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Canva - Canva.com

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K to 12
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Canva presents a simple way to design almost anything with drag and drop technology. Create custom posters, business cards, presentations, badges, flyers, charts and graphs, and more...more
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Canva presents a simple way to design almost anything with drag and drop technology. Create custom posters, business cards, presentations, badges, flyers, charts and graphs, and more using a custom layout or a blank page. Begin by choosing the type of design you want to create. Choose pre-made templates or design your own. Upload images from your computer or your Facebook account. Change your background, add text, and personalize as desired. When complete, choose link and publish to save and download your creation as an image or PDF file or copy the link to share via URL. For creating charts and graphs go to the Features tab. There is an iPad app (free) available for this tool. Note: you must register (with email and password) before you can access this site.
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tag(s): graphic design (36), images (273), posters (39), slides (65)

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Create a slideshow, invitations, or photo collages for any classroom presentation. Share what you created on your website or blog for students to review or for students who were absent. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. However, older students could easily create themselves! Have students create their own Canva presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki and have others guess who they are about. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class for students to practice design principles and techniques. Create 2 to 5 circle Venn Diagrams. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate HOW to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Wonkblog: Kurt Vonnegut graphed the world's most popular stories (blog post) - Ana Swanson/Washington Post

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5 to 12
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Read about and see "graphs" of famous stories as sketched by author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007). This blog post includes an embedded YouTube video of Vonnegut explaining his "graphs"...more
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Read about and see "graphs" of famous stories as sketched by author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007). This blog post includes an embedded YouTube video of Vonnegut explaining his "graphs" of classic story "shapes" as well as examples for each. The video is old and grainy, but quite entertaining. Shapes/graphs include "Man in a Hole," "Boy Meets Girl," and even the classic creation story. You need not have read the exact examples he provides to understand -- and start wondering about the "shape" of stories you know. Even younger readers could understand these concepts if you explain them in simplest terms. The graphs, or story shapes, are shown as infographics redrawn by Maya Eilam. You can view the full infographic of the graphs/story shapes as a single image herehere. Some videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): authors (121), creative writing (167), infographics (47), narrative (22), stories and storytelling (33)

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Explore the patterns of story and narratives in our culture and beyond using this visual approach to story mapping. In a high school language arts class, watch the video of Vonnegut explaining story shapes (about 4 minutes) and challenge student partners or groups to think of other examples of that story map, even from movies or television shows. Then turn the class loose to make their own graphic representation of a literary piece you have read recently - or of a movie that is popular right now. If you have an interactive whiteboard, have students direct a student "emcee" to do the drawing as the class gives instructions. With younger students, you may need to talk as a class to be sure students are able to grasp the abstract patterns shown in the graphs, and the video may be too adult level for them to understand without a slower discussion. Once your class (of any level) seems to grasp the idea, post story shapes on your class wiki or web page (with proper credit) so students can add their own examples of tales they have read or watched that fit the pattern. If you give them extra credit for noticing such stories in their own lives, they will internalize the idea of narrative patterns. You could also make a story shape bulletin board where students can add index cards with names of books/tales they read under each pattern. If you are promoting narrative writing, use these story patterns as a way to help students get ideas for where a storyline can go so it has a beginning, middle, and end.

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We Are Visual Animals - Charlie Clark

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9 to 12
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Witness the work of today's digital designers and read about them on this remarkable site. This blog features "visual creatives" selected and interviewed by blog creator Charlie Clark....more
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Witness the work of today's digital designers and read about them on this remarkable site. This blog features "visual creatives" selected and interviewed by blog creator Charlie Clark. See their works interspersed with questions that delve into the why behind them. Questions such as "Describe your creative process - how do you come up with an idea for a new piece?" elicit thoughtful responses that help all of us "visual animals" understand what we are seeing. New posts appear about every two weeks. The interface of the site is simple but elegant, with small icons to advance to the next post or "see" the works (an eye icon).

tag(s): artists (78), photography (158)

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Share this blog with your visual arts students or students creating an online literary magazine. Use it as an example of the kind of artists statements and interviews that can make the difference between a stilted exhibit and a meaningful immersion. Encourage your high school art students to use some of the ideas and interview questions from this blog in their own visual portfolio sites to use for themselves and for college applications. Use one of the web page tools from the Edge to create personal portfolio sites. Art or photography teachers can use the works on this site to teach design principles. Share images on an interactive whiteboard or projector for students to annotate the images and talk about what makes them "work." Use images from the featured artists as visual writing prompts in English class. Use some of the artist's statements as examples to inspire more personal college essays.

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Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop - Autodesk, Inc.

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9 to 12
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Do you want to use STEM with better learning through design? Bring project based learning through design along with science, technology, engineering, math, AND art with this tool. The...more
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Do you want to use STEM with better learning through design? Bring project based learning through design along with science, technology, engineering, math, AND art with this tool. The Digital STEAM Workshop is a curriculum using Autodesk products, such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Worried you do not know how to use the software? Don't fear! The student materials include extensive information about completing the projects. These projects are real world, engaging challenges for students. Teacher resources are extensive and include project briefs, lesson plans, pre/post tests, and extensive materials for students. Be sure to note the available materials includes prerequisites, ideas for differentiation, extension ideas, and STEAM connections. Be sure to check the For Educators section, as well as the How-To videos. Teacher materials are available as a download. Be sure to look over all the information on the site including the free download link for the software found in the upper right corner. Discuss the installation and use of the software with your Administration or Technology departments to see if it will work on school computers. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animation (66), architecture (84), engineering (129), STEM (167), sustainability (19)

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View the basic information. "Start Here" is a good place to start! Choose from the three different levels of information and projects. Be sure to view the lessons and materials under the Teacher Resources section. Select from projects labeled Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced as appropriate. Use a project from the curriculum in place of one activity normally planned through the year. As you become comfortable with using authentic project-based curriculum, consider adding more. Choose from subjects: Architecture, Animation, Engineering, Manufacturing, Maker, STEAM, or Sustainability. These activities would be wonderful challenges for gifted students. Consider looking at student curriculum and creating a class that fits a STEAM model. Incorporate many of these activities into the curriculum. Use projects such as Urban Planning in a variety of different courses in school.

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Kotobana - Kotobana

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K to 12
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"Draw" a flower from the visual text of a single word using this simple Japanese tool. The basic tools are labeled in English. Browse the Gallery to see examples, including ...more
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"Draw" a flower from the visual text of a single word using this simple Japanese tool. The basic tools are labeled in English. Browse the Gallery to see examples, including this one our editors made using the word "teaching." Click +draw to make your own. Enter a single, short word and choose options such as font and color scheme. Give it a name, and it will be added to the Gallery. There are other sharing options for the designs you make, but many are labeled in Japanese! If you click to open it from the Gallery, you can copy its direct url from your address bar to save as a Favorite or share with others. Turn off autoplay in the Gallery to keep your design on the screen. Roll your mouse over a design (or tap it on a tablet) to make it spin! You can share to Facebook and Pinterest directly. The easiest way to share is by saving the url or by taking a screenshot of your finished design (Printscrn button on Windows or Command+Shift+4 on Mac). You also have the option to actually print. Note that the gallery could have word designs that may be in other languages or possibly be inappropriate for young people. Our editors found nothing objectionable at the time of this review. Preview to be safe. Click the sound on/off option in the footer to turn off the music as you enjoy the site.

tag(s): design (94), firstday (25), graphic design (36), symmetry (53)

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Demonstrate radial symmetry in an art or math class using this tool. As you teach letter shapes in kindergartens, try making a design to help your students see the shape in this colorful format. If you teach about fonts in an art or graphic design class, this tool can spark discussion about the design elements of letter forms. An idea for elementary or middle school teachers: Have students create "flowers" of their own names (or shortened nicknames) as a getting to know you activity during the first week of school. Post the design screenshot images on your class web page or print them to put in the hallway.

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Paperhouses - Paperhouses

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7 to 12
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Peek into the architectural design process or even participate in it via this public sharing site of blueprints from some of the world's best and most innovative and respected architects....more
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Peek into the architectural design process or even participate in it via this public sharing site of blueprints from some of the world's best and most innovative and respected architects. Join for free to access "architecture in open source" to see how new materials are being used, read blog posts by designers, and browse designs and actual blueprints. See how architects are solving challenges of sustainability and more.

tag(s): architecture (84), design (94), engineering (129), environment (322), structures (25)

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Share this site as part of a simple unit on measurement and scale (blueprints!) or in discussions about the environment, engineering, and the impact of human behavior on our world. Include it as a link on your class web page for art classes, gifted classes, or environmental issues. If you teach CAD or tech ed, this site is a wonderful example of drafting put to use in the real world. Have your science students research some of the materials used in the designs or analyze the structures' load bearing properties in a physics class. Share this site as part of career explorations so students can explore what architects say and do. Encourage students to select designs and share their analysis or discussions about them as a blog post or wiki page. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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STEAM Education - Sarah Weaver

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4 to 7
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Enhance STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Math) through great ideas found on the this blog. The ideas demonstrate activities for use including instructions...more
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Enhance STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Math) through great ideas found on the this blog. The ideas demonstrate activities for use including instructions and images of students completing activities. View archives for additional lessons. Find art, articles, lessons, or resources under the categories link. Add your email for notification of new posts and updates.

tag(s): blogs (86), STEM (167)

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Be sure to bookmark this blog or sign up for updates to continue to receive great ideas for incorporating STEAM into your classroom. Collaborate with your school's art teacher to teach lessons found on the site. Share ideas from this blog with parents for entertaining at-home activities. Use ideas from the site for a Math/Science fair at school.

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SlideRule - Parul Gupta and Gautam Tambay

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8 to 12
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Discover some of the world's best online courses with SlideRule's search engine. Enter what you want to learn into the search bar. Explore the offerings provided or browse by subject,...more
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Discover some of the world's best online courses with SlideRule's search engine. Enter what you want to learn into the search bar. Explore the offerings provided or browse by subject, university, or providers. Narrow results down by starting date, teaching method, or credentials. Each entry includes a short description of the course, fees (many are free!), start dates, length of course, and skill level required. Many classes also include reviews from other SlideRule users. Click the "Enroll" link to go directly to the course or save to your wish list after creating a free account. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. Most do not require Flash. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): professional development (162), search engines (63)

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Share SlideRule with your gifted students as a resource for finding enrichment resources or content not taught by your school. Search for and share free courses for all students to use for review of any topic. Use the SlideRule search engine to find professional development courses for your own personal use.
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Daylight - Daylight

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9 to 12
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Explore Daylight as an "immersive experience" to "revitalize the relationship between art, photography and the world-at-large." This visually rich site shares "stories" of artists along...more
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Explore Daylight as an "immersive experience" to "revitalize the relationship between art, photography and the world-at-large." This visually rich site shares "stories" of artists along with images of their works. Note that just as the world of art can include material that may not be classroom friendly, so can this site! A few include nude images (and one had an inappropriate hand gesture). Preview and select specific "stories" for sharing with young people. The vast majority of the artists, however, offer awe-inspiring works of photography, digital art, and artists' statements explaining their works, all quite appropriate for any audience interested in photography. Note that you can return to the home page and access navigation by clicking the little D or small green box with lines in the top left corner. There is a free iOS app version of this site, as well.

tag(s): artists (78), photography (158)

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Share this site as part of an art course or a photography class. Use it as an example of ways students can share their own online art or photography portfolios with accompanying statements. Then suggest tools such as Wix, reviewed here or Weebly, reviewed here for them to build that portfolio. Teachers of gifted can use Daylight to compare and contrast the way artists talk about their work with a site such as Biomimicry reviewed here that explores the relationship between nature and design. Are science and art related? In what ways are scientists and artists alike?

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Make A Roman Mosaic - Jo Edkins

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3 to 12
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Create your own Roman Mosaic with this interesting online tool. Choose a color and mosaic piece then click to add to your design. When complete, copy and paste the code ...more
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Create your own Roman Mosaic with this interesting online tool. Choose a color and mosaic piece then click to add to your design. When complete, copy and paste the code generated into a word processor file. Learn more about Roman designs by clicking links to information about the different patterns such as Greek Key, Maze, and Knot.

tag(s): patterns (85), romans (36)

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Demonstrate how to use this tool on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share this tool during art class to incorporate art into history lessons. Have students create their own designs and practice patterns. Create a Roman Mosaic to incorporate into classroom reports. Use this tool in math class when teaching about symmetry. In geometry class challenge students to create shapes using this tool.

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Snow Days - Always Snowing LLC

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K to 4
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Do you need a snow day? Create a virtual snowflake without folding and cutting. Send it to your friends and family with a message. You will receive notification when someone ...more
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Do you need a snow day? Create a virtual snowflake without folding and cutting. Send it to your friends and family with a message. You will receive notification when someone responds. The site keeps track of the total amount of flakes ever made (currently over 12 million). The site also tells you how many others are currently creating snowflakes (in "real time") by sharing "Current Conditions."
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tag(s): preK (293), snow (22)

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Let it snow all day with these virtual snowflakes. Challenge students to write poetry to include when students send their snowflakes to parents or grandparents. Research winter animals, places, or birds and put information and write facts on snowflakes. Create and make a multimedia presentation with your different snowflakes. Make a blizzard of all of your snowflake messages! Virtually cutting and creating snowflakes may become addicting!
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Maptia - A World of Stories - Dorothy Sanders, Dean Fischer, and Johnny Miller

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6 to 12
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Maptia is a bold, beautiful world of thoughtful and inspiring stories told through photographs by photographers, adventurers, and writers. Explore stories categorized by places, themes,...more
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Maptia is a bold, beautiful world of thoughtful and inspiring stories told through photographs by photographers, adventurers, and writers. Explore stories categorized by places, themes, and storytellers. Stories focus on portraying an individual perspective of the location and why it matters on a personal level. Find a collection of inspiring stories by people and organizations who are making a difference in many corners of the world. When browsing through offerings, information includes a short synopsis along with the location featured and an estimate of time to read the story. Create an account to add your stories. Bookmark and save favorites for viewing at any time. Maptia works well for viewing in all browsers, but it is optimized for Chrome and Safari when creating stories.

tag(s): creative writing (167), digital storytelling (153), narrative (22), photography (158)

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Share Maptia on your interactive whiteboard or projector to discover personal stories from anywhere in the world. Share with students as examples of personal narrative writing. Challenge students to create an account and add their own personal stories. To find even more stories like those under Causes see The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heros, reviewed here, and follow their ten steps for writing about people who make a difference. Create a class account and bookmark favorites. Share with students through a link on your class web page. Display photographs for use as a creative writing prompt.

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Getty Images - Getty Images

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4 to 12
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At Getty Images, select from millions of photos. Explore more than 100 years of photography from Woodrow Wilson to the most recent American Music Awards. Under the Editorial tab, search...more
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At Getty Images, select from millions of photos. Explore more than 100 years of photography from Woodrow Wilson to the most recent American Music Awards. Under the Editorial tab, search by Sports, Entertainment, News, Archival Photos, and Editorial Collections. For most of this collection, the watermark has been dropped, and the service appends a footer at the bottom of the picture with credit and a link to the licensing page. Creating an account is optional. There is also a video category; however this review is about the images only.
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tag(s): images (273), photography (158)

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Use this site in every subject area where images can convey concepts or students make projects. Share an intriguing photo on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a writing prompt for a short story (or poem). Use images for extra practice when writing in world languages, by having students describe the scene or tell a story about it. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. When looking for free materials for use in projects or to place on websites, begin the search here. Be sure to keep a link to this site on your wiki, blog, or web page for students to use whenever they are working on a project. Not comfortable with wikis or blogs? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through and Blog Basics.
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Interactive Sites for Education: Christmas - Weebly

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K to 2
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Jingle all the way to find a merry collection of Christmas interactives. Here you will find the Reindeer Orchestra (music can be created by YOU), many math challenges, "decorating"...more
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Jingle all the way to find a merry collection of Christmas interactives. Here you will find the Reindeer Orchestra (music can be created by YOU), many math challenges, "decorating" art fun, coordinate challenges, word searches, logic games, puzzles, and more!

tag(s): addition (223), christmas (64), holidays (151), puzzles (202)

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Add this site to your lesson plans to use in December. They are sure to motivate your students! Introduce the activities on your interactive whiteboard. Bookmark (or save) these games at your classroom computers to used during center time. Share this link on your class website for students to use at home.
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Interactive Sites for Education Hanukkah - Weebly

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K to 3
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Find a fun collection of interactives to celebrate Hanukkah. Activities include; a scrapbook of Hanukkah ideas, a virtual dreidel, word search, and a few logic games. ...more
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Find a fun collection of interactives to celebrate Hanukkah. Activities include; a scrapbook of Hanukkah ideas, a virtual dreidel, word search, and a few logic games.

tag(s): hanukkah (14), holidays (151)

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Add this site to your activities to use for Hanukkah. Introduce simple games on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark this site on your classroom computers to use during center time. Use as an incentive to promote positive behavior. Share this link on your class website for families to access at home.
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Interactive Sites for Education Fall/Autumn - Weebly

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K to 2
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Fall into the autumn season with this collection of activities containing a pumpkin patch math review, autumn painting, and a simple classroom design tool. ...more
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Fall into the autumn season with this collection of activities containing a pumpkin patch math review, autumn painting, and a simple classroom design tool.

tag(s): addition (223), fall (15), holidays (151)

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Add this site to your lesson plans to use in the fall. Introduce activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark (or favorite) this site on your classroom computers. Use the math activities for a learning station. Share the link on your class website.
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Interactive Sites for Education Winter - Weebly

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1 to 4
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Have the winter blues? Spice up your classroom with this engaging winter collection of activities in math, reading, puzzles, and more. General categories include Snowflakes, Snowmen,...more
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Have the winter blues? Spice up your classroom with this engaging winter collection of activities in math, reading, puzzles, and more. General categories include Snowflakes, Snowmen, and Gingerbread Men. Design your own snowman, have a virtual snowball fight, learn about symmetry by creating a virtual snowflake, and more.

tag(s): christmas (64), holidays (151), snow (22), symmetry (53)

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Add this site to your lesson plans to use for winter. Introduce simple games on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Bookmark (or save) this link on your class computers. Use as an incentive to promote positive behavior. Share this link on your class website.
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Granite School District Curriculum Maps - Granite School District, Salt Lake City, Utah

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K to 12
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Granite School District offers an extensive resource of curriculum mapping materials at this comprehensive site. Choose any subject from the elementary or secondary curriculum maps...more
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Granite School District offers an extensive resource of curriculum mapping materials at this comprehensive site. Choose any subject from the elementary or secondary curriculum maps to begin. Choose from curriculum maps aligned to Common Core Standards and SRA Imagine It! textbooks. Some sections also include model lesson plan formats, manipulative lists, instructional schedules, and parent guides. Subjects include all core subjects as well as library, health, music, and more.

tag(s): professional development (162)

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Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year. Download and use curriculum maps, assessment schedules, and parent guides. Be sure to check the math section for several support documents such as lesson plan templates and guides for teaching basic facts. Share with other staff for use as models for lesson planning and curriculum mapping.
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Build a Snowflake - Peter Hawkes

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K to 10
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Create virtual snowflakes using the simple tools of this Flash-based interactive. Click New Snowflake to access the tools. Be sure to watch the sample snowflake first to understand...more
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Create virtual snowflakes using the simple tools of this Flash-based interactive. Click New Snowflake to access the tools. Be sure to watch the sample snowflake first to understand how to drag the nodes on the starter triangle. Click to add and drag nodes on each line of the triangle. Preview to see your shape replicated and rotated to make a full snowflake using radial symmetry. You can edit it to change how it looks. Add as many nodes as you wish to make more complex designs. Click to name and save your snowflake. You can also print it. Animate the snowflakes to see your creations "falling." Note that "saving" simply puts the snowflake information in the browser cache on your computer and may not actually "save" once you close your browser, depending on the computer settings. "Send to a friend" emails ONLY the website address (not your flake) for your friend to try the snowflake tool.

tag(s): snow (22), symmetry (53), weather (198)

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Explore geometric constructions or simply enjoy some winter fun with this tool. In math, geometry, or art class, explore what happens when a shape is repeated radially. Use this to demonstrate radial symmetry, figure/ground relationships, and the impact of obtuse/acute angles in creating snowflake shapes. Have students create flakes when studying angles. They can screenshot or print them, then write an explanation of why the angles they used created a successful flake. They can even create comparisons of two flakes. With younger students, use the snowflake builder as a writing prompt for a winter story or in lessons on crystals, weather, and more. Save printer ink by taking screenshots (Printscrn button on Windows or ShIft+Command+4 on Mac) to paste the flake images into a slideshow or save as images on your computer. Be sure to share this one on your class website for snow days!
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Polar Palooza - Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc.

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3 to 9
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Bring some polar science into your classroom! Find vodcasts (video podcasts) of penguins, polar bears, and more in the video podcasts section of this site. Be sure to review the ...more
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Bring some polar science into your classroom! Find vodcasts (video podcasts) of penguins, polar bears, and more in the video podcasts section of this site. Be sure to review the activities in the Educators Update. Learn the science of polar regions from the physical properties of melting ice to the adaptations of the animals that call the polar region their home. Meet the contributors to the site in the Travelers section.

tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (296), antarctica (30), arctic (46), polar (19)

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Plan a Polar Palooza with your classes! Students can brainstorm questions they have about the polar regions. For example, How do polar animals stay warm in their environment? Choose from activities in the Educators Corner such as "Life in the Cold and Dark" from the drop down menu. Activity pages include background information, objectives, activities to engage students, and exploration activities. Blubber Gloves is a great activity to learn about the physical adaptations of polar animals. Combine winter art projects with the Polar Palooza activities in class. For example, create a collage of animals that have blubber for warmth or a display of polar adaptations. Display artwork online using tools such as Artsonia, reviewed here or Dropr, reviewed here. In music, create handmade instruments that can mimic polar animals and create a one of a kind instrumental score! Record and publish music along with artwork using Roxio, reviewed here. Create awareness campaigns about polar animals and changes being seen as a result of climate change. Try combining activities with other subject areas for a cross-curricular unit. Try some nonfiction reading that focuses on polar animals or encourage students to create their own short stories complete with artwork using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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