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Peter Rabbit Fun and Games - Frederick Warne & Co.

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K to 4
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Bring Beatrix Potter's incredible artistry to life. This whole site is fashioned into a virtual popup book where you can meet the characters, watch videos of the stories, play games,...more
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Bring Beatrix Potter's incredible artistry to life. This whole site is fashioned into a virtual popup book where you can meet the characters, watch videos of the stories, play games, and find fun things to make and do offline. Try to "Find Peter" (before Mr. McGregor does!), take part in an Easter egg hunt, collect snowflakes to earn special downloads, help Peter find his way through a maze, and play a vegetable picking game. Read character descriptions of each of Beatrix Potter's characters and even watch video clips of Peter Rabbit. Create an interactive Peter Rabbit puppet show and star in the puppet show by uploading a picture. Teacher's resources include six learning modules and printable posters and certificates.
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tag(s): authors (123), literature (273), preK (294)

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Invite your students to star in their own puppet show. Each show will be unique as students make decisions about what will happen to their characters. Share the activities and stories on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow students to view each other's puppet shows. After reading through character descriptions, students can write their own Peter Rabbit tale, staying true to the character traits they read about on the site. Create a class book of the students stories (each student contributing 1-2 pages). Use an online tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Magic Tree House - Random House Children's Books

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K to 4
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Explore Magic Tree House Books online. Enter the Tree House and collect stamps for your passport by answering questions about each of the books or learn more about the Magic ...more
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Explore Magic Tree House Books online. Enter the Tree House and collect stamps for your passport by answering questions about each of the books or learn more about the Magic Tree House books by reading excerpts. There are engaging online games and printable activities to play and screen savers and wallpapers to download. Most are educational; however some are just "for fun" games. Print many lesson ideas and activities from the teacher tree located on the site. Registration with email is required to receive a passport that can be stamped as each book is completed. Complete individual activities without a passport or registration.
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tag(s): book lists (133), guided reading (48), literature (273), quizzes (102)

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Use quizzes from the site for a fun way for students to check comprehension and reflect on reading. Print passports from the site and stamp student passports as they finish reading each book. Use one email address to register all students. Or read tips for safely managing email registrations here. If you are reading the Magic Tree House books to your students, create a class passport for the year. Your whole class can help answer the questions to earn the stamps.
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Mentimeter - Mentimeter

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3 to 12
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This free voting tool provides instant feedback from audiences or classes. Create a question and a set of answer choices. Choose from various themes and then provide a short link ...more
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This free voting tool provides instant feedback from audiences or classes. Create a question and a set of answer choices. Choose from various themes and then provide a short link (http://vot.rs) with the ID code of the poll. Participants choose an answer using a mobile device or their computer. Generate a large QR code easily for the fastest linking. View results instantly (which is a plus for interactive presentations or classes). Results can also be embedded on a website. Mentimeter is supported by the most popular mobile platforms.

tag(s): polls and surveys (54)

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Mentimeter is helpful in the classroom as a formative assessment tool. Educators can interact with others inside class or during presentations. Because the poll address and ID code number can be given verbally, it is very easy to create and give to classes. Survey students during activities and lectures to check on understanding of important concepts. Responses can also be open ended by creating your poll without any choice of answers. Students can only vote once per question with this tool.

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Infographics Resources - TeachersFirst

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4 to 12
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers...more
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers planning to use infographics for student projects and assessments.

tag(s): infographics (48)

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Join the21st century trend of infographics as a way to share a lot of information, quantitative data, and relationships in a compact but effective visual space. Help students learn and construct meaning using infographics. Share this collection on your class web page as a starting point for students.

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TalkMiner - FXPAL

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4 to 12
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search...more
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Talkminer is a search engine specifically for video lectures, webinars, webcasts, and presentations. Save time searching for videos that contain exactly the information you need! Search for the exact phrase you need (cell mutation, for example). Talkminer will not only list all the videos, webcasts, etc. that have that phrase, but when you view the item, it will display each frame that has your keywords. Talkminer searches WITHIN the video, webcast, etc. identifying your keywords. No more searching by title, hoping the video will have what you need. Better yet, no more watching the entire video just to find out it doesn't HAVE exactly what you need!

tag(s): search engines (63), slides (65), video (278)

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Use short clips in any grade level to provide background knowledge to your students. Use Talkminer to illustrate a concept you are teaching. If you use PowerPoint or another presentation tool, embed the clip you want directly into your presentation. You can use a tool like Clip Nabber reviewed here to do this. During student research, have them use Talkminer and keywords for their topic to hear expert opinions and take notes for their report. This will give you the opportunity to teach them how to cite a video or webcast for their Works Cited. Students could also embed clips from the videos in their own presentations. You might want them to create their presentation using authorSTREAM reviewed here.
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Free Language Stuff - Paul Morris

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1 to 8
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Find extra practice for a wide variety of English topics, especially for ESL/ELL. Many of the worksheets and activities would be useful to any student learning the basics of the ...more
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Find extra practice for a wide variety of English topics, especially for ESL/ELL. Many of the worksheets and activities would be useful to any student learning the basics of the English language (adjectives, adverbs, etc.). Although it is not visually exciting, the practice comes in a great variety of formats: PowerPoints, Bingo games, mazes, and grid activities. Especially interesting is the Attributes section where vocabulary is described by function rather than definition, a helpful approach for language learners. Don't miss the combined word list section.

tag(s): antonyms (25), grammar (210), idioms (45), questioning (34), synonyms (35), verbs (39), vocabulary (323)

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Use items on this site to introduce a specific unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Print homework activities and individualize extra practice from this site. Have students make similar activities once they have mastered a particular grammar point or vocabulary list. Send some of these printables home for summer (or snow day) practice.
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Learn English Feel Good - learnenglishfeelgood.com

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1 to 8
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This site offers help with curricular needs of ESL/ELL students. From grammar to pronunciation to vocabulary assists, this site offers whatever you might need. Extra exercises are available...more
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This site offers help with curricular needs of ESL/ELL students. From grammar to pronunciation to vocabulary assists, this site offers whatever you might need. Extra exercises are available in the areas ESL/ELL teachers need the most: grammar exercises, vocabulary tests, listening and video clips, idioms and phrasal verbs, and content based practice. Although the site contains a lot of ads, and one small optional section requires payment, it is very easy to use and search. Beginners' exercises include prompts from their first languages of Spanish and French.
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tag(s): grammar (210), listening (92), vocabulary development (128)

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Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. After students view one of the video clips from this site, have them select their own favorite movie section and create similar questions and other evaluative activities for the class. Challenge students to create their own videos to share using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Some of the activities may also be appropriate to reinforce grammar skills for learning support and struggling students for whom English is their native language.

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noredink - Jeff Scheur

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3 to 12
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Have fun while improving your writing and grammar. At the time of this review, noredink's grammatical categories include apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, comma issues, sentence...more
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Have fun while improving your writing and grammar. At the time of this review, noredink's grammatical categories include apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, comma issues, sentence fragments, run-on sentences commonly confused words, phrases and clauses, and a lot more! The program provides differentiated instruction based on the questions you answer right or wrong. There are tutorials to help you correct mistakes. Sign up with your name, username, email address, gender, school name, and a password.

So, what's fun about learning this type of grammar? noredink asks you to pick your interests from Sports, TV shows, Musicians, and Miscellaneous. You will also be asked if you want them to use your friends from Facebook. When you are practicing or are taking quizzes, the program will use your interests and friends, and generate the questions around your interests and friends. The hope is that the content will be more interesting by including sentences with favorite celebrities, hobbies, TV shows, or even personal friends. Be sure to watch the introductory video which is the only item on the site that requires Flash. The program works on iPads as well as your regular computer. There is a 90 second intro video at the bottom of the landing page.
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tag(s): capitalization (18), grammar (210), homonyms (9), homophones (13), punctuation (43), quiz (88), quizzes (102), sentences (49), verbs (39)

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Teachers sign up and create a class. You will receive a class code for your students to use (optional). With the class code you will be able to track student's progress, differentiate, assign quizzes and assignments, and see class trends. The program has color-coded "heat maps" to track progress easily. Your assignments and quizzes will be uniquely generated according to each student's interests. Also, students don't have to wait for you to give them an assignment. With their account, they can practice at any time. A student does NOT have to provide an email address to create an account. It will work without it! Since students are providing some personal information about interests, etc., we strongly advise parent permission.

Challenge (and excel) your gifted students with the concepts practiced at this site. Since student assignments are at their own level, students can find great acceleration in practicing these necessary skills. ESL/ELL students will especially benefit from the practice using correct English, in their writing, over a continuous time period. Student assignments are at their own level. You can also create your own quizzes. Use this site as part of your rotation during learning stations. Put your class' URL on your website so students can practice at home, too.

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Any website that doesn't let you try it before creating an account is instantly uninteresting to me. Kristi, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Knovio - Online Video Presentations Made Easy - Knowledge Vision

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3 to 12
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Knovio takes the pain out of PowerPoint presentations by bringing them to life with webcam and audio enhancement. Create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, upload the file, press...more
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Knovio takes the pain out of PowerPoint presentations by bringing them to life with webcam and audio enhancement. Create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, upload the file, press record, and present to your audience. If you are camera shy, disable the defaulted webcam to just audio! Share with people you select through the site's private spaces or share to the world via your social network. When sharing through private spaces, you will need your audience's email addresses. Additionally, when your recipients view your presentation, you will receive an email confirmation of when the presentation was viewed.

tag(s): slides (65), video (278)

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If you have students who are uncomfortable presenting in front of a group or who must be absent on presentation day, they can package their presentations using Knovio. High school students can share "packaged" projects as part of their student portfolio or college applications.

Knovio could take the lecture out of the classroom and free time for hands-on activities. Use this tool to record a presentation that you would normally share with your students in class, add it to your website or wiki, and assign it as homework for students. This allows you the ability to "flip" your classroom. Create student accounts using Google tools so that you can easily share your presentations privately and securely. With the email confirmation, you can be sure that your students have opened the presentation. To ensure that they have viewed the presentation, assign them to take notes from it or write a summary of it as an entry ticket to your classroom on the day after it is to be viewed. Students still have access to the "traditional" way of learning from the teacher; however now you have maximized learning time by allowing for extended thinking activities, laboratory activities, and other higher order thinking activities in your room. This allows you time to facilitate more group projects, student choice assignments, and a deeper level of understanding of the concepts that you are teaching. Knovio could enhance any online teaching, too! This way, your students can see, hear, and learn from you even when they are not in a real-time environment. Knovio would be a great professional tool as well. Administrators could use this to create presentations to share with faculty. Faculty could view on their own time so that when they get to a meeting, the discussion can begin immediately. You can even share information from Back To School night and know which parents actually viewed it.

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Turn-O-Phrase - Ilya Bagrak

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3 to 8
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At this site, you see two pictures that, when combined, create a word or phrase that is unlike the two pictures. You are unlikely to guess the phrase unless you ...more
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At this site, you see two pictures that, when combined, create a word or phrase that is unlike the two pictures. You are unlikely to guess the phrase unless you are already familiar with the idiom. Receive one point for each correct answer. However, if you ask for a hint, you forfeit one of the points. One variation of the activity allows you to type in your own short idiom, and the site will come up with pictures for the idiom. You can also choose your own pictures. A very brief challenge is available without signing up. To participate in all features, you must register using email, Facebook, or Twitter.

tag(s): figurative language (16), idioms (45), puzzles (204)

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Share the quick sample on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After checking with your school administrator to be sure participation is permitted, have your students create their own idiom and figurative language challenge with the site. Encourage learners of other languages to create a similar game in their preferred language. Read tips for safely managing student email registrations here. If you are not allowed to have students join ( or prefer not to), try having students make similar idiom challenges for each other offline and post them on a wiki with the "answers" in the discussion tab.

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NfbKids - The National Film Board of Canada

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K to 4
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Explore, learn, and have some fun at this engaging site create by the National Film Board of Canada. The site is divided into seven different sections, each offering activities based...more
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Explore, learn, and have some fun at this engaging site create by the National Film Board of Canada. The site is divided into seven different sections, each offering activities based on themes such as seasons, story telling, and experiments. Learn more about the site by following the tutorial on the Cuckoo section. Learn about the seasons as you explore Ludovic's area. Dog Run teaches about pet ownership and dogs in general. Be sure to check out the Fun Stuff section that contains a wonderful story boarding activity as well as several "create a character" options for storytelling fun! Account registration isn't required to use the site; however, creating an account allows you to save and access activities at a later time.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), interactive stories (31), preK (294), puzzles (204), seasons (37), stories and storytelling (33)

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Use the Fun Stuff portion of the site for creative writing activities. Have students create characters then write stories based on their adventures. Use the story board portion of the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to create a story as a class. Challenge students to create their own stories incorporating different elements discussed on the story board. Share stories and create videos of students reading their creations. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. If you teach an animal unit or have pets week, be sure to include Dog Run!

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Vedoque Educational Games - Antonio Salinas

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K to 3
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Find interactives aimed at Pre-K through elementary. Each activity is labeled with the subject and level. Some games include choices of level of difficulty or skills to practice. Some...more
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Find interactives aimed at Pre-K through elementary. Each activity is labeled with the subject and level. Some games include choices of level of difficulty or skills to practice. Some of the topics include recognizing colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. There are also many keyboarding/typing practice activities, counting, holidays, and more. A few of the games are more entertainment than educational, but searching by level and subject avoids these. Although most games are in English, there is a large component of the site in Spanish (click the flag). American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences in the British English on this site.
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tag(s): alphabet (87), colors (82), counting (109), holidays (146), keyboarding (38), numbers (195), preK (294)

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Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to use a skills game as a center. Project appropriate activities on your interactive whiteboard for students to do as a class or as a learning center. Share a link to the site with parents through your classroom website or newsletter for practice at home.
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My Botanic Planet - Trugreen

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2 to 6
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Enter this digital world by Trugreen to discover a planet of flowers, interactives, flavorful mysteries, and waterways. Explore the planet to learn about botany. Try the interactives...more
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Enter this digital world by Trugreen to discover a planet of flowers, interactives, flavorful mysteries, and waterways. Explore the planet to learn about botany. Try the interactives designed to clarify botanical concepts. Teacher lesson plans include water cycle information and waterways, activities for flowers, pollination, and blooming, and information about flavors found in plants.
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tag(s): plants (165), water cycle (32)

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Add a digital world twist to your unit on flowers, the water cycle, or senses. On your interactive whiteboard (or projector) choose your character, and explore your world. Teacher lesson plans give creative ideas for projects and lessons. Add to your class website as an extra enrichment activity. Capture your ESL/ELL students with sounds, pictures, and games to clarify concepts. Ask your gifted class to add concepts to expand into an earth science unit, creating a wiki to follow the structure provided. To learn more about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use as an option during centers to catch kids digging into the world! Create a story for the characters on the planet. The world is blooming with fun and learning!
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Nova Science Now Education - WGBH Educational Foundation

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3 to 12
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based...more
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based on programs from Nova and other PBS programs. There are teacher guides, teacher interactives, and teacher videos. Topics include anthropology, archaeology, earth science, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, geography, health science, history, life science, math, paleontology, physical science, science and society, space science, and technology. At the time of this review, the website is still in BETA version and is not all inclusive in each subject. Find a TV programming schedule to help planning and resource gathering.
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tag(s): archeology (32), engineering (128), environment (321), forensics (27), paleontology (41), space (221)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Include as resources for your curriculum. Use as a model to make a wiki for your current topic of study for a group project or classroom project. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use this format to spice up your classroom blog.
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Word Confusion - FunBrain

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3 to 9
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Word Confusion challenges you to choose the correct word to complete the sentence from the pair of homonyms. There is no log in or password required, so just go to ...more
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Word Confusion challenges you to choose the correct word to complete the sentence from the pair of homonyms. There is no log in or password required, so just go to the site and get started. Do you hope for a lot of presents or presence? Do sentences have a clause or claws? There are two levels of difficulty to choose from which provide examples that might even stump the class wizards.
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tag(s): editing (71), homonyms (9), spelling (166), vocabulary (323)

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This is a fun, useful interactive to practice frequently misused words like principal and principle or there and their. Project it on your classroom projector or interactive whiteboard. Students tend to remember homonyms better when they practice them in a fun context rather than repeated drills. Save (or bookmark) this site in your favorites and link it to your class web page for students to access it easily from home or classroom computers. Assign it for independent practice while in the computer lab or as a go-to-activity when students finish an assignment ahead of time.

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Answer Garden - Creative Heroes

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2 to 12
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Plant a question and watch it grow! This is a very easy to use poll creator that can be linked through class websites, blogs, wikis or any other online application. ...more
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Plant a question and watch it grow! This is a very easy to use poll creator that can be linked through class websites, blogs, wikis or any other online application. Simply type in a short question then copy the link to your site. All responses show up in the answer box below the question in a word cloud type of format. AnswerGardens can be customized to allow unlimited responses and a password. Although anyone with the link can answer a question, polls can be edited by the owner if any unwanted content is added. So watch carefully!
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tag(s): antonyms (25), polls and surveys (54), speech (92), vocabulary (323)

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Create online polls of virtually anything! Build creative fluency. Ask students to type in an adjective, noun, or part of speech for language review. When learning about states, students can type in attributes associated with that particular states. Studying plants? Students can type in processes associated with plant growth. Studying fractions? On your interactive whiteboard add vocabulary terms associated with fractions to your AnswerGarden or assign students to add a term for homework. Embed your AnswerGarden question on your website or wiki, or share a direct link with the url by email. Finished polls can be exported to Wordle reviewed here or Tagxedo reviewed here to make beautiful word clouds for printing and displaying.

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Moreganize - Stay Organized - Tom Frey, Attila Frey and Dominik Skrobala

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K to 12
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Moreganize is a tool for scheduling and organizing collaborative events around busy time schedules. Create an event with a title and description. Add an optional deadline for responses....more
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Moreganize is a tool for scheduling and organizing collaborative events around busy time schedules. Create an event with a title and description. Add an optional deadline for responses. Other options include adding a map or files. Provide contact information. Add possible dates and times for the event. There is an option to include multiple times on each date offered. Send the completed information via url, on Facebook, or via the email link provided on the site. The link takes you to the appointment survey page where you enter your name and e-mail address (kept private from all other attendees). Select which dates and times work for others and which selections are preferred. After confirming choices, a page gives the opportunity to change/correct details. A link is sent via email so your responses can be revisited and changed at a later date. With Moreganize you can now create, surveys, make a choice (ask others for their opinion), and to-do-lists!

tag(s): calendars (46), organizational skills (129)

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Use this site to schedule staff meetings, PTA events, Science or Math fairs, club or student council events, parent volunteer meetings, and more. Student groups of busy high schoolers may want to use it to schedule work sessions. Create a potential list of dates and send a survey using Moreganize to gather data for the best time for all involved. This is a great tool for teams of teachers to use to stay on the same page!

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Twitter4Teachers - Gina Hartman

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K to 12
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Are you looking for fellow educators to follow on Twitter? If so, this wiki is a great starting point. Choose from many different categories of educators such as librarians, early ...more
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Are you looking for fellow educators to follow on Twitter? If so, this wiki is a great starting point. Choose from many different categories of educators such as librarians, early childhood, professional development, and much more to begin your search. Each link leads to a list of educators to follow on Twitter along with a short description about themselves, simply click on the Twitter handle to go to Twitter and begin following. Be aware: there is a warning on the top of the main page that the wiki is now "locked down" due to spamming. You are still able to access all the links. You are not able to edit without joining.

tag(s): social networking (111), twitter (43)

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Explore the site to discover and follow educators who match your interests and needs. Read the Tweets about what is happening in other classrooms to gain some new/fresh ideas. Want to know more about Twitter? See TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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The Children's University of Manchester: Interactive Learning for Key Stage Two - The University of Manchester

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3 to 6
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The Children's University of Manchester contains excellent mini-lessons and interactive lessons for students on a variety of science, history, literacy, and art topics. Key stage 2...more
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The Children's University of Manchester contains excellent mini-lessons and interactive lessons for students on a variety of science, history, literacy, and art topics. Key stage 2 is roughly equivalent to grades 3-6. Topics include the body and medicines, energy and the environment, ancient Egypt, the earth and beyond, teeth and eating, micro organisms, the brain and senses, talking textiles, and words. Choose a topic to learn more about (explained by a professor at the university). Then explore by choosing from activities on the side bar. Activities include short videos, matching activities, slide shows, and more. Since this site was created in the UK, you may notice some slight spelling and/or pronunciation differences than in American English.

tag(s): body systems (58), brain (70), dental health (23), egypt (69), energy (207), environment (321), human body (132), medicine (71), organisms (22), root words (14), senses (31)

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The interactive lessons on this site are perfect for your whole class using an interactive whiteboard or projector. During the interactive lesson, students can operate the board/mouse to interact with the material. Most lessons will have enough opportunities to involve the whole class. The site is also ideal for individual instruction in the computer lab setting. Introduce students to a new topic with these mini lessons, videos, and educational games that can be expanded on as part of a larger unit.
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Beyond Little House - Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association

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2 to 6
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This site was created by a group of expert Laura and Rose enthusiasts as a crossroads for everything you want to know about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Learn about Laura's different ...more
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This site was created by a group of expert Laura and Rose enthusiasts as a crossroads for everything you want to know about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Learn about Laura's different hometowns through links about each city. View videos of participants in Laurapalooza as they chronicle their visit to places mentioned in the Little House book series. Follow the Readalong of "The Golden Years" book as participants summarize each chapter and discuss contents and events taking place. One interesting portion of the site is the "Ask the Experts" section where you can ask about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books. There are archives of previous question to read and explore.

tag(s): authors (123), book reports (39), literature (273), minnesota (4), prairie (11)

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Use the Readalong portion of The Golden Years as a guide to creating your own summary of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book and share through a class wiki with all comments. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. View videos of the Laurapalooza conference as a class to learn about the Mankato area of Laura's youth and listen to insights from experts.
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