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Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomClick "Teachers" and scroll to the bottom of the home page to find free lessons. Work together with your music teacher to find classical music selections that make great background music. Have students choose a story and create a "read aloud" with music and sound effects. Challenge students to capture the feel or tone of current events articles, science articles, or poems they have created. Use music and sound effects to enhance historical events or battles in social science. At the end of literature circles, have students select the best events in a story and put music and sound effects together with them. Watch the short tutorials to create your class and to create a book with a soundtrack. FanFiction users may want to put sound effects or music to their own writing. In the library/media center, share BookTracks to interest students in some of your "old" books!
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Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomInstead of writing boring summaries, why not summarize through a comic strip. It's much like storyboarding, but the drawing has been left to the Comic Creator pros. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book will become the most read classroom book of all in an elementary classroom. Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying about characterization, create dialog to show (not tell) about a character. Another idea - why not use the comic strips for conflict resolution or other guidance issues (such as bullying). Sometimes it is easier for students to write it down (or draw the pictures) than use the actual words. World language and ESL/ELL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to traditional written assessments.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomDelight your students with the videos and activities provided on the site to include with your current science lessons. Place students in groups to complete the challenges offered. Have students take collaborative, digital notes using Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to record their work images and video. Share final projects including the digital research notes, images, and videos using a multimedia presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomInclude materials from this site during your fire safety unit, Fire Prevention Week, or as part of your studies of North American biomes. Have students create free and easy websites using Carrd, reviewed here, to share information learned about fire safety, fire hazards, and fire prevention techniques. Ask students to create an online book incorporating videos, images, and more using Book Creator, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomSelect games from this site to include with Earth Day or environmental units. Include a link to games on classroom computers and your class website for students to access during learning centers or at home. Instead of using worksheets or short response quizzes, ask students to create an infographic sharing information learned during your science unit. Canva, reviewed here, offers easy to use templates for designing infographics. Collaborate with a classroom in a different state or country using Skype, reviewed here, to compare and contrast environmental issues found in your different locations. Continue your collaboration using FlipGrid, reviewed here, to create student video responses to essential questions raised during your ongoing discussions.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis list also includes links to even more resources that are tagged human body and body systems. If you can't find an ideal tool on our list, search these additional provided topics. There are several device agnostic sites (available as both an app and on a web browser). These are ideal for the byod classroom.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomList these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. Have students work in cooperative learning groups and investigate the sites.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomBookmark this site to include with units on the environment and current events. Ask students to search for local environmental issues and concerns using search tools on the site. Encourage students to use a tool like Diigo, reviewed here, to keep track and highlight the important information they find. Upon completion of research, have students create infographics using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, to share the facts they find. Canva is easy to use and provides many templates for creating infographics. Ask students to create a podcast featuring information on the environment along with suggestions on how to solve environmental concerns. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for publishing audio and video podcasts.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is very text intensive. Try using a word cloud tool like Wordsift, reviewed here, to identify and highlight important words found within the text to clarify content for all students, especially those with special learning needs. Wordsift also provides images and highlights text found within sentences to provide important context of information shared. As students complete the biome unit, ask them to create explanation videos sharing information from this site and others used during the unit. My Simpleshow, reviewed here, is an easy to use video creation tool designed to make explaining any topic simple and entertaining.
Grades3 to 12
tag(s): infographics (53)
In the ClassroomThe 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.
Grades4 to 12
tag(s): biomes (139)
In the ClassroomUse this as a preliminary activity for students to "browse" the new topics and activate prior knowledge before you begin formal lessons.
Grades2 to 8
In the ClassroomUse the resources on this site to learn about the climate record locked in the polar region and understand its vulnerability to any climate change. Identify changes being seen there and in your own area. Be sure to discuss the difference between climate and weather as this is often misunderstood. As climate change is global, it is often a difficult concept to grasp. Use the data and projects to identify the global nature of the phenomena in order to allow students to identify the far reaching implications. Identify any climate change in you area. Consider having students poll their family members from young to old. Many (especially older members) will remember seasons vastly different from what they see today. Sensitize students to the possibilities in order to identify changes (even considered minor) and how everyone can make changes to reduce their carbon footprint. Many of the choices that students make have other benefits (such as saving money, etc.) as well as impacting the global climate change. Consider having students create stories, poems, and editorials as well as posters and conventional or multimedia campaigns to express their knowledge. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Be sure to note the use of material on this site as it requires an email for permission to use. Link to the material and use directly from the site. Sensitize young people to not only their environment and local climate and develop a personal position while reducing their ecological footprint
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site to check student understanding of topics being studied. Share this site and the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate various topics together. Students can use this site individually to check for understanding and additional practice. List this link on your class website for students to use for practice both in and out of the classroom.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): human body (133)
In the ClassroomWhat an excellent way to excite your students about learning the science of anatomy and physiology! Get out your interactive whiteboards to share a case as you talk about the process of inquiry. Or have cooperative learning groups explore different investigations. Use teacher discretion as to whether your students can maturely handle illustrations of the human body. Be sure to read the "How to Use This Website" link for additional ideas.
Grades1 to 6
In the ClassroomUse these delightful interactive games as practice or enrichment activities in your classroom.
Grades4 to 6
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomSee the lesson ideas page for ways to use this on your interactive whiteboard or with students working on their own. There are several ideas for projects and competitions to engage, challenge, and assess. You will definitely want to share this link on your teacher web page as a review tool, as well.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): sorting (12)
Grades6 to 8
tag(s): symmetry (51)
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomThis is a great site to share with students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Some of the topics are simple enough for elementary students, such as the section on transformations and the shape sorting activity. You might consider listing this link on your class website so students can access it outside of the classroom. Use the proofs and explanations to assist students with basic concepts. Many visuals can be used to start group or individual thinking and application of concepts. Students can use the Interactive glossary at the bottom as a resource for better understanding.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is perfect for differentiation in the music classroom. Allow students to choose an instrument and learn at their own pace and level. Share a link on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Take advantage of the vocal lessons to learn about songwriting. After watching videos, have students write a song to summarize a novel, share information on climate change, or sing about an event in history. You may wish to take that a bit further and challenge students to record the song using a tool such as UJAM, reviewed here, where you simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). UJAM is free and synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background music options.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): angles (87), animation (60), brain (66), coding (71), fractions (229), geometric shapes (167), india (32), multiples (31), music theory (45), musical instruments (52), musical notation (39), numbers (192), patterns (87), preK (284), ratios (62), sound (106)