TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 7, 2012
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GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomShare information from this site with classroom volunteers and parents or use information to add to literature you distribute at Meet the Teacher/Back to School night or conferences. The Planning Reading Sessions information may be especially useful to share with parents as a framework for reading at home. Include a link to this site on your class website or blog as a resource for parents to use when reading at home with their child.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site as the starting point for group projects like having the students write and produce their own play(s). This is a great find for gifted students as well as students studying any modern language as the play writing and acting techniques can easily be adapted. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of the plays they write and produce. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
GradesK to 9
This site includes advertising.
tag(s): addition (239), counting (120), data (152), division (168), equations (153), fractions (234), geometric shapes (165), integers (41), measurement (158), multiplication (220), number sense (94), numbers (199), ratios (56), rounding (22), subtraction (198), volume (44)
In the ClassroomShare this site with parents and students for at-home practice. Choose games to play on your interactive whiteboard or projector or to assign at a class center (individualized or small group). Some students will be confused by the many ads or cluttered layout, so be sure to demonstrate how the activities work. Print and use the flash cards in the classroom or for take-home practice.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomShare this website with your students early in the school year so that they can reference it as needed. As you utilize word processing programs, spreadsheets, graphing programs, Moodle, or even Blackboard, share specific tutorials on how to do tasks with students before problems arise. Show that you are all learning this together. Then include links to those specific tutorials in student instructions so that they can go back as needed through out the lesson. This is a win-win. Students do not feel embarrassed asking you repeatedly how to do a simple step, and you do not get frustrated repeating yourself. If you teach younger students, bookmark this for your own professional use. Parents will surely appreciate the link to Th!nk, as well.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): literary devices (11)
In the ClassroomHigh school AP literature and history teachers or IB capstone classes will especially love this site. Share a metaphor a day as students are entering the class or on your class web site. Allow a student to choose one as today's Metaphor Master! Discuss the meaning together or use it as a quick writing prompt. Use the time period to discuss the historical context of the metaphor. Use these in your own presentations or require students to create a presentation explaining the metaphors you assign. Younger students just beginning to study metaphors can benefit from trying to interpret the metaphors as a group and presenting them to the class. Challenge students to try to create their own metaphors. Develop a class Metaphor Wiki for students to share metaphors. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomIn your classroom, offer challenges first as a problem based learning situation. Have students discover the background information and thought processes involved. Using these skills, apply to your own community. Start challenges at your school, community, state, or country level. Create a challenges competition at your school. Explore the teacher resources that apply to your classes.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): genetics (95)