TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 14, 2013
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Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomDemonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students time to explore the activity and report back on the various systems, organs, tissues, and molecules necessary in our daily lives. Use this tool as an introduction to various units on tissues, organs, or body systems. This tool can also be used to put various chapters and units of study together for a better perspective on the functioning of the human body.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomAre your students in trouble with the bubble? Provide them with a daily double bubble form. Introduce your students to the many different styles of testing early in the school year. Create forms that mirror graphics, a feelings chart, fact/opinion, music staffs, and many other options. Go beyond the bubble and have students analyze assessment results. Tired of grading? Use the registration marks to create forms for automated testing machines. Students can self-correct using test keys. Get instant results for faster analysis. Give your younger students regular practice with bubbles by creating a "lunch count" bubble sheet students fill in "packing" or "buying" or a daily attendance check in sheet.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this activity to show how certain buildings can change aspects of happiness, health, and other factors. Brainstorm ways to improve aspects of a city prior to playing the game. Groups of students can even collaborate on a specific city. Students can report on various ways they improved their city including starting with smaller homes, green houses, or by improving large, older homes. Enter screenshots and specific information about the game play on a wiki or other site and research various communities that have achieved those changes. To take a screenshot simply Shift+ Command +4 on a Mac (saves to your Downloads) or Prtscrn key and PASTE on Windows. Propose similar changes in your own community at the end of the play and research. This would be an ideal activity leading up to Earth Day or during an environmental unit. Teachers of gifted could build an entire long term unit around it.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomYou could use this unit with the entire class reading The Hunger Games, or, with some fine tuning of ideas and materials, possibly use it with other dystopian novels in literature circles. A couple that come to mind are The Giver and The Maze Runner. This unit suggests Glogster, but you can also use a program like Tackk, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here. They will do just about everything Glogster will do, and they have more free features.
Grades6 to 10
In the ClassroomWAYT: What Are You Thinking? Use this technique as the students read the articles to mark comments, connections, and questions. Read the passages in guided reading groups to scaffold the instruction. Post an article and the questions in an online forum for students to discuss their answers. Challenge above-level readers to make observations about the writer's strategies. Use the articles' trending topics to meet the students' interests and engage reluctant readers. The questions are great to teach students about Question Answer Relationships (QAR). Model current event literature response techniques with the articles on the website.
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomBe sure to include this resource in a unit discussing foods. Students can research and report on a various types of food. Compare the nutritional strengths and weaknesses of different cultures. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Discuss how various grains are a major underpinning of most holiday celebrations. As you view each of these resources, be sure to note the various grains that are often used. Report on different cultures and celebrations around the world. Students can even create many of these dishes to share with classmates and gain understandings of various cultures. How does the food reflect the natural resources of a region? How does it relate to the culture's religion? World language students can trace historical foods of the culture they are studying and even share them at a world language fair.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have in the toolbox for all secondary teachers. Bookmark and save this site to use for discussion questions and factual information on plagiarism. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View a video each week and discuss contents. View specific videos addressing concerns that arise in your classroom. Share this site with parents at meet the teacher (Back to School) night for their use at home. Share a link to the site on a prominent place on your class website or blog for student reference at any time.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.
Grades3 to 10
In the ClassroomChoose myths and legends to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site is perfect for when you are studying European countries or when teaching a unit on myths and legends. Students could explore in small groups to discover similarities to more familiar folktales. Another idea: use this site in your world language class. Explore the site in the language you are teaching. The site is offered in French, Italian, and several other languages. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of different folk tales and story patterns.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): 1700s (29), 1800s (49), 1900s (37), africa (172), alaska (25), american revolution (89), central america (12), civil war (144), cold war (30), colonial america (106), colonization (16), explorers (63), great depression (27), greece (27), greeks (32), hawaii (8), industrialization (14), italy (15), maps (292), native americans (78), romans (36), slavery (71), south america (38), spain (7), war of 1812 (15), world war 1 (55), world war 2 (143)
In the ClassroomView modules together as a class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide links to selected modules on your class webpage or blog. Use as one source for students to create their own maps. Using a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of any specific time period or event. With Clck2Map students can include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind detailed ways to help parents support the wonderful world of reading with their students. Have each student create individual reading lists and work towards prizes. Students can use this site as a search tool to find new reading suggestions. Motivate students by setting individual goals. Use quizzes for books as part of literature studies, or examine the type of questions given. Challenge your students to create their own quizzes about a book they recently read. Have students create their own quizzes (and more) using ClassTools (reviewed here).
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomShare the resources found here on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site as part of your wiki on energy, renewable resources, and conservation. Add to a center to improve reading skills as well as new literacies in technology. Find excellent information to include for your Prezi, Powerpoint, or Live Binders on energy. Enhance your ESL/ELL students understanding of your energy unit using the visuals and reinforcement of basic concepts.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): art history (74), artists (78), biographies (92), black history (59), civil rights (122), civil war (144), cross cultural understanding (119), disasters (40), earthquakes (50), easter (20), inventors and inventions (94), korea (15), lincoln (86), mars (40), movies (71), natural disasters (19), presidents (130), primary sources (92), resources (109), south africa (11), vocabulary (323), weather (198), womens suffrage (26)