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Primary Homework Help - Mandy Barrow

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K to 5
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples...more
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples of the specific activities include, "Saving the Environment", "Fraction Monkeys", and "Ancient Egypt". The site provides a huge amount of topics and a wide range of activities. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): fractions (239), grammar (216), habitats (84), homework (44), human body (121), measurement (159), money (193), spelling (168)

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This website would be an excellent resource to use with an interactive whiteboard. You may also want to provide this link on your teacher web page for parents to use at home. Nearly all subject areas (and topics) are included. Do yourself a favor - and utilize this excellent resource! Learning support teachers will love the opportunities for their students to get extra practice.
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Mindomo - Expert Software Application

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1 to 12
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Create collaborative mind maps (graphic organizers) using this online tool. See an example created by...more
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Create collaborative mind maps (graphic organizers) using this online tool. See an example created by our editors. The example gives some ideas for uses of this online graphic organizer tool.

tag(s): mind map (25)

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Have students create graphic organizers in cooperative groups as a study guide for unit content, to collect information for a group research project, or show examples of an important concept. Share and compare the organizers on an interactive whiteboard or projector in class and allow classmates to suggest changes. Skills needed: join the site, practice with the tools (don't miss the notes feature!). Save up to 7 "private" maps and an unlimited number of "shared" maps.

Make a map available online by saving and clicking "yes" for sharing, then clicking the Save by URL icon. This will copy the URL onto your computer's clipboard so you can paste it into a word doc or even your teacher web page. Imagine sharing several student made "study guides" in the days before the unit test.

Note that maps that are shared can be seen by the public, but not altered. You specify members who may collaborate and make alterations. For students to collaborate using this tool they must have individual memberships, requiring an email account. These memberships must be activated from their email. So, if students do not have email that is accessible from school, classroom use BY STUDENTS will be severely limited. Editor's note: we asked the Mindomo folks about spell check and student safety issues. They are still developing this tool, so they MIGHT address these issues at a later date.

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Kids Homework Hub - Scholastic, Inc.

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1 to 7
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Students, teachers and parents will find helpful information for getting organized, taking notes, writing and plagiarism, test taking tips, and research. Be sure to check out the special...more
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Students, teachers and parents will find helpful information for getting organized, taking notes, writing and plagiarism, test taking tips, and research. Be sure to check out the special sections for teachers and parents. Flash and Acrobat Reader are needed for some sections of the site. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): homework (44), note taking (32), writing (359)

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For younger students, share the site with parents (such as to help first graders study spelling words). For upper elementary and middle school, introduce the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard at the start of the year or as you start major projects. Whether you teach regular ed or learning support, these tips will help your students be better organized and use their study time wisely. Include this link on your teacher web page and ask students to try out different strategies as they study for tests or complete long-term assignments. You might even give points on the test or project for a student reflection telling you which study strategy they tried and how it worked for him/her.
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Graphic Organizer Maker - Recipes4Success/Tech4Learning

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1 to 12
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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this ...more
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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this FREE tool lets you choose the type of organizer you want, customize the Title and Directions, and print. Organizer types include Venn diagrams, KWL, scientific method, and many more. Learning support teachers will want to use this for students to create study materials.

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Use these printed organizers as study support for any content area topic. Many are excellent options for reinforcing reading skills in the content areas, even for senior high students. Include this on your teacher web page so students can create their own organizers to study for tests or prepare presentations.

To make a new organizer, simply click "new," write title and directions, and print the small "print" icon. It may be easiest to take their default directions and change them for your purposes. Note that you LOSE your work when you close the page, so make sure you have printed first!

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Scholastic News Online - Scholastic, Inc.

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3 to 8
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Find news article, written by kids, for early elementary students (perfect for practicing reading and understanding informational text). This free site offers daily news on current...more
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Find news article, written by kids, for early elementary students (perfect for practicing reading and understanding informational text). This free site offers daily news on current events along with in-depth special reports, polls to participate in, games and quizzes on a variety of topics. Scholastic News Online can be used alone or as an extension of the Scholastic Classroom Magazines. This site features easy-to-read news articles and articles of general interest. In addition, they offer videos that highlights some of the news items. Since many of the stories are written by children, they offer a unique perspective on current events. Regular news articles can be printed or emailed. Be sure to visit the Homework Hub for information students (and teachers) can use for getting organized, taking notes, writing and plagiarism, test taking tips, and research. Parent section offers tips for discussing current events with their child.

tag(s): news (261)

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Put a link on your teacher web page for parents and students to access it at home or in study times at school. Preview the site to determine which news stories best suit your curriculum and the age of your students. Younger classes may need help reading some of the articles: use a projector so the news story can be read aloud as students follow along. Take a class vote after viewing the Vote Now! Poll and graph the class results. After posting the class vote, compare the class results with the results of the poll on the site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their "new" news knowledge using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have them practice writing their own "News for Kids by Kids" for a classroom publication using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Inspiration Quickstart Tutorial - Inspiration

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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader...more
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader to open and print it. The page provides a link to get Acrobat Reader, if you do not have it.This tutorial is supplied by the software manufacturer.

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This site can also be used to help students develop study skills or determine what helps them learn best.
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Gliffy - Gliffy, Inc.

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K to 12
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without...more
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without purchasing ANY software. The free use is limited to 5 "maps," however, so you will have to delete old projects. Individuals or groups can create the organizers or the class can create them together, such as in a brainstorming session on a projector. You can export the graphic organizers to a blog or "publish" them on the web -- all for free.

tag(s): graphic organizers (43)

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Play with the tools and toolbars to create diagrams, access help and FAQ to collaborate, publish, or embed diagrams in your blog or other web page. Collaborators need individual email accounts to gain access.

Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story or assign groups to create study guides using this tool collaboratively. Create a whole-class concept map from a brainstorm to determine prior knowledge at the start of a unit. Then have students add to it throughout the unit. Your students are certain to enjoy this tool and be forced to THINK in the process. This would also be a great tool for group projects in YOUR grad classes!

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Flashcard Exchange - Tuolumne Technology Group,

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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for ...more
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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for full membership, many options are free on the site. To print out flash cards, participants must join, but studying online is a free option.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Allow groups of students to create card sets for the class to study for tests (using your free account). With just one classroom computer, you can allow students to take turns practicing with the card set. Have a contest or rotate the chance to make the study cards for each quiz or test. This will build study skills for all. If you haev access to an interactive whiteboard, have students do a review session using your student-made or another premade card set on the board.
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The Amazing Flash Card Machine - Madhu Prem

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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 ...more
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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 items organized by subjects.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Students will love using the computer to create and save flash cards! Show your students how to use the site on a projector the first time, then have them create their own flash card sets or sets for their classmates as part of review for unit tests. Use YOUR user account for student safety. Be sure to search for card already made, but remember that others COULD have errors. Always pre-check before letting students use someone else's set.

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Flash card maker - American Girl

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2 to 10
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Enter your own questions/answers or words/meanings in this flash card maker. Options include being able to print them out or study them online. Learning support teachers will love this...more
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Enter your own questions/answers or words/meanings in this flash card maker. Options include being able to print them out or study them online. Learning support teachers will love this option to encourage study skills.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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A good study-at-home option for you to show your students! Be sure to read the "Take Note" message regarding the required plug-ins and cookie enabling for this site to work.

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Song Lyrics: Using Songs in the ESL Classroom - Neil Coghlan

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1 to 8
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English...more
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English in meaningful chunks. Mainly an alphabetical index to many enjoyable songs, this site also gives suggestions about how to use the lyrics to help improve the students' English.

tag(s): lyrics (20)

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Find lyrics to any song you want! Share this link with your students themselves, They may want to look up some songs they have heard and did not fully understand.

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Graphic Organizers - Houghton Mifflin Company

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2 to 8
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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print...more
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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print PDF file. (You need Acrobat Reader- Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page). Available in Spanish.

tag(s): graphic organizers (43)

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Math Review Games - Houghton Mifflin

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2 to 4
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their...more
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their mouse over textual information to hear it read aloud. The games require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Learning Languages - Internet Scout Project

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This well-organized, searchable site, created and maintained by the Internet Scout Project of the University of Wisconsin, contains a wealth of useful, interactive, and motivating resources...more
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This well-organized, searchable site, created and maintained by the Internet Scout Project of the University of Wisconsin, contains a wealth of useful, interactive, and motivating resources for teachers, students and parents. Currently, the site focuses on French, Spanish, and Japanese, although German and Italian resources can be found by following links to many of the recommended sites. Content levels range from beginner to advanced. Links to interactive flash cards, quizzes, and games that strengthen vocabulary and language comprehension are among the high points of this site. Many of the resources provide independent practice, authentic exposure, and opportunities for cultural exploration. Becoming a member is free and enables the site to personalize your visit by preferred language. A new "Word of the Day" is a homepage feature, as are daily updates of the newest additions to the site.

tag(s): french (88), japan (61), japanese (42), spanish (108)

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Helping Your Child with Homework - U.S. Department of Education

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This checklist from the Department of Education clearly organizes and outlines what parents can do to make school and homework a priority in their students' lives. Pass along the site...more
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This checklist from the Department of Education clearly organizes and outlines what parents can do to make school and homework a priority in their students' lives. Pass along the site to parents, who will undoubtedly appreciate the easy methods recommended on this list.

tag(s): homework (44)

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This site offers tips for parents from the Department of Education.

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Help Your Child Improve in Test Taking - U.S. Department of Education

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This site from the department of Education offers tips and ideas to make test-taking easier for young learners. ...more
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This site from the department of Education offers tips and ideas to make test-taking easier for young learners.

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Pass this site along to parents via wiki or webpage, allowing them to help their students practice test-taking skills before an assessment.

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Appropriate School-Based Accommodations and Interventions

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Here is a comprehensive listing of accommodations and interventions in the classroom for ADD/LD students. Includes information on student work areas, student transitions, lesson plans/assignments,...more
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Here is a comprehensive listing of accommodations and interventions in the classroom for ADD/LD students. Includes information on student work areas, student transitions, lesson plans/assignments, homework adaptations, testing considerations, student motivation and parent involvement.

tag(s): adhd (28)

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Noodle Tools - Debbie Abilock

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4 to 12
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NoodleTools offers several different tools to aid with research. NoodleTools Express creates reference citations using MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian forms. Choose a format style from...more
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NoodleTools offers several different tools to aid with research. NoodleTools Express creates reference citations using MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian forms. Choose a format style from different citation type options such as newspaper, website, or book. Enter information into the template provided. Copy and paste the citation into your project or word document. NoodleTools MLA Lite contains limited citation options for elementary or middle school students. Account creation is necessary for this option requiring a user name and password. Citations created will be stored in your account for future reference. NoodleQuest narrows down and defines research topics. Use check boxes to indicate needs such as type of results desired (expert, primary sources, etc.), timeliness of information required, and media requirements. Your choices define the best search strategies for your topic along with suggestions for getting started. Be sure to also check out the extensive Teacher's Resources found on NoodleTools. This area contains links to many different research and literacy tools. One item of interest to many is found in the 21st Century Literacies portion. Find the Information Literacy portion then select "Choose the Best Search Engine for Your Information Need." Here you will find a list of search engines that are best for different types of searches such as finding background, searching controversial topics, and finding quality results. Other items in NoodleTools include a Curriculum Collaboration Toolkit and The Ethical Researcher (Tools for Teaching Academic Integrity.)

tag(s): citations (34), internet safety (108), search strategies (30)

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Bookmark and save this site for use with any research projects for citing resources and finding information. Include information from "The Ethical Researcher" portion of the site when teaching proper note taking and information gathering skills. Have students perform similar searches using the different search methods provided in the "Best Search Engine for Your Information Need section." Compare and contrast results to demonstrate results given.

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