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Copyright - New York Online

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5 to 12
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Explore the complex topics of copyright and plagiarism. Find information on identifying plagiarism, ethical concerns, and ways to avoid stealing others' material. Explore essential...more
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Explore the complex topics of copyright and plagiarism. Find information on identifying plagiarism, ethical concerns, and ways to avoid stealing others' material. Explore essential questions such as Why Should I Care?, What Does it Look Like?, and How Can I Use My Own Brain? Student tools offer tips for avoiding plagiarism such as correctly citing sources and learning proper phrasing. Teacher tools include videos and posters to help students explore this topic and understand copyright issues. View several videos in the digital ethics portion of the site that discuss the fine line between plagiarism and mashups, downloading, and music use. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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.

tag(s): copyright (47), digital citizenship (59), ethics (16), plagiarism (35)

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This site is a must-have in the toolbox for all secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View a video each week and discuss contents. View specific videos addressing concerns that arise in your classroom. Share this site with parents at meet the teacher (Back to School) night for their use at home. Share a link to the site on a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.
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Freebook Sifter - FreebookSifter

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K to 12
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business &...more
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Children's eBooks, Fantasy, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Politics & Current Events, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Teens, Travel, and many others. At the time of this review, there were over 69,000 free eBooks listed on the site.

tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128)

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This site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.

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A Europe of Tales - europeoftales.net

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3 to 10
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A Europe of Tales offers visual and auditory experiences of the myths and legends in Europe, easy for younger student to understand. The Flash animations do include written text,...more
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A Europe of Tales offers visual and auditory experiences of the myths and legends in Europe, easy for younger student to understand. The Flash animations do include written text, so reading is required. There is music and sound effects along with the text and images. Choose from 8 languages to begin. Click on one of the five countries to start exploring: Iceland, Italy, Brittany, Finland, or Scotland. Within each country find options for stories to view. Click on links within these stories to view actual images, additional facts, maps, and tasks (teaching suggestions). As is typical of many original (not "Disneyfied") folk tales, some subject matter is a little dark and relates to death. Preview for appropriateness in your classroom.

tag(s): europe (75), folktales (65), myths and legends (25), narrative (24)

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Choose myths and legends to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site is perfect for when you are studying European countries or when teaching a unit on myths and legends. Students could explore in small groups to discover similarities to more familiar folktales. Another idea: use this site in your world language class. Explore the site in the language you are teaching. The site is offered in French, Italian, and several other languages. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of different folk tales and story patterns.
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It's a Dogs' Life - WGBH

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K to 12
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Calling all dog lovers! Learn how to select a dog, train a dog, and solve common dog problems with Uncle Matty. Find training techniques, dog stories, video clips (Quicktime or ...more
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Calling all dog lovers! Learn how to select a dog, train a dog, and solve common dog problems with Uncle Matty. Find training techniques, dog stories, video clips (Quicktime or RealVideo required), and even a trivia "quiz" to increase in your canine knowledge. Although at first glance this site may appear to be designed for younger children, it is applicable for children through adults.

tag(s): animals (276)

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Use this resource about dogs for science reports. Use as an example in your writing class to help provide background knowledge for your favorite dog stories. Have students create illustrations based on the dog stories. Practice point of view with the dog stories/testimonials given. Use this site for a reference and reading material for your reluctant readers who love dogs.
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Book Adventure - Book Adventure

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K to 12
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Find ways to encourage and get your students to splash in the world of reading. Designed for grades K-12, the site offers a search engine to find new literature to ...more
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Find ways to encourage and get your students to splash in the world of reading. Designed for grades K-12, the site offers a search engine to find new literature to read, short quizzes to check your comprehension of over 8,000 books in the database, a Kid's Zone (mainly for elementary students), plus links for both teachers and parents! They also offer prizes. Build your own booklists. You can search by grade level, difficulty, and even subject (MANY to choose from). Request a free teacher kit for detailed and engaging ways to motivate your students. Find resources for successful parent involvement. Watch the introductory video on the homepage to learn more. Contests through the site offer additional reading incentives. While this site does offer a book search and quizzes for all grade levels K-12, it has an "elementary" look. Registration is FREE, but required for several of the activities. Registration requires an email address (for teachers, students, or parents).

tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128), literature (275)

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Find detailed ways to help parents support the wonderful world of reading with their students. Have each student create individual reading lists and work towards prizes. Students can use this site as a search tool to find new reading suggestions. Motivate students by setting individual goals. Use quizzes for books as part of literature studies, or examine the type of questions given. Challenge your students to create their own quizzes about a book they recently read. Have students create their own quizzes (and more) using ClassTools (reviewed here).
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Energy Kids - US Energy Information Administration

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K to 8
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Find a great source for all your energy information at Energy Kids! Discover energy sources, forms of energy (renewable and non-renewable), electricity, hydrogen, and recent statistics...more
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Find a great source for all your energy information at Energy Kids! Discover energy sources, forms of energy (renewable and non-renewable), electricity, hydrogen, and recent statistics on energy use. There are games and activities to help reinforce the concepts presented. Detailed lesson plans, science fair experiments, field trip information, and more help you provide a more comprehensive unit. Don't miss the history of energy timeline with all the famous people. There is even a link "For Teachers" where you can find lesson plans from K to secondary.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (198), natural resources (59)

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Share the resources found here on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as part of your wiki on energy, renewable resources, and conservation. Add to a center to improve reading skills as well as new literacies in technology. Find excellent information to include for your Prezi, Powerpoint, or Live Binders on energy. Enhance your ESL/ELL students understanding of your energy unit using the visuals and reinforcement of basic concepts.
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Punctuation and Capitalization - Castle Park, LLC

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1 to 3
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This engaging "Toon University" site allows students to practice using proper punctuation and capitalization within sentences. Immediate feedback is provided. Please note: there is...more
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This engaging "Toon University" site allows students to practice using proper punctuation and capitalization within sentences. Immediate feedback is provided. Please note: there is a constant "beeping" sound as part of this interactive. If you find this distracting, you can mute your speakers, as there are no other audio sounds during this activity.

tag(s): capitalization (19), punctuation (43), writing (359)

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Throw away practice worksheets! Provide instant feedback for a quicker learning with reinforcement. No wasted time grading! Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector at the start of class to get students thinking! Sharpen writing skills in a real situation without isolated practice! Use as a resource for your writing classes or add to your class website. Have students create examples from their own writing to share with the class.
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Awesome Stories - AwesomeStories

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4 to 12
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies...more
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AwesomeStories is a one stop shop of primary source materials. It is a gathering place of sources located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created websites. The site includes documents, videos, audio clips and narrations. Topics range from the Women's Movement to Emperor Penguins to Abraham Lincoln to the Easter Story (through medieval/renaissance art) and much more. Search by biography, disaster, trials, flicks, history, philosophy, sports, or the arts. You can also search by lesson plans, narrations, slide shows, videos, images, audio clips, documentaries, and more! You can also take advantage of the Visual Vocabulary to learn vocabulary related to many of the stories and video clips available at this site.

tag(s): art history (70), artists (74), biographies (87), black history (59), civil rights (117), civil war (145), cross cultural understanding (115), disasters (39), earthquakes (48), easter (21), inventors and inventions (97), korea (15), lincoln (86), mars (41), movies (65), natural disasters (20), presidents (131), primary sources (86), resources (112), south africa (10), vocabulary (323), weather (188), womens suffrage (26)

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Use this rich site to support your social studies, history, science, language arts classroom and many others! There is a lot here to explore and many diverse topics. Use the Visual Vocabulary Builder to introduce your students to new vocabulary in a different way. Middle and high schoolers could use the movies to teach about character development and themes. The site includes several lesson plans that help you teach with current movies. Have your students use the site to find historical images to use in presentations. (Be sure to check the licensing on any image you use and cite it properly.) Project the video clips using an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce students to a unit of study. Challenge small groups of students to explore one of the topics presented at this site and share their "story" with the rest of the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Many texts on this site are also useful examples of informational texts for practice of Common Core standards.
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CurriConnects Booklist: Bridges and Structures - Teachersfirst

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K to 12
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Find books about bridges and structures in this list of fiction and non-fiction for student independent or group reading. Learn how bridges and other structures are built, the people...more
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Find books about bridges and structures in this list of fiction and non-fiction for student independent or group reading. Learn how bridges and other structures are built, the people behind them, and the risks some people take in pioneering new ways of building, using new materials, or thinking outside the building box. You will even find some stories of structures that failed. Some fiction, and some non-fiction, all will inspire young designers and engineers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): bridges (8), engineering (124), independent reading (128), structures (24)

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Make STEM a reading challenge. Share this list with students during your study of physics of structures, design, or basic concepts such as gravity. Have students choose a book they can connect to concepts you are studying in science class or have them choose a book of interest and generate a list of the questions they would like to learn about after reading the book. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills.

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For the Sake of Argument: Another Common Core Shift - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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This installment in a series of articles about implementing Common Core in elementary focuses on argument/opinion writing and reading activities that can go together. The CCSS require...more
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This installment in a series of articles about implementing Common Core in elementary focuses on argument/opinion writing and reading activities that can go together. The CCSS require that all students work to become independent writers of three types of texts: narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion/argument and recommend that the time spent on each type in the elementary grades be roughly the same. Find ideas to implement this shift. The article is intended for elementary teachers as part of our Help! I lost my library/media specialist series.

tag(s): commoncore (94), expository writing (44), letter writing (21), persuasive writing (55), writing (359)

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If you are fortunate enough to have a library/media specialist to partner with you, try these ideas together, including read-alouds and writing activities to follow up. Mark this article in your favorites and refer back to it for ideas to integrate writing into science or social studies activities, especially for opportunities to have students write and/or read opinion/argument pieces.

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Lore - Lore.com

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6 to 12
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Lore is created for instructors to design their own MOOC type courses without needing adoption by a whole school or district. Most importantly, creating a course is unbelievably SIMPLE....more
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Lore is created for instructors to design their own MOOC type courses without needing adoption by a whole school or district. Most importantly, creating a course is unbelievably SIMPLE. Not sure what a MOOC is? A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is (usually free), open course offered by a teacher or university for anyone willing to learn. It is a student and community centered place for learning developed by university students. In Lore, teachers control who is in the network through use of a class membership code. Course materials, tests, and grades can be added and managed through Lore. Teachers can contact students and decide what to make public or private. Students are able to interact with and learn from each other. Learning becomes more interactive and extends beyond the classroom. Lore also features a discussion area, calendar, library, and gradebook. Each student and teacher have profiles which others can follow. Teachers and students can create academic groups for learning. Teachers can create a group with other teachers to develop a PLN.

Not sure where to begin or not ready to start on your own? Use elements of ready-made courses at Lore to experiment and enrich your curriculum. Search through the popular courses to look at what other teachers and professors are offering.

tag(s): classroom management (135), social networking (112)

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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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Chart Jungle - Wendy Shepherd

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K to 4
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Find and print many useful charts at Chart Jungle. Topics include story starters, homework charts, reading logs, and more. Chart Jungle also includes alphabet and number flash cards...more
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Find and print many useful charts at Chart Jungle. Topics include story starters, homework charts, reading logs, and more. Chart Jungle also includes alphabet and number flash cards to print and use. Other interesting printables include the digestive system, clocks, and skeletons. Choose any chart to print directly from your computer. Although this site does include a lot of advertisements, there are many timesavers and treasures.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), classroom management (135), flash cards (45), handwriting (18), homework (44), organizational skills (122), presidents (131), printables (38), time (144)

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Use Chart Jungle as a resource for charts for use throughout the school year. Familiarize yourself with this site at the beginning of the school year. Use the reading chart for students to record the minutes spent reading at home. Use the homework charts to help your students stay organized. Share the flash cards link with parents to use at home.

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SMART Technology Sites - Arlys Peterson

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K to 8
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This is an extensive "hotlist" of sites and lessons to be used on the SMART Board. In addition there are many tutorials to help you learn about the SMART Board. ...more
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This is an extensive "hotlist" of sites and lessons to be used on the SMART Board. In addition there are many tutorials to help you learn about the SMART Board. This collection covers mainly grades K-5 and all subject areas. However, there are also some resources for secondary level. The topics vary greatly, and the quantity of websites is impressive. Some items will require you to have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open the files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer reviewed here. Some of the resources shared are created in the United Kingdom. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences. Please note: some of the resources are websites that could be used on any brand of interactive whiteboard (or computer) and are not strictly Smart Board resources.

tag(s): alphabet (92), audio books (32), grammar (216), human body (121), iwb (31), manipulatives (41), maps (287), money (192), order of operations (33), poetry (228), preK (281), probability (130), problem solving (272), resources (112), rounding (22), states (162)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Stop and think before you start about how to use them in a student centered lesson, trying some of the lesson formats that help you avoid being "Vanna." View the lessons as is or use them to help you create your own lesson. Use the training videos to help your teaching peers and new SMART Board users learn how to use the SMART Board. Many of these tools could be used on any brand of Interactive Whiteboard.
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Open Street Map - OpenStreetMap

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6 to 12
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This open source, collaborative mapping site is known as the "Wikipedia of maps." This easily editable map is up to date as locations change (as they often do). The license ...more
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This open source, collaborative mapping site is known as the "Wikipedia of maps." This easily editable map is up to date as locations change (as they often do). The license just requires you to credit OpenStreetMap, and you can copy, download, and amend the maps without limitation.

tag(s): map skills (79), maps (287)

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Use any part of this map for your school projects. Share the maps on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Copy, download, or alter maps as needed. The license requires crediting OpenStreetMap. Build completely new maps around a specific theme or concept, such as walking, hiking, bicycling, routes for those with disabilities, among others. Create projects traveling through various areas around various themes such as places to eat, sleep, or play. Students create stories about stopping in these places to share with others. If you teach geography, this one's a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. If you teach map skills or teach about how communities grow, be sure to share this map to show how maps can change when a new street or highway is built. If you have a new road in your area, show the difference between this map and older ones that can be found online. Challenge students to compare this map to others.
 

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Women in World History - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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10 to 12
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Women in World History offers sophisticated, high-level learning opportunities for exploration and research into the role of women throughout the world. Choose website reviews to find...more
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Women in World History offers sophisticated, high-level learning opportunities for exploration and research into the role of women throughout the world. Choose website reviews to find scholarly reviews of online archives and resources. View more than 200 primary sources with essays analyzing gender. View case studies from teachers discussing primary sources. Classroom modules offer lesson plans for several topics: the British Empire, Western Views of Chinese Women, and the Soviet Dictatorship. The lesson plans include everything you need: ways to differentiate the lesson, objectives, materials, time needed, and additional strategies.

tag(s): 1600s (11), 1700s (23), 1800s (44), 1900s (33), 20th century (51), africa (180), asia (73), central america (13), europe (75), great britain (16), north america (19), russia (38), south america (39), women (101)

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Use modules from this site to supplement current teaching materials. If you are teaching about primary sources, be sure to share that part of this website. Students can search by region: Africa, The Americas, East Asia, Europe, Mid-East/North Africa, Russia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. Information on this site is written at a very high level. Use this with gifted and AP students as a source for research information or extended lessons in current content.

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ESL Games World - eslgamesworld.com

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1 to 12
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ESL Game World is the place to go for interactives, PowerPoint activities and templates, printable board games, ESL/ELL games for kids and adults, grammar games, vocabulary challenges,...more
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ESL Game World is the place to go for interactives, PowerPoint activities and templates, printable board games, ESL/ELL games for kids and adults, grammar games, vocabulary challenges, and reading activities. Some of the featured activities include Snakes and Ladders, Hangman, and Wheel of Fortune games/templates. Some spelling appears to be different from Standard American English. Check to be sure. Avoid the online store section to stay with free activities.
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tag(s): grammar (216), grammar review (37), verbs (41), vocabulary (323)

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Find ways to assist your ESL/ELL students in an engaging way! You can also use many of the games to reinforce basic skills with native speakers. Customize some of the activities for the content areas you are studying. Use as a whole class activity on your projector (or interactive whiteboard) to practice vocabulary, grammar, and content. Add as a resource for ESL/ELL learning or even struggling readers. Ideas and materials are gathered in one spot to help you reduce the time you need to meet your ESL/ELL students' differentiated needs. Add this link to your class website or share with parents as a resource.
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Synonyms and Antonyms - Learning Today

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4 to 6
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This simple interactive provides practice with synonyms and antonyms for vocabulary in an engaging manner. Hints are provided. Go beyond vocabulary matching and dig deeper into the...more
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This simple interactive provides practice with synonyms and antonyms for vocabulary in an engaging manner. Hints are provided. Go beyond vocabulary matching and dig deeper into the word meanings.

tag(s): antonyms (26), synonyms (38), vocabulary (323), vocabulary development (125)

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Use Synonyms and Antonyms at a center or share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use as a model for your current vocabulary words. Have students find synonyms and antonyms for your words. Students can also create sentences for each vocabulary word. This is an excellent way to improve word study skills. Use in your writing class to remind students to use spicy vocabulary words. Use this site to increase your students' vocabulary, the key to improving reading comprehension!
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The Noun Project - The Noun Project

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K to 12
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Find free, scalable vector images created by a community of designers whose goal is to create a universal global language of symbols that everyone can understand. Vector files are images...more
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Find free, scalable vector images created by a community of designers whose goal is to create a universal global language of symbols that everyone can understand. Vector files are images that do not change or become fuzzy when you resize them. Communicating visually is powerful and easy using symbols like these. Move beyond language and cultural barriers in learning and communicating by using these symbols. You must set up a free account to actually download. Note: Many programs cannot use the file format (SVG) but some programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, can. Don't have a program to open the image? Download the image, then upload to the Media Converter (reviewed here) to convert the image. No need to open the file- just convert! Note that the use of these vector images is FREE if the artist(s) attribution is easily viewable and accessible (linked back to the artist's page on the Noun Project site). Many images are in the public domain with no attribution required. Ethical use would still give credit. If you do not want to attribute each time it is used, icons can be purchased for unlimited use instead. Be patient. This site is often SLOW to open and offers slow downloads because of the larger image files.
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tag(s): digital storytelling (144), graphic design (35), images (266), infographics (42), stories and storytelling (33)

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The symbols are useful for autistic support, emotional support, ESL/ELL, and even in world languages. Use these vector diagrams for creating infographics and pictograms in any content area. Use a site such as Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Challenge students to tell a rebus-style story using simple symbols only. This is a fun and imaginative way for students to think creatively. Use these symbols to create classroom signs. Teach students digital citizenship along with creativity by learning to give credit for resources used as they explain. Try using icons like these in the navigation area of a wiki or class website instead of words to increase the accessibility to others. Be sure to include this site as a list of resources for students to use on your wiki or class website. Students can access images to tell their story or to relate/teach content to others. Encourage students to create their own symbols for use in telling a story (great if students have access to programs that can create vector images). Special ed teachers may want to use these symbols on communication boards. Note: since file downloads are slow, you may want to download a collection for your specific lesson or project outside of class time and offer the files to students locally in a shared folder or on a class wiki. Teachers of non-readers will find these symbols useful in making classroom rules or signs.

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Word Search Builder - PedagoNet.com

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K to 12
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Create a word search in a few easy steps. You can choose the size of the puzzle (10 x 10 to 100 x 100) as well as how many words ...more
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Create a word search in a few easy steps. You can choose the size of the puzzle (10 x 10 to 100 x 100) as well as how many words the puzzle contains. You can also choose the highlight color, background color, font size and "word management." Word management allows you the choice of words being forward and backward, diagonal, up and down, and more. Options allow for the puzzle to be played online or printed out.

tag(s): puzzles (208), spelling (168), word study (80)

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Use this resource to help students review spelling words or other content related vocabulary. Change the font to a larger size and print it out for young children or students that have vision issues. Have students create word searches for other students to take. Learning support teachers might want to have partners create word searches as a review activity for terms.
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Kids Magnetic Poetry Kit - McDonagh Brothers

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K to 5
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Create and play with poetry using the magnetic poetry kit! Drag words from the word bank onto the blank board to build poems. Click the more words option to find ...more
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Create and play with poetry using the magnetic poetry kit! Drag words from the word bank onto the blank board to build poems. Click the more words option to find additional words for use. When finished, save and share to Facebook or via email using the form provided.
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tag(s): poetry (228), sight words (37)

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Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard for students to create. Use this site to practice sight words. The magnetic poetry kit would make an excellent center activity for use during Poetry Month. Create a shortcut on classroom computers and let students create their own poems. Share completed poems on a class bulletin board or your class website. Take a screenshot of the completed poems to remember them (PrntScrn button, then PASTE on a WIndows machine or Command+Shift+4 on a Mac to save a screenshot). View all of TeachersFirst's Editor's Choices for Poetry Month here.

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