TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Sep 25, 2011
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GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomShop the site for interactive whiteboard resources to download for classroom use. Use the singing horses to teach cause and effect. Use the Facebook page template for students to create biographies of famous people, of themselves for back to school, or of teachers in your building for Back to School nights! There is much to explore at this "gem" of a site!
GradesK to 4
In the ClassroomDisplay on the interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own and improve visual discrimination that is useful for reading and more. Create a link on classroom or lab computers to use as a center. Discuss with students different strategies and clues provided within the game that helped them find the missing picture.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomWhat a wonderful way to connect to students' multiple intelligences! After viewing examples of the artwork with your students, team up with the Art teacher in your building to have students create their own pieces of art based on math examples. Tie in writing by assigning students to write about their artwork and the math used as the basis of their art piece. Display art work with the explanations for other students to enjoy. Or take pictures of the art work and challenge students to create voice narration for the photo using a tool such as Thinklink,reviewed here.
Grades4 to 10
tag(s): charts and graphs (205), decimals (125), exponents (44), factors (40), fluency (24), map skills (77), number sense (100), operations (120), perimeter (29), problem solving (293), rounding (18)
In the ClassroomIntroduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Create a class graph of scores, and challenge students to increase their percentage of correct problems. Share as a Favorite on your TeachersFirst public page or on your class website or blog for students to access the site outside of class.
GradesK to 7
In the ClassroomUse on your interactive whiteboard or projector to practice multiplication facts. Start at 0, input the number fact you want to practice, choose a speed and challenge students to keep up! Demonstrate the change when adding decimals by inputting decimal amounts and watching the increasing values. Create a learning station with this site on your whiteboard for small groups to practice multiplication, number patterns, basic counting, or decimals.
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In the ClassroomThe articles are short and interesting, a perfect match for non-fiction reading comprehension. With so many different activities to choose from, it will be easy for the classroom teacher to differentiate. There is an mp3 audio version of each article so students can listen as they read. Assign small groups of students to present the news each week, using the interactive whiteboard to show others the country and city from which the article originated. Make the newscasting experience even more real by having students read scripts of these news stories or their own original stories using a Easyprompter, reviewed here. Students can then go to another news source such as 4 News Wall, reviewed here, to see what else is happening in the news. For a projecth and to enhance student learning, have the small groups create a "talking map" using a site such as Zeemaps, reviewed here. This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (where their article/story took place). What a fabulous way to share the article with the rest of the class!
Grades2 to 8
In the ClassroomUse "Speak Up" as part of a mini-lesson about problem and solution or dialogue. Have students create their own cartoons as part of a craft lesson. Print out the cartoon and students can use it as an outline to help them write narrative text or plays. Demonstrate how to combine narration with dialogue in one text from this cartoon outline.
Use scenarios of social conflicts your class may be facing or are currently discussing in character education. For example, use bullying or peer pressure issues. Pair up classmates to re-tell a conflict similar to those students face during recess, in class, or from home. Together they can discuss ways to solve these conflicts. Use the results to open up dialogue about student issues and as a tool to brainstorm constructive ways to solve them.
World language teachers or ESL/ELL teachers can also use this tool for students to practice written dialog and appropriate social interaction.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomIdentify how structure is related to function through discussing how different structures are related to their functions and how they compare with a other organisms. Compare images from your own class discussions to identify the similarities and differences among organisms. Consider sharing (appropriate) videos on your interactive whiteboards or projectors.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this as resource when researching for scientific papers, getting ideas for experiments, or just staying apprised of the latest scientific research on a specific topic.
If your students are doing scientific research you might want to supply them with links from Science.gov using Diigo-Education reviewed here.
Would like to see better search features within subject categories.Kathleen, VT, Grades: 0 - 12