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PBS Kids - PBS

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PBS Kids' focus is mainly educational activities and videos for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary age students. However, there are a few programs for older students; find...more
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PBS Kids' focus is mainly educational activities and videos for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary age students. However, there are a few programs for older students; find them by selecting You Choose. For younger students, select games, videos, and activities about well-known characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, Peg and Cat, Dr. Seuss, and more. Clicking All Games will give you 29 categories to choose from, for example, Team Work, Feelings, Engineering, Spelling, Reading, Healthy Habits, and many more. Click New Games to find topics such as Guess the Feeling, World Orchestra, and others to help familiarize youngsters with flight, trains, counting, and well, you name it, and PBS Kids probably has it!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (173), game based learning (157), literacy (111), preK (283), video (275)

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Discover and share the many free resources available on PBS Kids. Show clips on your interactive whiteboard, or with your projector, then have students complete an accompanying activity. With younger students, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share how they would use what they learned by watching the videos or using the interactives. Alternatively, you might try using Synth, reviewed here; Synth is an extremely easy to use tool for creating short audio and video soundbites and automatically pieces together soundbites into threads to share as podcasts. PBS Kids is perfect for sharing with parents. Include a link to activities on your class website along with suggestions on how to use activities at home.

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Reading Treks: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Learn through two different timelines (the 1940s and 1980s) the story about the friendship of a Chinese American 12-year-old boy and a Japanese American girl. It is set in the city of Seattle and its cultural, musical, political, and social conflicts at the height of the WWII. The plot focuses on the painful separation of friends during the confining of Japanese Americans to internment camps. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 9-12. Content correlates to Common Core Standards and ISTE Student Standards. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1940s (14), 1980s (10), cross cultural understanding (151), virtual field trips (77), world war 2 (145)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events both during the 1940s and the 1980s. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Henry's travels from Seattle to New York City. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
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Reading Treks: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Edward Tulane a special, porcelain rabbit, custom-made by 10-year-old Abilene Tulane's grandmother. Abilene treats him like a human. Then one day, while vacationing on the RMS Queen Mary, he falls overboard. Edward learns that real happiness comes from opening his heart to friendship. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 3-5. Content correlates to Common Core Standards and ISTE Student Standards. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): 1930s (17), character education (5), emotions (43), virtual field trips (77)

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Discover the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during a period of Edward's journey. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Edward's adventures. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
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18 Book Inspired Snacks for Kids - Christie Burnett - Childhood 101

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K to 4
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Introduce favorite children's literary characters and stories with these clever snacks inspired by titles like Charlotte's Web, Ordinary Mary's Favorite Deed, If You Give a Moose a...more
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Introduce favorite children's literary characters and stories with these clever snacks inspired by titles like Charlotte's Web, Ordinary Mary's Favorite Deed, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? and many others, including Dr. Suess' Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and his ABC book. With each book title, find detailed directions for making the snacks, and many have game and activity ideas. Some titles take you to other kid-friendly sites for the directions and activities. Be sure to browse the rest of this site to find many free printables and activity ideas.

tag(s): book lists (130), crafts (41), literacy (111), nutrition (169), parents (58), preK (283)

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Discover many tasty and interesting snack ideas to use with your students. After reading one of the books with your students, introduce the snack idea. With older students demonstrate how to put the snack together while they follow along. Some snacks will take some prepping for items that need to be cut. (You might consider asking a parent to help prepare the items ahead of time.) Some of the snack ideas come from other quality sources. Be sure to explore those sources for new ideas!

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Twitter Chat: ISTE Standards in Action: Using Technology to Implement the ISTE Student Standard - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: ISTE Standards in Action: Using Technology to Implement the ISTE Student ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: ISTE Standards in Action: Using Technology to Implement the ISTE Student Standards. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the ISTE Standards framework, 2. Share resources and tech tools that support the use of the ISTE standards for students, and 3. Explore ways to use the ISTE standards for students when planning instruction.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (88)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to implement the ISTE Student Standards. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to implementing the ISTE Student Standards with Technology.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Exclusives that Spark Curiosity in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore four free TeachersFirst exclusive resources that spark curiosity and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore four free TeachersFirst exclusive resources that spark curiosity and support classroom instruction. Let TeachersFirst help you save time and assist you with creating engaging learning experiences for your students. Enhance reading comprehension across content areas with our library of pre-made virtual field trips that immerse students in literature and build context and interest in the characters and their journeys. Support geography and mapping skills in grades 2-6 with the weekly episodic adventures of Geo and Meri. Build cross-cultural understanding and practice digital writing weekly with XW1W. Explore a web-based, interactive infographic of the Battle of Gettysburg designed to raise questions and invite connections for students in grades 5 - 10. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (229)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Grades 6-8 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These ...more
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Remote teaching doesn't have to be complicated. Get off to a great start with this collection of free eBook resources to use and share with students in grades 6-8. These resources include links to public domain eBooks, audiobooks, Kindle books, and podcasts. Enjoy new ideas in this collection to find ideas for summertime reading suggestions just for teachers.

tag(s): audio books (23), ebooks (36), podcasts (62), professional development (229)

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Take advantage of your remote teaching lessons to offer a variety of reading suggestions to your students. Browse through the free books offered and create a list of suggestions based on your knowledge of student interests and abilities. Encourage communication and collaboration between your students through the use of Padlet, reviewed here. Use Padlet to share links to your book suggestions, then ask students to add comments and reviews.

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Grades 6-8 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting...more
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This Wakelet collection provides resources to fill in instructional gaps with tools and tips that require little guidance for student use. The "General Tips" share a path to getting started and recommendations for implementing remote learning activities. The "Instructional Tools" shares a free tool that incorporates seamlessly into at-home learning. "Show What They Know" provides resources for formative assessment along with guidelines for using the assessment tool.

tag(s): assessment (130), Learning Management Systems (24), literacy (111), professional development (229)

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Discover the many recommendations and tools found in this collection to provide a variety of learning opportunities to your students. When using CommonLit, reviewed here, use the classroom feature to assign topics by student ability or interest. Don't forget to use the site's large Spanish library that includes reading passages and questions as a resource for Spanish speaking students.

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Grades 3-5 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started....more
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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started. Additional resources include links to TeachersFirst blogs and other primary source links with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): professional development (229), Research (31)

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Incorporate videos, articles, and quizzes found in the National Geographic link as part of an overall learning experience using TES Blendspace, reviewed here. As students complete their research projects provide a variety of options for sharing their learning. Ideas to include as options include Adobe Spark, reviewed here, My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and Anchor podcasts, reviewed here.

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Grades 3-5 eBooks Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for educators of students in grades 3-5. General tips provide guidelines to help you to get started...more
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Nurture a love of reading with this collection of eBook resources specifically designed for educators of students in grades 3-5. General tips provide guidelines to help you to get started and organize your remote learning activities. The instructional tools share sites that offer instant access to eBooks, learning videos, quizzes, and more. Don't forget to check out the additional resources section with links to TeachersFirst blogs sharing other ideas for incorporating reading resources into all curriculums.

tag(s): ebooks (36), professional development (229), Research (31)

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Share a link to the eBook resources with parents and students. Create a list of student suggestions and reviews to help students choose books that match their interests and ability. Encourage students to share book reviews by creating online books with images, video, and audio using Book Creator, reviewed here.

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Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically - New York Times and Katherine Schulten

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3 to 12
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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts,...more
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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts, interactive graphs, and much more. Suggested prompts employ information found on the front page of the newspaper as the starting point for KWL (what you know, want to know, what you learned) charts, and exploration of graphs and charts. Additional activities include questions that promote critical thinking and debate, along with links to resources to use within these debates.

tag(s): diseases (77), Online Learning (14), professional development (229)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as an important resource for lessons about the coronavirus and also as a resource for implementing online teaching activities. Incorporate ideas and activities found on this site into a blended learning system such as ActivelyLearn, reviewed here or TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Both of these sites include features to create remote lessons with text, videos, and quizzes and provide educators instant feedback on student understanding. As students develop an understanding of the effects and makeup of the coronavirus, use the Image Annotator found at Class Tools, reviewed here to upload and label an image sharing their knowledge. For example, have younger students upload a picture of their home, then label different surfaces with a short sentence on how they can spread or receive germs. For older students, ask them to use the Image Annotator to label the different areas found in the community that leads to the spread of disease.
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Grades 3-5 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Augment your remote teaching resources with this collection of instructional tools and tips for sharing ELA resources for students in grades 3-5. Take advantage of the General Tips...more
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Augment your remote teaching resources with this collection of instructional tools and tips for sharing ELA resources for students in grades 3-5. Take advantage of the General Tips provided to plan and implement remote teaching activities. The Instructional Tools section includes several free resources for finding and sharing ELA lessons and activities. Have students "Show What They Know" using the formative assessment ideas contained in the collection.

tag(s): differentiation (56), Formative Assessment (16), independent reading (115), professional development (229)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the tools included in this collection to differentiate instruction both in-class and during remote learning. Use Freckle, reviewed here to create a class account and assign lessons based on student interest and ability across subject areas. Use Voki, reviewed here, as recommended in this collection, to have students create animated characters. Have students create a Voki to discuss a book they read, share a solution to a math problem, or to discuss a science concept.

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K-2 eBooks: Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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K to 2
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If access to a physical library is limited for any reason, this collection shares tips and online resources to find quality eBooks for young students. Use the General Tips section ...more
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If access to a physical library is limited for any reason, this collection shares tips and online resources to find quality eBooks for young students. Use the General Tips section to find support and ideas for locating eBooks to share when teaching remotely. The Instructional Tools portion of the collection includes several links to online digital and audiobooks curated explicitly for young children.

tag(s): audio books (23), ebooks (36), listening (81), professional development (229)

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Use this collection to share digital and audiobooks with parents to encourage reading at home. Curate a collection of books for your students and share it with parents using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Symbaloo is an excellent bookmarking tool to use with young students due to the easy to use design and use of icons for identifying information readily.

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K-2 Social Studies Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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K to 2
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If you are teaching remotely on short notice, this collection is for you! The simple tips and tools share free resources to get started with providing social studies instruction to...more
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If you are teaching remotely on short notice, this collection is for you! The simple tips and tools share free resources to get started with providing social studies instruction to our youngest students. Browse through to find ideas on using 'listen and read' activities along with a plan for students to share what they know.

tag(s): animals (323), careers (152), communities (42), preK (283)

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Use the Scholastic Listen and Read activities, reviewed here, to provide a variety of reading options to your students. Differentiate instruction based on ability levels and types of activities. Use Voki, reviewed here, to have students role-play a community member found in the reading activities. Share student Vokis on your class website for all to see.

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K-12 Student Project Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Sometimes educators need short notice ideas for student projects that try to fill in instructional gaps with limited guidance or teacher support. This collection shares ideas and resources...more
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Sometimes educators need short notice ideas for student projects that try to fill in instructional gaps with limited guidance or teacher support. This collection shares ideas and resources to get you started with student projects, especially in remote learning situations. Browse through to find a variety of tools for students to "Show What You Know" for web-based formative assessment.

tag(s): assessment (130), Formative Assessment (16), professional development (229)

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Explore the free tools shared in this Wakelet collection to find formative assessment ideas for any grade level or subject. Take advantage of the tips, OK2Ask archives, and blog posts to learn more about the shared resources and how to incorporate them into your lessons.

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Twitter Chat: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Twitter Chat: Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Curating Resources. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss curation strategies and their use in education, 2. Share resources and tech tools that assist both teachers and students with curation, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate the use of curated resources in the classroom.

tag(s): bookmarks (56), twitterchatarchive (88)

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Find resources and information about how to use tech tools to support strategies for curating resources. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tips, tools, and strategies related to curating resources for students and teachers.

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Reading Treks: Around the World Right Now - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book, Around the World Right Now. Travel through each of the 24 time zones and experience the people, places, and things that exist there. Introduce geography and time-telling as well as the richness and diversity of life on Earth. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-5. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, National Association for Music Education, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): landmarks (24), time (137), time zones (10), virtual field trips (77)

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Discover the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Take pictures of students' shadows at different times throughout the day, then create collages using PhotoCollage, reviewed here, to share their observations. Enhance learning by doing this same activity at different times during the school year to explore if the length of shadows changes with the seasons. After finding the hidden clocks on each page, challenge students to create their own hidden clock images then create a class book using Book Creator, reviewed here, for students and family to view online.
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Reading Treks: Refugee - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using Refugee, written by Alan Gratz. Use the robust teaching guide with students in grades 6-9 as they learn about the struggles of Joseph and his family as they escape from Nazi Germany. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): europe (73), germany (30), immigrants (25), immigration (65), world war 2 (145)

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Take advantage of the many ideas offered on this Reading Trek to enhance and extend student learning. Use virtual field trips offered online to take students to places around the world to learn more about world populations and immigration. This TeachersFirst Special Topics page provides a curated list of free virtual field trips from around the world. Offer students a variety of digital storytelling tools to share their knowledge of immigration. Some free options include Wakelet, reviewed here, UtellStory, reviewed here, and Google My Maps, reviewed here.
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Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader - StoryTime from Space

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Embark on an incredible literature adventure, as Astronaut Anne McClain reads a book on video. Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader by Emily Calandrelli is a story about a ...more
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Embark on an incredible literature adventure, as Astronaut Anne McClain reads a book on video. Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader by Emily Calandrelli is a story about a third-grader and "inventor extraordinaire." Listen to this three-part story as you learn about Ada Lace's latest invention, a ham radio used to contact people on this planet...and beyond. Strange noises are heard over the ham radio leading Ada Lace to believe that aliens are planning to invade Earth. Listen to the story to find out what happens next on this journey! The story is divided into three short videos ranging from 13 minutes to 22 minutes in length.

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This ebook could be used as a whole-group activity by sharing the video on your projector. Students could also view the video on individual devices (don't forget the earbuds). This is a great book to use to connect science and language arts. After each part of the story, extend the learning and have students answer a teacher-directed question or summarize the main events. After parts one or two you could have students write predictions about what they think will happen next. Challenge your students to create simple blog posts using Edublog, reviewed here. If students are too young for writing, have them create video responses using a tool such as Flipgrid reviewed here.

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or your students) have a story idea, but now what do you do? We'll review the Digital Storytelling Process and then talk about using tech tools to create your product. Digital stories can be used for instruction as well as formative and summative assessments. You will also get some ideas for classroom management while students are working on digital storytelling projects. Participants will: 1. Understand the Digital Storytelling Process; 2. Explore a technology tool for digital storytelling; and 3. Plan for the use of digital storytelling in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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In the Classroom

The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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