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OK2Ask: Around the World Using Google Search Tips & Tricks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us for this light-hearted session where you take the role of a student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us for this light-hearted session where you take the role of a student working on a real-world connection project. Learn to use Google search tools like a Ninja as you prepare and submit your project. The tips and tricks presented in this session will help empower your students as they use research strategies to locate information and resources for projects and other creative work. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand how effective search strategies assist with student research; 2. Plan for the introduction of search strategies in the classroom; and 3. Create a project exemplar to share with students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital citizenship (76), Google (49), media literacy (86), professional development (227), Research (31), search strategies (27)

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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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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Visual Essays - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Integrating visual and written content can increase the impact of the writing...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Integrating visual and written content can increase the impact of the writing that your students do. As students learn to use imagery to illustrate critical points in an argument or visualize the action in a storyline, they become better communicators. Join this session and help your students develop the ability to communicate clearly and creatively. Model and nurture creative expression while providing a new way for your students to reflect on what they have learned. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the components of a visual essay; 2. Explore a tech tool that can be used to create visual essays; and 3. Create a visual essay exemplar to share with their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): essays (24), professional development (227), visualizations (15)

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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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Twitter Chat: Fostering Reading and Math Engagement Online - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Fostering Reading and Math Engagement Online. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2020 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Fostering Reading and Math Engagement Online. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define and discuss the components of student engagement, 2. Share tech tools that support remote reading and math instruction, and 3. Explore ways to incorporate the use of technology to engage students in reading and math instruction.

tag(s): independent reading (114), Online Learning (13), reading comprehension (131), reading strategies (61), twitterchatarchive (87)

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Find resources and information about how to use technology to foster reading and math engagement online. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to engaging students online in reading or math.

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Reading Treks: If You Lived Here, Houses of the World - 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 If You Lived Here, Houses of the World. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 1-4. 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): cross cultural understanding (151), family (58), homes (12), virtual field trips (77)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the locations mentioned in the book to create and share custom maps using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Use the timeline creation tool found on Class Tools, reviewed here, to place homes found in the book chronologically onto a timeline.
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Google Slides - Google

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Google Slides is the presentation tool component of the Google document collection. Use Slides to create slide presentations that include images, animations, embedded videos, and much...more
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Google Slides is the presentation tool component of the Google document collection. Use Slides to create slide presentations that include images, animations, embedded videos, and much more. Create your slides or choose from pre-made templates to fit your needs. Share slides for others to view or adjust settings to allow collaborators to edit presentations in real-time. Slides automatically saves your work to your Google Drive using auto-save, making it easy to share and save all updates across any device. Slides works with PowerPoint, offering you the ease of uploading a PowerPoint file to Slides or importing any Slides presentation to PowerPoint.

tag(s): multimedia (53), slides (56)

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Discover the many features of Google Slides to create presentations, interactive stories, and much more. Create a class poetry presentation by asking students to create individual slides, then put them together in one slide show as a class poetry book to share on your class website. Deliver blended or flipped lessons using Google Slides by adding links to videos, websites, assessment information, games, and other learning activities. Find many more ideas for classroom use at the archive of a recent OK2Ask webinar: GoogleMania - Student Activities for Google Slides, reviewed here, or the OK2Ask webinar: GoogleMania - Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Slides, reviewed here, or the Ok2Ask webinar: GoogleMania - Google Slides Tips & Tricks, reviewed here.

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Microsoft PowerPoint Online - Microsoft Office

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If you don't have a Microsoft Office subscription, no need to worry, access and create PowerPoints online with the free version found at the Office Online site. Start from scratch ...more
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If you don't have a Microsoft Office subscription, no need to worry, access and create PowerPoints online with the free version found at the Office Online site. Start from scratch with a blank presentation or choose from the many templates on the site. After selecting a template, add text, images, draw, and incorporate all of the features of PowerPoint. The default option includes the Simplified (single line) Ribbon, turn it off to view the enhanced Ribbon with additional customization options. PowerPoints created at the online site save automatically to your OneDrive account that is accessible from any device. Use the share link to copy the link and email your presentation.

tag(s): multimedia (53), slides (56)

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Take advantage of this free PowerPoint option to incorporate into many different classroom uses. Share this option with students who don't have access to a free Office account. Use PowerPoint to create interactive lessons that include video, images, and links to additional resources. Create and share PowerPoint presentations on your class website with notes and demonstrations from classroom activities. Ask students to create presentations to share learning with peers. Consider creating a class account for students to use when collaborating on projects. Extend learning further by embedding a PowerPoint within a Sway, reviewed here presentation as part of any multimedia project.

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Education for the Real World - EVERFI

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EVERFI provides free digital curricula in real-world skills through interactive, game-based lessons. Topics include financial education, STEM and career readiness, social and emotional...more
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EVERFI provides free digital curricula in real-world skills through interactive, game-based lessons. Topics include financial education, STEM and career readiness, social and emotional learning, remote learning, summer learning, and more. Select any topic to view the courses offered with a summary and grade-level suggestions. Each unit is correlated to Common Core Standards and includes features such as videos, games, digital lessons, and teacher guides. Use the teacher dashboard to create classes and enroll students after completing the free registration information. Once registered, use the site's features to assign topics that are available for both online and offline learning.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (151), financial literacy (109), literacy (108), mental health (33), social and emotional learning (22), STEM (217), Teacher Utilities (94)

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Discover the many free resources on this site to provide individual lessons or complete learning units for your students. As students complete assignments, use the many offerings found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to enhance learning through creating timelines, completing graphic organizers, and more. For activities that include new vocabulary, use a digital game creation site such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to review and practice new words and terms. Have students show what they know upon completion of any of the activities using Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, to create a video, collage, or presentation sharing their knowledge of the subject.
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Literacy Snack Idea: Three Little Pigs - Primary Playground

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Here's a great idea for a healthy snack and a free printable for consumption while reading The Three Little Pigs or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The ...more
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Here's a great idea for a healthy snack and a free printable for consumption while reading The Three Little Pigs or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The snack consists of the "building materials" that the three little pigs might use, and suggests that students should explore creating a building before eating them.

tag(s): literacy (108), nutrition (168), preK (282), printables (41)

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Use this cute idea as a follow-up after reading The Three Little Pigs or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Be sure to take pictures of the "structures" each student made (or a group of students made) to post on your web page. With older students, take this a step further and enhance learning by uploading the pictures (or have students learn to upload them) to a photo editing tool that creates talking animations from a photo or other image such as Blabberize, reviewed here, to explain their structure.
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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 (108), preK (282), video (274)

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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: 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...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, 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 (4), 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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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 (129), crafts (41), literacy (108), nutrition (168), parents (58), preK (282)

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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 (227), 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 (227), 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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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 (13), professional development (227)

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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 (15), independent reading (114), professional development (227)

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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 (227)

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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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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 (151), communities (42), preK (282)

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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-2 ELA Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Get up to speed quickly with remote teaching using the tips and tools shared in this Wakelet collection of early primary ELA resources. This collection includes a set of general ...more
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Get up to speed quickly with remote teaching using the tips and tools shared in this Wakelet collection of early primary ELA resources. This collection includes a set of general tips that help educators maintain a connection with students and provide support for parents. Also, the collection offers many instructional tools along with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): literacy (108), preK (282), professional development (227)

In the Classroom

Use the ideas in this collection to offer remote learning opportunities to students. For example, create your free account at Epic, reviewed here, and share reading lists with your students based on ability and interests. Engage students by having them write book reviews using My Storybook, reviewed here, then share the links with all students to read.

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