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Cell Games - Sheppard Software

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5 to 12
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Use this interactive resource to review the parts of an animal, plant, or bacterial cell. Hover over the areas of the cells to learn the parts and the functions. When ...more
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Use this interactive resource to review the parts of an animal, plant, or bacterial cell. Hover over the areas of the cells to learn the parts and the functions. When finished, follow with an activity to practice what has been learned or take the quiz!
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tag(s): animals (276), bacteria (30), cells (102), plants (144)

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Use this resource to introduce the unit on cells. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can review the cells and create a graphic organizer of information and then discuss the differences between the different types of cells. Use for continuous review until the cell parts are learned and students have mastered the game and the quiz.
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iNaturalist - Nate Agrin, Jessica Kline, and Ken-ichi Ueda

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6 to 12
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Explore your world! Learn about Life! Record observations! This site is based upon the idea that naturalists record observations and that sharing information is a good thing! Click...more
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Explore your world! Learn about Life! Record observations! This site is based upon the idea that naturalists record observations and that sharing information is a good thing! Click on the Observations tab to view by species or by placemarkers in a Google map. Choose to look by Species or search for a specific Project or Place. For "full access" create a log-in. This requires an email address. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

tag(s): animals (276), biodiversity (38), plants (144), species (29)

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Find interesting species to research looking through this site. create an outdoor ecosystem that students use to observe. Identify and enter species to this site to become part of the growing number of people recording their findings. Have students create a presentation using a tool such as Woices (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story/research takes place.

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Zooniverse - Zooniverse

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7 to 12
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Zooniverse is one of the largest and most popular citizen science projects. Choose from the many live projects found along the right side including Planet Hunters, Old Weather, and...more
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Zooniverse is one of the largest and most popular citizen science projects. Choose from the many live projects found along the right side including Planet Hunters, Old Weather, and Ancient Lives among others (at the time of this review.) Click on the link of your choice to go to that project page and read more about the purpose. View interesting information and discoveries that occurring when people around the world contribute to a citizen science project. Create a login that can be used for any project shown. Registration requires and email address. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.
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tag(s): earth (228), moon (72), space (205), sun (71), weather (188)

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Find interesting scientific information and how our understanding increases when data is included from other sources. Find information about our past history, earth and space around us, and information that can affect our future technology and exploration. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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WeatherSpark - WeatherSpark.com

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6 to 12
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Find beautiful weather graphics from a location of your choice. Choose your location and NOAA data is populated on interactive graphs. View the current Doppler weather conditions. Also...more
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Find beautiful weather graphics from a location of your choice. Choose your location and NOAA data is populated on interactive graphs. View the current Doppler weather conditions. Also view the history going back up to a year. Click on "Select Graphs" to choose data to be shown such as Sun, Clouds, Precipitation type/amount/rate, Temperature, Humidity, and Pressure. Make comparisons among four different locations. Move the slider along the bottom to go back to various decades from 1950 on to view data. Switch tabs along the upper left between dashboard (contains map and graphs,) maps, or graphs. Click "More" to view Forecast, Reports, or Climate. Change the data between English measurements and metric along the top right of the site.
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tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), weather (188)

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Identify changes in average temperatures and precipitation. Compare forecasts and other data from the same location at different years or between more than one location. Identify trends, notice differences among other areas, and develop explanations for these differences. Research various factors that affect the climate.
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The Virtual Neuron - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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8 to 12
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Use Virtual Neuron to explore neurotransmitter properties, make neurons fire, and manipulate neural circuits. Click on Neurotransmitter I, Neurotransmitter II, Neural Networks, Receptors,...more
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Use Virtual Neuron to explore neurotransmitter properties, make neurons fire, and manipulate neural circuits. Click on Neurotransmitter I, Neurotransmitter II, Neural Networks, Receptors, or Neuromodulation to use the tools and learn how neurons work. Click on the Main Menu in the upper left corner to view various neurological diseases, cognitive processes, and how research on neurons is conducted. Be sure to click on the small icons below the information presented about neurological diseases. Access more information about the environment, actions on cells, and gene influences with these links. Note the glossary and other reference items found along the top navigation bar.

tag(s): cells (102), human body (120)

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When discussing various disorders, use this resource first to obtain information. Be sure to explore the tools to understand how chemical messengers and nerve impulses are sent through neurons. Include this site when discussing anatomy and physiology, disorders that have an environmental and genetic component, and when discussing reactions within the body.
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Virtual urchin - Stanford.edu

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Find excellent interactive tutorials of microscope use and microscopic organisms. Choose from tutorials on Microscopic measurement, Predator and prey, and microscopic comparison. Click...more
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Find excellent interactive tutorials of microscope use and microscopic organisms. Choose from tutorials on Microscopic measurement, Predator and prey, and microscopic comparison. Click on portions of the tutorial for an interactive lesson and move throughout the tutorial using the forward and back arrows. Click on teacher resources for for suggestions and laboratory experiences (be sure to check back as many are under construction.)

tag(s): food chains (22), microorganisms (14), microscopes (13)

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Use these tutorials in conjunction with classroom activities and instruction. For example, measuring an organism under the microscope is difficult for many students to comprehend. Place this link on a class website for students to follow the tutorial as they are investigating the same procedure on their own in the lab. Consider creation of student videos or explanations of similar instruction in class to place on the class site or blog. Use the Predator/prey interactive to determine which organisms belong to each category. Provide time for students to work independently then form student groups to discuss wrong answers and correct for right responses.
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Jotform - Interlogy, LLC

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K to 12
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Use JotForm to quickly build a professional online form. Build contact forms, surveys, and many other forms in a matter of minutes. Customize to meet your needs. Use the large, ...more
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Use JotForm to quickly build a professional online form. Build contact forms, surveys, and many other forms in a matter of minutes. Customize to meet your needs. Use the large, empty canvas by dragging and dropping elements. Generate and post your form online and receive an email for every survey response.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48)

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Use in the classroom for a survey, collecting student information, or any time you are looking for feedback. Use this site for checking student knowledge quickly and easily. Use in projects, including graduation projects. Students can collect data for analysis. Teachers can collect input from parents or students, including conference concerns to know about in advance or questions students have about current curriculum topics. Students who might never speak up in class may be willing to share their questions online, especially if it is anonymous.

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Jotform is really easy to use! But there are some limits regarding how long and often you can use it without paying. I also use Google forms/ spreadsheets in my class to make forms. Google spreadsheets also have gadgets that let you graph the results! Elise, CO, Grades: 0 - 12

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YouTube Play: Live from the Guggenheim - Youtube Play

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Join YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum in recognizing a biennial review of the best online videos from around the world. As a form of modern and contemporary art, celebrate free ...more
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Join YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum in recognizing a biennial review of the best online videos from around the world. As a form of modern and contemporary art, celebrate free access every day for your virtual field trip from a Webby award winning nominee site for 2011. A panel of 20-25 experts chooses from a selection of over 23,000 videos submitted. Explore art, music, movement, poetry, and prose on this creative video site. The option of subscribing to recent uploads is available at no charge. Click "continue" to see thumbnails of all available winners. Not all comments posted are appropriate and videos should be previewed before viewing in the classroom setting.

tag(s): computers (94), video (253)

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Capture your students' interest in the modern world of technology. Share this video on your interactive whiteboard or projector (be sure to use full screen mode). YouTube Play can be used in a variety of classroom settings; art, music, technology, language art, drama, science, or political science. If your district blocks YouTube, then this site may not be viewable. You could always view selected 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.

In the art classroom, explore the emerging world of creative video. Determine elements of design, technology, photography, and movement. Discover the integration of music, sound, and movement in video in many creative ways. Use the site to demonstrate how to convey a message through creative animation. Express a creative editorial on a current events or important issues that challenge our world such as over-population, fossil fuels, or pollution. Have students create innovative political campaign videos. Take your technology classes to a new level of excellence. Add a visual component to poems, prose, or narratives as an additional interpretation device. Introduce storyboarding techniques to create videos. Have your students make their own videos and share them via TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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Human Body Maps - Healthline Networks Inc.

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9 to 12
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Explore the anatomy of the human body in an interactive 3D format. Search multiple layers of the human anatomy and trace organ systems down to the organs and then the ...more
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Explore the anatomy of the human body in an interactive 3D format. Search multiple layers of the human anatomy and trace organ systems down to the organs and then the lowest functioning parts. These detailed anatomical images can be used to learn about the body and how to keep it healthy. Note: Since this is an anatomy site, there are graphics of the genitalia/reproductive system on the main page..
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tag(s): body systems (57), brain (72), diseases (66), heart (42), human body (120), organisms (21), reproduction (9)

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Use for any anatomy, health, or physiology topic. View the coronary artery delivering blood to the heart. To keep the heart functioning healthy, discuss optimum conditions for the heart and factors that affect its performance. Learn from the site the way plaque builds on artery walls which can lead to heart disease. Find information on how to prevent injuries as well as where pulled muscles and broken bones occur. Identify sections of the human brain while determining where emotions and body functions are controlled. Find anatomy and health information about all areas of the body. Assign different body systems to cooperative learning groups. Challenge students to explore the system using this site and other research. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Greenlearning.ca - Pembrina Institute

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4 to 12
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Promote environmental citizenship through this site's "green learning" units. The curriculum ranges from examining how electricity works, understanding the balance of ecosystems, to...more
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Promote environmental citizenship through this site's "green learning" units. The curriculum ranges from examining how electricity works, understanding the balance of ecosystems, to a high school unit on sustainable futures. Enjoy the interactive wind turbine and carbon calculator. The animation for grades 4 - 7 is engaging, and the video presentations for high school students on sustainability is powerful. Green Learning provides educators with an array of hands-on activities, online learning opportunities, printable materials, assessment tools, and valuable resources such as environmental experts to contact. Each environmental concept taught provides opportunities for real world learning, encourages social action, and advocacy. Teacher friendly planning tools can help meet instructional time constraints, students learning styles, and promote cross-curricular connections. The site is free but requires registration. Membership provides access to additional educational materials and a monthly newsletter. This program comes to us from Canada.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), conservation (127), ecosystems (88), electricity (89), energy (197), environment (317), natural resources (59), persuasive writing (55), solar energy (38)

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The e-Card project series invites students to research a topic, write a persuasive letter to an individual they believe makes decisions that effect environment, then design and create an e-Card. Have your students share their work on the e-Cards website and view what other students have created.

There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.
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VoiceThread - VoiceThread

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K to 12
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own...more
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own comments and/or narration about the images/slides. Other listeners can "comment" back, as well. Access to the ed.voicethread site (as opposed to www.voicethread) is restricted to grades K-12 students, educators, and administrators. VoiceThread explains how to set up a classroom account and has some ideas for classroom use, as well. Ideas from the TeachersFirst Edge review team are listed below, under "In the classroom."

Voicethread also offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. Your ed.Voicethread account works in both places.

tag(s): digital storytelling (142), speech (92)

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You will be logged into your account immediately after you fill in the registration form. You must "apply" to designate your account as an educator account once it is set up. Click on "browse" to see many examples, including tutorials. Watch the "One Minute Voicethread" to get a very quick overview of how easy it is to create a digital story. Set up student identities. Use first names only. You need to know how to locate and upload saved pictures or PowerPoint files. If you want to use audio, the COOL tool, you WILL need a microphone, either plugged into your computer or built in. Once you create a Voicethread, it can be shared by clicking "share" from the menu or at the end of viewing it and copying the URL to send via email or other means, inviting others to comment back. Ed voicethreads have comment moderation turned on by default and are private by default. As the teacher, you can change these settings.

Invite parents to share in the results (The VoiceThread classroom page tells you more about this). TeachersFirst does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. Let them draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them (middle schoolers will love that idea!). If you allow others to "comment" on student Voicethreads, the experience can be both wonderful and a bit intimidating. Use this opportunity to promote ethical and kind interaction with other students and their projects.

Of course, you should be sure that you have the RIGHTS to any images you upload. Fair Use does not apply when you put an image on the web! Elementary classes can create or take pictures, then ask each child to talk about the images. Each child can comment on the SAME pictures, creating a collaborative collection of responses. After a field trip or special class event, you can assign groups of students to explain each of the digital pictures you took and how they relate to curriculum topics. In art class, students can critique works of their own or of fellow students. In language arts classes, students can scan and comment on writing pieces as part of a reflective phase of the writing process. Or post an image as a prewriting activity and allow students to respond orally in an idea-generating phase. In social studies, have students provide a picture of a grandparent then narrate what they learned about that grandparent from interviewing him/her. Have students create narrated pictures as gifts (for parents or other care givers) for special occasions, winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.. During a science experiment or demo, have a student take pictures of the steps. Then ask students to "narrate" them by commenting on what is happening. The narration assignment could even be a center activity or an assignment on a few classroom computers for students to rotate through. What a great way to review and apply key vocabulary! Be sure they identify their voices if you are using a single class account and want to be able to assess understanding. Other ideas: narrated local history projects (pictures of local sites), audio "museum tours" of artifacts (photos) or war veterans telling their stories along with images of their uniforms or old photos. Speech/language, ESL/ELL or early childhood teachers could use this tool to promote vocabulary development and oral expression.

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Listen a Minute - Sean Banville

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Find one minute listening exercises on such common activities as babysitting, chickens, and exercise. The listening selections are alphabetized with several selections for each letter...more
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Find one minute listening exercises on such common activities as babysitting, chickens, and exercise. The listening selections are alphabetized with several selections for each letter of the alphabet. Each listening selection has a multitude of activities you can download (along with the reading text) in Word and pdf formats. Find Cloze paragraphs, fill in the blanks, words to unscramble, and much more. Many activities can also be viewed online. Each selection has two interactive quizzes. Though targeted for the ESL/ELL student, listening is one of the language arts standards, and this is a good way for any classroom teacher to address listening skills.
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tag(s): dance (28), listening (91), reading comprehension (116), vocabulary (324)

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Use the selections and activities with individual students as an assignment or independent practice on your classroom computer. The reading and activities are easy to work on independently because of the listening feature. Don't forget to provide headsets. Small groups of students can listen at one of several literacy stations in your classroom. Provide this link for the families of ESL/ELL students to read (or listen) to the selections together. Learning support teachers will also appreciate the option to provide audio and text together to improve student comprehension.
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TeachersFirst's Resources for Halloween/Fall - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (40)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Earth Day: TeachersFirst Editors' Choices - TeachersFirst

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Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies,...more
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Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies, art, and more. With so many outstanding resources available on the web related to environmental concerns, TeachersFirst's editorial team has hand-selected this group of "Editors' Choices" for their potential to engage and involve your students in both the understanding of scientific concepts surrounding Earth Day and in environmental activism for any time of the year.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Share this list with your students and parents via your class web page not only on Earth Day but throughout the year to heighten awareness of environmental issues. Allow students to team up and select Earth Day projects or choose one effort for your entire school. There are options here for all ages.

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More Earth Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resources for Earth Day. Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative ...more
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This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resources for Earth Day. Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative technologies to bring the environment into your classroom, TeachersFIrst has the reviewed resources to meet your needs in this collection.

List too long? Explore our TeachersFirst Editors' Choice resources for Earth Day.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Share this long list as options for student projects or use the narrower TeachersFirst Editors' Choice listing. Either one is certain to make Earth Day more than a one-day event!

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Resources for Cinco de Mayo - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): hispanic (18), holidays (147), mexico (34)

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Use these resources to connect Cinco de Mayo to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Columbus Day - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): holidays (147)

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Use these resources to connect Columbus Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's Valentine's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Valentine's Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): valentines day (14)

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Use these resources to connect Valentine's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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TeachersFirst's St. Patrick's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for St. Patrick's' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

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Use these resources to connect St. Patrick's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Give new meaning to "going green"!

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Here on Earth - NPR

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This NPR site offers the weekly schedule and recorded programs in its "Here on Earth" series, offering cultural news from around the world. The programs are often part of a ...more
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This NPR site offers the weekly schedule and recorded programs in its "Here on Earth" series, offering cultural news from around the world. The programs are often part of a larger series, the archives of which are easily accessible as well. Previews for the five weekly programs, Monday through Friday include enticing photographs. Links on the pages of the programs offer opportunities for more information and links to related programs. Students also have the opportunity to see short, related videos and comment on ongoing programs. Programs cover a wide variety of subjects and fields.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), radio (27), religions (61)

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Teachers may want to preview the upcoming programs for each week to connect their ELL/ESL students with the programs that concern their part of the world. Students could do an introduction to their countries before the class listens to an appropriate program. Ask your students to visit the site, listen, research, and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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