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ChooseMyPlate.gov - USDA.gov

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1 to 12
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Find all the practical information you need in preparing your science, nutrition, and health lessons using the government's food plate recommendations for daily eating. Nutrition for...more
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Find all the practical information you need in preparing your science, nutrition, and health lessons using the government's food plate recommendations for daily eating. Nutrition for a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important pieces of information of education for our students. Early interest, information, and healthy habits will carry them into a life of good health. Find the basic information about nutrition, exercise, and diet. The interactive program and multimedia presentations pique interest of even the most picky eaters and learners! A variety of printed information is available for student research, parent education, or even a problem based learning activity. The First Lady's campaign of Let's Move is also explained. At ChooseMyPlate.gov, you will find the latest guidelines, recommendations, and recipes. Learn the basic information about the food groups and options in each group. There are food planners for moms, tots, kids, or any age. Find nutritional information on vegetarian diets, eating out, and food trackers. A section with interactive tools provides a Foodapedia, A Daily Food Plan, Food Tracker, and a Child cost calculator providing even more helpful nutritious information. Weight loss information provides all kinds of up to date ideas, plans, and tips.

tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Dietary guidelines can be a help to all teachers, faculty, and staff. Challenge students to track their food and physical activity. Plan meals to bring you perfect health. Plan a nutrition day in which every student shares some aspect of this site in a presentation with other classes and parents. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Evaluate the cafeteria lunches to bring even more fun into your recipe! Add an international portion with your students' multicultural recipes to add to make your own cookbook, or website. Be sure to add this link to your own site.
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Kids' Stories Online - Karen Wade

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K to 6
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This site aggregates free online stories, audio books, e-books, and videos! You can also submit your own stories. Most of the stories are recently written by educators and other site...more
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This site aggregates free online stories, audio books, e-books, and videos! You can also submit your own stories. Most of the stories are recently written by educators and other site members. Membership is not required. Some of the stories are children's classics and fairy tales. The songs appear to relate to current events and education in general. There are seasonal offerings like a music video about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The site offers "free" activities related to the topic of the story, usually coloring sheets and simple games. A small part of the site is under construction. More stories and other items are constantly being added.

BEFORE submitting any stories created by your students, check with your administrator to be sure that your school allows students to submit stories to such sites.
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tag(s): christmas (64), folktales (65), holidays (147), interactive stories (32)

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ALL elementary students will enjoy reading the simple stories from this site. This site is ideal for the regular classroom, ESL/ELL students, learning support, and the youngest of kindergartners. Share the interactive books on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Save this site on your classroom computer for students to use as a learning center or to explore during an indoor recess. Have students try out this site on individual computers.
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Reep World - Arlilngton Education and Employment Program

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1 to 5
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This site offers simple stories about real people for ESL/ELL students. You can listen to the story, look at the text, print out colorful story cards, and practice vocabulary. Although...more
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This site offers simple stories about real people for ESL/ELL students. You can listen to the story, look at the text, print out colorful story cards, and practice vocabulary. Although the focus is on immigrants, the simplicity of the stories makes them good models for ESL/ELL writing practice and project development. In addition to the stories, there is an extensive section on health issues, including lessons on the body, emergencies, healthy lifestyles, medicines, food, and health problems. The curriculum for adults page contains useful information on lesson planning, reading and writing integration, family literacy, performance objectives, goal-setting, and assessment.
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tag(s): literacy (103), medicine (67), nutrition (154)

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To help your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students, share the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard. Highlight the words in the text as you come to them. Use this site when teaching health issues to newly arrived ESL/ELL students and special education students. Use the personal stories, story cards, and photos on this site as models for projects your students may do about their family members.
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A Christmas Carol - English Language Teaching Resources - Kieran McGovern

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3 to 8
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A Christmas Carol is a fun and jam-packed resource of activities and lessons centered around this classic Charles Dickens book. Although there is a paid portion of the site,...more
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A Christmas Carol is a fun and jam-packed resource of activities and lessons centered around this classic Charles Dickens book. Although there is a paid portion of the site, there are many free activities to use in ELL/ESL and elementary classrooms. Resources include activities such as the structure of the text, A Christmas Carol timeline, infer and deduce skills development, analysis of character (Scrooge, Bob Cratchit), and much more. 24 pages of worksheets are also available to use both online and offline. Also included on the site is a link to a cartoon version of the book that is 24 minutes long and is noted to be very close to the original version of the book. The site is a little hard to follow, you may want to go to the site map link from the home page to get a listing of contents and follow links from that section.
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tag(s): christmas (64), dickens (13), video (253)

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Share the video on your interactive whiteboard then have students complete quizzes on their own. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain point of view from each of the characters in A Christmas Carol. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here). Use vocabulary from the site as a starting point for weekly spelling lists. Have students compare and contrast the video on this site to versions of the story they have already seen. Challenge groups to make comparisons using an online tool such as the site - Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
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Talking Pets - All About Pets

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K to 8
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TalkingPets lets you make pets talk using a text-to speech system. Choose a pet from a selection of cats and dogs. Accessorize your choice or upload your own pet's ...more
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TalkingPets lets you make pets talk using a text-to speech system. Choose a pet from a selection of cats and dogs. Accessorize your choice or upload your own pet's picture and attach a virtual mouth. You choose the type of voice and write the text for your pet. The text length is limited. (There are also some phrases already "ready to go.") Put commas between the words to make pets speak more slowly. Students will love creating pets and making them talk.This site can be useful to increase interest with younger students when creating and writing in the classroom. Finished projects can be emailed; recipients will receive a link to access the talking pet. Here is an example, just for fun.

tag(s): creative writing (166), descriptive writing (41), text to speech (16)

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Share "advertisements" for student writing projects by letting them choose a pet, accessorize, then type in an excerpt from their writing. Share an entire short passage such as writings by very young students or targeted writing examples such as sentences using vivid adjectives, Share finished projects by emailing to yourself, then adding the urls on your classroom webpage or blog. With older students, have the pets tell the students what to do at the start of class or leave one of these "pet avatars" for a substitute to provide directions to your class with a furry twist!
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This tool is so much fun! What a great way to greet students in the morning. My 3rd graders love this site. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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How to Pronounce Words and Use Them - EmbedPlus

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4 to 12
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This site is exactly what its title indicates, but it's more. It's not just an audio dictionary program. At How to Pronounce Words and Use Them you see a selection ...more
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This site is exactly what its title indicates, but it's more. It's not just an audio dictionary program. At How to Pronounce Words and Use Them you see a selection of videos with the word, and different forms of the word being used in context. These are actual news stories, lectures, etc. where people are using the word for real! When you first arrive, you see a sample video. You can also click on one of the sample words at the bottom to see everything offered when you search a word. There is information about why it's important to see facial expressions when learning to pronounce a new word and why it's important not to use the word in isolation when learning to pronounce it. Be aware: this site allows any word to be typed into the text box, including words inappropriate for the classroom. Be sure students know consequences for inappropriate use of this tool just as they do for writing words on the board or in their assignments..

tag(s): pronunciation (44), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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If YouTube is blocked at your school, use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube and to convert online videos such as the ones you find on YouTube into a portable format you can play at school.

Whether you're an English Language Arts teacher or an ESL/ELL teacher, this site can help your students learn new words. You might want to have students keep lists of words they come across in their reading. Then have them take turns using this site (at a center or individual laptops). Or, if YouTube is blocked at your school, have this site posted on your webpage for parent and student use at home.

If you are a science, history, math, or other subject area teacher, you might want to embed a few of the videos on your own page for weekly vocabulary.

The quality of the information on the videos is excellent. In the Common Core State Standards there is an emphasis on background knowledge. This program will not only help your students with vocabulary and word pronunciation, but will help them build their background knowledge!
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4teachers.org - ALTEC.org

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K to 12
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At 4teachers.org find resources to help infuse and develop your classroom technology with online tools and resources for teachers and students. Discover ways to integrate technology...more
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At 4teachers.org find resources to help infuse and develop your classroom technology with online tools and resources for teachers and students. Discover ways to integrate technology with teacher success stories, technology assessment, resources in Spanish, and technology use policies and safety. Educator's resources include: explore assessment, technology planning, special needs, assistive technology, grant resources, and bilingual tutorials.

You will also find links to make your own rubrics (or adapt others), adapt or create problem based check lists, find Webquests or Thinkquests, find tools for students to write persuasively, and you can view online lessons or create your own. Those are just a few of the resources you'll find at 4teachers.org. Enjoy 4teachers video channel to see tutorials and educational videos. You might also consider joining in a weekly teacher blog on structured topics and see the featured site of the week.
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tag(s): note taking (32), persuasive writing (55), rubrics (32), spanish (108)

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This site is a great site to begin with basic understanding of technology in education. Tutorials explain many of the basics educators must have. Ready to use lessons, rubrics, and calendar resources are easily available. This is also a great site for Spanish resources. Share with colleagues to help boost your technology savvy classroom!

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Parapal - Williams and Weetman

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2 to 12
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This ESL/ELL site has many interactive exercises in the categories of picture dictionary, vocabulary enhancement exercises, e-mail and letter writing, general English, listening, business...more
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This ESL/ELL site has many interactive exercises in the categories of picture dictionary, vocabulary enhancement exercises, e-mail and letter writing, general English, listening, business English, and student activities. You will also find Cambridge exam prep (FCE and CAE). Options for ESL/ELL students include looking at the pages in German, Spanish, Hungarian and Korean. Many of the exercises are interactive, and include spelling practice, cloze exercises (mainly using prepositions and articles correctly), and fill in the blank. Since this site is British, it includes British spellings and test prep for tests usually taken in the U.K.
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tag(s): grammar (216), parts of speech (68)

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You might want to put different categories from this program on different computers around your classroom. Have students, or pairs of students, rotate through the computers to experience spelling practice, vocabulary development, and a cloze reading exercise all in one period.
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The History of Thanksgiving and its Celebrations - Holidays on the Net

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K to 6
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Welcome to your one stop holiday shop filled with a plethora of Thanksgiving ideas. Information, stories, recipes, blogs, crafts and Ecards fill the site. Fun facts and folklore give...more
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Welcome to your one stop holiday shop filled with a plethora of Thanksgiving ideas. Information, stories, recipes, blogs, crafts and Ecards fill the site. Fun facts and folklore give the extras you might not even know about. Presidential proclamations from the past five presidents give insight into our country historical perspectives and first hand information. Videos of recipes from the appetizers to the desserts help give a detailed explanation to make the perfect dish. An interactive fun game of Turkey Bowl puts you in the Thanksgiving spirit. This is a great site for much needed Thanksgiving information and celebrations.
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tag(s): blogs (88), crafts (40), thanksgiving (37)

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Lead your students to this site filled with information. Research can determine the many myths and true information about Thanksgiving. Allow students to plan and make parts of their Thanksgiving feast. Find fun activities, crafts, decorations to make your celebration perfect with your students and families. Add at a center for timely fun information and research time. Link this to your class website or wiki for parent information and extensions at home.

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Librophile - librophile.com

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2 to 12
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This site offers free audio books and free e-books. You have several options; you can play the audio book. You can also download chosen chapters for later use, open as ...more
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This site offers free audio books and free e-books. You have several options; you can play the audio book. You can also download chosen chapters for later use, open as an e-book, or open as a free audio book in ITunes. Most of the free books are in the public domain. There are some books on the site that are available only for a charge. Simply click on "free" to see the ones available at no cost. Separate links offer popular, audio, and ebooks as well as genres. There are many genres available, even children's books.
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tag(s): audio books (32)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers as a reference. Suggest it to students as something they can use on their mp3 players. Share a story on your projector or interactive whiteboard (with speakers for audio). Provide this site on your class blog, wiki, or website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Learning support and ESL/ELL teachers can suggest this as an alternative source of books for book reports. Students can listen and read instead of feeling saddled by tough text.

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Making Books with Children - S. K. Gaylord

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K to 10
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This site offers free book making activities -- the old fashioned way with paper and art supplies. Of particular interest is the project titled Making Books around the World...more
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This site offers free book making activities -- the old fashioned way with paper and art supplies. Of particular interest is the project titled Making Books around the World in which students can make slat books, palm leaf books, accordion books, "papyrus" scrolls, and cloth books of many types. Tips for teachers make the book making projects accessible. Book plans are also available in Spanish.

tag(s): artists (75), book reports (36), creative writing (166)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan to do final projects on research of a variety of topics. This is a great find for gifted students or ESL/ELL students since it is so varied and flexible. Challenge students to make books as an end of unit project in science, social studies, and math. Have a bookmaking contest in your classroom. Have students make creative books rather than a traditional book report. Share this site together with art teachers. Share this site with parents to use to create books at home.

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CurriConnects Book List - Frontiers and Settlers - TeachersFirst

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K to 9
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Frontiers & Settlers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Frontiers & Settlers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): 1800s (44), book lists (126), reading lists (73), westward expansion (29)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Frontiers and Settlers, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on Westward Expansion. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Resources for Writing Prompts - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources includes many types of writing prompts, both visual and verbal, to inspire writing. Whether you want students to try their hand at poetry or informational...more
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This collection of reviewed resources includes many types of writing prompts, both visual and verbal, to inspire writing. Whether you want students to try their hand at poetry or informational writing, there are ideas here to help. Make this collection available for students to find their own inspiration for open-ended, creative writing assignments. Teachers can also use this list to find 2-3 possible choices for a targeted writing assignment. Student choice is key in helping student voice come through in their writing.

tag(s): creative writing (166), writing prompts (92)

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Make this collection available for students to find their own inspiration for open-ended, creative writing assignments. Teachers can also use this list to find 2-3 possible choices for a targeted writing assignment.

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Hotline Plus Grammar and Practice - Oxford University Press

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3 to 8
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This site offers two levels of basic grammar practice. You can select one of 14 review lessons from the basic level or one of 12 from the elementary level; each ...more
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This site offers two levels of basic grammar practice. You can select one of 14 review lessons from the basic level or one of 12 from the elementary level; each lesson contains five different reviews. Topics include forms of "be," using past tense, verb form, and much more. Any grammar or English students could also benefit from this review. This site was created in the United Kingdom, so you may notice some slight spelling differences, if you are used to American English.

tag(s): grammar (216), grammar review (37), verbs (41), word choice (26), word order (5)

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This is a great site to use with ELL/ESL students or in any elementary/middle school classroom, especially those who may need additional practice. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try one of the activities on individual computers as a learning stations (most activities are about 10 questions.) Consider posting this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. You might also assign a specific review to a student based upon recurring problems in their written expression.

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Interactive Storybooks Online: Online Talking Stories - Woodlands School

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K to 5
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This site is an aggregator of many sources of online stories with audio components. Most of the stories would appeal to the early elementary age group. There are some tales ...more
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This site is an aggregator of many sources of online stories with audio components. Most of the stories would appeal to the early elementary age group. There are some tales by Aesop which may also appeal to older children. Additionally, there are some classic children's stories. The text is not included on the sites. Since this is a British sponsored site, many of the stories may be new ones for American readers. Two of the links to "offsite" locations were not working properly at the time of this review. However, all of the rest were working fine.

tag(s): folktales (65)

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Have students try out this site on individual computers, using earbuds. Provide the text to the stories so they can read and listen. If individual computers aren't available, share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the site with ESL/ELL students so they can improve their pronunciation and aural word recognition. Learning support students with weak reading skills can also benefit from hearing the stories. Make a listening center on classroom computers and share the link on your class web page for students to repeat the stories at home, as well.

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EasyDefine - Prabbav Jain

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4 to 12
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email...more
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email your list to others. Be aware: there are no filters on this definition site, so ANY word (appropriate or not) can easily be searched by students. Use under teacher supervision with students likely to enter inappropriate terms for immature reactions.
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tag(s): dictionaries (56), synonyms (38), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126), word study (80)

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You must know where you are saving downloads on your computer to save the list as a document. Pay attention and name files with meaningful file names, such as "chapter17vocab." Enter your list with one term per line or separated by commas, etc. Click on advanced options to add other options to the search: number or alphabetize the definition results, maximum definitions, and hiding parts of speech.

Create definitions easily for word lists in any subject area. Have students enter a series of similar words to see variations in connotations. For example, enter various words that mean "fat" and discover the variability in positive and negative connotations. Follow up with a ranking or sorting activity with the same words on interactive whiteboard to build word choice options. Have students generate individualized reading vocabulary lists for content are reading chapters or literature. Click on the synonyms tab to find related words. Save as a document for easy sharing in groups. Advise students to collect definitions and compare to those they write in their own words. As with any other reference, students should be cautioned to be sure these are accurate definitions needed for the context in which they are studying the words.

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Read the book -- then see the film - Christchurch City Librarires

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2 to 12
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This site provides descriptions of children's and young adult movies and the books they come from. The site encourages kids to read the book first, or watch the movie first, ...more
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This site provides descriptions of children's and young adult movies and the books they come from. The site encourages kids to read the book first, or watch the movie first, whichever they prefer. The list has frequent updates, so students can check back on a regular basis to see if what they're reading has become a film yet. A link provides contact with the complete list of book-movie pairs including books and films for adults. Clicking the name of the book goes to the library catalog and the film goes to the IMDB (Internet Movie Database).

Besides the book-movie pairings, the site allows students to review books and also provides interactive reading guides for six subgenres of children's books: pirate books, fantasy, adventure, and more. Another separate section deals with books that become TV shows and TV shows that become books later. Since this is a site from New Zealand, however, the TV portion may not be applicable elsewhere.

tag(s): book lists (126), movies (64), video (253)

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Introduce this site to your class using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students time to explore on their own about a book they want to read that has an accompanying movie. This could be a class book, and the treat after reading would be to watch the movie. Students could then write a compare contrast essay, or an essay that evaluates which was better, the book or the movie and why. Have students compare the book and movie using an online Venn diagram site such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

This site would also be a good site to use with ESL/ELL students and reluctant readers. Students could read a section of the book, then watch that section of the movie, and verbally compare or evaluate, ask questions, etc.

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A Dog's Life - Scholastic

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At this site, you help to create a story about a dog following easy directions. Learn about setting, characters, and more. Select your characters, scenes, other objects, and use ...more
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At this site, you help to create a story about a dog following easy directions. Learn about setting, characters, and more. Select your characters, scenes, other objects, and use conversation bubbles to do the work of the story. Story starters help you begin the story and inform you about the resulting point of view of the final creation. You can always edit any scene or text when you have finished the 5 scenes. The final story is available online or can be printed scene by scene.

tag(s): characterization (16), plot (10), point of view (9), setting (11)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. This is a great way for students to learn more about point of view in writing. Have students click on the extra information buttons. Students may enjoy converting their printable copy to share in a presentation to the class.
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Reading and Writing Project Booklists - Teachers College of Columbia University

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K to 12
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This site offers a compilation of themed book lists focusing on two types: those with general themes,and those compiled by publishers or well-known libraries and/or schools. Of particular...more
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This site offers a compilation of themed book lists focusing on two types: those with general themes,and those compiled by publishers or well-known libraries and/or schools. Of particular interest is the book list entitled "Book Ladders" since it lists books in a series or with the same characters and the specific order they should be read in. Some book lists correspond to grade level, reading level, or genre. The themes are very broad and the grade level varies from Read Alouds through Middle School.

tag(s): book lists (126), media literacy (58)

In the Classroom

Share this list with students looking for a new book to read. Post a couple of the lists you like the best on your Edmodo reviewed here or Wiki classroom site. Share this compilation with other educators and librarians.

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Children's Books Forever - Hans Wilhelm, Inc.

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K to 3
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This site offers several children's picture books in PDF format for easy printing and quick access in the classroom. Approximately a dozen books are available with the possibility of...more
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This site offers several children's picture books in PDF format for easy printing and quick access in the classroom. Approximately a dozen books are available with the possibility of new titles being added at any time. Some titles are offered in French, German, Norwegian, as well as English and other languages. A few titles are geared toward character education with an emphasis on bullying and cheating.

tag(s): guided reading (47), independent reading (126)

In the Classroom

Print copies of books for students to use during silent reading time or as take-home practice books. Share books on your interactive whiteboard to read together or as a literature center. Share this site with teachers who have students fluent in languages other than English as a resource for reading material.
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