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Chinese Checkers - Jerome Meriweather

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1 to 9
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Put a technology twist on Chinese Checkers without losing any marbles! Play with 2, 4, or 6 players. Follow the score and number of moves. Just click on your color ...more
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Put a technology twist on Chinese Checkers without losing any marbles! Play with 2, 4, or 6 players. Follow the score and number of moves. Just click on your color choice to begin. The Help page wasn't working at the time of this review.

tag(s): gifted (96), logic (235), puzzles (208)

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Introduce Chinese checkers on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Offer this game as a writing prompt for students to learn how to write directions. Give it as a challenge without any spoken or visual directions. Challenge student groups to plan and explain a strategy to be the winner with the fewest moves. Have students determine ways to earn extra points in the game. Share this site with your gifted students for some extra mindbending challenges. Substitutes will want to keep this site tucked in their bag of tricks.
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You Can Book Me - Bridget Harris

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K to 12
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You Can Book Me is an appointment scheduling tool that works within your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login, and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences....more
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You Can Book Me is an appointment scheduling tool that works within your Google Calendar. Sign in with your Google login, and set up scheduling pages with your availability preferences. Enter the length of "bookings" (appointments) along with time zone and language preference. Choose a theme to finish set-up. Customize your calendar further with tools under the advanced options. Options include different availability times on individual dates, a block for your lunch period, or requiring a minimum notice to schedule appointments. Once saved, share a link to your calendar with your custom booking link.
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tag(s): calendars (44), organizational skills (122)

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Use You Can Book Me to schedule parent or student conferences to meet mutual scheduling needs. Create events for professional development sessions. Have participants choose a time for attending or presenting at sessions. Schedule student presentations at your evening science fair or other culminating event. Share with your school's Parent Teacher Organization as an excellent scheduling tool for any event. If you advise a club, use this tool to schedule student volunteers to work the photobooth, concession stand, or other volunteer hours. Link this to your Google Calendar and save time, emails, phone calls, and more! School library/media specialists can book their volunteer slots or visiting readers using this tool.

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Appear.in - appear.in

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K to 12
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Create video conversations including up to eight people instantly with Appear.in. There is nothing to download, and no registration is required. Add a name for your room and click "create."...more
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Create video conversations including up to eight people instantly with Appear.in. There is nothing to download, and no registration is required. Add a name for your room and click "create." Allow access to your computer's webcam and microphone, and your room is all set up. Send the link to others to click and join in. Claim a room to get privileges such as customizing your room's background and locking your room when empty. Appear.in works with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. Appear.in does not currently work on mobile devices. Sign up to receive notification when mobile capability becomes available.

tag(s): chat (51), video (254)

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Connect up to eight whole classrooms across the country for book clubs. Connect experts such as authors and scientists to classrooms of children. Create connected learning experiences with other students, especially those in older grades. Connect world language classes to classes in other countries. Students interested in graphic design can connect with an expert or artist far away and share current work in a virtual critique. Connect students with mentors or older students for help with homework. Teachers can hold "office hours" for homework help and student questions. Whole buildings can collaborate and share professional development with others in their own district and beyond! Of course, you will want to pretest whether this service works in your school since some filters block access to such "interaction."

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Achieve the Core - Student Achievement Partners

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K to 12
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Find lessons and materials to jump into Common Core. Whether you are already a Common Core whiz or just a beginner, this site will help you grow and learn. Search ...more
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Find lessons and materials to jump into Common Core. Whether you are already a Common Core whiz or just a beginner, this site will help you grow and learn. Search the site by selecting subject area, grade level(s), and your role/position. Begin your professional development with instructional modules. Modules include a facilitators guide, a video, and hands on activity with discussion ideas. Content includes both ELA and Math. Some lessons can be found (in ELA) that also incorporate science and social studies. Search by individual grade level or by elementary, middle school, or high school. Under ELA/Literacy, examine text dependent questions and text complexity. You will also find instructional videos, sample lesson and assessment questions, instructional practices, and aligning materials. Math activities include videos, examining the shifts, and evaluating yourself. Another area to explore is the Leadership Tools.

tag(s): commoncore (94)

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Bookmark this site for professional development. Find the self evaluation tools to use before your evaluation by administrators. Start a Common Core study group, and explore and share together. Ready made parent materials make parent involvement easy. Learn ways to become involved with the Common Core movement. And of course, don't miss the fabulous "ready to go" lessons!
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DropCanvas - Chris Newnham and Heath Axton

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K to 12
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DropCanvas offers quick and easy file sharing. Simply drag and drop any file onto your "canvas" and it is ready to share. Share using the link for your canvas or ...more
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DropCanvas offers quick and easy file sharing. Simply drag and drop any file onto your "canvas" and it is ready to share. Share using the link for your canvas or send using email or social networking links. Privacy options allow adding a password for viewing and setting an expiration date for your canvas. Inactive canvases automatically expire in three days with no activity when using an anonymous account. Register (FREE) to increase storage and save canvases for up to 14 days with no activity. If you seek a place to KEEP files beyond 14 days, this is not the tool for you. Try Dropbox, reviewed here.
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When assigning group projects to be done outside of class, suggest that students share work via DropCanvas. This eliminates the need to actually be in the same place at the same time, which can be difficult for students to arrange due to their schedules and their parents' schedules. Use this to have students share files with you. Students can send you any file up to 1GB (or 5GB with registration) with a few simple clicks. Use this as an extra file back-up when transporting files for a grad presentation or other important event. Easily share files and lesson plans with other teachers using DropCanvas.

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Dictionarist - dictionarist.com

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3 to 12
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Dictionarist is an online talking dictionary. Type any word into the search box. See a definition and click the icon to hear the pronunciation and view a translation into several ...more
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Dictionarist is an online talking dictionary. Type any word into the search box. See a definition and click the icon to hear the pronunciation and view a translation into several languages. Click on a country flag at the top of the page to begin with a foreign word to hear the pronunciation and view the translation into different languages, including English. If desired, save preferences for future visits or use the bookmarklets to add Dictionarist to your search provider or Google Toolbar. Be aware: This dictionary includes many words that are not appropriate for the classroom, as it is not abridged for students. Talk about ethical behavior and observe less mature students' searches .
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tag(s): dictionaries (56)

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Save Dictionarist or add the bookmarklet to your computer for use anytime foreign translations might be needed or for correct pronunciation of difficult words. Dictionarist may be especially useful in ESL/ELL classrooms as an online tool for definitions and pronunciations of English terms. This site is very simple to use, even for younger students. Share this site on your class website for families to use to find definitions and pronunciations for difficult words.

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Spell Up - Google Chrome

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3 to 12
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Practice spelling a new way with Spell Up. This activity requires the Chrome browser. Allow your computer's microphone to connect to the website to begin. Choose from beginner, intermediate,...more
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Practice spelling a new way with Spell Up. This activity requires the Chrome browser. Allow your computer's microphone to connect to the website to begin. Choose from beginner, intermediate, or expert level to play. After hearing the word to spell, say a letter and wait for it to appear and continue on until the word is completely spelled (wait to speak when you see the orange dot). Correctly spelled words become part of a tower of words. Incorrect words fall off the screen with the opportunity to try again. Options within the game include a dictionary to hear the definition of words, a keyboard to hear letter pronunciations, and a translator to translate words into many different languages.

tag(s): spelling (168), vocabulary (324)

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Demonstrate HOW to use this website on your interactive whiteboard or projector (with your mike nearby!). Divide your class into teams and test out the site together. Create a link to Spell Up on your class website or blog for students to play at home. Use Spell Up at varied levels for different students to differentiate challenges for your students. Share this link on your class website for students to use at home (especially for spelling practice during the summer).

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Free Teleprompter - Autocue

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1 to 12
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This handy online tool makes any computer screen into a "teleprompter" (scrolling screen with the text YOU paste in). No membership or login is required. Just open the site and ...more
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This handy online tool makes any computer screen into a "teleprompter" (scrolling screen with the text YOU paste in). No membership or login is required. Just open the site and copy/paste in the text from a word doc (or type it in). Note: there is no way to SAVE it on the site. We recommend keeping your text ready to copy/paste and saved in another document. Set the font size and screen size to large or small. When you are ready to "speak," click the "start prompter" button. Use speed controls at the top of the screen to speed up or slow down your scrolling text. If you are fortunate enough to have a rear projection screen, the text can even be reversed by turning mirroring on. Other options allow for viewing white text on black or black text on a white background.

tag(s): fluency (23), speech (92)

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Make a sample dialog for students to recite as you project it in a foreign language or ESL/ELL class. Be sure to write in script format so they know who is speaking! Or share this tool with students who need help getting their nose out of their notes when giving speeches or recording videos. They can run it on a laptop only they can see and look out at the audience past the prompter. The comfort of having their text right there will ease many butterflies. Use this site to feed information used in group or individual presentations to the class. Set this up on another computer when recording video and audio recordings. Why use this tool? Information fed through the prompter can be read at a steady and consistent pace. Use this site with emergent readers to practice basic reading fluency. Make oral reading fluency practice more engaging by having students pretend they are newscasters. If you advise the school announcement crew, try this handy tool to make them sound and look more professional. Share this link on your class website for young readers to use to practice reading skills at home or for older students to use to practice building confidence in their speeches.
 

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Young Authors Guide - Denise Hill

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2 to 12
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The Young Authors Guide provides an extensive list of contests and online literary magazines that accept submissions from student authors. Each entry includes a short synopsis of the...more
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The Young Authors Guide provides an extensive list of contests and online literary magazines that accept submissions from student authors. Each entry includes a short synopsis of the publication's target audience and genres. Click the link directly under the Publications title to view contests for student writing. Scroll through all entries, or view by monthly deadline dates. All entries include a direct link to the website offering contests or submissions. Be sure to check out the link to an article with advice on how to submit work for publications and how to avoid contest scams.

tag(s): competitions (16), creative writing (166), poetry (228), short stories (25)

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Encourage students to submit writing for publication throughout the school year. Use this resource to find magazines and publications to fit individual student strengths. Share a link to the Young Authors Guide on your class website for students to access (and submit publications) from home. Use the Young Author's Guide as a resource for finding ideas to use as writing prompts for stories, poems, and more. Share this site with your gifted students to extend their writing reach beyond the classroom and school community. Be sure that they have parent permission to submit, and have them keep a record as part of their personal writing portfolio of what they submit where.

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FlipQuiz - Marcus D. Burnette

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2 to 12
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Quickly create slick Jeopardy style games using FlipQuiz without a lot of technical know-how. Sign up for your free account to begin your first game board. Save your games for ...more
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Quickly create slick Jeopardy style games using FlipQuiz without a lot of technical know-how. Sign up for your free account to begin your first game board. Save your games for easy access on any device with Internet access. Include correct responses on your game board or leave them off if you prefer. Be sure to save your FlipQuizzes for future use.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Create Jeopardy style quizzes to gamify review and reinforcement of classroom content. Have groups of students create a quiz to share with the class or with other groups. Use a class account for younger students or those who do not have email addresses. Have students brainstorm what they like about each of the different activities for more analysis on their strengths and weaknesses and how they learn best (metacognition). Have student emcees operate the student-made quizzes on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Share the quizzes by url on a class wiki so every student can take a try. Learning support teachers may want to have small groups create their own review quizzes, since creating the quiz is a great way to reinforce content. Share a link to any FlipQuiz on your class website or blog for student use at home.

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Synonyms Choose It - Caroline LaMagna

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K to 3
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Need a quick way to review synonyms? This simple site does it! Try your hand at 20 multiple choice questions for choosing the correct synonym. Turn the audio on or ...more
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Need a quick way to review synonyms? This simple site does it! Try your hand at 20 multiple choice questions for choosing the correct synonym. Turn the audio on or off.

tag(s): synonyms (38)

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Introduce Synonym Choose It on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students practice independently at centers or add this site to your class website for home practice. Use this site for ESL/ELL students to help develop language. With struggling readers, help them build more confidence using context clues to master more words. Pair your stronger readers with a weaker reader to complete the quiz/interactive together. Have students write their own synonym sentences with multiple choices for their classmates to try. Share them using a simply quiz tool like Quizmoz, reviewed here or post them for an engaging bulletin board!
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Lulu's Games - Lulu's Games

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K to 4
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Lulu's Games offers a nice assortment of strategy and number games. Choose from games for four year olds or seven year olds. Different categories include games focusing on logic and...more
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Lulu's Games offers a nice assortment of strategy and number games. Choose from games for four year olds or seven year olds. Different categories include games focusing on logic and strategy, observation, math, or positioning. The overall look of this site is very "outdated", but some games are still quite decent.

tag(s): alphabet (92), logic (235), number sense (97), preK (281), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Include games on classroom computers to use for learning centers. Play logic and strategy games on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss strategies and outcomes. Share with parents through your class newsletter or website for students to play at home.

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Everything Preschool - everythingpreschool.com

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K to 1
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Everything Preschool offers a large assortment of preschool and early elementary resources. Discover 30,000 activities sorted into 100 themes. Explore categories to find activities...more
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Everything Preschool offers a large assortment of preschool and early elementary resources. Discover 30,000 activities sorted into 100 themes. Explore categories to find activities and lessons requiring basic supplies. Choose from topics such as themes, lesson plans, alphabet ideas, and crafts. Discover top lesson plans and popular themes located on the right hand side of the page or search the site for any term using the Google search bar.
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tag(s): alphabet (92), holidays (147), preK (281)

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If you teach preschool or kindergarten you will want to be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year. Search for activities to supplement your current lessons. Share activities from Everything Preschool with parents as at-home learning experiences. Place a reminder on your calendar to check the monthly holiday calendar for thematic lessons for each month.
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Dictionary Design - BBC

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2 to 4
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Practice alphabetical order by arranging dictionary definitions. Discover new vocabulary words while alphabetizing. Choose the easy game or the hard game for a greater challenge. Note:...more
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Practice alphabetical order by arranging dictionary definitions. Discover new vocabulary words while alphabetizing. Choose the easy game or the hard game for a greater challenge. Note: this game was created in the UK, so some spellings may vary from the American version.

tag(s): alphabetical order (19)

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Introduce Dictionary Design on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to your whole group. Play the game together. Add this as an option in your ELA center rotation for individual practice. Have students create either index cards, a PowerPoint, or a Prezi (reviewed here) to feature vocabulary words, spelling words, or content area vocabulary and practice your own custom made alphabetizing.
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Toogles - toogl.es

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K to 12
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Toogles is a clean, clutter-free interface to search YouTube videos. Browse by categories. Type your search term to begin. Results display in easy to view boxes including the title...more
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Toogles is a clean, clutter-free interface to search YouTube videos. Browse by categories. Type your search term to begin. Results display in easy to view boxes including the title and length of the video. Click to begin play without all the clutter of comments, ratings, and other distractions included on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, this may not be viewable.Since the videos on YouTube, not all are appropriate for the classroom. So please preview. Remember that this is only a search tool, and you will not be able to save or share videos using traditional YouTube methods.

tag(s): video (254)

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Bookmark and use Toogles for use as a YouTube search tool. Help your students have better focus with fewer distractions. Share a link on your class webpage or blog for students to access at home.
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Jumpshare - Ghaus Iftikhar

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K to 12
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Jumpshare is a tool for sharing and viewing files easily. Create an account with your name, email, and password to begin. Drag and drop files to share. Use the link ...more
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Jumpshare is a tool for sharing and viewing files easily. Create an account with your name, email, and password to begin. Drag and drop files to share. Use the link to browse and find files on your computer. Jumpshare supports 200 file types including images, videos, and documents. Once uploaded, use links to share documents via email or social networking options. Free accounts include storage of up to 2 GB and a limit of 100 MB on individual files.

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Eliminate file sharing challenges during projects with penpals or people from other schools anywhere in the world. Create a class account (or several) for students to upload completed class projects. Share this site with older students to use when collaborating on group projects. Collaborate easily on lesson plans with other teachers by uploading and sharing files from anywhere.

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JogNog - JogNog

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2 to 12
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JogNog offers some free online learning games aligned to Common Core Standards. Easily find games for 2nd grade up to college level by topic or type. Search relevant keywords to ...more
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JogNog offers some free online learning games aligned to Common Core Standards. Easily find games for 2nd grade up to college level by topic or type. Search relevant keywords to find games. Hover over search results to view a short description of each quiz along with the number of levels and questions included. Create a class and share any quiz with a quick click to create a class code and url link to selected quizzes. The first level of every Quiz is always free. Every review quiz is free. Grade Books and Questions Report provide feedback on class participation and correct responses. Choose the design link to create your own personalized quizzes using your own content or from questions already on the site. Play JogNog on personal computers or any mobile device by downloading the corresponding app. Creating quizzes is FREE at all times. The free trial (offers additional materials) is good for only 14 days.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), quizzes (97), test prep (96)

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Make use of this trial just before standardized test time to get the most out of your free JogNog account. Create a free teacher account then choose quizzes for student review of any topics. Create any number of quizzes and share with students for use on any mobile device. Share JogNog with parents to create an account for their student.

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A-Z Animals - Millie Bond

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2 to 9
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A-Z Animals is an online animal encyclopedia and much more! Browse through the large list of animals in several different ways. Sort by alphabetical listing, Scientific names, group,...more
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A-Z Animals is an online animal encyclopedia and much more! Browse through the large list of animals in several different ways. Sort by alphabetical listing, Scientific names, group, location, endangered animals, pictures, or favorites. Each selection contains beautiful images and extensive information including basic facts, habitat, and behavior. Click the "listen" icon near the top of the page to listen to all text on each page (read by a synthesized voice). Print each page in PDF format using the Print link also located on a tab near the top of the page. In addition to the animal encyclopedia, explore the large selection of reference articles including many topics such as habitat, life cycle, and evolution. Other great features of this site include online quizzes and games. This site is one you will want to explorer and save! The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), biodiversity (38), habitats (84)

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Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further exploration during and after your animal or biodiversity unit. Explore information about the Animal of the Day. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Print animal pages for use in classroom reading centers or for Guided Reading instruction. This site is perfect for use with Special Education and ESL/ELL students in upper elementary and above-- if their listening vocabulary is strong enough. Provide headphones and allow them to listen to information from any page. Have cooperative learning groups use information from this site to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Contraction Match - Oswego School District

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Need contraction practice? This simple contraction game matches the contraction with the words that form it. Practice finding all the contractions and words that make up each. ...more
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Need contraction practice? This simple contraction game matches the contraction with the words that form it. Practice finding all the contractions and words that make up each.

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Introduce on your Interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce contractions. Offer at centers to give extra reinforcement. Make the challenge even greater by timing the activity. Time your students using the free Online Countdown Timer (reviewed here).
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Highlighting Our History: Colonial Times Read-alouds PLUS for the Common Core - TeachersFirst

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This "Read-alouds PLUS" article will show you how you can leverage the power of daily read-alouds in your elementary classroom to practice some Common Core Standards for the English...more
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This "Read-alouds PLUS" article will show you how you can leverage the power of daily read-alouds in your elementary classroom to practice some Common Core Standards for the English Language Arts while infusing some social studies content, specifically the early colonial period. If you fear that social studies has taken a back seat to tested content or that students may be losing a sense of our history and heritage, this is a way to fortify your students' knowledge of early American history and heritage together with their skills in reading and writing. The article includes book suggestions as well as discussion questions and writing activities connected to CCSS Standards. Don't miss our other articles on implementing Common Core in elementary. The book suggestions are not necessarily ones your students would read on their own, but nestle in well as read-alouds in social studies curriculum across elementary grades.

tag(s): book lists (128), colonial america (107), commoncore (94), writing prompts (92)

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Mark this article in your Favorites and take the book suggestions with you to the library (or search for interlibrary loans) to help "fit" social studies into your read-alouds, making every minute count! Consider using them as part of a "Then and Now" or "Past and Present" focus in kindergarten or first grade, or with middle elementary students as part of a unit related to early settlements or the thirteen colonies. Be sure to look at the suggestions for connecting the read-alouds to CCSS-aligned writing prompts or for short, focused research projects to include as follow-up.

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