in the toolbar. Click it and your new map gets a unique URL. Every time you save, the map gets a new URL. Just copy and share the URL with colleagues and friends. You can also use one of the options in the Share toolbar (top-right) to send it to a social networking site. Anyone can edit the map, but won't change your original copy. The best part of this simple/easy site: no registration required!

tag(s): concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (42), mind map (25), organizational skills (122)

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This free organizational tool can be used in classrooms at every level. Use this tool to help organize learning units and share the organization on screen so students see how pieces fit together. Share the unit map with other teachers, students, or parents. Highlight goals, objectives, learning tasks, assessments, and resources. Share before your unit, and expectations become very clear. Use as a yearly overview for parents at the beginning of the year at Open House. Let parents see the multiple ways their child will be assessed through the year. Have students use this tool for direction in problem based learning situations. Use this tool in science for collecting data, experiments, or science fair outlines. Use the tool in writing class to make writing guides for narrative or expository writing. In reading use for predictions, sequencing of stories, inferences, or organizing genres of books each student has read. Have students map multiple ways to solve a single problem in math class. Have students keep daily requirements or schedules with readily available resources as links. Let students enjoy taking notes from content based classes. Have a student scribe create the notes each day and share with the class. Have student groups map the current unit before the test as a review activity. Or use an ongoing map as a whole class visual diagram of concepts learned, adding new knowledge throughout a unit. Don't miss the chance to color code to "sort" ideas and concepts!

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Whyville - Mundeon

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4 to 10
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that...more
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that promote socially responsible behavior. There are many activities to explore, and you can chat with other users. The Zero Gravity Chamber features angles and the principle of Newton's 3rd Law. In the Rocket Design Lab simulate rockets to test parameters such as nozzle size and pay load. The Engine Lab has 3 games that teach about electric charges and ion engines. Citizens must be aware of infectious illnesses and plagues that infect the citizens of Whyville. Join in the hot air balloon race to analyze vector fields to navigate hot air balloons. Go on an art treasure hunt around the world. At the dance studio design and choreograph your own dances. Visit the beach, the climate center, take a swim, or meet your friends at the playground or waterfall. Simulations change every time you enter Whyville. Earn clams, a salary, manage a bank account, get a pet, and read the daily news. Log-in (with email) is required to fully participate in this site. However, most of the site is accessible without registration. Don't miss this award winning website!

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (277), dance (28), diseases (66), logic (236), money (192), motion (60), puzzles (209), recycling (57), social skills (20), vectors (25)

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In the classroom, join as a teacher and manage each students account. Reinforce safe online behavior as your students explore opportunities for learning.The chat feature is a perfect opportunity practice safe interactions. Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a reward in your classroom or as a way to extend and enrich concepts learned in math and science. Offer Whyville as a safe enrichment tool for students to use at home. Encourage all students to join in the educational activities. Design a simplified version of this site for younger children with your class. Use one of the many animation tools available at the TeachersFirst Edge.
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SwitchZoo - Tubehead, Inc.

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K to 9
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Use this free realistic virtual zoo to create hybrid and unique organisms, play sliding and jigsaw puzzles, or watch and listen to critters. Click on "Make and Play" to find ...more
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Use this free realistic virtual zoo to create hybrid and unique organisms, play sliding and jigsaw puzzles, or watch and listen to critters. Click on "Make and Play" to find engaging activities, games, and puzzles including building your own unique animal. In this section it is encouraged to "Please DO feed the animals," care for and learn what various animals eat. Build an online habitat by adding animals and taking clues from a compatibility meter and thermometer to determine whether they are a fit with the environment. (The animals will also complain if they do not fit.) Watch for clever animations when the environment is 100% compatible. "Watch and Listen" offers songs and sounds of nature and more. Visit the "Teach and Learn" section to find the profiles of different animals, lessons plans, and other resources.
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tag(s): animals (277), conservation (128), environment (317), habitats (86)

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Use this site to teach habitats and animals. Create a short story or poem about a fictitious animal that you create using SwitchZoo. Use the characteristics and the environment of the animal to effectively communicate the information through writing. What would the environment for this organism look like? What would you call this animal? Compare adaptations and requirements of various animal creations and defend the reasoning for these adaptations. Find similarities and differences in animals through engagement in the many activities on the site. Have groups of students build online habitats and collaborate to make it completely compatible for all animals. Have the students share their new animals and stories on an interactive whiteboard. Or create a class book exhibiting all of the animals at "Mr. Smith's Zoo." Remember that PowerPoint slides make an easy way to write and incorporate clip art, then combine and print into a big book.
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Would you eat that? - Museum of Science and Industry

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5 to 12
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So what exactly is in our food? Find out here! Use this free tool to identify what is in many of the popular foods that we consume. People born after ...more
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So what exactly is in our food? Find out here! Use this free tool to identify what is in many of the popular foods that we consume. People born after 1980 are the first generation to be raised completely on processed foods (anything that makes our cooking easier.) Contrary to popular belief, these foods are not real and are not made from natural ingredients. Drag the ingredients into the correct place to determine whether you have identified all of the correct ingredients. Learn what is in popular dog food, hot chocolate mix, and more. There is a lot of background music/sounds throughout the activity. You may want to mute your computer or turn down the speakers.

tag(s): cooking (34), nutrition (153)

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Use this tool at the start of a unit on nutrition or macromolecules (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins). Assign students the task of keeping a list of ingredients and the reasons for their use. Identify how this is different between completely homemade food (i.e. Sunny D vs. fresh squeezed orange juice.) Students can use this activity as a springboard for further research into many of the processed foods currently consumed today. Students can create a multimedia report or post their findings to a wiki or blog page. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. If you want to learn more about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Create from scratch alternatives to the processed foods discussed. Be sure to connect back to why our bodies are unable to process many of these unnatural ingredients correctly. Students can also create newsletters or articles about many ways to avoid and curtail the use of the many processed foods including suggestions for shopping such as "always shop along the outer edges of the stores and not through the center of the store as that is where processed foods are likely to be found." Research the health effects of processed foods including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity, and others.
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The Readability Test Tool - Dave Taylor

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K to 12
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Find readability scores for web pages and word documents in an instant! Upload a word document or enter a site url to begin. Readability tests include Kincaid, ARI, and five ...more
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Find readability scores for web pages and word documents in an instant! Upload a word document or enter a site url to begin. Readability tests include Kincaid, ARI, and five other indexes. View sentence info such as total characters, number of words, average word length, percentage of short and long sentences, and more. View word usage of types of verbs, conjunctions, and other parts of speech as well as type of words used to begin sentences. Click the link provided to view an explanation of each type of score.
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tag(s): independent reading (129), readability (8), reading comprehension (115)

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Upload word documents to view instant feedback on readability, including the directions you write for assignments. Challenge students to make changes to their own writing and increase sophistication of their writing to a level appropriate for their own grade. Talk about how readability works: the types of sentences that make a passage "higher" level, sentence length, etc. Test passages of public domain texts from sites like Project Gutenberg, reviewed here, by famous authors to see how their writing ranks when discussing their writing style. View readability levels of websites before sharing with students to find appropriate reading levels for differentiation.

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Class Charts - Classcharts.com

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K to 12
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Use this free classroom management tool to easily track the behavior of your class. Click on the student and quickly assign a positive or negative behavior point. Enter and track ...more
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Use this free classroom management tool to easily track the behavior of your class. Click on the student and quickly assign a positive or negative behavior point. Enter and track other data such as reading levels. You can also make your own customized data set. Create multiple classes and even share data with colleagues (even among different accounts). The data is encrypted for security. Use the data on your school computer or on a majority of web enabled devices such as smartphones and iPads. Please note: Flash is required only to view the introductory video.

tag(s): behavior (46), classroom management (137), data (148), gamification (70)

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Use this tool to "track" your students. Set up this site (and share with students) the first week of school to get started on the right foot! Share the data with parents and with students. Meet one on one to go over their current "track." Add pictures to the charts. Use collected information to help in arranging the students within your class. Use for easy ability or heterogeneous grouping. Track participation, modeling and reward good behaviors, or collect any other data that helps in evaluating and teaching students. If your students have a behaviour plan, be sure to share results with the case manager on their IEP.

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BlogBooker - BlogBooker and LJBook.com

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K to 12
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Turn your blog into a PDF book featuring all your blog's entries and comments. This tool works for the following blog tools: WordPress, LiveJournal, and Blogger. Creating the PDF book...more
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Turn your blog into a PDF book featuring all your blog's entries and comments. This tool works for the following blog tools: WordPress, LiveJournal, and Blogger. Creating the PDF book is simple. Export your blog by following the directions given for each specific type of blog and then upload the file to BlogBooker. All your content and comments are assembled into a high-quality PDF file. Note that this process can take a few minutes or longer depending on the size of your blog. This is a great way to print your BlogBook or make an archive/backup of the blog. It could also be useful for students and educators as a way to save a blog as a portfolio item. At the time of this review WordPress, LiveJournal, and Blogger were all 100% FREE!
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tag(s): blogs (89)

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Print your BlogBook to share with your class. Use as a way to have an archive or back up of the class blog. Keep the PDF files for use in portfolios to show student work. Challenge students to create their own BlogBook about a subject they are learning in class. All three tools are free and fairly simple to use. In primary grades, the teacher would need to do most of the Blogbook work. Secondary students could create their own BlogBooks independently or in small groups.
 

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K8Science - Baylor College of Medicine Center for Educational Outreach

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K to 8
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Designed for grades K-8, this site offers video, audio, and slide presentations that cover many important basic science concepts such as viruses and human body systems. Strategies and...more
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Designed for grades K-8, this site offers video, audio, and slide presentations that cover many important basic science concepts such as viruses and human body systems. Strategies and tools for developing scientific inquiry and promoting student investigation are featured on the site. PowerPoint slides are annotated and also peer reviewed for content. The speaker's notes add information about topics that are not only interesting to students but also to teachers. Find lesson plans and other activities, searchable by content and grade level. Find current hot topics such as the bird flu. The science after school section is especially engaging. This site focuses on information to teach as well as short course information on educational approaches in teaching.

tag(s): birds (51), body systems (57), diseases (66), dna (69), earth (228), engineering (125), forces (45), inquiry (37), motion (60), plants (146), rockets (14), scientific method (64)

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Find great activities, information, and resources invaluable in the classroom setting. Share the video clips or online activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. With the correct information and exciting activities already created, teachers can concentrate on successfully using the information to develop student inquiry and increase the skills for investigating. Be sure to check out the recent additions to find what is new on the site. There are also links to featured lessons and resources along the side.
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Term.ly - Agile Tortoise, Inc.

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5 to 12
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Search this online dictionary to find definition, part of speech, and ranked lists of words. Search alphabetically or use the search box. The ranking shows words that are specific synonyms....more
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Search this online dictionary to find definition, part of speech, and ranked lists of words. Search alphabetically or use the search box. The ranking shows words that are specific synonyms. It also includes antonyms when available. For adjectives, offerings include words that are similar as well as the definition and synonyms. With a free sign-up, you can keep lists of favorite words. A "bookmarklet" available on the site allows you to select text on any website and click it to look it up using Term.ly for definitions and other assistance. Definitions can also be shared on social network sites with an easy click. This is a comprehensive, adult level dictionary and contains adult level words, some inappropriate for classroom usage. Supervise accordingly.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), famous people (19), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (125), word study (80)

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Use this site when learning science and social studies vocabulary words (or famous people). Add the bookmarklet for students to use with complex informational texts. Use this site for research projects and to explore the "root" of a word. Remember to use caution and supervision when referring students to any adult level dictionary. This is a site that you may want to use as a classroom activity (on your interactive whiteboard or projector). If you choose to allow students to register independently (or list this link on your website). be sure to check school policy about student registrations. The favorite word list feature could be quite handy for students to "collect" their own vocabulary words

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Code Fred - Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

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6 to 12
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Learn the complex workings of the human body with this interactive. This tool uses "Fred" and dangerous situations to identify and understand the complex workings of the major organs...more
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Learn the complex workings of the human body with this interactive. This tool uses "Fred" and dangerous situations to identify and understand the complex workings of the major organs and compounds in the body. As various situations develop, click on organs and molecules that make his body work effectively. To show you just how quickly these interactions occur in our bodies, if you are not quick enough, a dire fate awaits Fred: he "becomes at one with nature"!

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121), organisms (21), structures (24)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students time to explore the activity and report back on the various systems, organs, tissues, and molecules necessary in our daily lives. Use this tool as an introduction to various units on tissues, organs, or body systems. This tool can also be used to put various chapters and units of study together for a better perspective on the functioning of the human body.
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Bubble Test Form Generator - Answer Sheets - Catpin Productions

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K to 12
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Do your students have trouble filling in the bubbles? Create free bubble sheets for assessments. Carefully fill in the fields as you scroll down the page. Blank boxes will not ...more
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Do your students have trouble filling in the bubbles? Create free bubble sheets for assessments. Carefully fill in the fields as you scroll down the page. Blank boxes will not appear on the test form. Change font sizes for the text, and provide directions in English or Spanish. Format your bubble columns and styles that best meet your assessment needs. Select a variety of other graphic styles that are not necessarily "normal" looking bubbles. Various styles of math grids are available. Choose from a menu of miscellaneous options to add some creativity to your test form. Include scoring boxes for evaluation and comments. Include registration marks for automated test marking machines. Select the "Test ID" option to reprint your form at a later date. The ID number will appear on your form. All data is saved for future retrieval (1-2 months). Create a test key by printing a bubble sheet on a clear transparency. Use a permanent pen to mark the correct answers on the test key.
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tag(s): assessment (102), test prep (95)

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Are your students in trouble with the bubble? Provide them with a daily double bubble form. Introduce your students to the many different styles of testing early in the school year. Create forms that mirror graphics, a feelings chart, fact/opinion, music staffs, and many other options. Go beyond the bubble and have students analyze assessment results. Tired of grading? Use the registration marks to create forms for automated testing machines. Students can self-correct using test keys. Get instant results for faster analysis. Give your younger students regular practice with bubbles by creating a "lunch count" bubble sheet students fill in "packing" or "buying" or a daily attendance check in sheet.

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Plan It Green - National Geographic Society

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6 to 12
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Plan It Green is a free tool to create a city and add ecological, "green" improvements. The main task is to construct various buildings in four different categories: residential,...more
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Plan It Green is a free tool to create a city and add ecological, "green" improvements. The main task is to construct various buildings in four different categories: residential, commercial, recreation, and facilities. As the city is built, you must manage happiness, finances, pollution, energy, and employed workers. The residential and commercial buildings provide daily taxes and energy credits. Energy credits can be sold for money that you can use for materials. Upgrades for the buildings and the environment are also included in the game. Use the tutorial to walk through the tools and read accompanying information. Register by naming your city and activating through email. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, you may want to view the video at home to learn more about this simulation.

tag(s): coal (14), energy (199), environment (317), fossil fuels (18), solar energy (38)

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Use this activity to show how certain buildings can change aspects of happiness, health, and other factors. Brainstorm ways to improve aspects of a city prior to playing the game. Groups of students can even collaborate on a specific city. Students can report on various ways they improved their city including starting with smaller homes, green houses, or by improving large, older homes. Enter screenshots and specific information about the game play on a wiki or other site and research various communities that have achieved those changes. To take a screenshot simply Shift+ Command +4 on a Mac (saves to your Downloads) or Prtscrn key and PASTE on Windows. Propose similar changes in your own community at the end of the play and research. This would be an ideal activity leading up to Earth Day or during an environmental unit. Teachers of gifted could build an entire long term unit around it.

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Vale Middle School - Articles of the Week - Vale Middle School (Oregon)

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6 to 10
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Are you struggling to find engaging informational text for your students? Work out your Common Core by reading VMS Articles of the Week. The articles were developed using strategies...more
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Are you struggling to find engaging informational text for your students? Work out your Common Core by reading VMS Articles of the Week. The articles were developed using strategies originally created by Kelly Gallagher. They have been modified to meet the needs of Vale Middle School students using both the Oregon Department of Education reading sample guidelines and Common Core State Standards. The content of these articles is constantly evolving to best meet the needs of VMS students. Educators from other school districts are welcome to borrow from these articles so long as credit is given to Kelly Gallagher and VMS for the work/effort put into each week's article. Download articles as a pdf or Word document to edit. There is space provided in the margins for text annotations. Lexile(R) levels are provided to analyze text complexity.

tag(s): book lists (131), news (260), reading comprehension (115)

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WAYT: What Are You Thinking? Use this technique as the students read the articles to mark comments, connections, and questions. Read the passages in guided reading groups to scaffold the instruction. Post an article and the questions in an online forum for students to discuss their answers. Challenge above-level readers to make observations about the writer's strategies. Use the articles' trending topics to meet the students' interests and engage reluctant readers. The questions are great to teach students about Question Answer Relationships (QAR). Model current event literature response techniques with the articles on the website.
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Hungry History - The History Channel

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3 to 12
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such ...more
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such as spices and basic staples. Articles are listed by most recently added. You can also search by Top Categories. Many articles also include a video.
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tag(s): cooking (34), cross cultural understanding (115), holidays (147), myplate (28), nutrition (153)

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Be sure to include this resource in a unit discussing foods. Students can research and report on a various types of food. Compare the nutritional strengths and weaknesses of different cultures. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Discuss how various grains are a major underpinning of most holiday celebrations. As you view each of these resources, be sure to note the various grains that are often used. Report on different cultures and celebrations around the world. Students can even create many of these dishes to share with classmates and gain understandings of various cultures. How does the food reflect the natural resources of a region? How does it relate to the culture's religion? World language students can trace historical foods of the culture they are studying and even share them at a world language fair.
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Fotor - Photo Editing Made Easy - fotor.com

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K to 12
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Fotor is an easy online photo editing tool that doesn't require registration. Upload any picture from your computer to begin. Choose from the editing choices provided. Use basic...more
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Fotor is an easy online photo editing tool that doesn't require registration. Upload any picture from your computer to begin. Choose from the editing choices provided. Use basic editing tools to automatically enhance, rotate, crop, resize, and adjust lighting on images. Choose from many effects such as vintage, sepia, and other color effects. Add frames, apply a splash of color, or add text. When finished, save to your computer. Share on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or email with links provided. Other options include templates for creating collages, photo cards, and HDR images. All options are clearly labeled, and edits are available until you are happy with the finished result. At the time of this review, fotor was available as an app for iPhone, Android and works on Windows and Mac.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), editing (66), images (269), photography (160)

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Use this tool anytime that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. In primary grades, this tool could be useful for teachers to use to edit pictures from a field trip, science experiments, and more. Share the editing process with your younger students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Edit together! Encourage older students to use this site themselves 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. Share the results (with an image credit) on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Copyright - New York Online

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5 to 12
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Explore the complex topics of copyright and plagiarism. Find information on identifying plagiarism, ethical concerns, and ways to avoid stealing others' material. Explore essential...more
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Explore the complex topics of copyright and plagiarism. Find information on identifying plagiarism, ethical concerns, and ways to avoid stealing others' material. Explore essential questions such as Why Should I Care?, What Does it Look Like?, and How Can I Use My Own Brain? Student tools offer tips for avoiding plagiarism such as correctly citing sources and learning proper phrasing. Teacher tools include videos and posters to help students explore this topic and understand copyright issues. View several videos in the digital ethics portion of the site that discuss the fine line between plagiarism and mashups, downloading, and music use. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): copyright (49), digital citizenship (62), ethics (17), plagiarism (37)

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This site is a must-have in the toolbox for all secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View a video each week and discuss contents. View specific videos addressing concerns that arise in your classroom. Share this site with parents at meet the teacher (Back to School) night for their use at home. Share a link to the site on a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.
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Freebook Sifter - FreebookSifter

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K to 12
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business &...more
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Children's eBooks, Fantasy, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Politics & Current Events, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Teens, Travel, and many others. At the time of this review, there were over 69,000 free eBooks listed on the site.

tag(s): book lists (131), independent reading (129)

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This site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.

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