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The Teachers' Corner - The Teachers' Corner

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K to 12
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This is a great site to mine for quick lesson plans, ideas on thematic units, or simply daily writing prompts. There are detailed lesson plans available for math, arts and ...more
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This is a great site to mine for quick lesson plans, ideas on thematic units, or simply daily writing prompts. There are detailed lesson plans available for math, arts and crafts, nutrition, health, music, math, reading, physical education, technology, writing, science, and social studies. Visit the Seasonal Items link to find even MORE resources related to Read Across America, 100th Day ideas, Daily seasonal writing prompts, and much more! Many of the links will take you to other sites, but the onsite printable worksheets and calendars make it worth a visit. Note: the site is laden with advertising, something TeachersFirst users may not appreciate! This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): fractions (239), nutrition (154), parts of speech (68), phonics (75), speech (92), themes (12), writing (358)

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Although this site has a TON to explore, one of the best places on this site is the daily writing prompt section (find seasonal prompts at the Seasonal Items link). You can share them on your interactive whiteboard or projector with a picture and fact about the day and a question requiring a written answer. This is a great discussion starter or activating strategy with any grade level and it can already be posted when the kids enter the room or used as a prompt for blogging. Whatever subject area you teach, if you are looking for some new strategies to reach your students, check out this site.
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Mother's Day Games and Activities - A Kids Heart

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K to 3
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This interactive website offers online games, puzzles, and coloring. All activities are "kid-friendly" and ready to go. Some of the interactive pages require FLASH or Java. You can...more
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This interactive website offers online games, puzzles, and coloring. All activities are "kid-friendly" and ready to go. Some of the interactive pages require FLASH or Java. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): mothers day (13)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. List this link on your class website. Set up a learning center dedicated to Mother's. If you have students in your class who do not live with (or have) a mother, maybe they can focus their project, poem, or craft on another female (or male) role model who has influenced their lives.
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Search - Meet Me at Midnight - Smithsonian

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2 to 5
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You will be mesmerized by the artistry and intrigue of this interactive site that takes students on a mysterious romp through the virtual halls of Smithsonian American Art Museum. The...more
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You will be mesmerized by the artistry and intrigue of this interactive site that takes students on a mysterious romp through the virtual halls of Smithsonian American Art Museum. The scenario is perplexing: the Root Monster is on the loose, wreaking havoc throughout the museum, and he must be stopped. This after-hours adventure pairs visitors with characters who have been sadly separated from their respective works of art. As students attempt to restore order to this mixed-up museum, they learn some important lessons about art appreciation while using their deductive reasoning skills. Check out the "Links to Learning Elements" in the Parents' and Educators' Guide to preview the specific content and works featured in each virtual gallery.

tag(s): artists (75)

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This is an outstanding independent activity that can be used as a "reward" in the classroom, recommended to parents as an over-the-summer educational resource, or combined with a unit on basic elements of art.
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Befuddlr - Erik Kastner and Amy Hoy

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K to 12
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Add some fun to your pictures by making them into puzzles using this free site. This easy-to-use, free site offers choices of Flickr picture groups to choose from, such as ...more
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Add some fun to your pictures by making them into puzzles using this free site. This easy-to-use, free site offers choices of Flickr picture groups to choose from, such as "Patterns," "Hello kitty," "Water drops," and many others. Choose a picture you wish to "befuddlr." Pieces of the original picture are moved around in a new order. Continue to choose a different combination, change the lines that divide segments of the picture, and even drag a button to your toolbar to "befuddlr" any picture. Once done, use the snapshot function of your computer to take a picture. In Mac, use apple-shift-four to take a snapshot. In PC, use the print screen (Prt Sc key) function to "copy" the picture and then paste it into a document or elsewhere. You are able to submit your own photos to the site (found on Flickr, of course). Learn more about flickr, a photo storage and sharing site, in the TeachersFirst review here.

tag(s): images (265), puzzles (208)

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To use the pictures provided, simply chose a "group" title, such as water drops, and click to befuddlr it. If you wish to befuddlr your own pictures, you must first upload them to Flickr, so you will need to learn that simple tool. Be sure to TAG your pictures so you can FIND them again! No membership or saving are available on befuddlr. Its is an on-the-spot tool. Be sure to use your own images or copyright free images and images that are available to be built upon. If students click to choose other pictures from Flickr, they could encounter ANYTHING that someone has uploaded, so be sure to guide them to the pictures you want them to use and have a stated policy and consequence for those who wander off into inappropriate places. Flickr does have anti-porn policies, but girls in bikinis, for example, are still available! Use snapshots of animals, numbers, letters, or other pictures and have students scramble the pieces. Befuddlr a picture on your interactive whiteboard to start a language lesson! Students can create their own and provide hints using a variety of constraints such as no more than 5 words, a poem, using adjectives only, etc. in order to help those guessing the original picture. In Art, create new patterns for analysis. Use befuddled pictures to practice new vocabulary for young ones or for ESL and world language students. Accompany student poetry with befuddled pictures
 
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Easter Activity Idea Place - Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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K to 3
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Although this site is not aesthetically pleasing, they do a wonderful job providing a wealth of information on Easter. There are numerous crafts, songs, science lessons, math lessons,...more
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Although this site is not aesthetically pleasing, they do a wonderful job providing a wealth of information on Easter. There are numerous crafts, songs, science lessons, math lessons, games, drama fun, and more! Activities are divided into several sections: Art, Easter Songs, Games, Science, & Math, Group Time Games, and Dramatic Play. This site is a must-have in any classroom of young children. Be aware: this site does includes some advertisements.

tag(s): easter (21), preK (279)

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If you are an art teacher, find some great seasonal activities here. In music class, project the songs on your interactive whiteboard or projector and have a class sing-along. Take advantage of the many FREE resources (ready to go and kid-friendly) at this site.

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Easter Fun For Kids - Bethany Roberts

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K to 5
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This site has it all - creative music, interactive activities, printable worksheets and other educational fun! Specific activities include jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, clock and...more
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This site has it all - creative music, interactive activities, printable worksheets and other educational fun! Specific activities include jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, clock and time activities, trivia, Easter customs, games, interactive language arts games and puzzles, printable worksheets, mazes, coloring fun and more! Be aware: this site does have some minor advertising.

tag(s): easter (21), holidays (147)

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Get your interactive whiteboard or projector ready, turn up the volume and treat your students to this EDUCATIONAL website that provides seasonal music while you browse.

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The Bunny Hutch - Kids' Turn Central

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K to 5
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This website provides interactive games (mazes, word searches and more), plus reproducible worksheets, crafts, clipart, and other forms of Easter fun! Check out the yearly "Hunt" published...more
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This website provides interactive games (mazes, word searches and more), plus reproducible worksheets, crafts, clipart, and other forms of Easter fun! Check out the yearly "Hunt" published about 4-weeks prior to Easter. There is a lot of "good stuff" here for elementary students.

tag(s): easter (21)

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Save this site in your favorites, so you can visit each year while you plan your Easter lessons. Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Then have students explore on their own!

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Easter Fun - Kaboose

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K to 3
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If you are looking for some Easter fun in your classroom, look no further than this website. There are crafts, activities and recipes. Word searches are provided in English, ...more
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If you are looking for some Easter fun in your classroom, look no further than this website. There are crafts, activities and recipes. Word searches are provided in English, Spanish and French. Educational activities include alphabet recognition, matching, addition and more. Be aware: this site has some rather large advertisements than can be very distracting.

tag(s): easter (21)

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If you are looking for a quick and easy seasonal activity (that has some educational value), visit this site! Have cooperative learning groups choose an activity and complete together. Have the groups share their projects with the rest of the class.

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Easter Egg-tivities - Chateau Meddybemps

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K to 3
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This interactive collection of seasonal, secular games helps early elementary students strengthen mouse skills while tapping into several content areas. Hunt for eggs, play some matching...more
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This interactive collection of seasonal, secular games helps early elementary students strengthen mouse skills while tapping into several content areas. Hunt for eggs, play some matching games, decorate virtual eggs, and read an Easter egg story. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colors (79), easter (21), eggs (6)

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Share this colorful site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner during art class (or even in the regular classroom) and explore the various activities available at this site.
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No Time for Flashcards Blog - Allie

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K to 1
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Your early learners will benefit from the hands-on activities highlighted on this loaded blog. Art meets academics here, as clear instructions for alphabet learning, book reviews, songs,...more
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Your early learners will benefit from the hands-on activities highlighted on this loaded blog. Art meets academics here, as clear instructions for alphabet learning, book reviews, songs, parent involvement, and much more are presented. Promoted as a resource of activities for young children that encourage play, discovery and learning, this blog site is a favorite. Not only are lyrics written for you, but you can watch the songs performed as they are intended on video. This site requires Flash. You can get it here: TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): alphabet (92), blogs (88), preK (279), songs (52)

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If you are a pre-school or Kindergarten teacher, you'll want to pass this along to your parents through a direct link on your blog or homepage. Special ed teachers who work with developmental delays will also love this resource.

Be sure to take advantage of the free resources: book reviews, alphabet activities, crafts, and more. Share the seasonal songs with your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector (turn up the speakers!).
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PicLits - PicLits.com

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K to 12
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The title says it all: "Inspired Picture Writing!" Use this free drag and drop literacy tool to create great sentences inspired by beautiful pictures. Or add inspirational or humorous...more
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The title says it all: "Inspired Picture Writing!" Use this free drag and drop literacy tool to create great sentences inspired by beautiful pictures. Or add inspirational or humorous captions to pictures.

NOTE: Our editors regret that PicLits occasionally allows advertising on their home page to include images that are not classroom-friendly. Teachers should preview to determine whether or not your students can ignore the ads.

"Learn It" provides learning opportunities and examples for creating captions, compound sentences, or paragraphs. Advanced lesson plans for teachers are viewed in the "Learn It" tab as well. "View the Gallery" to see already-created PicLits as well as comments and ratings. After selecting a picture (or using the one they provide) and dragging a word onto the screen, choose different forms of the word by using the drop-down menu next to the word. Move your words anywhere on the screen for creative writing. You can also click "freestyle" instead to type in your own words instead of choosing from their list. Word lists change, depending on the image selected. Note: Advertisements run alongside the PicLits screen. Caution students to ignore these. Here is an example:
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tag(s): creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142), images (265), sentences (52)

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Users of PicLits must be able to navigate tabs on sites, manage logins, and use URL's and embed codes to share results on websites and blogs. Play to learn the tools before or after joining. Help also provides a short-and-sweet text explanation of the tools.

Registering for a PicLits account requires the use of an email address. PicLits can be used without an account but users are unable to save or blog about their creation without an account. A class account can be created instead of individual student accounts. However, it does not show which work is attributable to which student. You may want to require that students initial their contributions in order to get credit. All work on the site can be seen without a login. All projects are public.

You may want to create a word doc, Favorites folder, or other "collection" of the URLS to all your students' projects in one place for easy work at grading time. Some teachers use a class wiki or blog with links to all projects from there. You may allow students to self-register, but be sure to keep a written record of their passwords for when they "forget." It may be worth your time to do advanced registration for your younger students or simply use a whole-class account.

Share a PicLit on your interactive whiteboard at the start of a grammar or writing lesson to discuss word choice, figures of speech, or vocabulary. Use the visual picture prompt for journal or blog writing, allowing each student to compose a unique poem or haiku. Even science classes can write about concepts illustrated in the many nature photos. Emotional support teachers will love the chance to discuss feelings and how to describe facial expressions in the pictures. Make a collection of PicLits for a curriculum topic or as a literary magazine online. ESL students can create PicLits to learn new vocabulary. Have students create PicLits for special occasions and special people (mom, dad, grandparents, school nurse, or others). Use the embed code to place your creations on many other sites, including your class wiki or blogs. Share your PicLit by using a URL or code for an embedded widget.

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NASA Digital Learning Network - NASA

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K to 12
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Learn firsthand from experts and specialists at NASA! Join free and interactive video-conferencing events or view podcasts for use in classrooms. Use the "Event Catalog" to find events...more
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Learn firsthand from experts and specialists at NASA! Join free and interactive video-conferencing events or view podcasts for use in classrooms. Use the "Event Catalog" to find events for specific grade levels, science subjects, or topics. View the event's focus and description as well as downloading Adobe pdf files of introductory activities and complete educator guides for different grade levels. A variety of webcasts are available. For example, in 2009, NASA's offerings include "Exploring Other Worlds," "The Earth System," and "Global Warming, Causes and Consequences." Educators must create a login and register for events. Access to video conferencing hardware is necessary for the live video-conferencing events. Download applications needed for viewing the webcasts from the "Tools and Plug Ins" page. The tools are also available at the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): air (163), earth (228), environment (317), nasa (39), space (205)

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Educators can view professional development webcasts from NASA's education experts. Download the pdf documents for use in class, and introduce concepts for students and formulate questions in class. Use several students to record fine points of the lectures, collect the most requested questions prior to the video-conference, and begin discussions following the event either in class or using web 2.0 tools such as a blog or a wiki. In lower grades, use the webcasts to introduce science concepts visually on a projector or interactive whiteboard.
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Visions of Christmas - American Antiquarian Society

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2 to 12
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Original illustrations of classic Christmas memorabilia highlight this no-frills site. If you need a quick explanation, with photos, about the origin of Christmas, Christmas trees,...more
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Original illustrations of classic Christmas memorabilia highlight this no-frills site. If you need a quick explanation, with photos, about the origin of Christmas, Christmas trees, and evolution of Santa, this site will suit your purpose well. The four main topics include: Origins of Christmas, Evolution of Santa, The Christmas Tree, and Twas the Night Before Christmas. Students researching old customs will appreciate the simple approach.

tag(s): christmas (64), trees (30)

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Art teachers, enlarge the antique photos and engravings by double clicking on the small picture. The enlarged image can be printed to be included in a vast choice of art projects. Around the holidays, project one of the pictures on your interactive whiteboard or projector for students to use as a writing prompt, as they write a story about what they feel the picture portrays.

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Earth Day Groceries Project - The Earth Day Groceries Project

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K to 8
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Have your students decorate paper grocery bags for Earth Day! The "Earth Day Groceries Project" is cost-free and one of the largest and oldest projects on the Internet. The project,...more
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Have your students decorate paper grocery bags for Earth Day! The "Earth Day Groceries Project" is cost-free and one of the largest and oldest projects on the Internet. The project, managed by Mark Ahlness (a third grade teacher in Seattle, Washington), challenges students to decorate paper grocery bags for Earth Day featuring environmentally friendly messages. There are four steps to the project, all well-explained on the site. Be sure to visit the Project Starter Kit link. This link includes a PowerPoint presentation about the project, screensavers, project details, and more.

tag(s): creativity (109), earth (228), earth day (112)

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Use this interdisciplinary activity to integrate art, creativity, community service, science, and Earth Day events. Share the PowerPoint presentation with your class on a projector or interactive whiteboard to get students motivated about the project.

Display pictures of some of the bags on your class website. Provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website; challenge parents to make this a family activity.

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Earth Day - Kaboose

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K to 5
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If you are looking for Earth Day activities in your elementary level classroom, don't miss this interactive site! Features of this site include Earth Day crafts, recipes, learning about...more
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If you are looking for Earth Day activities in your elementary level classroom, don't miss this interactive site! Features of this site include Earth Day crafts, recipes, learning about the history of the holiday, several interactives (all related to the environment), printable pages, quizzes, and more. There are links for both classroom and home activities.

Be aware: this site does include advertisements. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), environment (317)

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As you prepare for Earth Day, check out the many resources at this site. Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Set up a learning center for students to explore the interactives on their own. Have small groups investigate a specific topic on this site and report back to the class (a multi-media presentation would be great). Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.
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Clevr - Clevr Ltd.

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6 to 12
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Create a panoramic photo without a special camera! Use a normal camera to take the photos. The CleVR Stitcher is the easiest photo stitcher available. Just drag and drop your ...more
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Create a panoramic photo without a special camera! Use a normal camera to take the photos. The CleVR Stitcher is the easiest photo stitcher available. Just drag and drop your pictures, click the button, and the application "stitches" them together for you. By joining your pictures, create a stunning panoramic picture. Clevr enables you to embed the image into your website or blog, share the images on various social networking sites, and more.

tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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Users need to be able to log in to the website, upload and manage pictures from their computer, and use simple tools.

As an alternative, you can create a "class account" that all students can access. Share your panorama on the web in the interactive viewer. Embed it into your blog or website using the embed code.

Possible uses: Create panoramic pictures for blog headers on a classroom blog. Students can plan and take pictures representing their town, area, school, or classroom. Use the pictures to create a panorama for the top of the page. Social Studies teachers may assign students to create panoramas of local history. Art teachers can also assign a design challenge for students to create fictitious panoramas from diverse images. Literature teachers can offer an option of creating a "setting panorama" or "thematic panorama" as a project for visual/spatial students. Of course you will want them to explain their design choices in terms of the literary work.

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Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index - MSNBC

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6 to 12
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We know that today's students are far more accustomed to learning through images than students of the past. This site is a collection of the work of dozens of political ...more
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We know that today's students are far more accustomed to learning through images than students of the past. This site is a collection of the work of dozens of political cartoonists and is constantly updated to provide fresh content tied to the news of the day. The site is surprisingly deep, however, and has cartoon galleries that go back at least five years.

Teachers should be aware of several cautions however: Preview the cartoons collections for age-appropriateness; understand that the site does contain advertisements; and recognize that the images are copyright protected. Teachers are advised to post links to specific cartoons rather than trying to "cut and paste" the cartoons into websites or other documents.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), politics (99)

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Use the political cartoons on this site to introduce a class discussion on current events, civics, or government. Try using a cartoon as a writing prompt either for individual students or for collaborative work. Post a link to a particular cartoon or cartoon series on your classroom blog for discussion. Have students try to create a cartoon (either drawing or using computer generated images) depicting current events in the news.

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Paper Critters - JR Fabito

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3 to 8
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Paper Critters helps you create various styles of small creatures using body templates, art tools, and accessories. Paper Critters is a creative site that can be pulled into many classroom...more
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Paper Critters helps you create various styles of small creatures using body templates, art tools, and accessories. Paper Critters is a creative site that can be pulled into many classroom activities. Students can create people, animals or robots, to name a few.

The gallery, coined The Colony, should be previewed by a teacher for appropriate content. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animation (63), design (84), sculpture (21)

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Designs can become intricate and detailed, so consider setting guidelines if completing during class time. Students can create "creatures" with adaptations, describe them in written form and justify the adaptations in accordance with a science unit. Create or present critters on an interactive whiteboard or projector while discussing features. Critters can be designed as writing prompts, to create story characters, or to represent famous people for book reports. Try creating a class pet for everyone to take care of! Have students save their critters by placing their initials somewhere in the critter name and then download them to a class file or e-mail them to a teacher account. Work together with the art teacher to support curriculum concepts in this creative endeavor!
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Young Artist Workshop - Kevin Collier

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K to 6
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With this site, you don't need to be an art teacher to teach some very easy art and illustration techniques to your students. Kevin Collier, an acclaimed artist, demonstrates simple...more
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With this site, you don't need to be an art teacher to teach some very easy art and illustration techniques to your students. Kevin Collier, an acclaimed artist, demonstrates simple drawing 'classes' for your students via video on his blog. He also answers questions about art from his young audience. Check out his archive for more art lessons. When you watch him draw, you will need to fight the urge to pick up a pencil and paper.

There is a "Sign In" option, but all features appear useable without registering at the site. This site requires Flash. Get it from theTeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): drawing (78)

In the Classroom

If you find your art teacher is out for the day and there is no substitute, let Kevin teach art to your class via an interactive whiteboard, projector, or individual computers. This site could be used in language arts class to illustrate a story, social studies class to add depth and drawings to a project, or other subject areas. Differentiate for your visual/spatial students by providing the link to these tutorials when they choose to create visual book reports or research products.
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Lincoln Bicentennial: 1809-2009 - Library of Congress

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K to 12
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If you are preparing for Lincoln's 200th birthday or a unit about the 16th President of the United States, check out this site. Designed for students in all grades, there ...more
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If you are preparing for Lincoln's 200th birthday or a unit about the 16th President of the United States, check out this site. Designed for students in all grades, there is an interactive timeline, online quiz, podcasts, detailed lesson plans for all grades K-12 (with standards), printable pages, research information, suggested literature for all ages, information about the Civil War, Gettysburg, and more! Much of the site requires Flash; some of the printables require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): civil war (145), gettysburg (26), gettysburg address (18), lincoln (86), presidents (130)

In the Classroom

Be sure to save this site in your favorites! Share the interactive timeline, online quiz, and podcasts using your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site for research about our 16th President. Have students create a blog from Lincoln's point of view (or from a slave's point of view AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation). Use the lesson plans designed for the grades that you teach. (Don't miss the history, language arts and writing, and art lessons).
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