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Madlibber - Sean Huber

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2 to 12
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Madlibs have come a long way since 1953 when they were invented. This site has an online Madlib creator you can use in many different ways. It's easy to access, ...more
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Madlibs have come a long way since 1953 when they were invented. This site has an online Madlib creator you can use in many different ways. It's easy to access, and there is no registration needed. Just click on "create a new madlib" and you'll be presented with a template. There is a sample story so you get the idea of how to create one. You will also get to put in tags so you can find your Madlibber again. The site also lists current madlibs that others have created. Beware of some of the content of the already created madlibs, if you intend to allow students to use this site independently.

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Create a Madlib using Madlibber and share it with your class using your interactive white board and projector to reinforce curriculum topics such as types of plants or famous inventors. Either show the students how to make one about the curriculum topic, or have students operate the board/computer while others suggest words to fill in the blanks in one you have prepared. Madlibs can be used in so may ways: teaching parts of speech, reviewing for a quiz, introducing a new subject, or even as a "Cloze" reading story. Use this site as a station on one of the computers in your class. Put the direct web address (URL) for your Madlibber on your class web page, since some of the public Madlibbers may not be appropriate for your students. Give extra credit to those who work outside school to create classroom-appropriate madlibbers for others to use as review (and share the direct links on your class web page).

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Wylio - wylio.com

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K to 12
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a ...more
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a search term, view the possible pictures, and click on your choice. Change the alignment of the picture and the size it will appear using the simple tools. When done, click "Get The Code" to view the embeddable code. Copy and paste the code into a site, blog, or wiki to share with others. What is special about Wylio? The attribution to the picture's author is embedded into the code, so you are modeling ethical use of electronic resources!

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (265), photography (160)

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Users must be knowledgeable about embed codes and how to use them in a site, blog, or wiki. Be sure to test out embedding a picture on your site to anticipate problems when students use Wylio. Use Wylio to find copyright-free pictures for teacher use in any subject area or for student use as soon as they learn to copy/paste embed codes. This tool would be a great asset to a photography or art class but can be used in any subject area. Use pictures that showcase life around us or in a Math class to show various Math functions in man made structures and nature. Use this site to take your geography class around the world (virtually). Have students create presentations in any subject area and narrate the pictures rather than doing a traditional oral report. Use a site such as Slidestory, reviewed here, to narrate the pictures. Speech and language in lower grades or ESL/ELL teachers could use pictures for vocabulary development and allow students to add words or sentences to go with the pictures. In Science, find pictures that represent various concepts and encourage explanations of these concepts for better understanding. Embeddable pictures also work very well in "glogs" (online posters made using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here) or on your class wiki. Note: embedded picture only show on computers connected to the Internet since the embed command "goes and gets" the pictures using the web.
 

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Study Jams Math - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This site provides excellent practice with different Math strands. Topics include numbers (place value, number lines, estimation), algebra, addition/subtraction, problem solving, and...more
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This site provides excellent practice with different Math strands. Topics include numbers (place value, number lines, estimation), algebra, addition/subtraction, problem solving, and more. After choosing a topic, various choices are offered. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of the topic. In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams" Be sure to check out the "Jams" sure to excite your students to learn new skills in a musical manner.

tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Create a link to the site on your class website or blog for use at home. Mention the site in your class newsletters for parents to use when helping students at home.
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Venn Diagram Shape Sorter - Shodor

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3 to 8
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This site provides the opportunity to explore Venn Diagrams through the use of shapes. Different ways to create the diagrams are provided by choosing one or two circles and choices...more
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This site provides the opportunity to explore Venn Diagrams through the use of shapes. Different ways to create the diagrams are provided by choosing one or two circles and choices of circle placement. With the "Guess the Rule" option, players try to find the rule based on shapes that are allowed into the design. The learner area provides a background on Venn diagrams and how they might be used in everyday living. The instructor area provides printable exploration questions, links to standards, classroom preparation tips, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Ask students to create their own Venn Diagram and have other students guess the rule. Consider using a site such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Use the site to demonstrate Venn Diagrams that might be used with different subjects: Science - use to sort animals by different characteristics, Social Studies - sort countries by different types of rule over a given time period. The possibilities are endless.
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Fraction Quiz - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This activity provides good practice in converting fractions, decimals and percents, simplifying fractions and developing number sense. Choose from different time limits and difficulty...more
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This activity provides good practice in converting fractions, decimals and percents, simplifying fractions and developing number sense. Choose from different time limits and difficulty levels as well as activities such as percentages, converting fractions/decimals, reducing fractions, add/subtracting fractions and much more. The instructor tab provides information on standards addressed, suggested classroom uses and links to similar resources.

tag(s): decimals (133), fractions (239), percent (82), test prep (96)

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Post this site on your classroom website or blog to provide practice before quizzes and tests. Create a link on your classroom computers or computer lab to use as a center. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class.
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Estimator Quiz - Shodor

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3 to 6
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This activity allows a student to practice answering questions with estimation. The site offers the options of choosing to practice estimating addition, multiplication, and percentage...more
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This activity allows a student to practice answering questions with estimation. The site offers the options of choosing to practice estimating addition, multiplication, and percentage problems. Options include setting different time limits, how close the estimation should be (close, really close, or almost perfect) and difficulty level. Be sure to check out the instructor section which provides a printable with exploration questions, links to standards, ideas for classroom use, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): estimation (46), test prep (96)

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Create a link on classroom computers for students to practice estimation skills. Challenge students to record their scores and increase difficulty levels and time elapsed.
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Comparison Estimator - Shodor

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This site offers practice in estimating skills through different visual comparisons. Problems are available in counting, length and area. Two comparisons are shown and then selection...more
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This site offers practice in estimating skills through different visual comparisons. Problems are available in counting, length and area. Two comparisons are shown and then selection will be made based on the question posed with the problem. Hints are available and there are two different levels of difficulty available. Tabs are also included with information for the learner, activity help, and information for instructors. Be sure to check out the information for instructors which include suggestions on how to use in the classroom, an activity sheet, links to standards, and other similar resources.

tag(s): estimation (46), problem solving (272), test prep (96)

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Print the exploration questions found on the instructor tab for students to complete. Display activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a 5 minute time filler to practice estimation skills.
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Clock Arithmetic - Shodor

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4 to 8
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This activity works well for explorations with clock (modular) arithmetic. The clock can be adjusted from 2 to 24 hours, then the number of elapsed hours can be entered to ...more
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This activity works well for explorations with clock (modular) arithmetic. The clock can be adjusted from 2 to 24 hours, then the number of elapsed hours can be entered to determine the current time. Be sure to check out the instructor tab which provides a link to a student worksheet, indicates alignment to some state standards, suggested classroom uses, and offers similar resources.

tag(s): time (144)

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Display on the interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing the concept of military time to show a 24 hour clock. Allow groups of students to work together to create different clocks and practice elapsed time on each.
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Fuel the Brain

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K to 5
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Check out this highly interactive site that offers a wealth of math activities, printables, and more for elementary students of all ages. Students will enjoy the many different Math...more
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Check out this highly interactive site that offers a wealth of math activities, printables, and more for elementary students of all ages. Students will enjoy the many different Math games such as Fact Worms (basic facts), A Lucky Place (place value), and Jelly Golf (fractions). Main topics include: Counting & Cardinality, Number & Operations, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. Interactives may be used without registering on the site; however, registration allows scores to be compiled and posted against other players. Be sure to check out the interactives such as Venn Diagrams as well as printables, teacher's guides, articles and seasonal resources. Activities have also been matched up to North Carolina Mathematics Standards.

tag(s): fractions (239), money (193), numbers (204), preK (279), puzzles (208)

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The interactives are perfect to use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Use activities as an introduction to new units such as making change, counting on the number line, or recognizing numbers shown with base 10 blocks. Save this on your desktop on all of your classroom computers. List this link on your classroom website or blog. This is excellent enrichment and/or advancement for gifted students. It could also be used for extra practice for struggling students. This site is definitely one to save and revisit often.
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Tripline - Byron Dumbrill

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4 to 12
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Tripline is a great visual for putting stories on a map. It was built to work with Google Maps, then be enhanced by each individual to fit their needs. What ...more
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Tripline is a great visual for putting stories on a map. It was built to work with Google Maps, then be enhanced by each individual to fit their needs. What a fabulous way to integrate literature and geography, history and geography, or many other subject areas. To create a trip, type in a starting point and select it from a suggested list of matching places. Add places to your trip in the same way, places can be rearranged in any order. From this list, a map will be created showing the itinerary. Push play and the map comes to life, stopping at each creation point. To further enhance the experience, pictures can be uploaded that will show as icons as each stop is reached. Maps can be shared with other users, via email, web link, or Facebook.

To create a new trip, you must register at the site. Registration requires a username, password, and valid email address.

tag(s): maps (288)

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Suggested uses on the Tripline site are to use along with moments in history such as Paul Revere's ride and Lewis and Clark's expedition to demonstrate stops along their path. Other classrooms uses would be for students to create a Tripline map of their summer vacation to use as an enhancement to a regular report, map out your favorite sports team's schedule, historic state sites, and much more.

Registration does require an email address. Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.
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Paper Toys - Marilyn Scott-Waters

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1 to 4
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Designed by an artist, this site offers a number of free toy patterns to print out and put together. Students can choose toys that spin and fly as well as ...more
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Designed by an artist, this site offers a number of free toy patterns to print out and put together. Students can choose toys that spin and fly as well as learning toys that teach math concepts and problem solving. Also featured are an array of toy patterns organized by themes as well as miniature toys. An option at the bottom of the pattern page allows the directions to be translated into 6 other languages. The simplicity of the patterns on the site allows students to use their creativity and individuality.

tag(s): patterns (85)

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Check out the learning toys; students will enjoy making their own tools to learn multiplication or to solve puzzles. Use the gift boxes patterns for students to put small Christmas, Mothers' and Fathers' Days gifts in. After examining some of these patterns, ask your students to design their own folding patterns. Use the printables and images from this site for your bulletin boards. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects.

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Arithmetic Quiz - Shodor

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2 to 8
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This site offers practice on computation of whole integers that can be varied by levels. Players select a time limit, difficulty level and types of problems. There are addition, subtraction,...more
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This site offers practice on computation of whole integers that can be varied by levels. Players select a time limit, difficulty level and types of problems. There are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division challenges. Scores are automatically recorded and can be found at the end of each game.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), test prep (96), vision (87)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Create a link to this site on your classroom website or blog for practice at home.
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Budgie Buying - Learning Media

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The Budgie Buying interactive uses estimation skills to purchase items for a new pet bird. Students have to keep track of purchases and estimate if they have enough money to ...more
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The Budgie Buying interactive uses estimation skills to purchase items for a new pet bird. Students have to keep track of purchases and estimate if they have enough money to buy certain items. Be sure to visit the "Teachers Pages" for ideas about how to use this site in your classroom.

tag(s): addition (251), estimation (46), subtraction (208)

In the Classroom

Have students complete the Budgie Buying activity then create their own budget story based on something they are interested in buying. Students can research approximate costs online and then share their estimation stories buy creating a glog (see GlogsterEDU, reviewed here) that shows items, costs, and text explanations.
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Flitting with Fractions * - Learning Media

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2 to 4
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Introduce your students to fractions by having them catch butterflies. Students collect a particular kind of butterfly and then determine what fraction of the butterfly they caught....more
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Introduce your students to fractions by having them catch butterflies. Students collect a particular kind of butterfly and then determine what fraction of the butterfly they caught. Very simplistic and easy to use.

tag(s): fractions (239)

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Review the definition of numerator and denominator with students. Have students play Flitting with Fractions individually or with a partner. Have students create a fraction illustration using a multimedia presentation, such as interactive online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Students can share illustrations, then combine illustrations into a class presentation. Print illustrations to create a fraction book (online) using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Bidmas Blaster - Manga High

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3 to 8
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This site provides great practice for Bidmas (Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction) and order of operations. Virus infected robots are trying to eradicate...more
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This site provides great practice for Bidmas (Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction) and order of operations. Virus infected robots are trying to eradicate humans and the only way to stop them is to deactivate their shields by solving problems correctly. Move up through levels to increase the difficulty of problems. This game can be played for free; in addition, teachers can sign up for an account (for a fee) so that student scores can be saved. Be sure to check out the Achievements section which lists math skills incorporated at each level.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

In the Classroom

Create a shortcut on classroom computers and use as a center. Assign as homework to practice order of operations in a fun way. Be sure to provide this link on your website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. You will want to turn down the sound, even if students wear headphones, so you do not damage hearing!
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CurriConnects - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help...more
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge. Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Topics include Earth Science, Explorers, Frontiers and Settlers, Geographic Wonders (landforms), Inventors and Inventions, Maps, Math in Use, Medicine and Health, The Artists's Eye (books with outstanding illustrations and books about artists), What Do You Do? (careers). More are being added on an ongoing basis. Grade ranges vary.

tag(s): book lists (126), independent reading (126), reading lists (73)

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Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Explore the many ideas TeachersFirst offers for using CurriConnects in your classroom. Be sure to share these lists with ESL/ELL teachers for reading selections to build student vocabulary and understanding of curriculum.

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Harvey's Homepage - Harvey Almarode

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K to 12
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This is a one stop shop for SMART Board (interactive whiteboard) math lessons. All information and activities found on this site have been created by the site's owner Harvey Almarode...more
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This is a one stop shop for SMART Board (interactive whiteboard) math lessons. All information and activities found on this site have been created by the site's owner Harvey Almarode a retired education professor from James Madison University. The site contains pre-made SMART lessons, web resources and links to SMART professional development. Lessons can be found and downloaded on all math topics.

These lessons are created for the SMART Board so SMART Notebook software is needed to run the lessons. If you don't have SMART Notebook the lessons can be viewed using SMART Notebook Express found at http://express.smarttech.com/#. The site also sells a flash drive with the lessons loaded on it, but you don't HAVE to buy anything.

tag(s): puzzles (208), riddles (15)

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If you have a SMART Board and you teach math, you will want to download these lessons. Use the lessons to make your teaching more interactive and meaningful. Use the lesson in a whole group setting or load them on classroom computers and use them as centers. Be sure to check out the professional development link to learn more about SMART Board use.

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Adjustable Spinner - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This applet provides great opportunities to explore experimental and theoretical probabilities by changing the area of the colored regions of the circle. When a section is added it...more
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This applet provides great opportunities to explore experimental and theoretical probabilities by changing the area of the colored regions of the circle. When a section is added it reduces the other sections by an equal amount in order to add the new sector. When this occurs, the probability that that particular color will be landed on will change. The number of sections of the circle can be changed from 1 to 12, as each spin is made, the color is recorded along with the percentage of time each color has appeared.

Be sure to visit the learner section of the site which contains a nice description of probability and how it is used in the real world. The instructor section also has a lot of valuable information including links to standards and textbooks, classroom information, and related resources. In addition, there is a link to a printable sheet of exploration questions to be used with the site.

tag(s): probability (130), statistics (122)

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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 or lab computers for students to explore the site independently. Create a link on your classroom website or blog for students to explore the site at home. Have students create their own probability circles and record results of spins, then compare with classmates' findings.

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Tessellate! - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice with creating and exploring tessellations. Choices are provided to use triangles, rectangles, or hexagons. Once a shape is chosen, the corner can be stretched...more
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This site provides practice with creating and exploring tessellations. Choices are provided to use triangles, rectangles, or hexagons. Once a shape is chosen, the corner can be stretched to create a new shape. Click a button and that shape is converted into a tessellation in front of your eyes! Choices are also provided for different colors within the shapes to enable visualization of how the pattern is created.

The learner portion of the site provides a written explanation of tessellations and information on how they are found in the real world. Be sure to visit the instructor link on the website for information on classroom use, links to standards, links to similar resources and to print an exploration questions worksheet.

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on tessellations on a projector or interactive whiteboard. It relates well during study of flips, turns, and rotations as well as visual thinking. Introduce this site and then have students complete the exploration questions independently or in small groups. After students become familiar with tessellations, use examples on the site and have students create their own tessellations.

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Stopwatch - Shodor

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This simple applet is ideal for classroom use whenever a stopwatch is needed. Large numbers make the time easy to read and can be set to count up from 0 ...more
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This simple applet is ideal for classroom use whenever a stopwatch is needed. Large numbers make the time easy to read and can be set to count up from 0 or down from any number. There is an option to use the buzzer which will go off at the specified time. The instructor section of the site contains information on alignment to some textbooks and links to similar resources.

tag(s): measurement (159), time (144)

In the Classroom

Display on your classroom interactive whiteboard or projector whenever a timer needs to be used - time left until recess is over, time for cleanup, amount of time left to finish a test or classroom activity, or more. Help younger students explore the concept of time by having them turn their back to the stopwatch then turn around when they think a predetermined time has been reached.

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