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Natural Reader - Natural Soft Limited

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1 to 12
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Bring additional help to your classroom with Natural Reader, a downloadable program. You can test it on this web page by pasting text into the text box. Natural Reader takes ...more
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Bring additional help to your classroom with Natural Reader, a downloadable program. You can test it on this web page by pasting text into the text box. Natural Reader takes written text from MS Word, emails, Internet Explorer, scanned books, or even images from a camera phone and turns it into spoken text. Just highlight the section you want read aloud, and your choice of voice will read it aloud. The voice choice and speed are adjustable. Turning written text into MP3 or WAV files is another option. Typing/pasting in the text box allows any text to be read aloud. A floating tool bar allows the downloadable software to be available all the time at on easy click. A free trial version is available for both Mac and Windows, with more deluxe versions available. Educational discounts and volume discounts do apply. This is the teacher's aid that needs to be in all classrooms. You must be able to install software to put this Reader on your computer.
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tag(s): learning disability (15), learning styles (19), text to speech (16), writers workshop (31)

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Bring Natural Reader into your language arts classroom to help all students edit written work. Bring an extra helper into your class to pronounce difficult words. This program allows students with decoding difficulties to focus on comprehension on all texts. Natural Reader offers repeated readings to improve fluency, comprehension, and confidence. Add an extra learning dimension to any textbook or written notes. Honor the auditory learners with their natural style. Learning support, ESL/ELL, dyslexic, or ADHD learners have shown marked improvement. Writing classes can benefit by having individuals, copy and paste into the text box to help edit and proofread. Add extra reinforcement with directions by recording and being available for playing multiple times. Be sure to include this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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Compare & Contrast Map - Read, Write, Think - International Reading Association

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3 to 12
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This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link...more
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This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link in the introduction to the "Comparison and Contrast Guide" gives students the chance to get definitions and look at examples before they begin working. The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information, including a graphic on the right to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed. There are many additional interactives and lesson plans (with standards included!).

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (43)

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Use this site to introduce comparisons to your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After demonstrating how to use the site, create a link on classroom computers for students to make their own comparisons to be printed and shared. Divide students into 3 groups - one for each type of comparison essay - and have them create comparisons for their type, then share and compare with other students. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate the different types of comparisons using Fotobabble reviewed here. Use this site with gifted students as a way for them to explore subjects more deeply than discussed in class. Use this site with ESL/ELL students to help organize information easily and as a visual representation of class material.
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Highlights Kids Story Player - Highlights Magazine

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1 to 5
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This site offers several original stories from Highlights Magazine. The stories feature audio, text, and beautiful illustrations. There is a wide variety offered, and the stories...more
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This site offers several original stories from Highlights Magazine. The stories feature audio, text, and beautiful illustrations. There is a wide variety offered, and the stories include both prose and poetry. You can also print page by page. Elementary aged ESL students and emerging readers will benefit from the double presentation of the stories both in text and orally. At the time of this review, there were five audio stories. All current stories are related to recent holidays and weather. Check back frequently as story choices may change along with the seasons. Don't miss the "Poetry Player" under the "Read it" tab for more readaloud options, including a Martin Luther King poem in January.

tag(s): audio books (32), holidays (147), martin luther king (37), reading comprehension (116)

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Share the stories on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Build oral reading expression with these examples, as well. Following this model, have your students select a favorite story or poem. After they make original pictures and/or graphics to go with the stories, have them record themselves reading the story page by page. Have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon reviewed here. Another options, have groups create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Share the Bookemon books or videos on your class website. (Be sure to get parent permission.) Share the Highlights site on your class webpage for families to read together.
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Study Skills - Learning and Teaching Scotland

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K to 12
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This Study Skills site is fabulous! The activities are all divided by ages (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18). Each age level includes teacher information, parent information, and Learners......more
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This Study Skills site is fabulous! The activities are all divided by ages (5-9, 10-14, and 15-18). Each age level includes teacher information, parent information, and Learners... the link to find the neat interactives! Each age level also highlights four key areas: Do, Get, Remember, and Understand. Each area includes some age-appropriate text and interactives.

Highlights from the youngest level (ages 5-9) include Reading for Information, Sorting Shapes, Sorting Information, Kim's Game, Writing About Different Things, and others. The middle level (ages 10-14) includes Time Management, Exam Preparation, Note Taking, Revision, Memory Tips, Mindmaps, Pictograms, and others. The older students (ages 15-18) delve into topics such as Summarizing, Essay Writing, Learning Styles, Referencing, Learning from Lectures, and several others.

For professional purposes, there are also links (some PDF files) to research about the importance of teaching study skills. This site makes it easy and fun to teach these life skills! This site was creating in the United Kingdom, so you may notice a few spelling and pronunciation differences from American English.

tag(s): listening (91), logic (235), maps (287), note taking (32), organizational skills (122), sorting (10), time (144), writing (359)

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This is one of those rare sites that should be saved in ALL teachers' favorites. Be sure to list this link on your class website.

Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to navigate the age appropriate activities at the site. Why not highlight a different area each month or unit of study so you have material with which to apply it (Do, Get, Remember, or Understand). During month/unit one introduce study skills using the Do link and resources. Then further investigate subsequent study skills each month/unit using the other main topics : Get, Remember, and Understand. Have students try out some of their "new skills" before the unit test. Be sure to ask them afterwards why they were successful (or not) in applying the new study approach. Maybe even add a question about the latest study skill at the end of every test.
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WeeBehave - Wee Behave

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K to 12
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WeeBehave is a site that allows you to create behavior, task, or chore charts online. Multiple students can be tracked through one account. Teachers and parents alike would benefit...more
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WeeBehave is a site that allows you to create behavior, task, or chore charts online. Multiple students can be tracked through one account. Teachers and parents alike would benefit from using this online tool.

tag(s): autism (22), behavior (46), classroom management (135), organizational skills (122), parents (56)

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Start your year off right! Set up an account using WeeBehave. Special education teachers can set up weekly progress monitoring using this website. This could be invaluable to a life skills, autistic support, or emotional support teacher who needs to track the behavior of each of the students on their roster. Have regular education teachers with these students set up accounts, complete weekly data, and then print or take a snap shot of the week's chart and email it to the teacher in charge of tracking the student's data. Or have students who are struggling with following the rules set up charts to evaluate themselves, comparing their ratings with the teacher's charts. This would allow for a quality discussion about differences between what students think of their behavior and how others see it. Please keep in mind if planning to share charts with anyone other than yourself (teacher) and the student's parents, you should use codes or fictitious names to protect student identity. Assign a code that has no relationship to the child or student ID.

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Learning to Read English with Strivney - Deborah Delin

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K to 2
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This site includes five levels of lessons to help students learn to read English (based on UK English, not American English.) Levels include Learning the Sounds, Sound Combinations,...more
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This site includes five levels of lessons to help students learn to read English (based on UK English, not American English.) Levels include Learning the Sounds, Sound Combinations, Capital Letters and Punctuation, The Alphabet, and Numbers. Materials include animated learning interactives, exercises and presentations focusing on learning letter sounds, the alphabet, writing with correct punctuation and capitalization, and using numbers. A picture dictionary and a word search feature allow students to add to their vocabulary. This site would be appropriate for non-readers, those with reading disabilities, ESL/ELL, and special education students.

tag(s): alphabet (92), capitalization (19), dictionaries (56), guided reading (47), phonics (75), punctuation (43)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If you have an entire class of non-readers, make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share this site with your teaching colleagues who work with your learning support (or ESL/ELL) students. Use the materials on this site for extra support for those learning to read.
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Slime Kids - slimekids.com

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1 to 8
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Created by librarians and reading specialists this site offers links to book trailers (video-audio presentations of new and popular books), favorite author websites, and websites that...more
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Created by librarians and reading specialists this site offers links to book trailers (video-audio presentations of new and popular books), favorite author websites, and websites that review books interesting for students ages 6-13. You'll also find links to online references (fun and interactive encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases), safe student search engines, and educational games (including typing and grammar games).

Use the site map to find hundreds of book trailers listed by the publishing year and title, or grouped by grade level. This site is frequently updated, so check back often!

tag(s): authors (120), dictionaries (56), grammar (216), independent reading (128), keyboarding (38), search engines (65), spelling (168)

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Use your projector and interactive whiteboard to demonstrate to students how to use the reference part of this site before starting individual or group projects.

Use the author portion of this site to have students look for new books to read, or to complete a project on author studies.

This site is excellent for enrichment. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Include it on your classroom computers for students to access in class. Ask students to use and review various parts of this site.
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Interactive Books - Mrs. Hacquet

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2 to 12
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This site, created by a French-speaking professor, offers interactive "books" on grammar topics for English learners. Open the pages and find plenty of exercises on the selected topic,...more
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This site, created by a French-speaking professor, offers interactive "books" on grammar topics for English learners. Open the pages and find plenty of exercises on the selected topic, including grammar. Topics include the verb "to be," past tense, present continuous tense, using "can," using "must/mustn't," a variety of holidays, clothing, houses, daily routine, places in town, pronouns, etc. The only drawback is that the opening page that lists the topics is in French, but if you look at the menu on the left, all topics are in English. After finding a topic, you can see the "Table of Contents" for the book listing all the interactive exercises which include audio.

tag(s): french (88), grammar (216), grammar review (37), interactive stories (32)

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You may want to first share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, so students understand how to navigate the site. It is worth searching this site to find the review exercises you would like your ESL/ELL students to brush up on. Include the site on a classroom computer list so the students can also work ahead and become familiar enough with it to use it at home. The exercises are good enough that native English speakers with trouble spots or special education students would also find it useful.
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Study Ladder - Study Ladder

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K to 12
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Studyladder offers a sequential learning program with videos, interactive activities, worksheets and assessments for reporting to teachers and to parents. Activities are highly engaging...more
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Studyladder offers a sequential learning program with videos, interactive activities, worksheets and assessments for reporting to teachers and to parents. Activities are highly engaging and motivating. You can create classes, have unlimited access to all features on the site, and students can access homework features from home. Topics included on the site are Math, Literacy, Numeracy, Spelling Bee, and Interactive Whiteboard activities. Each section provides many activities categorized in several ways such as topic, type of activity, grade levels, and extras. Registration also allows access to progress reports on school and homework results, 2000 printable worksheets, and student rewards such as certificates, special avatars, and access to reward rooms. The site is free for teachers and for limited homework use with one student after registration. However, there is also a paid portion of the site if desired.
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tag(s): factoring (31), fractions (239), homework (44), iwb (31), literacy (103), negative numbers (22), number sense (96), numbers (203), prime numbers (31)

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This site is perfect for use with interactive whiteboards, download and use activities to supplement current classroom curriculum. Create an account and set up student accounts for students to use on classroom or computer lab computers. Take advantage of the progress reports to track and monitor student progress within the site.
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Pitara Magazine - Pitara Kids Network

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3 to 6
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Short stories, biographies, riddles, games and other appealing activities make this an attractive way to introduce students to magazine reading. With both academic and just-for-fun...more
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Short stories, biographies, riddles, games and other appealing activities make this an attractive way to introduce students to magazine reading. With both academic and just-for-fun features, the site fills the need students have after Highlights Magazine and other similar publications get too old. Students are using their reading skills as they try to solve riddles, tell jokes, and practice tongue-twisters.
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tag(s): biographies (87), crafts (40), holidays (147), riddles (15), short stories (25)

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Keep this site in mind to recommend to parents for use during summer vacation. Be sure to list this link on your class website. Take a few moments in class to display the various parts to show the wide range of reading activities (and writing activities, using these articles as models) students can enjoy.

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Sqworl - Caleb Brown

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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and ...more
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Sqworl is a site for combining multiple links into one single link. Registration is required; however, it is very easy. You create a username and password, add your email and it is done. After registering, a personal homepage is created, this is where the magic can begin! The homepage is where groups will be created to combine url's. Then adding some groups of link begins the process of creating groups. At this point a title is given to the group being created (examples might be Math sites, American History, etc.). The final step is to add a short description. After choosing start, simply copy and paste the url you want to use and add a short description and click finish. Once a group is created, it can be shared through the url shown on the page. Sqworl also has a bookmarklet that can be added to the browser toolbar making it easier to add items to your groups without having to open the homepage. There is also a mobile app for iPhone.
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tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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In the classroom use this site to combine url's of online class projects into one group. Create a group of resources for students or parents for different subjects and share the url through your classroom website or newsletter. Create a group with videos relating to classroom content. Create a classroom account and let students add resources they have found to groups to share with others. Show students how to follow other groups on Sqworl and share resources by creating their own groups. Share this site with others in your building or district as an easy way to save and share online resources.

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Dare to Differentiate - Leslie Grahn

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K to 12
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This wiki is a treasure trove of resources for teachers to use when using the Differentiated Instruction model of instruction. The site is most easily navigated by choosing topics from...more
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This wiki is a treasure trove of resources for teachers to use when using the Differentiated Instruction model of instruction. The site is most easily navigated by choosing topics from the links on the left side of the page. Topics include background information, planning and managing, and professional development tools. After choosing a topic, there is a list of links: some are to videos, others are to Word or PDF documents that can be downloaded for immediate use. One particularly rich resource on the wiki is the section titled Questioning & Thinking Skills. Located here are many resources such as how to write great questions, a Blooms Taxonomy interactive quiz, podcasts about Blooms Taxonomy, an Essential Questions PowerPoint, and much more. This section is worth a visit just to review the resources. Another well-developed portion of the wiki is the Pre-Assessment link. Here you will find many documents to use for pre-assessment of knowledge as well as activating prior knowledge resources.

tag(s): assessment (100), blooms taxonomy (9), differentiation (47), learning styles (19), questioning (31)

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Use the printable resources on the site in your classroom to help differentiate instruction. Share resources from the site during staff meetings to help further knowledge of Differentiated Instruction techniques and management. Break up the wiki into sections and have different staff members present on resources from different parts of the site.
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Research Building Blocks - Read, Write, Think - International Reading Association

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3 to 12
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This site offers a complete lesson plan to use with students prior to beginning a first research project. The lesson takes students through the process of analyzing book titles to ...more
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This site offers a complete lesson plan to use with students prior to beginning a first research project. The lesson takes students through the process of analyzing book titles to determine ones that would be helpful in their research. It then builds on class discussion to enable students to make informed decisions on appropriate research material. One especially useful part of the lesson is the Hints About Print interactive link included in the lesson plan. This would be a wonderful site to use on your interactive whiteboard to lead the class through basics of choosing materials for research. Other useful items on the site are the nonfiction book reviews and nonfiction book evaluation forms that are available in pdf form for easy classroom use. Find all resources and print material by choosing the Resources and Preparation tab near the top of the page.

tag(s): book reports (35), interactive stories (32)

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View the Hints About Print interactive with your class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to demonstrate different concepts on choosing appropriate resources for research. If you don't have an interactive whiteboard, create a link on your classroom computers for students to view as a center. This site is perfect to use with older students who may have already done research projects as a review for choosing materials. ESL and Special Education teachers may want to use materials included in this lesson as an aid for students who have been assigned research projects.
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ClassMarker - ClassMarker Pty Ltd.

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1 to 12
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Create your own tests to be taken online and graded instantly and accurately. With a free account, you can save 100 test results a month. ClassMarker allows you to add ...more
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Create your own tests to be taken online and graded instantly and accurately. With a free account, you can save 100 test results a month. ClassMarker allows you to add your own tests to be taken online and graded instantly. ClassMarker will randomize questions and answers, add time limits, and preset test availability dates. You can choose from multiple choice, short answer, essay & more question types.

Registration is not required. You can embed the tests on your own web page. This method is useful for practice tests since test results are only saved when students are registered and logged into ClassMarker. To register students, you create a group, add the student names (use a code for online safety), and create a password for the group. Or students can register themselves using a registration code you give them. You can then transfer users to multiple groups after they are registered if you wish.
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tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96), test prep (95)

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Create, assign, and practice tests easily with this resource! Create and manage your tests as well as view activity reports about those who have taken the test. Use this resource as a way to practice material and improve students' scores in preparation for an actual test. Use this resource to practice involved questions that like those found on the state tests. Practicing with various question formats builds confidence and improves performance. Create quizzes and tests that students must pass before moving on to other content or other harder tests. Use these as progress steps along the way to help students learn the content as they progress through a unit. Learning support teachers may want to work together with small groups to create their own "practice" quizzes before major tests.

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Learning Chocolate - learningchocolate.com

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K to 12
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This ESL/ELL vocabulary site has words and related pictures organized into over 100 categories. Example categories include animals, body, birds, Christmas, camping, phonic, days of...more
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This ESL/ELL vocabulary site has words and related pictures organized into over 100 categories. Example categories include animals, body, birds, Christmas, camping, phonic, days of the week, Europe, Fruit, Work Site Problems, Medical Jobs, and much more! Click on a category and you get common vocabulary as well as five review games for that category. Each word has sound, and many of the review activities are based on hearing the word to complete the required work. An added benefit to the site is that it is easy to switch the target language from English to three other languages: Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.
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tag(s): chinese (48), japan (61), japanese (42), spanish (108), vocabulary (323)

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Save/bookmark this site on your classroom computers to serve as a vocabulary resource for ESL/ELL and also world language students. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Share this site with Chinese, Japanese and Spanish teachers as well as with special needs professionals for help with vocabulary development and articulation. You could also have students create their own narrations of photos (similar to this site) using a site such as Thinklink reviewed here.
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Special Holiday Emergency Desk - Erwin Penland

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K to 12
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked ...more
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This great site draws a picture of whatever is typed into the "Draw It" box. A baseball-capped man (viewed in a video) sitting behind a desk with many pictures tacked on the wall behind him takes up his drawing pad and pen and creates the drawing in front of you! The site does take a few seconds to load and to draw, so it is not an instant picture, but the picture appears within 6 seconds. The supporting dictionary does seem to be somewhat limited, so the picture you get may not always be what you are expecting! And if students types in something inappropriate, they get a "naughty list' note from the man.

tag(s): dictionaries (56), drawing (77), vocabulary (323)

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This is a great site for ESL, SPED, and language teachers who can not seem to communicate exactly what a certain object is. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. For students who do not know what a hedgehog or okapi is, this is a simple way to display a picture. Have students compete to draw their vocabulary words with the onscreen man, and decide whose pictures are best!
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Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet - Thomas Sturm

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3 to 12
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This site matches the words you enter with photos on Flickr reviewed here. It uses search tags, titles, and descriptions of photos to match up with...more
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This site matches the words you enter with photos on Flickr reviewed here. It uses search tags, titles, and descriptions of photos to match up with the words you type in the text box. You can get new pictures for the same words by clicking "Show Story" again. Use Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet to put photos with your favorite poem, quote, lyrics, or other piece of writing.
Note: Since Flickr houses photos contributed by the general public, some photos may be rated PG or depict something that may make student laugh. Nouns, active verbs, and vivid adjectives are most likely to return results that make sense.

tag(s): creative writing (166), creativity (108), digital storytelling (144), flickr (7), poetry (228)

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Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet would be perfect to use in April during National Poetry Month. Or introduce any poetry unit by showing Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet on your interactive whiteboard or projector. (Prescreen your word choices to be sure what you will get.) Have students work together on the IWB to create poems, or choose a favorite paragraph from their writing, then use this site to add images. Click on "Show Story" and compare the different outputs. For some interesting, high level discussion, ask students what makes something a "poem" vs. simply a collection of words. Ask them if they are satisfied with the images matched to their writing, and how they could make better matches for what they were thinking. Do they prefer imagining the metaphors or seeing them in concrete images, for example?

You may want to have a class Flickr account. Have students play with Stories in Flight: FlickrPoet using the "Show Story" several times, and then find their own pictures to go with their writing by using the search bar on Flickr. They can then publish their creations using a web site maker such as Weebly reviewed here. Offer this as one of several "visual poem" options during Poetry Month or poetry units.

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DOGOnews - Meera Dolasia

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2 to 12
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety ...more
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Need kid-friendly online news? This safe site, written for kids, by kids, offers news from a younger point-of-view. You can create a class page where you can load a variety of articles, add a book list, a calendar, favorite sites list, add lesson plan instructions, monitor student comments, and more. DOGOnews is kid friendly, colorful, and flexible. After all, DOGO means young or small in Swahili. You can select articles from a number of categories (Social Studies, Science, World, Current Events, etc.). There is an integrated dictionary for challenging words and maps for geographical context. Some of the articles include short video clips. Students may leave brief comments about each article (no login required). Also, typing the word "video" in the search box will bring up the Video of the Week for the past several weeks. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. In addition, find a Book and Movie section with a brief summary for the book or movie, and comments. You don't have to join to read the articles, but you do need to join to create a class page. There are many benefits to creating a class page, and it's all free! Don't want to create a class page? You can also embed articles on your current web page.

tag(s): news (261), reading comprehension (116), sports (97)

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Non-fiction reading and background knowledge have found a new emphasis with The Common Core State Standards. It is more important now than ever to help connect students with quality, non-fiction reading and viewing material. Find great news resources and videos of the week to create assignments for your class at DOGOnews. You may want to create a class page and load several news articles. Have students choose from the articles, and email it to themselves. Have students print out the article and complete a "close reading" of the article by annotating it. Then have students who chose the same article get together in groups to discuss their reactions about the article, create a summary together, and create four or five open-ended questions about the article. Lastly, create groups of four, with each student having a different article, and have them present their article to the others in the group and ask them their open-ended questions to trigger a discussion. Create a class magazine from the articles. Or better yet, have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Strengthen reading comprehension by having an 'article du jour' on your interactive whiteboard or projector as students arrive. Link this site on your homepage.

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YoungZine - Deepa Gopal

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3 to 10
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Youngzine is news and more for the young. Enjoy the different articles, comics, videos, etc. without signing up, or you can sign up to have full access to everything ...more
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Youngzine is news and more for the young. Enjoy the different articles, comics, videos, etc. without signing up, or you can sign up to have full access to everything on this safe site, including teacher tools. General subjects include World News, Science & Technology, Our Earth, Society & Arts. For each class, teachers get a blog where they can post assignments and have students respond. Teachers can register their class for free. You can include specific articles and quizzes for each assignment. Comments are moderated to prevent inappropriate classroom content.

For each of your classes, you see a full report of each student's activities by going to your classroom tab. Youngzine also provides a safe "blog" environment for classrooms - a constructive, creative, and controlled way for teachers to create classroom assignments and foster discussions about current events! The blog can be completely private so outsiders cannot see student comments. Teachers control these settings.

tag(s): blogs (88), communities (35), news (261), service projects (25), summarizing (13)

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Have your students make comments on articles (public comments), take quizzes, rate articles, and participate in contests. You can create custom assignments and have students respond and discuss, right on Youngzine! This is a great way to assess student's understanding and create an arena for a discussion/debate between class students. Or, ask your students to summarize an article, as a way to encourage them to think and write.

There is also a tab for "U Write." This section appears to allow students to write about issues in their community, or programs they've heard about to help a suffering communities. You might consider having your students look at the different articles and decide on a community to help. Have them vote on the community they would like to help by using Thinkmeter reviewed here.

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Kids' Stories Online - Karen Wade

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K to 6
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This site aggregates free online stories, audio books, e-books, and videos! You can also submit your own stories. Most of the stories are recently written by educators and other site...more
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This site aggregates free online stories, audio books, e-books, and videos! You can also submit your own stories. Most of the stories are recently written by educators and other site members. Membership is not required. Some of the stories are children's classics and fairy tales. The songs appear to relate to current events and education in general. There are seasonal offerings like a music video about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The site offers "free" activities related to the topic of the story, usually coloring sheets and simple games. A small part of the site is under construction. More stories and other items are constantly being added.

BEFORE submitting any stories created by your students, check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to submit stories to such sites.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): christmas (64), folktales (65), holidays (147), interactive stories (32)

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ALL elementary students will enjoy reading the simple stories from this site. This site is ideal for the regular classroom, ESL/ELL students, learning support, and the youngest of kindergartners. Share the interactive books on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Save this site on your classroom computer for students to use as a learning center or to explore during an indoor recess. Have students try out this site on individual computers.
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