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I've Got the Blues - TeachersFirst

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1 to 3
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An interdisciplinary unit for second graders dealing with "blue themes" in literature. The unit uses Blueberries for Sal, Jamberry, and several other books to build "blue" connections....more
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An interdisciplinary unit for second graders dealing with "blue themes" in literature. The unit uses Blueberries for Sal, Jamberry, and several other books to build "blue" connections. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

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This collection of "blue" activities gives teachers many choices. You may even want to invite some parents in to help with some of them, especially if students use the computer to create projects.

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Greek vs. Contemporary Architecture - TeachersFirst

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10 to 12
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A lesson examining the differences between classical Greek building styles and those of contemporary architects. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored...more
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A lesson examining the differences between classical Greek building styles and those of contemporary architects. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): architecture (84), greek (41), greeks (33)

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The possibilities for this lesson expand exponentially with the use of web-based resources for images, research, and creation of student projects. Many of the activities would also be well-suited for interactive whiteboard.

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Getting to Know You Ideas from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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TeachersFirst offers tried and true getting-to-know-you lesson plans, some with a creative twist. Get off on the right foot to establish your classroom as a learning community. ...more
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TeachersFirst offers tried and true getting-to-know-you lesson plans, some with a creative twist. Get off on the right foot to establish your classroom as a learning community.

tag(s): firstday (24)

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Try these activities from TeachersFirst to help you and your students get to know each other early in the school year or for a "fresh start" for a new semester or move-in students.

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I love the ideas and activities for helping students get to know each other early on in the new school year. In the Headstart program we focus on parent involvement and I like to do activities that involve the parents and help them to get to know each other as well. The classroom and education experience is so much more successful when everyone is working together: children , families, and teachers. Teresa, FL, Grades: 0 - 1

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Word World - PBS Kid

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K to 2
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This language-rich website offers countless language arts activities for young elementary students. Based on the PBS show, Word World, this website highlights animals and objects in...more
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This language-rich website offers countless language arts activities for young elementary students. Based on the PBS show, Word World, this website highlights animals and objects in the environment. The animals and objects are all shapes AND words, everything has a label. Some examples of language activities include spelling, letter sounds, rhyming, upper case and lower case letters, and many others. Click on any of the animals to start your class's language learning adventures. There is also a link for parents and teachers that provides additional information about the TV show, website activities, and lesson ideas. This site is adaptable to use in the regular classroom, ESL and ELL classrooms, and special education students. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alphabet (84), phonics (68), preK (284), sound (106), sounds (68), spelling (165), writing (364)

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Treat your students to an "animal of the week." Each animal adventure challenges students with new language skills. Use an interactive whiteboard or projection screen to share this website with your class. Then make the site a center in your classroom. Provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website so students can practice language skills at home.
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OK2Ask: Proven Techniques to Improve Reading and Writing - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Editor and Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Editor and Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. Reading research identifies three separate reading skills: decoding, fluency, and comprehension -- the Learning Tools incorporates strategies to strengthen each of these areas. Explore how students can personalize their learning to improve reading skills by reducing visual crowding, highlighting and voicing text, and breaking words into syllables. Learning Tools improve writing skills by letting the author speak and see words and sentences correctly spelled and punctuated. Young writers can concentrate on organizing their thoughts while absorbing the appropriate representation of those thoughts. Participants will: 1. Explore Microsoft's free Editor Tools to help students with the writing process; 2. Discover Learning Tools that help students improve reading skills; and 3. Plan for the use of these tools in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): descriptive writing (42), fluency (24), Microsoft (59), reading comprehension (129), reading strategies (55)

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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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TwistedWave - MediaHQ

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K to 12
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools...more
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Create and edit audio recordings with the TwistedWave online editor. Use links to upload existing files from your computer, Google Drive, or Sound Cloud, or start a new document. Tools in the editor allow you to add effects, crop and cut, and much more. When finished, save the file to Google Drive or Sound Cloud. No account is necessary; however, free accounts can edit mono files up to 5 minutes long.

tag(s): editing (74)

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Use TwistedWave in early grades to promote literacy by recording students and creating an audio portfolio record of their reading. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students to practice fluency and hearing themselves speak. Record your class singing. Record compositions to share with parents on your website or blog. Record and edit sound for PowerPoint presentations. Use with a creative writing or digital storytelling project to record stories for selected images. Record speeches, create podcasts, record students learning world languages, create radio advertisements as part of a writing project, the ideas are endless!

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Brainteasers, Puzzles, and Riddles - NIEHS

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2 to 8
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This site invites visitors to explore and enjoy a wide variety of puzzles and brain teasers. For students who enjoy word, math, and pictorial puzzles, this site is a ...more
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This site invites visitors to explore and enjoy a wide variety of puzzles and brain teasers. For students who enjoy word, math, and pictorial puzzles, this site is a must! Also included are quizzes and proverbs as well as links to other brainteasers.

tag(s): puzzles (205), quiz (84), quizzes (104)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class. Give students extra credit for creating their own puzzles to share with the class, especially puzzles on topics you have been studying, such as "rock riddles" or "triangle trivia." This site is also a great safety net for substitutes looking for an educational "filler."
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Climate Change included here: environmental health. Great resource! Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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OK2Ask: Google MANIA - Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Slides - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Create your own interactive stories or guide your students as they create them....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from July 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Create your own interactive stories or guide your students as they create them. Google slides don't have to be linear presentations. Learn to create a nonlinear show that can engage learners while helping them learn content. Join us for this session where you will learn to create and use Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) stories. Participants will: 1. Review storytelling elements; 2. Understand how to create nonlinear slide shows; and 3. Learn ways to use CYOA slideshows in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at the INTERMEDIATE technology level.

tag(s): Google (35)

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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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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lessons Plans with TeachersFirst and SAMR - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Technology in the classroom can foster engagement and higher order thinking....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from September 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Technology in the classroom can foster engagement and higher order thinking. When strategically infused into lesson plans designed with sound instructional practices, technology can provide challenging, collaborative, and creative experiences. Learn how to transform your lesson plans by applying the SAMR Model in conjunction with resources available on the TeachersFirst website. Participants will: 1. Understand the SAMR Model and its importance to the lesson planning process; 2. Locate resources within TeachersFirst that support lesson planning in your content area; and 3. Plan to use TeachersFirst's resources and the SAMR Model in combination to plan effective technology-infused lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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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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Mashable: 50+ Places to Buy Groceries Online - Sean P. Aune

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4 to 12
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Looking for a way to teach real shopping lessons without actually going to a store? This blog post includes links to online grocery shopping from all over the U.S. Since ...more
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Looking for a way to teach real shopping lessons without actually going to a store? This blog post includes links to online grocery shopping from all over the U.S. Since the stores are in business to make money they will, of course, include advertisements on their sites. Teachers will want to discuss advertising links and why students should avoid them to stay on task.

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Use these virtual stores to teach real-world lessons in math, FCS, ESL, ELL, and economics lessons. Special Ed teachers may also want to use these sites to help students with life skills. Have students compare pricing in online venues vs. bricks-and-mortar stores. Use the pricing to teach unit pricing, comparison shopping, percent, and more.

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Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction - Paul Toth

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5 to 12
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This site offers over 450 illustrations specifically created to help with English Language Instruction for foreign language speakers. Browse the collection to find drawings demonstrating...more
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This site offers over 450 illustrations specifically created to help with English Language Instruction for foreign language speakers. Browse the collection to find drawings demonstrating emotions, common items, medical terms, and much more. Use the keyword search to focus on particular needs. Select images to download, use the size bar to find the desired image size, and then save to your computer.

tag(s): worksheets (62)

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Use this site with ESL/ELL learners to provide visual cues for English language learning. For more advanced learners, use the illustrations as story cues or starters. Have students create their personal learning book by printing images and combining into a notebook. Share a link to this site on your class webpage for parents and students to access at home.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Empower students to choose how they will meet their learning goals by helping...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Empower students to choose how they will meet their learning goals by helping them to focus on building knowledge, understanding, and essential skills. Learning Menus or Choice Boards allow your students to complete equally active, interesting and engaging assignments which demonstrate their comprehension of the presented material. This session will help you learn to create and use differentiated Choice Boards based on Tomlinson's model for differentiation. Participants will: 1. Understand Tomlinson's model for differentiation; 2. Learn about the use of Choice Boards for both instructional and assessment purposes; and 3. Plan for the use of Choice Boards as part of instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): differentiation (50), teaching strategies (28)

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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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OK2Ask: SWAY Cool Reading - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Good readers take breaks to process what they are reading. Learn to use Microsoft...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Good readers take breaks to process what they are reading. Learn to use Microsoft Sway to guide comprehension through the use of research-based strategies. Helping students become aware of reading comprehension strategies allows them to manage their learning and empowers them to read strategically. While teaching students to think about how they read isn't an end to itself, it is a great instructional strategy. This is specifically helpful in a flipped or blended learning model. Join us and learn how to put this into action in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn three active reading comprehension strategies; 2. Understand where these strategies fit in the instructional cycle; and 3. Plan for the use of Sway during reading instruction. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (59), reading strategies (55)

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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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OK2Ask: Interactive Drawings with Google Draw - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities with interactive images created using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities with interactive images created using Google Draw. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge by adding text, audio, and video to images which bring additional context to your instruction. This strategy can be used across content areas and grade levels. Participants will: 1. Learn how to create an interactive drawing; 2. Identify ways in which interactive drawings can be used to support instruction; and 3. Create an interactive drawing that can be used in class. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): drawing (79), Google (35), images (279)

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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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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Get inspired by digital writing tools that facilitate the planning and implementation...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Get inspired by digital writing tools that facilitate the planning and implementation of powerful, engaging lessons in support of literacy standards! Through the exploration of three digital writing tools, understand how these tools can scaffold instruction for each component of the writing process -- prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and publish. Engaged students who understand the writing process produce more successful work. Join us to see how you can improve student organization, collaboration, storytelling, and decision-making within the writing process by using these digital tools. Participants will: 1. Understand ways different digital writing tools can scaffold instruction; 2. Identify ways digital writing can increase student engagement; and 3. Plan for the use of digital writing tools in their classroom to support the different parts of the writing process. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): writing (364)

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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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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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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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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling Pt. 3 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Using digital storytelling as a formative assessment across subject areas,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Using digital storytelling as a formative assessment across subject areas, you can meet curricular objectives while engaging learners in cross-curricular writing. Come to this TeachersFirst OK2Ask webinar to explore free options for creating digital stories with your students. Building on our winter and spring sessions, learn how to successfully create a well planned digital storytelling project for your class and create a sample project. Attendance at the previous sessions is not required for participation in this session. Participants will: 1. Explore rubrics for Digital Storytelling assessment; 2. Understand what to look for when choosing a Tech Tool for Digital Storytelling; and 3. Create a project sample to share with students. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151)

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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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TextProject - TextProject, Inc

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TextProject offers strategies, tools, and texts to bring beginning readers and struggling readers to high levels of literacy. Download materials for teaching reading such as vocabulary...more
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TextProject offers strategies, tools, and texts to bring beginning readers and struggling readers to high levels of literacy. Download materials for teaching reading such as vocabulary lessons, word pictures, literacy lists, and reading passages. Browse the TextProject Library to find book collections, professional articles, and videos available on their YouTube Channel. Be sure to find time to explore the Classroom Materials part of the site, with many printables and Teacher's Guides for use with all reading levels. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Online-Convert, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): commoncore (89), independent reading (123), literacy (104), reading comprehension (129), reading lists (77), reading strategies (55), vocabulary (314), vocabulary development (120)

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If you teach reading or are an ESL/ELL or resource teacher for students with special needs, you will want to bookmark this site! Take advantage of all of the free downloads on the site, including forms, checklists, lessons, and reading passages. Share this site with parents to help them understand the process of learning to read and finding materials for their student. Share this site during professional development sessions when discussing reading instruction and alignment to Common Core Standards. Be sure to sign up for TextProject's monthly newsletter to stay up to date with all new additions to the site.
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Black History Month Resources - PBS

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K to 12
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Commemorate Black History Month with 20 lesson plans and resources covering a variety of topics including racial discrimination, civil rights, and discussions about race in current...more
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Commemorate Black History Month with 20 lesson plans and resources covering a variety of topics including racial discrimination, civil rights, and discussions about race in current events. Scroll through the page to view topics and grade level suggestions. Content ranges from a history of discrimination through current events such as debating race through the Trayvon Martin shooting. Some lessons also contain Common Core correlations.

tag(s): black history (59), civil rights (121), martin luther king (35), racism (17), video (269)

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Explore this site for many different lessons and resources to use during Black History Month and throughout the year. Use lessons found here to differentiate for students of different levels. Be sure to check out the Discrimination - fair or unfair? lesson plan that is designed specifically for students who have difficulty with verbal and written expression.
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Educator's Reference Desk of Lesson Plans - Information Institute of Syracuse

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K to 12
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Over 2000 lesson plans are at your fingertips when you visit this site. Find lesson plans on these topics: Arts, Computer Science, Foreign Language, Health, Information Literacy,...more
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Over 2000 lesson plans are at your fingertips when you visit this site. Find lesson plans on these topics: Arts, Computer Science, Foreign Language, Health, Information Literacy, Interdisciplinary, Language Arts, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and Vocational Education.

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Some of the lesson plans are actually units designed for a week or more of study. The site allows for printer-friendly versions of the plans to make printing them a neat option. When you need quick plans for the substitute--or if you are a substitute-- this site is a must-have.

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Water Cycle - EPA

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3 to 7
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Follow the parts of the water cycle and interactivity with living things, the earth, and the processes that occur in the water cycle. Through the interactive information, students learn...more
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Follow the parts of the water cycle and interactivity with living things, the earth, and the processes that occur in the water cycle. Through the interactive information, students learn the vocabulary and interrelatedness of the water cycle on the Earth. This site requires flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): water (132), water cycle (32)

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Students can be divided into groups to view the four different areas presented. Students can view the section and create study guide questions for the rest of the class. Students can ask questions after viewing using a KWL chart and search for answers to their questions. Students can create a presentation using traditional media (posters or bulletin board) or using multimedia (web page, wiki, video, powerpoint, etc.) A weather report style newscast would be an entertaining method for presentation for the class.
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Flooding - FEMA

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1 to 4
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Learn all about water and flooding. Find an interactive water cycle and discover the dangers in flooding. Look at past floods on an interactive map of the United States. Learn ...more
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Learn all about water and flooding. Find an interactive water cycle and discover the dangers in flooding. Look at past floods on an interactive map of the United States. Learn about ways to stay safe in a flood, even when in a car (NOT a great idea!). Look at a map of the United States to determine when flooding is most likely to happen in your region. Find information about how flood insurance protects you.

tag(s): disasters (43), floods (12), water (132), water cycle (32)

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In the classroom, use this information for your water cycle unit or weather unit. Use the interactives on your Interactive whiteboard (or projector). Share the activities with your whole class or small groups. Use at centers for further exploration. Use as a nonfiction text to help meet the Common Core standards. Add to your class website as a resource students can access both in and out of class.
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Crash Course - John and Hank Green

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6 to 12
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Tube Offline, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

Tip: to watch or share a video without the ads and clutter, use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here, to watch the video ad-free!
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tag(s): animals (319), bacteria (30), bill of rights (28), body systems (59), chinese (49), constitution (89), declaration of independence (13), evolution (103), genetics (89), greeks (33), literature (264), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), nutrition (157), religions (68), rome (25), romeo and juliet (5), russia (34), shakespeare (110), water cycle (32)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.
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The Common Core Shift: Short, Focused Research Projects - TeachersFirst

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K to 3
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This article explains the idea of short, focused research projects as emphasized by Common Core. Find out the background, the why and what, and more as you see an example ...more
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This article explains the idea of short, focused research projects as emphasized by Common Core. Find out the background, the why and what, and more as you see an example you can use when teaching about the water cycle in elementary grades. Use a readaloud of a recommended book to get your class started. This particular example is for lower elementary, but the article is useful for elementary teachers at any level. The article and the sample project are written (and field tested!) by an experienced elementary library/media specialist.

tag(s): commoncore (89), water cycle (32)

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NO more BIG projects! Make research manageable and meaningful. Try the lesson plan as a way to incorporate Common Core reading skills into the lessons you would be teaching as part of your science curriculum. If you do not have access to the same book, check interlibrary loan or adapt the lessons to another book.

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Water Table - ees.as.uky.edu

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4 to 8
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This interactive presentation explains terms and vocabulary associated with the water table. At each screen, click Model to bring up choices. Advance to different screens to learn more...more
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This interactive presentation explains terms and vocabulary associated with the water table. At each screen, click Model to bring up choices. Advance to different screens to learn more concepts about the water table. Click Terms to learn the vocabulary associated with the topic. At the time of this review, ONLY the arrows shown when you click "terms" will advance to the next screen. Use each screen to learn how water amount varies in the water table due to various events. For example, on the Groundwater screen, clicking Model brings up choices for wet season and dry season. As each is clicked, a level shows the amount of water available in the water table.

tag(s): water (132), water cycle (32), watersheds (15), weather (205)

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Use as an introductory activity to determine patterns about the water cycle and the water table. As students click through the screen, record the changes in water availability to report back to the class. After working their way through this activity, have students use local weather data and river levels from the past year (try Weather.com) to find the different points in your local water cycle.
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