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Snag Learnng - Snagfilms LLC

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3 to 12
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point,...more
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point, the history of various forms of music, effects of desert winds, and more. Choose your subject matter from the tab along the top. Choose a grade level band as well to find videos appropriate for different age groups. Warning: as topics frequently change, be sure to preview before you share.
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tag(s): movies (65), twitter (50), video (254)

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Use videos in your subject area to inform students about the topic being studied. Share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider using backchannel while viewing the documentary to allow students to express their feelings and thoughts. Try using the site "Get your students talking about what you want them to talk about" (reviewed here). Follow viewing with blog posts that include student reactions and topics related to what has been discussed in class.
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What Browser - Google

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3 to 12
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The tagline, says it all: "World, meet your browser." Use this site to identify the browser you are using, learn specific features and how it works, and identify useful tweaks. ...more
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The tagline, says it all: "World, meet your browser." Use this site to identify the browser you are using, learn specific features and how it works, and identify useful tweaks. Click on "Try a new browser" to view other browser options to identify the differences, understand the uses of browsers, and learn what exactly a web browser is.

tag(s): browser (6), search engines (65)

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Students can use different browsers when starting class, visit this site, and learn specifics of their browsers. Consider a group of students each looking at a different browser and reporting back to the group about their specific browser. Alternatively, use a jigsaw approach by having student number off in their groups. Have each number 1 meet and work on a specific browser (and the same with the other members.) Students in the group work together to understand the browser and then report bac to their group about their specific browser.
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Epic Decide - EpicDecide.com

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3 to 12
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the ...more
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the majority. Test the tool by trying the Instant Demo. Enter the answer to the following: "What would you like to vote on" and "The best options are the most"... Include as many options as are necessary. Click create the vote. Send the URL to others to read the options and make a choice. Click Settings to choose to update the acceptance of nominations. Click Results to see choices people have made. Be sure to keep the results page bookmarked in your Favorites to view the results. Results are not saved within an account.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), quizzes (97)

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Use this tool to make choices on activities in class, what students feel about certain aspects of history or current events, or any other question where you want to offer options and collect votes. Use in clubs and organizations in school. Poll a class at the start (on iTouches) to see how they would have handled a difficult issue in history or as part of homework, have them predict what will happen in the next chapter of the novel the class is reading. Have students use the decision maker in a role play activity such as deciding whether or not your state should secede from the Union in 1861.

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A Google a Day - Google

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4 to 12
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the ...more
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the structure that houses the ZIP code 10118?" and others are more complicated, such as "If you were a ferry passenger traveling from Continental Europe to the country with twice as many sheep as people, in what town would you most likely dock?" What a discussion starter for key words to use in THAT search! There is also an archive of questions you can get to by clicking on the colored numbers below the question of the day.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), search strategies (30)

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Use this after presenting some of the lessons from "Google Web Search for Educators" reviewed here. Once you've been through several of those lessons, why not use "A Google a Day" for a beginning of the class warm up or an end of the class exit activity. Once you've done this for a while, you might want to switch things up and have students write their own questions (related to curriculum, of course) to challenge their classmates.

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Brain Teasers - Pedago.net

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4 to 12
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This simple site offers hundreds of brain teaser problems along with answers. Categories include friends, math, logic, optical illusions, puzzles, and more. Some topics are NOT suitable...more
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This simple site offers hundreds of brain teaser problems along with answers. Categories include friends, math, logic, optical illusions, puzzles, and more. Some topics are NOT suitable for the classroom (such as dating.) Each brain teaser is fairly short and includes a link to click on the answer.
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tag(s): logic (235), optical illusions (11), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Choose a problem to use for a problem of the day or problem of the week in your classroom. Students can explain the problem solving process in math journals. Use several problems in a math problem-solving center. Copy several problems and have students store them in math folders to complete when finished with other work.

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The DeciFractor - Mark Robinson

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4 to 9
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The DeciFractor converts fractions to decimals from numbers you input. Fractions are then converted to their decimal value. There are several fractions already available on the site...more
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The DeciFractor converts fractions to decimals from numbers you input. Fractions are then converted to their decimal value. There are several fractions already available on the site to use as demonstration; however the option is there to enter any fraction you would like. The numerator and denominator are clearly labeled and each of these numbers can be increased or decreased to demonstrate how the decimal will change by changing each part of the fraction.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), number sense (97)

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Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate and practice fraction to decimal equivalences. Before clicking to converta fraction you enter, have student predict the result. Use your whiteboard (and this site) to create a learning station for students to "try their hand at." Have students investigate patterns made by changing fractional parts. Be sure to click on the Ideas button towards the bottom of the page to get more ideas about how to use DeciFractor with your students.
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The Ruler Game - Learn to Read a Ruler - RS Innovative

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K to 5
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This site allows you to practice reading an English or Traditional ruler. After starting a new challenge the name of a measurement appears for you to click onto. The activity ...more
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This site allows you to practice reading an English or Traditional ruler. After starting a new challenge the name of a measurement appears for you to click onto. The activity is adaptable to different skill levels by choosing increments displayed from wholes to sixteenths. Each wrong answer is a strike, after three strikes the game is over and play can start again. The timer can be turned off or used to increase difficulty, each progressive level decreases the time limit allowed.

tag(s): fractions (239), measurement (159)

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This site is perfect for your interactive whiteboard or projector. Demonstrate how to use this site then allow students to take turns practicing ruler measurements. Create a link on classroom computers for students to practice at math centers. Create individual charts for students to record progress through different levels of the ruler game. Share this site with parents as a fun way to practice reading rulers.

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K-5 Math Teaching Resources - Nicola

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K to 5
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This site offers a vast amount of resources for elementary math teachers. Activities are described within the site and also available for PDF download. The site was originally intended...more
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This site offers a vast amount of resources for elementary math teachers. Activities are described within the site and also available for PDF download. The site was originally intended as a digital storage place for the creator's resources used in consulting work and evolved into a place to share math resources with other teachers. Included topics are numbers, geometry, and measurement/data. After choosing a topic, activities are divided by grade level. Be sure to look at other grade levels for activities that can be modified for your teaching situation. Also available on the site is extensive information about Math Journals (warning - their math journals are for sale on the site; however, information to make and use your own is free). Other topics include math games, centers, projects, mental math, and resources - including some for interactive whiteboards.
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tag(s): data (148), geometric shapes (163), journals (21), measurement (159), mental math (27), rhymes (33)

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Use this site as a resource to supplement current classroom activities. If you are just implementing math journals, this site is a wonderful resource for ideas and implementation. Print out game directions for use at centers or in folders. Share this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and out of the class for extra practice and/or enrichment.

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This site has proved an invaluable resource for teachers at my school. Lots of great resources for Math Centers/small group work and the journal tasks for K-5 are all really good! Highly recommend it to any teachers and/or math coaches trying to get their head around the Common Core Standards. Jane, , Grades: 0 - 5

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Common Core Standards - Pearson Education, Inc.

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K to 12
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Start investigating the world of common core Curriculum through Pearson education. Pearson Common Core standards website offers an introduction to Common Core standards, reading standards,...more
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Start investigating the world of common core Curriculum through Pearson education. Pearson Common Core standards website offers an introduction to Common Core standards, reading standards, math standards, and information on the transition to Common Core Curriculum. All but six states have adopted common Core standards and they will be transitioned into full use by 2014. Pearson currently employs several of the authors of common core curriculum. Free webinars offer information about introductions to common core, math and reading, and transitions into common core. Included on this site is a blog and parent information.
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tag(s): commoncore (94), professional development (123)

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Begin your transition in to the world of Common Core Curriculum by starting with great webinars and resources. The webinars are very informational and give great insight. Find ways to begin to align your own teaching by offering more rigor and challenge. Stay in touch with the latest blogs on Common Core Information.
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Coin Toss - Shodor

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4 to 9
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This activity provides the opportunity to explore experimental probabilities through simulation of a coin toss. In this activity you can view the results as a list, ratios and probabilities,...more
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This activity provides the opportunity to explore experimental probabilities through simulation of a coin toss. In this activity you can view the results as a list, ratios and probabilities, and a table. In addition, the choice is available to view cumulative stats or not. The learners section of the site contains an explanation about probability and how it is used in science and medicine. The instructor portion has information on how the activity can be used in the classroom, links to standards, and similar resources.

tag(s): coins (8), percent (82), ratios (53)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the difference between chance and probability. Share the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Complete the activity showing results as a table. Then have students convert those results to a table and ratios. Allow students to explore the site and compare results - discuss comparisons between individual results and results found when combining all results.

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Perimeter Explorer - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This applet provides practice calculating the perimeter of random shapes. Create random shapes or the site will make them for you, another option allows for creating a shape based on...more
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This applet provides practice calculating the perimeter of random shapes. Create random shapes or the site will make them for you, another option allows for creating a shape based on a pre-determined area. An explanation of perimeter is provided on the learners portion of the site. The instructors part of the site provides links to standards, a printable with exploration questions, classroom discussion information, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): area (66), perimeter (32)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to complete the exploration questions. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. Have students create their own representations after exploring the site and allow other students to solve for perimeter and area.

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Elapsed Time Two - Shodor

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3 to 5
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This activity provides practice with determining elapsed time. Options include analog or digital clocks, 3 different skill levels, and an option for either adding or subtracting time....more
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This activity provides practice with determining elapsed time. Options include analog or digital clocks, 3 different skill levels, and an option for either adding or subtracting time. Be sure to visit the learner section which has an excellent discussion of how determining elapsed time is different than how we typically add whole numbers and also explains when it would be important to determine elapsed time. The instructor section has links to standards, classroom items for discussion, links to similar resources, and a link to a printable record sheet.

tag(s): number sense (97), numbers (204), time (144)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on elapsed time on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to complete the record sheet available on the instructor section. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Create a link on your classroom webpage or blog to be used at home.

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Clock Wise - Shodor

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This activity allows you to input any time through the day and see it displayed on the clock. You can also choose to have a random time displayed and try ...more
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This activity allows you to input any time through the day and see it displayed on the clock. You can also choose to have a random time displayed and try to correctly identify it. The learner portion of the website discusses 12 hour and 24 hour clocks and how they are used. The instructor portion provides links to some common core standards, related resources and links, classroom preparation, and a printable record sheet.

tag(s): time (144)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of time and/or elapsed time. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups and recording their findings on the available record sheet. Make a link on classroom computers to use as a center.

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Area Explorer - Shodor

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3 to 9
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This site provides multi-leveled practice with calculating the area of random shapes. The applet allows the creation of random shapes to be used in finding area. Options allow for changing...more
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This site provides multi-leveled practice with calculating the area of random shapes. The applet allows the creation of random shapes to be used in finding area. Options allow for changing the perimeter, displaying the rectangular outline, scored or not scored, and the amount of units to be included. The learner area of the site explains the concept of area and includes charts comparing metric to standard units as well as an explanation on how to convert square feet into square meters. The instructor area includes links to standards and some textbooks, information needed for classroom use, links to similar resources, and a link to downloadable exploration questions.

tag(s): angles (88), area (66), perimeter (32)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on area on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Then have students complete the exploration questions on their own or with a partner. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of area. Make a link on classroom computers to use as a center activity.

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Pattern Generator - Shodor

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3 to 5
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This site provides opportunities for explorations with patterns using shapes, letters and numbers. There are three different difficulty levels included. Although the activities appear...more
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This site provides opportunities for explorations with patterns using shapes, letters and numbers. There are three different difficulty levels included. Although the activities appear to be simple, the patterns require some thought on the part of the user. The instructor tab includes links to standards, textbook alignment, related resources and possible questions that might arise in the classroom. Explorations questions are included that can be downloaded and used in the classroom.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), logic (235), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Demonstrate and use on the interactive whiteboard when introducing patterns and modeling how to explain patterns. Create a link to classroom computers to use as a center. Post a link on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home. After using this site in the classroom, challenge students to create their own patterns for classmates to complete.
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Number Base Clock - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice in converting from base 10 to other values up to base 16. Three clocks are displayed and options are provided for choosing the value used on ...more
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This site provides practice in converting from base 10 to other values up to base 16. Three clocks are displayed and options are provided for choosing the value used on the clocks. Upon entering the choice, the hands on the clock turn to show the appropriate representation in the chosen base. The learner section provides information on base number systems and how they have been used in the past. The instructor section provides links to standards, place value in the curriculum, possible issues that may arise in the classroom and links to additional resources including an activity sheet.

tag(s): base ten (12), number sense (97)

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Provide students with the exploration questions and let them work with a partner to solve. Display the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a springboard to introduction of bases other than the base 10 system. Use when studying Ancient Mayans to demonstrate their counting system that used base 20.
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Super Sequencer - Mark Robinson

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K to 7
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The Super Sequencer lets you practice number patterns using any number including decimals. Just input your starting number, decide on the increment (change), and you are off! You can...more
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The Super Sequencer lets you practice number patterns using any number including decimals. Just input your starting number, decide on the increment (change), and you are off! You can even choose a counting speed of slow, medium or fast. Sound effects are included! This would be a great resource to practice counting by two, five, etc. or multiplication facts. Increase fluency and number sense.

tag(s): counting (120), decimals (133), fluency (23), fractions (239), multiplication (227), number sense (97)

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Use on your interactive whiteboard or projector to practice multiplication facts. Start at 0, input the number fact you want to practice, choose a speed and challenge students to keep up! Demonstrate the change when adding decimals by inputting decimal amounts and watching the increasing values. Create a learning station with this site on your whiteboard for small groups to practice multiplication, number patterns, basic counting, or decimals.
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Activity of the Month - Dr. Jean

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K to 1
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This site offers a list of monthly "newsletters" full of teaching ideas and parenting tips/suggestions. Each months activities reflect the seasons and their special holidays. Many...more
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This site offers a list of monthly "newsletters" full of teaching ideas and parenting tips/suggestions. Each months activities reflect the seasons and their special holidays. Many activities include letters, words, and book activities. Besides the basic activity, quite a few of the monthly offerings include downloadable books to print and use, original song lyrics, and links to other related websites. This site is great to use with young ESL/ELL students too who need lots of fun reinforcement with learning the alphabet and pre-reading skills. This site includes many math activities as well.
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tag(s): crafts (41), literacy (103), poetry (228), preK (281), seasons (37), songs (52)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Share this link on your teacher web page and/or in a parent newsletter for those who trying to encourage the habit of reading and handling books.

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Follow the Peach - Roald Dahl Nominee Limited/Quentin Blake

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2 to 6
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Follow that Peach! celebrates the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach. This site extends the Roald Dahl book by sending the peach on further adventures around the world. ...more
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Follow that Peach! celebrates the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach. This site extends the Roald Dahl book by sending the peach on further adventures around the world. With Follow that Peach! you can send a virtual peach or download a paper Peach-gram to send through the mail.

tag(s): authors (120), literature (275)

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This site provides a great way for you to extend your literature unit and to bring in geography and math. Send both a virtual and paper peach. Have students calculate how far each peach has traveled. Hang a world map and have students mark each place the peach has visited. At the end of the project have students choose a place that their peach visited and do a presentation on their place of choice. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Teachers and librarians be sure to check out the teacher tips sections.
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Little Lilly Polka Dot - Wendy Grimm

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K to 1
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This site offers several resources for early readers including alphabet learning tools, number matches, and a story book. In Learning Tools, students roll over letters of the alphabet...more
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This site offers several resources for early readers including alphabet learning tools, number matches, and a story book. In Learning Tools, students roll over letters of the alphabet to hear the letter names (turn up the speakers). The games portion has a very simple number puzzle to put numbers 1-4 into place. The activities section has printable coloring pages. Be sure to check out the book, a story about Lilly Polka Dot and her fear of going to the doctor. The book provides audio or the sound can be turned off for someone else to read.

tag(s): alphabet (92), numbers (204), phonics (75)

In the Classroom

Share the book on your interactive whiteboard or projector during a health unit for students to learn that going to the doctor isn't scary. Create links to the alphabet and number activities on classroom computers for students to practice. Write (and decorate) your own Lilly Polka Dot stories. Provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to easily access at home.
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