May 20, 2018
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Edtech for Younger Students!
This week we feature educational technology tools especially for younger students in grades K-2. We've included interactives, lesson ideas, tools to create projects, and more. Share these tools on your class website for families to explore together!
PBS Summer Adventures
Although listed as summer adventures, these tools could be used all year! Scroll through the site to find reading charts, map skills, building projects, new vocabulary, and more. Don't miss the printable summer activity book (pdf), and get outside!
Peruse this collection of classroom learning tools for pre-K and kindergarten children aligned to Common Core. Registration is not necessary. However, by creating a class account you can upload your own, save, and assign students specific activities.
This collection includes over 50 interactive activities for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Use the activities in small groups or on individual devices. Embed content onto your website or wiki using the provided code with each activity.
Skim over 30,000 math questions matched to math standards and more than 500 ELA articles that often cover social studies and science standards as well as all ELA standards. There are five reading levels offered for each article. Save this one!
Reading & Language Arts Tools
While these tools are perfect for younger and emergent readers, several would also be helpful beyond grade 2. Discover lesson plans, writing challenges, and book wishlists — for starters!
Create and publish your own stories! Begin writing right away by uploading one of your own images or find inspiration by exploring the site. Choose the Activities link to earn points through writing challenges. Add this to your writing (or LA) stations.
Discover, read, and review the best books for your students. Use the keyword search to find books or search for ages up to 18 years old. Each book title includes a summary along with reviews submitted by site members. Login to save books to your wishlist.
Do you have early readers? Find the perfect articles at DOGOnews. Ceate a class page where you can save a variety of articles, add a book list, a calendar, favorite sites list, add lesson plan instructions, monitor student comments, and more.
Science & Math Resources for Primary Grades
Interactives are a great option to use in math and science class for primary grades. The activities help students stay engaged, learn difficult concepts, and conceptualize visual representations.
Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades K-2
This curated list provides resources designed for grades K-2 in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find the perfect tool or interactive for your students and share the list on your class website. Each review includes classroom ideas.
This site offers an extensive array of experiments, videos, and printable materials for teaching science and differentating. Choose any experiment for a full description of the activity including teacher's notes and extended questions.
Skim through the topics: Sports, Space, Planet Earth, Technology, Invention, Animals, and more, at this site created in Australia. In addition to simple text, the site includes images and videos. See the full review for tech integration ideas.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We're excited to host our summer book study focused on technology evaluation! Be sure to also mark your calendars for our virtual workshop this week: Authentic Assessment with Microsoft Office 360. And in our weekly poll, we're wondering if you teach rhyme or poetry in your classrooms!
TeachersFirst 2018 Summer Book Study
Join us as we read Learning First, Technology Second by Liz Kolb. The book will introduce you to the Triple E Framework for technology evaluation. Our book study will run from July 9 - August 15. Learn about the requirements and benefits of this study.
Join us on Tuesday (5/22) at 7 pm ET
Authentic Assessment w/Office 365: Forms, Sway, & More
Our virtual workshop on 5/22 is one that you don't want to miss! Learn to use free Microsoft tools to design authentic formative and summative assessments. Explore authentic assessment. Evaluate several format options and more!
Nursery rhyme time
One of the most famous nursery rhymes in history — Mary Had a Little Lamb — was published in 1830. Do you teach rhyme (or poetry) in your classroom?
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