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Mr Nussbaum's Language Arts - Greg Nussbaum

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K to 8
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This site was developed with the idea that crucial concepts, themes, ideas, and fact sets taught in the classroom can be enhanced over the internet through interactivity. Furthermore,...more
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This site was developed with the idea that crucial concepts, themes, ideas, and fact sets taught in the classroom can be enhanced over the internet through interactivity. Furthermore, for teachers to have a reliable k -8 internet site to use in the computer lab or in the classroom, that likely covers one or many themes currently being taught. The Language Arts portion of the site contains several activities that can supplement any Language Arts program. Spelling Central allows teachers to input their own spelling words then converts the list into a word search, abc order practice, missing letter practice and a mixed up word activity that can be printed or practiced by students online. In addition, there are Language Arts games, reading comprehension exercises, story units, practice with commas, abc order, nouns and pronouns and more. Be sure to check out the animated biographies of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. Students will need to be cautioned to ignore the ads on the right hand side of the page when exploring the site.

tag(s): alphabet (92), alphabetical order (19), presidents (130), spelling (168)

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This site will work well for classrooms with individual spelling lists as students can input their own list to create printables and online activities for spelling practice. Watch the animated biographies on your interactive whiteboard as part of your President's Day activities. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share the link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access from home.
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reencoded - reencoded

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2 to 12
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At reencoded you will find beautiful, interesting photography you can use as writing prompts. The URL for this review is just one of the pages of cool photography you will ...more
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At reencoded you will find beautiful, interesting photography you can use as writing prompts. The URL for this review is just one of the pages of cool photography you will find at this site. Since this is a blog, the front page will change frequently, so be sure to bookmark your favorite pages. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "older entries" to find a plethora of material.

tag(s): writing (358)

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Using photos as prompts is good for the students who have writers block, are having problems visualizing what they want to convey in words, or for young writers just starting out. Giving students a photo helps them to form a story and makes their ideas more concrete. Use your projector or interactive whiteboard to project one of the photographs and have students envision the photo as a video that has been put on pause. Ask students to come up with ideas for what happened in the video before it was paused, and what will happen once the video is on "play" again. Have students annotate the picture with the ideas the class comes up with, and then let them get started writing their story to go with the photo. You could do several of these and make a class book of the students' writing. For this you might want to use Mixbook reviewed here to publish student writing to give your writers workshop publishing a professional flare.

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Writing Bugs - Education World

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3 to 12
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Writing Bugs is an online library of writing prompts organized in a timely fashion by months, (for example: Describe snow to someone who has never seen it), as well as ...more
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Writing Bugs is an online library of writing prompts organized in a timely fashion by months, (for example: Describe snow to someone who has never seen it), as well as "Anytime Writing Bugs," such as: Write about a goal that you would like to achieve this year. Stop racking your brain for new writing ideas and start livening up your resources with this variety of topic and story starters. A huge advantage for these writing prompts is that the subjects are categorized month by month so you can be assured that the topics deal with relevant content, or you may choose from the many that are applicable all year round.

tag(s): writing (358), writing prompts (92)

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You can easily click on the current month and display a particular journal entry starter on your whiteboard or choose to project a few to provide your students with options. They can be used to "get the ball rolling" at the beginning of class, as daily or weekly warm-up activities to practice general writing or skills that you are focusing on, preparing for state assessments, free-writing, or as an "anytime" or "when you're finished with your work" activity. They can be easily printed to use as "emergency" or substitute lesson plans.

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Madlibber - Sean Huber

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2 to 12
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Madlibs have come a long way since 1953 when they were invented. This site has an online Madlib creator you can use in many different ways. It's easy to access, ...more
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Madlibs have come a long way since 1953 when they were invented. This site has an online Madlib creator you can use in many different ways. It's easy to access, and there is no registration needed. Just click on "create a new madlib" and you'll be presented with a template. There is a sample story so you get the idea of how to create one. You will also get to put in tags so you can find your Madlibber again. The site also lists current madlibs that others have created. Beware of some of the content of the already created madlibs, if you intend to allow students to use this site independently.

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Create a Madlib using Madlibber and share it with your class using your interactive white board and projector to reinforce curriculum topics such as types of plants or famous inventors. Either show the students how to make one about the curriculum topic, or have students operate the board/computer while others suggest words to fill in the blanks in one you have prepared. Madlibs can be used in so may ways: teaching parts of speech, reviewing for a quiz, introducing a new subject, or even as a "Cloze" reading story. Use this site as a station on one of the computers in your class. Put the direct web address (URL) for your Madlibber on your class web page, since some of the public Madlibbers may not be appropriate for your students. Give extra credit to those who work outside school to create classroom-appropriate madlibbers for others to use as review (and share the direct links on your class web page).

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Idiom Videos - BBC

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8 to 12
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This BBC site for ELL/ESL learners offers common idioms, organized by themes, illustrated with entertaining videos. Themes range from animals to body idioms, to colors, to sports, and...more
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This BBC site for ELL/ESL learners offers common idioms, organized by themes, illustrated with entertaining videos. Themes range from animals to body idioms, to colors, to sports, and food. The videos feature a speaker with a British accent, drawing and explaining the idiom orally while drawing and while using it.

tag(s): idioms (44), vocabulary (324)

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Add this site to your classroom computers and send-home newsletters to help clear up the meanings of often confusing idioms with a humorous touch. Although the focus is on ESL/ELL students, the cleverly done draw it and say it approach of the videos might serve as a model for student creations of vocabulary word explanations. World language students, similarly, could create similar videos or in class presentations using the draw it, tell it technique to explain new vocabulary words. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Kidsreads - Carol Fitzgerald

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3 to 8
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This is the site for anyone that loves to read! Reviews of the latest kids books are available along with trivia, author interviews, and special book features. There are author ...more
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This is the site for anyone that loves to read! Reviews of the latest kids books are available along with trivia, author interviews, and special book features. There are author pages, reviews, podcasts, and audio (coming soon), new and upcoming, books into movies and other sections to discover. Special sections are available for librarians, teachers and parents. Anyone interested in the newest children's literature will appreciate and enjoy this site. Links are provided to purchase books discussed on the site, but you can avoid them and use the library instead. Students will enjoy entering the many contests available on the site and perhaps win one of the book giveaways!

tag(s): authors (120)

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Print out book reviews as examples before having students create their own book review. Use this site to help students find some fresh literature to read. Use trivia questions as quiz questions after reading books in class or during independent reading time. Use the author links to learn about authors popular with students.

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Study English - Australia Network

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4 to 12
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This site, produced by Australian TV, offers oral lessons for intermediate and advanced level English language learners. The TV productions are available online in their entirety; they...more
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This site, produced by Australian TV, offers oral lessons for intermediate and advanced level English language learners. The TV productions are available online in their entirety; they provide listening, pronunciation, and reading and writing practice for LES candidates. Although based on the Australian curriculum and testing called IELTS, the lessons, vocabulary, and practices are appropriate for any learners of English. The accent on the videos is, of course, Australian. Included in the offerings, in addition to the videos, are tape transcripts, study items, and quizzes.

tag(s): grammar (216), video (253)

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Use this site with ESL/ELL learners as designed. Share the lessons on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers are available, have students view the lessons independently (with headsets) and create multimedia projects to demonstrate what they have learned. Have students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Better yet, if students get used to the video and exercise formats, have them produce similar videos teaching a few lessons about their home cultures! Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

Special ed teachers and those seeking combination video/text lessons to use to teach listening/reading comprehension may find these lessons valuable, as well.

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CurriConnects - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help...more
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge. Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Topics include Earth Science, Explorers, Frontiers and Settlers, Geographic Wonders (landforms), Inventors and Inventions, Maps, Math in Use, Medicine and Health, The Artists's Eye (books with outstanding illustrations and books about artists), What Do You Do? (careers). More are being added on an ongoing basis. Grade ranges vary.

tag(s): book lists (126), independent reading (126), reading lists (73)

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Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Explore the many ideas TeachersFirst offers for using CurriConnects in your classroom. Be sure to share these lists with ESL/ELL teachers for reading selections to build student vocabulary and understanding of curriculum.

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Story Soup - Highlights for Children

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K to 6
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Story Soup is filled with a variety of reading activities for every elementary learning level and style. Students will enjoy the interactive nature of activities such as Goofus and...more
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Story Soup is filled with a variety of reading activities for every elementary learning level and style. Students will enjoy the interactive nature of activities such as Goofus and Gallant where readers can choose the twists and turns of the story; Rebus Roundup where students can fill in the rebus blanks to create their own silly stories; Book Clubs where learners can vote for their favorite books; and The Timbertoes where students can make their own stories using provided illustrations/captions. Students can experience a Story of the Week and The Arizona Zone, a section focused on the beloved Highlights character and her social issue-related debacles.

tag(s): literacy (103)

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Adapt this site for struggling readers by turning on the volume and providing it as a listening center while students follow along with the text. Allow students to work with partners to create silly stories and share with the class on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Extend the stories by using the writing process and allow students to publish their final outcomes. Use as an enrichment tool for those who finish their work quickly or need that extra challenge. Add to the desktop and use as a center activity. Or add it to the class web page and let parents and students investigate the site together.

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Overstream - Overstream, Inc.

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9 to 12
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Add subtitles wherever you want them in your videos. Use with videos on You Tube, Google Video, Blip.tv, and Vimeo. More sites may be added in the future, but those ...more
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Add subtitles wherever you want them in your videos. Use with videos on You Tube, Google Video, Blip.tv, and Vimeo. More sites may be added in the future, but those four video sites were the only ones able to be used at the time of this review. Click the "FAQ" tab to view the most frequently asked questions and view tutorials. Register for free using an email. Email verification is required. Use the bookmarklet browser add on to instantly add subtitles to videos as you view them.

tag(s): movies (64)

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Users must find or upload an appropriate video to You Tube or Vimeo (be sure to check services that may have been added to the About page.) Check to be sure the videos will be accessible at school. Grab the video URL and enter to bring into the Overstream player. Choose start and end times and enter the subtitle text into the correct place. Share your subtitled Overstream by using the link they provide.

Discuss the appropriate and inappropriate use of this resource, including the consequences. Proofread the subtitles before entering into this application and publishing to the Internet.

Use this application to add funny or explanatory subtitles to movies where students explain the experiment, historical events, viewpoints, stories, etc. Create narration in Spanish and add English subtitles or try it the other way around! Annotate political videos with subtitle labels, such as which portions may include incomplete or erroneous information. Have students add subtitles to demonstration videos to underscore important steps, such as ingredients in a recipe. Have ESL/ELL students practice written language by putting English subtitles onto a video in their native language. Let students' imagination soar!

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Guzzle - Lemonchick

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8 to 12
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This news aggregator allows you to select whatever news topics you would like to see displayed. You can choose either to see just the headlines or the headline and its ...more
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This news aggregator allows you to select whatever news topics you would like to see displayed. You can choose either to see just the headlines or the headline and its news source before you read. After customizing the pages, you can click to see a page showing just the items you would like to read. When you mouse over the headline, you can see the first sentence or so of the selected news item before clicking to get it in entirety. Clicking on the headline sends you directly to the original source newspaper. Once linked to the original newspaper, you have the option to search other articles at that source as well.

tag(s): news (261), newspapers (94)

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This site is excellent for enrichment, research, or a current events class. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have the students open the site and use the whiteboard tools to set up a class selected news offering for each day.

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My StoryMaker - The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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1 to 4
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My StoryMaker lets student create story books. Students can add characters, backgrounds, objects, and animations. Every time a student puts in an emotion or action, the program will...more
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My StoryMaker lets student create story books. Students can add characters, backgrounds, objects, and animations. Every time a student puts in an emotion or action, the program will create the sentence for you. Students can also add their own text to the provided text. Stories can be printed out when done. You can't edit a story once it is done but it can be shared with others by entering the magic number that is provided. Stories are kept for one month. You can also download the story as a PDF.

tag(s): stories and storytelling (32)

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Use this creative tool in your language arts class. Place the link on your class webpage and let students independently create stories. Using your interactive whiteboard or projector use the magic number and have students share their creations. Print out student stories, laminate them and place in your classroom library. This site is also a great way to teach students about adding details to a story. Teach about main character, setting, theme, plot, and more! Create a story with the class and model how adding details to a story makes it better.
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Vocabulary Development - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students using daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary...more
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This collection of tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students using daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary (special ed), and ESL/ELL language.

tag(s): vocabulary (324)

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Browse this collection when you have students who seem to need extra vocabulary reinforcement or choose one or two tools to use repeatedly each time you introduce new terms. Share specific links or the entire collection for students to find "what works" to help them master vocabulary before the test. Mark this collection in your favorites to have differentiation strategies at your fingertips.

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daily-writing-prompt.com - Coach Hart

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5 to 12
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Here the writing teacher will find writing prompts galore and even more! Scrolling down the "Home" page you will find links to all sorts of helpful information and resources. Check...more
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Here the writing teacher will find writing prompts galore and even more! Scrolling down the "Home" page you will find links to all sorts of helpful information and resources. Check it out! "The Daily Ten" (as in 10 minutes a day) are prompts posted weekly, plus, you can see past "Daily Ten" prompts or preview prompts a week in advance. The "Mega Prompt" area gives a more complete scenario for students to write about, and encourages student publishing. Be sure to investigate "Writing Around the World" for topics of the week and publishing student work.

tag(s): essays (21), writing (358)

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You could set up a writing center or post the prompts on your website for students to use in many ways. For instance, have a link on your website so parents or guardians can read the prompt, and, as part of the writing process, ask them to review with their student what was written. The writing could be initialed by the parent/guardian when this has been done. For older students you may want a writing center that results in the submission of their writing to the "Writing Around the World" category. Why not create a class writing wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Or you could simply project (on your interactive whiteboard or projector) prompts from the "Daily Ten" to use as bell work while you are taking attendance, etc.

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The National Writing Project - James Gray

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1 to 12
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At The National Writing Project(NWP)you will find all sorts of ideas, advice, and resources to help you help your students to become better writers. This is a jewel of a ...more
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At The National Writing Project(NWP)you will find all sorts of ideas, advice, and resources to help you help your students to become better writers. This is a jewel of a website that is dedicated to promoting writing and teachers who are working to help students become successful writers and learners. This reviewer read an article about teachers using photos as prompts for writing. Within the article were several resources and ideas that can be used immediately. This is a massive site with lots of information. Take your time and go through it. You do not have to join the site to read or search for articles and resources. However, if you do join, you'll have the option to sign up for events, participate in discussion forums, receive E-Voice, the NWP's bi-monthly email newsletter that provides news updates, links to articles of interest to writing teachers, and other information about the NWP community.

tag(s): essays (21), writing (358)

In the Classroom

Every time you visit the NWP site you'll learn something new or find a new idea or resource. For instance, did you know that the second annual National Day on Writing is October 20, 2010? At the NWP site you'll find lots of ideas and resources for contributing to the National Day on Writing. Since this site updates articles and resources fairly often it would be best to bookmark your favorites using a social bookmarking tool such as Diigo reviewed here. Using a tool like Diigo will also allow you to share sites and resources with other teachers and students, too.

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Story Snoops - Four Moms

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2 to 12
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Find down-to-earth book reviews of popular children's books. Input a favorite topic, author, title, or genre to find a book meeting your interests. Use the browse feature to get a ...more
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Find down-to-earth book reviews of popular children's books. Input a favorite topic, author, title, or genre to find a book meeting your interests. Use the browse feature to get a taste of what books the site has reviewed. Under the Featured Books section, can see book covers and a short summary of newly added titles. A popup next to each book cover shows the appropriate reading age, genre, title, and author. Clicking further leads to a longer summary, list of key words for the book, the scoop (comments from the point of view of a parent), and links to other books with the same key words. A quick find feature lets you input just one item like a theme or genre to come up with a list of books to enjoy. What a fabulous tool for reluctant readers, or anyone who likes to find "the right book."

tag(s): independent reading (126)

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Show this site to your students on your projector and/or interactive whiteboard so they can search for independent reading books to suit their interests. You may even want to have them practice writing book reviews of their own following the style of the summaries here. Share the book reviews on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Talk with students about what they think their parents might say about their selected books, similar to the slant given in the story scoops. Provide a link to this site on your class webpage for students to find books both in and out of the classroom.

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Grammar and Words - British Council

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4 to 12
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Although this is intended as an ESL/ELL site, the focused activities, exercises, and games apply to teaching grammar in any classroom. The straight forward approach is a rich resource...more
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Although this is intended as an ESL/ELL site, the focused activities, exercises, and games apply to teaching grammar in any classroom. The straight forward approach is a rich resource for those hard-to-grasp grammatical rules and structures. Complete with a quick reference section and explanations, Grammar and Words provides a number of options for practicing grammar and usage. This could also be very useful in an elementary class just being introduced to these concepts of grammar.

tag(s): grammar (216), speech (92)

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Use this website as a resource to supplement your grammar lessons and as another approach to those "foreign" grammar terms, like clauses and phrases that students find difficult to wrap their heads around. Some of the activities are even appropriate for the upper elementary grades. Make a shortcut to an activity on your classroom computer by RIGHT-clicking in the middle of the page and choosing the option to Create shortcut, to give yourself a quick, easy way to open an introduction or review of the grammar you expect students to be familiar with, and project it on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not provide this link on your class website for students to access at home?

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English Online - New Zealand Ministry of Education

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K to 12
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English Online is a premier resource for all elementary and secondary teachers of English. It includes what students need to know, what teachers need to know, and even a section ...more
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English Online is a premier resource for all elementary and secondary teachers of English. It includes what students need to know, what teachers need to know, and even a section on how our teaching impacts learning. This site was created and is based and maintained by the New Zealand Ministry of Education; however its uses are internationally sound and practical. Whether you are searching for language and literature resources, teacher exchange of ideas, assessment tools and processes, strategies, or sequential units and models, you will find all of the offerings to be plentiful. The website is also available in various language dialects of New Zealand.

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Bookmark this site in your favorites for when you are planning objectives and learning activities, searching for materials, or looking for fresh, reliable ideas. No matter where you are on the career ladder, this site provides a storehouse of quality digital content from early childhood through senior year and beyond, which you can embed and blend into your existing program, use to support learning across the curriculum, download, print, project on your interactive whiteboard or projector, or have students use individually or collaboratively on individual computers.
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Jigsaw Classroom - Elliot Aronson

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Click on 10 Easy Steps to find out how to implement this tried and true technique for cooperative learning in a classroom studying any subject. Basically, teachers divide classrooms...more
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Click on 10 Easy Steps to find out how to implement this tried and true technique for cooperative learning in a classroom studying any subject. Basically, teachers divide classrooms into groups of 5 or 6 students and appoint one as the leader to direct and report on the group's activities. Teachers divide the day's learning into as many groups as there are in their classrooms. Students read their parts. Groups may exchange expert learners to report on what is going on in other groups. Back in the original groups, each group reports on its part and students have some type of evaluative activity, like a quiz or other summary activity.

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Have the students prepare a quick online presentation of their findings, results, summaries etc. Have each student or each group prepare one or two quiz questions to share with the entire class. Be sure help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard (or projector) and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Balance your group selection by ensuring each group has strong and weaker students, girls and boys, students from different ethnic groups or nationalities, etc. Use this activity also as a way to review before tests. Have students present their findings in a multimedia presentation. Why not have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Historypin - We Are What We Do

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This is a site created in partnership with Google as a project to help generations share and talk more through social networking. The concept is that young people ask older ...more
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This is a site created in partnership with Google as a project to help generations share and talk more through social networking. The concept is that young people ask older people to share their photos; these photos are then uploaded through Google maps to show the world as it once was. The older pictures can be compared to today's images through Google street view. In addition to uploading photos, stories can also be shared about the time period and the pictures. Historypin is still in Beta stage; however, there are plans for events throughout the world to launch the site in the near future.

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Use as an enhancement to research projects of family, historic events, and world cultures by finding and uploading pictures to the map. Use Historypin as a resource to compare and contrast different time periods in the same geographic area. Demonstrate on the interactive whiteboard or projector how different places have changed over time. Have individual students or cooperative learning groups create podcasts using PodOmatic (reviewed here) to go along with the maps. ESL students will appreciate the ability to upload pictures and/or learn about their country of original.
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