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Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun - www.vocabulary.co.il

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1 to 8
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Find engaging ways to teach vocabulary to elementary and middle school students--and their ESL/ELL classmates. The numerous games: picture matching, oral pronunciation, scrambled words,...more
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Find engaging ways to teach vocabulary to elementary and middle school students--and their ESL/ELL classmates. The numerous games: picture matching, oral pronunciation, scrambled words, crosswords, quizzes, hangmouse(!), and word searches are available in varying levels. All the games start by choosing a word category. The site creators are constantly adding new words. At the time of this review, "there are now 219 topics and 10,353 words in the vocabulary database." SUbstitutes who find themesleves without lesson plans will also love this site. It requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): crosswords (20), vocabulary (314)

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These activities are ideal for individual computer time on laptops, classroom computers, or computer clusters. Use the word topics for students to build spelling and vocabulary skills; individualize their lists by category choice or choose a topic that fits the science or social studies unit you are currently studying. Speech and language teachers will like the variety of ways to develop language skills, as well. ESL students will find the variety of spelling and word lists a refreshing way to add to their vocabularies.
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The Human Skeleton - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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This site has a drag and drop activity to identify some of the main bones of the human skeleton. Additional information about the bone is displayed when the bone is ...more
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This site has a drag and drop activity to identify some of the main bones of the human skeleton. Additional information about the bone is displayed when the bone is correctly identified. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Make a shortcut on a classroom computer or include this site on your teacher web page for students to use for review before a test or quiz. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio portions of this site (not requiresd, but motivating). Use this site and other skeleton interactives as a small group review on an interactive whiteboard while other students review using a different computer or manipulatives.
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Braingle: Brain Teasers, Puzzles, Riddles and More - Braingle

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3 to 12
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the ...more
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the Internet. Once you explore the site, you trust their word. The site is mobile phone and wii-friendly. Don't miss the section with SAT vocab (in Mentalrobics). There are articles on study skills and strategies such as clearing your mind before studying, "chunking" when reading, or various strategies to memorize material. Engage students into math and reading exercises through the endless riddles and puzzles at this site. They won't even be aware they are 'reading' or 'solving math.'

tag(s): brain (66), puzzles (204), riddles (16), vocabulary (314)

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Start class with a "warm-up" brain teaser. Or include this link on your teacher web page (with a caution about parental supervision for younger ones). Site creators claim the entire site is family-friendly, safe for classroom use. Portions of the site require membership, and the membership level that displays ads is free. You may want to set up a CLASS account and use it under controlled circumstances since there are forums and chat rooms, however. Or ask your tech folks to block the portion of the site that includes "community" in the URL (http://www.braingle.com/community/) to avoid having to deal with forums, chat rooms, etc.(If you are lucky enough to have such helpful tech support, make them cookies once in awhile!)
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Grid Computing - TryScience

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This creative web activity challenges students to prioritize and play against the clock to solve huge problems using grid computing. The activity features kid-friendly terms and even...more
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This creative web activity challenges students to prioritize and play against the clock to solve huge problems using grid computing. The activity features kid-friendly terms and even comic strip graphics and layouts to teach how scientists prioritize problems in order to "multitask" and achieve multiple successes. The skills of prioritizing can be applied to homework and long term assignments, as well. If you are working with students struggling with time management, this simulation will open the door to discussion of ways to prioritize and avaluate progress at intermediate checkpoints before tasks are due. This web challenge is interactive and requires FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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This website is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. Be sure to point out how many things are changing at once, in case students do not notice.
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Primary Homework Help - Mandy Barrow

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K to 5
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples...more
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples of the specific activities include, "Saving the Environment", "Fraction Monkeys", and "Ancient Egypt". The site provides a huge amount of topics and a wide range of activities. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): fractions (229), grammar (210), habitats (108), homework (44), human body (133), measurement (178), money (184), spelling (166)

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This website would be an excellent resource to use with an interactive whiteboard. You may also want to provide this link on your teacher web page for parents to use at home. Nearly all subject areas (and topics) are included. Do yourself a favor - and utilize this excellent resource! Learning support teachers will love the opportunities for their students to get extra practice.
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Mindomo - Expert Software Application

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Create collaborative mind maps (graphic organizers) using this online tool. See an example created by...more
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Create collaborative mind maps (graphic organizers) using this online tool. See an example created by our editors. The example gives some ideas for uses of this online graphic organizer tool.

tag(s): mind map (24)

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Have students create graphic organizers in cooperative groups as a study guide for unit content, to collect information for a group research project, or show examples of an important concept. Share and compare the organizers on an interactive whiteboard or projector in class and allow classmates to suggest changes. Skills needed: join the site, practice with the tools (don't miss the notes feature!). Save up to 7 "private" maps and an unlimited number of "shared" maps.

Make a map available online by saving and clicking "yes" for sharing, then clicking the Save by URL icon. This will copy the URL onto your computer's clipboard so you can paste it into a word doc or even your teacher web page. Imagine sharing several student made "study guides" in the days before the unit test.

Note that maps that are shared can be seen by the public, but not altered. You specify members who may collaborate and make alterations. For students to collaborate using this tool they must have individual memberships, requiring an email account. These memberships must be activated from their email. So, if students do not have email that is accessible from school, classroom use BY STUDENTS will be severely limited. Editor's note: we asked the Mindomo folks about spell check and student safety issues. They are still developing this tool, so they MIGHT address these issues at a later date.

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Graphic Organizer Maker - Recipes4Success/Tech4Learning

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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this ...more
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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this FREE tool lets you choose the type of organizer you want, customize the Title and Directions, and print. Organizer types include Venn diagrams, KWL, scientific method, and many more. Learning support teachers will want to use this for students to create study materials.

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Use these printed organizers as study support for any content area topic. Many are excellent options for reinforcing reading skills in the content areas, even for senior high students. Include this on your teacher web page so students can create their own organizers to study for tests or prepare presentations.

To make a new organizer, simply click "new," write title and directions, and print the small "print" icon. It may be easiest to take their default directions and change them for your purposes. Note that you LOSE your work when you close the page, so make sure you have printed first!

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Scholastic News Online - Scholastic, Inc.

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Find news article, written by kids, for early elementary students (perfect for practicing reading and understanding informational text). This free site offers daily news on current...more
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Find news article, written by kids, for early elementary students (perfect for practicing reading and understanding informational text). This free site offers daily news on current events along with in-depth special reports, polls to participate in, games and quizzes on a variety of topics. Scholastic News Online can be used alone or as an extension of the Scholastic Classroom Magazines. This site features easy-to-read news articles and articles of general interest. In addition, they offer videos that highlights some of the news items. Since many of the stories are written by children, they offer a unique perspective on current events. Regular news articles can be printed or emailed. Be sure to visit the Homework Hub for information students (and teachers) can use for getting organized, taking notes, writing and plagiarism, test taking tips, and research. Parent section offers tips for discussing current events with their child.

tag(s): news (258)

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Put a link on your teacher web page for parents and students to access it at home or in study times at school. Preview the site to determine which news stories best suit your curriculum and the age of your students. Younger classes may need help reading some of the articles: use a projector so the news story can be read aloud as students follow along. Take a class vote after viewing the Vote Now! Poll and graph the class results. After posting the class vote, compare the class results with the results of the poll on the site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their "new" news knowledge using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have them practice writing their own "News for Kids by Kids" for a classroom publication using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Inspiration Quickstart Tutorial - Inspiration

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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader...more
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader to open and print it. The page provides a link to get Acrobat Reader, if you do not have it.This tutorial is supplied by the software manufacturer.

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This site can also be used to help students develop study skills or determine what helps them learn best.
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Flashcard Exchange - Tuolumne Technology Group,

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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for ...more
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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for full membership, many options are free on the site. To print out flash cards, participants must join, but studying online is a free option.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Allow groups of students to create card sets for the class to study for tests (using your free account). With just one classroom computer, you can allow students to take turns practicing with the card set. Have a contest or rotate the chance to make the study cards for each quiz or test. This will build study skills for all. If you haev access to an interactive whiteboard, have students do a review session using your student-made or another premade card set on the board.
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The Amazing Flash Card Machine - Madhu Prem

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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 ...more
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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 items organized by subjects.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Students will love using the computer to create and save flash cards! Show your students how to use the site on a projector the first time, then have them create their own flash card sets or sets for their classmates as part of review for unit tests. Use YOUR user account for student safety. Be sure to search for card already made, but remember that others COULD have errors. Always pre-check before letting students use someone else's set.

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Song Lyrics: Using Songs in the ESL Classroom - Neil Coghlan

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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English...more
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English in meaningful chunks. Mainly an alphabetical index to many enjoyable songs, this site also gives suggestions about how to use the lyrics to help improve the students' English.

tag(s): lyrics (21)

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Find lyrics to any song you want! Share this link with your students themselves, They may want to look up some songs they have heard and did not fully understand.

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Graphic Organizers - Houghton Mifflin Company

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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print...more
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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print PDF file. (You need Acrobat Reader- Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page). Available in Spanish.

tag(s): graphic organizers (39)

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Math Review Games - Houghton Mifflin

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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their...more
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their mouse over textual information to hear it read aloud. The games require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (224), division (159), multiplication (209), subtraction (186), vision (79)

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Learning Languages - Internet Scout Project

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This well-organized, searchable site, created and maintained by the Internet Scout Project of the University of Wisconsin, contains a wealth of useful, interactive, and motivating resources...more
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This well-organized, searchable site, created and maintained by the Internet Scout Project of the University of Wisconsin, contains a wealth of useful, interactive, and motivating resources for teachers, students and parents. Currently, the site focuses on French, Spanish, and Japanese, although German and Italian resources can be found by following links to many of the recommended sites. Content levels range from beginner to advanced. Links to interactive flash cards, quizzes, and games that strengthen vocabulary and language comprehension are among the high points of this site. Many of the resources provide independent practice, authentic exposure, and opportunities for cultural exploration. Becoming a member is free and enables the site to personalize your visit by preferred language. A new "Word of the Day" is a homepage feature, as are daily updates of the newest additions to the site.

tag(s): french (88), japan (60), japanese (45), spanish (108)

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Helping Your Child with Homework - U.S. Department of Education

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This checklist from the Department of Education clearly organizes and outlines what parents can do to make school and homework a priority in their students' lives. Pass along the site...more
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This checklist from the Department of Education clearly organizes and outlines what parents can do to make school and homework a priority in their students' lives. Pass along the site to parents, who will undoubtedly appreciate the easy methods recommended on this list.

tag(s): homework (44)

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This site offers tips for parents from the Department of Education.

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Help Your Child Improve in Test Taking - U.S. Department of Education

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This site from the department of Education offers tips and ideas to make test-taking easier for young learners. ...more
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This site from the department of Education offers tips and ideas to make test-taking easier for young learners.

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Pass this site along to parents via wiki or webpage, allowing them to help their students practice test-taking skills before an assessment.

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Appropriate School-Based Accommodations and Interventions

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Here is a comprehensive listing of accommodations and interventions in the classroom for ADD/LD students. Includes information on student work areas, student transitions, lesson plans/assignments,...more
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Here is a comprehensive listing of accommodations and interventions in the classroom for ADD/LD students. Includes information on student work areas, student transitions, lesson plans/assignments, homework adaptations, testing considerations, student motivation and parent involvement.

tag(s): adhd (27)

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