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Writing Prompts - Luke Neff

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4 to 12
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These writing prompts are not as boring as the title sounds. Luke Neff has put together images and prompts that will truly inspire you and make you think. There are ...more
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These writing prompts are not as boring as the title sounds. Luke Neff has put together images and prompts that will truly inspire you and make you think. There are 57 pages full of creative, interesting ideas to explore. Click archive in the upper right to see a page of thumbnails of writing prompts by month. This allows you to view more prompts in less time.

tag(s): creative writing (170), expository writing (44), persuasive writing (56), writers workshop (34), writing (367), writing prompts (94)

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These prompts are perfect for writing in journals as quick writes or having your students develop into a full story or essay. There are plenty of unusual ideas to get even the most reluctant writer moving. Once completed, have students submit their story to the class using MixedInk reviewed here. The class can then collaborate by proof reading and suggesting ideas for others' stories. Just because these are "writing" prompts does not mean you can't use them for ESL/ELL or speech/language students to prompt them to TALK and use oral language. World language teachers can also use these to promote conversation/oral language. To get started, project one in class; after that make the link available on your class web page.

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QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide - Vicki Davis

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2 to 12
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This short article contains all the information you need to get started using QR codes in the classroom. The blog post begins with reasons to use QR codes and moves ...more
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This short article contains all the information you need to get started using QR codes in the classroom. The blog post begins with reasons to use QR codes and moves on to three parts: getting ready to use QR codes, teaching students to use the codes, and ideas for using codes in the classroom. One notable section explains common problems encountered using QR codes; this is an excellent resource to look through if you have difficulty at any time. Be sure to read the comments at the bottom of the post for some additional ideas for using QR codes in the classroom.
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tag(s): qr codes (22)

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QR codes are a sure-fire motivator for any class equipped with their own smart phones or school iTouches/iPads. Choose one of the ideas suggested in the article as a starting point for using QR codes in your classroom; then try additional ideas a little at a time. Share the article with other teachers and split up the ideas for each to become an "expert" in one of the strategies, share your experiences as you learn together.

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Ookaboo: free pictures of everything on earth - Ontology2

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K to 12
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Find free, copyright-safe pictures of places, people, animals, and more. Ookaboo is a resource containing over a million images. All images are in public domain or under creative commons,...more
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Find free, copyright-safe pictures of places, people, animals, and more. Ookaboo is a resource containing over a million images. All images are in public domain or under creative commons, making them free and available for anyone to use (with credit). As the site explains, pictures are free to use within the law, and Ookaboo offers an excellent description on the help page about how legally to use the pictures. Search for images using the search box or by using links to countries, people, or technological artifacts. Download easily with the download button. One goal of Ookaboo is to include images suitable in an educational setting; however, as with any other image site, there is a possibility of inappropriate content.
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tag(s): images (275), news (264), photography (161)

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Include a link to this site for students when preparing for presentations. Look for photos of any recent news event, even events obscure enough not to be included in American newspapers. Share an image or gallery of images on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) in a world language class. Discuss them in the language the students are learning. Link to certain galleries from your class web page or student presentations to show examples of concepts and life in other places. Share this site on your class web page for students to access easily during research projects. Use the photos as writing prompts in current events or writing classes. Learn about the culture and news in far off places. Create a visual current events "quiz" by displaying a gallery of images and asking students to explain the background of the story. Speech or ESL/ELL teachers can also share images to prompt students to talk about or describe them. Let the students select the image they wish to discuss!

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Clean up Your Grammar - Scholastic

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2 to 5
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Help clean up the beach in this game by recycling "trash" (nouns or verbs) into the correct containers. Each of the two leveled games shows ten items and the word ...more
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Help clean up the beach in this game by recycling "trash" (nouns or verbs) into the correct containers. Each of the two leveled games shows ten items and the word for it. Drag the item into either the noun or verb trash can. Replay the same level, or try a different level for a new game. If you have a successful "dump," the result is a colorful song reward. An error results in a slightly different sound, but the focus of the site is decidedly positive, rewarding students for what they do correctly.

tag(s): grammar (214), grammar review (39), parts of speech (68)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on as a center to help students review the differences between nouns and verbs.
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Dweeber - SmartWired

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7 to 12
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to...more
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to help each other with academics. Created with young people in mind, Dweeber has an ultra-cool look, and strict, upfront safety precautions. There are several components that make Dweeber unique. Their S.M.A.R.T. profile (stands for Successes, Mind Patterns, Attractions and Interests, Resources, and Thinking Talents) helps you to get to know how you and your friends learn best. My Sites/Top Sites is where you can store the sites that help you learn and study and is a place for you to vote on the best websites in the entire Dweeber network. Dweeber lists the sites that users have rated the highest. Up to eight people at a time can engage in a real-time study session using the collaborative whiteboard.

tag(s): homework (45), learning styles (21), social networking (112)

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Teachers and students create your own accounts. Then invite each student as friend. Go to the "My Dweebs" tab on the top, and click "New team" in the upper right corner. Create teams of any size. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Set up teams for students to work on projects or literature circles. Use the space as a forum to work out tasks and scheduling. Use the chat area for students to discuss the current novel they are reading or to ask peers for clarification about assignments. Students can brainstorm ideas for their group presentations or help each other work out math problems using the real-time collaborative whiteboard. Your students will likely suggest additional ways to use this tool from their world.

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ThinkBinder - Thinkbinder, LLC

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7 to 12
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Thinkbinder lets you create an online study group. Enter a name for your study group and click create. Next enter your name, email, and password, and then create your account. ...more
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Thinkbinder lets you create an online study group. Enter a name for your study group and click create. Next enter your name, email, and password, and then create your account. Invite others to your group via email. Your study group will have access to group chat, video chat, file management, a collaborative whiteboard, and a bookmark button to share pictures, videos, and links from anywhere on the web. Enter topics you work on, and team up with others in your study group by giving them the code for the topic. Only the introductory video uses Flash.

tag(s): homework (45), social networking (112)

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Create your own teacher account and invite each student via email. Use the topics code to invite students to specialized groups like literature circles, research groups, etc. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Use the chat area for students to discuss the current novel they are reading or to ask peers for clarification about assignments. Students can brainstorm ideas for their group presentations or help each other work out math problems using the real-time collaborative whiteboard.

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ePub Bud - ePub Bud, a not for profit organization

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K to 12
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EPub Bud is a multifaceted site where you can create and share your writing, read ebooks published by others, participate in activities, and join or create groups. You can read ...more
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EPub Bud is a multifaceted site where you can create and share your writing, read ebooks published by others, participate in activities, and join or create groups. You can read and create ebooks for and on any device. EPub Bud uses the standard .epub file format. Go to the page titled "How To Read These ePub eBooks" to see all the different readers and browsers and recommendations for how to read the ebooks. This is perfect for those with more than one device requiring different formats or when sharing eBook resources with others. Use many formats such as doc, PDF, HTML, and more to convert. Also, see their Upload/Convert page. ePub Bud, developed for children's books, also has adult books. You can learn to create books that include audio, too.
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tag(s): ebooks (43), independent reading (129), literature (275)

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What better way to publish for an authentic audience than to have your student's short stories, research, children's books, and novels published here? Use for students to "publish" their own works easily. Write and collaborate using Google Docs, download the document, and then convert using this tool. Use in elementary reading to make instant ebooks from their own writing or from vocabulary words in upcoming units. Use for whole-class collaboration and create a book to share on eBook readers. The books you or your students create can also include audio and video. Offer this site to students who use digital devices to read. You can use this resource to convert eBooks for sharing in a class using a variety of devices. Since there are also adult books on ePub Bud, you will want to supervise any downloading of books by students to read in your classroom. ESL/ELL and learning support students may benefit from being able to hear or see books in a different way. Use these texts in language arts to analyze or manipulate on your interactive whiteboard to teach reading comprehension skills, parts of speech, transition words, vocabulary study, and writing style. Teacher librarians can encourage students to share student-written eBooks or book reviews in the school media center on almost any type of device.

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Comics Workshop for Teachers - Marek Bennett

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K to 12
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth ...more
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth your time. Marek Bennett moved this site from an older Wordpress blog in March, 2014, but much of the older blog (and its great posts) remain as an archive, so explore BOTH. Click on any of the comic images to view posters, books, and tips for using comics in the classroom. Take the time to explore and view each of the links available. Be sure to check out the information about comics and multiple intelligences. Take time to explore other areas of the blog for more information on creating and using comics. There is information about paid workshops, but the site has much to offer without spending a cent.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (69), digital storytelling (152), stories and storytelling (32)

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Be sure to check out Teachers First's Comics Resources for many other ideas and tools for using comics in the classroom. Comics are great for telling the "story" of any curriculum concept, such as insect life cycles or biographies. They are also very creative for using with languages, ESL/ELL, gifted, and learning resource students for writing.

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Polyhedra Investigation - The National Grid for Learning Cymru

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3 to 6
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Explore and interact with 3-D polyhedra. Several sections are available on the site for exploration including a starter activity, main session, and plenary (lesson conclusion activity)....more
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Explore and interact with 3-D polyhedra. Several sections are available on the site for exploration including a starter activity, main session, and plenary (lesson conclusion activity). Hover your mouse over each of the large icons to view information about each activity, then click to access each section. As you explore the site, there is no option to use the back arrow to return to the home screen. Simply refresh the page to return.

tag(s): geometric shapes (170)

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All activities on the site are perfect to use as an introduction or review for polyhedra on your interactive whiteboard. Teacher notes and student worksheets are also available. After viewing as a class, allow students to explore on their own using classroom computers. Use ideas from the lesson plan to supplement current classroom activities. Print polyhedra shapes for students to create; then use them to develop a math writing activity to display on a bulletin board. Make holiday math decorations or student-made review manipulatives (for any subject) using the printables. Have them write a question on each face and "roll" the polyhedron to respond to the questions. Art teachers can use the printables for many craft projects.
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KIDSINCO - KIDSINCO.com

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1 to 6
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KIDSINCO offers an easy set of readers' theater scripts for kids. Fairy tales, fables, Greek myths, or stories with moral values such as friendship, generosity, honesty, patriotism,...more
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KIDSINCO offers an easy set of readers' theater scripts for kids. Fairy tales, fables, Greek myths, or stories with moral values such as friendship, generosity, honesty, patriotism, perseverance, respect, tolerance, trust, and hard work are all easily printed and ready for your eager actors. Patterns for animal masks, and stories in Spanish are also available. Scroll down to find an author listing on the left side to explore the options.
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tag(s): readers theater (17)

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Spice up language arts with exciting readers theater scripts readily prepared for all occasions. Begin as a whole group activity to model expression, and fluency. Continue in groups, or even in centers. Use the scripts as an example to help students turn stories into script format. Have your class make recorded scripts for younger class buddies. Challenge students to create narration and soundtracks for photos and images using UtellStory, reviewed here. Have older brothers or sisters make a memorable dramatized story for their younger sibling. Use the scripts in high school world language classes; translate into Spanish, French, or German. Determine what stories are missing from KIDSINCO and make up your own scripts to complete the list.

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What Speed Do you Read? - Staples.com

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3 to 12
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Speed read your way into an easy to use speed reading test. In just a few minutes, read and take a short comprehension quiz; discover your time and how ...more
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Speed read your way into an easy to use speed reading test. In just a few minutes, read and take a short comprehension quiz; discover your time and how you compare nationally. Next, discover how long it would take you to read War and Peace, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Lord of the Rings, Catch 22, and 1984.
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tag(s): independent reading (129), reading comprehension (119)

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Race to read, with Staples simple Speed reading test. Offer your students and parents an easy way to track reading fluency. Use this tool to open discussion about the reasons why we sometimes need to slow down and how practice can build fluency. Offer contests, use in portfolios, or just plain have fun reading! Begin by using on the interactive whiteboard and reading aloud and modeling good reading behaviors. Help students discover the skills of great comprehension. Have students graph the family results. Test your principal and other teachers. Use this website to prove reading takes practice. For another reading speed builder, try Easy Prompter, reviewed here.
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I Have/Who Has Games - Lakeshore Learning

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1 to 6
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Find printable sets of I Have/Who has language learning games for learning levels 1-6. Print each game in PDF format including playing cards and instructions. Be sure to check out ...more
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Find printable sets of I Have/Who has language learning games for learning levels 1-6. Print each game in PDF format including playing cards and instructions. Be sure to check out other items under the free resources tab.
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tag(s): listening (92), parts of speech (68), phonics (71)

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Each set of games includes enough cards for the entire class to participate. Print cards on cardboard stock and laminate before using for increased durability. Challenge students to create their own I Have/Who Has games for any topic.
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Grockit Answers - Farbood Nivi

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4 to 12
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Grockit is a tool for hosting timely Q&A discussions around web videos, and it works with any YouTube or Vimeo hosted videos. You can create a Q&A page about a ...more
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Grockit is a tool for hosting timely Q&A discussions around web videos, and it works with any YouTube or Vimeo hosted videos. You can create a Q&A page about a video that only you and the people you choose can access. You can moderate the conversation to get additional controls and deeper insight into what's happening. To begin, search for any YouTube or Vimeo video, or put in the URL of a video you want to use. Then, choose to make a public or private question and answer session. The video will appear framed on the page, and you just need to add a few questions to get things started. Type these into the field on the top left of your screen. If you play through the video and pause at certain moments, the question will appear at that point in the video. Share the video by clicking on 'Share this page." This will give you a URL that you can share with others. If you click on 'Moderate Q&A on this video' at the bottom of the page, you can create playlists, moderate submissions to the Q&A, and even get an embed code to add it to other materials.

Note that the general public can write and answer PUBLIC Q/A sessions, so preview for appropriateness before sharing with others. If you create a private Q/A you can avoid this problem.

tag(s): video (275)

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Begin by searching for pre-existing public videos that already have questions. Preview and share these with students as you begin a unit or for review. Create your own videos for students to use for review or have students generate questions for a video you choose. Assign videos for students to view at home, in the computer lab, or on laptops. You can even have students post their questions and responses within the video. Learning Support teachers could have students write questions and test each other using videos to reinforce topics they are studying without using loads of reading material.

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Inference Riddle Game - Phil Tulga

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1 to 4
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Try this inference and prediction guessing game for the young. Press "show a clue" to receive clues for the mystery word. Guess the word or press the button again to ...more
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Try this inference and prediction guessing game for the young. Press "show a clue" to receive clues for the mystery word. Guess the word or press the button again to get another clue. Fifteen child-friendly riddles are available, and the riddles have up to ten clues.
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tag(s): inferencing (5), riddles (16)

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Bookmark and save this site to use as a bell ringer or for a quick center activity. Display on your interactive white board and allow students to try to solve the riddles with as few clues as possible. Use these riddles as models for students to create their own riddles to share with classmates. Beginning raders will need help spelling their responses, so try partnering them with a stronger speller.

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EngVid - engVid

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5 to 12
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Explore this huge collection of Youtube videos on various aspects of teaching the English language to international students. Real teachers narrate the videos which include three levels...more
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Explore this huge collection of Youtube videos on various aspects of teaching the English language to international students. Real teachers narrate the videos which include three levels and many subject areas. Included are the normal topics like speaking and pronunciation, grammar, writing, and vocabulary, as well as other helpful topics like test prep, tips, expressions, and slang. Most have a followup quiz to see how well you understand the lesson concepts. The videos are not particularly dynamic, mostly just views of a teacher standing and explaining. Topics include material appropriate for adult learners, such as pregnancy and having a baby. K-12 teachers will wan to select for their students.
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tag(s): grammar (214), grammar review (39), idioms (45), pronunciation (44), slang (15)

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Use video from this collection to introduce a topic or to do a quick review. Students recently mainstreamed from ESL/ELL into the traditional English or language arts classroom or students who need information presented several times in different ways may benefit from a short video lesson. Have students view lessons then create their own grammar lesson video. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Refrigerator Poetry - apples4theteacher

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K to 3
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Drag words to create sentences, poems, and more on this easy to use, online "refrigerator." Need to use a word more than once? No problem -- just click on ...more
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Drag words to create sentences, poems, and more on this easy to use, online "refrigerator." Need to use a word more than once? No problem -- just click on the word and press your "d" key to create a duplicate. Words can also be sorted by the color of the background for nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech. Many basic sight words are included.

tag(s): parts of speech (68), poetry (225), sight words (37)

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This site is terrific for use on interactive whiteboards. Challenge students to create entertaining sentences using as many different colored backgrounds as possible. Then ask them to identify the parts of speech. See how long it takes them to notice that all nouns are the same color! This is an excellent resource to share during Poetry Month. Why not make a poetry center on your interactive whiteboard for students to work with a partner? For create-your-own magnetic poetry at a higher level, try Triptico's free, downloadable software, reviewed here.
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Parts of Speech Game - Toon University

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3 to 10
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Use this challenging game for a review of the parts of speech. Choose from one of three levels. After examining a sentence, decide which part of speech the boldface word ...more
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Use this challenging game for a review of the parts of speech. Choose from one of three levels. After examining a sentence, decide which part of speech the boldface word is. Click on that part of speech and the animated character, Chubs, will try to aim his bow and arrow at the target! Sometimes Chubs gets hit by a toilet plunger instead of having his arrow hit the target -- an amusing twist! Even at the beginning level, this site does a terrific job in distinguishing between minor categories like verbs/linking verbs or singular/plural nouns.

tag(s): grammar (214), grammar review (39), parts of speech (68)

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Use this game on a projector to review parts of speech with your students or pair them up on classroom computers for extra practice. ESL/ELL and learning support students will enjoy and benefit from effective play.
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Wunderlist - 6 Wunderkinder GmbH

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7 to 12
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Wunderlist is more than a to-do list. Use it as a project management tool to develop plans, store resources, and arrange group collaboration or planning. It works on all devices ...more
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Wunderlist is more than a to-do list. Use it as a project management tool to develop plans, store resources, and arrange group collaboration or planning. It works on all devices and in your browser on the web. Sync all of your devices with this one tool. Teachers, students, and parents can all use this tool to help improve organization. Assign, track, and follow your groups. Be sure to sync to the cloud to keep school, home, kids, and more together in one place. The free version has some limitations, so click Pro to see how much your free account can do.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (173), organizational skills (127)

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Use Wunderlist to stay on top of everything you do or even for communicating with parents. Students can use this resource as a way to stay organized in all tasks or to plan intermediate steps of a long-term project. Even disorganized students will love getting organized with the help of technology! Begin by demonstrating how to use Wunderlist on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a whole group activity. In primary grades, use this tool as a class to introduce and reinforce time management. Demonstrate how to use the program to stay on top of long-term assignments or projects. Be sure to include checking off the task when finished. Since membership requires an email account, you probably will not be able to use this with individual student accounts in lower grades. Older students with individual accounts (if permitted by school policy) can keep their school year organized by adding assignments and tasks, uploading work, taking/keeping notes, and sharing their board. As students work on and complete tasks, they can move items from one column to the next. Use Wunderlist as a collaboration tool during group projects to track responsibilities, resources, and progress. Have each group invite you as the teacher so you can monitor group progress and each student's participation. Use the program as a unique way to keep track of homework. Learning support teachers and teachers of gifted-but-disorganized students will want to include this as a tool to meet IEP organizational goals. Add reminders, due dates, reoccurring to dos, or notes to each task.

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Pagefin - Pagefin 2010

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1 to 12
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Use Pagefin as a quick and easy way to create web pages. Spend only seconds to add text, images, or links to create your own web pages. After creating, share ...more
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Use Pagefin as a quick and easy way to create web pages. Spend only seconds to add text, images, or links to create your own web pages. After creating, share via a URL link where you can edit the page later, a direct link for email and instant messaging, a shortened URL which is convenient for sharing on Twitter, or HTML embed code for your other websites. No need to login, just start immediately.

tag(s): multimedia (62), portfolios (33)

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Use Pagefin at school for individual or group projects. Create webpages to use for anticipatory guides, polls, or even study guides. Allow students to build a content review page to demonstrate mastery. The ease of use allows even novice technology users, as well as younger students, to create their own webpage (parent permission strongly advised!). You or your students can create beautiful presentations with images, text, and links. Each website created has a private URL. Students can use this tool at home for presentations and email you the URL for their completed work. Compile the presentation URLs on your class blog or wiki so all students have access. Integrate all subjects into Pagefin. The simplicity of this site would make it an easy tool for younger students to create eportfolios with links to and explanations of their various projects located elsewhere on the web.

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Projeqt - Dynamic Presentations for a Real-Time World - Pilot.is.

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8 to 12
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Looking for a quick and easy way to share dynamic presentations? Try Projeqt! Which is a simple tool with onscreen, embedded instruction (i.e. drag here). Update previously created...more
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Looking for a quick and easy way to share dynamic presentations? Try Projeqt! Which is a simple tool with onscreen, embedded instruction (i.e. drag here). Update previously created presentations by uploading images, documents, and PDF files, video, or create slides from scratch. See your Projeqt as a film strip or in grid view, and there's a full-screen option, too. Add a Google map, Flickr page, and more! Projeqt aims to establish itself above other presentation tools through the direct integration of social media dynamics, and that it certainly does! Here is a simple sample Projeqt made by a TeachersFirst reviewer.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (173), multimedia (62), slides (64), social media (21)

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Use this presentation tool to have students express themselves creatively in your classroom. Have them share their projects with Projeqt as an alternative to a writing assignment or other traditional method. Set requirements for how much and what types of information they must have, and watch what they develop. They may just surprise you! Have students create an end of year portfolio to share during spring fairs or open houses. Save Projeqts for fall open house to share the work students will be doing! Students can present in person or link their presentations to a media site that has a recording of them giving a summary. Projeqts could also be used to showcase a long-term community service project or show off a season's accomplishments for a sports team.

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