TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Sep 13, 2015

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International Observe the Moon Night - Lunar and Planetary Institute

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K to 12
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Lead up to this annual event in September with resources that teach about the features of the Moon! Find events around the World, create your own event, and find classroom ...more
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Lead up to this annual event in September with resources that teach about the features of the Moon! Find events around the World, create your own event, and find classroom and home activities. Be sure to click on the Activities tab to find information and activities about Moon phases, Spotting Craters, Ideas for viewing, and more.
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tag(s): moon (72)

In the Classroom

Use the activities the week before your viewing event to learn about the moon. Use other classes for cross-curricular events. Read books that center on viewing the Moon. Read passages from a variety of sources that reference the Moon, focusing on how the Moon is portrayed in the passages. Research the role of the Moon and other celestial bodies on culture and superstitions. Encourage students to create art or write stories and poems that portray the Moon. Encourage students to draw a picture of the Moon they view during Observe the Moon night. Consider creating a night event for your school or community for the night and share the event using your school website, blog, Twitter or Facebook.

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Amazon School Lists - Amazon

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K to 12
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Imagine a one-stop site for creating, editing, and distributing your school supply list and wish list to parents and others. That's Amazon School Lists. Login to your Amazon account...more
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Imagine a one-stop site for creating, editing, and distributing your school supply list and wish list to parents and others. That's Amazon School Lists. Login to your Amazon account and add supplies. Choose a grade to see suggested supplies or add your own. Choose from categories to add items. Categories include most popular items as well as specific items such as paper, pencils, or health and cleaning supplies. Edit items to add a comment, show as optional, or state that similar items are fine. Share the final list through email, URL, or several social networking links.
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tag(s): classroom management (134), preK (279)

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Create an Amazon School List for your building or teaching team and distribute your supply list or a wish list in an easy to find format for parents to access anytime and anywhere. Share what your class specifically needs to be ready for the start of school or a new marking period. Include the links to your lists on your class web page. Library/media specialists can share a schoolwide list to keep the media center well stocked with supplies. Art teachers can request the craft items and supplies they need. Even grandparents can help out the school when they know what is needed. Share with your school's parent organization for creating their own lists.

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The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips - Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez

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8 to 12
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Journey across America as described in 12 great literary road trips. This Google map includes every named place (over 1500!) in these books about cross country travel. The earliest...more
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Journey across America as described in 12 great literary road trips. This Google map includes every named place (over 1500!) in these books about cross country travel. The earliest book being Mark Twain's Roughing It and the most recent is Cheryl Strayed's Wild. Click on any title on the map key to view individual routes. Click again on the map points to read passages about the location.

tag(s): authors (120), literature (275), maps (288), mark twain (10), setting (11)

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If your class is reading any of these 12 books, this site is an excellent resource for visualizing the trip described in the book. Share with students before reading as an overview of the journey they are about to take. Use this site when helping students discover books to read, let them explore the various road trips to find one that might interest them. Use this map as inspiration for sharing locations from other works of literature. For the next book share, have students create maps for books they are reading using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Challenge students to include images (cited correctly) on Animaps for the books they will share.

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Kartveli: Innovator in Aviation - Aviation Media LLC

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6 to 12
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Learn about the life and accomplishments of Alexander Kartveli, one of the most important aircraft designers of the world. This site provides information about Kartveli's design accomplishments,...more
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Learn about the life and accomplishments of Alexander Kartveli, one of the most important aircraft designers of the world. This site provides information about Kartveli's design accomplishments, including seed ideas for the space shuttle. Learn about the different aircraft he worked on throughout the years. Be sure to check out the Resources link that includes images, documents, video, lesson plans, and more. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): aircraft (24), aviation (39), design (84), engineering (125)

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Introduce this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of a career or technology unit. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This is a great find for gifted students to discover lesser known pioneers in the aviation field. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about Alexander Kartveli or his peers.
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4 Numbers Game - 4nums.com

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1 to 8
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The 4 Numbers Game is a classic math game. Use the four numbers provided and basic math (+, -, x, /) to arrive at an answer of 24 as quickly ...more
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The 4 Numbers Game is a classic math game. Use the four numbers provided and basic math (+, -, x, /) to arrive at an answer of 24 as quickly as you can. Play alone or with multi-players. Play with a time limit (or without). Choose the kids game to play without division or multiplication. Be sure to view the How to Play link for complete rules and suggestions. Find new puzzles on the site daily, or follow 4 Numbers via Twitter to receive notifications of the puzzle of the day. This site is also available as an app for both iOs and Android devices.

tag(s): addition (251), DAT device agnostic tool (196), division (172), equations (155), mental math (27), multiplication (227), problem solving (272), subtraction (208)

In the Classroom

Share the 4 Numbers Game on an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate how to play, and then create a link to 4 Numbers on classroom computers. Challenge students to begin playing without time limits. As they become more skilled, start using the clock and have them try to beat it. Have students take a screenshot of any game. Next they can upload the screenshot image and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned. Use a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. If you do not know how to convert a screenshot into an image file, take a picture of the screen using a digital camera, then upload the file to Superlame. Be sure to share a link to the 4 Numbers Game on your class website or blog for play at home.

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2Titles - 2Titles.com

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8 to 12
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Answer a few questions on 2Titles and they will suggest several young adult books you might enjoy. If you have read those titles, just click on the "previously read" button ...more
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Answer a few questions on 2Titles and they will suggest several young adult books you might enjoy. If you have read those titles, just click on the "previously read" button and get another in its place. If you are not interested in a suggestion, click on "Don't show this again" and get another in its place. Easy-peasy! Register with email. Registration allows you to fill out the form for whom to contact with your wish list. This tool is free. You do not have to purchase any books. Warning: students should be 13 or older to use this site. Some adult books are recommended such as Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

tag(s): book lists (126), independent reading (126), reading lists (73)

In the Classroom

Students are always asking teachers to recommend another book just like the one they love! With the plethora of young adult books being published today, it is hard to keep up. Instead, recommend this site to your avid readers to find a new read. Do make sure the student is 13 or over because books like Kite Runner are also recommended. You may want to get written permission from parents, or email the parent with the 2Titles recommendation and a bit of a warning.

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Acclaim - Aksel Gongor, MyAcclaim, LLC

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6 to 12
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Organize and annotate videos and files with Acclaim. Acclaim's step-by-step process and prompts makes creating courses, sharing course information, creating folders within courses,...more
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Organize and annotate videos and files with Acclaim. Acclaim's step-by-step process and prompts makes creating courses, sharing course information, creating folders within courses, and adding videos or files almost effortless. The free registration is referred to as a demo. Register with email and create a course, a Course URL will be given. No need to copy it at this time. Clicking on the setting symbol on any course (and even folders) will give you the URL again. Students will need an email to join and access your courses and folders. Folders and courses can be made public or private. When prompted, upload files (including videos you created) from Dropbox, Google Drive, your computer, and others. Do this by "choosing" from a list, or using the "drag and drop" method. Add videos, your own recorded on a webcam, or from Vimeo or YouTube by pasting in their URL. Teachers and students can annotate videos at certain points with comments and questions. These comments and questions will receive a time stamp. If you organize your videos and documents within a course with folders, once students have registered with their email, you will need to go into the folder settings and give them access. Acclaim is 100% web based, and it is mobile friendly for all devices.
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tag(s): teaching strategies (24), video (253)

In the Classroom

Acclaim is a terrific tool for any teacher who likes to show and discuss certain aspects of videos in class. No more talking over the video or pausing to ask a question or make a comment. Use Acclaim in class to pause and have the discussion questions visible from the video. This works exceptionally well if you want to flip a lesson and have students watch the video from home and be prepared to discuss in class, or if you use stations in your classroom. Students can also put in questions for clarification at the time they are watching. Share Acclaim with research groups for uploading documents and videos they are thinking of using in presentations and projects. Physical education teachers will find Acclaim useful to pause and review certain aspects of a game or exercise you've recorded. Share the URL via email or post to your website or blog.

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Pompeii Virtual Tour - Google Maps

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6 to 12
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Can't take a field trip to Pompeii? Use this virtual field trip that includes photos and 360-degree views of this ancient Roman City. Click on slides at the bottom of ...more
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Can't take a field trip to Pompeii? Use this virtual field trip that includes photos and 360-degree views of this ancient Roman City. Click on slides at the bottom of the page to see different areas of the ruins such as the Temple of Isis and street views of the entire archeological area.

tag(s): romans (35), virtual field trips (48), volcanoes (61)

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In the age of shrinking opportunities for field trips, jump right in! This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard as you explore this well-preserved example of ancient Roman life. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a day in the life of an inhabitant of Pompeii. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to reflect what they have learned about ancient Pompeii and Roman life.

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The Griddle - Handcrafted Logical Fun - David Millar

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4 to 12
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The Griddle offers a small selection of math and logic puzzles. Choose from puzzles for younger students including Sudoku and Number Soup. For older students check out a Sudoku or ...more
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The Griddle offers a small selection of math and logic puzzles. Choose from puzzles for younger students including Sudoku and Number Soup. For older students check out a Sudoku or Conflict Graphing puzzle. Click the name of each puzzle to go to the link for the PDF download. Other downloads are multiplication charts in black and white or color with options for including numbers or using blank charts. The Arithmetic Worksheet Generator provides a large number for creating customized worksheets, be sure to read the instructions at the bottom of the page on how to change the type of problems and locations on the worksheet.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), sudoku (18), worksheets (59)

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Use the puzzles found on The Griddle as part of math centers, for homework, or as part of any logic and problem-solving unit. Create and differentiate worksheets using the Worksheet Generator.
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SciShow Kids YouTube Channel - Hank Green

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3 to 9
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SciShow Kids is one of YouTube's premier educational channels featuring answers to many science related questions. SciShow Kids encourages and celebrates audience participation through...more
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SciShow Kids is one of YouTube's premier educational channels featuring answers to many science related questions. SciShow Kids encourages and celebrates audience participation through answering questions in new videos and annotations. Choose from popular videos with diverse topics such as lunar eclipses and weird animal teeth. Be sure to subscribe to receive notifications as new videos are added. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): animals (276), moon (72), space (205), sun (71), video (253)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. That activity can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. Students can create a mini-lesson that can be shared with the class or on a blog, wiki, or your class website.

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Newbie to Expert Photo Editing Guide - Polarr

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4 to 12
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Learn the basics of photo editing jargon with this interactive resource. Click any term to view a definition, examples, and an interactive sliding animation demonstrating photo edits...more
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Learn the basics of photo editing jargon with this interactive resource. Click any term to view a definition, examples, and an interactive sliding animation demonstrating photo edits using this feature. You may not become an expert in photo editing after using this interactive, but it is an excellent start to becoming familiar with the many vocabulary terms used with photo editing software.

tag(s): editing (60), images (265), photography (160), vocabulary (324)

In the Classroom

Introduce this tutorial to students on an interactive whiteboard or projector at the beginning of the school year to help students become familiar with photo editing terms. Be sure to create a link to this site on your class website or blog for use throughout the year when creating digital projects. Share with your school's art, photography, or computer science teacher as an excellent resource for use with their students.

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Bioman Biology - Brett Baughman

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5 to 10
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Bioman Biology offers engaging interactives and virtual labs for learning biology content based on national standards. Find virtual labs and activities sorted by topics such as cells,...more
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Bioman Biology offers engaging interactives and virtual labs for learning biology content based on national standards. Find virtual labs and activities sorted by topics such as cells, body systems, and ecology. Use the search bar to look for specific content. In addition to the interactives and virtual labs, Bioman Biology offers online multiple choice quizzes over most topics. Optional teacher registration on the site provides the opportunity to assign quizzes and view student scores for games, quizzes, and virtual labs. Registration also has the advantage of students being able to directly submit their scores to you via email. Several activities are also available as downloads at iTunes.
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tag(s): body systems (57), cells (102), classification (25), DAT device agnostic tool (196), dna (69), ecology (135), evolution (100), game based learning (103), genetics (90), human body (120), meiosis (15), photosynthesis (33), respiration (17), scientific method (64)

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Introduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector to review and reinforce concepts. If you are lucky enough to have access to iPads for your students, you could have the activities downloaded as apps to use for stations or early finishers. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create animated movies online using Dvolver - Movie Maker, reviewed here, to demonstrate biology concepts. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review concepts before quizzes and tests.
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