TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 19, 2020

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SplashLearn - StudyPad, Inc

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K to 5
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SplashLearn is a game-based math curriculum for students in grades K-5. As students play games, SplashLearn adapts the learning path to fit individual student responses and interactions...more
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SplashLearn is a game-based math curriculum for students in grades K-5. As students play games, SplashLearn adapts the learning path to fit individual student responses and interactions within the elementary math curriculum. Use the teacher dashboard to manage classes and add students. Other features allow educators to assign material to individual students, add required assessments, and enable home access using parents' email addresses. The site's themes and rewards motivate student learning, students earn coins to use toward the purchase of virtual pets. Note: This tool is currently free during the coronavirus outbreak, we will continue to monitor that the learning tools remain free.

tag(s): addition (224), decimals (126), division (160), equations (156), fractions (234), game based learning (157), geometric shapes (172), Learning Management Systems (24), measurement (172), multiplication (211), number sense (98), place value (56), subtraction (188)

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Take advantage of the free games to provide practice and support with your math curriculum. Differentiate learning based on student ability and confidence. Assign content based on students' learning goals. Share this site with parents to provide practice and support of math concepts at home. Use SplashLearn's reports and assessment results to guide your math lesson planning. Share this site along with other math practice activities using a bookmarking tool such as Symbaloo, reviewed here. Share your Symbaloo link with parents and on classroom computers for easy access to all learning tools shared. Use activities found in SplashLearn as part of a blended learning experience using TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Include a link to games found on the site along with videos and other learning activities found both online or uploaded from your computer.

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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra,...more
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Each reviewed resource includes a description and technology integration ideas for your classroom.

tag(s): charts and graphs (196), data (154), equations (156), estimation (41), exponents (45), geometric shapes (172), integers (40), measurement (172), number lines (35), number sense (98), numbers (188), operations (117), order of operations (40), probability (135), sequences (16), sequencing (30), vectors (23)

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Save this list for when teaching any math class in grades K-12. Many of the resources would work in a BYOD environment. Share these lists on your class website for students to access for additional practice.

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NCTM Illuminations Numbers & Operations Resources 9th-12th Grade - NCTM

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8 to 12
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Illuminations offers this library of interactives specifically for teaching the Numbers and Operations strand in 9th through 12th grade. The variety of activities (for example components...more
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Illuminations offers this library of interactives specifically for teaching the Numbers and Operations strand in 9th through 12th grade. The variety of activities (for example components and sums of vectors, developing calculation skills, exploring fractions) provides opportunities for learning content through many different methods including problem-solving and exploration of rational numbers and proportions. Each interactive includes complete instructions, an exploration, and correlation to standards.

tag(s): estimation (41), exponents (45), integers (40), probability (135), problem solving (292), ratios (67), sequences (16), sequencing (30), vectors (23)

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Keep this site in your professional favorites to find supporting technology for teaching numbers and operations. As you find practice or extension ideas for student use or at home reinforcement, share specific links on your class web page or classroom computer center for students to access independently or as you assign them for needed practice. The full site could be overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
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NCTM Illuminations Numbers & Operations Resources PreK-2nd Grade - NCTM

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K to 2
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Illuminations offers this comprehensive library of interactives specifically for teaching the PreK through 2nd Grade Numbers and Operations strand. Scroll through to choose from interactives...more
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Illuminations offers this comprehensive library of interactives specifically for teaching the PreK through 2nd Grade Numbers and Operations strand. Scroll through to choose from interactives like Coin Box, Concentration, Five and Ten Frames, an electronic Abacus (requires Java), and several others. You'll also find Dynamic Paper (create math manipulatives, such as pentagonal pyramid, a set of pattern blocks, a number line, and so on; all these in the size and shape you need). All interactives include complete instructions, an exploration, and correlation to standards.

tag(s): number lines (35), number sense (98), numbers (188), operations (117), preK (282)

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Keep this site in your professional favorites to find supporting technology and activities for teaching numbers and operations. As you find practice or extension ideas for student use or at home reinforcement, share specific links on your class web page or classroom computer center for students to access independently or as you assign them for needed practice. The full site can be overwhelming for most parents, so share the specific areas that fit your curriculum.
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The Stock Market Game - Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assoc Foundation

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4 to 12
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Using hands-on lessons, students work in teams to learn the basics of investing, create $100,000 portfolios, manage an investment portfolio in a real-world scenario of a dynamic marketplace,...more
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Using hands-on lessons, students work in teams to learn the basics of investing, create $100,000 portfolios, manage an investment portfolio in a real-world scenario of a dynamic marketplace, learn other economic concepts, and compete against teams across the globe while fostering teamwork and decision-making skills. Created in 1977 by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation, The Stock Market Game (SMG) is an online simulation game for teaching students about the global capital markets and the stock market. Teachers must register for their school and students and then will receive essential information on program requirements and important dates. Adults are welcome to play after completing the online registration.

tag(s): business (57), DAT device agnostic tool (173), game based learning (157), investing (7), money (182), stock market (11)

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Participants who register as "Teachers with Classes" receive extensive teacher support, including a searchable library of standards, curriculum materials, and assessments. While providing real-world practice, SMG engages students in the core academic subjects, such as math, English, and economics. Lesson plans include Teacher Background and materials to implement the lesson with students. Find more information by perusing additional publications, links, and other resources. Contact a local SMG Coordinator for additional assistance. Use the game in individual classes, school-wide, in after school clubs, or with home-schoolers. Encourage families to play at home together or collaborate with others. Additional benefits include higher math and financial literacy scores on tests by students who play SMG. Also, teachers report that the program even taught them about financial planning, research, and investing wisely. Because this is ongoing activity, enhance learning with the use of technology throughout. Have students share financial resource sites using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here. In addition to curating and sharing bookmarks, SearchTeam allows you the opportunity to add notes and comments to sites shared. Have students use a video creation tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, to make explainer videos of financial concepts. Ask groups of students to produce and share podcasts (perhaps weekly or bi-weekly) to discuss their learning and progress within the Stock Market Game. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is a free tool for creating and sharing podcasts.

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Study Jams - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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Study Jams offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and...more
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Study Jams offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and more. Math topics include numbers (place value, number lines, estimation), algebra, addition/subtraction, problem solving, and others. Don't miss the "Jams" sure to excite your students to learn new skills in a musical and entertaining manner. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of each topic. In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): addition (224), animals (323), climate (97), decimals (126), differentiation (56), division (160), ecosystems (89), energy (211), estimation (41), forces (47), fractions (234), game based learning (157), human body (130), landforms (47), light (55), matter (64), measurement (172), minerals (17), multiplication (211), number lines (35), percent (79), place value (56), plants (175), probability (135), problem solving (292), rocks (50), solar system (124), sound (104), subtraction (188), weather (207)

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Excite your students with the Jams! Share the Jam videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students sing along and learn more about science and math. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Use the many topics available to differentiate for all students in your classroom. Create learning centers using this site or use it on individual laptops. Print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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Financial Literacy Resources - KQED Education

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9 to 12
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Financial Literacy Resources offers financial lessons targeted for English language learners. However, this is an excellent unit for any student to learn about money management! Topics...more
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Financial Literacy Resources offers financial lessons targeted for English language learners. However, this is an excellent unit for any student to learn about money management! Topics include managing money, credit, debt, banking, and more delivered through six lesson plans. Each lesson features new media tools such as a budget builder calculator and an online writing interactive. Click on any lesson plan to view in PDF format for easy printing. Note: at the time of this review several of the interactive activities didn't work; however, the lessons and other information available on the site make this worth considering for use during your financial literacy lessons.
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tag(s): financial literacy (109)

In the Classroom

Discover the many ready-to-go, free resources that go with these free lesson plans for use with all students, not just English language learners. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference when discussing financial issues at home. Use the calculators found on the site as part of any financial unit or as a math problem solving lesson. Oh, and by-the-way, students will also practice listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills!

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e-learning for kids - Math - Dr. Nick van Dam

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K to 6
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Explore this varied collection of over 300 math e-lessons for elementary. Topics include number sense, geometry, time, money, and more. The colorful, interactive explanations and activities...more
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Explore this varied collection of over 300 math e-lessons for elementary. Topics include number sense, geometry, time, money, and more. The colorful, interactive explanations and activities accompanied by verbal directions are delightful! Many activities include both a lesson and a game portion for skill practice. Search by grade level K-6. Scroll through the entire list or sort activities by popularity.

tag(s): addition (224), area (70), decimals (126), division (160), fractions (234), geometric shapes (172), mass (27), money (182), number sense (98), numbers (188), patterns (86), percent (79), perimeter (29), preK (282), subtraction (188), time (137)

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Share a specific activity or two with your students on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Assign students to centers and have them rotate around to learn or review the concepts on which they will work. Be sure to include a link to specific lessons on your class webpage or newsletter for students to practice at home. Share this site with parents who are asking for practice activities for home use.
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Sheppard Software: Free Online Learning Games - Sheppard Software

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K to 12
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Sheppard Software offers hundreds of online learning games for learners in a large variety of subjects. Topics include brain games, seasons, nutrition, and world geography. Search for...more
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Sheppard Software offers hundreds of online learning games for learners in a large variety of subjects. Topics include brain games, seasons, nutrition, and world geography. Search for specific topics or browse categories. Looking for a specific grade level range? Scroll down below the main icons to view recommended sections for different age ranges from preschool to adult. In addition to games, some categories include videos, timelines, and coloring activities. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): addition (224), alphabet (80), alphabetical order (18), animal homes (68), animals (323), capitalization (16), capitals (22), cells (103), colors (76), continents (48), counting (105), countries (84), decimals (126), dinosaurs (50), division (160), elements (39), endangered species (40), equations (156), estimation (41), fractions (234), geometric shapes (172), grammar (202), integers (40), landforms (47), life cycles (25), measurement (172), money (182), multiplication (211), number lines (35), number sense (98), numbers (188), oceans (168), order of operations (40), parts of speech (66), patterns (86), periodic table (55), place value (56), puzzles (202), states (157), subtraction (188), time (137), vocabulary (293), vocabulary development (112)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for computer center games and activities throughout the year. Share curriculum-related resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could work well in a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Share with parents as a resource to use at home or as a summer skills review and refresher.
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TV411 - Finance - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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6 to 12
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Find web lessons, videos, and downloads about timely and necessary financial topics. Learn about credit card financing, hidden costs, and paychecks. Each lesson begins with an introduction...more
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Find web lessons, videos, and downloads about timely and necessary financial topics. Learn about credit card financing, hidden costs, and paychecks. Each lesson begins with an introduction to the activity including questions to answer. Feedback is given to the questions, including an explanation of the correct answer. Use the print downloads for creating a budget to use as an activity in class.

tag(s): financial literacy (109), money (182)

In the Classroom

Include this site in a course on personal finance, business, or consumer science. It would also be very useful as a real world application for math skills. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce or review financial topics. Take advantage of the free lesson plans. Share the videos with your class as you study finance and the economy. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or blog.
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Great Resource! Ladisha, VA, Grades: 9 - 12

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Moneyville - Northern Bank's Financial Literacy programme

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2 to 6
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Take a trip to MoneyVille, a fun interactive environment/virtual world to explore where money comes from, what money is worth and how to prioritize spending and saving. Choose a username,...more
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Take a trip to MoneyVille, a fun interactive environment/virtual world to explore where money comes from, what money is worth and how to prioritize spending and saving. Choose a username, password, and "design" your character. Throughout the activity, you are asked to make a number of decisions that can affect your finances for the year. Make money by picking apples and selling apple juice, working at the post office to sort packages according to value, working at the city gates painting, and more. Step into the time machine in Moneyville to journey to ancient Rome, ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, or to the time of the dinosaurs. The money in Moneyville is generic so this site is useful in any country using any form of currency. Be sure to notice the menu bar at the top to find information for teachers and parents about the site, including some printables grouped according to age range. MoneyVille is available on the web and with apps available for the iPad and iPhone.

tag(s): financial literacy (109), money (182)

In the Classroom

Create a classroom account and have students work together and explore economic principles. Share how to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create individual accounts and create a learning station for students to explore this site to learn more about economics. Take advantage of discussions that occur and use them for teachable moments when exploring economic decisions. Share this site with parents through your class website or newsletter for students to use at home.
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KenKen Puzzles - New York Times

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3 to 12
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial...more
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial for more information. Each day the New York Times provides 6 new puzzles in 3 different skill levels. This is a great activity for practicing math operations and also developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.
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tag(s): logic (238), problem solving (292), puzzles (202)

In the Classroom

Create a link to the site for students to use at computer centers or the computer lab. Print out puzzles and allow students to work with a partner to solve during center time. Challenge students to complete puzzles at different skills levels. Share a puzzle on the interactive whiteboard as students are entering the classroom and complete the puzzle together.
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BizKids - American Public Television

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5 to 12
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Explore the many facets of the business world on this approachable site. All information is tied in to the T.V. show entitled "BizKids" which was created to teach kids about ...more
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Explore the many facets of the business world on this approachable site. All information is tied in to the T.V. show entitled "BizKids" which was created to teach kids about money and business. The site is divided into several different sections - for teachers and for students. The teacher section includes lesson ideas that tie into videos available on the website. This can be found under the link "Cool Biz Stuff": five lessons are available in both English and Spanish.

Students can sign up to receive a newsletter with money tips just for them. Also included is a blog with links to other financial sites for kids. Most resources for students are located under "Cool Biz Stuff," then go to "Tools for Kids." Some of the tools include a financial calculator to determine what it takes to become a millionaire, sample business plans, allowance budgeting, and investment basics. Under "The Show" link, short video segments are available for review. Shows are geared toward increasing student interest through the use of familiar cultural icons such as "The Intern" and a parody of the T.V. show "24."
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tag(s): business (57), college (46), financial literacy (109), money (182)

In the Classroom

Watch the video on "How to Hold a Fundraiser" when planning a class economics project or before a school fundraiser event to get ideas on how to boost fundraising income. Watch a few of the short videos for creative ideas before creating classroom presentations of information studied in class. Divide up the online shows between students in your class and have students view and report back on the information presented in the videos. To show what they have learned from this site, engage and challenge students to substitute paper posters with an online graphic to share using Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Enhance learning by using a multimedia poster maker such as Genial.ly, reviewed here, where students can choose the type of interactive presentation they would like to share. Ask students to create an economic plan using the allowance budget worksheet. Business teachers, family and consumer science classes, and young entrepreneurs will appreciate the many offerings on this site. College counselors will also want to share the college planning information.
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