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Research Building Blocks - Read, Write, Think - International Reading Association

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3 to 12
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This site offers a complete lesson plan to use with students prior to beginning a first research project. The lesson takes students through the process of analyzing book titles to ...more
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This site offers a complete lesson plan to use with students prior to beginning a first research project. The lesson takes students through the process of analyzing book titles to determine ones that would be helpful in their research. It then builds on class discussion to enable students to make informed decisions on appropriate research material. One especially useful part of the lesson is the Hints About Print interactive link included in the lesson plan. This would be a wonderful site to use on your interactive whiteboard to lead the class through basics of choosing materials for research. Other useful items on the site are the nonfiction book reviews and nonfiction book evaluation forms that are available in pdf form for easy classroom use. Find all resources and print material by choosing the Resources and Preparation tab near the top of the page.

tag(s): book reports (36), interactive stories (32)

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View the Hints About Print interactive with your class on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to demonstrate different concepts on choosing appropriate resources for research. If you don't have an interactive whiteboard, create a link on your classroom computers for students to view as a center. This site is perfect to use with older students who may have already done research projects as a review for choosing materials. ESL and Special Education teachers may want to use materials included in this lesson as an aid for students who have been assigned research projects.
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Stich - Stich.it

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K to 12
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Stich.it is a new link-shortening service that lets you combine several links into one and then plays them like a slideshow. View examples shown on the site. Some have descriptive ...more
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Stich.it is a new link-shortening service that lets you combine several links into one and then plays them like a slideshow. View examples shown on the site. Some have descriptive text found at the top of each slide and written by the user. Follow the helpful information along the side for using Stich.

tag(s): bookmarks (60)

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Use Stich.it for Internet scavenger hunts. Create a Stich with all the links needed to complete a project or for the entire unit. Students can create a Stich that showcases the websites that they used to complete an assignment or project. Use this with even the youngest students by sharing a Stich on your class website for students and parents to explore. Make a Stich of sites to learn to count, a stich for sites to learn the branches of government, a stich of sites to learn about tough biology concepts, a stich of sites to practice trigonometry, and pretty much anything else you can imagine!

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Muvee Cloud - Muvee

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6 to 12
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Muvee Cloud is a photo sharing site that allows you to save, share, and make videos of your photos. The tool also allows you to merge your photos and movies ...more
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Muvee Cloud is a photo sharing site that allows you to save, share, and make videos of your photos. The tool also allows you to merge your photos and movies with your friends' and family's photos and videos to create amazing videos. The power of this site -- in contrast to most slide based shows -- is the collaboration and addition of others' pictures, the ability to pull in images from any webpage, and the ease of adding video clips to the shows. If it can be uploaded to your computer, it can be added to the show!

tag(s): photography (160), video (253)

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Have students create their own advertisements for upcoming school events such as fundraisers or plays and musicals. Have students in the yearbook club use the site to submit pictures for publication in the school yearbook. Have students use this tool to make digital portfolios in science class by having them take pictures of their labs and activities and use as a final project grade. Rather than a tradition report on a country, person, or invention...have students use this colorful tool to create a multimedia presentation!

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Tin Eye - Idee Inc.

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Use Tineye as a reverse image search engine. Tineye's unique image search engine looks for the same actual image -- not the description. This is a great way to ...more
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Use Tineye as a reverse image search engine. Tineye's unique image search engine looks for the same actual image -- not the description. This is a great way to find out where else an image is in use on the Internet. To use this simple and free service: upload or enter the link to an image on the Internet. Tineye will search the Internet to find the same image even if it has been rotated, altered or cropped by using image recognition technology. What a terrific way to discover the origin of an image or find those using it without permission. Note that the maximum upload size is 1 MB. Use this free service without registering. Create an account to use other features such as saving your searches. Registration does require email verification. Download the applet for Firefox or Chrome for ability to instantly use the service. You must have the ability to install browser add-ons to use the add-on version of the tool.
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tag(s): images (265), photography (160), plagiarism (35), search engines (65)

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This tool is best used by a teacher to determine whether class pictures have been used elsewhere or determine the origin of pictures students have used in projects. Check the origin of student-used pictures to determine source. Determine whether pictures (yours or others) have been used without permission. Easily determine whether pictures have also been altered.

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Teachers' Domain - Teachers' Domain

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K to 12
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Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use. All of the material are from public broadcasting and its partners. This site aggregates thousands of media rich...more
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Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use. All of the material are from public broadcasting and its partners. This site aggregates thousands of media rich resources like lessons, videos, learning games and professional development resources. All resources can be found by subject area. In addition, each subject has sub areas to help you refine your search even more. You are allowed 7 views of material without registering.
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tag(s): professional development (123), resources (112), teaching strategies (24)

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Use this site to find activities and resources for all subject areas. Use the games and videos with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Use the learning interactives as a center for students to access or put on your classroom website or blog. Teachers you can also use the professional development area for previews of available online courses (cost) and lots of handouts on different teaching strategies.
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Shelfari - Amazon

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4 to 12
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Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends, and learn more about your favorite books. You can...more
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Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends, and learn more about your favorite books. You can read, write and edit plot summaries, popular quotes, character descriptions and more than a dozen other types of book factoids. The site can be searched without registration; however, free registration is required to create a virtual bookshelf. (Although they do not openly "advertise," Amazon obviously hopes this site will inspire you to buy more books. If you feel so moved, we hope you will make your purchase by entering through the Amazon search at the bottom of this page so TeachersFirst can benefit from the donations Amazon makes to our non-profit service as a result of your purchase.)
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tag(s): book lists (126), book reports (36), independent reading (126)

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Before or after reading classroom novels, pull up the book on your interactive whiteboard or projector to view what others have written about the book. Create a classroom account and your own virtual bookshelf as a resource for students to find books that they will enjoy. Create different bookshelves by subject, genre, etc. Show this site on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate how to use the site and find books of interest. Use examples on the site, then have students create their own book summaries (using this site's format) using Google Docs reviewed here. Add the Shelfari widget to your classroom website or blog for easy access for students.

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Greensboro Sit-Ins - Greensboro News-Record

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This site contains an in-depth look at the Greensboro Sit-Ins that took place on February 1, 1960. You can hear the mayor of the time, George Roach, talk about how ...more
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This site contains an in-depth look at the Greensboro Sit-Ins that took place on February 1, 1960. You can hear the mayor of the time, George Roach, talk about how the city avoided violent incidents (such as those in Birmingham, Alabama.) Several other features will give you a feel for the era and the significance of the sit-ins. Take a look at the video clips or listen to the audio files. There is also a timeline, complete with historic photos. Don't miss the historical photos and stories from the News & Record archives, with a photo from the first day of the sit-ins. The site includes a look at what the Greensboro Public Library has to offer on the subject. There is even an electronic bulletin board, where visitors can write what they think - or, for many, remember - about the sit-ins and see what other people have said. There are extensive links to other civil rights and black history sites. A PDF version of the February 1, 1960, newspaper detailing all of the events is also available. You will find the site especially informative because of the way it is organized. Don't miss this intriguing look at this historical time in American history.
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tag(s): african american (113), civil rights (117)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore on their own. Have students create a news report as a multimedia presentation using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Have students find Creative Commons images for their news report using a site (with credit, of course), like Compfight, reviewed here. Challenge your students to use a site such as Timetoast reviewed here to include the Greensboro Sit-ins in a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement. After viewing the site, ask students to research events in your state or city that related to the Civil Rights Movement.
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Sign up genius - Skylark Productions

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K to 12
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Create private or public sign ups for easy creation of snack lists, volunteer sheets, party planners, parent/teacher conference planning, or project preparation. Sign up for free using...more
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Create private or public sign ups for easy creation of snack lists, volunteer sheets, party planners, parent/teacher conference planning, or project preparation. Sign up for free using an email address (email verification not required.) View your created sign ups under "My Account." Be sure to view the Frequently Asked Questions for help in using this simple resource. Find complete guides for an even smoother sign up process under the "Planning Resources" tab. Follow the directions for creating your sign up including all the details. "Invite" and "Publish" to set your privacy options as well as enter the email information to send to others. Add a web button to your site to take users directly to your home page to find active sign ups (find this function under "My Account").

tag(s): charts and graphs (195)

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The possibilities are endless. Use this for planning parties, bringing in materials for projects, and any other activity that requires coordination. If you have limited technology availability, this is a great way for teachers or students to sign up for time slots to use laptops, iPads, video cameras, or a podcast recording station. Go paperless with your signups! Share this tool at Back to School night (and with your room parent or PTO). Organize your parent/teacher conferences. Plan student research of class projects using this resource. Help students build organizational skills by having them "plan" a mythical event such as a museum opening for their Famous Americans exhibit.

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Open Heat Map - Openheatmap.com

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8 to 12
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Use data from a spreadsheet to instantly create an interactive map. Search the Gallery for some great ideas for using spreadsheets to make a map. Watch the "What is this ...more
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Use data from a spreadsheet to instantly create an interactive map. Search the Gallery for some great ideas for using spreadsheets to make a map. Watch the "What is this all about" video to see how easy it is to create a data map. Click "Create your map" to upload an excel or Google Docs file to be used. Users must be able to collect data using either an Excel spreadsheet or Google Spreadsheet. Upload the file to view the graphical data. Click Share to send to others. View your data in a graphical way! Data uploaded is viewable by the public. No login is required. Be sure that information used to create the graph is not private information.

tag(s): data (148), infographics (42), maps (288)

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Consider identifying water/electric/gas usage in various areas in your school district. Use data about car ownership to identify trends in various locations. Collect information about wildlife sightings, traffic patterns, and other interesting information to view as a graph. Have students research countless trends from around the world and create maps to share ad explain on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to ask questions about what the data implies. Why does one location differ from another? Have students hypothesize what the data means, then research information to back up their hypothesis.
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Quizbreak - Michigan State Center for Language Education and Research

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2 to 12
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Create Jeopardy style games that are hosted online. Add images, video, and audio to each "answer." Use of this resource requires registration (email verification required). Click on...more
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Create Jeopardy style games that are hosted online. Add images, video, and audio to each "answer." Use of this resource requires registration (email verification required). Click on each square, enter text, images, video, or audio and click OK. Use the URL to share with others to play.

tag(s): grammar review (37), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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This would be a fantastic way to find out what students know about a topic prior to studying in class. Use this as a review, to learn vocabulary, or for rich learning opportunities. Have students create their own games/activities to share with the class. Learning support students would respond well to creating review games rather than doing "traditional" review.
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Magnoto - Magnoto

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Magnoto can be your personal spot on the web. Though called a blog site, it offers a place to stick your "virtual post-its." You can add all types of components ...more
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Magnoto can be your personal spot on the web. Though called a blog site, it offers a place to stick your "virtual post-its." You can add all types of components into a visual space: links, images, text, videos, music, and more. Its more like a community scrap-blog for those who venture to try it out! It is free, easy to use, and makes for exciting communication between students and teachers. Since this tool offers a great deal of room for personal expression, it is a great way to differentiate instruction for all. Tools like this are especially ideal for the "quiet types" who truly do have things they want to say or express. This tool is in its "beta" run which means it may have an occasional glitch. Check out the sample here.
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tag(s): blogs (88), bulletin boards (16)

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Ideas for using Magnoto can be found on the opening page of the site. Remember to reinforce proper use of materials and copyright. The best way to avoid trouble here is to capture your own images, use royalty free music, and create the videos to be used. Anything that is added that has an "M" can be adjusted with Magnoto's special effects. To move objects around on the page, make sure you are clicking on object near the top and have blue highlighting. Images, backgrounds, magnets, and many other bits of flare can be uploaded.

Try this site as an alternative to traditional "about me" activities for the beginning of the year. In guidance classes or health classes, have students create vision boards for goals they want to accomplish. Assign student groups to create online bulletin boards for assigned project topics. Have students "turn in" web addresses on a class wiki or directly to you to avoid classtime presentations if time is short, or have students share their site through the interactive whiteboard or projector. There is no need to transport files because it is all stored at their Magnoto url. Have students create a page that is subject specific, such as a leaf collection for biology class. Have students add pictures of leaves that they have taken and instead of traditional tags, use the comment space to provide the needed information about the leaf. As the teacher, you could even create a template to share with the students for how the information should look so you can easily assess the project. Please note: to log back into "your space" once you have logged off, use the address that was created for you upon sign up. If you attempt to log-in from the original Magnoto page, it will be unsuccessful. There is gray tab on the upper right hand corner of your opening Magnoto page. Enter log-in information here to access your editable blog. Users need to be able to locate files and follow on screen instructions.

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Print what you like - printwhatyoulike.com

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K to 12
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Hate to waste paper? Use this free resource to print web pages without wasted white space, ads, or extra pages. Enter the URL (web address) of the website you wish ...more
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Hate to waste paper? Use this free resource to print web pages without wasted white space, ads, or extra pages. Enter the URL (web address) of the website you wish to print, rearrange the elements, and print! To rearrange, edit the items on the left navigation bar. Choose to show or hide the background, images, or margins. Change the font or font size. Save your changes as a pdf for later viewing. Create an account for more features such as "change sets" which allow your formatting options to be applied to other pages from the same website and clips. Use the clips or pieces from various web pages to create a simple page that houses them all. Add the bookmarklet to your browser by simply dragging it to your toolbar. Be sure to check out the demo and videos.

tag(s): conservation (127)

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Use in the classroom to save paper and printing ink. Teach students to remove unwanted images and change margins to fit the content on a page. Be sure students save the page as a pdf to view and print again later if needed. Model an environmentally friendly classroom with the use of this resource. Be sure to check with your tech department on the ability to add bookmarklets to the browser toolbar. This resource can be used without signing up - a bonus for the classroom! Use this when technology access is low or you want to print an activity for students to do when you are not there to supervise the technology use. Create in-class reading from blogs or other websites appropriate for your classroom. Make a pdf that can be opened on your interactive whiteboard without all the ads and clutter of the web page so students can annotate, highlight, and even practice reading comprehension skills such as "main idea." List this link on your class website for families to try at home! Use it to share articles with parents, as well--as long as you model proper behavior by giving credit. Best practice ALWAYS includes a url and title/author on any printed article from the web.
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Learn About Oklahoma - State of Oklahoma

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3 to 12
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Did you know that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state? It's true, find out other interesting facts and state information at the Learn About Oklahoma site. ...more
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Did you know that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state? It's true, find out other interesting facts and state information at the Learn About Oklahoma site. The site's home page is deceptively simple, in fact there is a great deal of interesting information located within each of the links. Choose the link for the Oklahoma Student's Guide to find state symbols, quick facts, and an interesting history timeline. Learn about famous famous natives of the state at the corresponding link and be sure to choose the link to the list of famous Oklahomans. This pdf list is several pages long and lists many famous state natives identified by categories including athletes, outlaws, and too unique to be classified.

tag(s): native americans (78), states (163)

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Share this site with students to demonstrate how to navigate the site, then allow students to explore on their own. Have students create an online book of images and captions about Oklahama using bookr (reviewed here.) (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr). Have students create trading cards with information about famous Oklahoma natives as part of their state research.
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New Mexico Kids - New Mexico Tourism Department

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3 to 12
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Sing songs, learn about animal tracks, play games, watch movies, and trade historical character cards with your friends at this site that helps kids learn about New Mexico. The site...more
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Sing songs, learn about animal tracks, play games, watch movies, and trade historical character cards with your friends at this site that helps kids learn about New Mexico. The site is divided into four sections for easy navigation, choices include Learn, Play, Enjoy, and Share. Students will especially "enjoy" watching movies, singing songs, and reading (or hearing) stories from Old New Mexico. You can "learn" about state symbols, animals, and ghosts by exploring this section of the site. A unique feature of the site is the printable trading cards featuring famous New Mexicans that are available in PDF format for easy use.

tag(s): hispanic (18), native americans (78), states (163)

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Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard, then let them explore on their own. Print out the trading cards and/or stories for students to read and share during Guided Reading time. Have students create their own trading cards featuring animals, state symbols, or other information included on the site. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster using Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) featuring information found on the site.
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NebraskaStudies.org - Nebraska State Historical Society

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4 to 12
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This well-done site offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more,"'''? capturing the life and history of...more
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This well-done site offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more,"'''? capturing the life and history of Nebraska from pre-1500 to the present. Several options are available for exploring content on the site. Choose from the timeline at the top of the page to discover events from pre-1500 through the present. After choosing a time period, you are taken to a new timeline with just that period that includes Nebraska, National, and International events for that period in a stacked timeline making it easy to view timing of all events. There is also a very useful Table of Contents with items listed in chronological order along with the number of teacher activities and/or lessons to use with events listed. Lesson plans and activities are thorough and include grade levels addressed in the lesson, relevant content information, and correlation to Nebraska state standards. All in pdf format for easy downloading and printing. The main page of the site also includes a link to their latest additions. This site is a must see not only for Nebraska teachers, but any teachers of Social Studies.

tag(s): native americans (78), railroads (10), states (163)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard with students then allow them time to explore on their own. Share this site with students who are performing research for state projects, American History, or international events. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster using Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) showing information learned from the site. Use the international and national timelines on the site to research important world events.
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Decide Already - Sprout Box

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3 to 12
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in ...more
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in responses can also be added to help respondents make informed decisions. After the question is set up, add contact emails to send out the question. This probably works best with students that have school email accounts already set up for use.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), questioning (31)

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Teach one of the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (evaluating) using this tool. Have s student operator open it on a projector or interactive whiteboard and have the class determine criteria for decision making, such as how to choose the best location for a field trip or decide on the best book to read. Ask how they choose books for independent reading, and have them develop their own criteria as a class. Send out questions for students to decide on classroom events such as field trips - offer 2 or 3 choices along with criteria to consider when choosing. Offer to allow students to choose the next read-aloud book to be used in the classroom, choose student of the week or month recipients, activities for classroom parties, etc. Use this site to start a class debate on historical choices that may be considered controversial (i.e the use of the atomic bomb). Share this with other staff in your building and use the site to make decisions on professional development topics, dates for get-togethers and more. Include this link on your class website for groups to use in making project decisions or to simulate political process and the ways legislators make decisions.

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SAS Curriculum Pathways - SAS institute Inc.

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7 to 12
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login ...more
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login and type in their name before starting an activity. The site has resources for all subjects in the Middle school and High School levels. Audio support is available for the text. The engaging activities use lower-level thinking skills that engage higher order skills. The products work in the classroom in large part because teachers shape every phase of the planning and production process. This site uses standards and the Common Core to clarify the content in the core academic disciplines. The value of the resource lies in the focus on difficult to explain concepts that are enriched through the use of technology based resources using audio, video, and interactivity. Students "do" and "see" in order to understand the difficult concepts. Lessons have the following parts: classroom activity, web lesson, and project. InterActivities allow students to explore, apply, and analyze using online tools.

tag(s): africa (180), architecture (83), cells (102), europe (75), evolution (100), genetics (90), grammar (216), literature (275), motion (58), numbers (204), operations (126), probability (130), statistics (122), verbs (41)

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Use the more than 200 Interactive activities and 855 ready-to-use lessons to provide technology-rich lessons to teach many of the most difficult concepts in the core subjects. Use the variety of assessment options that are found within each lesson. Note the Quick Launch numbers on the resource you will be using to direct students to the correct activity. Example activities include a Web Inquiry which is a guided and self-paced investigation that is built around a focus question.
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Memonic - Nektoon AG

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6 to 12
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Looking to take bits of notes from a variety of web pages? Use Memonic to take notes or clip any web content. Easily take it with you wherever you go ...more
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Looking to take bits of notes from a variety of web pages? Use Memonic to take notes or clip any web content. Easily take it with you wherever you go and share it with others (or the entire world.) Using Memonic allows much more efficient printing. The free plan allows up to 100 notes and 3 groups.
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tag(s): note taking (32)

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Use this site to collect your thoughts and information for class projects, research, and idea/data gathering. Create a group for others to share information with for a subject area, class, or a common interest. Use with classes to allow students to comment to any page you assign for discussion. Students can find pages of interest about a specific content topic and comment their likes and dislikes. Look at various political, environmental, or ethical viewpoints by adding URL's for both sides of the argument and allow time for commenting and voicing of opinion. Learning support teachers may want to create notes together with students, annotating assigned text to show understanding and learn target vocabulary.

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CurriConnects Book List - Inventors and Inventions - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Inventions. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Inventions. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (126), inventors and inventions (101), reading lists (73)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Inventions, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on Inventions. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Groundhog Day - The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

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K to 12
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If you are looking for information about Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, Punxsutawney (location itself), and more - check out this website. There are LIVE webcams setup for February...more
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If you are looking for information about Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, Punxsutawney (location itself), and more - check out this website. There are LIVE webcams setup for February 2nd, video clips from previous years, a wealth of historical information, fun facts, photos, geographical information, and more. The reading level is a bit high for younger elementary students, but all levels would enjoy the video clips and photographs.
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tag(s): holidays (147), pennsylvania (6)

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Challenge students to investigate a certain facet of this site (for example, Past Predictions) and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students use one of the many TeachersFirst multimedia Edge tools reviewed here. Share the projects on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for families to explore at home.
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