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Story Town - Harcourt School Publishers

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K to 5
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Story Town offers a writing and reading resources for language arts teachers and students. Main topics include: About Authors and Illustrators, Grammar Glossary, Ideas for Writers,...more
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Story Town offers a writing and reading resources for language arts teachers and students. Main topics include: About Authors and Illustrators, Grammar Glossary, Ideas for Writers, Lesson Vocabulary, and Language Support Posters. There are also links to parent resources, teacher resources, online assessments, and more. The Parent Resources include Internet safety, helping your child become a good reader (and writer), ideas on helping your child to become a better test taker, and more. Teacher resources include language support posters, word wall ideas, author celebrations, letter home ideas, and additional support lessons. This site is extremely useful whether or not your school (or student) uses Harcourt. There is something useful for all elementary students.
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tag(s): authors (120), creative writing (166), expository writing (44), grammar (216), internet safety (108), word study (80)

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Story Town can add new life to your language arts classes. Find examples to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share both grammar lessons and writing ideas. Bookmark this site as a reference for struggling learners or ESL/ELL students. Be sure parents have this site as a resource for suggestions to help their children with reading, writing, and test taking strategies.
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Tornadoes - Curriculumbits

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2 to 8
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This simple site describes the development of a tornado. Both vocal and written sentences show exactly what happens when a tornado forms. The most interesting part is the last screen...more
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This simple site describes the development of a tornado. Both vocal and written sentences show exactly what happens when a tornado forms. The most interesting part is the last screen where you can click the different levels of tornadoes (from F0 to F5) to see what happens to a typical scene. This site will be great for ESL/ELL or resource students since each screen is very simple, easy to read, and vocally backed up.

tag(s): tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Use this as an introduction to a lesson on different kinds of severe weather or in the aftermath of a severe tornado strike. Have students make dioramas of a typical neighborhood scene and then, following the illustration of the tornado devastation from this site, take down whatever parts of the neighborhood will disappear, depending on the severity of the storm.
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Backpack Practice - Backpack Practice

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K to 12
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Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math,...more
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Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math, science, history, or languages to begin. Be sure to allow the program to access your computer microphone when prompted. Some answers are given as a spoken response. View the image and respond to the prompt: identify the president, say the number of dots on the dice, etc. If unsure, you can pass. Your number of correct responses and passes display on the left of the screen throughout the task. Be sure to speak clearly for Backpack Practice to recognize your response. Our editors did notice that the program sometimes gets behind in "hearing" your response, and we also noticed an occasional typo.

tag(s): addition (251), animals (276), continents (49), countries (76), division (172), grammar (216), map skills (79), money (193), multiplication (227), numbers (204), phonics (75), preK (281), presidents (131), speech (92), sports (97), states (162), subtraction (208), test prep (95), time (144), vocabulary (323)

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Share Backpack Practice with students for a quick practice of math facts, continents, presidents, and much more. Explore the various topics available for your grade level/subject area. Challenge students to improve their time or score for completing activities. Since many of the activities require speaking, not typing, this site is useful for all ages and abilities. Provide this link on your class website for students to access at home (if they have Google Chrome).

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Learning English with Mr. Duncan - Mr. Duncan

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2 to 12
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Discover a comprehensive YouTube channel of ESL/ELL videos at Learning English With Mister Duncan. This channel includes over 75 videos at the beginner through intermediate levels....more
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Discover a comprehensive YouTube channel of ESL/ELL videos at Learning English With Mister Duncan. This channel includes over 75 videos at the beginner through intermediate levels. Subjects include survival English, grammar, travel, the history of linguistics, and more. Videos vary in length from just a few minutes to over 30 minutes. Mr. Duncan is a British series, so American English speakers may notice some slight differences in pronunciations. Mr. Duncan claims to offer a new video daily! If your district blocks YouTube, these 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): cultures (105), grammar (216), punctuation (43), slang (15), video (254)

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Check out the video list before presenting a lesson to your ESL/ELL learners. These selections are an excellent way to preview or summarize the lesson you have prepared. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website or wiki for students (and ESL families) to explore at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own ESL/ELL videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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WordSense.eu - dictionary - Dirk Moosbach

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7 to 12
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WordSense.eu is part dictionary and part thesaurus, based on Wiktionary information. Type in any word in the search bar to view word origin, definitions, synonyms, and more. This site...more
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WordSense.eu is part dictionary and part thesaurus, based on Wiktionary information. Type in any word in the search bar to view word origin, definitions, synonyms, and more. This site provides a multitude of information about the words. Click on underlined words within a definition to view their definitions. Our editors note that this is an unabridged dictionary including words not appropriate for school. Discuss consequences of inappropriate use and/or avoiding using this resource with immature students. .

tag(s): dictionaries (56), prefixes (16), root words (13), suffixes (14), thesaurus (24), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125), word study (80)

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Use Word Sense on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to explore word origins, definitions, and more. This is a great site to use as a resource for a word of the day or word of the week. Choose a word and have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Share this site on your class website or blog for students to access at home for writing projects. Use this tool to decipher words when studying word roots and affixes. As students prepare for the SAT, have them explore and attempt to figure out words based on roots, etc.

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Online Voice Recorder - 123apps

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K to 12
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and ...more
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Just as the name says, Online Voice Recorder allows you to record your voice from your computer and save the file. With no membership required, this is a free and simple recording treasure! Simply push the record button and follow screen prompts to ALLOW the application access to your computer's microphone. Talk as long as desired. Then listen to the recorded playback. Trim and edit the length using easy sliders as desired. Save your finished version in mp3 format using the link.
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tag(s): fluency (23), preK (281), speech (92), spelling (168)

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Have students practice spelling words orally, record speeches, practice reading fluency, and much more using Online Voice Recorder. After recording, allow students to listen to the playback and reflect upon the quality of their work. Do before and after recordings of students to share with parents during conferences to demonstrate reading progress. Have students record weekly summaries for what has happened in your class to share on your class website or blog (you will have to upload the files). Record weekly or daily homework assignments and share as a voice recording on your website. Save file space by replacing old files with new ones. Online Voice Recorder would be an excellent resource for recording and sharing more complicated directions for projects and assignments (adding you voice intonation and cues!). Your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students may do better with a combination of written AND auditory directions. Provide the link on your class website for students to use at home for additional practice in spelling, reading, practicing reports, and more. Share this site with parents at Back to School Night. Have students write and record audio book reviews others can play on iPads or iTouches in the school library. If you have gifted students in your classroom, this tool is simple enough for even the youngest to be able to record audio mini-dramas portraying a historic figure, poetry readings, and more. Be sure to show them how to NAME and download the files to the local computer! Anything they can say out loud can become a creative project recording. Don't forget about recording musical performances or practices.

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Ice Cream Talk - ABCya

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3 to 5
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Get one scoop of ice cream for each noun and verb correctly identified. There is an ugly monster standing nearby waiting to scoop up the missed answers, in the form ...more
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Get one scoop of ice cream for each noun and verb correctly identified. There is an ugly monster standing nearby waiting to scoop up the missed answers, in the form of ice cream scoops. If you get ten scoops, you get to play a bonus round. This round consists of moving the ice cream cone under the falling scoops to get as many as possible. You can select three different types of games: all nouns, all verbs, or a mixture of nouns and verbs.
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tag(s): grammar (216), parts of speech (68), verbs (41)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard. Set your students in pairs at classroom computers to review nouns and verbs. Create a learning station using this site on your interactive whiteboard or laptops. This site is ideal of including in your BYOD or 1-1 classroom for noun/verb practice. Be sure to put a link on your class web site so students can play at home, too.
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Let's Have Fun with English - Mrs. Haquet

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K to 5
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Help your ESL/ELL students with vocabulary using this interactive site! The site offers 34 categories of vocabulary words. Clicking on any category leads to many words in each category,...more
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Help your ESL/ELL students with vocabulary using this interactive site! The site offers 34 categories of vocabulary words. Clicking on any category leads to many words in each category, visuals for the words, sounds for the words, matching games, and crosswords. This site was created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some different pronunciations and even vocabulary words.

tag(s): vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125), word study (80)

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Bookmark this site on your classroom computers (or save in your favorites) for ESL/ELL students to use in their free time. Send them home with the URL or post it on your website so they can practice with the entire family. Special education students may benefit from seeing the pictures, hearing the sounds while learning the words.
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Duolingo - Duolingo

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1 to 12
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Duolingo is a free, online learning language class. Sign up with email. Make a selection from Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Italian. Earn points on different levels as you work towards...more
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Duolingo is a free, online learning language class. Sign up with email. Make a selection from Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Italian. Earn points on different levels as you work towards mastery. Practice provides both seeing and hearing the words. Your responses require choosing the English translation and also spelling the words in the "new" language. Put your knowledge to work in the immersion section and translate a document or even upload a document of your own. Check the vocabulary you have learned and your progress toward mastery. Track your weekly progress. The discussion section answers individual questions. Learn how Duolingo is offered for free by watching the "This is how we do it" video. There are free iOS and Android apps for Duolingo.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), french (88), game based learning (103), german (64), italian (33), portuguese (18), spanish (108)

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Use Duolingo in your world language classes as another form of practice and enrichment. Have students sign up to compete against each other in a fun game of language mastery. Have world language students use the immersion tool to help read and translate authentic text. For an ELL/ESL classroom, provide extra, specific practice in beginning English. ESL/ELL students can also use the immersion section to check their own written documents and connect with other ESL/ELL students. Offer this site as a supplement when you study cultures from around the world. Gifted students are sure to enjoy the challenge of learning some language phrases.
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Mathematics Enhancements Programme - Center for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching

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K to 12
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The Mathematics Enhancement Programme is a comprehensive resource full of free math curriculum resources for all grade levels. Materials include lesson plans, practice materials, printable...more
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The Mathematics Enhancement Programme is a comprehensive resource full of free math curriculum resources for all grade levels. Materials include lesson plans, practice materials, printable number lines and cards, and student activity sheets. Click any key stage level to download an entire year's worth of course materials. In addition to printed materials, interactive tutorials (offered in a fairly basic-looking computer style) offer lessons and remediation for many math topics. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English (as well as the type of currency used for money problems). The site dates back a ways, so the actual "look" is a bit old fashioned.

tag(s): counting (120), data (148), fractions (239), functions (70), geometric shapes (163), money (193), number lines (22), number sense (97), numbers (204), percent (82), prime numbers (31), probability (130), time (144)

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Bookmark and save this site for supplemental math resources throughout the year. Explore the lesson plans to use in your own classroom. Create a link to interactive tutorials on your website or classroom computers for student use. Share the excellent Spanish language math materials with your school's ESL/ELL teacher.
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eQuiz Show - eQuizShow

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3 to 12
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Make quizzes from ready-made quiz show templates or create your own using this free tool. NO membership is required, but you will need to remember the password you add to ...more
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Make quizzes from ready-made quiz show templates or create your own using this free tool. NO membership is required, but you will need to remember the password you add to the quizzes you create so you can return to and edit it. Templates can be edited to suit your purpose. Some of the general topics include most subject areas (history, math, science, social studies, languages, and technology). There is also an area related to sports and games. It is helpful to know some html code to make your quiz look the way you wish it to (boldface, etc.), but there are reminders at the side to help with this option. Note that the quizzes do NOT score your results and are intended to be played orally (Jeopardy style).
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tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96)

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Create Jeopardy style quizzes for review and reinforcement of classroom content. Have groups of students create a quiz to share with the class or with other groups. Students can brainstorm what they liked about each of the different activities for more analysis on their strengths and weaknesses and how they learn best (metacognition). Have student emcees operate the student-made quizzes on an interactive whiteboard or share them by url on a class wiki so every student can take try. Create pretests to offer to gifted students to "test out" of already learned material. Challenge your gifted students to create pretests for the rest of the class. Learning support teachers may want to have small groups create their own review quizzes, since creating the quiz is actually a way to reinforce content.

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Cloze Test Creator - l.georges

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2 to 12
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Create your own cloze quizzes out of any piece of text. Paste the text into the box and select how you want the cloze test made. Select different sentence functions. ...more
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Create your own cloze quizzes out of any piece of text. Paste the text into the box and select how you want the cloze test made. Select different sentence functions. Choose to have every few words eliminated, or choose your own items to be removed for the cloze. Participants can choose either interactive or text only quizzes. The missing words appear at the top of the quiz. With the interactive quiz, the player types the missing word in the blanks. The site has a lot of flexibility in creating cloze tests. The site will work with world languages as well, but instructors have to choose the every few words option since the site will not recognize, for example, prepositions in another language.

tag(s): quizzes (96), reading comprehension (116), reading strategies (45)

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Use this site to review parts of speech or sentence functions. Teach ESL/ELL students to succeed in adding troublesome prepositions or articles, especially in their writing, since the missing word is at the top. Use a cloze test to have students review terms and concepts in science, geography, and history. Use this site in world language classes to help understand verb tenses and more!

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101 Science - Sciecne 101.com

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3 to 12
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Science 101 is a science Internet portal. Although rather "plain vanilla," this site has a LOT to explore. After choosing a subject area: astronomy, bacteria, biology, books, calculations,...more
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Science 101 is a science Internet portal. Although rather "plain vanilla," this site has a LOT to explore. After choosing a subject area: astronomy, bacteria, biology, books, calculations, chemistry, data, earth, electronics, or ethics, find articles or web site links for further information. This site includes over 30 subject area on a variety of science and math topics. Use as a resource to begin explorations.
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tag(s): resources (112), science fairs (25), scientific method (64)

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In the classroom, use Science 101 as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject, find articles, videos, or experiments. Use parts of this site at a center. List as a resource on your class website. Be sure to have the link available when students work on research projects or even during free exploration time.
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Intel Education Units - Intel

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K to 12
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Find engaging, challenging units to begin your Common Core journey. Intel Education Units are complete and include assessment tools. Search by grade level or subject. Find the basics...more
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Find engaging, challenging units to begin your Common Core journey. Intel Education Units are complete and include assessment tools. Search by grade level or subject. Find the basics for planning units. Also find sequencing maps, sequencing activities, classification charts, and prioritizing listings. Instructional Strategies include activating prior knowledge, graphic organizers, cooperative learning, and questioning strategies.

tag(s): literacy (103)

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Begin your curriculum planning here. After reviewing exemplary units, use as they are, or modify to fit the needs of your students, content, or even resources adding your own personal touch. They will inspire you to dig deeper and go further with Common Core! Be sure to bookmark this site (or save in your favorites) as your go to resource for Common Core.
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Film English - Kieran Donaghy

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3 to 12
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This award-winning site provides ESL/ELL lessons by watching movies. The site is presented in blog format. Find short summaries of the featured lessons on the opening page linking to...more
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This award-winning site provides ESL/ELL lessons by watching movies. The site is presented in blog format. Find short summaries of the featured lessons on the opening page linking to complete lesson plans. The corresponding featured movies are embedded within the site as well. Each complete lesson plan includes: Language level, Learner type, Time, Activity, Topic, Language Goals, Materials, and Downloadable materials. Each lesson has different activities and language focuses. In addition to the featured lessons, search for lessons with movies on different themes and at different levels. At the time of this review, there were more than 90 complete lessons with movies at this site. View complete lesson plans at this site or download and print them. The videos are hosted in various places, including Vimeo and YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then some 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): descriptive writing (41), grammar (216), movies (65), vocabulary development (125)

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Explore lessons useful in your classroom. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a class wiki of movie reviews featuring the short films with this site as language practice for your students. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Learn 46 Languages Online for Free - Open Culture

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4 to 12
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Find a complete listing of places to learn many, many languages, including free apps and websites. Among the languages one can study for free are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian,...more
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Find a complete listing of places to learn many, many languages, including free apps and websites. Among the languages one can study for free are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, and Hungarian as well as many others from around the globe. Each language has different offerings available. The language lessons are available in many different formats including Youtube videos, MP3s, feeds, apps, iTunes lessons, text, and websites. Since there is a variety of resources for most languages, pick the one that offers the way you are the most comfortable learning. Although most of these resources were developed with secondary students (or adults) in mind, a few are appropriate for upper elementary grades.
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tag(s): chinese (48), french (88), hebrew (14), italian (33), portuguese (18), russian (26), spanish (108)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector in world language classes. This is a great tool for students to use to explore MORE of their new language both in the classroom and at home. Use this tool to enrich your classroom during world cultures units and let students explore a new language. Offer this site to gifted students to explore and learn (or compare) new languages on their own. This is a great site to help YOU learn some of the native languages of your ESL/ELL students, even how to say "hello" could make their day! If your school celebrates an ethnic heritage festival, you will find ideas for activities among these many resources.
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StoryToolz - Chuck Heintzelman

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2 to 12
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StoryToolz offers many different tools for authors: story generators, word count meters, a readability analysis, a random conflict generator, a title generator, a cliche buster, and...more
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StoryToolz offers many different tools for authors: story generators, word count meters, a readability analysis, a random conflict generator, a title generator, a cliche buster, and more. Choose any of the topics to begin. Story generators offer suggestions for conflict within a story or half a title. Choose from random title beginnings and endings to generate your title. Don't miss the Readability area: paste up to 5K of text in the box to check the readability of any source. Registration isn't required; however, it offers the opportunity for additional resources within the word count meter section and a larger portion of text for analyzing in the readability section.

tag(s): creative writing (166), readability (8), stories and storytelling (33)

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Share StoryToolz with students in your writing class to generate ideas for stories and possible centers of conflict to map out new tale. Use the readability section with any writing to determine appropriateness for use with students. Have students paste their writing in the readability section to determine if their writing is at an appropriate grade level or to note information such as words per sentence or use of various parts of speech. Paste into the cliche buster to point out ho-hum wording and overused expressions. Suddenly, students may begin to write more complex sentences or use more vivid language. Be sure to include a link to this site on your class webpage and classroom computers for use throughout the year. The readability portion of the site is a great resource for ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers to help determine appropriateness of reading materials.

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Teaching Kids News - Jonathan Tilly, Joyce Grant, and Kathleen Tilly

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2 to 8
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Teaching Kids News is an online news magazine designed for kids in grades 2-8. New articles are published frequently (almost daily) throughout the school year, relating to events...more
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Teaching Kids News is an online news magazine designed for kids in grades 2-8. New articles are published frequently (almost daily) throughout the school year, relating to events around the world. Choose from content topics such as news, entertainment, science, or sports. Choose the in-class ideas portion to get ideas for using articles in the classroom. Browse the archives for past articles, or click on tags to view articles with similar content. Articles include comprehension questions, student activities, and more.

tag(s): guided reading (47), independent reading (128), news (261), newspapers (94)

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Include a link to Teaching Kids News on classroom computers. ESL/ELL teachers and those who work with learning support students can recommend this site to students with lower reading levels when students are required to report on current events, even in upper grades. Have students choose an article to share with the class. Use the in-class ideas for additional lesson ideas. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class reviewing an article using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Find other articles with similar content then use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare them. Teacher Librarians might want to keep this page open on computers for students who drop by the media center or include news notes from this site as part of your morning announcements. Have a student news show on your school TV channel? Find great material here for students to retell in their own words.

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Calkoo - Trinity Capital

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4 to 12
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Other online calculators don't add up to the diverse collection of calculators Calkoo has to offer. Browse categories including measurement, wage, taxes, stock analysis, mathematics,...more
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Other online calculators don't add up to the diverse collection of calculators Calkoo has to offer. Browse categories including measurement, wage, taxes, stock analysis, mathematics, loans, health, saving, investing, real estate, and more! Calkoo can handle many tasks, including some rather complex calculations. Complete the various fields based on the type of calculation. Some utilize radio buttons and drop down boxes, while others ask for numbers only. Create almost any kind of calculation you need with this easy accessible calculating tool. Language options include English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.
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tag(s): addition (251), area (66), calculators (41), division (172), fractions (239), measurement (159), multiplication (227), percent (82), quadratics (32), subtraction (208), volume (45)

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Calkoo is a great free tool to replace expensive graphing calculators that many students may not have. Calkoo works well on computers, mobile devices, and interactive whiteboards. Use this site during a unit on careers, economics, or financial literacy. Include it as part of a measurement unit. Share during Family and Consumer Science units to explore the cost of living and have students put together a mythical "budget" for living in their chosen career. Have students send you on a vacation and include calculations for the currency converter, fuel cost calculator, sales tax for souvenirs, and more! This is a great site to support many experiments in science. Calculate acceleration, velocity, and time, or use the mathematics category to complete problems. Use this tool in social studies class for quickly calculating years or months from important timelines or when figuring out geographical distances. In English or L.A. classes, quickly figure out the life span of authors or how long ago a story took place. In health or science classes, use the BMI calculator or get other accurate measurements. Visit Calkoo and select a calculator to meet your needs! Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. The various languages make this tool very useful for ESL/ELL students.

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Quadblogging - David Mitchell

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2 to 12
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Give your student writers an audience... possibly an international one! Sign up for Quadblogging and be guaranteed that your students will have at least three other classrooms...more
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Give your student writers an audience... possibly an international one! Sign up for Quadblogging and be guaranteed that your students will have at least three other classrooms to read and respond to their blogs. We all know that having an audience for our writing makes us better writers. The creator of this program has hard evidence of that. His students (in the UK) were scoring at 9% on the British writing achievement test before Quadblogging. After a school year of using Quadblogging, his students increased their scores to 60%. In subsequent years, these students continued to have their scores grow by two grade levels per school year. There are two short videos on the home page. One video explains the concept of Quadblogging, and the other is the creator speaking at BETT, the world's largest ed tech conference. You will also find the form to fill out to have your class join others in Quadblogging.

tag(s): blogs (88), cross cultural understanding (115), writing (359)

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If you never blogged before, you might want to check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics for the Classroom. Have your students choose a question from Thought Questions reviewed here. Have students respond to the question, and then have them ask the reader to respond to their writing and answer the question from their point of view, too. The benefits go beyond just writing. You can also build cultural understanding and world language skills through blogs. Help your students become aware of environmental issues or how to live "green" for our planet. Try Greenlearning.ca, reviewed here, or choose something from the Environmental News Network, reviewed here, for students' Quadblog projects.

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