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Sheppard Software - Brain Games - Sheppard Software

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2 to 8
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Brain Games offers a collection of over thirty interactive logic games, puzzles, music games, and more. Some specific topics include code breaking, coins, arithmetic, music notes, word...more
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Brain Games offers a collection of over thirty interactive logic games, puzzles, music games, and more. Some specific topics include code breaking, coins, arithmetic, music notes, word scramble, and many others. There is even a card game version similar to "24." All of the activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): logic (235), puzzles (203), sudoku (17)

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Introduce the website (or a specific activity) on an interactive whiteboard and then have students work in pairs to "try their hands" at the many activities. This website is perfect for gifted students looking for an extra challenge. This is a great link to provide to parents in a class newsletter or on your class website.
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The Art of Ancient Egypt - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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4 to 7
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Lead your students on an exploration of the art of Ancient Egypt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a treasure trove of lesson plans and activities built around their ...more
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Lead your students on an exploration of the art of Ancient Egypt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a treasure trove of lesson plans and activities built around their stellar Egyptian collection. The educational resources integrate Egyptian art into language arts, social studies, math, science, and visual and performing arts. This would be a terrific launch point for a gifted enrichment unit. Dig into the Resources area to get an overview of the printable worksheets, bibliographies, maps, and online features. Be sure to click on the Curriculum Connection area for specific lesson plans and activities for your students.

tag(s): egypt (70)

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After exploring the various activities, students can create their own Egyptian-inspired artifacts for a classroom museum. Invite other classes for a student-docent tour of the museum. Discuss the stylized Egyptian figures that communicate ideas and stories and ask students to strike poses which others try to decipher. Students can add contemporary items to a time capsule and bury it somewhere on the school grounds to be discovered by future archeologists. Discuss why items in the time capsule might mystify people in the future.

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Snow White - Kay E. Vandergrift

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9 to 12
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Who knew Snow White could be so scholarly? Visit this site and see how academia earns doctorates by exploring issues related to her story. This site holds a huge collection ...more
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Who knew Snow White could be so scholarly? Visit this site and see how academia earns doctorates by exploring issues related to her story. This site holds a huge collection of resources to enlighten -- or " broaden"-- this fairy tale's meaning. Secondary teachers, especially, will appreciate the wealth of information. Issues such as morality, Disney interpretations, translation problems, feminist concerns, and more are all highlighted.

tag(s): air (146), folktales (58)

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English teachers need only to click on the Links button, to find many literature-related links. Use a study and discussion of Snow White as a way to completely change the way your students view literature and literary analysis. This site isn't just for English teachers though. Social science teachers will find the information useful. Gifted students could handle the academic feel of the site, but this is mostly a teacher resource for background understanding. Use the contents of this website to prepare for a class discussion or debate on the Snow White story, morality issues, feminist concerns, or other topics highlighted at this website. Share the hypertext version on your interactive whiteboard to pique interest in finding the extraordinary under the surface of the tales we all know.

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Utah State University

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K to 12
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This celebrated collection of countless interactive math activities was created by Utah State University. Use the simple grid to find activities by grade level (pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and...more
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This celebrated collection of countless interactive math activities was created by Utah State University. Use the simple grid to find activities by grade level (pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)and topic: numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis & probability. Specific virtual manipulatives include attribute blocks, geoboards, pattern blocks, algebra tiles, and numerous others. Nearly all of the activities require JAVA. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): charts and graphs (193), probability (130), tangrams (13)

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What a perfect tool to help your visual learners connect the dots in math class. All activities are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is also an excellent resource to use for re-teaching skills, additional practice, enrichment activities, or even advanced activities for your gifted students. Learning support teachers will appreciate the alternative way to present math topics in a "hands-on" format. Be sure to include this website as a link on your classroom web page.
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Geometry - 3D Shapes - Annenberg Media

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5 to 9
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This website offers motivational and interactive class activities to learn more about 3D shapes. It also shows how to calculate surface area and volume, as well as other mathematical...more
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This website offers motivational and interactive class activities to learn more about 3D shapes. It also shows how to calculate surface area and volume, as well as other mathematical properties about the 3D shapes. Specific topics include surface area and volume, platonic solids, Euler's Theorem, and several others. The Test Your Skills link provides an interactive quiz complete with photos, illustrations, and animations. The About This Interactive link provides standards, goals, lesson ideas, and more. Some of the activities require FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): area (71), volume (49)

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Get your interactive whiteboards (or projectors) ready for this intriguing website. The website introduction page activates students' schema by explaining how we live in a three-dimensional world. Have your students add to the website's list of 3D shapes in their classroom. Complete the web activities as a class (on a projection screen), or have your students team up and research the website in pairs. At the conclusion of the activity, have your students divide into two teams to complete the interactive quiz. Project the questions on the screen, and have the teams discuss the math problem and determine the best answers.
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Count On! - Tribal Group

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3 to 9
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What a fabulous math website! The homepage features numerous interactive math activities (updated frequently). There are also links to countless math activities (mostly interactive),...more
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What a fabulous math website! The homepage features numerous interactive math activities (updated frequently). There are also links to countless math activities (mostly interactive), professional information about the teaching of math, and much more. Some examples of the topics include 3D geometry, time, money, Sudoku, weight and measurement, numbers, probability, Tangrams, and numerous others. This British site provides benchmarks and standards. Some of the activities require FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. NOTE: the site is slow to open during heavy-traffic times. Please be patient.

tag(s): factors (39), money (182), numbers (195), probability (130), sudoku (17), time (137)

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This site is an excellent resource for educational activities both in and out of the classroom. Be sure to visit the "Games" link. There you will find numerous educational math activities that are ready for your interactive whiteboards or projection screens. Share the link on your teacher web page for parents and students to access from home, as well.
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Johnnie's Math Page Fun

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K to 8
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This collection of over fifty interactive math activities was organized by a math specialist (former 5th grade teacher). Difficulty levels are color-coded for "Primary Math," "Best...more
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This collection of over fifty interactive math activities was organized by a math specialist (former 5th grade teacher). Difficulty levels are color-coded for "Primary Math," "Best Primary Math," "Intermediate Math," and "Best Intermediate Math." The activities include basic math and logic activities. Some of the topics include Hanoi towers, weights, Tetris, algebra, abacus, point of view, and countless others. What a fabulous resource for any elementary or middle school math class. All of the activities are interactive and require FLASH or JAVA. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): counting (111), patterns (86), symmetry (54), tangrams (13)

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What a fantastic website to include in your classroom web page and newsletter. All of these activities are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is an excellent resource for gifted students. The activities could also be used for enrichment, additional practice, and re-teaching skills. So turn up the volume and treat your class to a mind-bending challenge.
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Statistics - Johnnie's Math Page

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This phenomenal collection of interactive statistics activities was organized by a math specialist (a former 5th grade teacher). There are about seven activities provided. Specific...more
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This phenomenal collection of interactive statistics activities was organized by a math specialist (a former 5th grade teacher). There are about seven activities provided. Specific topics of interest include a few graph maker activities, pie charts, mean and median, and spinners. All of the activities are interactive and require FLASH or JAVA. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): charts and graphs (193), mean (25), median (22), statistics (124)

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Use an interactive whiteboard and make the activities a class challenge. The activities at this website offer a "ready to go" learning center. Or these web activities would be perfect for individual practice on laptops or in the computer lab.

Be sure to provide a link to this website in your class newsletter and on your class website.
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Probability - Johnnie's Math Page

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This website includes four interactive web activities that were organized by a math specialist (and former 5th grade teacher). The specific topics include spinners, dice, and dice tallying....more
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This website includes four interactive web activities that were organized by a math specialist (and former 5th grade teacher). The specific topics include spinners, dice, and dice tallying. All of the activities are interactive and require FLASH or JAVA. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): probability (130)

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This is a "ready to go" learning center. Use the interactive spinners and dice for student-created games or teacher-created review games in any subject. Or better yet, have students work independently on laptops or in the computer lab.

Be sure to include this website in your next class newsletter, your class website, and blog.
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Geometry - Johnnie's Math Page

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2 to 8
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This fantastic collection of links was organized by a math specialist (a former 5th grade teacher). The site provides over forty interactive math activities that all relate to geometry....more
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This fantastic collection of links was organized by a math specialist (a former 5th grade teacher). The site provides over forty interactive math activities that all relate to geometry. Some of the specific topics include pattern blocks, square tiles, pentominoes, geoboards, symmetry, tangrams, triangles, angle measures, polyhedra, cartesian grids, tessellations, point of view, and numerous other topics. What a wonderful resource to use with elementary or middle school math students. All of the activities require FLASH or JAVA. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): angles (86), symmetry (54), tangrams (13)

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This website provides excellent resources to use for additional practice, re-teaching skills, enrichment activities, or even advanced activities for your gifted students. All of the math activities are perfect for an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Treat your class to these fabulous resources.

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Numbers - Johnnie's Math Page

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K to 5
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The collection of over fifty interactive math activities was organized by a math specialist (former 5th grade teacher). Some topics are for primary grades (such as the count aloud and...more
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The collection of over fifty interactive math activities was organized by a math specialist (former 5th grade teacher). Some topics are for primary grades (such as the count aloud and sequence activities). Other topics are more complex (such as factorization and equations). Specific topics include base 10, counting, sequence, ordinals, odd and even numbers, place value, addition, equations, subtraction, integers, number line, Venn diagrams, algebra, factorization, cuisennaire rods, and others. What a fabulous resource for any elementary math class. All of the activities require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): counting (111), equations (148), factors (39), integers (41), numbers (195), place value (52), preK (293)

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Treat your students to these wonderful, ready-to-go activities. All are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is also an excellent resource to use for additional practice, re-teaching skills, enrichment activities, or even advanced activities for your gifted students. Be sure to include this website as a link on your classroom web page.
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The x plus y files - Issue 11 - Symmetry +

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3 to 12
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This issue of "x plus y" offers math teachers some intriguing ideas and activities to incorporate into class lessons at all levels. There are challenging logic puzzles, but also some...more
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This issue of "x plus y" offers math teachers some intriguing ideas and activities to incorporate into class lessons at all levels. There are challenging logic puzzles, but also some basic math activities and information. For example, the site offers "multiple tricks" that provide easy methods for students to figure out the multiples of 7, 9, etc. There are eight specific activities provided including: Mathletics, An Open and Shut Case Concluded, Puzzling Scales, Guard Duty, Multiple Tricks, Alphanumeric, Squares and Quadrilaterals, and Shepherd's Problem.

tag(s): logic (235), mental math (29), multiples (34), number sense (97)

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These activities are all ideal for a projection screen. Why not display one of the activities on a large screen as a brain stretcher activity at the beginning of class. If you are working on building mental math skills, some of the tips for teaching multiples will be handy. Why not ask the students to make posters with the tricks.

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Fill-It-In Outline Mathematics - Alexander Bogomolny

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1 to 10
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This website is truly a rare find - combining math and reading skills. Although the main page is aesthetically plain, the activities are very challenging. Most are set-up as word ...more
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This website is truly a rare find - combining math and reading skills. Although the main page is aesthetically plain, the activities are very challenging. Most are set-up as word problems that require reading, comprehension, math skills, and more. The "outline math problems" provide students with 3-5 choices. You simply click on the blank and the choices for the answers are provided. There are activities for primary grades (such as basic addition practice) as well as advanced activities for secondary grades (such as geometry concepts). Many of the activities require JAVA. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): angles (86), logic (235), multiples (34)

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These activities are perfect for an interactive whiteboard (or projector). You could also provide a link to this website in your class newsletter or on your class web page. Many of the activities would provide excellent at-home practice and/or enrichment. Challenge your students to answer a question of the week for extra credit.

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Universal Leonardo - University of the Arts, London

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

tag(s): renaissance (32)

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

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3 to 6
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This site provides reader's theater information and lesson plans for a variety of stories. Each story includes a story preview, vocabulary, a list of props if needed, printable script,...more
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This site provides reader's theater information and lesson plans for a variety of stories. Each story includes a story preview, vocabulary, a list of props if needed, printable script, follow-up questions and activity. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): fluency (24), plays (34)

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Practice fluency by assigning small groups of students a story. Form groups and perform the stories for each other. If you have stronger readers who need enrichment projects, give them the choice of preparing a "performance" of one of these scripts, perhaps as a podcast!
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Cracker - sciencemuseum

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3 to 8
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An addictive logic challenge, this site asks student to "crack the code" to break into a security system at the Science Museum. Students use a telephone keypad to enter possible ...more
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An addictive logic challenge, this site asks student to "crack the code" to break into a security system at the Science Museum. Students use a telephone keypad to enter possible codes (4-digits). The challenge is somewhat similar with the board game Mastermind. Students are given six attempts to try to "crack the code" before an alarm goes off. After each attempt, students are provided with feedback about which numbers were correct. Dark green numbers represent numbers that are in the code, but in the wrong position. Light green numbers represent numbers that are in the code, and in the correct position. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): logic (235)

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What an excellent activity to practice logic and deduction skills! Students will love the challenge of trying to "crack the code". Science teachers trying to introduce hypothesis testing can use model this activity on an interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the process. This would then make an ideal cooperative learning activity for students to try in small groups. Elementary gifted students would also enjoy the challenges that this website provides.
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Cinema: How are Hollywood films made? - Annenberg Media, Learner.org

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8 to 12
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If you teach film or plan a video project with students, this is a great site for students to see and practice the step-by-step process of basic film. As you ...more
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If you teach film or plan a video project with students, this is a great site for students to see and practice the step-by-step process of basic film. As you click through each step, the site provides some history. It then asks students to create their own screenplay scenes from a given (already filmed) scenario. Students can see what other student writers have said as well as see the actual screenplay that was used. The site follows this format through each step, with varying degrees of interaction all along the way: from directing to producing, acting to editing.

tag(s): movies (71)

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After using some of the brief history of film, teachers could have students create their own movie by assigning them different roles in the process (screenwriter, director, editor, actor, etc.) Some students might be responsible for blogging the process for another class and the end product could be shared among classes.

The resource links at the end are great for extending activities outside the classroom or getting students interested in their own research on film. Gifted students could use this as the start of a year-long project!

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"Science Myths" in K-6 Textbooks and Popular culture - WILLIAM J. BEATY

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K to 6
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If you are a fan of "Mythbusters," you will love this one. This visually-drab site is a treasury of trickery included in K-6 science textbooks and popular culture. The text-only ...more
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If you are a fan of "Mythbusters," you will love this one. This visually-drab site is a treasury of trickery included in K-6 science textbooks and popular culture. The text-only site is created and maintained by a self-described research engineer, "HV/Electrostatics specialist, Lecturer, Sci. Exhibit Designer, Textbook Consultant, Amateur Physicist" on the staff of the University of Washington Dept of Chemistry. There are some ads on the site, but they are not distracting. The various links tell of misconceptions by science category (electricity, physics, etc)and are not searchable. Start with BAD PHYSICS AND BAD ELECTRICITY. There are also links to others' articles on misconceptions in science.

tag(s): electricity (88)

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If you teach science (and even if you only TOOK science), you owe it to yourself to read through this site, at least long enough to find the topics that YOU teach and be sure that your materials are accurate. The best way to find information is probably to browse for the topics you teach and use Ctrl-F on your keyboard to FIND key terms in the text. Of course, if you believe the same misconceptions that our texts have told us for years, you won't know what terms to FIND...You might want to make this a professional learning "game" at an inservice day: find a misconception and debunk it for the rest of the elementary science team. You might want to gently point out the problems to your principal or curriculum director.

Share this site with very bright students to explore and report back to you. Need a challenge for the gifted? Have the students select a misconception and create a CORRECT illustration of the concept in multimedia form. If you give them a wiki space to use for their presentation, you can even submit the link to Mr. Beaty. Now that's authentic assessment!

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Exploratorium Magazine Online: The Evolution of Languages - Exploratorium Magazine

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5 to 12
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This fascinating website investigates the origin and evolution of languages. Topics include "Where do Languages Come From?", "Table: An Example of Language Similarities", "Table: Global...more
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This fascinating website investigates the origin and evolution of languages. Topics include "Where do Languages Come From?", "Table: An Example of Language Similarities", "Table: Global Roots of the Words One and Two", "Examine Words", and "Learn How to Find the Histories and Origins of Words". Some of the audio features require FLASH or Real Player. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): greek (41), japan (60), japanese (45), latin (22), portuguese (21)

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What a fabulous tool to study the origins of language. Explore comparisons are made between English, Latin, Japanese, Classical Greek, Portuguese, and Sanskrit. This would be a great site to use during world languages week or as an introduction to a world cultures class. Gifted students would find it fascinating. Have students create a digital "dictionary" of particularly interesting words that have evolved in unusual ways, perhaps computer terms. They can make it in the form of anything from a word document to a wiki!
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The Search for Monsters of Mystery - National Geographic Kids

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3 to 8
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters"....more
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters". The fascinating study includes Bigfoot, Nessie, Storsie, Yeti, Champ, and Mokele-Mbembe. Note: Some of the information on the monsters comes up in pop-ups. Turn off any pop-up blockers (this would include those that work as part of the Google or Yahoo toolbar).

tag(s): halloween (37), holidays (151)

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Use this website as a starting point for researching the history of famous monsters. This is a great way to teach about fact vs fiction and the information literacy skill of evaluating web site reliability, using a topic that students will love. After they collect facts, have a monster "trial" in your classroom "courthouse" where two teams try to prove that each monster is FACT or FICTION, using "evidence" from this site and further research. Differentiate the tasks by assigning some of your brighter students to conduct the questioning (and perhaps challenge the web sources). Then have a the class-member "jury" reach a verdict: Fact or Fiction?

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