TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Dec 14, 2014

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Corbettmaths - Mr. Corbett

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4 to 12
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This fabulous UK site offers many resources for math practice and instruction. Choose the Videos and Worksheets section to find a large list of topics sorted alphabetically including...more
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This fabulous UK site offers many resources for math practice and instruction. Choose the Videos and Worksheets section to find a large list of topics sorted alphabetically including instructional videos and practice questions. Many also include corresponding textbook exercises. Choose 5-a-day to find another large selection of printables for daily review, choose from three different levels for each date. (U.S. users will need to "translate" the 5-a-day letter equivalents to find approximate grade levels; count backwards from grade 12 being "A.") Conundrums for each day of the year provide short, daily brainteasers ready to print and use. Don't miss the Great Maths Bakeoff, a terrific idea for Pi Day! This site was created in the UK. American English speakers will notice slight spelling differences and use of English currency. There is also mention of Key Stages 3, 4, and 5. In America, these stages equate to Ages 11-14 (Stage 3), Ages 14-16 (Stage 4), and Ages 16-18 (Stage 5). Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): addition (185), angles (69), charts and graphs (178), coordinates (20), decimals (114), division (134), equations (142), estimation (40), fractions (205), geometric shapes (153), inequalities (25), mean (22), measurement (152), median (18), mode (15), multiplication (169), probability (117), problem solving (249), pythagorean theorem (25), quadratics (27), sequences (11), square roots (17), subtraction (157), time (108), transformations (16), volume (43)

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Use printables and worksheets from Corbettmath for homework, review, and reinforcement of any math concept. View videos together and have students complete practice questions. Create a link to YouTube videos on your class website or blog for students to view at home. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Share this site as a way to review before tests.
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Mathsticks - John Duffty

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K to 6
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Mathsticks has a large variety of math learning resources in the form of games, activities, and interactive materials. Explore the site by choosing grade level, themes, categories,...more
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Mathsticks has a large variety of math learning resources in the form of games, activities, and interactive materials. Explore the site by choosing grade level, themes, categories, or keyword search in the search bar. Each item includes a short description of the activity along with suggestions for modification and added teaching suggestions. Registration is required to download activities in PDF format and was a little cumbersome to complete; however, the many free resources available with standard registration make it worth the work. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings (and currency) may differ from those in American English. Note: Our editors found occasional typos in descriptions of activities. The activities themselves warrant ignoring these small mistakes.
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tag(s): addition (185), division (134), fractions (205), money (148), multiplication (169), numbers (160), percent (68), place value (50), preK (258), probability (117), problem solving (249), puzzles (164), roman numerals (7), subtraction (157), time (108)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and save Mathsticks as a resource for math activities. Download and laminate games for use in math centers. Create take-home bags for students to practice and play games at home. Be sure to check out the "Popular Now" link for activities other users have recently downloaded.
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ArtsAlive.ca - Dance - ArtsAlive

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4 to 12
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Build your understanding about the art of dance. Find engaging and interactive resources, videos, games and learning tools. Enjoy the information about the history of dance and biographies...more
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Build your understanding about the art of dance. Find engaging and interactive resources, videos, games and learning tools. Enjoy the information about the history of dance and biographies of hundreds of dancers and choreographers. Read the advice for how to become a professional dancer. There is a lot to learn at this site, even though the interactives and videos still use Flash or QuickTime. This site is still worth a visit! There is a Your Turn section where you can compose in a Virtual Dance Studio and quiz yourself about dance, anatomy, and health-related topics. This site is from Canada. Some spellings may differ from American English.

tag(s): biographies (87), dance (21)

In the Classroom

This site would be of special interest to students who are thinking about a career as a dancer. Other uses for this site would be P.E. classes completing a dance unit, a health class when looking at different forms of exercise, drama classes wanting to incorporate dance into a play, and language arts students looking for biographies to read. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector or include it as one of several options for student projects. Ask students to document their learning by writing blog posts using a tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration.

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25 Maps and Charts That Explain America Today - Washington Post

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8 to 12
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Learn about the states of our nation through maps and charts exploring who we are and how we live. Maps explore financial situations through income, number of millionaires, and home...more
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Learn about the states of our nation through maps and charts exploring who we are and how we live. Maps explore financial situations through income, number of millionaires, and home ownership. Other maps display political and religious divisions by state, tax rates, and housing statistics. Some maps delineate topics more suited for adult readers. Click links in each map description to view articles with more in-depth information. Preview specific maps before you share, as some content may not be appropriate for your classroom.
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tag(s): demographics (16), financial literacy (100), maps (229), politics (101), religions (61)

In the Classroom

This site is excellent for enrichment or critical thinking about the U.S. and societal/governmental issues. Display a map on your projector or interactive whiteboard during political campaigns to ask why different politicians/parties have gained a foothold in certain states or locations. Include links to specific maps from it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create maps including local information using MapHub, reviewed here. Students can add icons, URLs, text, images, and location stops!

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Formatically - Tyler Bell and Duncan Harma

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6 to 12
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Formatically automatically puts an assignment into the MLA format. The simple, straightforward looks are deceiving. This tool is a dream-come-true for any middle, high school, or college...more
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Formatically automatically puts an assignment into the MLA format. The simple, straightforward looks are deceiving. This tool is a dream-come-true for any middle, high school, or college student who has ever had to format a paper. Input information for the cover sheet, essay, and Works Cited. Formatically will take care of the rest. This tool works in conjunction with EasyBib, reviewed here, for the Works Cited. In addition, under the How To tab are an essay writing guide, MLA formatting guide, and Word tutorials with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. At the time of this review the creators say formatting for APA and Chicago Style will be available soon.
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tag(s): citations (33), essays (20), plagiarism (31), quotations (21), Research (51), writing (290)

In the Classroom

Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and this tool to walk your students through each step of the MLA formatting process. Point out all the particulars that this tool is doing so students get a better understanding of MLA formatting. Send the students home to use the tool on their most recent essay as practice. Ask them to keep track of any questions or problems they have while using this tool. The next day, go over the questions.

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Gift Cards for Good - Google Sites

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1 to 12
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Gift Cards for Good collects gift cards with a "little" left on them and uses them to buy things for charities. This 501C3 tax-exempt organization, was created by a 10 ...more
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Gift Cards for Good collects gift cards with a "little" left on them and uses them to buy things for charities. This 501C3 tax-exempt organization, was created by a 10 year old. Explore the links to find out where to send your leftover gift cards. Find the links to various charities around the world. Find other ideas about how to help around your community (without gift cards).

tag(s): service projects (16)

In the Classroom

Capture your students passion, hearts, and interest in proving that kids can make a big difference. Use this resources as an inspiration for community service projects that can be done -- even by 10 year-olds! Encourage students to look for charities in your area and find out how they can help. Place this link on your class website to further the cause and show parents the power of kids! Include it in your units on character education and leadership. Use it as an example for project based learning, challenging students to write promotional materials and letters explaining their project.

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Fantastic Food Challenge - Michigan State University

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5 to 12
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This free tool offers a variety of challenges to learn about balancing meals, keeping our food safe, and matching dishes with their ingredients. Use the audio directions that accompany...more
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This free tool offers a variety of challenges to learn about balancing meals, keeping our food safe, and matching dishes with their ingredients. Use the audio directions that accompany these entertaining interactives. Note: This site requires the Adobe Shockwave plugin. Some computers may have difficulty with the new plugin or may display a security warning before allowing it to run. Be sure to check computers being used and to contact tech support for any issues with the plugin.

tag(s): consumers (16), nutrition (142), safety (78)

In the Classroom

Use this tool in Family and Consumer Sciences or health classes. These challenges would be a great introduction to various units about recipes, food safety, and more. Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to bookmark this site on your classroom computer or place the link on your class website for students to access.

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