TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Nov 10, 2019

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Literacy in the Primary Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 2
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Using multiple senses is a particularly effective strategy for teaching early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Using multiple senses is a particularly effective strategy for teaching early literacy. Help your students achieve success in literacy activities that use engaging, free technology. Learn to provide multiple ways for your early learners to gain knowledge and literacy skills. Pairing these effective tools with literacy instruction will spice up your primary classroom. Participants will: 1. Explore three free educational tools to support literacy instruction in the primary grades; 2. Learn to use tech tools to support the language arts instructional cycle; and 3. Plan an authentic learning literacy activity that uses a digital tool. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): ebooks (33), literacy (107), professional development (196), reading strategies (58)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Build Math Minds YouTube Channel - Christina Tondevold

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K to 5
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This YouTube channel from Christina Tondevold (The Recovering Traditionalist) shares several videos discussing methods and pedagogy for teaching elementary math. Topics include building...more
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This YouTube channel from Christina Tondevold (The Recovering Traditionalist) shares several videos discussing methods and pedagogy for teaching elementary math. Topics include building number sense, telling time, ways to develop fact fluency, and more. Each video contains a short description of the subject, along with teaching suggestions for building student content knowledge. If your school blocks YouTube, you will have to find an alternative method for watching videos.

tag(s): addition (224), fractions (232), geometric shapes (172), number lines (35), number sense (100), place value (56), preK (281), subtraction (187)

In the Classroom

Use these videos to guide math instruction within the elementary classroom. These videos are perfect for sharing on your class website or blog as explainers for teaching math concepts. Use the videos on this site as models to create your own videos for parents explaining current math instruction, discussing why you are teaching the concept in this way, and providing tips to parents on how they can help at home. Many busy parents enjoy listening to podcasts, consider using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create podcasts sharing ideas and tips from your classroom.

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TypeTastic! - Typing Master, Inc

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K to 9
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many free activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of...more
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many free activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of the board in three different colors. Keyboarding exercises come in three different levels (K-2 Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle & High).
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tag(s): game based learning (152), keyboarding (40), preK (281)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to practice at home.

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Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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K to 2
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Explore this curated list of resources for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Help young students grasp the beginning ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Help young students grasp the beginning concepts of counting, numbers, and basic operations. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard, math computer learning station, or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

tag(s): addition (224), counting (109), division (158), multiplication (210), numbers (191), operations (119), preK (281), subtraction (187)

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Share these tools during math learning centers or on your interactive whiteboard. List a few of these tools on your class website for students to use for additional practice outside of your classroom.

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Ready Jet Go! - PBS Kids

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K to 6
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Ready Jet Go! is a PBS Kids animated series to help children learn about astronomy and earth science concepts. This site features characters from the series in games, videos, and ...more
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Ready Jet Go! is a PBS Kids animated series to help children learn about astronomy and earth science concepts. This site features characters from the series in games, videos, and activities. Watch full episodes, connect to the live Space Station feed, or learn about spacecraft from Astronaut Amy's short videos.

tag(s): gravity (53), moon (81), planets (139), preK (281), solar system (125), space (233), stars (71), sun (76), temperature (35)

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Use this site as a learning station or center. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for use at home. If you're beginning to integrate technology in your class or have younger students, augment techology use by creating a word cloud of the important terms students learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds For Kids, reviewed here. Alternatively, these students could use an online poster creator such as Printing Press, reviewed here, to present information learned about space. Teachers more advance with integrating technology can tranform tech use with an online poster creator such as Canva, reviewed here.

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Words for Life - National Literacy Trust

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Words for Life is a site for adults caring for or teaching children from birth through age 11 to promote literacy and communication skills. Select an age level to find ...more
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Words for Life is a site for adults caring for or teaching children from birth through age 11 to promote literacy and communication skills. Select an age level to find tips and information, expected milestones, books, and "fun stuff to do together" such as videos, games, and audio stories. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): communication (15), literacy (107), preK (281)

In the Classroom

Share information and activities from this site with parents to help understand literacy milestones and as a resource for learning activities. Take advantage of the many ideas on the site to include with classroom activities. Add tips from Words for Life on your classroom website for parents to view and access at anytime.
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Scholastic Family Playground - Scholastic

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K to 2
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Scholastic Family Playground offers games, stories, videos, and more for early elementary students. Familiar stories and characters are the foundation for activities: Clifford, The...more
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Scholastic Family Playground offers games, stories, videos, and more for early elementary students. Familiar stories and characters are the foundation for activities: Clifford, The Magic School Bus, Word Girl, and others. Use the interactive menu at the top of the page to browse the site.
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tag(s): game based learning (152), literacy (107), preK (281)

In the Classroom

Create a link to the Family Playground on classroom computers for use as a literacy center. Be sure to share a link to the site with parents on your class web page or newsletter. Take advantage of printables to use with classroom read alouds.
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I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelings through your blog! Temple, TAMPS, Grades: 0 - 12

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GoNoodle - Health Teacher, Inc

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K to 5
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Give yourself a brain break using the interactive classroom resources at GoNoodle. These activities promote health, fitness, and mindfulness and are based on cutting edge research....more
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Give yourself a brain break using the interactive classroom resources at GoNoodle. These activities promote health, fitness, and mindfulness and are based on cutting edge research. (See the White Paper to learn more about the research.) These engaging games and activities provide short bursts of movement leading to improved focus and energy within the classroom. Create an account and choose a class mascot. Choose from all brain breaks or narrow your search to a certain activity type: YouTube options, Zumba Kids, etc. Some options are for paid memberships only. None of the games takes longer than five minutes. While most of these are physical tasks, a few are mental/logic activities. Time required for the activity is shown with each option. Registration does require an email address. If your district blocks YouTube, some activities may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): classroom management (145), fitness (49), logic (253), preK (281)

In the Classroom

Share these short activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard for your entire class to view together. Bookmark and save GoNoodle as a before class (or before the bell) activity, perfect for those long winter days inside. These would be great activities as you head into high stakes tests. When your class needs to refocus, use GoNoodle as a short brain break. Use GoNoodle to motivate and reward class accomplishments. Share with learning support teachers (or emotional or autistic support) for use in motivating and reinforcing behaviors with their students.
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My students and I love using GoNoodle for brain breaks. GoNoodle tracks your minutes for you and your mascot "grows" as you use the site. Paula, LA, Grades: 3 - 5
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Fisher-Price Online Games - Fisher-Price

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K to 2
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Find Fisher-Price's online learning games for young children. Play games that include popular characters such as Thomas the Train or Fisher-Price Little People. Choose from different...more
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Find Fisher-Price's online learning games for young children. Play games that include popular characters such as Thomas the Train or Fisher-Price Little People. Choose from different learning activities such as colors, shapes, ABC's, and more. Sort games to find activities appropriate by age range, characters, or type of content. Follow other links to find coloring pages, short videos, and craft ideas.
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tag(s): alphabet (82), colors (77), geometric shapes (172), holidays (141), numbers (191), nutrition (156), preK (281), time (138)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Be sure to visit the craft ideas section to find ideas for number cards, letter puzzles, clocks, and much more! Share this site in your class website or newsletter for parent use at home. This is a great site to use to help preschoolers prepare for kindergarten.
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We Do Listen Foundation - We Do Listen Foundation

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K to 3
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Songs, audio books, lesson plans, and more abound at this fabulous site for young children! At We Do Listen you will find activities to build character traits (such as honesty)...more
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Songs, audio books, lesson plans, and more abound at this fabulous site for young children! At We Do Listen you will find activities to build character traits (such as honesty) and social skills (such as anti-bullying). There are many audio books, with text included. Choose the lessons link to find printable lessons to accompany each book to teach character traits and social skills. There is also online coloring and a place to write and color your own story! Download song videos to your computer for use at any time. Choose the color and print your own book to color on paper, computer, and create stick and paper puppets.
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tag(s): bullying (49), ebooks (33), preK (281), social skills (26)

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All primary classrooms should take advantage of this wonderful tool. Share the interactive books and songs on your projector and interactive whiteboard. Use the songs, stories, and lesson plans to teach about various character traits: honesty, anti-bullying, good sportsmanship, courage, and more. Use these stories during class meetings to discuss issues happening in your own classroom. Share a link to the site with parents as a resource for use at home. Share the songs with your PE teacher to reinforce the concepts during movement activities.
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Bouncy Balls - Neave Interactive

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K to 4
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Captivate and challenge students while maintaining quiet times in your classroom with Bouncy Balls! Turn on the microphone to capture sound; the quieter your environment is, the more...more
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Captivate and challenge students while maintaining quiet times in your classroom with Bouncy Balls! Turn on the microphone to capture sound; the quieter your environment is, the more settled the balls remain. If there is more noise, the balls start flying and jumping around the screen. In addition to bouncy balls, choose from bubbles, eyeballs, and smiley face icons. There is also a full screen option. Our editors had some trouble trying to figure out HOW to enable the microphones. Here are some tips that we learned. If you are using Firefox or Chrome, you must allow pop-ups. You should get a message in the narrow band below the address bar asking you to "Allow Microphone" for this site. At the time of this review, this site was not working properly on the Safari browser. Even so, this is still one site you will want to explore and "have a ball." Unfortunately, this site does not work on mobile devices.
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tag(s): classroom management (145), preK (281), sound (106), Teacher Utilities (87)

In the Classroom

Use Bouncy Balls during silent reading time, on reentering the classroom after lunch, recess or special classes or anytime you are trying to maintain quiet. Graph the length of time balls lay still; then challenge your class to improve their time each day or reach a set goal. Use with preK students during nap/quiet time as a visual reminder for quiet. Use this during silent reading time in class.
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Preschool and Kindergarten Games - Sheppard Software

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K to 2
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Choose from many preschool and kindergarten interactives to develop and reinforce basic academic skills. This highly colorful site includes: animals, alphabet, numbers, colors, and...more
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Choose from many preschool and kindergarten interactives to develop and reinforce basic academic skills. This highly colorful site includes: animals, alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes. Most activities are very simple. Simply roll the mouse over objects to hear the object name and color, or click on arrows to view flashcards. Play alphabet activities to learn letters. Test your skills with a quick quiz. Choose from an extensive array of activities in the animal portion of the site sorted into categories of look, create, play, learn, find, and count.
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tag(s): alphabet (82), animals (324), colors (77), geometric shapes (172), numbers (191), preK (281)

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Demonstrate games on your interactive whiteboard or projector before students play on their own. Demonstrate how to choose games while avoiding advertising on the site. Bookmark specific games or activities on classroom computers for students to explore and discover during center time. Be sure to share this site with parents for fun learning at home! List this site on your class website or in your class newsletter.
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Tux Paint - Bill Kendrick

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K to 6
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Are school budget cuts cramping your style? Then look at this award winning, FREE drawing application! Tux Paint is an "open source" drawing software for young students (preK - grade...more
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Are school budget cuts cramping your style? Then look at this award winning, FREE drawing application! Tux Paint is an "open source" drawing software for young students (preK - grade 6) and is available to the public at no cost. If you are familiar with Kid Pix, you will feel right at home with Tux Paint. The design is straightforward, and easy to navigate. The center of the screen serves as a large canvas with drawing tools on either side. Beneath the screen is a color palette. A cute penguin cartoon character directs students through the program and provides helpful tips. Some of the features include a large, kid friendly mouse pointer, brushes, stamps, sounds, erasers, letters, numbers, "magic effects," and an undo/redo option. Save artwork directly onto a slide finder page without having to create a file name. The installation is quick and easy even for older computers. First, download the application itself, and then the stamp collection. The number of stamps and the variety of images is amazing! Feel free to install Tux Paint on as many computers as you wish. Tux Paint will work on a variety of operating platforms such as Windows, OS X 10.3, and Linux. The "Tux Paint Configuration" tool is a separate file found on the "Tux Paint" download page. Having the controls in a different location makes it difficult for students to adjust the settings. Simply open the Tux Paint Configuration file and a main control panel will come up. From here, the supervising adult can control the screen size, sound, mouse, print settings, and save functions. Adjust the settings and simplify the program for younger children. Choose from approximately 80 different languages to run Tux Paint.

tag(s): creativity (115), drawing (74), painting (62), preK (281)

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Introduce this fabulous site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students take turns trying the program. Include a link to Tux Paint on your class website and encourage families to download Tux Paint onto their family computer. Elementary teachers will enjoy all the options Tux Paint provides for image making. Classroom teachers can have students draw a response to a class glyph, illustrate stories, label scientific images, write and illustrate word problems or create self-portraits. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio portions of this site. Dazzle parents at Open House or Back to School Night with a viewing of the slide show presentation or looping animation of student work. Save student work as a JPG and export images into a multimedia presentation with narration using Slidestory, reviewed here. Ask older students to design and submit new stamps to Tux Paint. Explain to them the premise behind Open Source software and how to participate in collaborative software development. Tux Paint is also a great way to teach young students how to control a mouse, type, drag, and cut or paste imagery. Stuck for lesson ideas on how to use Tux Paint, just ask the students!
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