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Research 101 - University of Washington

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9 to 12
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Research 101 is an interactive online tutorial for students needing an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research...more
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Research 101 is an interactive online tutorial for students needing an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources. This site teaches kids HOW to research so it works with ANY subject matter.Teaching kids how to research and the differences between kinds of sources can be challenging. This site makes it a little easier for you and simpler and more fun for them!

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What is terrific about this site is its interactive capability-- so you can introduce it on a projector or whiteboard at the beginning of class, then let them continue by themselves as you go around and check on individual issues. After each section there is a "review quiz" that students can take right there and get their score immediately. Require them to raise a hand to report a score--or they risk a zero!

This site is a must for your teacher web page during research season.

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Graphic Organizer Maker - Recipes4Success/Tech4Learning

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1 to 12
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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this ...more
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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this FREE tool lets you choose the type of organizer you want, customize the Title and Directions, and print. Organizer types include Venn diagrams, KWL, scientific method, and many more. Learning support teachers will want to use this for students to create study materials.

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Use these printed organizers as study support for any content area topic. Many are excellent options for reinforcing reading skills in the content areas, even for senior high students. Include this on your teacher web page so students can create their own organizers to study for tests or prepare presentations.

To make a new organizer, simply click "new," write title and directions, and print the small "print" icon. It may be easiest to take their default directions and change them for your purposes. Note that you LOSE your work when you close the page, so make sure you have printed first!

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Scholastic News Online - Scholastic, Inc.

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3 to 8
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Find news article, written by kids, for early elementary students (perfect for practicing reading and understanding informational text). This free site offers daily news on current...more
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Find news article, written by kids, for early elementary students (perfect for practicing reading and understanding informational text). This free site offers daily news on current events along with in-depth special reports, polls to participate in, games and quizzes on a variety of topics. Scholastic News Online can be used alone or as an extension of the Scholastic Classroom Magazines. This site features easy-to-read news articles and articles of general interest. In addition, they offer videos that highlights some of the news items. Since many of the stories are written by children, they offer a unique perspective on current events. Regular news articles can be printed or emailed. Be sure to visit the Homework Hub for information students (and teachers) can use for getting organized, taking notes, writing and plagiarism, test taking tips, and research. Parent section offers tips for discussing current events with their child.

tag(s): news (262)

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Put a link on your teacher web page for parents and students to access it at home or in study times at school. Preview the site to determine which news stories best suit your curriculum and the age of your students. Younger classes may need help reading some of the articles: use a projector so the news story can be read aloud as students follow along. Take a class vote after viewing the Vote Now! Poll and graph the class results. After posting the class vote, compare the class results with the results of the poll on the site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their "new" news knowledge using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have them practice writing their own "News for Kids by Kids" for a classroom publication using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.
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Inspiration Quickstart Tutorial - Inspiration

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K to 12
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader...more
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader to open and print it. The page provides a link to get Acrobat Reader, if you do not have it.This tutorial is supplied by the software manufacturer.

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This site can also be used to help students develop study skills or determine what helps them learn best.
 This resource requires PDF reader software like Adobe Acrobat.

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43 Folders Cornell Notes - 43 Folders

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6 to 12
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Looking for a simple way to teach note-taking skills? This wiki web site provides a template and simple instructions for taking notes Cornell style. The template contains a ...more
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Looking for a simple way to teach note-taking skills? This wiki web site provides a template and simple instructions for taking notes Cornell style. The template contains a 4 section layout that includes a section for demographics such as name and topic, a section for simple, bullet-style notes, a section for review questions based on the notes and lastly, a section for a summary. Simple and easy - a tool every student can benefit from utilizing.

tag(s): note taking (39)

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Special Ed teachers will find this system quite helpful for their struggling students. Consider teaming up with content-area teachers to require it of ALL students! Teachers may want to use the template in their own graduate coursework, as well.

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Cells Are Us - Partnership for Environment Education and Rural Health

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6 to 10
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher...more
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher ages, concept maps, and even a Cells Are Us bingo game for review. You must log in (as a guest) to see the teacher pages. Some content may be useful even in a high school biology class.

tag(s): cells (104)

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Some of the interactives would make good interactive whiteboard or partner-shared review games. The entire site should be a link from your teacher web page for students to use in at-home review.

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Gliffy - Gliffy, Inc.

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K to 12
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without...more
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Research verifies the power of graphic organizers in promoting strong thinking skills and comprehension for all ages. Gliffy is a FREE online tool for creating graphic organizers without purchasing ANY software. The free use is limited to 5 "maps," however, so you will have to delete old projects. Individuals or groups can create the organizers or the class can create them together, such as in a brainstorming session on a projector. You can export the graphic organizers to a blog or "publish" them on the web -- all for free.

tag(s): graphic organizers (43)

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Play with the tools and toolbars to create diagrams, access help and FAQ to collaborate, publish, or embed diagrams in your blog or other web page. Collaborators need individual email accounts to gain access.

Assign students to "map" out a chapter or story or assign groups to create study guides using this tool collaboratively. Create a whole-class concept map from a brainstorm to determine prior knowledge at the start of a unit. Then have students add to it throughout the unit. Your students are certain to enjoy this tool and be forced to THINK in the process. This would also be a great tool for group projects in YOUR grad classes!

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Flashcard Exchange - Tuolumne Technology Group,

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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for ...more
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Creating one's own flashcard sets, saving them, and accessing sets already available are only a few of the many options of this comprehensive site. Although there is a fee for full membership, many options are free on the site. To print out flash cards, participants must join, but studying online is a free option.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Allow groups of students to create card sets for the class to study for tests (using your free account). With just one classroom computer, you can allow students to take turns practicing with the card set. Have a contest or rotate the chance to make the study cards for each quiz or test. This will build study skills for all. If you haev access to an interactive whiteboard, have students do a review session using your student-made or another premade card set on the board.
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The Amazing Flash Card Machine - Madhu Prem

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1 to 12
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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 ...more
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Students or teachers can create their own flash card files. Registration is required but free and allows users to search a public access flash card set database of over 1,400,000 items organized by subjects.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Students will love using the computer to create and save flash cards! Show your students how to use the site on a projector the first time, then have them create their own flash card sets or sets for their classmates as part of review for unit tests. Use YOUR user account for student safety. Be sure to search for card already made, but remember that others COULD have errors. Always pre-check before letting students use someone else's set.

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Song Lyrics: Using Songs in the ESL Classroom - Neil Coghlan

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1 to 8
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English...more
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Long known to improve accents and intonations, singing with limited English speakers also provides cultural knowledge, fun, and a whole-language way to assist students to memorize English in meaningful chunks. Mainly an alphabetical index to many enjoyable songs, this site also gives suggestions about how to use the lyrics to help improve the students' English.

tag(s): lyrics (21)

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Find lyrics to any song you want! Share this link with your students themselves, They may want to look up some songs they have heard and did not fully understand.

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Test Prep Review - TestPrepReview.com

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9 to 12
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Though a visually cluttered site, this one offers some great ways to practice for all sorts of standardized testing, from PSAT to SAT and more. Let's hope that practice makes ...more
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Though a visually cluttered site, this one offers some great ways to practice for all sorts of standardized testing, from PSAT to SAT and more. Let's hope that practice makes perfect!

tag(s): college (48)

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Share this link on your teacher web page for high school students to access from home as they prepare for PSATs and SATs.

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Reading Strategies: Scaffolding Students' Interactions with Texts - Greece (NY) Central School District

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6 to 12
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Find resources for teaching and modeling MANY reading strategies in your classroom, including handouts for graphic organizers and vocabulary development, all from this school-district...more
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Find resources for teaching and modeling MANY reading strategies in your classroom, including handouts for graphic organizers and vocabulary development, all from this school-district site. Each strategy is explained and classified as before, during, or after reading and then linked to further information. This is a one-stop shop for teachers in every content area, as well as those reinforcing study skills for learning support students and helping students prepare for standardized testing. Each strategy includes suggestions for how to differentiate instruction, as well.

tag(s): graphic organizers (43), reading strategies (49)

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Give students links from your teacher web page directly to the graphic organizer they must complete for homework. Then there is no excuse such as having the dog eat it! Files are all Acrobat files, and Acrobat Reader is a free download.
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American History AP Quizzes

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10 to 12
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This collection of interactive multiple-choice challenges has something for every AP history student. Topics cover U.S. history from early discovery and settlement to Kennedy's New...more
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This collection of interactive multiple-choice challenges has something for every AP history student. Topics cover U.S. history from early discovery and settlement to Kennedy's New Frontier and the Americas since 1970.

tag(s): advanced placement (24)

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Use this site to help students review for the AP exam - although teachers not in an AP course could also use these free quizzes for the SOL's or other end of the year assessments. Save the site to your teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom. While they are a little hokey looking, the information is effective and of good quality. Teachers can have students take the practice quizzes in or out of the classroom to assess what subjects need the most review before their end assessment.

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Homework High - Channel 4

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Students - ages 11 to 16 - can solicit the help of a virtual librarian on this British site that offers an "Ask Jeeves" style of homework assistance. A teacher-monitored ...more
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Students - ages 11 to 16 - can solicit the help of a virtual librarian on this British site that offers an "Ask Jeeves" style of homework assistance. A teacher-monitored live advice session is offered during evening hours (U.K. time - roughly 2pm-5pm Eastern time).

tag(s): homework (42)

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While this site does not have all of the answers, and the search method can be a bit awkward (correct spelling is a must!), it is still useful as a resource to point students in the right direction when they need more information about a topic. Bookmark this site on your classroom computer or suggest that parents make it available to their children as an at-home reference.

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Multiple Choice Quizzes - SchoolHistory

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8 to 12
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Scan through this collection to find the interactive quiz that will best support your curriculum unit. Topics include Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, the Cold War, the USA in...more
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Scan through this collection to find the interactive quiz that will best support your curriculum unit. Topics include Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution, the Cold War, the USA in the 1920s, and much more. Each quiz is self-correcting. Use as a review or as a pre-test to assess student knowledge.

tag(s): quiz (88), quizzes (101)

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Use this site to review students on important scanning many units of history. Save this site as a learning center or station, and allow students to use it in the days proceeding an assessment. Teachers can also print out some of the quizzes and use them to assess students background knowledge when entering a new unit.

Be sure to post these on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before a major assessment - both in and out of the classroom.

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Latin-Greek Quizzes - Senior Scribe Publications

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10 to 12
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Students can strengthen their vocabulary in preparation for the SATs with this collection of word challenges. Based on Latin and Greek derivatives, these diagnostic tests and quizzes...more
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Students can strengthen their vocabulary in preparation for the SATs with this collection of word challenges. Based on Latin and Greek derivatives, these diagnostic tests and quizzes include a self-correcting component, making them ideal for independent practice.

tag(s): greek (41), latin (22)

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Include this link on your class website (or wiki) for students to practice both in and out of the classroom. Students could use the site for SAT prep, Latin review, or English review. The site can also be used as a learning center or station at the culmination of a unit on root words. Encourage students to make flashcards of roots they find difficult, and use them to study outside of the classroom.

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Graphic Organizers - Houghton Mifflin Company

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2 to 8
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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.

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Math Review Games - Houghton Mifflin

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2 to 4
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their...more
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These four interactive games test basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, measurement and more. Auditory learners or struggling readers can drag their mouse over textual information to hear it read aloud. The games require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (223), division (159), multiplication (210), subtraction (184), vision (77)

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Economic Literacy - Quia Corporation

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10 to 12
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Practice and review basic economic vocabulary with this online matching activity. Click "Start Over to reset the game with a new set of words and definitions. Teachers may wish to ...more
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Practice and review basic economic vocabulary with this online matching activity. Click "Start Over to reset the game with a new set of words and definitions. Teachers may wish to check out the "List of Terms" for a consolidated glossary of all concepts used in the activity.

tag(s): vocabulary (323)

In the Classroom

Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students do know going into a unit, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the site individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Student results can help teachers better tailor their instruction, catering to what the class most needs extra instruction in.

Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom.

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Trivia Plaza Geography Quiz - Triviaplaza.com

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6 to 8
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Use this interactive geography quiz as an independent review activity or for Geography Bee preparation. Select from a variety of topics and regions of the world. Some of the ...more
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Use this interactive geography quiz as an independent review activity or for Geography Bee preparation. Select from a variety of topics and regions of the world. Some of the advertising is rather annoying, but the quizzes themselves are great.

tag(s): continents (49), countries (80), quiz (88), quizzes (101)

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Use the "celebrate Birthdays" to create a "this day in history" display for the classroom. The other sections of the website would be excellent to review for any subject, so find the appropriate subject and have students open the site on individual computers. In groups of 2-3, have students compete to see who can get the highest score! Be sure to post the site on your class webpage, allowing students to use the site for review before a summative assessment.

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