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Christopher Columbus: Explorer - Enchanted Learning

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K to 5
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This website provides information, reproducible worksheets, maps, diagrams and other educational activities about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. Some activities are available...more
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This website provides information, reproducible worksheets, maps, diagrams and other educational activities about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. Some activities are available for "members only", but most of the learning fun is for everyone.

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Apples and More - University of Illinois Extension

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K to 6
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It will take more than a day to enjoy this apple! Find everything you could want to know about apples. Get right to the core of the science by exploring ...more
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It will take more than a day to enjoy this apple! Find everything you could want to know about apples. Get right to the core of the science by exploring Apple Education, especially the Life Cycle of and apple tree. You can learn all about parts of a plant while enjoying the apple theme. You will also find links to history and legends about apples, apple facts, apple varieties, nutritional information, and apple fun (including links to word searches, online apple games, and other pencil-paper activities). The site is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): fall (10), nutrition (133), plants (134)

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This site could be just the anchor you need for an apple-themed week. Spread the activities throughout the week. Or simply study the parts of the apple blossom and plant in class on an interactive whiteboard and share the rest of the site as an enrichment link on your teacher web page.

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DLTK's Crafts For Kids: Fire Safety Section - DLTK

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K to 2
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This very simple site offers crafts, songs, greeting cards, and printable pages all about fire safety. This site is geared towards the preschool and young elementary grades. ...more
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This very simple site offers crafts, songs, greeting cards, and printable pages all about fire safety. This site is geared towards the preschool and young elementary grades.
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tag(s): fire (23), fire prevention (16), fire safety (16), songs (45)

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During Fire Prevention week, use these songs or crafts to teach students fire safety. Have students create greeting cards for their families. Print out the coloring pages for students to work on as they enter the classroom. Create a bulletin board displaying your crafts, coloring pages, and more.

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Kids Fire Safety Guide - Home Advice Guide

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K to 12
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Learn fire safety tips and information from this informative guide for kids and caregivers. Scroll through to learn facts about causes of fires, universal prevention and preparedness...more
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Learn fire safety tips and information from this informative guide for kids and caregivers. Scroll through to learn facts about causes of fires, universal prevention and preparedness steps, and creating a plan for escaping fires.

tag(s): fire (23), fire prevention (16), fire safety (16)

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Share with students during Fire Safety Week. Swap out raised hands in class and create a quick poll (with no membership required) using SurveyRock, reviewed here, to find out how many students have discussed fire safety and an escape plan from their home. Redefine learning by having students create online multimedia posters using Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, with fire safety tips. Be sure to include a link to this guide on your class website for parents to view at home.

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Flip - Formerly Flipgrid - Charlie Miller & Brad Hosack

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K to 12
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Flipgrid has changed its name to Flip, changed to a new look, and a new mascot, Smubble. However, it is still FREE. Flip is a video discussion tool with capabilities ...more
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Flipgrid has changed its name to Flip, changed to a new look, and a new mascot, Smubble. However, it is still FREE. Flip is a video discussion tool with capabilities for sharing student responses through video. You can use Google, Microsoft, or your email address to create an account. Begin by clicking the Groups in the upper right corner and then the +Group. Next you'll select a group type or create your own group. From their just scroll down the page and follow the quick and easy guide. Be sure to copy the link for your group. Easy-to-follow directions guide you through the process of setting up a video response. Members will create their response video by clicking on Member View in the upper right corner. When finished, use links to share the URL or embed your Flip into a website. Students access your Flip using the access code when sharing your topic, with the custom QR code, or through the unique URL created. In addition, share topics directly to Google Classroom, Remind, Microsoft Teams, or use the embed code to insert into a website. Be sure to investigate ideas from other educators in the Discovery Library, found in the menu when you click the profile image. If you want your class to go global, under the Discovery Library, use the search bar and enter Global Activities, find Global Goals in Action, Read Globally, Global Day of Design, and a few others.

tag(s): assessment (121), collaboration (87), communication (135), DAT device agnostic tool (136), Microsoft (74), remote learning (59), video (245)

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Flip is a versatile tool for use in any subject. Create prompts for students to respond to about anything and everything. Challenge students to reflect on their learning at the end of a unit, research project, or literature circle. Here are just a few example questions to ask: What are some things you did well on this assignment? What mistakes did you make on your last assignment that you did not make on today's assignment? What would you do differently? What would you like to learn more about? Ask students to use the many camera features to make conversations more meaningful. For example, use the whiteboard tool to demonstrate math problems, add emojis to convey emotions, or upload images to use for explanations.

For professional use, create a topic for peers to discuss. Ideas might include discussing concerns with implementing new technology or curriculum. Have fellow teachers share articles of interest from professional journals. Use Flip to implement a book talk on a topic of interest.

Use Flip as a follow-up for a flipped or blended learning assignment. Ask students to explain what they understand and/or still don't understand about a concept. You can review the responses before class the next day. Use it as an exit "slip" before students leave class or as a warm up at the beginning of class (what do they remember about the lesson taught yesterday). World language students can practice speaking in their new language and choose the best video to turn in to their teacher. Student or teacher can explain a series of steps in an assignment or concept, one at a time (great for differentiation). Math students can explain the steps they took to solve a problem and why. Art students can explain a creation, either theirs or a famous artists - talking about techniques. Music students can perform and explain their learning, or reflect on their performance.

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Free Avatar Creator - Adobe Express

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3 to 12
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Create a customized avatar using any easy-to-use templates provided on Adobe Express. Each template includes options to choose from and select facial features to make a one-of-a-kind...more
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Create a customized avatar using any easy-to-use templates provided on Adobe Express. Each template includes options to choose from and select facial features to make a one-of-a-kind avatar. In addition, the templates offer several looks that serve as the starting point for the avatar. To begin, choose a template and login into your Adobe account. Next, drag and drop features onto the face outline to create your desired look. Additional options allow avatar creators to change the background, add text, icons, and more to personalize the slide. When finished, select the download link to save to your device as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF file.

tag(s): creativity (94), emotions (47), faces (6), social and emotional learning (70)

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Include this site in many classroom activities in many different learning activities. For example, ask students to design an avatar for a character in a book they are reading and add text about their character. Create avatars for famous people in history to summarize their stories. Ask students to create avatars to use for reports and blog posts. For example, when using Edublogs, reviewed here, ask students to add their avatar image to their blog post as a replacement for a picture. Ask students to create avatars for parent/teacher conferences. When conferencing with the parent, share their student's avatar on the interactive whiteboard or within your remote conferencing app. Ask the student to include text that tells about their educational progress. Use avatars as part of social-emotional learning lessons to share their emotions using the characters and features found within the avatar templates.

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Magazine Cover Maker - Big Huge Labs

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3 to 12
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Create authentic-looking magazine covers sure to attract double-takes. Simply upload a photo to create your cover. If you do not need to SAVE the photo for online access later, you...more
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Create authentic-looking magazine covers sure to attract double-takes. Simply upload a photo to create your cover. If you do not need to SAVE the photo for online access later, you do not even need to join the site. Covers you create can be downloaded as completed images or sent via email and other sharing tools (Facebook, etc). Photos can be uploaded from your files, Flickr, your website, or other photosharing sites. Fill in your desired text for the titles and sub-titles and choose colors for them. It's that simple. Click 'Create' at the bottom and you have a magazine cover that will leave others in awe. For more creative ideas using Big Huge Labs, go to the top of the page and click on Big Huge Labs Blog or Forum. Big Huge Labs offers MANY similar tools, such as Mapmaker, reviewed here. Of course, this site offers advanced options for a fee or with free registration, but neither is necessary.
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tag(s): bulletin boards (14), collages (20), firstday (23), flickr (2), images (251), posters (46)

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Enhance classroom technology use by using this tool with your students. They will need to know how to locate your photos on your computer or photo sharing site. Click the little white boxes to change text colors, etc. as you enter desired text. SAVE your completed cover when done. Be sure to give it a meaningful name if you are creating several covers on the same computer!

Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here. If you and your students simply use the tool without joining the site, there are no problems with email, profiles, etc. You do need to demonstrate the tool and specifically explain which links students should NOT use, including ads and links to social networking sites that are prohibited in your school. These may be blocked, anyway. Make sure you watch and teach copyright issues in snatching photos from the web.

Have students create magazine covers of themselves as a getting to know you activity and classroom bulletin board. Print and laminate magazine covers to make them appear even more authentic. Or share the images (WITHOUT student names) on your class wiki or web page. When doing reports for any subject, have students create magazine covers that mimic the real thing instead of boring plain covers. Make covers about famous Americans, scientists, or historic figures. Make covers about objects, as well. Assign students to research a vegetable and create a cover about its nutrients, recipes, and more as part of your nutrition unit! Guidance teachers or principals can feature exemplary students using this tool. Bulletin board creativity will skyrocket using Big Huge Labs Magazine Cover. Why not offer a rotating PowerPoint slide show of student-made magazine covers for parents to view as they wait in the hallway for conferences?

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Excel Easy - E-Learning

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K to 12
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at ...more
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Do you need some help with Excel basics and functions? Excel Easy uses fully illustrated tutorials to walk you through Excel sheets from start to finish. Use the links at the top of the site to select from options starting with the basics, functions, and data analysis. Choose the 300 Excel Examples to find tutorials on any topic quickly. Each tutorial includes step-by-step directions, including images to guide users through each portion of the directions.
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tag(s): computers (97), data (133), Microsoft (74), spreadsheets (23)

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Bookmark this site for your use and for student use on classroom computers. Make it easy to find sites with tutorials by creating a Padlet, reviewed here, to share with students. Use columns to sort tutorials and other helpful sites by topic within your Padlet. If you don't find a tutorial that you need, extend student learning by asking them to create their own using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, or by creating an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here.

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Reading Treks: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles - TeachersFirst

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K to 4
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book, Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades K-4. Content correlates to Common Core Standards, ISTE Student Standards, National Core Arts Standards for Visual Arts, and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): elections (75), virtual field trips (70), womens suffrage (35)

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Take advantage of the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the book as a starting point to locate primary sources to teach about voting in the United States along with life during the early 1900s. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of Alice Burke and Neil Richardson's travels across the country. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here to create and share custom maps.
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Educational Podcasts for Students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The...more
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The podcasts are available anytime, making them ideal for in-person, remote, blended, and flipped instruction. Students can listen a second time to deepen their understanding.

tag(s): podcasts (57)

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Share these podcasts with your students to use when learning related material. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find podcasts to incorporate into your lessons.

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Columbus Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

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Use these resources to connect Columbus Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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US Presidential Elections and Activities - GrowingVoters. org

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K to 12
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Find virtual and classroom activities for voting and campaigning for all grade levels at GrowingVoters.org. Begin your selection by scrolling down the page and choosing from the different...more
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Find virtual and classroom activities for voting and campaigning for all grade levels at GrowingVoters.org. Begin your selection by scrolling down the page and choosing from the different grade levels bands beginning with elementary school on up through college-level assignments and exercises. The activities include a variety of learning experiences, such as creating E-trading cards and producing candidate commercials. Click on any activity to view the PDF file that includes the objectives, procedures, and rubrics for evaluation. Many activities also include the incorporation of technology by suggesting resources.

tag(s): elections (75), electoral college (19), journalism (69), politics (106)

In the Classroom

Be sure to see the many free lessons and activities shared on this site for use as a complete civics and election unit or as a supplement to your current curriculum. For polling activities, consider the use of online polling tools such as Dotstorming, reviewed here, or Poll Everywhere, reviewed here, as quick polling options. Select activities from the site to use with other learning tools such as videos, online articles, and documents to create a blended learning activity using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Have students create campaign posters and flyers using PhotoCollage, reviewed here, or Canva Edu, reviewed here, using the templates provided or created from scratch. Engage students in the electoral experience by providing options for them to promote a personal platform or a fictionalized candidate using Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. Adobe Express allows inclusion of student-created videos and artwork along with student persuasive writing examples.
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Twitter Chat: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community. During this chat, participants: 1....more
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This archived Twitter chat is from November 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Tech Resources to Build Classroom Community. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the components of building a classroom community, 2. Shared strategies and resources for using technology to foster an inclusive classroom community, and 3. Explored ways to build connections in the classroom.

tag(s): collaboration (87), communication (135), communities (32), twitterchatarchive (143)

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Find resources and information about tech resources to build classroom community. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on tech resources to build classroom community.

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Match the Memory - Curtis Gibby

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K to 12
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Create your own matching games with Match the Memory. You can also play a ready-made memory game. Create your memory cards using themes provided. Customize cards with text, picture...more
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Create your own matching games with Match the Memory. You can also play a ready-made memory game. Create your memory cards using themes provided. Customize cards with text, picture only, or using other options. Easily add images, videos, events, and links to personalize a game. Choose a public or private option for sharing. Registration isn't required; however, it offers the option of editing games at a later date.
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tag(s): puzzles (142)

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Create matching games for words that begin with the same letter, color, or numbers for early elementary students. Use with older students to review concepts such as matching landforms, state capitols, or vocabulary terms. Have students (or groups) create matching games for others to play as review. in world language class, have students create games to reinforce vocabulary. Create a matching game with pictures and videos from recent field trips or class activities for students to share with parents. Learning support teachers can help students create their own memory games as a review activity. Encourage students to use a matching game as followup for oral presentations to keep their audience involved.

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Math Salamanders - Crispin Salamander

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K to 6
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Math Salamander offers a huge selection of math worksheets and interactives for preschool through 5th grade. Browse the site by grade level or topic to find the resources available....more
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Math Salamander offers a huge selection of math worksheets and interactives for preschool through 5th grade. Browse the site by grade level or topic to find the resources available. In addition to worksheets, choose the Online Practice for online interacitves to practice math knowledge and skills.
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tag(s): addition (128), division (100), geometric shapes (132), measurement (128), money (120), multiplication (123), number sense (71), numbers (120), place value (35), preK (246), subtraction (110), time (92), worksheets (66)

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Although there is relatively heavy advertising on this site, the many resources make it worth a look. Take advantage of the free worksheets on Math Salamander for use with students needing additional practice, to send home when parents request additional work, or to keep in your substitute folder for quick practice activities. Be sure to share a link on your class page for parents to access at home. Create a link to online interactives on your classroom computers for use as a math center.

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Classroom Freebies - Charity Preston

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K to 8
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The Classroom Freebies Resource Library contains thousands of free materials for grades K-8. Many different kinds of resources are included such as task cards, classroom management...more
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The Classroom Freebies Resource Library contains thousands of free materials for grades K-8. Many different kinds of resources are included such as task cards, classroom management charts, coloring sheets, worksheets, and posters. Use the search bar to find specific content or browse using links to grade level content and topics such as the End of the Year and Common Core Freebies. Follow links for directions about downloading materials.

tag(s): back to school (64), book reports (28), classroom management (133), commoncore (79), posters (46), preK (246), substitutes (16), worksheets (66)

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Bookmark Classroom Freebies as an excellent resource for teaching materials throughout the school year. Take advantage of the free printables for use on bulletin boards, for classroom management, and centers. Choose materials from the site to use in substitute folders. Be sure to share this site with your fellow teachers! You might consider finding snow day and vacation day activities to post on your class website for parent and student use.
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Free Pictogram Maker - Visme

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6 to 12
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Follow five easy steps to create personalized pictograms using the built-in features of this pictogram maker. First, start from scratch or use one of the premade templates and customize...more
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Follow five easy steps to create personalized pictograms using the built-in features of this pictogram maker. First, start from scratch or use one of the premade templates and customize your information and design elements. The drag and drop features make it easy for participants to add and change content. After creating an account, begin with a blank template or choose from premade templates, including customer surveys, weather forecasts, and most popular social media channels. After selecting a template, use the dashboard features to change fonts, colors, graphics, data, and more. When complete, share your pictograph using the URL created upon publication, embed it onto a website using the embed code, or download it as a JPG or PNG image file. Visme's Pictogram Maker also offers the option of adding collaborators. Use the collaborator option to share as a view-only image, comment, or add editors.

tag(s): charts and graphs (165), data (133), infographics (53), presentations (8)

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Use this pictogram creator to create engaging graphics that bring information to life. Examples are sharing a death count by states during the Civil War, student surveys of favorite books, or salary comparisons of different career paths. Ask students to create pictograms to accompany presentations and research projects. These pictogram templates are perfect for sharing data for science fair projects. Add images or embed pictograms into presentations created with Sway, reviewed here, or in video presentations created using Animoto, reviewed here.

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Flipped Math - The Algebros

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6 to 12
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Would you like to "flip" your Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, or Calculus classroom but just aren't sure how to get started? Flipped Math has everything you need! Choose a ...more
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Would you like to "flip" your Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, or Calculus classroom but just aren't sure how to get started? Flipped Math has everything you need! Choose a course to view video lessons and download practice problems, corrective assignments (additional practice for misunderstood concepts or incomplete mastery), and a complete pacing guide. Flipped Math also includes many student resources as well as Teacher and Parent FAQ's. Even if you aren't flipping your classroom, Flipped Math offers valuable teaching tools to use in any Algebra or Geometry classroom.

tag(s): differentiation (70), Online Learning (35), remote learning (59), teaching strategies (35), video (245)

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Flipped Math is also perfect for blended learning. Begin your journey into the flipped, blended or remote learning classroom by trying a single lesson or two in which your students have access to view videos at home. Use videos and practice problems found on the site as a supplement to your current lessons. Flipped Math is also perfect for Flipped Learning - Embed videos on your class website or blog for use at home. Even if you are not "flipping," these will make terrific reinforcement for struggling students -- and possibly for parents who want to help, but cannot remember the math skills. Do you want to learn more about flipping your classroom? Find many ideas and suggestions at Flipped Learning Global Initiative.

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The First Thanksgiving - Scholastic

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2 to 8
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This informative and interactive website introduces students to the first Thanksgiving. The three main areas of this site include Voyage of the Mayflower, Daily Life, and The Thanksgiving...more
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This informative and interactive website introduces students to the first Thanksgiving. The three main areas of this site include Voyage of the Mayflower, Daily Life, and The Thanksgiving Feast. There are video and audio clips, compare/contrast activities and more.

tag(s): pilgrims (13), thanksgiving (24)

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Get an interactive whiteboard and take your students back to the 1600s! Teachers can utilize the comparing and contrasting activities to help their students have a better understanding of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. After completing the activities, challenge your students to put themselves back in time and become either a Pilgrim or a Wamphoag and create journals entries for the days leading up to this year's Thanksgiving holiday. Use a tool like Penzu, reviewed here. With Penzu you can add images or your own artwork as illustrations. Another idea would be to have students create a moov on moovly, reviewed here, to show comparisons of Thanksgiving now and then. Be sure students give credit for any images them may use from the Internet. A good tool to make sure this gets done is to require they use a Creative Commons tool such as openverse, reviewed here. Study history not false information. Check out the Teacher's Guides and the More Teaching Ideas.

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Certify'em - Gleeda Software, LLC

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K to 12
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Certify'em is an add-on to Google Forms that automatically generates personalized certificates. Follow the instructions to install and authorize the add-on before using it. After installation,...more
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Certify'em is an add-on to Google Forms that automatically generates personalized certificates. Follow the instructions to install and authorize the add-on before using it. After installation, personalize Certify'em within any form to create a certificate upon completion of a minimum score. Free accounts allow members to make their templates or choose from those shared on the site. Your Certify'em account also maintains a record of all exam attempts.

tag(s): assessment (121), Teacher Utilities (128)

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Certify'em is an excellent addition to every Google Forms members' toolbox. Create and share certificates with students for successful completion of quizzes and tests. Use Certify'em as a means for differentiating instruction by allowing students to take a pre-assessment test before starting a new unit. If they obtain a certificate, offer an alternative extended learning activity. Use this add-on to "certify" students for various classroom needs, such as learning safety procedures before starting a science lab activity or to "certify" students to take care of class pets.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Basic Spreadsheets and Forms for Real-World Problem Solving - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from February 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Prepare your students to use today's digital tools to solve tomorrow's problems. Join this session and learn to use forms and spreadsheets for basic data collection and analysis. You'll learn to use these tools to design authentic learning activities that provide support while facilitating deep learning. Return to the classroom prepared to help your students take on challenges and communicate their findings. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basic use of spreadsheets; 2. Explore authentic ways to include forms and/or spreadsheets in instruction; and 3. Plan for the use of forms and/or spreadsheets in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): charts and graphs (165), Microsoft (74), professional development (314), spreadsheets (23)

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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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Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips - Discovery Education

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K to 12
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade...more
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade level, or theme to view all available experiences. The virtual field trips include a video along with lesson plans and additional resources to download. Some videos are hosted on YouTube.

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close-up in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides in their own learning by choosing topics of interest. Then transform their learning and ask these students to share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources using a tool such as Vibby, reviewed here. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.

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Hip Hughes History - Keith Hughes

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8 to 12
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This YouTube channel offers over 300 videos for U.S. and World History, current events, political science, and American Government. Click the Index link to easily find one of the categories....more
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This YouTube channel offers over 300 videos for U.S. and World History, current events, political science, and American Government. Click the Index link to easily find one of the categories. Other videos teach test-taking and essay writing skills. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): china (61), classroom management (133), constitution (84), elections (75), foreign policy (11), politics (106), presidents (115), russia (33)

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Show videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector to your class as an introduction to a new unit or class discussion. Flip your lesson and assign videos for students to view at home or in the computer lab and discuss questions at the next class meeting. Prep for this and engage students by asking questions during the video using Moocnote, reviewed here. Use the videos as a springboard for engaging writing prompts or to spark a discussion connected with a unit of study. Enhance learning by having students create a simple infographic with information learned from videos using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Be sure to check out some of the classroom management tips and advice for new teachers for some fresh ideas to use in your classroom!

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My Wordle - Pallav Agarwal and Pulkit Agarwal

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K to 12
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Customize and share personalized Wordles based upon the popular word game, Wordle, reviewed here using Make a Custom Wordle. Enter a word of any length...more
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Customize and share personalized Wordles based upon the popular word game, Wordle, reviewed here using Make a Custom Wordle. Enter a word of any length (unlike the original word for five-letter words only) to generate a shareable link for your word. Make a Custom Wordle also offers the option to create words in several languages, including Spanish, French, Hindi, and German. Share the link with students using email, classroom management system, or class website. When complete, copy the URL to share by pasting it into an email or your blog or classroom website.

tag(s): ELL/ESL (26), game based learning (167), sight words (22), spelling (92), vocabulary (231)

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Use this Wordle generator in various ways in any classroom for increasing problem-solving and strategy skills. When using with young students, generate three or four-letter Wordles for students to attempt with partners. Provide a list of sight words if needed to avoid frustration. When teaching older students, develop Wordles to solve using vocabulary words, weekly spelling lists, science terms, or historical characters. Provide this site to students and create Wordles to share with their peers. Include a link on classroom computers during computer centers or as an activity when finished with daily assignments. Using this site is an excellent way to include ENL/ESL students in classroom activities by creating a word from their native language. Include others in your school community or parents by developing and sharing Wordles for your school or classroom site. Your imagination only limits the possibilities of creating and sharing personalized Wordles!

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How the President Gets Elected - Factmonster

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4 to 12
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This simple seven-step users' guide is a great refresher for older students and an easy-to-understand introduction for those just learning about the election process. The site explains...more
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This simple seven-step users' guide is a great refresher for older students and an easy-to-understand introduction for those just learning about the election process. The site explains common election terminology (caucus, Electoral College, primary) and outlines requirements that must be met to vote and to run for public office. Use this guide to frame discussions and chart the progress in this year's presidential election.

tag(s): elections (75), electoral college (19), politics (106)

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Have your students follow this guide to create a fictitious candidate. Challenge students to create a blog about their mock candidate. What issues are important to your students? Do any of the IRL (Internet lingo for "in real life") candidates share the same views as the students' mock candidate?

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