TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Jan 12, 2014

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Open Yale Courses - Yale University

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9 to 12
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Open Yale Courses offers free (non-credit) introductory courses taught by teachers and scholars at Yale University. Open access allows participants to view videos, download transcripts,...more
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Open Yale Courses offers free (non-credit) introductory courses taught by teachers and scholars at Yale University. Open access allows participants to view videos, download transcripts, and receive all related course materials at any time. Choose from courses in topics ranging from English, History, African-American Studies, Languages, and many more. They offer countless topics: Art History, Psychology, various languages and literatures (Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian), Chemistry, American History, and many more.

tag(s): african american (99), american revolution (75), art history (77), atmosphere (26), business (50), civil war (132), ecology (120), ecosystems (84), engineering (110), evolution (97), financial literacy (104), france (33), greece (27), greeks (30), novels (23), poetry (195), psychology (65), religions (62), romans (33), sociology (22), space (221)

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This is an excellent resource for gifted students as well as students interested in viewing high quality college level course material. Browse through topics of interest for your AP or IB classroom and use selected videos for viewing on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Share a link on your class webpage for students to view at home. Teachers of gifted may want to suggest that students form small cohorts to explore one of the course of particular interest to them. Music and art history teachers will find rich materials to include in their high school courses, as well.

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iPracticeMath - iPracticeMath.com

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K to 12
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iPracticeMath is a great self-paced site for teaching, reinforcing and reviewing math skills for all grade levels. Download unlimited worksheets, take quizzes and assessment tests,...more
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iPracticeMath is a great self-paced site for teaching, reinforcing and reviewing math skills for all grade levels. Download unlimited worksheets, take quizzes and assessment tests, and monitor progress through user activity reports. Although membership isn't necessary, free on-site enrollment allows users access to additional activities and reports not available otherwise. Be sure to check back option to find new topics added monthly.

tag(s): addition (202), commoncore (86), DAT device agnostic tool (167), decimals (117), division (144), equations (145), fractions (218), functions (64), integers (36), measurement (157), multiples (29), multiplication (182), number sense (85), numbers (170), operations (106), order of operations (36), polynomials (25), pythagorean theorem (26), statistics (119), subtraction (171), time (115)

In the Classroom

Add a link to classroom computers for use during math centers. Be sure to share a link with parents on your class website or newsletter for math practice at home. Differentiate content based on individual student's needs. If you wish, encourage parents to create individual student accounts to track progress and share with you throughout the school year. Have them email reports or print them out and send to school with younger ones. If you and the parent wish to "share" a login, you could work together to support struggling students. Learning support teachers and ESL/ELL teachers will find this simple tool a great asset in the classroom.
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This website is now, out of beta and they have added a lot of new content. Editor's Note - Thank you, we will update our information. ise, , Grades: 0 - 12
Great website for math-practice ise, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Early Math Counts - University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education

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K to 1
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Early Math Counts is a free professional development resource for early childhood math. Find countless early math activities (and information) to use with young children. Browse several...more
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Early Math Counts is a free professional development resource for early childhood math. Find countless early math activities (and information) to use with young children. Browse several different portions of the site to find information on math literacy setting up an optimum learning environment. There are also lesson plans, ready to go. The lesson section is particularly informative and includes search options for lessons sorted by content, age, or materials used in the lesson. In-depth lessons include reference standards, specific directions, and extensions such as related books, movement activities, and outdoor connections.

tag(s): addition (202), counting (94), data (144), geometric shapes (159), measurement (157), number sense (85), numbers (170), preK (271), subtraction (171), time (115)

In the Classroom

Be sure to bookmark this site as a resource for lesson ideas in all math content areas. Although the ideas are for pre-K, some of the activities will translate even into first grade. Share a weekly activity with parents for at-home math learning. Find many resources here for your early childhood classroom. Use some of these ideas to create learning centers in your classroom. Special ed teachers will also find helpful ideas for their below-grade level and very concrete learners.

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The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips - Popular Science

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9 to 12
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Take a virtual "nerd trip" with science-history geeks. The name of this resource is sure to catch some interest, and the locations feature very interesting histories. Click on each...more
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Take a virtual "nerd trip" with science-history geeks. The name of this resource is sure to catch some interest, and the locations feature very interesting histories. Click on each point in the map to read a small synopsis of the site. You can also click links to learn more about many of the sites. We suggest you preview any information prior to sending students to explore on their own. The sites are nontraditional and can raise questions about "pop" science vs "real" science.
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tag(s): scientists (66)

In the Classroom

Use these "road trips" as a springboard for unusual research projects on science topics. These are great for gifted students or skeptical students who need the extra spark of researching something a little quirky. These are also great ideas for small group research. Encourage students to create presentations about real life science with its benefits and drawbacks. Have students make 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, Animatron, Sway, and Beautiful.AI.Be sure to discuss when science enters pop culture in our society. The Center for PostNatural History, one of the sites on this map, is one such example (located near Pittsburgh, PA where organisms have been altered genetically and possibly questionably.)

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CalorieKing - CalorieKing Wellness Solutions, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content in a large variety of foods. Search among popular brands or chains or search from categories of foods. This site ...more
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content in a large variety of foods. Search among popular brands or chains or search from categories of foods. This site features a search bar for easily finding the nutrient information. Nutrition facts include carbohydrates including fiber, fats (saturated and trans,) and proteins. Choose to compare foods to find the differences in nutrients. Beside the nutrient information, learn how many minutes of various exercises are needed to burn off those calories. Use the box on the site to determine the calorie requirements for your height, weight, and age.
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tag(s): calories (10), nutrition (147)

In the Classroom

Use this site in any health, nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, or biology class when discussing biomolecules and needed nutrients. Place this link on your site or bookmark on a class computer for easy reference. When discussing the food pyramid, or nutrients needed by the body, have students keep a 3 day food diary to compare with the food pyramid. This is also a great site to share as students make New Year's resolutions about eating healthy!

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Wonder Women - Wonder City Interactive Game - PBS

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6 to 12
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Wonder Woman's legacy lives on! This activity accompanies the PBS special, "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" (NOT available on the site) and explores American...more
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Wonder Woman's legacy lives on! This activity accompanies the PBS special, "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" (NOT available on the site) and explores American pop culture's evolving attitudes toward powerful women. The game (even without the film) investigates the causes and effects of gender stereotypes in the media and considers how they influence real-life attitudes and behaviors. Through this book game, you have the opportunity to identify your own heroic qualities and make empowered choices. Did you know that Wonder Woman's original, radical World War II presence, was created by a Harvard-trained pop psychologist? Do you remember her uninspiring 1960s incarnation as a fashion boutique owner? After that, she was resurrected by feminist Gloria Steinem and the women of Ms. Magazine. Explore the history of Wonder Woman and feminist issues using this program.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (43), heroes (21), media literacy (86), women (101)

In the Classroom

Download the Study Guide to find Lesson Plan 2 for using the game. Engage students and extend their knowledge about the subtle influence of the media using this Wonder Women lesson along with The HTML 5 Gender in Advertising Remixing, reviewed here. This site may help students draw conclusions about advertisers targeting boys and girls differently. Then you can relate their newfound the knowledge back to the gender stereotypes they discovered in Wonder Women. Next you might consider introducing students to the modern heroine Cat, who represents an unconventional superheroine in My So Called Secret Identity, reviewed here. For a complete unit, add a project where students collect and annotate a group of web links that show gender stereotypes. Use a bookmarking tool from the TeachersFirst Edge.
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Miro - Multivitamin Project

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K to 12
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Try this "easy to use" collaboration tool and templates to enhance your interactive whiteboard (IWB) or make ANY projector or computer screen behave like a collaborative IWB. See Examples...more
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Try this "easy to use" collaboration tool and templates to enhance your interactive whiteboard (IWB) or make ANY projector or computer screen behave like a collaborative IWB. See Examples to get the idea. Once you join, choose from dozens of different board templates (left sidebar) including a traditional whiteboard. Create sticky notes, text boxes, and upload images or PDF documents. Draw freehand on the whiteboard using a brush. Change colors, add symbols, lines, and more. Rotate and resize items. All menu items are seen at the bottom of the board window. Invite collaborators using the menu at the top right. When finished, publish as an image or PDF document. You can also easily embed the results within a site or your class wiki. Connect to Google Drive to share with collaborators and others.

tag(s): charts and graphs (183), drawing (65), graphic organizers (41), iwb (29)

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Assess prior knowledge as you start a unit by generating a class whiteboard. Save it under your class/teacher account to re-access throughout the unit, adding new topics and content. Make the URL available from your class web page for students to use as a review or for learning support teachers to reinforce what has happened in class. Have student groups map out the content of projects. Encourage visual prewriting for the students who "think in pictures." Have students create review organizers to share with classmates. Allow students to use their whiteboard as their visual during speeches. Map the sequence of steps in a chemical reaction. Then share the URL for absent students to "see" what happened in class. Annotate design principles directly on top of an uploaded image. Have young students use a whiteboard to draw out ideas before they can even write entire sentences. The real asset is that the files are saved and available from ANY computer!

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