TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 18, 2012
Here are this week's features. Clicking the tags in the description area of each listing will present a list of other resources with this topic. | Click here to return to the Featured Sites Archive
GradesK to 5
tag(s): addition (165), classroom management (145), decimals (111), differentiation (53), division (118), fractions (196), measurement (148), multiplication (150), number sense (79), numbers (153), place value (46), subtraction (141)
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site for use when implementing math centers or guided math activities. This site offers many ideas for math games, use these as a resource for your classroom. Modify activities as needed for your own use. Differentiate for multiple skill levels using the management tips shared here. Looking for specific content ideas? Choose from the Quick Clicks on the right side of the page to find ideas that have been posted on the blog.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomThis is a must-bookmark site for any high school journalism or English teacher and even as teacher background for Newspaper units at any level. Share resources with students. Download and use lesson plans. Assign groups of students different articles to read and present to the class. The News Literacy resources and feeds are also useful for social studies classes looking at the media and bias as they stay up to date with current events. Challenge your students to go past PowerPoint and make an online presentation using Animoto (reviewed here) or another reviewed presentation tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to share their findings.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomDo you still have a favorite picture book from your childhood? Consider going to the library to find a more current version and compare the differences. Have your students ask their parents if they still have a copy of their favorite picture book, and they can pick up a copy of the current edition to compare. With older students, you can use the Best Word Book Ever comparison to see the changes in what is politically incorrect now that was in the earlier version. Students then discuss what society valued at the time of the older edition compared to what our current society values. There are not just the gender role differences (policeman vs the woman police officer). Look at the wording in the older version for behavioral expectations, too. Literature teachers could carry this one step further and make a comparison of the expectations of society at the time of a classic (Tom Sawyer, Pride and Prejudice ) and what society valued during that time. Students could make one of these comparisons using a program like Bookemon reviewed here, which creates interactive online books. They could take that project one step further with UtellStory, reviewed here, and add narrated commentary. Make sure your students adhere to Copyright laws if creating online. You may want to work offline using PowerPoint so student products can include copyrighted images under "Fair Use."
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomIn your science or health classroom, look at the functions of a system and how it works together. Use as a reference source or use as an example to adapt to your unit of study. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have cooperative learning groups investigate specific sections/topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Spark in K-12, Zeetings, Animatron, Renderforest, and Canva Inforgraphic Maker.
Grades5 to 8
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