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Common Sense for Common Core - Scholastic Inc

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K to 12
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See these free Common Core resources and materials, sample lesson plans, and book lists to help you implement the Common Core Standards with success! English Language Arts, Math, Social...more
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See these free Common Core resources and materials, sample lesson plans, and book lists to help you implement the Common Core Standards with success! English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science lesson plans span K-12. Detailed plans include teaching nonfiction within integrated content areas. Find detailed book lists by grade level, literature titles, or professional development areas. News and Resources include articles describing a variety of concerns teachers face in today's classroom including, using one iPad in a classroom, reaching every reader, math Common Core tips, and much more. Get answers to some frequently asked questions involving Common Core. Get back to the basics of Common Core through the explanatory sites. Expert videos highlight important aspects of using Common Core Standards. The Editor's Corner gives full units that span the range of the grades with titles such as War Stories, Poetry; Explore the Power of Words, and Life, Death, and Stories in Between. Still have a burning question? Submit your question and get an emailed response. Join the conversation with educators discussing different aspects of Common Core. A parent Common Core Area uses the Common Core Basics, News and Resources, and a list of books to use by grade level. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos 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): assessment (106), commoncore (96), questioning (33), test prep (96), writing (363)

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Bookmark this site on your computer! Find answers to all of your questions with resources to challenge your students. Share in your professional learning communities with a different area each meeting. Document your professional development growth for your evaluation. Need to explain Common Core to parents? Begin here!
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Cubing and Think Dots Strategy - Eulouise Williams

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3 to 12
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This PDF explains the teaching strategies of Cubing and Think Dots. Cubing is an instructional strategy that asks students to consider a concept from different perspectives. Use ideas...more
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This PDF explains the teaching strategies of Cubing and Think Dots. Cubing is an instructional strategy that asks students to consider a concept from different perspectives. Use ideas from the site to understand how to use cubes to differentiate teaching for various groups of students. Similar to cubes, Think Dots incorporates the idea of students constructing the meaning of concepts through the use of activity cards correlated to the roll of a dice. The PDF starts with an overview of Bloom's Taxonomy and its revision.

tag(s): blooms taxonomy (9), differentiation (49), learning styles (19), professional development (129)

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Use ideas from this PDF to differentiate and offer a variety of learning opportunities to students. Share this site and the strategies with peers during professional development sessions. Have students create cubes or think dots of their own for use when reviewing material for tests and quizzes.
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WikiWand - Lior Grossman & Ilan Lewin

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5 to 12
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WikiWand is a browser add-on to enhance the look and use of Wikipedia. Follow links to add the extension to Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Once installed, WikiWand adds an easy ...more
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WikiWand is a browser add-on to enhance the look and use of Wikipedia. Follow links to add the extension to Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Once installed, WikiWand adds an easy to use table of contents to the side of the screen, easier to read typography and a handy preview-on-hover feature. Personalize your screen by changing fonts and size of fonts.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), writing (363)

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Install WikiWand on classroom computers to improve student viewing of Wikipedia. Share on your interactive whiteboard to demonstrate and view features for student use. If you do recommend Wikipedia as a source for research, be sure to have the discussion about its unknown authorship and usefulness as a general information tool but not as a "scholarly" resource. As a challenge to your better writers, consider asking them to write entries that you can submit to this encyclopedia on classroom topics in simpler English. They will have to analyze their own language and writing style with far greater scrutiny than ever before. Or have the class create a two version wiki glossary of your own on curriculum topics in any discipline, using this as a model for the "easy reading" side.

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Exposure - Luke Beard and Kyle Bragger

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K to 12
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Create beautiful photo stories with Exposure. Create an account to begin, and then drag and drop photos to begin a narrative. Add headers and body text above and between photos ...more
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Create beautiful photo stories with Exposure. Create an account to begin, and then drag and drop photos to begin a narrative. Add headers and body text above and between photos to tell your story. Follow prompts to add photo groups, full-width pictures, or embed Vimeo or YouTube videos into your narrative. Publish and share your story using the URL or with social networking links; embed into any website or blog using the provided embed code. Free accounts allow users to create up to three Exposure narratives.

tag(s): digital storytelling (154), photography (162)

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Have students create an Exposure account to share poetry, writing projects, or as a student portfolio. Challenge groups of students to create photo stories featuring information about landforms, states, or demonstrating steps of a science experiment. Please remember, it is always best to use caution with image searching. Provide students with clear guidelines and expectations. Use Exposure to share field trips and class activities with parents.

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Common Core Math - Grade by Grade View for Parents - Tricia Bevans & Dev Sinha University of Oregon

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Common Core Math is a PDF document providing an overview of mathematics skills developed through Common Core Standards. Designed for use with curriculum nights or conferences in mind,...more
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Common Core Math is a PDF document providing an overview of mathematics skills developed through Common Core Standards. Designed for use with curriculum nights or conferences in mind, information on each grade level fits on the front and back of one page when printed (two pages for high school). View advice for use as a parent or teacher on the first page. Be sure to scroll down to the two last pages providing an excellent overview of the big picture of teaching math and general tips for parents.

tag(s): commoncore (96), parent conferences (23), parents (58)

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Share this Common Core Math handout with parents on meet the teacher night or at conferences. Be sure to include the last two pages sharing tips for parents to help students with math. Share with co-workers as a resource for parent information.
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Math Advent Calendars - University of Cambridge

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K to 12
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Choose from primary or secondary level Advent Calendars with different themes such as planet earth or food and drink. Don't let the years bother you, use these calendars as you ...more
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Choose from primary or secondary level Advent Calendars with different themes such as planet earth or food and drink. Don't let the years bother you, use these calendars as you please and at any time. Click on your choice of calendar then on a number to view the problem of the day. Problem formats include video questions, problem solving, and games. Note: The age levels terminology for lessons is from the UK, so you may need to "translate" for U.S. curriculum topics and spelling.

tag(s): addition (238), division (167), equations (153), fractions (235), geometric shapes (163), logic (236), multiplication (220), numbers (199), patterns (85), prime numbers (32), problem solving (271)

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Use Advent Calendars on your interactive whiteboard as a problem solving activity while counting down to the holidays. Be sure to share a link to calendars on your class website or blog for parents to use at home over the holidays. Challenge yourself to create your own Advent Calendar using an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Classmill - Tariq Rauf

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6 to 12
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Classmill allows you to create your own online classes by uploading videos, links, files, and images. Create your account to start your own class or explore classes already online....more
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Classmill allows you to create your own online classes by uploading videos, links, files, and images. Create your account to start your own class or explore classes already online. When creating a class choose from privacy options such as invite only for attendees. Add content within modules for each class using tabs to upload or embed information. Once your content is complete, use the "Ready" toggle switch to make it accessible to users. Use the "Invite" button to invite users using their email address.

tag(s): classroom management (148)

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Create your course and offer it to your students for greater interaction and learning through community building. Find great ideas from other existing courses. Teachers of gifted can use courses to challenge students in their areas of interest. You can also have gifted students create or collaborate on a student-made "course." Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.

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GraphFree - Donovan Harshbarger

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8 to 12
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GraphFree is an online graphing tool built by a high school math teacher to meet the needs he didn't find in other online tools. Choose the User's Guide to get ...more
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GraphFree is an online graphing tool built by a high school math teacher to meet the needs he didn't find in other online tools. Choose the User's Guide to get started. The Quick Start feature provides basic information on using the graphing features. Short videos explain other options for drawing and labeling graphs. When finished, follow instructions for saving graphs to your computer or into popular office software programs.
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tag(s): calculators (41), charts and graphs (195)

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Use GraphFree in place of expensive graphing calculators that many students may not have. Be sure to provide the link on your teacher page or blog for easy access. This is a wonderful tool for use in the 1:1 classrooms.

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Random.org - Dr. Mads Haahr

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K to 12
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Do you need to choose items in a truly random way? If so, this site is for you! Random.org offers many different categories for receiving randomized information. Choose from the ...more
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Do you need to choose items in a truly random way? If so, this site is for you! Random.org offers many different categories for receiving randomized information. Choose from the links for random lists, coin flippers, dates, passwords, dice rolls, and much more. Follow directions on each page to set the form and receive results. There is also an app for both Android and iOs devices.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), gamification (73), probability (129), resources (112)

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Use Random.org to generate any kind of list you need such as groups for field trips, random dates for history research, and random places on a map. Use the name generator to select a student to do an activity or to answer a question. Allow students to use the name generator to choose the classmate who comes next. Use the generator tools as part of your probability unit to chart how often names or coins appear with random selections.

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tozzl - Lars Natus

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6 to 12
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Tozzl is a free collaboration tool and digital pinboard. Create your tozzl to add items such as YouTube videos, a Twitter wall, files, pictures, and more. Click on "Create a ...more
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Tozzl is a free collaboration tool and digital pinboard. Create your tozzl to add items such as YouTube videos, a Twitter wall, files, pictures, and more. Click on "Create a new tozzl" to begin and follow the prompts. Once your tozzl is created, use links to edit and add information, add new members, and share. Best of all, tozzl doesn't require registration!

tag(s): brainstorming (25), chat (53), organizational skills (129)

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Use tozzl to create public or private, password-protected message boards. Use as a backchannel tool for discussions during lessons. Share with students to create their own message boards when working on group projects. Use tozzl as a message board for each of your classes. Include class notes, handouts, links to videos, and more.

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Photos for Class - Clever Prototypes, LLC

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K to 12
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Here is an excellent site for finding images for non-commercial use that will have the proper citation downloaded with it. Find a photo you want to use. Click the download ...more
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Here is an excellent site for finding images for non-commercial use that will have the proper citation downloaded with it. Find a photo you want to use. Click the download link under the picture. The downloaded image will have the appropriate attribution information with it. Note: right clicking on the photo will not produce the attribution information. Our editors found all photos to be "class appropriate." However, it is always best to use caution with image searching. Provide students with clear guidelines and expectations.

tag(s): images (277), photography (162), search engines (65)

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Have students use this site for Creative Common images for any report, newsletter, or project. The images from this site are all supposed to be G-Rated for classroom use. The search engine uses Flickr safe search, and other built-in filtering so all images produced should be appropriate for school use. Have students create an annotated image or build a story including text boxes and related links using images found on this tool and a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Be sure to keep a link to this site on your wiki, blog, or web page for students to use whenever they are working on a project.

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Support for Problem Solving Pack - The School Mathematics Project

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The Support for Problem Solving Pack offers several tasks to support math problem-solving skills for high school students. Created as a tool to help develop mental flexibility, tasks...more
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The Support for Problem Solving Pack offers several tasks to support math problem-solving skills for high school students. Created as a tool to help develop mental flexibility, tasks vary in structure and style while requiring you to make use of realistic data. Each problem includes complete directions, possible solutions, and related questions. Some of the units of measure and spellings may differ from those in American English since this is a UK site.

tag(s): critical thinking (110), logic (236), problem solving (271)

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Use tasks from the packet throughout the school year to supplement your current materials. Assign as homework or use for math centers. Have students create blogs explaining the problem solving process using Throwww, reviewed here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! Have students share the blog entry with a small group or partner, who is to ask for clarification where needed. Explaining their writing will help students internalize the problem-solving process. Challenge students to create their own problem-solving tasks to be solved by classmates.
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mySkillBoard - Rob Steller and Josiah Hills

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K to 12
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mySkillBoard is an online tool for managing and tracking student data aligned to Common Core or individual standards. Create student groups and add your activities to match standards....more
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mySkillBoard is an online tool for managing and tracking student data aligned to Common Core or individual standards. Create student groups and add your activities to match standards. Quickly input each score and view data through several different visualization options. This site is optimized for use on any device allowing you to input and track student performance at any time. mySkillBoard will work on any device with a modern web browser and an Internet connection.

tag(s): assessment (106), classroom management (148), differentiation (49)

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MySkillBoard requires a bit of a learning curve due to a lack of tutorials on using the program. However, it may be useful for differentiating student instruction in any classroom. Add each class or group of students to document. Follow learning goals and mastery of standards. Use mySkillBoard together with other teachers to monitor and document student progress in all learning areas.

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Manga High - Manga High

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Manga High is a game-based learning site for mathematics all aligned to Common Core standards. Enroll in the site to set up your class account and add members. Once your ...more
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Manga High is a game-based learning site for mathematics all aligned to Common Core standards. Enroll in the site to set up your class account and add members. Once your class is set up, use the dashboard to assign activities, monitor student progress, or assign challenges. Students can play games without having been assigned a class. However, they cannot save performance history or compete in challenges.

tag(s): addition (238), critical thinking (110), DAT device agnostic tool (167), data (148), decimals (131), division (167), equations (153), fractions (235), game based learning (111), geometric shapes (163), multiplication (220), problem solving (271), subtraction (198)

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Create your class account on Manga High and assign activities for your entire class or differentiate based on student performance levels. Use the search tool to assign tutorials based on grade level or Common Core standard. Add your class to public leaderboards and challenge students to improve their standing versus other classes. Be sure to provide a link to Manga High on your class website or blog for students to access from home.
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Goodbits - Charles Bergeron, Kalvir Sandhu, Philippe Creux and Godfrey Cha

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Finally! A tool to create a professional looking email newsletter in minutes! Goodbits has simplified the task of designing a newsletter by having sections and changing the layout easily....more
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Finally! A tool to create a professional looking email newsletter in minutes! Goodbits has simplified the task of designing a newsletter by having sections and changing the layout easily. You can also crop images where necessary. Just find and collect your content, plug it into Goodbits, and they will make it beautiful. You can read the newsletter on most browsers and mobile devices. You can add links via mobile devices; however, they recommend creating and sending newsletters on a computer. Goodbits uses Mail Chimp, reviewed here, but plans on using other email programs in the future. The sign up is quick, just your name and email, and you are set to go.
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tag(s): creative writing (168), descriptive writing (42), digital storytelling (154), expository writing (45), journalism (52)

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Consider using Goodbits to create a daily newsletter about what students learned in class, and then present it as a recap at the beginning of the next day. Be sure to add images and charts where possible for visual students. Eventually, students could do this on their own at the end of the class. A newsletter would build an excellent learning journal and could be used to study for a test, or as a source for writing a final essay. Writing for digital publication is an important element of Common Core writing. In science and math classes, students can design a newsletter about a famous scientist or mathematician. In science class, students can develop a newsletter to explain to a younger student about cells, life cycles, or any science topic. Do an author study with the end project being a newsletter. For literature circle end projects have the group create a newsletter about the plot and characters. Create digital magazines for any subject or topic: explain an event in history, demonstrate different types of animals or habitats. With the Goodbits newsletter tool, it will almost seem effortless to send home a weekly or monthly newsletter to parents with ongoing news of class activities, announcements, schedules, and more.

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Energy Efficient - Houseplans.com

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7 to 12
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Apply math or science in the real world using these free house plans. Imagine teaching measurement or the concept of scale using free house plans downloaded from the Internet. What...more
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Apply math or science in the real world using these free house plans. Imagine teaching measurement or the concept of scale using free house plans downloaded from the Internet. What about a study of energy and environmental issues? Use this simple site to download house plans for green houses. Use these plans as a great way to discuss many issues related to energy conservation and environmental issues. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to the blog featuring the essentials of green building.
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tag(s): architecture (84), area (67), energy (202), homes (11), volume (44)

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Teach the concept of energy conservation, scale, square footage, and volume. In a business class, discuss the costs of building and create budgets or cost estimates for the building of the house or renovation of a house. Use in a computer or drafting class as inspiration for other projects. Continue the designs outside with the design of landscaping to fit the house in various areas around the country using local fauna and focusing on water and soil conservation. Identify features of design best for energy conservation and how to alter various designs for energy savings. Consider uploading plans from this site to a tool such as Mapwing, reviewed here, to label changes for an energy efficient home.

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What is Mathematics? - Dr. Robert H Lewis

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8 to 12
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What is Mathematics? is a very helpful article for understanding that mathematics is about process not numbers. Dr. Lewis takes his readers through the thought process of providing...more
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What is Mathematics? is a very helpful article for understanding that mathematics is about process not numbers. Dr. Lewis takes his readers through the thought process of providing insight into what math is by comparing it to early reading instruction, sports analogies, and more. His explanations give readers an understanding of the true meaning of mathematics - "true mathematical understanding, the true ability to think, perceive, and analyze mathematically."

tag(s): logic (236), problem solving (271), professional development (129)

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Have your students ever said, "I'll never use this in real life"? If so, that is the time to pull out this article for classroom discussions. Provide different sections of the article to groups of students to present to classmates as a way to understand the importance of developing mathematical understanding, not just a way to put numbers together. Share this article with parents to help them understand the importance of developing mathematical understanding. Share this article with other math teachers in your building.

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Dads Worksheets - Dads Worksheets.com

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1 to 12
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Need practice worksheets or new teaching techniques? Go to Dads! Find printable flash cards, fact family math with timed tests, place value, decimals, fractions, patterns, negative...more
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Need practice worksheets or new teaching techniques? Go to Dads! Find printable flash cards, fact family math with timed tests, place value, decimals, fractions, patterns, negative numbers, word problems, order of operations, geometry, time, measurement, rounding, and metrics. Find several versions for multiple opportunities for practice. Included is an online timer. Join the newsletter to view the latest new additions.
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tag(s): addition (238), fractions (235), measurement (160), order of operations (33), subtraction (198), worksheets (61)

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Need extra practice sheets for some students? Need materials for enrichment? Getting ready for a math night? Find free materials at your fingertips! Keep this page as part of your class web page for additional practice on all math topics. Start an after school math club for enrichment or reinforcement. Let kids "play school" with the many worksheets offered here.
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The Great Backyard Bird Count - Cornell University

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3 to 12
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Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count every February anywhere in the world. Help scientists collect data to get an annual snapshot of ...more
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Join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count every February anywhere in the world. Help scientists collect data to get an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Detailed information contains a tool kit with instructions and a how to video, data forms, bird lists, and an online bird guide. Submit your observations and explore the data that was submitted by area, range, and submission map. Count birds any time of the year by clicking on the ebird link on the home page.

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Involve your class in discovering the world of birds, the environments, and how they effect ecosystems. Determine the birds in your area and ways to attract birds. As a class or at home, have students participate in Project Feeder Watch and analyze their own data. Compare with other places in the country or world. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share their results. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here.
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Here is the solution to all your certificate needs. Find free printable certificates for school, sports, family, or fun. Change color schemes or formats, select and add your text, and...more
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Here is the solution to all your certificate needs. Find free printable certificates for school, sports, family, or fun. Change color schemes or formats, select and add your text, and be ready in seconds. Print or download to save.
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Make your students' day by recognizing their hard work and efforts! Use this tool to recognize students in seconds in a fun, free way. Ideas for student use include having students choose characters from a book and create a certificate for them. Next have students elaborate and describe the reasons why this certificate is awarded. During Thanksgiving, let students become more aware of all the people that help them and nurture them. Use with younger buddies to give them the idea of thankfulness and appreciation. During a study of communities, have students choose a community worker and send a certificate of thanks. For older students help them set the sites high, and create the certificate they want to receive in the future. What goals do they need to set to achieve this?
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