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Top Tips for Dads Getting Involved - Schwab Learning

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This page has simple tips on ways dads (or surrogate dads) can get involved to support learning support or ADHD kids both in and out of school. The brief article ...more
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This page has simple tips on ways dads (or surrogate dads) can get involved to support learning support or ADHD kids both in and out of school. The brief article is available in printed form and include support from resaerch on the impact dads can have.

tag(s): adhd (28)

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This is a great handout for parents, even if the children live with a single mom. Perhaps a grandfather or uncle can step in to provide this valuable support.
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Tips for Parents of Third Graders - Reading Rockets

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Read the tips on this web page or download a single sheet of suggestions to make reading together fun and funny for parents and kids together, while encouraging the skills ...more
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Read the tips on this web page or download a single sheet of suggestions to make reading together fun and funny for parents and kids together, while encouraging the skills to make a lifelong reader. Teachers can download the tips for third grade in NINE languages in addition to English to print out and send home with your ESL/ELL students. Their parents will appreciate the opportunity to participate in their learning, and everyone wins. Printables require Acrobat Reader.

tag(s): literacy (107)

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As students approach their first high-stakes testing, every little bit helps. Give these tips out at conferences, in backpacks, or as a link on your teacher web page.
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Tips for Parents of Second Graders - Reading Rockets

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Read this web page or download a single sheet of suggestions to make reading together fun and funny for parents and kids together, while encouraging the skills to make a lifelong reader. Teachers can download the tips for th in NINE languages in addition to English to print out and send home with your ESL/ELL students. Their parents will appreciate the opportunity to participate in their learning, and everyone wins. Printables require Acrobat Reader.

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Bring in the parents to help prepare children for third grade reading testing by getting them involved. Send home the printable, give it out at conferences, and/or include the link on your teacher web page. Everyone will win!
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Tips for Parents of First Graders - Reading Rockets

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Read this web page or download a single sheet of suggestions to make reading together fun and funny for parents and kids together, while encouraging the skills to make a ...more
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Read this web page or download a single sheet of suggestions to make reading together fun and funny for parents and kids together, while encouraging the skills to make a lifelong reader. Teachers can download the tips for first grade in NINE languages in addition to English to print out and send home with your ESL/ELL students. Their parents will appreciate the opportunity to participate in their learning, and everyone wins. Printables require Acrobat Reader.

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Send these home in the backpack parade or include the link from your teacher web page (or both).
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Math Playground - Mathadvantage.org

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K to 8
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Have a ball on this highly interactive, attractive, and entertaining site that teaches all sorts of math skills for grades K-6. Check out Weighing Wangdoodles to practice balancing...more
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Have a ball on this highly interactive, attractive, and entertaining site that teaches all sorts of math skills for grades K-6. Check out Weighing Wangdoodles to practice balancing equations, learn about perimeter, practice word problems, solve logic puzzles, and even watch video problem-solving challenges. View the video "Math Apprentice" to learn more about how math is used in the "real world." This is certain to be a favorite both in school and at home. Teachers can even build their own worksheets to specifications by topic and level. Try the math Olympics, get caught up in fractions playground or money mania (near the bottom of the page). Every activity allows you to differentiate by skill level. This one is a teacher's dream.

tag(s): equations (154), fractions (236), logic (237), olympics (48), puzzles (207)

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Use the activities to reinforce skills as you teach them or allow advanced students to move ahead. Be sure to include a link to this one on your teacher website for parents and kids to enjoy together at home.
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Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects - Sci4Kids

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This web site provides students and teachers with ideas for agricultural science projects. Many of these ideas could easily be used as classroom science experiments or as an individual...more
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This web site provides students and teachers with ideas for agricultural science projects. Many of these ideas could easily be used as classroom science experiments or as an individual student's science fair project. The site includes experiments that could be incorporated into science lesson plans.

tag(s): environment (319), medicine (70), zoology (7)

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During a unit of study involving agriculture, this page would be a great list of project choices for cooperative group learning experiments. Topics are interesting and the web site is kid-friendly. Great for enrichment for all!

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Throw Your Weight Around - PBS- Fetch!

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Explore the science of balancing your body with these get-up-and-move activities to try in the classroom or at home. Not only will your students have a chance to get up ...more
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Explore the science of balancing your body with these get-up-and-move activities to try in the classroom or at home. Not only will your students have a chance to get up and move, they will also learn some science at the same time. A printable version in both English and Spanish accompanies the sctivity, and there are links to extension activities, as well.

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Try this activity in your classroom as you study laws of motion or the human body. Your kinesthetic learners will "get it." Team up with the classroom and PE teacher together to get the kids thinking as they move.
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Children and Sports - CNN

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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents,...more
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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents, and schools when the topic of sports arises. The presentation is straightforward, and it includes listings of appropriate activities for children of various ages. The article also encourages regular physical activity, while stressing the importance of age-appropriate choices and intensity in sports.

tag(s): sports (97)

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Coaches may find this one useful when parents' ambitions outpace those of their sons and daughters.
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Grow Up Reading - West Bloomfield Township Public Library

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This Web site, developed by a public library, is filled with excellent information on instilling a joy of reading in young children. Includes helpful book suggestions, book selection...more
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This Web site, developed by a public library, is filled with excellent information on instilling a joy of reading in young children. Includes helpful book suggestions, book selection tips, and a list of do's and don'ts when reading aloud.

tag(s): reading lists (79)

In the Classroom

Keep your primary students interested in reading even during summer vacation by sharing this resource with parents before the end of the year.

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Children's Picture Books

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This site provides guidance for teachers and parents in selecting the perfect picture book for a child and offers suggestions for instilling a life-long love of reading in young students....more
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This site provides guidance for teachers and parents in selecting the perfect picture book for a child and offers suggestions for instilling a life-long love of reading in young students. Includes book reviews and links to author and illustrator Web sites. This is a wonderful resource to share with parents via your classroom, school, or library newsletter.

tag(s): reading lists (79)

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Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs - American Foundation for the Blind

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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and...more
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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and hearing impairments, vision problems, and developmental disabilities.

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Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities - Schwab Learning

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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education,...more
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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education, and connecting with other parents who share similar concerns. Sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter, participate in an interactive message board, or personalize your visits to the site with the "My Page" feature.

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Kids Search Engines - Search Engine Watch

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2 to 6
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This resource provides a concise overview of special search engines aimed specifically at kids. Also includes helpful tips for enabling filters on major search engines. Note: search...more
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This resource provides a concise overview of special search engines aimed specifically at kids. Also includes helpful tips for enabling filters on major search engines. Note: search engines are continually being devoured by other search engine companies, so even the reputable folks at Search Engine Watch occasionally have links to sites that have suddenly changed names!

tag(s): search engines (65)

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Checkpoints for Progress - US Dept. of Education

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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical...more
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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical tips for helping students to hone their language arts skills.

tag(s): reading lists (79), writing (364)

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Use these "standards" as a means of checking student achievement, and being sure to align objectives and assignments with these general expected skills. It might be a good idea to show these objectives to students at the beginning of the year, to give them a good idea of what to expect.

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Be Safe for Kids - Children's Hospital - Pittsburgh

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2 to 7
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and ...more
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and games, and even in their own yards or playgrounds. Animated instructional cartoons - narrated by kids - and interactive quizzes are liberally sprinkled through the site.

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Teacher2Teacher - Drexel University

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This helpful question-and-answer service is a great resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics to their children. Visitors can search archives by...more
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This helpful question-and-answer service is a great resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics to their children. Visitors can search archives by topic areas or grade level, ask a new question, or discuss math education in the Lounge. Free registration will qualify you to receive an electronic copy of the site's newsletter.

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Scared of Cyber-Bullies? - CBS News

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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and...more
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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and teachers on how to protect children and teens from cyber crime.

tag(s): bullying (50), safety (91)

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Though short, this article provides teachers and parents with an awareness as to the extent that cyber bullying can go. Discuss with students the consequences of online-bullying, and use this article to show the effects it can have on it's victims.Encourage students to bring the article home to parents, or take the middle man out and post it on a teacher wiki or webpage to allow parents instance access. This would be an appropriate prerequisite before a project that requires virtual interaction, such as googledocs, (reviewed here), or any other online classroom resource.

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Growing with Media - PBS

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Media have a profound effect on the creative, social, physical and intellectual development of a child. This excellent resource gives parents strategies for helping children develop...more
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Media have a profound effect on the creative, social, physical and intellectual development of a child. This excellent resource gives parents strategies for helping children develop healthy TV habits, resist advertising, think critically, and evaluate information for credibility. The site explores common questions and dilemmas encountered when dealing with kids and TV, suggests daily activities, and provides links to additional resources.

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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Family Communications

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The charm and delight of Fred Rogers' beloved television series is recaptured in this interactive site that gently engages and guides young children. An on-line coloring book entertains...more
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The charm and delight of Fred Rogers' beloved television series is recaptured in this interactive site that gently engages and guides young children. An on-line coloring book entertains while strengthening fine motor skills; the storybook feature combines sounds and graphics to encourage early readers; an interactive house and neighborhood provide choices and adventures as children independently explore the Land of Make-believe. Also includes recipes, activities, videos, and resources for parent and teachers. Created by PBS.

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Science Behind Drug Abuse - NIDA

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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on ...more
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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on the decline in drug use among teens. The coverage also includes ecstasy and the "date rape" drugs. Counselors and nurses may find this one particularly useful.

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug posters using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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