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Choosito! - Eleni Miltsakaki

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K to 12
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information...more
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Choosito! is a search engine providing safe access to the worldwide web through filtering of reading levels and subject areas for education. Create an account to add class information and add your collections. Search Choosito! using filters for reading level and subject. Limit searches to Choosito's Library, your collections, or Choosito! Web. Easily share searches using social networking links or save to your library. Be sure to check out the Choosito! Start Guides for a quick overview to getting started with this search engine.

tag(s): bookmarks (58), search engines (64), search strategies (26)

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Create a classroom account and provide a link on classroom computers for student searches at any time. Differentiate in your class by assigning reading by reading level. ESL/ELL and resource teachers will find this especially helpful when looking for reading material at your students' level for topics assigned in core classes. Be sure to introduce Choosito! on an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to understand how to use this search engine. Share Choosito! with parents for use at home.

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Slidestory - Audio Slideshows & Podcasting (Beta) - Slidestory

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1 to 12
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Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images at Slidestory. Download the free slideshow publisher and begin. Publish your work on the site or join an online group to share ...more
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Create a slideshow with voice narrations and images at Slidestory. Download the free slideshow publisher and begin. Publish your work on the site or join an online group to share your work. Find answers to questions in the forum. Find examples of projects on the site categorized by subject. Join the RSS feed to stay up with the latest creations. Under support, find detailed information about each part of this process. When finished, save the file on your computer or publish to the Slidestory site. There is no need to download Slidestory if you only want to view the examples and selections.

tag(s): digital storytelling (104), podcasts (46), slides (55)

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Use SlideStory in all areas of your classroom life. Have each student create an electronic portfolio for use during the year. Have students use Slidestory when writing reading responses. Discover a new format for publishing writing of any genre: narrative, expository, or persuasive. Begin digital storytelling in an easy, simple way with all that you need. Become a character from a story and retell the story in that character's words. Have students record lessons of them teaching content to other students. Record your lessons for flipping your classroom. Record directions of a big project that your class has and publish on your website for student reference. Choose a character or period of history and create a memory book. Have students describe their futures in a leadership presentation. Have students make study guides for content review.

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Squirt - Squirt io

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2 to 12
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Start speed-reading with Squirt! Just install Squirt on your bookmarks bar. Clicking Try It Now will show you how this tool works. Back on the home page, click Install Squirt...more
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Start speed-reading with Squirt! Just install Squirt on your bookmarks bar. Clicking Try It Now will show you how this tool works. Back on the home page, click Install Squirt to read the FAQs and install the bookmarklet. When visiting a page on the web, select the text you would like to speed-read. Click on the bookmarklet, and watch the magic of Squirt begin. Squirt shows one word at a time while you adjust the speed of the words you read.

tag(s): independent reading (113)

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Want to take away the distractions of advertising or annoying graphics on a page? Use Squirt to only look at one word at a time. Squirt can also help struggling readers to practice their speed and accuracy rate. Squirt aids readers who may have problems with tracking. Use as an example of speed reading versus comprehension. Discuss the difference between reading with and without illustrations, tables, pictures, and the difference they make to comprehension. Use as a way to challenge students for reward certificates or extra computer time using an interactive they love. Use Squirt yourself, to get caught up on articles you need to read.

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Bloomz - Chaks Appalabattula

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K to 12
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Bloomz is a tool that has more than six free features that teachers need to communicate with their classroom community: share photos, schedule conferences, send reminders, and more....more
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Bloomz is a tool that has more than six free features that teachers need to communicate with their classroom community: share photos, schedule conferences, send reminders, and more. These features are all in one place. So don't use one program to share photos, one to send reminders, one to share calendar updates, and another to schedule volunteers and conferences. Just use Bloomz and do all of the work from the same site. Once you have signed up with your email, watch the introduction video and view the demo class to see how easy Bloomz is to use. This tool works with all mobile devices and computers.

tag(s): calendars (45), DAT device agnostic tool (128), images (235), parent conferences (16), parents (49), social networking (109)

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Use Bloomz for all your communications with your classroom community. Not only that, but share important documents (field trip permission slips, a syllabus, etc.) for others to access. Post photos of special projects in class or from field trips. P.E. teachers and coaches can use this tool to post what skills students are learning and action pictures of student involvement in games and activities. Parents can download the free app or receive updates via email. Currently, there are three ways to invite parents and other class members. Email, enter the information manually, or upload an Excel spreadsheet and send a bulk invitation. Create groups within your Bloomz class and invite members. These groups might be volunteers in the classroom, volunteers for driving on a field trip, and more. Then you can communicate just to that group when necessary. Introduce Bloomz to parents at Back to School Night in the fall, Open House in the spring, or during parent conferences. Encourage resource teachers and others to join your class community to see what your class is doing. Update Bloomz on the go with your mobile device!

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Riddle - Boris Pfeiffer, Mike Hawkins, Russ King, and Marco Hoeglinger

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K to 12
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Riddle is like a survey or poll on steroids! It is not the typical survey (though it has those features, too). Riddle has a feature they call Commenticles that allows ...more
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Riddle is like a survey or poll on steroids! It is not the typical survey (though it has those features, too). Riddle has a feature they call Commenticles that allows you to choose an article, share it, and ask a question. You can also create a poll that is image-based. If images represent the answers, you can have text below the picture. There is a simple sign up with email. Share links via URL, FaceBook, Twitter, or get the embed code and put it on your web page.

tag(s): polls and surveys (38)

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Sign up for Riddle and use an interactive whiteboard or projector and show the students how to use Riddle. Find an article for your students to read. Once an article is selected, copy and paste the article URL in the space provided. (You can have students just read an excerpt from the article by highlighting parts of it with your browser highlighter.) Next, put an explanation, comment and/or directions to students. Select how many poll options you want (two or three) and what they should state. There are options for colors and whether or not the symbols for Twitter and Facebook will show. To share with students, copy and paste the embed code (find that by clicking on the three little dots next to the Twitter and FaceBook symbols) to your web page. Alternatively, share the special URL from the top of the page on your class web page or through email. Use Riddle's Commenticles to help meet the requirements of Common Core Standards for informational reading. Use any article on the Internet for a Commenticle. Language arts or social studies teachers can use Commenticles for having students select which area of an article shows bias, uses persuasion, and so on, by copying and pasting that part of the text into one of the answer choices.

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Netsafe NetBasics - Netsafe

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4 to 9
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NetBasics offers animated stories that address common risks and issues facing computer users. Topics include phishing, dangerous downloads, password protection, and more. Upon completion...more
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NetBasics offers animated stories that address common risks and issues facing computer users. Topics include phishing, dangerous downloads, password protection, and more. Upon completion of each video episode, view helpful tips and hints for staying safe online. Choose links to "Your Computer Security" or "Protect Your Stuff" to see hints without watching videos.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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View videos and advice together on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of your Internet safety lessons. Ask students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation about the information they learn there. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about online safety and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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Versal - Gregor Freund

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K to 12
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Versal allows you to share your expertise with others by creating interactive courses. Knowing how to code is not required. Versal does it all. It is a versatile publishing platform...more
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Versal allows you to share your expertise with others by creating interactive courses. Knowing how to code is not required. Versal does it all. It is a versatile publishing platform where you can develop your lessons around text, quizzes, surveys, videos, images, and interactive learning gadgets. The gadgets set Versal apart from the other classroom management/publishing tools. The promise of interactive JavaScript graphics and simulations makes Versal a very powerful tool. Once your course, demonstration, lesson, or tutorial is finished, you can direct your participants to use it on Versal via email invitations. You can also embed it on your website or blog. Signup is simple with your name, email, and password. Once registration is completed, you will be directed to your dashboard. There is no waiting for a response email. Authoring your course is only available on desktops/laptops computers (web browsers). Participants can use a desktop/laptop computer or any mobile device.
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tag(s): assessment (79), classroom management (101), DAT device agnostic tool (128), multimedia (41)

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Before you get started, view the extensive Help Center and the Using Versal section. Learn anything you need to know. Create a course about gadgets and how to use them (all were free to use at the time of this review), publishing, and much more. Watch videos for how to embed Versal courses on Edmodo, Blackboard, Blogger, Wordpress, and many other tools. The embed code is free. Become familiar with this program, and have students present projects using it. Since Versal is web-based, you can create easy, simple activities or elaborate units. Start building Common Core aligned and differentiated activities such as reading, filling out concept maps, writing paragraphs, drawing, answering questions, taking quizzes, and more. Add links to read and hear multimedia content such as videos and slideshows. For longer videos, you may want to put a tag or comment in certain areas. Use a program like The Mad Video, reviewed here, to accomplish this. Tags can be as simple as "answer question 4 now." Since Versal is an interactive and collaborative program, have literature circles complete write ups, discussions, and final presentations about the book they read using Versal. Lab partners can present their findings, and math students can demonstrate how they solved a problem.

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ReadingTeacher - Francis Morgan

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K to 3
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ReadingTeacher is a phonics-based reading program brought into digital form. Activities include read-aloud books, animated interactive stories, printables, quizzes, and more. Previously...more
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ReadingTeacher is a phonics-based reading program brought into digital form. Activities include read-aloud books, animated interactive stories, printables, quizzes, and more. Previously free only for individual use, it is now free for use in creating virtual classrooms of up to 30 students. Sign up using your email, then go to "My Account" to add students. Be sure to watch the help video for full details about adding and managing students. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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.

tag(s): independent reading (113), phonics (75), reading strategies (31)

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Create your account, and then add students to your virtual classroom. Be sure to share individual student login and password information with parents for use at home. Browse the site for materials to use along with your current classroom curriculum. Print books for students to take home for practice. Share a link to the site on your class website for parents to access additional reading materials. Use materials with ESL/ELL students for additional reading practice. Use with learning support students for extra support in reading.

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Digital Citizenship - NSW Department of Education and Communities

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K to 12
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Digital Citizenship offers a large number of resources for teaching digital citizenship for students of all ages, teachers, and parents. Choose from primary, secondary, or parents to...more
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Digital Citizenship offers a large number of resources for teaching digital citizenship for students of all ages, teachers, and parents. Choose from primary, secondary, or parents to begin. Each section includes videos, games, and activities for learning responsible digital citizenship. The site was created in is Australia. American English speakers may notice some slight differences in spellings and pronunciations.

tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Bookmark Digital Citizenship for use in any Internet safety lesson or unit. Create a link to individual games or activities on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to this site with parents for use at home.
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Teaching Digital Citizenship - Cable Impacts

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Find ready to use standards-based lessons that teach digital citizenship for grades 4-8. Lesson topics include Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Privacy, Media Literacy,...more
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Find ready to use standards-based lessons that teach digital citizenship for grades 4-8. Lesson topics include Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Privacy, Media Literacy, Cyberbullying, Copyright, and Information Literacy. Integrate these digital citizenship lessons into the content area subjects, ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Most lessons start with a video for the adult and also have a video for the student. Download videos in a variety of formats (mp4, WMV, MOV) or copy the link provided. The Media Literacy lessons have several examples of advertisement videos that use YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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. Under Tools and Resources find a professional development webinar that hosts a middle school teacher discussing digital citizenship.

tag(s): copyright (48), cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), media literacy (45), plagiarism (30)

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At the beginning of the year, use the lessons included as a basis for developing a school digital citizenship program or even use with your own class. Use at a parents' informational night to describe the type of lessons that help address responsible digital citizens. Post a link on your class website for parents to view at home. Create a school mission statement regarding technology use or rules for technology. When doing research projects, be sure to review.
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100 Word Challenge - J. Skinner

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2 to 12
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The 100 Word Challenge provides weekly prompts and will publish your writing to an audience. We all know that having an audience for our writing makes us better writers. So, ...more
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The 100 Word Challenge provides weekly prompts and will publish your writing to an audience. We all know that having an audience for our writing makes us better writers. So, write 100 words in response to the prompt on your blog, and then send the URL for the entry to 100 Word Challenge. There is a page with screen shots telling you exactly when they release the Challenges and how to get them published. Be sure to read the information about Team 100 WC, since you must have at least one adult volunteer to make a comment (100 words or less). It is also important for you read Allowing Comments on Your Blog Posts. If you have not started blogging yet, check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics.

tag(s): blogs (76), digital storytelling (104), social networking (109)

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Share the weekly prompts on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students respond to the prompt on your classroom blog. If you teach younger students or resource students, you may want to apply to the 5 Sentence Challenge, instead of the 100 Word Challenge. They are both available at the same URL. The benefits of participating in a blog like this go beyond just writing. Submitting your students' writing to either of these Challenge blogs will provide the all-important publish piece that students need in order to feel accomplished and to do their best. They can also build cultural understanding through reading the responses from others to the same prompt. If you would like your students to write their blogs more than once a week, you might want to visit Thought Questions, reviewed here.

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Marqueed - Zerna and John Karian

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K to 12
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Markup and discuss images online with Marqueed. Drag and drop images from your computer or browser window, or even clip a web page, add collaborators, and then begin discussing. Follow...more
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Markup and discuss images online with Marqueed. Drag and drop images from your computer or browser window, or even clip a web page, add collaborators, and then begin discussing. Follow the progress of all the discussions using the activity stream and receive instant email notification of new additions.

tag(s): images (235)

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Use Marqueed in science class for students to identify parts of plants, features of landforms, or astronomical items such as comets and stars. Upload a map image and have students collaborate to locate items of interest. Upload groups of images for students to compare and contrast, share with students for use on group projects, or add images from different time periods for use in history class. World language teachers can have students label images for assessment, and ESL/ELL students can use this for practicing vocabulary words. The possibilities are endless!

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Edusight - Garros Li, Dev Chakraborty, Vikram Somasundaram, & Qiming Weng

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K to 12
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Edusight is an online grade book for K-12 teachers with features for capturing grades and comments easily and powerful analytics for viewing and sharing data. Edusight features "buckets"...more
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Edusight is an online grade book for K-12 teachers with features for capturing grades and comments easily and powerful analytics for viewing and sharing data. Edusight features "buckets" for organizing information. Create buckets for tests, quizzes, group work, or any label you desire. Watch the site's Video Walkthrough for an overview of available features. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): assessment (79), classroom management (101), data (146)

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Share Edusight information with parents as part of your ongoing communication process. Use Edusight to collect and gather information for IEP and other intervention and data collection meetings. Track student behavior for positive reinforcement or discipline purposes. This versatile tool has many possibilities.

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Edusight features "buckets" for organizing information. Create buckets for tests, quizzes, group work, or any label you desire. Raxi, , Grades: 0 - 12

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YouTube EDU - YouTube

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YouTube EDU features some of the most popular educational videos across YouTube. Explore both elementary and secondary topics. This channel integrates content across 100 colleges and...more
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YouTube EDU features some of the most popular educational videos across YouTube. Explore both elementary and secondary topics. This channel integrates content across 100 colleges and universities and offers access to campus tours, research, and lectures. Scroll through to find videos sorted into many categories such as science, mathematics, arts, languages, and much more. Subscribe to receive updates about new videos added. 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.

tag(s): video (209)

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Bookmark YouTube EDU as an excellent resource of videos for classroom use. Share videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Embed videos onto your class web page for student viewing at home. Challenge gifted students by sharing university level videos.

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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop - Scholastic

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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop is a short article addressing the ongoing issue of cyberbullying. Information includes defining cyberbullying, how to recognize signs of bullying,...more
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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop is a short article addressing the ongoing issue of cyberbullying. Information includes defining cyberbullying, how to recognize signs of bullying, how to involve parents, and what schools can do. Be sure to check out the list of five websites teachers should watch out for that offer breeding grounds for cyberbullying. Print or email the article using the links on the page.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Share this article with parents on your class web page or email using the email link. Print and share the article as part of your class discussion of Internet safety and digital citizenship. Share this article with other staff members, including school counselors as part of your Internet safety discussion.

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Teaching Text Features - Lerner Publishing Group

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3 to 8
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The Common Core Standards in every grade level has a standard using text features. Each grade level builds upon the knowledge from the previous grade. Lerner publishers has created...more
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The Common Core Standards in every grade level has a standard using text features. Each grade level builds upon the knowledge from the previous grade. Lerner publishers has created a PDF source (chart) for teaching text features to meet Common Core Standards. Each grade level provides features found in social studies and science content area texts. Lerner Sources (charts) are organized by features that help understand the organization of the text, text features for visual aids, and text features that point out important information. An example of each text feature along with the purpose follows. Each is given in a downloadable, color PDF chart.

tag(s): charts and graphs (190), commoncore (74), reading comprehension (100), reading strategies (31)

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When beginning your study on text features, show the charts with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Now go further and use a nonfiction book and find these features. Print the chart and use for student reference. Keep bookmarked on your website, so students can refer back to the chart to aid comprehension. Use this guide when students write their own informational pieces. Keep handy during research projects.
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50 States Part 2 - PBS Learning Media

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3 to 5
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Explore geography, learn state capitals, and find interesting facts with this virtual alphabetic tour of states from Montana to Wyoming. Choose the accompanying lesson plan to incorporate...more
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Explore geography, learn state capitals, and find interesting facts with this virtual alphabetic tour of states from Montana to Wyoming. Choose the accompanying lesson plan to incorporate motor skills into the learning process.

tag(s): capitals (24), states (163)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson about state facts on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students choose a state to research and then have them create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Share with your ESL/ELL students so they can learn more about the states in the United States.
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CurriConnects Booklist: Award Winning Books - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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There are many awards for excellent children's books. This collection of books includes winners of many awards, including the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Boston Globe/Horn Book...more
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There are many awards for excellent children's books. This collection of books includes winners of many awards, including the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Although the topics vary, the level of quality is consistently the same. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles'®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): authors (95), book lists (107), independent reading (113)

In the Classroom

Develop your students' love of reading using these fabulous books. This collection could accompany a unit about famous authors and texts. These books provide experience with both fiction and nonfiction informational texts. This list is ideal for book reports or projects. Allow students (or partners) to choose their own book. Challenge students to create presentation or small group projects to share their story. Share this list with your school library/media specialist or public library, as well, for them to "pull" books in support of your units.

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Sway - Microsoft

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Use Sway to create interactive presentations across all devices. Drag and drop content from your device, social networks, and the web directly onto your Sway canvas. Log in using your...more
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Use Sway to create interactive presentations across all devices. Drag and drop content from your device, social networks, and the web directly onto your Sway canvas. Log in using your Microsoft account to begin or create a new account using your email and a password. Add content to your storyline using links to add text, images, and media. Change the look of your Sway using the Mood and Remix tools to change the color palette, layout, and fonts. When finished, click the Share button for options to share to Facebook, Twitter, URL, or copy the embed code. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the video 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.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (128), slides (55), visualizations (15)

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Use Sway as an alternative to Prezi or PowerPoint presentations. Sway is perfect for use in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Use during your presentations to increase student interest and interaction. Check understanding of your ESL/ELL students by having them respond or pose questions throughout the presentation. Share with students for them to use during their own presentations, inviting other students to comment and answer questions. During Open House night with parents, demonstrate how Sway provides interaction. Use Sway during professional development presentations to invite discussions from colleagues.

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Learn English with Jokes and Riddles - Jacob Richman

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K to 12
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Everyone loves a good joke or riddle, and you do not need any bells and whistles to get one across. At this site find ten categories and over 300 jokes ...more
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Everyone loves a good joke or riddle, and you do not need any bells and whistles to get one across. At this site find ten categories and over 300 jokes and riddles all free to use. Enjoy the jokes sequentially, choose a category, or take your chances with a random pick. All jokes and riddles are suitable for all age groups.

tag(s): humor (14), riddles (15)

In the Classroom

Jokes and riddles make excellent language exercises, and kids love them. Once the students have guessed the answer, use the sentences for grammar practice by identifying parts of speech, subject and predicate, and even diagramming. Younger students and ESL/ELL students can learn new vocabulary words, too. The twist and/or play on words will surely attract your gifted students. Once you have gone through several of these, encourage students to create their own and share with the class. If you would like to take this one step further, see the TeachersFirst review forI Spy Riddle Rhymes with Jean Marzollo reviewed here.

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