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Making Books with Children - S. K. Gaylord

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

tag(s): artists (76), book reports (37), creative writing (171)

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

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Science Buddies: Pure Mathematics Project Ideas - Science Buddies

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K to 10
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This excellent site consists of ideas for projects to use in Math fairs; however, there are many other uses for the ideas presented on this site. Titles and subjects such ...more
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This excellent site consists of ideas for projects to use in Math fairs; however, there are many other uses for the ideas presented on this site. Titles and subjects such as Juice Box Geometry, Play-Doh Math, and more, are intriguing and sure to capture students' interest. Topics include geometry, estimation, measurement, and probability. Each project contains detailed directions including background knowledge required, materials, and variations to try. General grade level suggestions are also provided (for grades 1-10.) One activity includes a video to help understand the directions. Perhaps most interesting is the section at the end of each project that is composed of links to careers in mathematics that tie-in to the activities.

tag(s): estimation (47), experiments (73), probability (133)

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Choose a project to use as a center activity to complement current units being taught. Assign gifted students a project and then challenge them to share their findings with other classmates. Assign a project as homework or for extra credit. Allow students to videotape and present their project to the class then share on your website or class blog (with parental permission of course). Use a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here or Prezi reviewed herefor students to present their findings to the classs.
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CyberWise - CyberWise

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3 to 12
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CyberWise provides tools for parents, educators, and kids to help them understand and use new media tools safely at home and in the classroom. The site provides an extensive collection...more
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CyberWise provides tools for parents, educators, and kids to help them understand and use new media tools safely at home and in the classroom. The site provides an extensive collection of videos and resources that explain current media tools and ways to use them. Guides include Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Blogger, Prezi, Glogster, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine, and many others. Enter any tool name into the search box to see if there is a guide. Find information about media literacy, digital citizenship, cyberbullying, sexting, and more. The CyberCivics blog has the latest issues, trends, and tools to keep you an informed digital citizen. Sign up for the free newsletter and subscribe to the blog to stay current with information included on the site. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (64), internet safety (108), media literacy (63), tutorials (49)

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Share videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students to discuss media tools and how they are using them, or show before assigning projects using current media tools. Challenge students to create an online "scrapbook" on cyber safety using Smilebox, reviewed here, or ask them to create a simple infographic using Piktochart, reviewed here. Share videos with parents to help them understand current media tools and how to use them.
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Great tool- always need all we can find to help teach this with students. Charlotte, AL, Grades: 0 - 12

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Online Countdown Timer - Timerr.com

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K to 12
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This online countdown timer is meant to be as easy to use as a regular kitchen timer. It is equally simple: all you do is rotate the dial and point ...more
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This online countdown timer is meant to be as easy to use as a regular kitchen timer. It is equally simple: all you do is rotate the dial and point the red arrow at the desired number. It can take just one click - just grab the green dot that will appear to help you out and move it around. You will notice that the counter is updated every time you move the dial to make things even more clear. There are two ways to start the countdown - Autostart mode - in this case the timer will start working immediately after you set the time. It mimics the behavior of a real kitchen timer or Manual mode - to get the timer started you will have to press the green start button. Also, just like in a real timer you can change your mind any time and adjust it while it is running. This tool shows the exact amount of seconds in addition to the minutes.
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tag(s): classroom management (153), counting (120), time (141)

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There are many uses for this practical online tool. Get out your interactive whiteboard or projection screen (or even the classroom desktop computer) and make sure the speakers are turned up. Use this tool for students to practice speeches, or to limit time for a quiz or spelling test. Shrink the stopwatch window in the corner of your interactive whiteboard as you time different teams completing a drag-and-drop challenge. The countdown feature could also be used for timing the rotations from center to center. You can even use the timer for reading fluency exercises or physical education warm-ups! A clever classroom management tool would be to start the visible count-down on your computer screen when you want the class to settle down for directions or to transition to the next subject. Students may even want to use this tool for themselves. Kindergarten students can practice counting along with the watch!

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DIY Podcast - NASA

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K to 12
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Create a podcast using audio and videos clips featuring NASA scientists! Follow the steps to create the podcast, including writing a production script, downloading clips, recording...more
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Create a podcast using audio and videos clips featuring NASA scientists! Follow the steps to create the podcast, including writing a production script, downloading clips, recording your narrations, and editing. Use a digital recorder, camcorder, or your computer to record the audio. Download a brochure or bookmark to remember the links for creating the DIY Podcast. Click on the links along the right side of the page for great resources such as the DIY Podcast Blog for some great ideas. Several examples along the side include creating a fitness podcast, lab safety, Newton's Laws, Rocket Science, and Solar Arrays.

tag(s): podcasts (55), scientists (70), space (217)

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Provide example topics to your class once they have tried this site, and let them go! Podcasts can be used in any subject area. In math, have students "teach" the class a new skill via podcast. Rather than a traditional book report, have students create a podcast highlighting the main character, plot, conflict, or storyline or a book. In current events, have cooperative learning groups create a podcast debating a current area of dispute. You could record your assignments or directions; you can record story time or a reading excerpt for younger ones to listen to at a computer center AND from home! Have better readers record selected passages for your non-readers (perhaps older buddies). Launch a service project for your fifth or sixth graders to record stories for the kindergarten to use in their reading and listening center. Have your Shakespeare students record a soliloquy! Write and record a poem for Father's or Mother's Day (or other special events) and send the URL as a gift to that special person. Create great podcasts that can be shared on your wiki site, or blog!

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Just Kids Games - Center for Advanced Technologies

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2 to 7
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This site contains several educational games to help teach students math, science, reading, and environmental science. Categories include Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, and Skill Games...more
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This site contains several educational games to help teach students math, science, reading, and environmental science. Categories include Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, and Skill Games (marked by grade level and topic). For example, Boat Brigade is 3rd Grade Math, specifically fractions. These interactives are entertaining and easy to use, instruction are included; however, most students will figure them out on their own.
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tag(s): animals (291), dinosaurs (54), ecology (134), environment (320), logic (243), puzzles (207), recycling (58)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to explore the site on their own. Create a link to specific activities on your classroom website or blog each week for students to practice. Have students create their own word search using vocabulary, terms, or spelling words. Use a site such as PuzzleMaker (reviewed here).
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CurriConnects Book List - Math in Use - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to math in everyday use. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to math in everyday use. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (133), reading lists (79)

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

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Groundhog Day: (Punxsutawney) Phil Your Day With Fun - Education World

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K to 12
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This site features five "ready to go" lesson plans related to Groundhog's Day, nearly all include standards, objectives, and even technology options! Lessons designed for grades K-5...more
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This site features five "ready to go" lesson plans related to Groundhog's Day, nearly all include standards, objectives, and even technology options! Lessons designed for grades K-5 include "Where Is Punxsutawney Phil? - A Groundhog Day Tag Game" and "A Shadow of Yourself." Grades K-8 will find the lessons "Find the Hidden Hibernators" and "Graphing Groundhog Predictions." And finally designed for grades 3-12 is "Marmots (Groundhogs) of the World."
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tag(s): animals (291), charts and graphs (196), holidays (151), light (49)

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These FREE lesson plans are ready to go for you on Groundhog's Day. Connect your students with current events, science, research skill, math, and more using these fabulous lessons.
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GeoGebra - GeoGebra

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4 to 12
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This site offers tutorials, videos, publications, and more for users of GeoGebra (free downloadable software reviewed here). Links on the site include...more
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This site offers tutorials, videos, publications, and more for users of GeoGebra (free downloadable software reviewed here). Links on the site include math modules with ready-to-use problems categorized by subject - Measurement, Algebra 1 & 2, and Calculus. Holiday and fun activities are also included. Be sure to check out the TeacherTube and YouTube videos with many explanations and tutorials of GeoGebra lessons and activities. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): angles (89), geometric shapes (169), holidays (151), measurement (160)

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Use this site as a resource when first beginning to use GeoGebra (free) software. Share tutorial videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector with students as they learn the software. Have students create and design their own projects to share with the classroom. Use information on this site to embed and share projects on your classroom website or wiki.

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EasyDefine - Prabbav Jain

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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email...more
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Create definition lists easily and completely. Simply enter the terms, and click "generate" to create a list of words with definitions. View synonyms, download as a document, or email your list to others. Be aware: there are no filters on this definition site, so ANY word (appropriate or not) can easily be searched by students. Use under teacher supervision with students likely to enter inappropriate terms for immature reactions.
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tag(s): dictionaries (57), synonyms (38), vocabulary (325), vocabulary development (125), word study (79)

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

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

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iRubric - Reazon Systems, Inc.

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K to 12
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great ...more
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Create your own rubric for multimedia and other projects or search the gallery from many that already exist for all grade levels. (Also use the gallery to get great project ideas!) Search the type of rubric or project to find a related rubric. Use the buttons at the bottom to preview, edit (customize and save your own version from existing ones), or copy. Share by URL or embed code in a wiki, blog, or site. Keep bookmarked rubrics in your account on the site. Create free personal or group accounts (for educators). Create classes, join educator groups, and more.

tag(s): assessment (108), rubrics (32)

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To save rubrics and modify existing ones, educators must create an account. Find great project ideas, rubric examples and criteria. Build on the expertise of others to create excellent rubrics. Consider creating categories and using the advice of students to help identify criteria that is important to the project. You might even want to create differentiated rubrics to match multiple intelligences, learning styles, or varied ability levels. With such easy adaptations, you can start alter different versions very easily.

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Multiplication Tool - Public Learning Media Laboratory

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3 to 8
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This site offers practice with multi-digit multiplication using three methods - standard, partial product, and lattice. You can choose one of the three options, generate a problem,...more
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This site offers practice with multi-digit multiplication using three methods - standard, partial product, and lattice. You can choose one of the three options, generate a problem, then work to solve. Various methods are provided for assistance, clicking on the options button allows you to get hints, work on increasing difficulty of problems, or set a level of difficulty. Also at the top of each part is a link to learn how to use that particular method of multiplying. Following that link will lead to a written explanation along with a video of how to use the multiplication tool.

tag(s): multiplication (222), number sense (98), problem solving (278)

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Display the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate how to use the site and the different methods for multiplication. Share the site with parents on your website or blog for parents to understand the different multiplication methods. Create a link on classroom or computer lab computers for students to use for multiplication practice. Have students explore the site then create journal entries demonstrating the different multiplication methods and describe which method works best for them.
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Regifting Robin - Regiftable.com

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4 to 8
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This is a simple, but highly engaging math trick that would be great for a problem-solving activity or class starter. To play, choose a 2-digit number, then subtract each of ...more
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This is a simple, but highly engaging math trick that would be great for a problem-solving activity or class starter. To play, choose a 2-digit number, then subtract each of the digits from the original number (25 - 2- 5 = 18). Once that is done, go to next, find your original number and identify the gift associated with the number, at the next screen Robin will be able to tell you what the gift is. Students will enjoy experimenting with different numbers and solving for why this will work. The key is that all answers will be multiples of 9 and all of those multiples contain the same gift item!

tag(s): critical thinking (112), multiples (36), problem solving (278), puzzles (207)

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Display on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to experiment with different 2-digit choices. Ask students to explore different options on how this works, then journal their solutions.
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Brainpop Junior: Free Stuff - Brainpop

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K to 3
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From the makers of the fee-based site, Brainpop, this FREE site has interactives, animated movies, and quizzes on curriculum topics in math, science, social studies, writing, reading,...more
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From the makers of the fee-based site, Brainpop, this FREE site has interactives, animated movies, and quizzes on curriculum topics in math, science, social studies, writing, reading, and health. The movies are clever and engaging, and the quizzes reinforce the content of the movies. At the time of this review, some of the free topics included nouns, classifying animals, bullying, U.S. symbols, and more. The free content may change from time to time, but this link takes you directly to the FREE stuff!
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tag(s): bullying (52), charts and graphs (196), movies (72), preK (292), writing (367)

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The animated movies work well on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Students can replay them at a center or click to see them at home from a link on your teacher web site for reinforcement. Be sure to save this site in your favorites and visit often to see if anything new is FREE. Include this link on your class website for students to access at home.
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Math Madness - Bob Garvey

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3 to 12
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Although this site is created to sell Math CD's there are several samples of Math songs and cheers offered for free. Elementary students will enjoy The Candy Shop (adding numbers),...more
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Although this site is created to sell Math CD's there are several samples of Math songs and cheers offered for free. Elementary students will enjoy The Candy Shop (adding numbers), Multiply Cy, and The Fraction Song which are available both in audio form and downloadable lyrics. For older students samples included are Pi Song, Algebra Song, and Quadratic Song. Also of interest are videos of various cheers that can be used to liven up classrooms. Students will enjoy the Watermelon Cheer, Ketchup Cheer, and others.
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tag(s): fractions (234), multiplication (222), number sense (98), songs (53)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and share song examples with students before challenging them to create their own song for topics taught in class. Have students either video or create a podcast of their songs. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Create a podcast using a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Post student songs to your class website or blog. Teach students a new cheer each week to use in the classroom.

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Alabama Learning Exchange Lesson Plans - Alabama Learning Exchange

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K to 12
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This site offers a searchable database of lesson plans in all subjects and grade levels. Searches can be performed by subject area, grade level, and/or keywords. A short summary of...more
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This site offers a searchable database of lesson plans in all subjects and grade levels. Searches can be performed by subject area, grade level, and/or keywords. A short summary of each lesson is offered with the search results, lessons contain an overview, content standards (state and national), learning objectives, materials needed, procedures, and assessments. Remediation and Extension activities are also included. Some lessons also include variations added by site users.

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This site is a great resource when looking for lessons by subject. Try including a grade level above and below your current level to find additional activities that can be modified to meet your needs. Save this site in your personal favorites to visit throughout the year!
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Your Weight in Other Worlds - Ron Hipschman

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3 to 12
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Did you ever wonder what you weigh on other planets? This site offers the opportunity to compare the effect of gravity across our universe in a personal way. Simply input ...more
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Did you ever wonder what you weigh on other planets? This site offers the opportunity to compare the effect of gravity across our universe in a personal way. Simply input your weight to find out what you would weigh on other planets, moons, and even stars. Be sure to check out the explanations and information provided below the weight calculations. Information is provided on mass, weight, gravity, and distance, and the formula for calculating the weights are provided.

tag(s): density (23), gravity (50), mass (23), planets (128)

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Younger students will enjoy inputting their weight to find the differences on other planets. Challenge older students to do the calculations before inputting weights on the site. Create a graph outlining the change in weight based on distance from the sun.

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Portfoliovillage - Site Maker Software Company

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PortfolioVillage is a powerful eportfolio site where you or your students can showcase all types of work. PortfolioVillage is a free and easy to use program. Their unique drag and ...more
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PortfolioVillage is a powerful eportfolio site where you or your students can showcase all types of work. PortfolioVillage is a free and easy to use program. Their unique drag and drop editor makes it easy. There are also editable flash widgets and the thousands of stock images and animations. You can create a flash portfolio website with media rich components: videos, audio, a play list, create forms, chats, and blogs. Be sure to watch the introduction video and read about the features provided.

PortfolioVillage must be updated every six months to stay free. Your portfolio will be deleted if not updated.

For those of you with iPads, this Flash site won't work for you. However, you might try Google Swiffy reviewed here. Google Swiffy is a tool that lets you convert Flash SWF files to HTML5 to view on non-Flash devices such as iTouch, iPad, and iPhone.

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There are a gazillion ways to use an eportfolio! Have your students upload their current and past work that they think they might want to showcase. They can have an area for all their different talents whether it is drawing, writing, acting, creating games or codes, designing anything, or athletic prowess. Students could create an online presence to share in college or job applications.

You may want to start out slowly, allowing your students to choose a talent that may fit within traditional curriculum. Have students select several pieces to demonstrate their talent and upload it to a working portfolio. You can then have the students reflect on each piece in writing. Students should then choose one artifact to showcase; have them write about why that was their choice. The eportfolio can be presented in class by students using a projector or an interactive whiteboard. Teachers who have students for more than one year (such as in a gifted program or Art classes) can encourage students to show growth in their talents.

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Tammy Worcester's Tech Tip of the Week - Tammy Worcester

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Find a wealth of ideas and tips for using technology in your classroom. Tammy Worcester, an instructional technology specialist for ESSDACK and ISTE presenter, compiles her tips of...more
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Find a wealth of ideas and tips for using technology in your classroom. Tammy Worcester, an instructional technology specialist for ESSDACK and ISTE presenter, compiles her tips of the week here. Other portions of the site include her book sales and paid training and consultation services. See a list of over 100 technology of the week tips, such as creating lesson plans as a Google spreadsheet, sharing lesson plans using Google, as well as publishing them. Follow simple step by step instructions with screen shots embedded for even the most wary technology user. You will also find lists of internet resources given by category. Find 18 ideas and activities explained in simple formats. Some activities include: All about me scavenger hunt, idiom slide show, multiplication charts, Tall Tales, and poetry. This site is ever-growing, so check back often.
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tag(s): folktales (58), idioms (45), number sense (98), operations (126), tutorials (49)

In the Classroom

Trying to think of new ways to use technology with your students (in all grades?). Want to learn just one small tip each week? The weekly tips are a great ice-breaker to using technology and new teaching ideas in your classroom. Try that one tip that is suggested and explore more as you feel comfortable.

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Strike - Zurb

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Create and collaborate on to-do lists with this easy-to-use tool. You can create an account or not. If you do not create an account, be sure to SAVE the URL ...more
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Create and collaborate on to-do lists with this easy-to-use tool. You can create an account or not. If you do not create an account, be sure to SAVE the URL of your list to return later. Mark list items as completed by dragging them to the left or right of the list window or simply check them off. Double click the list item to edit it as needed then click off of it to save. Send the url for your list to collaborate with others. See what others have done by clicking on the small person icon across the top. When making changes, enter your name, and the site keeps track of who completed specific items. What a great twist on your "to do" list.

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In the Classroom

Use this simple tool to create "to do" lists for group projects or research. Be sure to spend time breaking down complex tasks into smaller, manageable pieces. Help students organize the specific tasks necessary to finish a project. This is a great tool to help students learn time management when organizing a project. Use class discussion to decide what needs to be known and the best steps to take to complete the project. Organize tasks and set due dates to assist students in being timely completing projects. Use the tool together a few times on a projector or interactive whiteboard, returning to check off items, then have student groups try it as they do projects. Teachers of both gifted and learning support students can use this tool together with students to build organizational skills. Teachers at all levels will appreciate this tool for professional organization of their own tasks, especially during busy times like report cards!

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Excellent for time management, long term projects, even personal projects! Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5

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