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Graphic Organizers - Houghton Mifflin Company

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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print...more
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This time-saving collection of dozens of graphic organizers includes timelines, Venn diagrams, sequence charts, persuasion maps, and much more. Each is available as a ready-to-print PDF file. (You need Acrobat Reader- Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page). Available in Spanish.

tag(s): graphic organizers (42)

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Kidspsych - Magination Press

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1 to 3
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Collection of engaging online activities designed to help young children with eye-hand coordination, creative problem-solving, and cognitive thinking skills. Parents and teachers can...more
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Collection of engaging online activities designed to help young children with eye-hand coordination, creative problem-solving, and cognitive thinking skills. Parents and teachers can visit the "about this activity" link for helpful information on child development and suggested resources.

tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Stickies - Tom Revell

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Tired of having yellow sticky notes pasted all over your desk? This free downloadable PC software can unclutter your desk and make your life easier. The program is small (less ...more
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Tired of having yellow sticky notes pasted all over your desk? This free downloadable PC software can unclutter your desk and make your life easier. The program is small (less than 600 kb), easy to use, and oh so helpful.

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Smarter Surfing - Sree Sreenivasan

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1 to 12
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Improve your students' online research skills with this helpful guide to using Google. Features of the search engines are explained (did you know that the search box can be used ...more
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Improve your students' online research skills with this helpful guide to using Google. Features of the search engines are explained (did you know that the search box can be used as a calculator or that you can receive email Google news alerts when a phrase you wish to track shows up in the news?), and searching tips are provided. You'll have fun with this one.

tag(s): search strategies (30)

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Tools and Templates - Education World

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Browse through this collection of time-saving templates for everything from award certificates to calendars and graphic organizers. Edit the templates to fit your needs, then save and...more
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Browse through this collection of time-saving templates for everything from award certificates to calendars and graphic organizers. Edit the templates to fit your needs, then save and print as desired.

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Crossword Puzzle Games - Clockwatchers, Inc.

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Design your own crossword puzzle using vocabulary or concepts that you've covered in class. You choose the size and complexity; the online tool does the rest. After entering words and...more
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Design your own crossword puzzle using vocabulary or concepts that you've covered in class. You choose the size and complexity; the online tool does the rest. After entering words and accompanying hints, users can create a printable puzzle with the click of a mouse. An online cryptogram maker, a puzzle-solver tool, and links to ready-made puzzles are also provided.

tag(s): puzzles (206)

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Back in Time with Timelines

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3 to 8
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This collection of downloadable templates provides great ideas for using Excel spreadsheets to create timelines across the curriculum. Visit the resource links for timeline content...more
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This collection of downloadable templates provides great ideas for using Excel spreadsheets to create timelines across the curriculum. Visit the resource links for timeline content and interactive timeline tools.

tag(s): spreadsheets (17), teaching strategies (24), timelines (64)

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Classroom Clipart

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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you ...more
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you read the site's copyright information. This site is SLOW to open, so be patient.

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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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Ask a Librarian - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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If your local library just can't help, try this online service that puts you in contact with Library of Congress research librarians. Live chats are available for some topics. Other...more
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If your local library just can't help, try this online service that puts you in contact with Library of Congress research librarians. Live chats are available for some topics. Other inquiries will receive a response within 5 days. Be sure to read the Reference Correspondence Policy at the bottom of the home page for directives on how this resource should be used. This is an "adult" reference tool, not a student's homework assistance hotline!

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In the Classroom

Have students use this as a resource while working on a research project. Just check with your school technology policies and make sure it's acceptable to use the live chat option.

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Copyright Terms and the Public Domain - Cornell University

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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials...more
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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials enter the public domain. It may be more information than you care to know about the public domain, but it will keep you legal!

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Avoiding Plagiarism - Purdue University

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8 to 12
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This useful guide to maintaining academic honesty provides clear and succinct advice that secondary students can easily understand. The site explores topics including deliberate vs....more
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This useful guide to maintaining academic honesty provides clear and succinct advice that secondary students can easily understand. The site explores topics including deliberate vs. accidental plagiarism, when to document and when not to document, and "common knowledge." The "making sure you are safe" guide provides helpful tips for students at various stages of the research and writing process. A brief exercise for practice can be used to test students' understanding of plagiarism issues. Created by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

tag(s): cheating (3), plagiarism (37)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard to establish a set of rules before beginning a research project or paper with your class. Teachers can even post the site on their teacher webpage, emphasizing it's importance and allowing students to reference it both in and out of the classroom.

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Just Kids Recipes

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1 to 6
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From play clay, to Jell-O aquariums, to brain cell salad, this diverse collection of recipes for edible and non-edible concoctions provides creative ideas for hands-on activities that...more
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From play clay, to Jell-O aquariums, to brain cell salad, this diverse collection of recipes for edible and non-edible concoctions provides creative ideas for hands-on activities that are tasty, gross, useful, and festive. Some require cooking or baking; others can easily be assembled in the classroom. Involve your students in making the treats/products, or pass on recipes and ideas to parent volunteers when an end-of-unit thematic party is in order! These ideas are sure to liven up any lesson or classroom celebration!

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Electronic Emissary - College of William and Mary

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Have you ever wished that you had an expert to turn to when undertaking a challenging unit or lesson? Imagine a professor from Yale volunteering to work with your students. ...more
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Have you ever wished that you had an expert to turn to when undertaking a challenging unit or lesson? Imagine a professor from Yale volunteering to work with your students. This free, web-based mentoring service does just that by bringing teachers and students in contact with experienced mentors in a variety of subject areas. Curriculum-based interactions take place via email, web forum, chat and teleconferencing and can range in length from 6-weeks to an entire school year, depending on the needs and interests of the students. The website includes summaries of completed Electronic Emissary learning projects, and information on how to get involved with the program as a mentor, student, or teacher.

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Copyright Primer - University of Maryland

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Test your working knowledge of copyright laws with this interactive tutorial that addresses the underlying principles behind copyright laws in the U.S., outlines requirements for copyright...more
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Test your working knowledge of copyright laws with this interactive tutorial that addresses the underlying principles behind copyright laws in the U.S., outlines requirements for copyright protection, and discusses parameters for use of copyrighted materials. As the tutorial progresses, visitors are presented with quizzes in the form of scenarios requiring a decision. It's entertaining, enlightening, and extremely helpful in clarifying copyright issues. You may even want to share this resource with your high school students before sending them off to college.

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Teaching with the Brain in Mind - PBS

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1 to 2
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This concise little article is packed with information on how the brain is structured and how teachers can be more effective in establishing "brain friendly" communication. Practical...more
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This concise little article is packed with information on how the brain is structured and how teachers can be more effective in establishing "brain friendly" communication. Practical ideas on how to differentiate instruction are provided.

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Understanding Evolution - University of California Museum of Paleontology

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This searchable site is designed to give educators direction and advice when teaching the scientific theory of evolution. Common misconceptions, supporting evidence, and basic elements...more
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This searchable site is designed to give educators direction and advice when teaching the scientific theory of evolution. Common misconceptions, supporting evidence, and basic elements of the theory are provided along with tips on how to identify and deal with problems that may arise when teaching evolution in the classroom. A glossary and links to teacher resources are also included.

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Modeling for Understanding in Science Education - University of Wisconsin

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The University of Wisconsin created this site as a resource to help secondary science teachers develop modeling techniques for use in teaching several science concepts. The site presents...more
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The University of Wisconsin created this site as a resource to help secondary science teachers develop modeling techniques for use in teaching several science concepts. The site presents each of these in some detail, with an eye toward giving science teachers the ability to develop model-based teaching approaches for other topics. This would be a great resource to use as a starting point for a professional inservice or a summer workshop.

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Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web - Rand Corp.

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Here's a research-based site that will interest teachers working to improving their proficiency with technology or administrators who need better information gathering tools. This Rand...more
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Here's a research-based site that will interest teachers working to improving their proficiency with technology or administrators who need better information gathering tools. This Rand study offers suggestions on effective survey design and administration techniques, the unique factors present in web and e-mail based surveys, and a look at the attractive speed with which researchers can develop and collect information using these technologies. For those who depend on accurate responses, this could be useful information.

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Educator's Reference Desk - Information Institute of Syracuse

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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth...more
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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth of lesson plans, and archives of past questions. Managed by the Information Institute of Syracuse, the new format greatly enhances usability. Kudos!

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