TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 30, 2017
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GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomFind the BEST math tools to use in your classroom. Share the resources on your interactive whiteboard. Set up a learning station for students to explore independently or in pairs. Share this link with families on your class website or blog.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomBanzai is an excellent resource for any financial literacy course, or for those that don't have financial literacy classes as an option for your school. Create your classroom account, and then provide students with a class code to sign in to their account. Create as many classes as you like then have students follow the curriculum including pre-tests, simulations of life scenarios, interactives, and post-tests. The Banzai tool grades it all. Set up student accounts and assign activities based on your state standards. Be sure to share Banzai on your class website for students to explore at home.
GradesK to 5
tag(s): addition (224), classroom management (159), data (159), decimals (125), differentiation (51), division (159), fractions (226), geometric shapes (172), measurement (171), multiplication (210), numbers (196), operations (124), subtraction (184)
In the ClassroomUse Zearn on a projector or an interactive whiteboard to demonstrate specific concepts or use as weekly math centers for student practice. Zearn provides data to target instruction to specific students or concepts needing additional reinforcement. Since Zearn is a complete math program, with individualized lessons for students to work on, teachers can conduct small group instruction while others work independently. Zearn is perfect to use for gifted or advanced students, allowing them to work at their own pace. Be sure to put a link to Zearn on your class web page for students to use at home. Zearn does not support Android devices but will work on all other devices with a browser and Internet access.
Includes an education-only area for teachers and students
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Includes teacher tools for registering and/or monitoring students
Grades9 to 12
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tag(s): financial literacy (84)
In the ClassroomDiscover 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!
Grades6 to 11
In the ClassroomUse these lessons when teaching financial literacy or consumer education courses. Include lessons as part of applied math activities such as balancing a budget, managing savings, or understanding debt. Have students explore on their own. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs to describe ways to become a good consumer using Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.
Grades1 to 12
tag(s): angles (85), charts and graphs (198), data (159), decimals (125), equations (149), factors (39), fractions (226), geometric shapes (172), mixed numbers (14), operations (124), order of operations (40), polynomials (29), probability (138), quadratics (32)
In the ClassroomUse interactives and lessons from this site to supplement classroom instruction. Demonstrate how to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore the site independently on classroom computers. Be sure to include a link to activities on your classroom webpage. Use this site to differentiate for different student levels.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomUse activities from Happy Numbers on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to practice and reinforce concepts. Share links to individual activities on your class webpage or blog for practice at home. Create a link to activities for use on classroom computers. Register all of your students for a personalized experience during centers or even for at-home practice. Use this site to make differentiating a snap!
Worst program ever!! It is SO SLOW, kids were complaining. Had to stop using it after one day., , Grades: 1 - 1
GradesK to 8
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tag(s): addition (224), assessment (114), classroom management (159), differentiation (51), division (159), fluency (25), game based learning (131), multiplication (210), subtraction (184), vocabulary (318), vocabulary development (124)
In the ClassroomCreate a classroom account. Use MobyMax during centers, for nightly homework, or computer lab time. Share with parents as an excellent resource for practicing math, reading, writing, grammar, science, and vocabulary skills at home. Use the pre-testing features at the beginning of the school year to get students started at the correct levels. Use this tool to differentiate for all students. Your gifted students can pretest out of material already learned and receive activities and instruction at their individual level. Be sure to bookmark this site to use with all levels of students.
Grades3 to 5
In the ClassroomThis is great site to use when you are teaching your unit on economics. This site requires that an adult approves the student accounts. Once the accounts are approved, they can add each other as buddies. Introduce the site using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then bring students to the computer lab or use a class set of laptops and have the students "play" the game each day during the unit of study. At the end of the unit give an award to the top three students who managed their money the best.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude 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.
Great Resource!Ladisha, VA, Grades: 0 - 12
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): area (73), charts and graphs (198), decimals (125), estimation (48), fractions (226), inequalities (26), logic (241), money (182), numbers (196), patterns (88), percent (82), perimeter (31), polls and surveys (54), probability (138), problem solving (289), statistics (125), symmetry (51), variables (21), whole numbers (16)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site as a resource for math videos to use on your interactive whiteboard or on classroom computers. Watch videos together to introduce or review classroom concepts. Or "flip" your classroom by sharing the videos oor independent viewing before you discuss the topic in class. Share a link to videos on your classroom website or blog for students to use as a review resource at home. Share this entire site on your class website, wiki, or blog for alternative presentations of topics that are difficult. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their own on math concepts. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
Grades5 to 12
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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