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BBC Landscapes - BBC Scotland

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2 to 8
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This interactive map resource from the BBC introduces map skills (focusing on the Scottish Isles.) Follow the little green alien to read details about geography and the site. The three...more
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This interactive map resource from the BBC introduces map skills (focusing on the Scottish Isles.) Follow the little green alien to read details about geography and the site. The three main sections offer: learning different parts of a map, reading a guidebook that has information about Scottish landscapes, and viewing shared photos of landscapes. Learn about map legends and keys, how to read coordinates, and more. You can select from several different options when beginning the overall site, including viewing within a browser or not and also viewing with sound or not. This site is easy to use, content-rich, and entertaining. Note that distances are measured in km, not miles.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), map skills (79), maps (287)

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Use this site when beginning a geography lesson. Although the site features Scotland, the skills are useful for any map reading. You can even talk about linear measurements: kilometers vs miles! After going through the lesson, have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of their own city, state, or country. Mapskip even allows audio "stories" and pictures. This is a great site for ESL/ELL and learning support students to use. They can read the directions and hints and also hear the audio.
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True Tube - TrueTube

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9 to 12
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial,...more
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Find videos related to social education, health, citizenship, religions, the environment, crime, and countless eclectic topics at this UK-based site. Though some are controversial, this is a great set of resources for the introduction of difficult subjects to a class. Events that coordinate with videos are listed along the right side of the site. Choose from subjects along the top including Body and Health, Crime, Culture, and more. Many of the videos deal with worldwide issues from a non-U.S. point of view, offering a different perspective. Be sure to preview videos before you share. Some do deal with rather controversial topics. If necessary, check with your administration about the appropriate use of these videos before sharing withe the class OR sharing the link on your class website.

tag(s): architecture (83), digital citizenship (59), diseases (66), environment (317), media literacy (58), mental health (26), persuasive writing (55), poetry (228), religions (61), sexuality (14), social skills (20), writing prompts (92)

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Share specific videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use a video to introduce a debate topic or as a prompt for persuasive writing. As a media literacy exercise, ask students to find another video (perhaps on YouTube) that presents an opposing viewpoint on the same topic as one here. Then challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own videos on this or another controversial topic being discussed in class. Share the videos using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Google World Wonders Project - Google

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6 to 12
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How about a field trip to all the Wonders of the World? Imagine the cost, the time, the paperwork! Google has an alternative. Using Street View technology, view virtual field ...more
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How about a field trip to all the Wonders of the World? Imagine the cost, the time, the paperwork! Google has an alternative. Using Street View technology, view virtual field trips to dozens of the World Heritage Sites across the globe and on every continent. Sites include links to 3D models, user submitted photographs, YouTube videos and other content that will enrich your "visit" to the site. The collection is searchable by location or by theme (for example: architecture, palaces and castles, places of worship, and natural wonders). There are also downloadable educators' packets associated with the sites with further classroom resources and suggestions.

tag(s): archeology (32), architecture (83), cross cultural understanding (115), virtual field trips (48)

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Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard, enabling your classroom to become a virtual window on the world. Indulge in a quick "visit" to a site associated with a historical issue in your curriculum. Compare and contrast various architectural styles across cultures. See how humankind has built places of worship in keeping with different religious viewpoints. Groups of students or individual students might be asked to design their own field trip, choosing a collection of sites, researching them, and presenting their personal journey to the rest of the class. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Consider using the in-depth examination of one of these sites as an enrichment activity for high achieving students, or as an independent project. Be sure and explore the downloadable educators' packets yourself for more suggestions and classroom resources.
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Sound Maps -- British Library - The British Library

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K to 12
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or ...more
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Find over 50,000 sounds of music, nature sounds, spoken words/poetry and human environments. Click dots on a map to see the location and play the sound. Search by keyword or by category and save to your playlist for future use once you create a free account.

tag(s): cultures (105), multimedia (57), sounds (68)

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This site is a great addition to any world language, history, music, English, or science class. Use the oral history section to hear stories from Holocaust survivors. Listen to accents from around the world. Have you ever wanted to know what a cicada sounds like? Use the recordings from the nature and environment section. Science and music teachers can use the site to show how sound waves look. Use the site to demonstrate how to create an oral history. Then have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of a particular topic you are studying. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). In world language classes, have students explore locations to learn more about the sound of that country. Then have them create a recording that uses recorded sounds as background to their own spoken words in their new language.

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PictureSet - Special Education Technology British Columbia

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K to 12
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles:...more
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PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visuals to support receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Choose from the main category titles: Young Adult, School, Community, Home, and others to access resources. Available resources include songs, posters, booklets, and stories. Print and save files using links included. Many of the collections were designed to meet specific needs such as articulation.

tag(s): dental health (23), holidays (147), hygiene (10), posters (36)

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Print posters from the site for classroom use for procedures such as bathroom routines, cleanup, teaching personal hygiene, etc. This is an excellent site to use with learning support, or even life skills students. Many parts of this site would be ideal to use in the ESL/ELL classroom. Special ed teachers looking for free communications materials will love the teacher-made options available here. You can aso share materials you create. World language teachers can use the images to create vocabulary challenges for students to narrate.
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Virginia Trekkers - David Clough, Brad Fernald, Frank Fitzpatrick, & Alfonso Favale

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2 to 8
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the...more
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Learn all about our 10th state (Virginia) with this lively and entertaining website created by four elementary school teachers. Choose from a specific area of the state (such as the Blue Ridge Mountains) from offerings on the left side of the site. Choose from the subtopics offered to view videos and information correlated to Virgina State Standards. View over 50 podcasts filmed around the state. Each podcast includes additional information, state standards, and some include online activities. Choose the activities option games that match up with podcasts but can also be played independently. Many of the activities are suitable for students in all areas of the country such as Simple Machines from the Past and Patriotic Symbols. View the link for USA Trekkers to visit other states.

tag(s): civil war (145), explorers (61), native americans (78), simple machines (37), symbols (19), virginia (16), virtual field trips (48), watersheds (16)

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Explore the podcasts and activities for use in your classroom. Create links on classroom computers to games and podcasts. Use the site's podcasts as a model and have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating important information and locations near you. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Has your field trip budget disappeared? Take a virtual field trip to the many regions of Virginia with your class by watching podcasts together on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Scoop.it! - Scoop.it Inc

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5 to 12
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see...more
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Scoop.it considers itself a free "publishing-by-curation" tool on the web. You create a Scoop topic and add articles and websites to the topic. People who view your Scoop see what you want them to see. This is a way to deliver subject focused articles and information to a specific audience. Scoops can be shared through social media or using a widget to embed on your website.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Create Scoops for projects so that students have a one stop shop to research. Create a Scoop with information and sites for students to use as a study guide. This also gives you some control over the information to which your students are exposed. Have students sign up for their own free account. Students could use this as a working bibliography of the resources they use for research, posters, and presentations for all classes. Assign students to create a collection of online literature about a specific topic as an assignment. Have students use the "add your insight" text box to provide a mini review of the articles.

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Civil War Read-Alouds - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to...more
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This read-aloud collection, written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, includes books to read aloud in elementary classes. It also includes the lessons ideas to do before, during, and after the read-aloud. Infuse an extra measure of history into your curriculum and tap into the richness of our nation's story while you build reading and listening skills. The books about the Civil War and related topics include a wealth of fictional and informational literature to share with your students. The lists and related activities are segmented into lower, middle, and upper elementary. There are Lexile''® levels for the books (where available). If your library does not have the books you want to use from this list, try using the ISBN numbers to borrow them on interlibrary loan from a public library nearby.

tag(s): civil war (145), lincoln (86), slavery (72)

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These read-alouds are perfect during February celebrations of Presidents Day and Black History Month but could be used any time. If your social studies curriculum includes the CIvil War or you simply want to connect the interrelated topics of Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, this is a great place to start.

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The Gettysburg School Bus: The Civil War in the Classroom - Barbara Sanders

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7 to 12
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The Gettysburg School Bus is a blog for educators all about the Civil War created by an Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her stated purpose is to tell...more
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The Gettysburg School Bus is a blog for educators all about the Civil War created by an Education Specialist at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her stated purpose is to tell stories, answer questions, and provide information that creates interest in learning about the Civil War along with the people living through those times. Search the site through tags, recent posts, or archives. Be sure to check out the lesson plans for many classroom ideas.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18)

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This is an excellent site to bookmark and save for many Civil War resources including lesson plans, first hand information on Gettysburg, and Civil War articles. Have students choose one of the blog posts from the site then create magazine covers of information included using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here. Have students create an online presentation on the Battle of Gettysburg using Prezi (reviewed here). Use lesson plans included on the site to supplement your current Civil War unit.

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Poetry and Music of the War Between the States - civilwarpoetry.org

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7 to 12
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of ...more
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Understand the thoughts and emotions of the men who fought in the Civil War through poetry and music of the time. Choose from Confederate or Union Poetry or Music of the War links. Listen to popular music of the day such as Oh! Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home. Explore poetry separated into categories including battles, soldier life, and the home front. Other options for exploring the site include searches by title, first lines, and authors.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), poetry (228)

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Include this site with your Civil War unit resources. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Or challenge cooperative learning groups to use one of the many other multimedia presentation TeachersFirst Edge tools found here.

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The Civil War - Hershey Middle School

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7 to 12
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by ...more
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You are the writer of an article about the Civil War for Civil War Life Magazine. This Wiki provides resources for researching your story. Explore the many sites offered by categories such as battles, databases, medicine, women, and many others. Each site contains a link along with a short description of the content included. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find information on the magazine project such as required content, use of images, and focus of articles.

tag(s): 1800s (44), battles (16), civil war (145), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), primary sources (86), slavery (72), underground railroad (11)

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Use this site as a resource for a class magazine project (doesn't have to be Civil War) - use ideas for any topic. Share a link to this page on your classroom website for students to access Civil War resources included. Have students create magazine covers using Magazine Cover Maker reviewed here.

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The Brown Bookshelf - Paula Chase-Hyman

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K to 12
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The Brown Bookcase showcases literature for young readers written by and featuring people of color. View archives going back to 2007 to find book reviews, author's chats, and some videos...more
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The Brown Bookcase showcases literature for young readers written by and featuring people of color. View archives going back to 2007 to find book reviews, author's chats, and some videos that accompany books featured on the site. A flagship feature of the site is the 28 Days Later portion. Each day during Black History Month features a different author. It is a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans to help parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers recommend good reads. Archives are available beginning with the 2008 campaign.
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tag(s): african american (113), black history (59), book lists (128), civil rights (117), literature (275), preK (281)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year, not just during Black History Month. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and find books for reading. Share this link on your class website or blog for students to use at home. Showcase books found on this site for classroom readalouds. Have students create commercials for books found on this site and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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E is for Explore! - Erin Bittman

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K to 6
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E is for Explore! offers many learning activities and opportunities for classroom exploration (and fun) that conforms to Common Core. Explore the blog by scrolling through the many...more
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E is for Explore! offers many learning activities and opportunities for classroom exploration (and fun) that conforms to Common Core. Explore the blog by scrolling through the many activities or search using keyword tags on the right of the page. Choose from popular posts such as Lego fractions or ABC handprints or St. Patrick's Day skittles. All activities include simple directions, and some include links to printables for completing activities. Be aware: some of the activities include comments from other users. At the time of this review all comments were appropriate.

tag(s): addition (251), alphabet (92), angles (88), branches of government (48), charts and graphs (195), density (21), dinosaurs (57), division (172), electricity (88), erosion (17), fractions (239), geology (81), geometric shapes (163), inferencing (5), literacy (103), logic (235), minerals (17), money (193), multiplication (227), place value (56), reading comprehension (116), rocks (49), senses (28), subtraction (208), transformations (17), weather (188)

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Bookmark this site for great hands-on activities across the curriculum. Use the activities throughout the school year. Allow students to explore areas of the site to find activities to perform on their own. For example, click on the fractions tag and allow students to view the list of activities to choose their own exploration. When finished, challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the activity and its outcome. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

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mailDiary - mailDiary.net

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3 to 12
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with ...more
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Check out this online journal with a twist. Each day the site sends an email with questions about your day to prompt you to write. Respond to the email with your entry for automatic posting. Images can also be added to entries. Personalize the site using your choice of color and fonts. View entries as a PDF for easy printing as desired. Register with an email and unique name for your diary.

tag(s): creative writing (166), journals (21), writing prompts (92)

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Create a diary with a message to your students each day. Have students keep a diary of their first week at school. They can re-read this at the end of the school year. Have students keep a diary of a famous person for a character in a story that you have been reading in class. Ask students to write a diary about a picture that you have sent to them. Have students write diary entries from the point of view of soldiers, presidents, scientists, and more. Prompt a giving diary during the holiday season with students writing about what they GAVE to someone else each day.

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Pixabay - Pixabay

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K to 12
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This is a wonderful site for finding quality images to use in projects. Use these images for either personal or professional projects. Registration is not necessary to download them....more
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This is a wonderful site for finding quality images to use in projects. Use these images for either personal or professional projects. Registration is not necessary to download them. All images are copyright free. Search images by name and filter by orientation (landscape or portrait) and image type (photo, clipart, or vector.) Be sure to use the filters at the top. Right click to download. Use good search terms to find the best pictures possible. You must know where to save images on your computer. Be sure to give credit to the person who took the picture and show their name wherever the image is used. Consider adding images to this site to increase the number of options and expand the ideas of Creative Commons. Adding images does require you to join the site (email required).

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (266), photography (160), search engines (65)

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Use in the classroom any time images are needed for projects, even if the project is not put on a website for others to see. Be sure students are aware that any time another person's image is used, they must give full credit for it, even if that owner cannot see it. Student groups can use Pixabay to collectively find the best image to use for a project. Challenge students to create personalized images (with text) using Pinwords reviewed here. Teachers can collect images for use on their interactive whiteboard for sorting activities (monocots and dicots, producers and consumers, etc). Use images as writing prompts or in poetry collections. Art teachers can find images for students to use as references or in photomontages (with credit). Elementary teachers can use images from this site as part of student-run interactive whiteboard activities, such as labeling parts of plants. Speech and language or ESL/ELL teachers can find images to use in vocabulary development activities. World language teachers can find cultural photos to use in oral exercises.

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A legal (yet, illegal in every sense) extortion letter from Getty Images ignited my need to find another source of genuinely free images online. Hence, ended up finding this awesome free source of truly free images online i.e. pixabay.com. I fear all the time that such a great source could easily be bought (gobbled up) by greedy and infamous businesses i.e. Getty and we will have to find some other source for genuinely free images. Until that happens, let's all enjoy the free ride. pin, , Grades: 0 - 12

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TV411 - Finance - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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6 to 12
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Find web lessons, videos, and downloads about timely and necessary financial topics. Learn about credit card financing, hidden costs, and paychecks. Each lesson begins with an introduction...more
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Find web lessons, videos, and downloads about timely and necessary financial topics. Learn about credit card financing, hidden costs, and paychecks. Each lesson begins with an introduction to the activity including questions to answer. Feedback is given to the questions, including an explanation of the correct answer. Use the print downloads for creating a budget to use as an activity in class.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Include this site in a course on personal finance, business, or consumer science. It would also be very useful as a real world application for math skills. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review financial topics. Take advantage of the free lesson plans. Share the videos with your class as you study finance and the economy. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or blog.
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Classroom Jr. - Wendy Piersall

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K to 3
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Find teacher resources, lesson plans, creative ideas and more at Classroom Jr. Explore the site guide to find bulletin board ideas, book guides, holiday ideas, worksheets and many other...more
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Find teacher resources, lesson plans, creative ideas and more at Classroom Jr. Explore the site guide to find bulletin board ideas, book guides, holiday ideas, worksheets and many other resources for elementary students. Be sure to browse through the printable mad libs located in the worksheet section that are available for everyday use and holidays. This site is a useful resource for ideas and activities throughout the year, despite the annoying ads.
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tag(s): addition (251), alphabet (92), bullying (52), christmas (64), columbus day (11), earth day (112), easter (21), fathers day (12), halloween (40), handwriting (18), holidays (147), july 4th (9), memorial day (13), mothers day (13), phonics (75), poetry (228), preK (281), presidents (131), printables (38), subtraction (208), thanksgiving (37), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for lesson plans and activities for your classroom. Share specific activities such as reading, handwriting, or science worksheets on your classroom website for parents to use at home with their student. Provide this link on your class website for students to use at home on a rainy/snowy day. Substitutes might find some of the activities useful as take-alongs in case lessons do not last a full period.
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Sparky Teaching - SparkyTeaching.com

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3 to 12
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Sparky teaching's goal is to ignite classroom creativity, and they provide resources to help you get started. Check out the resources section for many online and downloadable posters...more
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Sparky teaching's goal is to ignite classroom creativity, and they provide resources to help you get started. Check out the resources section for many online and downloadable posters and activities. Especially interesting is the "365 things that make you go hmmm..." portion. Find notes for teachers, today's big question, viewer responses, and archives of previous questions. Another great resource is the 10 word stories. Don't miss lots of wonderful reader-submitted stories. This site is sure to get your creative juices flowing! And the "site" doesn't want their name or headings starting with capital letters because they say they are not a title, but rather they are what they do in the classroom. Be aware: this site was created in the United Kingdom. You may notice some slight spelling/vocabulary differences. There are some items for sale on this site, but you can find free ideas and posters.

tag(s): christmas (64), creative writing (166), creativity (109), problem solving (272), thinking skills (17), writing prompts (92)

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Display one of the 365 things that make you go hmmm... prompts on your interactive whiteboard. As students enter class, have the class use Postica (reviewed here), to create web-based sticky notes on a sticky board with responses. Demonstrate and share the 10 word stories with students then challenge them to make their own 10 word story to summarize classroom reading materials, books, math processes or tips, or any other classroom topic. Be sure to check out the articles and reviews on the site for more creative thinking ideas. Use the 12 Days of Christmas activity and worksheets to sneak in some math practice around the holidays!
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Neotake: Your eBook Search Engine - Neotake.com

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K to 12
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Neotake is a search engine to find ebooks online. Type in the name of a book to search through over 5 million entries. Use filters to refine your search by ...more
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Neotake is a search engine to find ebooks online. Type in the name of a book to search through over 5 million entries. Use filters to refine your search by language, format, or price (check FREE.) Results are returned with tags, formats offered, and language(s) available. Don't have a specific title in mind? Browse the top 100 ebooks yesterday, last week, or last month. However, be aware that some returns will be adult material so the site is best used to find specific books or used by adults.
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tag(s): ebooks (42), search engines (65)

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Use this site to find ebooks available online. Be sure to select the FREE option under price. You may want to use this as a personal search engine, not in class, as some of the material is not appropriate for students AND a good portion of this site is not free.

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Navajo Code Talkers - Navajo Code Talkers Foundation

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6 to 12
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The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the story of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. Their unbreakable code played...more
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The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the story of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. Their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war's end. Choose the link to the "Code Talkers" to read their story from beginning, through the battles, and coming home. Learn more about the code in that portion of the site by scrolling over words to view the translation and understand more about the only unbroken code in modern military history. Meet four of the code talkers through their bio and photos available on the site.
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tag(s): native americans (78), world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

Share this site with your students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during your World War II unit or a unit on Native Americans. This would be a great link to share during Native American Heritage Month. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of the Code Talkers vs other World War II battle units or cryptographers.
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