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Color Schemer - colorschemer.com

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Choosing color schemes for web pages, projects, and displays becomes easier with Color Schemer! Click on any color in the color bar at the bottom of the page to view ...more
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Choosing color schemes for web pages, projects, and displays becomes easier with Color Schemer! Click on any color in the color bar at the bottom of the page to view a display of compatible colors along with hex and font color numbers for HTML use. Choose "lighten scheme" or "darken scheme" to adjust and personalize colors as desired.

tag(s): colors (80)

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After sharing and teaching students how to use this resource, create a link to the Color Schemer on your class web page for student use with projects, displays, and more. Share with your school's art teacher as an excellent resource for artwork.

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Soundtrap - Playwerk AB

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Create music using Soundtrap's virtual instruments or use your own. Collaborate to create music with others. Blend your tracks together using the Soundtrap editor. There are video tutorials...more
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Create music using Soundtrap's virtual instruments or use your own. Collaborate to create music with others. Blend your tracks together using the Soundtrap editor. There are video tutorials to help you develop your track. Download your music as MP3 files. You can save five projects at a time, will have 770 loops, 151 instruments and sounds, collaboration via video and chat, and more with the free account . This tool will work with the Chrome web browser, iOS, and Android devices. Though the videos open in this program, they are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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.
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tag(s): creativity (118), DAT device agnostic tool (167), musical instruments (47), sounds (68)

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Demonstrate how to use Soundtrap with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students use Soundtrap for multimedia and group projects using one of the many TeachersFirst multimedia Edge tools reviewed here. In a music class have students use this tool when they are practicing so they can hear how they sound. They could also use Soundtrap as a group to experiment and combine sounds and hear the results. Drama classes can create music for the background of their play. Share this link on your class website for families to explore at home.

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Cometdocs - cometdocs.com

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K to 12
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Quickly convert, share, and manage documents with Cometdocs. Upload any file from your computer then choose from options to convert, transfer, share, or host the file. Options or file...more
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Quickly convert, share, and manage documents with Cometdocs. Upload any file from your computer then choose from options to convert, transfer, share, or host the file. Options or file conversions include to and from PDF, Word, Excel, image, and text formats. Create a free account to receive up to 2 GB in storage, upload files up to 150 MB, perform up to 5 conversions per week. Other options include downloading web and iOS apps for use. Login isn't necessary to do simple file conversions but is required for storage and hosting of files.
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tag(s): worksheets (61)

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Did you ever find really neat activity sheets, but they need to be tweaked a little to make them work for your classes? This tool helps you save time by allowing you to edit PDF files in Word to avoid reinventing the wheel. (Beware of copyrighted materials, however). Science teachers can take lab activities and refine questions or add instructions as needed for their classrooms. English teachers can add standardized test prompts to preexisting general worksheets to tailor the activity to suit their state's test needs. This is a helpful utility for students entering contests or completing applications offered only in specific formats. Use sharing and storage options to create quick access to all documents for any unit or lesson.

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Is It Down Right Now? - isitdownrightnow.com

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4 to 12
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Find out instantly if the problem you are having opening a web site is YOUR problem or a website that is down. Is It Down Right Now (iidrn.com for short) ...more
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Find out instantly if the problem you are having opening a web site is YOUR problem or a website that is down. Is It Down Right Now (iidrn.com for short) instantly "pings" a site so you can tell whether the site is down for everyone or just for you (perhaps due to a glitch with your Internet provider). The Internet is never a sure thing, but this tool tells you whether it's just YOU having trouble. Although it sounds geeky, it's easy. Copy/paste or type the URL you are trying to reach into the box at top right, and click "Check." The results tell you how long it takes for the site to respond and how long it has been down (if it is). What a handy tool for ANYONE using the web! What this tool will not tell you is if you are mistyping the URL, so always double check.
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Mark this one in your Favorites and remind your student to use it before they call out, "The page isn't opening!" in the middle of class. Make it one of the required tools as part of "ask three before me." If you have a class web page, this is a handy way to find out if your web page service (or district-provided web page server) is having trouble "serving up" the class page. Tell savvy students who are unable to access web sites to use this tool and take a screen shot of the results if a site assigned for homework is "down" for prolonged periods. This is simple "proof" worthy of a get-out-of-homework-free card if they can show that the site was down for three hours on the night of the assignment!

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The Peanut Gallery - Google Creative Lab

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5 to 12
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Use this Chrome extension and your computer's microphone to add words to silent movies with The Peanut Gallery. Scroll through film choices and then choose one to begin. Be sure ...more
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Use this Chrome extension and your computer's microphone to add words to silent movies with The Peanut Gallery. Scroll through film choices and then choose one to begin. Be sure to allow the site to get access to your computer's microphone. Once you say something and the site recognizes your speech, begin speaking to add text to the film. When finished, re-watch your movie with your text or share using the URL or social networking links. See the About page to learn how the idiom Peanut Gallery originated.

tag(s): creative writing (168), digital storytelling (154), interactive stories (34), movies (70)

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Introduce this site with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to create their silent movie project practicing summarizing, use of adjectives, or short story writing. Have groups of students provide text with the same movie then share to compare different storytelling techniques.

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Audubon Adventures - Audbon.org

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1 to 6
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Connect your students with birds, nature, and the environment with the online Audubon Adventures. Find detailed articles, quizzes, and games about hummingbirds, raptors, and sea birds....more
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Connect your students with birds, nature, and the environment with the online Audubon Adventures. Find detailed articles, quizzes, and games about hummingbirds, raptors, and sea birds. A naturalist dictionary gives you a leg up on all the environmental lingo. Find activities, assessments, and resources for teachers with accompanying standards. An optional periodical is available for a fee.

tag(s): birds (52), conservation (125), environment (318)

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Introduce more nonfiction text into your classroom. Following the presentation of the hummingbird, raptor, and sea bird, challenge your students to create a report on a different animal. Make your own class blog with animals in your area, endangered animals, or invasive animals. If you have not started blogging yet, check out TeachersFirst Blog Basics. Investigate the local Audubon Society activities for classes and teachers. Use as a multiple resource for text analysis. Determine text features and text structure with the articles.
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Catch the Spelling - Charles Kelly

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K to 12
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Practice spelling and review vocabulary sorted by categories. Originally created for ESL/ELL students, this site offers practice for anyone learning English. Choose from the easiest...more
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Practice spelling and review vocabulary sorted by categories. Originally created for ESL/ELL students, this site offers practice for anyone learning English. Choose from the easiest games with days of the week and beginning Dolch words through high school and university. Be sure to click on help when starting to learn how to play each game.

tag(s): spelling (166), vocabulary (325)

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Create a link on classroom computers for students to practice spelling and vocabulary at their individual levels. Use this site to differentiate spelling instruction and weekly spelling lists. Be sure to share with your school's ESL/ELL teacher for use with English language learners. Share a link on your class web page for students to use at home.
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You Interview: Ben Franklin - Scholastic

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I'd like to introduce you to Ben Franklin! Interview Ben Franklin online through a video response format. Choose your skill level, and select from a list of questions what you ...more
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I'd like to introduce you to Ben Franklin! Interview Ben Franklin online through a video response format. Choose your skill level, and select from a list of questions what you would like to ask. Ben Franklin reads your question and answers in a video as if he is talking directly to you!
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tag(s): democracy (12), electricity (89), famous people (20), interviews (17), note taking (38), video (272)

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Introduce your class to Ben Franklin on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Enrich your science unit on electricity, your social studies history lesson, or use as a way to introduce taking notes from multimedia. Use as an example for a project in which students choose famous people and follow the interview style demonstrated. After researching, making questions, creating props and costumes, use Rawshorts, reviewed here, and create famous people video interviews with your students. Share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here, or post them on your class webpage or blog. Be sure to include this resource in your unit on leadership or heroes.
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Science Explorations - Scholastic

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3 to 10
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Join the American Museum of Natural History and Scholastic to lead your students through a science exploration research project. Begin with ideas from the teacher's guide with the help...more
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Join the American Museum of Natural History and Scholastic to lead your students through a science exploration research project. Begin with ideas from the teacher's guide with the help of a scientist and a well-defined science exploration project. The projects include Animals, Adaptations, and the Galapagos Islands, Investigate the Giant Squid, Uncover Lizards and Snakes, Journey into Space, Soar with Bats, Classify Insects, Mythic Creatures and ten different Science Webquests. Each subject begins with a short documentary style slide show to get your interest, vocabulary, and an interview with a scientist from the American Museum of Natural History. Each of the topics is tiered into different levels so you can differentiate for everyone's needs. Read informational texts from the resource library, a guide to framing science explorations, and a Putting It Together workshop that gives directions for a research presentation. Follow the investigation format to discover a question of interest. Find non-fiction texts, photographs, and videos included. The resource list includes book lists of informational and fictional books. Take part on a message board to join others in your same study.
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tag(s): amphibians (20), animals (286), dna (68), insects (70), myths and legends (25), scientific method (64), scientists (69), space (214), webquests (30)

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Try this one stop shop for teaching nonfiction, research, note taking, finding evidence, and scientific explorations. No need to research, find sources, or steps to guide the process. Just use the variety of multimedia sources here, and students can start now. Teacher resources include interactive whiteboard ready materials along with detailed instructions. Demonstrate the scientific process, note taking, finding evidence, primary and secondary sources, and evaluating credible sources. Students can work individually or in groups depending on your class needs. After students have been through this process, expand their skills to other areas.
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Reading and Writing Project Resources - Teachers College Columbia University

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1 to 8
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Provide the best literacy program for your students by implementing ideas and assessments from Reading and Writing Resources Project. Find high quality, research-based reading and writing...more
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Provide the best literacy program for your students by implementing ideas and assessments from Reading and Writing Resources Project. Find high quality, research-based reading and writing resources developed by a Teachers College, Columbia University and Lucy Caulkins. Assessment information includes running records, the concept of print, letter/sound information, high-frequency words, and independent reading benchmarks. Additional Assessments include Independent Reading Books, Comprehension Proficiency, and Monitor Reading Volume and Stamina with book logs and daily reading examples. Under Book Lists find units of study for teen readers with titles and authors categorized by genre with quality literature suggestions. Many videos depict classes in action discovering Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion/Argument writing. One video series shows Danielson's Framework for Teaching evaluations, with classroom teachers being observed using reading/writing workshop. This includes PDF's with the notes and scoring. Find a baseline of excellent student writing sorted by grade level using Readers' Notebook and student writing samples. Nonfiction text sets give examples or resources for you to use in the classroom. Find text examples to use with your students featuring health and consumer science topics.
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tag(s): assessment (106), book lists (132), reading comprehension (118), reading lists (79), writers workshop (32), writing (363)

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Use the free resources recommended by Teachers College, Columbia University to fine tune your reading and writing assessments. Assessments are ready to go and use, and videos help demonstrate quality teaching and learning. Use examples of student work on your interactive whiteboard for your class. Sharpening your literacy classroom increases your effectiveness. Share the professional development videos or resources with your colleagues. Use materials from this tool in your next presentation. Use at Open Houses or with curriculum chats with parents so they have a better understanding of grade level expectations. Be sure to document your professional growth for your teacher evaluations.
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Common Core Conversations - Kristina Holzweiss

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1 to 12
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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools...more
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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools for learning the standards, and a section for parent information provides a great basis for your Common Core needs. Resources include: ESL/ELL, library, careers, family and consumer sciences. Join the online community to join in the conversations.

tag(s): commoncore (96)

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Common Core Conversations provides ideas and resources to assure your lessons contain Common Core Standards necessities. Investigate a resource for yourself every week or to share at your professional growth development. Be sure to document your new ideas under professional growth for your evaluation. When hosting professional growth development, begin here.
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Teaching Text Features - Lerner Publishing Group

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3 to 8
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The Common Core Standards in every grade level has a standard using text features. Each grade level builds upon the knowledge from the previous grade. Lerner publishers has created...more
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The Common Core Standards in every grade level has a standard using text features. Each grade level builds upon the knowledge from the previous grade. Lerner publishers has created a PDF source (chart) for teaching text features to meet Common Core Standards. Each grade level provides features found in social studies and science content area texts. Lerner Sources (charts) are organized by features that help understand the organization of the text, text features for visual aids, and text features that point out important information. An example of each text feature along with the purpose follows. Each is given in a downloadable, color PDF chart.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), commoncore (96), reading comprehension (118), reading strategies (47)

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When beginning your study on text features, show the charts with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Now go further and use a nonfiction book and find these features. Print the chart and use for student reference. Keep bookmarked on your website, so students can refer back to the chart to aid comprehension. Use this guide when students write their own informational pieces. Keep handy during research projects.
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Sway - Microsoft

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3 to 12
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Use Sway to create interactive presentations across all devices. Drag and drop content from your device, social networks, and the web directly onto your Sway canvas. Log in using your...more
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Use Sway to create interactive presentations across all devices. Drag and drop content from your device, social networks, and the web directly onto your Sway canvas. Log in using your Microsoft account to begin or create a new account using your email and a password. Add content to your storyline using links to add text, images, and media. Change the look of your Sway using the Mood and Remix tools to change the color palette, layout, and fonts. When finished, click the Share button for options to share to Facebook, Twitter, URL, or copy the embed code. Sway will work on any device with a modern Internet browser and an Internet connect. They also have an iOS app. The introduction video is hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then it may not be viewable. You could always view the video 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): digital storytelling (154), multimedia (62), slides (65), visualizations (13)

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Use Sway as an alternative to Prezi or PowerPoint presentations. Sway is perfect for use in your BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Use during your presentations to increase student interest and interaction. Check understanding of your ESL/ELL students by having them respond or pose questions throughout the presentation. Share with students for them to use during their own presentations, inviting other students to comment and answer questions. During Open House night with parents, demonstrate how Sway provides interaction. Use Sway during professional development presentations to invite discussions from colleagues.

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Sutori - AKA Hstry - Thomas Ketchell, Jonathan Ketchell, Yoran Brondsema, Steven Chi

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2 to 12
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Hstry has changed its name to Sutori! Create an interactive timeline, view the Timeline of the Month, or browse through Sutori/Hstry's library of ready-made timelines. The Sutori/Hstry...more
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Hstry has changed its name to Sutori! Create an interactive timeline, view the Timeline of the Month, or browse through Sutori/Hstry's library of ready-made timelines. The Sutori/Hstry timelines in the library are the creation of Sutori/Hstry's team of historians and teachers and are Common Core Standards aligned. When creating a timeline, it can include video, audio, a quiz, and comments and questions from viewers. Sign up with your email and get a link to start with a walk-through tutorial to help set up classes, students, and timelines. Students will need the class code. There is a part of the site that has timelines and lessons bundled for a fee. This review is for the free part of this tool. Sutori/Hstry will work on any device with a modern web browser and an Internet connection.
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tag(s): american revolution (88), civil war (145), immigration (57), photosynthesis (32), timelines (64), womens suffrage (25), world war 1 (53)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share timelines about historical events and more. Have students create timelines for research projects. Create author biographies, animal life cycles, or timelines of events and causes of wars. Challenge students to create a timeline of the plot of a novel. If you teach chemistry, have students create illustrated sequences explaining oxidation or reduction (or both). Have elementary students interview grandparents and create a class timeline about their grandparents for Grandparents' Day. In world language classes, have students create a timeline of their family in the language to master using vocabulary about relatives, jobs, and more (and verb tenses!). Students learn about photo selection, detail writing, chronological order, and more while creating the timelines of their choice. Making a timeline is also a good way to review the history of a current event or cultural developments.

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Twittalert - Atomic Productions

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8 to 12
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Enjoy checking your Twitter feed without wasting time by flipping browser tabs. Twittalert is like an SMS or IM window that will pop up on your PC screen and stay ...more
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Enjoy checking your Twitter feed without wasting time by flipping browser tabs. Twittalert is like an SMS or IM window that will pop up on your PC screen and stay there about 11 seconds. Quickly scan the Tweet and get on with your work. The app can be easily deleted by exiting the program and deleting the unzipped download folder. When you want to use it again, just download it once more. At the time of this review, the app is only available for Windows.

tag(s): chat (53), microblogging (45), social networking (115), twitter (51)

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On Twitter follow hashtags for current events. View the information in real-time by projecting Twittalert on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Construct a question about events occurring elsewhere in the world to read student perspectives. Use a class Twitter account to set up chats with classes in other schools using this tool. Create a focused chat session based upon a particular question, such as the constitutionality of a law or the environmental impact of fracking project answers as they come in using Twittalert. Use Titttalert to interact and follow other classrooms and projects anywhere in the world in real-time. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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Learn English with Jokes and Riddles - Jacob Richman

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K to 12
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Everyone loves a good joke or riddle, and you do not need any bells and whistles to get one across. At this site find ten categories and over 300 jokes ...more
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Everyone loves a good joke or riddle, and you do not need any bells and whistles to get one across. At this site find ten categories and over 300 jokes and riddles all free to use. Enjoy the jokes sequentially, choose a category, or take your chances with a random pick. All jokes and riddles are suitable for all age groups.

tag(s): humor (15), riddles (14)

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Jokes and riddles make excellent language exercises, and kids love them. Once the students have guessed the answer, use the sentences for grammar practice by identifying parts of speech, subject and predicate, and even diagramming. Younger students and ESL/ELL students can learn new vocabulary words, too. The twist and/or play on words will surely attract your gifted students. Once you have gone through several of these, encourage students to create their own and share with the class. If you would like to take this one step further, see the TeachersFirst review forI Spy Riddle Rhymes with Jean Marzollo reviewed here.

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Grammar Check - grammarcheck.net

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5 to 12
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Instantly grammar check any piece of writing using GrammarCheck's editor. Simply copy/paste your text into this website, and receive instant feedback. Click on the color coded information...more
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Instantly grammar check any piece of writing using GrammarCheck's editor. Simply copy/paste your text into this website, and receive instant feedback. Click on the color coded information and find style suggestions, spelling errors, and grammar suggestions. There is a premium option with more features.
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tag(s): editing (66), proofreading (23), writing (363)

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Use this highly visual revision program with your students who are ready to refine and improve their writing. Use GrammarCheck for revision after editing of grammar and mechanics is complete. Partner an advanced writer with one not so advanced and have them use GrammarCheck to improve their styles. Put the link to this site on your class web page for students and parents to use from home. Remind seniors to use it for their college essays. Use this tool to polish your professional writing, parent newsletters, blog posts, and papers for grad classes!

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I love it, it is helpful to improve writing. Elesio Catalla, , Grades: 0 - 12
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Visual Writing Prompts - visualprompts.weebly.com

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3 to 12
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Visual Writing Prompts provides a considerable choice of creative writing prompts using Flickr images. Each prompt has an unusual image along with basic information such as the Creative...more
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Visual Writing Prompts provides a considerable choice of creative writing prompts using Flickr images. Each prompt has an unusual image along with basic information such as the Creative Commons Credit and appropriate age groups. In addition, the Prompt Explanation gives added discussion questions. Scroll through the prompts using arrows or by genre, grade, or subject. Although each image has an icon to download the prompt, it either didn't work or was in a zip file at the time of this review. There is really no need to download the prompts.

tag(s): creative writing (168), descriptive writing (42), expository writing (45), letter writing (21), persuasive writing (56), poetry (225), writing (363)

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Bookmark and save Visual Writing Prompts for use with creative writing assignments, journaling, or debate. Sort by genre to find prompts to match different writing styles. Have students create blogs to share their writing using Throwww, here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program!

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Shmoop Common Core Standards - shmoop.com

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K to 12
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Still wrestling with Common Core? Let Shmoop help with math and language arts Common Core resources. Search for any standard or browse through standards links to begin. Links to each...more
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Still wrestling with Common Core? Let Shmoop help with math and language arts Common Core resources. Search for any standard or browse through standards links to begin. Links to each standard offer a tab explaining the standard and another tab with aligned resources. Resources may include videos, teaching guides, sample assignments, and more. Not all standards include resources, but most do.
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tag(s): commoncore (96)

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Use Shmoop to find materials correlated directly to individual Common Core Standards in Math and English. Share a link to student activities on your class webpage or blog for students to practice at home. Link to activities on classroom computers for use as centers. Use assessments for planning Common Core related lessons.
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Flavors - MOO Print Limited

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9 to 12
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Create a simple and beautiful web page that acts like an RSS reader for all of your social networking sites! Your web page will open to a large beautiful background. ...more
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Create a simple and beautiful web page that acts like an RSS reader for all of your social networking sites! Your web page will open to a large beautiful background. This FREE (and ad free) account includes seven layouts and brings in your content from five other services (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Posterous, Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Etsy, Foursquare, and others). Click "Start Your Website" to begin. Use the Edit panel along the right to begin adding information About you and adding Content from social media sources. Change aspects of the Design including layouts, backgrounds, colors, and more. Under Mobile, set the aspects of design that will be used for your page to show on mobile devices. To save your design choices, create an account and password!
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tag(s): images (277), microblogging (45), social networking (115), video (272)

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Use social media in the classroom? Create a class page and connect the class or school social media accounts to display everything in one place! Create a group of advanced learners to set the design choices for the site. Then, connect the social media sites and create the account. Students can view all the information created for and by the class.

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