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Build a Train - EMGames

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K to 2
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After a detailed introduction about HOW to use this site, students are challenged to build a train (a math train that is). What a perfect site for those train lovers! ...more
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After a detailed introduction about HOW to use this site, students are challenged to build a train (a math train that is). What a perfect site for those train lovers! Students click to roll the dice, and a number and operation appear (+2 or -4, for example). Next, students click on the train cars (however many the dice requested) to move (remove) them up behind the train engine. The goal is to end up with the correct number of train cars, and no leftovers! Be aware: while this activity is free, other activities at this site are for a fee. This site requires Adobe Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), preK (279), subtraction (208)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to try this site on their own, they can play again and again. This is a great site to list on your class webpage.
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Mathematics and Children's Literature - NCTM Illuminations

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3 to 5
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Looking for a way to integrate literature into your math lessons? Check out this site featuring three famous pieces of children's literature: A Light In The Attic, Counting...more
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Looking for a way to integrate literature into your math lessons? Check out this site featuring three famous pieces of children's literature: A Light In The Attic, Counting on Frank, and How Big Is a Foot?. These stories are used to teach and reinforce math skills such as geometric figures, estimation, volume, measurement, and more. Some of the lessons include exploring the size of humpback whales, creating "beds" using their footprints, and other creative ideas. Many of these lesson plans and coordinating activities require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): estimation (46), literature (275), measurement (159), volume (45)

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Take advantage of these FREE lesson plans! Read the stories together as a class. Have students create their own math stories (about geometry or another topic you are teaching). Challenge cooperative learning groups to create online math-based stories using a tool such as Bookemon (reviewed here).
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TeachersFirst Resources: Man Soars Into Flight - TeachersFirst

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1 to 12
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This collection of flight-related resources was originally featured in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic 1903 accomplishments in Kitty Hawk. This collection...more
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This collection of flight-related resources was originally featured in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic 1903 accomplishments in Kitty Hawk. This collection provides many angles on the Wright brothers, flight, and the science and and major figures involved in manned flight.

tag(s): famous people (19), flight (36), inventors and inventions (101), wright brothers (25)

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Use this collection as a starting point for flight-related investigations by student groups. This project could also be an option during a broader unit on invention or the lives of scientists or famous Americans. Ask students to create a multimedia "poster" depicting some aspect of the Wright Brothers' work or a principle of aerodynamics that made it all possible. Use a simple software tool such as PowerPoint or a rich, online tool such as Glogster EDU reviewed here, to create and share the projects.

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Factor Bingo - EMGames

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3 to 6
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This site helps students to create an interactive Bingo board. Explicit directions are provided at the introduction to the website. You can click "skip instructions" if you are revisiting...more
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This site helps students to create an interactive Bingo board. Explicit directions are provided at the introduction to the website. You can click "skip instructions" if you are revisiting the site. Students must fill in the Bingo board with whatever numbers they choose between 2-90. This part does take a few minutes, numbers can't be repeated. Once this portion of the activity is complete, simply click on the card deck and a number shows up. You must click on any number on the Bingo board that is a number that has the "card deck number" as a factor. Once you get 5 in a row (or any 12 matches ANYWHERE on the board), you click BINGO. You can reuse the same board for new games, or create new Bingo boards. This site requires Adobe Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): factors (42), multiples (35), multiplication (227)

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Use this site to help your students to understand factors. Share the introduction on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their Bingo boards and play some BINGO. This is a great way to reinforce factors, as well as logic: which 25 numbers do you choose? Set up this site as a learning center at a computer cluster, or have students work on individual computers (if available). Provide this link on your class website.

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Monster Squeeze 1-10 - EM GAMES

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K to 3
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This site offers a simple math activity challenging students to figure out the "mystery number" between 1-10. Detailed audio directions are provided as you enter the site. Students...more
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This site offers a simple math activity challenging students to figure out the "mystery number" between 1-10. Detailed audio directions are provided as you enter the site. Students click on a number and then the "monster" comes out and says if the "mystery number" is greater or less than the student's guess. The monster covers up any numbers that are not possibilities anymore. For example, if a student guesses the number 4, and the monster says the "mystery number" is less than 4, then the monster covers up numbers 4-10. This site helps students practice their logic skills as well as gain a deeper understanding of "greater" and "less than." This activity is FREE, but other activities at this site are for a fee. This site does require Adobe Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): counting (120), logic (235), numbers (204)

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Use this site to inspire logical thinking skills. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. List this link on your class website, for students to access at home.

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Photovisi - Photovisi

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K to 12
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Create instant collages of photos using this free site. Choose a collage style and upload photos from your desktop or import from a flickr photo stream (read about Flickr ...more
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Create instant collages of photos using this free site. Choose a collage style and upload photos from your desktop or import from a flickr photo stream (read about Flickr here).
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): images (265), photography (160)

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Users will need to be able to locate pictures on their computer or identify a flickr photo stream. Choosing a collage type is important and users will need to already have an idea of the number and orientation of the pictures in order to choose the right collage. Download your collage easily. An additional link to purchase items with your collage is also found on this site.

Students can use the collage picture as part of a presentation to the class in order to guide their discussion. This would be great to use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this to create a picture collage in order to get students thinking or brainstorming about a topic or unit of study.

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Newspaper Clipping Generator - fodey.com

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2 to 12
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Create a fictional portion of a web page easily by entering a fictional Newspaper, Title of article, Date, and body of article. Final image will be downloaded and not retained ...more
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Create a fictional portion of a web page easily by entering a fictional Newspaper, Title of article, Date, and body of article. Final image will be downloaded and not retained on any website except ones that you publish to. Note: Model ethical behavior: Do not plagiarize or use real names of newspapers or people. This tool does not work with Chrome at this time.

There are also links at the top of the page to create: a newspaper, ninja text, wizard text, talking flowers, talking tomatoes, talking owls, a wanted poster, talking cats, a cigarette packet, talking squirrels, and a clapper board. Be aware: this site does include some minor advertisements.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), news (261), posters (36)

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Basic ability to enter text into fields, download and find the finished file. For file to be shared, understanding how to upload the file onto another site or blog. The "clippings" you make do NOT remain on the site for access later by URL.

As files are downloaded to the desktop, you may want to create a Favorites folder, or other "collection" of students projects in one place for easy work at grading time. Another idea: use a class wiki with all projects.

Create a fictional account of a happening or description to identify the errors or determine the item being described. Create an account of a class celebration or a fantastic project that should be shared. Students can use this site to create a fantastic account of a vacation or experience. Use this site as a "first week" activity for students to write articles introducing themselves to the class. Have them use pseudonyms in their "articles" and share them on your class wiki or web page. A week later, have a matching contest where classmates must identify the mystery students! You could do a similar "famous Americans" or "important scientists" activity where students learn and share.
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Capzles - Capzles

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2 to 12
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Use this free online tool to create timelimes embedded with media that can be shared with others. Create timelines that include music, pictures and photos, video, and text. Change backgrounds...more
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Use this free online tool to create timelimes embedded with media that can be shared with others. Create timelines that include music, pictures and photos, video, and text. Change backgrounds and customize your timeline for a personal and creative touch.
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tag(s): multimedia (57), timelines (62)

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Teachers need to be able to identify material to be used in the creation of the timeline and strategies to help students be prepared for student assignments (checklists, goal sheets, or presentation planners). Click "Create" to begin making a "Capzles." Use the buttons on the left to follow the creation process and create with the following: Add titles, description, tags, content and media, set privacy, and share. Watch a video tutorial to learn steps to create a timeline. Click "Explore" along the top to view previously made timelines. Click on "Share" to send email links to others.

Consider creating a class account for easier access. You may want to send students directly to URLs for their own projects or use the site as a whole-class activity using a teacher-created Capzles to spark discussion.

Create Capzles that introduce new topics and content for great student discussion. Students can use pieces of the capzle to brainstorm questions, initiate research, and learn more about the topic. Capzles are an interesting way for students to tell stories about a project, research, or as a class activity. Use to showcase fun items such as "what I did on my summer vacation," "the story of my dog," family, etc. Create Capzles from the point of view of a literary character or historical figure telling his/her story. Remember to teach about copyright, since using copyrighted images in a Capzle would not be "fair use" due to unlimited distribution. Look for images in the public domain or with Creative Commons licensing and model giving attribution for them.

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Cobocards - Cobocards

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K to 12
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This site allows you to create flashcards, and includes sharing and group capabilities. Many teachers will be able to navigate this free site very easily. Enter vocabulary terms and...more
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This site allows you to create flashcards, and includes sharing and group capabilities. Many teachers will be able to navigate this free site very easily. Enter vocabulary terms and definitions as well as any html (web page language), such as images and charts to create electronic flashcards and quizzes for word study to use in language or other content areas. Create individual sets of flashcards, or invite others to interact and learn the same words. Teacher or students can create groups to share word lists. As with other collaborative tools, the revision history is easily accessible.

tag(s): flash cards (46), grammar review (37), word study (80)

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Sharing with friends for collaboration does require the sending of an email invitation.

Explore the guided tour to learn an overview or find answers to specific use questions. Save your "sets" and decide whether you want them to be completely public, just for you personally, or shared with a "group." Create your own groups for each class or subject. Publish your cards for others to use. Published sets can be altered to create a new and personalized set.

Teachers in lower grades will want to create cards their students can use and perhaps have more techno-savvy help with the process. Content and English teachers may choose to set up their own network of users. Learning support teachers could suggest that their students create their own flashcard sets to assist learning of the concepts. Use the interactive whiteboard or projector for quick flashcard or electronic testing using your sets as a whole class or in small groups in the classroom. Collaborate with other teachers to create useful sets for all to use. Rotate responsibility each marking period among student groups in your class to create a set for each chapter/unit/week for the rest of the class to use as review. Give a special award (or bonus points) for the most creative, complete set that marking period.

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Google Earth Lessons - David (a Central Florida Computer Teacher)

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4 to 12
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This site offers a collection of lesson plans to correlate with Google Earth. There are lessons in math, social studies, language arts, and science. View "How To" videos, "Student Controlled"...more
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This site offers a collection of lesson plans to correlate with Google Earth. There are lessons in math, social studies, language arts, and science. View "How To" videos, "Student Controlled" lesson plans, "Teacher Controlled" lesson plans, "mini lessons," or search the lessons by content area. Click on Home to read the latest news at the site. The lessons are ready to go. Some include standards. This site does require Flash and Adobe Acrobat. Google Earth How-To links use Quicktime video. You can all these plug-ins from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (24), latitude (13), longitude (13), maps (288), migration (59), time (144), time zones (8)

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Search the site for your content area. Take advantage of the free lesson plans. If you aren't familiar with Google Earth check out the site (reviewed here). There is a lot to explore with this multi-faceted tool, Google Earth. If you do not have it installed for FREE on your school computer, use this lesson blog to demonstrate to your administration why you should.
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Frieze Patterns - NCTM Illuminations

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4 to 12
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This site offers seven simple interactives that demonstrate various classes of Frieze patterns (patterns of symmetry). Students can experiment at this site with Glide Reflection and...more
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This site offers seven simple interactives that demonstrate various classes of Frieze patterns (patterns of symmetry). Students can experiment at this site with Glide Reflection and Rotation, Horizontal and Vertical Reflections, and Translations. Click on the small red circles to transform the figures, use the red "s" to stretch or shorten the pattern. Some of the terminology is even applicable in elementary math.

There is a link to a detailed lesson plan (including a few lesson plans, printables, and interactives). This site is aligned to national standards. The site requires both Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): rotation (13), transformations (17)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit about rotation and/or reflection. Have students work with partners to explore this site together. Have students create their own patterns using graph paper or a drawing program with lines of symmetry and simple "flip horizontal" or "flip vertical" commands. Take advantage of the ready to go lesson plans, printables, and more.
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Primary KRYPTO - NCTM Illuminations

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2 to 7
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This interactive activity is a primary Krypto using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You will build number sense as well as computation skills. The rules are simple:...more
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This interactive activity is a primary Krypto using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You will build number sense as well as computation skills. The rules are simple: combine five numbers and choose the operation in between to obtain the final "target" number. Primary Krypto uses the numbers 1-10 only. You simply "drag and drop" the numbers to the correct locations. To choose the operation, you click on the smaller boxes and the symbols (+, -, etc) appear. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), number sense (97), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is an excellent challenge for young gifted students. Have students work in pairs to try out these interactive puzzles. You may find them challenging each other to do more as they become addicted!
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E.ggTimer.com - David LeMieux and Ben Lew

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K to 12
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This site provides an online FULL SCREEN timer. You can set the online timer to count down from any number. You simply type in the exact amount of time that ...more
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This site provides an online FULL SCREEN timer. You can set the online timer to count down from any number. You simply type in the exact amount of time that you want to countdown into the white textbox. You can count by seconds, minutes, hours, days, or even years! This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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What a fabulous alternative to a traditional egg timer. Project the time on your interactive whiteboard or projector while students take a test, solve a drag and drop, practice speeches, rotate between learning centers, or during cooperative learning groups. Be sure to turn up the volume! As you teach basic concepts of time in primary grades, use this timer for students to understand the real concepts of one minute or ten seconds. Show the relationships between minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, etc. You can even use it to teach counting backwards from 60!
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Mathematical Fiction - Alex Kasman

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K to 12
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This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and...more
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This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and more! The site includes the title, year, and brief description. Teachers can browse by genre, medium, motif, and/or topic. Media include everything from comic books to plays to television series. Genres include historical fiction, children's literature, adventure/espionage, fantasy, science fiction, and more. Sixty-three fiction offerings are even available FREE (in their entirety) online! The site is still developing and frequently adds additional fiction titles. Students who enjoy fantasy will also enjoy choosing books from this site, since the author admits that not all math mentioned in all the books is "real" math!! The site allows teachers to search by keyword and also to browse new offerings in the compilation of titles.

tag(s): logic (235), probability (130), statistics (122)

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Use this site to find extra reading choices for reluctant readers who are interested in technology and math. Use it also to show students that math processes are inherent in a lot of life's experiences. Search the site for your current math topics. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to use at home. Share it with your school librarian for a featured reading shelf. Challenge your more verbal/linguistic gifted students to write similar stories that feature a math concept and create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Bubblr - Pimpampum.net

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2 to 12
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Create free comic strips from flickr pictures. Search tags in flickr or search by user to choose pictures then add words in the caption bubbles. If you use flickr ...more
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Create free comic strips from flickr pictures. Search tags in flickr or search by user to choose pictures then add words in the caption bubbles. If you use flickr reviewed here, you can set up your own tagged collection of images for students to use, as well. Quickly publish, email, or embed your comic strip.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), images (265), photography (160)

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Knowledge of use of tags and familiarity with flickr is required. Each picture is labeled with the title and the picture creator's name.

Type in the name of a topic in the tag area or the name of a known flickr user. Entering information into both fields is not required. Pictures will appear in the top area. Choose a picture you wish to use by clicking on it. To add another picture, choose the options in "Add frames." Drag a caption bubble onto the picture and type in your caption. Easily delete pictures by clicking the "Delete" button at the bottom of the picture. When finished, click "Publish." Comics can be deleted afterward, and sharing gives the option for sending an email link or using an embed code to include within a website or blog.

Clicking on "...or visit the archive" takes you to other users' content. The archive of this site includes changing "featured" content.

Consider creating anonymous ways to enter names in order to track student contributions. All projects are public. Check your school policy for posting student work online. Written permission is always a good idea.

Use this site for students to take pictures of lab experiment steps and explain the experiment or the concepts behind the experiment. Students can create a story using pictures taken from home and uploaded to a class flickr account. Any school subject can easily use the comic strip generator to show knowledge learned in class. World language or ESL/ELL students can create dialog strips. Reinforce vocabulary by having students create strips with characters using the new words. Assess student understanding of concepts by providing a collection of tagged photos on Flickr and having the class create a Bubblr strip on the interactive whiteboard (collaborating for a whole-class or group grade). Share completed strips on your class web page or wiki. Example created for review: Angiosperms by Mrs. Maine

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Fun 4 the Brain - Natasha Oliver

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K to 6
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Fun 4 the Brain is a blog that provides skill-based games for a variety of subjects while targeting all types of learners. The games are simple, interactive, and educational while ...more
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Fun 4 the Brain is a blog that provides skill-based games for a variety of subjects while targeting all types of learners. The games are simple, interactive, and educational while covering pertinent information according to the appropriate grade levels. The site was created based on the idea that children can learn while they play, an idea that is conveyed throughout the website. Specific topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, oxygen, nitrogen, suffixes, prefixes, and more. Students can also watch tutorials on specific skills such as fractions, place value and more. Don't forget to let students take care of the website pet - Hammy the Hamster! This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), fractions (239), grammar (216), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Share the games on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If individual computers aren't available, set up a computer cluster for students to explore this site. Allow students to practice skills for mastery, remediation, and reinforcement using the variety of games offered on the site. This is definitely a site to list on your class web page for students.
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Spezify (beta) - Spezify

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K to 12
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Get an overview of any web search visually using Spezify. Spezify is a search engine that provides both visual and verbal results for the search terms you enter. It pulls ...more
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Get an overview of any web search visually using Spezify. Spezify is a search engine that provides both visual and verbal results for the search terms you enter. It pulls in images from Flickr and anywhere on the web as well as print excerpts, and (coming soon) video. Click on the image or text box you wish to read just as you click on text in search results lists. Visually display the "big picture" on any topic. Searching "edison inventions" brings up pictures and articles for visual learners, ELL/ESL students, or non-readers to get the gist of the topic at a quick glance. Spezify also suggests possible additional search terms and related topics across the top of the page as white text within the narrow black stripe. If you click the plus sign (+) next to one of these terms, it will add that term to your search, narrowing the results. If you click on the word itself, Spezify will search that term instead (not adding it to your previous search). There does not appear to be any specific ranking (as Google has) or sorting of the results by reputation, popularity, etc. No "about" information is provided to explain how Spezify determines which results show first. The tool is still in beta and provides a way for you to provide feedback, as well. NOTE: as with any online image search, you should be careful what you enter as search terms, since Spezify will pull up images without any "filter."

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Use Spezify on an interactive whiteboard or projector as you introduce a new topic in science or social studies or when the class asks "What is ____?" . With very young students or non-readers, use Spezify to help them find information they can understand and to inspire them to try to read some of the short text excerpts alongside the images. Activate students' prior knowledge as they recognize the images and remark, "I didn't know Edison was the one who invented that!" Visually show the "big picture" on any topic. As you teach research skills, try a comparison of Spezify results with Google results for both functionality of the search engine and reputability of the results. NOTE: Preview any search terms you plan to display in class if the terms could possibly bring up inappropriate images. You may need to adjust your terms. Of course your students know what they are supposed to do if something inappropriate comes up when using a search themselves, right? If you have not discussed this, now is the time!

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Computer Lab Favorites - Scholastic

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K to 5
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All of the activities at this site are designed to take 15-30 minutes and include language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish. You can also choose your grade levels: ...more
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All of the activities at this site are designed to take 15-30 minutes and include language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish. You can also choose your grade levels: k-2 or 3-5. There are over 50 interactive stories and activities here to share. Examples of activities include Rhyme with Reggie, Myth Brainstorming Machine, Practice Counting Stars, Figure out a Pizza Puzzle, Tour the Mayflower, Build a Plane, Build a Dinosaur, Play Sports on the Moon, Make Weather Happen, and countless others.

If you click on the Student View a spinning wheel will appear. Students can spin to choose a random activity! Many of these activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), pilgrims (17), poetry (227), preK (279), spelling (168)

In the Classroom

Save this site in your favorites on your classroom computers. Introduce this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. If a student finishes early and needs some enrichment or is struggling and needs some extra practice, look here for some interactive help! Share this site on your class website for students to access outside of the classroom.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

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Aquatic Speedway - Fun4theBrain

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K to 3
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Race against other forms of sea-life while completing basic addition facts. Students choose the sea creature of their choice and difficulty level (there are 9 levels). The fish moves...more
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Race against other forms of sea-life while completing basic addition facts. Students choose the sea creature of their choice and difficulty level (there are 9 levels). The fish moves ahead of the others when they correctly answer addition problems. This is a timed activity, so speed is a factor. Students also have the option to choose a fact family they would like or need to work with the most. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), family (59)

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This is a great site for the student who always finishes his/her work first...and has all of the answers correct. Demonstrate HOW to use this site using your projector or interactive whiteboard. Set up math learning station using this site. Use this site's variety of levels to differentiate for your students. Share this link on your class website for students to practice addition both in and out of the class.
 This resource requires Adobe Flash.

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Pizza Pizzazz - Fun4theBrain

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K to 3
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This site is a nice way for students to practice basic addition facts. Students are giving an addition problem based on the fact family of their choice. They must deliver ...more
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This site is a nice way for students to practice basic addition facts. Students are giving an addition problem based on the fact family of their choice. They must deliver the pizza by dragging it to the table that has the correct answer posted. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (251), family (59)

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Treat your students to this "yummy" site. Demonstrate HOW to use this site using your projector or interactive whiteboard. Set up a math learning center using this site. Share this link on your class website for students to practice addition both in and out of the class.
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