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Frame Games And Critical Thinking Puzzles by Terry Stickels - Terry Stickels

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2 to 12
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Enjoy the ultimate of word puzzles at Frame Games! Terry Stickels has posted 53 of these, free, for solving. Not sure what a Frame Game is? It is a word ...more
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Enjoy the ultimate of word puzzles at Frame Games! Terry Stickels has posted 53 of these, free, for solving. Not sure what a Frame Game is? It is a word or words in a box (a puzzle of sorts) with funny spelling or shows the word in a special position or presentation. There are many names for this type of puzzle, and you will figure out how they work once you try one. The goal is to guess the meaning (usually a common phrase). Lighten up and have some fun by treating yourself to one of these puzzles when taking a break during the day. Build your mental flexibility. See the correct answers by advancing to the next puzzle.

tag(s): critical thinking (65), flexibility (7), gifted (66), logic (199), puzzles (176)

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Share these puzzles on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use these puzzles as a morning opener to get students settled and ready for learning. Use as a break when transitioning between activities. ESL/ELL students will benefit by trying to solve these common American English phrases, and learning about them, too! Include these during a study of prepositions and positional words in a speech and language class or during a lesson on idioms in English class. Challenge students to create their own Frame Games of common idioms such as "over a barrel" and share with the class. Have students create posters to share their Frame Games using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here).
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e-learning for kids - Language Arts - Dr. Nick van Dam

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K to 6
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Explore this eclectic collection of twenty e-lessons in language arts for elementary students. Topics vary but include letter recognition, pronouns, phonics, figurative language, prefixes...more
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Explore this eclectic collection of twenty e-lessons in language arts for elementary students. Topics vary but include letter recognition, pronouns, phonics, figurative language, prefixes and suffixes, writing strategies, story sequencing, grammar, and much more. The colorful, interactive explanations and activities accompanied by verbal directions are delightful! Search by grade level K-6, or scroll through the entire list. Investigate the titles since some don't represent what they are all about. For instance, Welcome to the Desert is all about definite and indefinite pronouns. This particular exercise would also be great to share with ESL/ELL students.

tag(s): antonyms (23), capitalization (16), figurative language (16), parts of speech (61), sight words (29), synonyms (34), writing (312)

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Share a specific activity or two with your students on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Note: some of the directions in lessons for non-readers include words they must click on, such as "yes" or "no," so you may need to help students understand what to do. Assign student to centers to learn or review the concepts on which they will work. Be sure to have headphones for the audio portions of this site. Ask older students to work with a partner to write down the rules for one of the concepts for a class bulletin board display or wiki. Or better yet, create a virtual bulletin board using online stickies using a site such as Lino reviewed here.
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Literably - Tyler Borek and Habib Moody

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K to 8
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Use Literably to assess students' oral reading. Literably will display a text, administer the reading assessment, score it, generate an audio recording, and keep a running record. It...more
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Use Literably to assess students' oral reading. Literably will display a text, administer the reading assessment, score it, generate an audio recording, and keep a running record. It will also report words correct per minute, percentage accuracy, and a leveling recommendation. Literably also provides readers' Lexile measures, grade levels, and guided reading levels. Register with an email, and set up a class easily. Keep your username short for ease of registration by primary students. The free account allows for testing 15 students per month. Student sign in is extremely easy, even for a first grader. Print results or email to parents for easy sharing. IMPORTANT Note: Results (accuracy and WPM) are not available instantly and take up to 18-24 hours to arrive via email or be posted on the site. Literably is compatible with most browsers. They say an iPad app version will be available in the fall of 2014.
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tag(s): assessment (53), fluency (23)

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After creating a class list, either choose readings as your estimate for each student or let Literably choose them. You will need to demonstrate on a projector or whiteboard where to click to Allow the mike to work. Set up a center or several in your classroom and rotate students through it. Test all students at one time (or at least 15 students) if you are lucky enough to have that many devices in your room, or a lab at your school. You may want to use headsets with microphones. This will limit the student's distraction factor while they are reading aloud. However, the built in microphone on the computer will work just fine. This tool is perfect for reporting to parents and administrators. It's also great for resource teachers to share during IEP meetings. Turn this assessment tool into a teaching tool by having them listen to their recordings and follow the text to pause the incorrect recording and read it correctly. Have them try the same reading again to see if they can improve their score. Test a class of 30 within a month's time by testing 15 students at the end of one calendar month and 15 more at the beginning of the next calendar month. The site looks only at the actual date in limiting your free account to 15 per month!

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Timeline - ReadWriteThink

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2 to 12
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Create a printed or pdf timeline using this handy tool. There is no registration required. This tool allows you to easily add, drag, and rearrange items as work progresses. Timelines...more
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Create a printed or pdf timeline using this handy tool. There is no registration required. This tool allows you to easily add, drag, and rearrange items as work progresses. Timelines can be organized by day, date, or event. Add an image for each event to make a timeline visually appealing. The event label can include an annotation for the image with short or long descriptive text. Save as a draft to make revisions later or finalize and share the timeline via email (as a pdf). You can also download and save the file. Click Get Started and begin your timeline by simply entering your name and the name of the project. Teachers will want to explore lessons that use this timeline tool. Lessons are divided up by grade level. For more explanation about saving work in progress, go to the Videos menu and click "Using RWT" to find a video about Saving Work With the Student Interactives.

tag(s): timelines (50)

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Demonstrate how to use this tool with your projector or interactive whiteboard. In lower grades, you could make a timeline of the months and add images of all who have birthdays each month. This tool is so versatile it can be used for a variety of topics and subjects, including autobiographical incidents, plots of a story or book, the cell cycle, stages in volcanic eruptions, any history topic, steps in a math problem, or steps in a plan to create a project. As students learn about informational texts in CCSS, they can also learn about adding (and interpreting) graphical information to accompany their words. Students who cannot complete their work during the class time can save their work in a local computer (in its own rwt file format) to finish later. Just make sure the student names it logically and knows WHERE the file is saved!!
 
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Shape Book Patterns - Eduplace - Houghton Mifflin

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K to 3
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Find numerous printable shape patterns to create your own shape books or simply to use as paper for creative writing exercises. Although this site is SO simple (just click to ...more
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Find numerous printable shape patterns to create your own shape books or simply to use as paper for creative writing exercises. Although this site is SO simple (just click to download and print), it is extremely useful in the younger grades. The shapes will motivate students while the lines (if you choose to use them) help your weaker writers to stay "on the lines." Choose from patterns with or without writing lines. Select each link to view in the PDF, then download or print to use. Over 35 patterns range from an apple to umbrella.

tag(s): creative writing (123), preK (220), printables (31)

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Download a selection of patterns for your classroom writing center. Bookmark this site to find printables for use with any thematic unit. Include students' completed pattern books in your reading center. This site is ideal for any students with special needs in the area of writing or fine motor skills. You could offer lines to those who need them, and no lines to other students. Share this link on your class website for students to use for summer writing fun.
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Paste to Grid (Beta) - pastetogrid.com

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K to 12
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Create custom photo collages with Paste to Grid. Choose one of the templates that include up to 9 images. Select your border color and size, or select "no border." Click ...more
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Create custom photo collages with Paste to Grid. Choose one of the templates that include up to 9 images. Select your border color and size, or select "no border." Click in each box to add an image from your computer. Lesson learned from our editor: Be sure to select border options before adding images; choosing them after causes the images to disappear. The site's authors state this feature will be improved in the next version. When complete, choose to save as PNG or JPG file to your computer.

tag(s): collages (14), images (202), vocabulary development (98)

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Create and share collages of classroom activities, field trips, and much more. In lower grades, create the collage together with your students. Embed collages into your class website or blog for viewing at home. Have students create collages using their own pictures of land formations, types of plants, colors, words beginning with the same letter of the alphabet, and whatever else you can think of! This is a great tool for your visual learners. Special ed, speech and language, or ESL/ELL teachers can create collages of images together with their students to promote vocabulary development. World language classes could create them on their own or use them as prompts for oral language practice. A collage could feature articles of clothing or types of weather, for example. Create cards as gifts for moms or dads or for thank you's to members of the school community. Print the cards, fold over, and handwrite messages inside. Practice simple thank you notes on your own creative cards. Older students can use this tool to to create collages they can then annotate using a tools such as ThingLink, reviewed here.

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Fantastic Contraption - KONGREGATE

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1 to 12
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Test out your logic, mechanical understanding, and creativity as you create amazing 2D contraptions! Each contraption uses wheels, wooden stationary logs, and power moving water rods...more
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Test out your logic, mechanical understanding, and creativity as you create amazing 2D contraptions! Each contraption uses wheels, wooden stationary logs, and power moving water rods to create a moving vehicle to push a target to the goal. Get a taste of the challenge by trying your hand at the introduction activity. Then begin your regular contraption. Each level adds more challenge. Use the delete button, and try again until you succeed. Registration is not required to use this site. However, more options are available if you register (FREE). As you progress through a level, earn points and badges. Save your designs and send your best designs to your friends using a specific url. You can turn off the (rather annoying) music by clicking the speaker icon.
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tag(s): creativity (89), energy (162), gifted (66), inventors and inventions (97), logic (199), machines (29), motion (49), problem solving (170), STEM (50)

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In the classroom, develop logic, perseverance, and creativity for not only gifted and high achieving students, but all learners. Use this activity as part of a unit on inventions or as a lead in to a Maker's Faire. Introduce this activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector and you will have all students hooked! Your ESL/ELL students and weaker readers will be on equal footing with their peers since this site requires very little reading after the introduction. Capture the attention of your students by gamifying science and logic. Continue with class discussions of movement, energy, logic, and strategy. Use as a stepping stone to begin a unit on geometry, energy, or motion. In elementary science classes, include this activity for students who have mastered required curriculum to go beyond the basics of simple machines and motion. Have students add a written explanation of the contraption to take sequencing to a new level. (A screenshot would help them illustrate their writing.) After drawing a scaled model, create the contraption using real objects. Discover the types of energy and movement that are in the model. Organize a contraption competition. Share this link on your class website for students (and their parents) to "tinker" with at home.
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Readability - Arc90

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K to 12
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text. It removes all of the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding....more
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This simple but powerful tool allows you to view ANY web page as simple, clear text. It removes all of the flashing, moving, distracting elements that interrupt concentration and understanding. Visit the Apps and Add-ons page before making an account. Readability will recognize most browsers to download a Readability add-on or extension for your browser so you can "clean up" the pages you're viewing with a single click. You can also install a "bookmarklet," a simple mini-program that runs inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or other web browsing software on your computer. "Installing" is then as simple as dragging the Readability button to the Favorites bar of your browser, a one-click button to scrub webpages clean of distractions. No Favorites or links bar to which to drag? Go to the View menu on your browser and click to turn on your Favorites or links bar. Once you have the Readability button, go to ANY web page and click "Readability" to see the page magically change to simple text passages, ready for your interactive whiteboard, easier for your young readers, or enlarged for tired eyes. Share your Readability links through email or Flipboard. There are also Readability Twitter clients as well as many other features offered on the Apps and Add-ons page of the Readability site. Note: Pages with content created in FLASH will not work in Readability, since FLASH text is actually an image to a computer. Test it first before planning to use it in class. Readability delivers a great reading experience on every platform and provides an avenue for connecting readers and publishers on the Web. iOS and Android apps for Readability are available to use on mobile devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (49), media literacy (36), reading comprehension (81)

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Install Readability on any computer you use with interactive whiteboards so students can highlight key words from any web page and practice notetaking, main idea, summarizing or other comprehension skills to improve web literacy and overall reading skills. If your school computers are locked down, show it to tech staff and special ed/reading department chairs to convince them it is worth installing! Use Readability as you project any advertising-laden site or to help attention-deficit students stay focused on the words. Special ed and ESL/ELL teachers will appreciate the ability to focus on the words without other distractions, allowing you to determine how much students are actually reading words vs. using images as context clues. Try turning Readability on and off to show students how they can use images to help in comprehension once they find some meaning from the words on a page. All readers would benefit from stopping to compare how they construct meaning from words and text. Advanced art and design or media literacy students will enjoy examining the advertising techniques on a web page by stripping them away, then turning them back on. This tool also provides a clean way to make printable versions of web page text, even adjusting text size to your preferred option. Please consider the trees before getting carried away, though!
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Wordsmyth Kids! - Wordsmyth

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K to 5
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Wordsmyth Kids! is a visual dictionary for young children. Search for any word to read the definition, view an image, see the Spanish translation, and hear the word pronounced (click...more
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Wordsmyth Kids! is a visual dictionary for young children. Search for any word to read the definition, view an image, see the Spanish translation, and hear the word pronounced (click the little speaker). Choose "Places with this word" to find books and activities that include the word. Every icon will "speak" if you roll the mouse over it, so navigating is easy for almost anyone, even low level readers. Be sure to check out tools at the bottom of the page in the World portion of the site to add labels, highlight different areas of pictures, and launch activities using the kite icon.

tag(s): dictionaries (43), parts of speech (61), spanish (97), thesaurus (21), vocabulary development (98)

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This site is a must-add to any elementary classroom's bookmarks! Demonstrate Wordsmyth Kids! on your classroom whiteboard or projector, bookmark it in your favorites, and make it directly available to students from your class webpage. Tell parents about it, too. Elementary students will enjoy defining their spelling words or content area vocabulary. Have students categorize words by parts of speech or create a list of synonyms. Have students create their own word "sticky note boards" for new vocabulary words using a tool such as Primary Wall (reviewed here) -- no membership required -- to create and share their sticky notes. Be sure to share this site with parents for use at home too! Speech and language and ESL/ELL teachers will love the audio possibilities and the activities related to many of the basic vocabulary groups, such as animals, etc.
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OK2Ask'®: Specialized for Special Needs April 2014 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help students needing emotional support, learning support, speech/language support, autistic support, ESL assistance, and more. Find resources that promote organization, focus, and differentiated learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 6 -10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; and (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

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Explore ideas to use with your learning support, autistic, ESL/ELL students, and other special needs. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Green Forest - jayzeebear.com

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K to 4
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Enter the Green Forest for early literacy and math activities for preschool and early elementary. Find interactives with ABC's, colors, numbers, and memory with Dreamer, the Baby Blue...more
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Enter the Green Forest for early literacy and math activities for preschool and early elementary. Find interactives with ABC's, colors, numbers, and memory with Dreamer, the Baby Blue Bird. Jayzee Bear's world (for ages 4 and up) includes interactives for practicing counting, beginning letter sounds, identifying shapes, coloring, memory games, and more. In Conkee's world, ages 6 and up, enjoy singing along, practicing time, reading books, and solving math problems. Red's house, ages 8 and up, explores outer space, goes on map adventures, finds nocturnal animals, unscrambles words, reads illustrated books, practices math skills, and shows how to make origami creations. Tito's world, ages 9 and up, practices time concepts, math, reading with books, discovering germs and bacteria, and a word search puzzle. Some of the activities require Java. You may need to adjust security settings on your computer for them to run.

tag(s): alphabet (86), bacteria (27), colors (66), counting (112), geometric shapes (110), literacy (78), maps (229), preK (220), songs (48), space (167), time (124)

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If you teach preschool or early elementary, take a look at this eclectic website. You are sure to find plenty to use as a learning center. You may want to demonstrate how to use the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. This is an excellent site to use for remedial work or to challenge with the extra motivation of technology! Offer it on your class website for offer parents to reinforce concepts at home. Reinforce early phonological awareness and phonemic awareness concepts, math practice, reading, science, and geography. Differentiation is easy with this site's many different levels and activities. After school programs can bookmark this site for all ages and abilities. Share it at parent nights for families to use at home.
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Noisli - Stefano Merlo

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4 to 12
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Stressed? Unable to concentrate or complete a task? This tool will generate background sounds and colors to create a positive thinking environment! Choose from a variety of sounds that...more
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Stressed? Unable to concentrate or complete a task? This tool will generate background sounds and colors to create a positive thinking environment! Choose from a variety of sounds that sooth and relax while promoting creative productivity. These sounds are much better than plain, white noise. Classic sounds for relaxation include thunder, rain, waves, summer night, forest, white noise, and more. Even Coffee House is a sound that is the general hum of a business and not distracting to your work. As the music plays, the background color changes through a variety of harmonious colors to match the mood of the sound. Click on multiple sounds to create your own mix that is sure to please. Note: Be patient for the music to start, and be sure to click the icon again to stop it before choosing another sound if not mixing them. There is also a link to click and be taken to a blank writing page. (It may not be a white background though, but rather red, yellow, or green.) Click on the lines on the right side of the site to access the writing area. Click the arrow to SAVE your work. Use the music to inspire your writing.

tag(s): creative writing (123), learning styles (10), sounds (64)

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Be sure to share this link with students (and their parents) looking for less distracting sounds while brainstorming or working. Reading a book to the class or conducting a science lab? Turn up your speakers and use these background sounds as mood music to set the stage for your story. Why not listen to waves or water while studying it! Play a few minutes of relaxing sounds before a major test. Let a student "DJ" create a class relaxation or creativity soundscape. Consider using as background sounds for student presentations. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use the writing tool available at this site to motivate your students with music, color, and more. If you talk with students about discovering their own learning styles, offer this site as a suggestion for them to try while prewriting or studying for tests. Emotional support (and autistic support) teachers may want to experiment to see if these sounds can help their students. Some students may find them overstimulating, while others may find the sounds very helpful.

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Knowledge Adventure - Knowledge Adventure, Inc

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K to 6
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Find educational activities to reinforce skills for preschool through elementary school students at Knowledge Adventure. Browse by grade, subject, or age. View a list of all games in...more
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Find educational activities to reinforce skills for preschool through elementary school students at Knowledge Adventure. Browse by grade, subject, or age. View a list of all games in alphabetical order. Choose any game then read the short instructions before playing. Explore activities to practice typing, sight words, counting, memory puzzles, logic, science, art, color, and more. Most of the activities at the site appear to have been created by Knowledge Adventures, but some were created by other sites and included here (such as JumpStart). The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): alphabet (86), capitals (21), counting (112), keyboarding (27), logic (199), preK (220), puzzles (176), sight words (29), spelling (155), word choice (24)

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Share (and have a student demonstrate) this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Create links to specific skill games on classroom computers for center time or indoor recess. There are some advertisements on the right side. Warn your students to avoid them.
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School Robins - EduKey

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K to 12
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Collate and gather "round robin" information using email conversations at School Robins. After creating an account, create an information request for a specific student name...more
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Collate and gather "round robin" information using email conversations at School Robins. After creating an account, create an information request for a specific student name or class. Send the request to chosen staff members by clicking the "Round Robin" button. Once responses arrive, view all information in an easy to view table format. Other options include sending reminders, requesting updates, and uploading a staff or class list directly from your computer. Be sure to view the Quick Start Guide for full details on how to use School Robins. Free accounts allow individual users to send two free Round Robin information requests per month.

tag(s): classroom management (55), parent conferences (24)

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Use School Robins as an excellent communication tool for use with students who see multiple teachers. Send a request to other teachers for information when preparing for parent teacher conferences, IEP conferences or progress reports, filling out report cards, or even when noticing unusual behavior with students. This is an excellent tool for communication collaboration between classroom teachers, learning support teachers, guidance counselors, and more.

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Wordsmyth - Wordsmyth

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K to 12
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Keep the dictionary on the shelf and tap into the power of words with Wordsmyth, an online dictionary, thesaurus, and word reference tool. There are three "levels" of readers...more
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Keep the dictionary on the shelf and tap into the power of words with Wordsmyth, an online dictionary, thesaurus, and word reference tool. There are three "levels" of readers included at this site. WILD (Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner's Dictionary) is an online dictionary designed for K-3 early readers (or ESL/ELL students). Each entry includes a written definition with audio available. For older elementary students, try Word Explorer, containing words, synonyms, word mapping ideas, and more. You will also find images and animations for many topics including; the human body, the human mind, everyday life, history and culture, communication, living world, physical world, natural environment, economy, and government and law. The highest level (Comprehensive Dictionary-Thesaurus Suite) includes three reading levels and thousands of images to explore. It also offers definitions at three reading levels (great for differentiating). Outside of the three main references, there is much to explore. The search feature finds words with similar spelling. Use the anagram feature to help to form words with given letters in your Scrabble game. The Crossword Puzzle finds words using key words and the number of letters in a word. If you register (free version, but requires email) you can create and save up to 10 word activities with up to 12 words per activity. Quizmaker makes fill in the blank, matching, and multiple choice quizzes. Design customized glossary pages with the words you choose with your applicable definition. Add the widget to your toolbar, a floating widget, or embed on your school web page. Check the blog for the word of the day, new entries, games, and upcoming teachers' tools, and roots and affixes.
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tag(s): crosswords (9), dictionaries (43), preK (220), quizzes (74), spelling (155), thesaurus (21), vocabulary (302), vocabulary development (98), word study (56)

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Capture your students with the power of words at all levels. Keep this link on your toolbar as a quick reference for easy access to improve reading comprehension and writing word variety. When starting a new content area unit, challenge students with advanced vocabulary words. In your school library, make this handy reference available for everyone as a bookmark and on your online reference page. In primary grades or with ELL students, bookmark the WILD section for easy access. Share vocabulary words with young students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share the word of the day with your students at all levels and explore together. Create your own glossary page for up to 10 teaching units. Provide support for struggling readers or ESL/ELL students by showing them how to access and use this site. Encourage word games such as Scrabble, Upwords, or crossword puzzles, with Wordsmyth as a partner!

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Graphic Organizers and Strategy Charts - William E. B. DuBois Elementary

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K to 12
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If you are looking for an excellent resource of graphic organizers and charts for reading instruction, general comprehension, and note-taking, look no further! This site contains many...more
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If you are looking for an excellent resource of graphic organizers and charts for reading instruction, general comprehension, and note-taking, look no further! This site contains many downloadable graphic organizers for making predictions, revising writing, note-taking, and much more. Scroll down to view topics and click to download the PDF, ready to print and use. This site also shows an area about Reading Strategies. However, at the time of this review, most of the Reading Strategy links were not working. The graphic organizers alone make this site worth a look!

tag(s): characterization (14), charts and graphs (176), graphic organizers (44), guided reading (37), independent reading (91), main idea (11), note taking (21), reading comprehension (81), reading strategies (28), summarizing (11), venn diagrams (15), vocabulary (302)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for many graphic organizers to use with reading, writing, and content instruction throughout the year. Use these tools in your reading/language arts lessons, science, social studies, and more. Learning support teachers and those who work with gifted students who eventually "hit the wall" in tougher courses can encourage students to create organizers and see which types improve their quiz and test scores the most. Including them in the choice may make a big difference with your more stubborn students.
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TenMarks - Rohit Agarwal and Andrew Joseph

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1 to 12
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TenMarks is an online support program for math instruction in grades 1-12. All instruction is correlated to Common Core Standards for use as a supplement to classroom instruction. Create...more
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TenMarks is an online support program for math instruction in grades 1-12. All instruction is correlated to Common Core Standards for use as a supplement to classroom instruction. Create your free account to begin. (One grade level is included with a free subscription.) Follow prompts to add your class roster. Create your curriculum using the drag and drop feature that allows 3 additional folders from other grade levels for additional support or enrichment. Assign topics to your whole class or individual students. When students complete assignments receive instant feedback through automatic grading and analysis of their most common mistakes. Videos and hints assist students throughout the assignments providing feedback and support along the way. Some of the video clips require YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): differentiation (20), gifted (66)

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Create a class account and provide login information to students. Share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to practice on their own. Use TenMarks as a great resource for differentiating needs among your students. Create a link on classroom or computer lab computers for in-school use. Share with other teachers in your building to supplement Common Core lessons. TenMarks isn't only for students needing extra support. Use with gifted students to supplement and enrich learning. Use TenMarks for homework assignments. Be sure to set the due date of the assignment.

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Learn That Word - LearnThat Foundation

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3 to 12
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Learn new words ten times faster at Learn That Word. This free, personalized spelling and vocabulary program also offers a "personal vocabulary coach." Create a free account...more
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Learn new words ten times faster at Learn That Word. This free, personalized spelling and vocabulary program also offers a "personal vocabulary coach." Create a free account to begin. Email is required, but you do not have to wait for a verification email. You will definitely want to watch video tutorials available by clicking "My Account" to understand how to use all the tools. The help and activities open in new pop-up windows. Before you start, you are tested for words you already know. Learn new vocabulary if you are learning English or new terms in any subject. Generate your own list of spelling words. There are many ready-made lists and activities. With 180 thousand words in their database, this tool encompasses all ages and skill levels. The activities include multimedia, audio, video, and images to make your new words stick. There are three types of quizzes: Vocabulary, Spelling, and Combo. The root words and prefix/suffix information is very helpful in learning more general approaches to new words.

tag(s): prefixes (14), root words (13), spelling (155), suffixes (11), vocabulary (302), vocabulary development (98)

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Although the site could theoretically work for any age, navigating through it to find what you are looking for would be tough for students below grade 3. You will definitely want to create directions AND demonstrate how to navigate on a projector or interactive whiteboard, even for "savvy" students. This tool is terrific for word study units on prefixes and suffixes as well as for ANY classroom unit that involves learning spelling or word meanings, even in science or social studies. Learning support teachers will love the ability to create activities to reinforce terms. Have your middle and high school students create their own in small study groups to reinforce the words as they create the quizzes! What a great way to differentiate and offer individualized lists! Students can practice the nuts and bolts of spelling with this collection of activities involving root words, prefixes and suffixes, vocabulary, or both in the Combo Quizzes. Create your own spelling and vocabulary lists or search the archives for topic lists. There are two options for teachers to add students to this program. Students can join using a key code, or you can add them yourself by adding their names, and optional email, and a username that will be their password. Students who are entered or join a class will also be registered for the "All Students" class, making it easy to assign lists or inform/remind students of assignments and quizzes coming up. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Divide your class into groups, and have a class challenge for past and present spelling words or vocabulary. This is an excellent site to differentiated student word practice. Share this link through your class website or newsletter for practice at home.

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National Geographic Young Explorer! - National Geographic

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K to 2
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Visit the online version of National Geographic Young Explorer! to find audio-enhanced editions of their magazine featuring text, audio readings, and illustrations. Simply click...more
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Visit the online version of National Geographic Young Explorer! to find audio-enhanced editions of their magazine featuring text, audio readings, and illustrations. Simply click to hear the words read to you. The oral reading is clear and somewhat slower than natural speech. It highlights each word as it is read. Browse through More Issues to view available stories dating back to 2007. There are teachers' guides available to help with the use of the articles. These interactive versions do not require Flash so can be used on iPads!

tag(s): audio books (27), guided reading (37), vocabulary development (98)

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Looking for some new ways to bring literacy into your science lessons? Are you implementing Common Core? Find accessible, informational texts (non-fiction) at this site. The teachers' guides have tons of information, worksheets for the students, and answer keys. The Teacher tab also includes downloadable Spanish versions of some issues as well as a Flash-based "projector" version of the issue to maximize screen size. Have your students compare information from the article to information from other sources, such as magazines, newspapers, or web pages or their own background knowledge. Have them ask or write a series of questions about the parts of the article where they would like to know more. Use this site in your BYOD classroom (with headsets or earbuds). View a story on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Set up a science/reading learning station using this website. Your ELL and learning support students will benefit from seeing and hearing the text at the same time. Set up a read-and-listen station in your library/media center too!

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DropTask - Think Productivity

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4 to 12
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DropTask is a visual task management organizer for individuals and groups. Create tasks by dragging and dropping items, and assign priorities for completion. View tasks in List View...more
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DropTask is a visual task management organizer for individuals and groups. Create tasks by dragging and dropping items, and assign priorities for completion. View tasks in List View or a Venn Diagram style presentation. Share projects through email with friends, add files, and view changes in real-time. Short tutorials demonstrate how to start and create projects, add people to groups, and choose priorities for tasks. Sort tasks by priorities or due dates. Change settings to receive email notifications of upcoming tasks or completion dates. The FREE version includes collaboration for two members and up to five projects.There are iPhone and iPad apps with an Android version on the way.
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tag(s): calendars (33), graphic organizers (44), organizational skills (78)

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Use DropTask to schedule staff meetings, PTA events, Science or Math fairs, club or student council events, parent volunteer meetings, and more. Student groups of busy high schoolers may want to use it to schedule work sessions. This is a great tool for teams of teachers to stay on the same page! Secondary learning support and gifted teachers can share this tool with their less organized students. This program will help them develop coping/organizational skills, and they can set intermediate deadlines with reminders for long term projects.

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