GradesK to 12
tag(s): red ribbon week (8)
In the ClassroomSchools participating in Red Ribbon week may want to post a link to this site on the school website to explain the history and purpose of this campaign. This site focuses primarily on parent support. This is a helpful resource to stay up to date with drug abuse trends and advice to offer families dealing with these issues.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): red ribbon week (8)
In the ClassroomGirls Health's "Body" page is a great resource to support a reproductive health class. Make sure your guidance counselor knows about this site. Project this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Demonstrate how to navigate the site and then ask students to research various content areas in small groups or independently. Students can find the definition to key terms in the text by following their direct link to the glossary. Use the Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking as a reliable source during Red Ribbon Week. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit on drugs. Ask the class to take an on-line quiz to determine what students already know about drugs and what misconceptions they may have. This site is an excellent resource to have students' access during Red Ribbon week. They can create a multimedia presentation to define various drugs and reveal the harmful effects they have on the body. Consider having students create a drug prevention booklet with PocketMod (reviewed here) from the information they learn.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomExpose your students to different levels of the learning spiral by challenging them to use problem-solving skills for increasingly difficult obstacles. Students can work in small groups to foster cooperation and teamwork as they sort, graph, follow and give directions, and discuss ideas. Of course you will need some LEGOs, so you might try raiding your own children's toy boxes, include a request in your classroom newsletter for donations, look around for LEGO kits collecting dust on classroom shelves, or put it on your school's PTA wish list. Be sure to have cooperative learning groups video their activities to share with the rest of the class using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
GradesK to 3
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In the ClassroomMark this site in Favorites on the computers in your classroom. Pair students on individual computers to try some of the activities. If individual computers aren't available, share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make an IWB "center" for small groups. Share this site with ESL or special education students who need to catch up on alphabet or math skills. This is a fabulous site to list in your class newsletter or on your class website or blog for extra practice at home.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomBring teaching and learning to new heights by using this service as a great form of professional development. At conferences, use Twitter as a backchannel to expand upon thoughts and ideas during presentations and after. Have a question to ask others' opinion about? Throw it out to Twitter to see the great perspectives given by those who follow you. Start out slowly and look at conversations that catch your eye. Follow people with experience in your areas of interest to gain from the conversations. Start off by following @teachersfirst or @cshively (our leader).
Learn about hashtags -- ways to mark, search, and follow conversations on a specific topic. For example, the #ntchat tag is for new and pre-service teachers and the #edchat hashtag is for all teachers. Participate in these chats which are scheduled at certain days and times or search for their tweets anytime. Find archived tweets from these chats to learn from some wonderful and motivated teachers when it is convenient for YOU. Use other Twitter applications to search or collect specific hashtags.
As a teaching tool, Twitter is amazing! If your school permits access, have a class account to share what you are doing with parents and especially for your class to follow people in topics you study. Studying space? Follow NASA. Studying politics and government? Follow your congressional rep or the White House. Consider using your teacher or class account to send updates to other teachers across the country or across the globe. You can also teach about responsible digital citizenship by modeling and practicing it as a class. A whole-class, teacher account is the most likely way to gain permission to use Twitter in school, especially if you can demonstrate specific projects. That can be as simple as making sure you and that teacher are FOLLOWING each other, then sending a direct message (start the tweet with D and the other teacher's twitter name) or creating a group with your own hashtag for a project such as daily weather updates. Even if you are not "following" someone, you can send them a tweet using @theirtwittername in the body of the message. This is called a "mention" but can be seen by others, too. Compare what your class is observing in today's weather, which topics you will be discussing today, or ask for another class' opinions on a current events issue. Ask for updates about local concerns, such as talking to California schools about wildfires in their area or a Maine school about a blizzard. Challenge another class to tweet the feelings of a literacy character, such as Hamlet, and respond as Ophelia, all in 140 characters or less. Have gifted students? Connect your classroom with the outside world to find greater challenges and connections beyond your regular curriculum.
Learn much more about teaching ideas and tools for Twitter in the many resources listed on TeachersFirst Twitter for Teachers page.
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Grades2 to 5
In the ClassroomSplit your class into four groups and have each group solve one of the four cases. Watch the videos using a projector or on individual computers. Have students create bookmarks that show an important food safety fact. They can use information they find from the game as well as from the resources section. In addition, try out some of the provided science experiments. Teachers and parents be sure to click on the coffee cup for resources and more information. Looking for some multimedia project ideas: Have your students create an interactive online poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Or have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. With younger classes, you might want to create an online poster together using your interactive whiteboard and allowing students to operate it themselves.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse these videos as a great introduction to green energy and replacements to fossil fuels. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After showing a video, have students research the use of the various green energies around the country and the world. Research energy use and especially the difference between residential and commercial demand. Have cooperative learning groups view one of the videos and complete some basic research on the topic. Have the groups create a multimedia presentation to share their findings. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Be sure your students check out the City Car. Research the various types of green designs on cars to find the advantages and disadvantages of each. Great discussions, projects, and research are all possible through use of these videos.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomYou will want to preview the categories and levels your students are to explore. Investigate categories with your students, using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have small groups of students choose a subcategory to further explore. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here to share what they learn.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this resource for some excellent background information. Search for more information on the Internet to determine facts and how these facts are used. Create Public Service Announcements outlining the key points. Create a campaign for making small changes in our lives that can add up to a big difference. Have students create multimedia presentations such as an interactive online poster using Visme, reviewed here. Research alternative energy sources and create proposals for change within your district.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): printables (37)
In the ClassroomThis site is a great way to add creativity to your teaching. Make games boards that can be used to review curriculum in any subject area. These games can be used as a center to support your curriculum. These boards aren't just for the teacher, have pairs of students work together to create their own games. Perhaps have them research a topic, then share the information with peers in the form of a game. Then have students exchange games for other pairs to play. This is a great way to differentiate an assignment by providing different versions of a game or having students create their own at an appropriate level of difficulty. For students who need more support, provide partially completed versions for them to "create" the rest from a word bank.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): assessment (106)
In the ClassroomUse this site to search for rubrics for any type of assignment or classroom use. Material isn't limited to academic use, it also includes attendance, homework, and other types of rubrics.
Grades1 to 6
In the ClassroomCheck school policies about setting up student accounts and passwords and be sure to keep a record of student passwords! No email is required. Set up at the computer center and keep a chart for each student's progress and points collected. Demonstrate on the interactive whiteboard or projector, record terms used during the games (ex: history - iron age, stone age, and bronze age) to research. This would be an ideal link to provide on your class website for students to access at home.
Grades1 to 6
tag(s): planets (126)
In the ClassroomPlanet Size Comparison is an interesting way to show size comparisons when teaching about the planets. Project the site for a larger feel of the size differences. Students will really enjoy seeing the planets in a larger-than-life view. Have students find pairs of images that have the same relative size or create their own electronic drawings, then stretch/shrink them to create size comparisons of their own on PowerPoint slides or to print out. In math class, use the size comparisons to discuss ratio as well as the solar system.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomTeacher can lead young scientists through the background, activity, and quiz. Or older scientists can navigate independently. The lesson quizzes provide instant feedback for both student and teacher. Bob and the other Blobz offer ample background knowledge for students preparing to create circuits. Introduce the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard, and then use it as a center or on individual/partner computers. Have students draw or create circuit diagrams of their own using a tool such as microsoft paint.
GradesK to 8
tag(s): experiments (73)
In the ClassroomUse this site to launch budget friendly experiments by displaying on a projector. Follow experiment steps with students, and then have students complete the follow up writing independently or with a partner. Each experiment includes follow up writing sections that provide opportunities for scientific reasoning and thinking. Challenge cooperative learning groups to complete one of the activities and create a multimedia presentation such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades3 to 12
tag(s): oceans (152)
In the ClassroomUse the study guides (these open in another browser tab) along with the videos in class. Share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a whole class activity or in small groups. Discuss issues with the world's oceans, food chains and webs in the ocean, characteristics of marine life, and more. Challenge students to narrate a relevant picture using a tool such as UtellStory, reviewed here. Check out the "Did you know" tidbits along the side for great discussions and little known facts.
Grades2 to 6
In the ClassroomUse the site as a starting point for a conservation unit and explore the impact of climate change on polar bears. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share this site on your classroom website or newsletter to be explored at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 8
tag(s): animals (285)