TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 24, 2013

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Graphing Stories - Dan Meyer

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6 to 12
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Graphing Stories is a set of short videos to use for graphing. Print the handout (pdf) provided on the site and give to students before beginning each video. Play the ...more
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Graphing Stories is a set of short videos to use for graphing. Print the handout (pdf) provided on the site and give to students before beginning each video. Play the video and have students graph the story. Search by most downloads, type of graph (such as linear or decreasing), or video subject. Each video begins with an overview of the graph and labels to use. The final few seconds of the videos demonstrate how finished graphs should appear.

tag(s): charts and graphs (183), measurement (157), time (115)

In the Classroom

Use Graphing Stories videos for quick graphing practice. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Stop the video after viewing labeling instructions for students to be prepared. Watch the activity. Stop the video again before the correct graph appears. Have students compare graphs and discuss differences before viewing the end of the video with the correct graph. Download graphs onto student computers for students to complete independently or provide a link to graphs for students to review at home.
  This resource requires Adobe Flash and PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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Meteorite size - CARTOD8

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3 to 12
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See how many meteorites actually strike the Earth. Choose the map or table view. The map view shows bubbles. Hover over a bubble to identify the type of meteorite, size, ...more
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See how many meteorites actually strike the Earth. Choose the map or table view. The map view shows bubbles. Hover over a bubble to identify the type of meteorite, size, and whether it was found or seen. Click on the table tab to see the actual numbers used to plot the graph.

tag(s): earth (196), space (221)

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This site is ideal for your interactive whiteboard or projector. It could also be used on individual laptops or at a learning center. Allow time for students to brainstorm what the bubbles represent on the map. Give a few moments then to have them identify by looking at specific bubbles. Discuss whether certain areas of the map have found or seen more or larger meteorites and why that might be. Research what other objects can strike Earth and compare composition and origin in the Universe. Consider expanding your discussion to include folklore, religion, and other aspects of daily life that may have been "impacted" by meteorite impacts or sightings. Discuss various ways that living things could be protected from possible future impacts.

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Education Unboxed - Rosie

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K to 7
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Education Unboxed is a site put together by a homeschooling mom to help explain math concepts primarily through the use of Cuisinaire rods. Topics include preschool and kindergarten...more
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Education Unboxed is a site put together by a homeschooling mom to help explain math concepts primarily through the use of Cuisinaire rods. Topics include preschool and kindergarten concepts all the way through algebra. Short videos demonstrate and explain each topic. Many topics include explanations of games and activities for practice. Although simple in look, this site is a rich resource for any elementary or middle school classroom.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): addition (202), decimals (117), division (144), equations (145), fractions (218), mental math (25), multiplication (182), number sense (85), numbers (170), place value (54), preK (271), square roots (18), subtraction (171), whole numbers (15)

In the Classroom

View videos as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use code provided with videos to embed on your classroom blog or website or share using urls provided. Use videos as a model and challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos on math topics learned in class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Clouds Over Cuba - John F Kennedy Presidential Library

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7 to 12
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Recount the weeks leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive and immersive documentary. View a 25-minute documentary covering the crisis from its 1959...more
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Recount the weeks leading up to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis through an interactive and immersive documentary. View a 25-minute documentary covering the crisis from its 1959 beginnings when Castro overthrew Batista. Watch 40 minutes of expert interviews on 15 related topics. Don't miss the 10-minute "What If?" film that offers a feasible alternative scenario had the crisis escalated to nuclear war. Choose from links within the documentary to explore almost 200 photos, documents, archive films and audio files. The files include the entirety of JFK's secret ExComm recordings, primary sources revealing the secret discussions over 13 days that eventually led to the deal that ended the crisis. One interesting feature is the sync to mobile element. Click this feature to receive a pin to use on your mobile device allowing sync to location within the documentary and documents already accessed on your computer. The videos do NOT require Flash, however this reviewer could only view it on Mozilla FireFox.

tag(s): 1960s (29), kennedy (24), primary sources (100)

In the Classroom

Explore this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a class. Allow students to explore the site on their own. Challenge students to create a newspaper article about one of the main participants of the crisis, or one of the daily events using the Newspaper Clipping Generator, reviewed here. Choose individual chapters to view using links provided instead of viewing the whole documentary if time is an issue. Have students use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of Cuban Missile Crisis events. Include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos as desired. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to create a visual comparison of JFK vs Castro or comparing the Cuban Missile Crisis to modern day events such as 9/11. This would be an outstanding inspiration for a History Day project.
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Good.is - GOOD Worldwide, LLC

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7 to 12
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Would you like to read about GOOD news for a change? That is exactly what you will get if you subscribe to this news aggregator. At Good.is, read about conservation ...more
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Would you like to read about GOOD news for a change? That is exactly what you will get if you subscribe to this news aggregator. At Good.is, read about conservation success stories, educating farmers in remote rural villages to increase their crop yield, creating entrepreneurs who design change, inspiring stories about pets, and so much more. What a refreshing way to start the day! Don't misinterpret that description: you will also be updated on current news stories. The choice is yours. Create a free account, choose topics of interest, and sign up for the daily free newsletter to read what's new (and positive) for those topics. If you find something you are truly passionate about you can follow people, and you can contribute articles.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): enrichment (10), news (244), newspapers (93), politics (104), writing prompts (67)

In the Classroom

Good.is is perfect for enrichment, research, or a current events class. Include it on your class web page (if you are comfortable with the description: a community of people who give a d---) for students to access both in and out of class. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. For students who enjoy current events, Good.is is a terrific source of up-to-the-minute positive stories from across the web. There is advertising, but it is not too intrusive. Use this site as one of several current event options when asking students to find real world connections to curriculum topics. You can always send students directly to the full articles on their original sites to avoid displaying the Good.is frame at the top. Use articles as writing prompts for blog posts or practice writing informational texts or persuasive writing.

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Great reading resource on current events! Ladisha, VA, Grades: 9 - 12

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Population Pyramid - Martin DeWulf

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6 to 12
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View population demographics from 1950 to the present including predictions upwards to 2100. Click on a country, region, or the entire world. Search by country by clicking on the first...more
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View population demographics from 1950 to the present including predictions upwards to 2100. Click on a country, region, or the entire world. Search by country by clicking on the first letter of its name. The population pyramid is broken into male vs. female and by age groupings of every 5 years from birth to 100+. Hovering over each bar (age grouping) pops up the percentage of the population in that age group and gender. A URL is provided so you can link directly to the specific graphic that you wish to share.

tag(s): charts and graphs (183), population (53)

In the Classroom

At a very simple level, this site is great for teaching about reading charts and graphs or math lessons about how to display data. In social studies or science, view and compare the demographics of various countries. Discuss the religious, economic, and health reasons for the shape of the population pyramids. Discuss demographic transitions, developed vs. developing countries, and emerging issues. Use the information when preparing presentations about health and welfare, world cultures, and biological issues concerning the environments and population demographics. Hypothesize reasons for differences, then have students research to test their hypotheses. Research and discuss the issue of population by searching articles from different countries that show a different perspective from ours.

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Longform - longform.org

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6 to 12
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Longform recommends new and classic fiction and non-fiction from around the web. Read articles on a browser or save to read later with Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, or Kindle. Articles...more
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Longform recommends new and classic fiction and non-fiction from around the web. Read articles on a browser or save to read later with Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, or Kindle. Articles include every imaginable topic. There are publications as "well-known" as New York magazine and as "low-profile" as the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Search for a topic using the search bar or scroll through current offerings on the home page. Narrow down choices by method of reading such as Instapaper or Kindle format. You can also find podcasts about featured publications and articles. Click on an article's title to read online or print using links provided. Choose the read later button to save to your Longform account. Registration using an email address and password is required for this option.

tag(s): expository writing (33), independent reading (106), poetry (195), reading lists (69), writing prompts (67)

In the Classroom

Create a classroom account and save articles to use with classroom topics or for independent student reading. Find informational texts to use for Common Core practice. Share this site with students to create their own account to find articles to read. This is definitely a site that you want to list on your class wiki, blog, or website. Teachers of writing can use these articles as examples of different writing styles and of writing with audience and voice in mind. Select more controversial articles to use as writing prompts.

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Quick Picture Tools - QuickPictureTools.com

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K to 12
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Quick Picture Tools offers 12 tools for editing and enhancing pictures. Choose from embossed text, frames, combining images, add text, blur, and more. Click on the editing tool you...more
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Quick Picture Tools offers 12 tools for editing and enhancing pictures. Choose from embossed text, frames, combining images, add text, blur, and more. Click on the editing tool you desire, then choose from options offered to edit pictures. When finished, click "generate image" to save to your computer. No registration needed!
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tag(s): firstday (20), images (265)

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Bookmark and save this site for easy image editing for you and your students for any classroom projects. No registration is required, and images are saved directly to your computer for immediate use. Make simple reminder posters or classroom signs using the text emboss tool. Invite students to create image/text combinations for bulletin boards, such as types of leaves or insects. Make introductions of students as a first day of school activity using digital pictures and the text tool.

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Pictolang - Michael R. Shaughnessy

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5 to 12
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages...more
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Pictolang offers four image-based language/culture learning activities. Visual Word Trainer provides flashcards with images and the word it represents from a choice of several languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, and more). Choose your language and the type of photos you wish to find. Picture Match offers a word with an assortment of images to match correctly. Word Match is the opposite of Picture Match - one image is offered with several words. Choose the correct word to match the image. Both of these activities also ask you to choose the language. The most difficult game is the Analyst Game. This activity "tests your visual intelligence." One image is presented, you choose the correct culture represented by the image. (Try it - not as easy as it sounds!)

tag(s): arabic (15), chinese (47), cross cultural understanding (141), french (78), german (53), images (265), italian (29), japanese (42), maps (248), spanish (103)

In the Classroom

Use Pictolang to help students learn and review languages on their own. This is a perfect site for ESL/ELL students, world cultures class, and world language studies. Display the Analyst Game on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and play together as a class or as a small group center. Discuss images featured and why they represent different cultures. Allow ESL/ELL students to explore the site using the ESL (North America) option to match images to the English word. This is a great link to add to your class website for world language (or ESL/ELL) students to use for additional practice.

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