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Parents Can Prevent Cyberbullying - PTA

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3 to 12
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As if traditional bullying were not enough, we now have cyberbullying! This web page offers a great explanation and examples of cyberbullying. It also lists strategies by which to help...more
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As if traditional bullying were not enough, we now have cyberbullying! This web page offers a great explanation and examples of cyberbullying. It also lists strategies by which to help children who are being cyberbullied. Do not forget to visit the link provided that helps to locate cyberbullies and their web pages.

tag(s): internet safety (104), safety (91)

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Include this link on your on classroom web page or share the information at conferences with parents. As an Internet safety activity, teach about the cyberbullying, then have students create pamphlets based on cyberbullying information to send home to parents. Or have them create posters to hang around school about cyberbullying, using terminology you teach from the web site.

Students will need you to present the information, since the site is directed toward parents, not students. Use scenarios such as those described in the article to spark discussion.

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Combined Strategy for Internet Safety - PTA

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K to 12
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This site contains a very brief summary of current issues concerning students and Internet usage. It provides current acronyms for Internet terminology, AUP's (Acceptable Use Policies)...more
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This site contains a very brief summary of current issues concerning students and Internet usage. It provides current acronyms for Internet terminology, AUP's (Acceptable Use Policies) and discussion starters for parents who are interested in discussing Internet issues and responsibilities with children.

tag(s): internet safety (104), safety (91)

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Be Safe Sprigeo - looking out for you! - Sprigeo

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K to 12
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This simple site allows you to report bullying at your school. Students, teachers, parents can click to report a bully and turn in a report so school administration can look ...more
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This simple site allows you to report bullying at your school. Students, teachers, parents can click to report a bully and turn in a report so school administration can look into the incident. Though there is the potential for bogus reports, this site would likely work well with elementary students or even middle schoolers IF you explained it to them in advance and spoke specifically about the consequences of false reports. The benefit is that the service allows students to report an incident without fear that a bully might "see them in the office."

tag(s): bullying (50), cyberbullying (41), DAT device agnostic tool (166)

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Teachers and principals will like the written record the system generates by emailing the report to the designated contact.

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Student Violence in America's Schools - New York Times

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6 to 12
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The New York Times Learning Network has brought together a number of resources on school violence. Although the site does not include any coverage of the 2006 Amish school ...more
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The New York Times Learning Network has brought together a number of resources on school violence. Although the site does not include any coverage of the 2006 Amish school shooting, there are contemporary Times reports of a number of other high-profile cases of school violence. The reports are coupled with several lesson plans designed to help students talk about these issues, as well as resources to help teachers plan effective discussions on school violence.

tag(s): school violence (12)

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Teachers cannot ignore the issues of school violence, nor hope they can avoid questions from students. The issue is not whether they should talk about it with students, but how they can do it most effectively and honestly. These lesson plans and resources can help teachers feel prepared, either for a planned discussion, or for the spur-of-the-moment question that becomes a teachable moment.

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Brookfield Zoo: In Search of The Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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3 to 8
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents ...more
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents include a researcher, forest ranger, farmer and more! The African characters' expertise helps the student to choose which way to go next. The site includes a forest fact book, information about African animals and forests. A special asset of this unique site is that it incorporates problem-solving skills. Hints are given, but the student has to choose which option would be best. The site requires FLASH! Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (179), animals (284), environment (319), problem solving (272)

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Your students will need a good 15-30 minutes to complete this activity either as a class or individually. Don't forget to use an interactive whiteboard if you are doing this as a class activity. Students will want to visit again at home, so include the link on your teacher web page, as well.
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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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K to 12
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Algebra Help - algebrahelp.com

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5 to 11
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This website is basic - but provides lesson ideas, detailed descriptions and calculators for students and interactive worksheets for student practice in all dimensions of algebra. ...more
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This website is basic - but provides lesson ideas, detailed descriptions and calculators for students and interactive worksheets for student practice in all dimensions of algebra.

tag(s): equations (155), factoring (31)

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If your students need extra practice, the interactive worksheets would be a great activity on computers in class or at home. Include a link for this one on your teacher web page, as well.

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Helping Your Child Series - US Department of Education

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Encourage parents to become involved with their children's education using these helpful, downloadable booklets on helping your child with science, history, math, reading, homework,...more
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Encourage parents to become involved with their children's education using these helpful, downloadable booklets on helping your child with science, history, math, reading, homework, early adolescence, preschool, general success in school, and being a responsible citizen. Some are geared for elementary only and others extend through middle school. Most are also available in Spanish version. Download as a pdf (Acrobat file) or Word document. You can order copies, but it may be easier and faster to simply print your own. Remember that you need Acrobat Reader to open pdf files. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): adolescence (11), homework (46)

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Hand these booklets out at back to school night, open house, or conferences. Encourage parents to become involved supportively.
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Analytical Problems And Puzzles - folj.com

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3 to 12
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This very simple site, created by an anonymous puzzle-lover, is a treasury for logic problems and lateral thinking puzzles to use in your classroom or beyond. Click on the puzzle ...more
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This very simple site, created by an anonymous puzzle-lover, is a treasury for logic problems and lateral thinking puzzles to use in your classroom or beyond. Click on the puzzle type you want. Use them as brain warm-ups in a math or science class before venturing into problem-solving or inquiry process or simply to engage the brains before starting any activity. There are different levels of logic and different types of lateral thinking puzzles, each with a hint before revealing the complete answer. These puzzles would also be useful for gifted enrichment.

tag(s): gifted (95), logic (236), puzzles (206)

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If you don't have time to spend on these in class as often as you would like, print out a single lateral thinking or logic problem each week for your bulletin board and let the students argue about it all week. Or include this link on your teacher website for the students to access outside of class. This site is a life-saver for your study hall the day before a vacation!

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Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies - Understanding Percent - Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies

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4 to 8
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This website provides three free lesson plans for converting fractions and percents. The three plans are easy to follow and include practice activities for the students and online...more
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This website provides three free lesson plans for converting fractions and percents. The three plans are easy to follow and include practice activities for the students and online worksheets. the lesson plans are basic - but could be helpful in teaching a new topic or review.

tag(s): fractions (235), percent (82)

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Get a SmartBoard or another projection screen and make the online worksheets into a class game! This website could also be used as enrichment for the elementary gifted students. Include it in the links from your teacher web page.

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National Children's Folksong Registry - Education CyberPlayGround

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K to 12
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Want to become a part of cyberspace history and preserve a part of our culture? Use your ipod, phone or computer to record the chants, songs, jump rope rhymes, or ...more
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Want to become a part of cyberspace history and preserve a part of our culture? Use your ipod, phone or computer to record the chants, songs, jump rope rhymes, or circle games that your students enjoy. Then submit them to the database so the students can hear themselves on the net.They can also listen to recordings made by other classes. Be part of a new way of recording oral history! Include this activity as art of your study of history and the songs people sang on the railroads, on riverboats, or as they immigrated.

tag(s): oral history (12), songs (53), speech (92)

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Before recording for the website use a tape recorder to have students practice speaking clearly when recording. Have older students teach younger grades a chant or song to record. Directions for recording are included on the site. Make sure you follow your school district policies for posting information on the web. Include a link on your teacher website for parents to listen to the class recordings.
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Mouth Healthy - American Dental Association

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K to 8
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Oral health topics are presented in an attention getting format that includes games, informative animations (require FLASH), hands on activities and printable student worksheets (require...more
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Oral health topics are presented in an attention getting format that includes games, informative animations (require FLASH), hands on activities and printable student worksheets (require Acrobat Reader). The a la carte lesson format makes it easy to use lessons individually or as a complete oral health unit. Animations and games/puzzle section are geared for the younger grades. The appropriate age levels for each of the sections are clearly labeled. There are also sections on dental careers.

tag(s): careers (132), dental health (23), hygiene (10)

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Provides comprehensive lesson plans with links to student worksheets that can be printed. Website is available in Spanish. Use a projector to show parts of the website to the whole class or use as a center for small groups of students.
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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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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 (155), fractions (235), logic (236), olympics (48), puzzles (206)

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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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2 to 8
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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 (68), 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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Election 2006 - New York Times

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6 to 12
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Use a clickable national map to analyze the 2006 races for governor, senate, and house in all 50 states. See recent polling data, historical trends, and even predict outcomes to ...more
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Use a clickable national map to analyze the 2006 races for governor, senate, and house in all 50 states. See recent polling data, historical trends, and even predict outcomes to see their impact on Congress as a whole. You can save your "scenarios" for future reference. Note: you must join the New York Times online (FREE), a valuable resource for any classroom. You can make one account, and multiple computers can log in at once. Just don't forget your user name and password!

Although this resource was created for the 2006 election, the background information is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history.

tag(s): elections (75), politics (99)

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This would be a great site to visit repeatedly throughout the ramp-up to the election. It would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard. You could also assign students to create their own log-ins and generate their own scenarios. based on their own research (encourage ownership!). Then compare their predictions with the actual results. Or role-play groups as they present their scenarios in Republican (or Democratic) National Committee budget meetings and decide strategies.

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Children and Sports - CNN

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4 to 12
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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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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.

tag(s): disabilities (20)

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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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Checkpoints for Progress - US Dept. of Education

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1 to 12
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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 (363)

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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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