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Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent - University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

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3 to 12
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs,...more
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from 45 different countries. Click Search the Collection to see image categories which include artisans, buildings and structures, cities and towns, education, landscape, religion, and women. Sound recordings include drums, greetings, rites and ceremonies, songs, and signing. The site is easily searched by keyword or by subject heading. This site requires RealPlayer. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180), air (163), architecture (83), black history (59)

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Teachers will find this site rich in resources for units on science, social studies, geography, architecture, music, art, and culture. Make Africa a "real" place by sharing on a projector as you share stories or learn about homes ("Structures")and habitats or landforms ("Landscape") with younger students. Use the sound recordings for lessons on oral history, myths, languages, and music. Assign student groups a topic area, which they can research and present to the class as a PowerPoint or another multi-media format using an interactive whiteboard or projector.

Images, text, or other content downloaded from the collection may be freely used for non-profit educational and research purposes under Fair Use. That means that you may NOT put them on the web in a public site, blog, or wiki, since you would not be limiting access to class members. If you want students to create blog or wiki pages, create passworded access for class members only to areas displaying these images and resources. Check the website for instructions on how students can cite this source in their bibliographies.

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Season Sequence Stories - Crayola

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K to 4
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This mini-lesson plan teaches children sequence, observation, season awareness, and creative expression. The children either make multiple drawings or cards which capture the outdoor...more
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This mini-lesson plan teaches children sequence, observation, season awareness, and creative expression. The children either make multiple drawings or cards which capture the outdoor scene of the present season. They also put the cards or drawings in sequential order. Children who can't write can dictate their comments to the teacher. As the children share their sequential stories with each other, they all practice listening skills, learn new vocabulary, and understand differences in points of view. Children can also take their classmates' pictures and cards and rearrange them and tell or write new stories.

tag(s): drawing (78), seasons (37), sequencing (31)

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Use this activity in response to a field trip or outdoor excursion around the school. This lesson allows ESL and ELL students who can't express themselves as well as the rest of the class to be full participants. Teachers might want to review pertinent meta-questions before taking a trip, such as "What is the name of that?," "How do you spell that word?," and "Can you repeat that?" before going outside the classroom.

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Art Attack - The Media Merchants Television Co.

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1 to 8
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As support to a TV show from the UK, this site offers hints on creating art and crafts with various media. It gives great directions for many easy but original ...more
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As support to a TV show from the UK, this site offers hints on creating art and crafts with various media. It gives great directions for many easy but original art/craft projects, called Art Attacks. Every step of each project includes a photograph of the progression of the creation. There is a sharing gallery so that teachers can submit their students' creations, if they so choose. Some art attacks contain brief write ups about featured artists This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): coal (14), drawing (78), painting (66), photography (160)

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Quickly search this site for a unique but well-explained art or craft project to serve as a culminating activity a unit. Invite your students or a parent to share a favorite art activity by breaking it down into steps and photographing each step, thus creating your own "art attack." Share your "art attacks" on a class wiki as chance for students to practice writing sequenced directions.
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The Art of Teaching the Arts - Annenberg Media

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9 to 12
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This is a wonderful site for high school educators who are interested in teaching the arts through theatre, music, art, or any of the humanities. It is a professional workshop ...more
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This is a wonderful site for high school educators who are interested in teaching the arts through theatre, music, art, or any of the humanities. It is a professional workshop site that offers 8 one-hour practical video seminars on how to teach the arts and on the passion of those who already do. The videos are free for streaming, but you can also purchase them as DVDs or VHS. You do have to register--for free. The self-described goal is a workshop to help teachers improve their teaching through seven different foci, including the diverse needs of students, instructional approaches, creating the appropriate learning environment to making the most of community resources, and encouraging students to be independent thinkers and creative problem solvers. This site requires Windows Media Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): creativity (109)

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This is a professional site rich in ideas for any teacher looking for new ideas or a jump-start to teach the arts. Make this course your personal goal for summer break or a collaborative professional development group.

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Awesome Comics Webquest - Grammarman.com

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4 to 12
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This complete unit gives ESL/ELL students get an opportunity to create (write and draw) a new comic character for the Grammarman comic series. (See TeachersFirst's...more
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This complete unit gives ESL/ELL students get an opportunity to create (write and draw) a new comic character for the Grammarman comic series. (See TeachersFirst's review of the broader Grammarman web site for other activities that may require less time). Students are able to research the history of comics, drawing, manga, super heroes, character development, and more. Throughout the webquest, students can check out what other students have created. After going through the 8 stages of the webquest, reading, writing, and drawing, your students can submit the finished product to the student pages so others can enjoy their creation. Notes for teachers summarize each of the 8 steps and make suggestions about how to use this webquest in a shorter time period. Eager comic creators who aren't ESL/ELL students will also enjoy a modified version of this quest. This website requires FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), drawing (78), grammar (216)

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Share this webquest on laptops or a classroom computer cluster for students to accomplish the "quest." Use this project in an ESL/ELL class as a cumulative review of each student's specific grammar problem. Pair ESL students with a native speaker to work on the research and drawing. This creative activity is sure to excite ESL/ELL students and native English speakers.
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Mrs. Cassidy's Web Page - Halloween - Mrs. Cassidy

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K to 3
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Treat your students to a "howling" good time at this Halloween web page created by a teacher. Some examples of activities include: "Make a Pumpkin," "Monster Match," and "Haunted Alphabet."...more
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Treat your students to a "howling" good time at this Halloween web page created by a teacher. Some examples of activities include: "Make a Pumpkin," "Monster Match," and "Haunted Alphabet." Educational topics include numbers, counting, problem solving, logic, and art. Many of these activities require JAVA and/or FLASH. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): halloween (40), logic (235)

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Use your interactive whiteboard to share the Halloween fun! Most of the links are educational and offer excellent enrichment. You may notice some spelling differences (since some of the links originate from British Columbia).

Share this link in your fall newsletter or on your class website or blog.
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Renaissance Pleasure Faire Costuming - Renaissance Entertainment Productions

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9 to 12
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If you are teaching anything related to the Renaissance time period, this is a nifty site for studying costuming of the period. It gives detailed information on the materials, colors,...more
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If you are teaching anything related to the Renaissance time period, this is a nifty site for studying costuming of the period. It gives detailed information on the materials, colors, and types of clothing worn in the Elizabethan era.

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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Whether working in theatre, art, or family & consumer science, this site works as a resource and a template for students to create authentic costuming. Using what is described; students can create their own designs of costumes for peasants through noblemen from headwear to footwear. There is a glossary of terms for proper identification. Students might want to design the clothing for Hamlet or Romeo & Juliet, using the language and information given on this site.

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Kidlink - Kidlink

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3 to 12
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This website provides an online connection to students from various areas of the world. There are links provided for students, families, and teachers. The website is available in various...more
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This website provides an online connection to students from various areas of the world. There are links provided for students, families, and teachers. The website is available in various languages - English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. Students can share stories, artwork, and more. The educational content includes life planning skills (careers), social studies (geography, government, history, etc.), writing, and many other academic areas. Free registration is required for each student and teacher. All content is monitored by volunteer moderators. What a fabulous resource to use in geography or language arts class. This website doesn't just teach students about countries throughout the world, but also allows students to interact with students of various cultures as they write and respond to each other in this safe environment.

tag(s): careers (132), cultures (105)

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Students need not have their own email to use this site. Kidlink explains that they are permitted to use the teacher's email address (which allows you to monitor their activities, as well). You might want to use your "extra" email account. Set up accounts for your students to communicate in your world language class or as part of your study of other continents. With younger students, you may want to communicate as a whole-class activity, composing on a projector or interactive whiteboard.

If your school policies limit your ability to use such a site, see the FAQ information and ready-to-go presentation explaining Kidlink. Share it with your principal and parents. ALWAYS get written parent permission when sharing student work/ideas online.

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Timeline of Art History - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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6 to 12
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City offers this site. View World Maps, Timelines, Thematic Essays, and more. Click on the "Works of Art" link to search by ...more
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City offers this site. View World Maps, Timelines, Thematic Essays, and more. Click on the "Works of Art" link to search by time period, geographical region, or thematic category. Time periods include 8000 BC to the present. Thematic categories include African, Renaissance, Colonial, Medieval, Modern, and more. The timeline features nearly every continent and many categories of art.

tag(s): art history (70), medieval (27), renaissance (34)

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Art teachers will find it easy to search for themes. History teachers can access items by date. Any of the "thematic essays" could be projected on an interactive whiteboard (or projection screen) to accompany a lecture in class. Or have students use this excellent resource for independent research or to illustrate their own presentations. Challenge groups to choose a time period and create blogs about the "mood" of the art using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary! Or have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Cell Biology Animation/ Communicating at an Unknown Rate - John Kyrk

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7 to 12
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What happens when a biologist with a passion for art creates a website? This fabulous animation site shows the artistic side of biological processes along with a few surprises. View...more
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What happens when a biologist with a passion for art creates a website? This fabulous animation site shows the artistic side of biological processes along with a few surprises. View animations that demonstrate amino acids and proteins, cell anatomy, evolution time line, Krebs cycle, and photosynthesis, to name a few. Some animations are very simplistic but artfully done. Other links include Architectural art, Fibionacci numbers, and Golden ratios. The site is written in 6 languages. Caution: a link for sale of CD of the animations is also on the page. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): dna (69), meiosis (15), photosynthesis (33), water (130)

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Use this site as an introduction to your lessons or as a review on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Your visual/spatial students and budding artists will be especially intrigued by such an approach. Create classroom models of DNA using the 3D stereoscopic models on the site. Follow the animation to write the steps of complex cellular activities. Use the zoom to see close up views of the structures.
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Letter Zoo - Chateau Meddybumps

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K to 1
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Letter Zoo is a lesson idea geared to primary-aged students working on letter recognition. The site demonstrates how to create animals and other creatures using various letters of the...more
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Letter Zoo is a lesson idea geared to primary-aged students working on letter recognition. The site demonstrates how to create animals and other creatures using various letters of the alphabet (both uppercase and lowercase). It provides several templates as examples. This is a tactile way for students to learn the letters of the alphabet.

tag(s): alphabet (92)

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Assign each student a personal letter(s) and have him/her create pages for a class book. PowerPoint works well to create BIG BOOK pages electronically using WORD ART of the letters as the graphics (rotate the letter using the green "dot" at the top and drag/resize as you do clip art). Provide a template with the letters already on the slides and allow students to arrange them. Allow students to branch out and create designs other than animals. It is always interesting to see how creative they can be! Have students present their creations in a showcase format and attempt to identify the letters on each display.

Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to share these activities (animals) with your class. See if they can figure out all of the letters used in the pictures. Then write some sentences together to accompany the pictures. Make the PowerPoint file available from your teacher web page or by email so students can "read aloud" at home, too.

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Biographical Dictionary - s9.com

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3 to 12
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This Wikipedia-type dictionary includes more than 33,000 biographies on men and women from ancient times to today. Search by birth or death dates, professions, achievements, name or...more
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This Wikipedia-type dictionary includes more than 33,000 biographies on men and women from ancient times to today. Search by birth or death dates, professions, achievements, name or other keywords. Anyone can register to edit or add to a biography. If you do recommend this site as a source for research, be sure to have the discussion about its unknown authorship and usefulness as a general information tool but not as a "scholarly" resource.

tag(s): critical thinking (108)

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This site could be a terrific way to publish student research projects to the real world. When you assign research projects on a famous scientist, author, famous American, musician, etc., have students create their written projects in a format that will fit into this online dictionary, including providing links and references for their information. Younger students could write an entry together as a class (perhaps on an author whose book you have just read). Challenge middle and high school students to find articles in your research area that contain possible inaccuracies or bias (and the research to prove it) and present both the original and their proposed changes to the class before putting them online. What a critical thinking challenge!

Be sure to follow your district's acceptable use policy if you are allowing students to contribute to this site. Make sure you have written parent permission to post student work online.

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Origami Now - Peabody Essex Museum

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3 to 9
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This website offers excellent instructional videos demonstrating how to create numerous origami projects. There are seven different projects and four difficulty levels. The videos demonstrate...more
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This website offers excellent instructional videos demonstrating how to create numerous origami projects. There are seven different projects and four difficulty levels. The videos demonstrate (step by step) how to create the origami folding projects. The activities (in order of difficulty) include a jumping frog, a duck, a dog, a water lily, a phoenix, a butterfly, and a bat. All of the videos require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): origami (17)

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The activities at this website would be perfect for a geometry class (reinforcing various shapes)or as part of cultural study of Japan. It could also be used to accompany story-reading (keep hands and eyes busy). The videos are ideal for an interactive whiteboard; students can follow (and fold) along with the videos. The videos could also be used as a learning center on your classroom computer. Just put a stack of paper with the computer, and students can practice along with the videos.
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ID-Fit - sciencemuseum

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3 to 8
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This intriguing forensic website challenges students to recreate a suspect's face. Students must analyze the features of an unfocused picture and determine the hair, eyes, nose and...more
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This intriguing forensic website challenges students to recreate a suspect's face. Students must analyze the features of an unfocused picture and determine the hair, eyes, nose and mouth of the suspect. There are detailed directions provided at the beginning of the activity. What an exciting way to teach your students about forensics and the systematic approach that drives all science! Incorporate this website in a unit about mysteries, forensics, or observation. Art teachers can use this site on an interactive whiteboard to help develop students' "eye" for facial structures. Language Arts teachers can inspire descriptive writing and characterization using these faces as students begin to notice and "show" what they see in their own descriptive words. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): forensics (27)

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Get your interactive whiteboard ready, turn up the volume - and turn your classroom into a detective lab, art studio, or writer's workshop!
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Wolf Quest - Minnesota Zoo

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4 to 12
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This fabulous website about wolves and habitats in Yellowstone allows participants to "live" as a wolf, raise their young, explore the wilderness, go hunting, and survive. Students...more
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This fabulous website about wolves and habitats in Yellowstone allows participants to "live" as a wolf, raise their young, explore the wilderness, go hunting, and survive. Students can work alone or with partners, as they learn about wolves in the wild. Students can consult biologists, write original stories, create drawings, and more. This is the first episode; future installments are expected in late 2008. Students and/or teachers must register (free)to use the program. We recommend using a single class/teacher registration or parent/student written agreements for student registrations in order to prevent inappropriate postings "clever" students might make on the community discussion boards. There are also detailed lesson plans (click on Wolf Info > classroom activities). The lesson plans include national science standards. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): zoology (7)

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Introduce this free resource on interactive whiteboard or projector. The lesson plans and interactive activity are both perfect tools to drum up enthusiasm in biology class. The Game Info provides excellent descriptors and instructions for using this program. Be sure to check back for updated episodes. Include this website on your teacher web site (and the activities) as one of a set of activities on animals and their habitats to be done in class or outside. Then challenge your students to work together in documenting local animals and habitats in a class wiki or group science fair project.
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PBS Arthur - PBS

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K to 3
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If Arthur and his friends sit on your bookshelf, then bookmark this interactive and safe PBS website. The site offers numerous activities, polls, information about your favorite Arthur...more
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If Arthur and his friends sit on your bookshelf, then bookmark this interactive and safe PBS website. The site offers numerous activities, polls, information about your favorite Arthur characters, and many other educational activities. Some examples include, "Elmwood City Map," "Facts and Opinions," "Supermarket Adventure," and numerous others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): letter writing (21), nutrition (154), writing (359)

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Make sure you click the 'Parents and Teachers' link at the bottom left column of the homepage. There, you will find lesson plans, activities, book lists, and more. Nearly all of these activities are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. When reading Arthur books in your classroom, extend the learning through these activities. From healthy eating tips to Arthur Trivia, the possibilities at this website are endless. The games are conducive to individual or cooperative learning.
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Mrs. Cassidy's Web Page - Fall and Thanksgiving - Mrs. Cassidy

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K to 3
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This seasonal website was created by a teacher. It offers many enrichment activities all about Fall and Thanksgiving. Some examples of activities include: "Catch the Falling Leaves,"...more
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This seasonal website was created by a teacher. It offers many enrichment activities all about Fall and Thanksgiving. Some examples of activities include: "Catch the Falling Leaves," "Fun in the Garden," and "Find the Differences." Educational topics include numbers, counting, problem solving, logic, and art. Many of these activities require JAVA and/or FLASH. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): fall (16), holidays (147), thanksgiving (37)

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Your class will "eat up" these free resources all related to Fall and Thanksgiving. All of these activities are ready for your interactive whiteboard (or projector).

Provide this link in your fall newsletter as free (educational) activities for students to use during the fall break.
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Universal Leonardo - University of the Arts, London

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6 to 12
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of...more
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of course, you can examine his individual works of art, but this site is organized along threads, which you can access through a traditional menu or through an interactive web. Follow Leonardo's influence in math, through his inventions, in his understanding of the human body or his examination of the natural world. There are also some just-plain-fun flash-enabled games to play: make the Mona Lisa smile broadly by correctly answering questions about her, practice mirror writing, or see if you can power his glider across a ravine.

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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Because Leonardo's work crosses so many curricular boundaries, teachers from many different disciplines might find this site useful as part of a lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, particularly when painting "the big picture" for students (no pun intended!). Art teachers, of course, can access Leonardo's work, but science teachers can use the interactive games to illustrate principles of physics or early understanding of the human body. History or literature teachers might use the site to personify the term "Renaissance Man" for students studying the time period. Whatever your discipline, be sure to make the link available from your teacher web page for curious students to explore outside of class.
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The Goofs - Jefferson County Schools, TN

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4 to 10
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This is a great site to practice proofreading and grammar. Posted as an editing activity, it provides a choice of practicing directly on the site or downloading one of the ...more
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This is a great site to practice proofreading and grammar. Posted as an editing activity, it provides a choice of practicing directly on the site or downloading one of the 25 sets to use as a PowerPoint offline. The site even allows you to download a template to make your own "goof" practices. You have a choice of downloading the PowerPoint shows (will run only if you have PowerPoint software) or viewing them online.

In the online version, click the small "slideshow" icon in the lower right, gray area of your browser window. Then advance the slides by clicking anywhere in the screen. RIGHT-click on the screen to see choices of "previous" or "next." Press your ESC key to exit the show.

tag(s): editing (61), proofreading (19), writing (359)

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A great activity for the "goof" practices would be to have students use the template to make their own "goof" PowerPoints (or wiki pages) and practice with each other. They could use their own or each other's papers to find the examples. This is a good way to practice locating their own writing errors. Have the class vote on a "Greatest Goof" award after presenting them on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Reward creativity and accuracy.

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Free Rice - freerice.com

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6 to 12
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way...more
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way for kids to practice vocabulary and basics in chemistry, math, art history, geography, and world languages. Subjects available (via the link in the page footer)include checmical symbols, world language and English vocabulary, multiplication, world countries on a map, capitals, and famous paintings. Read the FAQ to find out where the money comes from and more.

tag(s): multiplication (227), symbols (19), vocabulary (323)

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Reminiscent of The Reader's Digest "Enrich Your Word Power" feature, this is a great little time filler, especially for those students who always seem to be ahead of the rest of the class. They can challenge themselves to better their "level" as gauged by the site. They can challenge each other to see who will give the most grains of rice in any given session. If your class has a vocabulary glossary wiki, this site will provide many new entry ideas! You might even get into a conversation about how much 20 grains of rice really is and where around the world it might do the most good.

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