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Electrocity - Genesis Energy

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4 to 9
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Design and run your own city to balance energy needs, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Be sure to click "How To Play" for an overview of the game. Look at "Finished ...more
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Design and run your own city to balance energy needs, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Be sure to click "How To Play" for an overview of the game. Look at "Finished Cities" to view completed cities for an idea or design. Start a New Game to design and manage the use and production of electricity on your city. Through building choices, understand the various factors that increase or decrease both electricity use and environmental concerns. You can register classes to keep track of your students' cities. Click on Teacher Resources for information and fact sheets on various types of power. There are also downloadable links for a limited form of the game to be installed on a classroom computer if Internet access is limited.

tag(s): conservation (127), electricity (89), energy (197), environment (317), nuclear energy (24), solar energy (38)

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Try this activity at the start or at the end of a unit on energy. Students can use different power sources and identify which created more power and caused more environmental problems. Share findings with the class and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each type of power source. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use as a springboard for class discussions and further research. Compare the use of each of these power sources in various countries around the world.
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Earth Day - Funschool/Disney

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2 to 8
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Earth Day provides students with Earth Day themed quizzes, games and crafts. This is a very colorful and eclectic site. Warning: there is a catchy (yet persistent) tune played on ...more
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Earth Day provides students with Earth Day themed quizzes, games and crafts. This is a very colorful and eclectic site. Warning: there is a catchy (yet persistent) tune played on the main page. So you may want to turn the volume down.
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tag(s): earth day (112), recycling (57)

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Teachers this site is perfect for teaching about Earth Day. Use the site with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the quiz as a pre-assessment to see how much students know about Earth Day. After the unit is complete have students retake the quiz to see what they've learned. Create centers in the classroom with the website. Have the arcade games as a station, the word play on the interactive whiteboard and have the crafts as another center. Show students the slide show about five ways they can save the planet. Have them work in groups and create posters to be hung around the school. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Solvr - FreshBrain

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3 to 12
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Solvr is an online, collaborative problem solving tool that might even make solving problems fun! The site is simple to use - enter a problem, then enter ideas that might ...more
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Solvr is an online, collaborative problem solving tool that might even make solving problems fun! The site is simple to use - enter a problem, then enter ideas that might help to solve the problem. Your entry instantly creates a unique url that can be shared with others. Anyone with the url can add ideas, comments, or additional problems to the original problem or proposed solutions, and their response is anonymous. Their thoughts then lead to other possible ideas, with the collaborative process leading to a solution. Each contribution can earn "votes." The entire thought process can also be printed out. Here is a simple example begun by our review team. No log in or registration is needed!

tag(s): critical thinking (108), problem solving (272), social networking (112)

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Use this site to solve classroom problems or curriculum related issues anonymously. For example, try the problem of increased erosion due to recent development. Or use to develop classroom citizenship skills with examples such as how to distribute roles for a classroom play or how much homework should be assigned. Post the question, provide the link to students on classroom computers, and let them input ideas. Share the site with parent organizations to use as a problem solving tool.

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Only 2 Clicks - Only2Clicks.com

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3 to 12
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Only2Clicks allows you to create your own page with organized, tabbed bookmarks. Similar to a Google homepage, Only2Clicks has the advantage of being simple. There are only four skin...more
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Only2Clicks allows you to create your own page with organized, tabbed bookmarks. Similar to a Google homepage, Only2Clicks has the advantage of being simple. There are only four skin or theme choices to avoid distractions. Bookmarks can be shared with other computers and even your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Yes, they have an app for that! Import bookmarks from your computer to use anywhere. While other sites such as Delicious.com or Diigo.com have a lot more options, the strength of this site is its simplicity. Users will not be distracted by extra buttons or tabs.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Use this for students to make/access bookmark collections for projects at home or at school. Have them mark your school website on their front page so they can easily access it, as well. Share teacher-made collections of links for a specific project/unit.

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Decico - Decico.com

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4 to 12
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How do you make a decision and weigh all of the factors? Use Decico. This decision making tool uses a decision matrix technique to look at the problem in context ...more
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How do you make a decision and weigh all of the factors? Use Decico. This decision making tool uses a decision matrix technique to look at the problem in context and calculate favorable alternatives. Select the alternatives you want to compare, choose how you want to compare them, and then compare the generated score. Highest score should be given consideration. Create a login to save your decision matrices. Link, download, or embed the results.

tag(s): concept mapping (22), debate (41), mind map (25), persuasive writing (55)

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Use for many kinds of societal, political, or environmental discussions and decisions, such as paper or plastic bags, drilling or not in ANWAR, etc. Use in literary discussions of alternatives faced by characters. Use in preparation for debates or persuasive writing. Generate a list of actions and alternatives and create the decision matrix. Use multimedia or conventional posters to generate information about the advantages and disadvantages of each position. Try a site like Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here). Create a case study about a real life situation where a decision would have to be made and provide roles for students. Students use the decision making matrix with their assigned role to generate a vote for the issue. Consider using this tool for a project actually occurring in their neighborhood. For example, a field and trees being taken down as well as the changing of the landscape for a proposed development. Use the decision making matrix in Decico to determine why the decision to proceed happened or should happen.

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Arcade Diner - Pomegranate Software

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K to 10
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Arcade Diner offers some interesting and unusual "edutainment" for practicing math, science, and problem-solving skills. "The irRegular Game of Life" leads you through 42 levels of...more
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Arcade Diner offers some interesting and unusual "edutainment" for practicing math, science, and problem-solving skills. "The irRegular Game of Life" leads you through 42 levels of cell-placing and evolving pattern placement. "Milo Physics" demonstrates concepts of physics by dropping objects and collecting stars to proceed to different levels. Also included are board games such as chess and mahjong, number games, and puzzle games. There are a great many logic activities and much more. Most activities include a visual tutorial. The site offers a sign-up for posting high scores; however, it isn't required to play games. Note: Some games play an approximately 30 second advertisement before loading.
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tag(s): atoms (55), cells (102), critical thinking (108), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), logic (235), number sense (97), numbers (204), patterns (85), problem solving (272), puzzles (208), symmetry (55)

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Create a link to this site on classroom computers to use as a center. Share this site on your classroom website or blog for students to use at home. This is a fabulous site to provide to students/families to use over summer break!
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Keeping Score - San Francisco Symphony

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3 to 12
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Keeping Score takes you on a creative historical journey through the composers, conflicts, and culture of some of music's most beloved and classical works. This first-class website...more
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Keeping Score takes you on a creative historical journey through the composers, conflicts, and culture of some of music's most beloved and classical works. This first-class website contains interactives for composers such as Beethoven, Copeland, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. You can see pictures and listen to stories about the lives and times of the composers, hear the music, read personal reflections or quotes of the composers, and listen to commentary of other musical professionals. Also included are podcasts of the San Francisco radio show, 13 Days When Music Changed Forever which is about musical revolutions. The education link is full of ideas for incorporating music into any and all subjects. It also has time saving, standards guided lesson plans to be used in all educational settings. Musical education websites do not get cooler than this! This type of site can connect with today's learners by bringing them all the information that they need in a one stop, multimedia package. It is classy, concise, and easy to navigate.

tag(s): composers (21), music theory (42), musical instruments (48), songs (52)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore specific composers on their own (or in cooperative learning groups). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

U.S. and world history teachers will love this site! (As well as music teachers) Use interactives to integrate music into history classes, math classes (for timing and fractions), and English classes (reading and writing about music). All teachers can check out the thematic links for their subject to music. Take advantage of the FREE lesson plans. Chances are good that you could incorporate music into every type of class. Simply check out the education link, and your imagination and educational wheels will start spinning!
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A Simple Switch - Philips

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2 to 8
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Join in the movement to reduce our carbon footprint on our earth. A Simple Switch is a site that challenges individuals and businesses to evaluate your own usage as well ...more
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Join in the movement to reduce our carbon footprint on our earth. A Simple Switch is a site that challenges individuals and businesses to evaluate your own usage as well as find new ways to reduce waste. Sponsored by Philips, articles, ideas, personal energy scans, games, and specials promote going green. Articles included range from self watering planters, hanging plants, urban gardens to buying local produce. Activities promote the understanding of energy required to light and maintain lightbulbs. Your personal energy scan questions and evaluates your personal usage. A free newsletter offers the latest articles and information. Facebook and Twitter are available as apps for the site. The site is a 2011 nominee for the Webby Awards.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth day (112), environment (317)

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In the classroom, use A Simple Switch, as a supplement and resource for your recycling/conservation units. Design experiments to find the difference between energy-saving techniques. Add as a resource for science project ideas. Science classes can determine how to measure energy usage and how to calculate the data into usable information. Use this site as an example for starting a school wide campaign on conservation. This site offers a great beginning for ideas for grants, community involvement, contests, or challenges focusing on conservation and recycling.
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Study Skills - Learning and Teaching Scotland

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K to 12
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This Study Skills site is fabulous! The activities are all divided by ages (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18). Each age level includes teacher information, parent information, and Learners......more
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This Study Skills site is fabulous! The activities are all divided by ages (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18). Each age level includes teacher information, parent information, and Learners... the link to find the neat interactives! Each age level also highlights four key areas: Do, Get, Remember, and Understand. Each area includes some age-appropriate text and interactives.

Highlights from the youngest level (ages 5-9) include Reading for Information, Sorting Shapes, Sorting Information, Kim's Game, Writing About Different Things, and others. The middle level (ages 10-14) includes Time Management, Exam Preparation, Note Taking, Revision, Memory Tips, Mindmaps, Pictograms, and others. The older students (ages 15-18) delve into topics such as Summarizing, Essay Writing, Learning Styles, Referencing, Learning from Lectures, and several others.

For professional purposes, there are also links (some PDF files) to research about the importance of teaching study skills. This site makes it easy and fun to teach these life skills! This site was creating in the United Kingdom, so you may notice a few spelling and pronunciation differences from American English.

tag(s): listening (91), logic (235), maps (288), note taking (32), organizational skills (122), sorting (10), time (144), writing (358)

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This is one of those rare sites that should be saved in ALL teachers' favorites. Be sure to list this link on your class website.

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to navigate the age appropriate activities at the site. Why not highlight a different area each month or unit of study so you have material with which to apply it (Do, Get, Remember, or Understand). During month/unit one introduce study skills using the Do link and resources. Then further investigate subsequent study skills each month/unit using the other main topics : Get, Remember, and Understand. Have students try out some of their "new skills" before the unit test. Be sure to ask them afterwards why they were successful (or not) in applying the new study approach. Maybe even add a question about the latest study skill at the end of every test.
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Teachers: World Food Programme - World Food Programme

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3 to 10
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This site is full of learning activities and resources from the World Food Programme, developed by educators to be used in the classroom. Inspire students as global citizens through...more
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This site is full of learning activities and resources from the World Food Programme, developed by educators to be used in the classroom. Inspire students as global citizens through these lessons and service learning opportunities. The lesson plans and classroom activities cover all grades and subject areas, with themes ranging from "What to do about Malnutrition" to "The Millennium Development Goals." Classroom activities can be found by going to the link on the right-hand side of the page. Activities are labeled by age range, subject, and general category of the lesson (such as collaborative learning & problem solving or addition & subtraction of decimals). After choosing a lesson, click on download to access the lesson in an easy to print pdf document. Lessons are very detailed, including an overview, aims and objectives, materials needed, lesson procedure, and activity sheets. Another excellent resource within the site is titled Hunger 101. Resources in that section include useful information and resources for discussing hunger in the classroom. In the future, the site intends to include more resources such as teaching materials and maps for the classroom. The site also includes links to sign up for their Facebook page, Twitter feed, and blog.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), nutrition (154), service projects (25)

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Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow them time to explore on their own. Use lessons from the site in your classroom. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Service groups, student councils, and gifted programs can find many ideas for service projects and fundraisers through this site.
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KidRex - Kid Safe Search Engine - KidRex.org

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K to 7
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KidRex is an engaging, safe search engine for students that is powered by Google Custom Search and Google SafeSearch technology. In addition to typical filters applied to searches,...more
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KidRex is an engaging, safe search engine for students that is powered by Google Custom Search and Google SafeSearch technology. In addition to typical filters applied to searches, the site maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords to further reduce the possibility of inappropriate search returns. The search engine is easy to use and similar to a typical Google search. You simply enter the search term and a list of sites is returned. Inappropriate search terms are returned with an "Oops, try again!" message. Before using the site, be sure to click on the Parents link for a quick overview of how the site works.
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tag(s): internet safety (108), search engines (65)

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Create a link to KidRex on classroom computers for students to use as a default search engine. Use this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to demonstrate how to search for items or when searching with your students.

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A similar site that uses Google SafeSearch, but may be more appropriate for older kids is http://www.KidzSearch.com Daniel, CA, Grades: 0 - 12

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Eco Zoo - Enjin, Inc.

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K to 4
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Visit the Ecozoo: a colorful, content-rich website! Click on the critter icons along the top to learn how to live in the environment and have good habits. Each critter has ...more
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Visit the Ecozoo: a colorful, content-rich website! Click on the critter icons along the top to learn how to live in the environment and have good habits. Each critter has a pop up book to learn new habits. The site is in both English and Japanese, making it even more intriguing to younger readers!
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tag(s): animals (276), ecology (135), ecosystems (88), sustainability (19)

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Allow students to explore the site and share information with one another about what they have learned. Bring these ideas together into a class discussion. Students can research other methods to create a more sustainable society and create flyers, posters, or blog posts to share information with others. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here or make one together as a class, with each student contributing a portion.
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Let's Crate - Sahil Lavingia and Dan Loewenherz

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K to 12
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Package your files (or groups of files) for sharing in "crates" simply by dragging and dropping them in place. After dropping them into the crate, the files are uploaded. Use ...more
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Package your files (or groups of files) for sharing in "crates" simply by dragging and dropping them in place. After dropping them into the crate, the files are uploaded. Use the links then provided to share your files with others. The free account has a limited number of 6 crates and 1,000 files that may be uploaded. Easily share documents with others in the class. Though not a complete back-up of all your documents, Let's Crate can be used to collaborate and to finish work easily when on different computers. Any Word files, slides, or videos can be shared via Let's Crate.
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tag(s): images (265), slides (63), video (253)

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Use for any work students may wish to collaborate on. Use this resource to upload files for access at school later. (Be sure to make sure that this site is not blocked by the district first.) The possibilities here are endless - any subject area, any level, any topic!

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Learn it in 5 - How to Videos - Learnitin5.com

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K to 12
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This site offers short video tutorials for many common web 2.0 tools, technology tasks, and subject specific items. This is truly an awesome find! Some examples of topics (at the ...more
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This site offers short video tutorials for many common web 2.0 tools, technology tasks, and subject specific items. This is truly an awesome find! Some examples of topics (at the time of this review) include: Twitter Hashtags, Adding Pictures to your Wiki, Google Swirl, YouTube Interactive Videos, and countless others. Additional videos provide still images set to music and can be used during instruction. These videos include the American Revolution, Algebra Mistakes, and science topics. There appears to be a new tutorial added every few weeks, so check back often. The actual videos are hosted on YouTube, so they may be blocked in some schools.

tag(s): tutorials (47), video (253)

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This site is great for teachers and students. Show these videos using an projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce students to a new web 2.0 tool before starting a project. The videos are five minutes or less so they won't take up too much instructional time. Make this link available as a Favorite on you teacher public page as student self-help. These videos are also helpful for teachers who want to know more about tech tools but don't have the time to participate in lengthy workshops. Please note that the videos are embedded YouTube videos so they may be blocked by your district. If your school blocks streaming video sites, consider accessing this site and choosing videos at home. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

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Write Comics - Write Comics

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K to 12
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You can make your very own comic right now! At Write Comics, you will be able to create your own comics using the figures, backgrounds, animal, aliens, and dialogue bubbles, ...more
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You can make your very own comic right now! At Write Comics, you will be able to create your own comics using the figures, backgrounds, animal, aliens, and dialogue bubbles, supplied by Write Comics. This site is extremely easy to use. There is no need to sign up or register. Once you click Finish, you will be given a link. Go to your link and print your comic or upload it to your webpage.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74)

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Create a comic to put on your website. You might want to use Write Comics to display the vocabulary word of the day, the math puzzle of the week, a concept your students are learning in social studies or science. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and have students tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book will become the most read classroom book of all in an elementary classroom. Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying about characterization, create dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Curriki - EnterpriseDB Postgre SQL company

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K to 12
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area,...more
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Curriki is a nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration of teachers and learners in a global community of 211 different countries. Find resources by grade level, subject area, or resource type (interactive, video, or podcast.) Usage type, or exercise, unit, lesson plan, or game, is another option for searching. Use the professional webinars for a better understanding of Curriki. Onsite training is another option listed. Join different groups for a more involved way to explore new areas in online learning, subject area interests, or focus questions. Be a peer reviewer offering comments or suggestions on submitted lessons, units, games, or exercises and give your input. Create collections of your resources to keep privately or share with others. Easily make lesson plans or web quests with the easy to use templates, which include graphic organizer and rubric options. Try a problem based learning unit. Join the challenge to create a video lesson for a chance at winning $5000. The focus of this site is to provide access to teachers, schools, students, or parents to many new creative ideas in a global community. Free membership includes monthly newsletters. Follow Curriki on Facebook, twitter, or blogs.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (43), literacy (103), operations (126), rubrics (32)

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Curriki has a number of ways to benefit teachers and students. Use Curriki as a resource listed on your website for parents and students to have extra opportunities for additional practice or enrichment. Use as a way to organize your digital resources. The lesson plan and webquest templates are user friendly and promote best practices. While growing in your professional development by connecting with teachers worldwide, let your class learn with other classes worldwide. Curriki encourages you to think critically of your own lessons, but also lessons suggested.

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The World's Harvests - Time Magazine

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This photo essay shares a wonderful gallery of pictures of farmers harvesting different crops, using various tools, from around the world. You will also want to note the diverse containers...more
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This photo essay shares a wonderful gallery of pictures of farmers harvesting different crops, using various tools, from around the world. You will also want to note the diverse containers storing the harvested items. Nutrition, world languages, or cultures classes can use this site to explore what food and agriculture are like in other cultures.
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tag(s): agriculture (54), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), nutrition (154)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set to introduce a unit or lesson on nutrition around the world on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use it also to explore differences in farming methods and food storage practices worldwide. Have students create similar photo essays in groups, comparing harvests from different regions of the U.S. using Thinglink, reviewed here. Thinklink allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Students can use Creative Commons Search, reviewed here, or Compfight, reviewed here, to find pictures you are ALLOWED to use without copyright problems, simply by giving credit.

Have students work in pairs to create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, to illustrate the different harvests from around the U.S.
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Early Sprouts - Early Sprouts Program; Keene State College

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This website offers a complete curriculum to introduce young students to the importance of healthy eating based on having them grow and prepare their own foods. The 24-week program...more
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This website offers a complete curriculum to introduce young students to the importance of healthy eating based on having them grow and prepare their own foods. The 24-week program includes a variety of child-friendly activities that familiarize students with nutritious fruits and vegetables, for example, by touching, growing, smelling, preparing, and eating them. Supporting materials for family and community involvement round out the curriculum.

tag(s): child development (25), cooking (34), nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Use the print sources and images from this site for your bulletin boards. This site is a perfect addition to Earth Day activities. When you have lessons on nutrition, make them real by including the sensory aspects of this curriculum. Try some of the simple recipes in class, or cut and paste to make a classroom cookbook.

Use this site as a jumping off point for growing those parent gifts of sweet potato greens or other small vegetable plants.

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Sqworl - Caleb Brown

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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and ...more
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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and it is done. After registering, a personal homepage is created, this is where the magic can begin! The homepage is where groups will be created to combine url's. Then adding some groups of link begins the process of creating groups. At this point a title is given to the group being created (examples might be Math sites, American History, etc.). The final step is to add a short description. After choosing start, simply copy and paste the url you want to use and add a short description and click finish. Once a group is created, it can be shared through the url shown on the page. Sqworl also has a bookmarklet that can be added to the browser toolbar making it easier to add items to your groups without having to open the homepage. There is also a mobile app for iPhone.
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tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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In the classroom use this site to combine url's of online class projects into one group. Create a group of resources for students or parents for different subjects and share the url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a group with videos relating to classroom content. Create a classroom account and let students add resources they have found to groups to share with others. Show students how to follow other groups on Sqworl and share resources by creating their own groups. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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Research Project Calculator Classic - University of Minnesota Libraries

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Get rid of the last minute rush and make planning research projects easier with this online calculator and planner. Simply put in some basic information such as your name, class, ...more
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Get rid of the last minute rush and make planning research projects easier with this online calculator and planner. Simply put in some basic information such as your name, class, email, and type of project. Then the calculator maps out a time-lime for completing the project on time. You can choose from several types of projects such as essay, slide presentation, or video. The last step is putting in information including the starting and due dates. A step by step process is revealed with dates to finish each portion of the project beginning with questions to answer before beginning, gathering information, drawing conclusions, communicating information, and evaluation. Each of these portions contains links with further information and probes to keep the project moving along. This entire page can then be emailed to you for future use or the choice can be made to receive an email each step along the way.

tag(s): calculators (41), calendars (44), organizational skills (122), timelines (62)

In the Classroom

Share this site with students to use as a planning guide for research projects. Create one timeline for the entire class to use as a planning benchmark or create timelines for each student. ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers may find this to be a useful tool to help students with planning and preparing for long-term projects. Provide this link for students to access both in and out of the classroom while planning projects.
 

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