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Cool It! Tips for Going Green - National Wildlife Federation

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2 to 12
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Cool It! Provides tons of realistic tips for conserving resources, recycling, and going green. Informational, logical articles featured are great for anyone interested in reducing their...more
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Cool It! Provides tons of realistic tips for conserving resources, recycling, and going green. Informational, logical articles featured are great for anyone interested in reducing their impact on the environment. This is a valuable resource for teachers, home owners, and gardeners alike! Put these practical ideas into motion and see the saving stack up!
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tag(s): earth day (105), energy (209), environment (323), recycling (62), water (134)

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If you are a science teacher, try using these topics as lesson content for Earth Day activities. Start by asking students, "What can you do to help the environment?" Lead them to this site and encourage them to hunt for at least three different things that they could each do. Involve parents by sharing this project and your goal of having kids change some of their habits to help the environment. Include the idea that these efforts can and will save parents money, and you have the start to a winning, real life learning activity.

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Spectra Visual Newsreader - MSNBC

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5 to 12
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This very attractive site allows readers to select and compile the news they want to read. Readers can choose from U.S. or world news as well as from many news ...more
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This very attractive site allows readers to select and compile the news they want to read. Readers can choose from U.S. or world news as well as from many news categories such as politics, business, entertainment, health, technology, travel, and science. Each general category has up to 12 other choices of a more specific nature. After making those choices, a slideshow style player appears where readers can view a very brief summary of a news article to see if they would like to read the entire text. News videos and blogs are also available with just a click of your mouse. A "newscollector" allows readers to select and save featured stories for later reading.

tag(s): news (260), newspapers (98), reading comprehension (127), writing prompts (93)

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Use this tool for you and your students to find articles related to science, social studies, and cultural topics you are studying. Have students select, read, and compare two articles on the same subject. Have small groups of students take turns presenting weekly news. Use articles as practice for finding main idea and other comprehension skills. Create a selection of stories as writing prompts for persuasive writing pieces. Collect news sources related to an upcoming election to follow in a civics/government class. Have students create an online presentation on their selected news topics from categories you've assigned for your classroom news. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Venngage - Venngage

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7 to 12
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Like the looks of Infographics but wish it were as easy as creating a Powerpoint? This website aims to empower you to easily create infographics in a short time. It ...more
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Like the looks of Infographics but wish it were as easy as creating a Powerpoint? This website aims to empower you to easily create infographics in a short time. It is worth the free registration to gain access. Create beautiful Infographics by creating a title and then choosing a template or color scheme. Create your own templates using a range of color, label, and font choices. Click on the elements on the template to change the words, add widgets, create charts, and more. Use the slider along the top right to move between edit mode and preview mode. Go beyond traditional charts by including word clouds, treemaps, bubble charts, and more. Click Save as Template (helpful in creating labels and examples for students to follow) to save your style for later. Click Publish to make the Infographic public or private. You can save the Infographic as an image, share via URL, or use an embed code to place on a wiki, site, or blog. Click on your dashboard to view additional templates shared by creators and to find your Infographics.

tag(s): data (162), infographics (51), posters (40), vocabulary (320)

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Consider creating Infographics of material learned in class and for better understanding and connection with other topics and the "real world." Make curriculum content more real with infographics that students can relate to. Have students create their own infographics with this site to display what they have learned from a unit of study, how vocabulary words are related to the unit content, or as a review before a test. It could even be a replacement for the test! Connect data found on the Internet to information needed to understand that data. (Consider looking at different ways to show the data which can generate bias.) Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to allow student groups to present an Infographic about a book they've read, related news article, etc. Create Infographics about events such as Earth Day, D-Day, Take Your Child to Work Day, and other observances.

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Infographics Resources - TeachersFirst

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4 to 12
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers...more
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers planning to use infographics for student projects and assessments.

tag(s): infographics (51)

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Join the21st century trend of infographics as a way to share a lot of information, quantitative data, and relationships in a compact but effective visual space. Help students learn and construct meaning using infographics. Share this collection on your class web page as a starting point for students.

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Where's George? - Where's George?, LLC

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2 to 12
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Where's George? lets you track the travel of dollar bills through circulation. Enter the serial number on the bill, enter a current zip code, and learn where their bill has ...more
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Where's George? lets you track the travel of dollar bills through circulation. Enter the serial number on the bill, enter a current zip code, and learn where their bill has been. Choose from two options on the site: find out where a bill has been or enter a current bill to begin tracking from its current location. Finding where a bill has been gives a list of known cities, states, and countries. It also includes travel time, distance, and speed of its journey. Email registration is necessary to follow the travels of a bill and receive notification of current location. One word of caution: it may be wise to enter serial numbers of bills before sharing with the class in case they have been in locations that may need to be screened. Also, be aware this site contains advertisements. At the time of this review, there was a questionable advertisement. Please preview and OPEN, before sharing with your class .
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tag(s): currency (19)

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Use this site to make basic economic concepts real. Let your students track their money and watch the journey unfold. Students can track their lunch money, donation money, or sports club money. Track a dollar with your class for an entire school year. Enter the dollar serial number as a class at the beginning of the school year, record information about it, and write the Where's George web address on the dollar. Use a class or teacher email address to track the bill throughout the year. Toward the end of the year, have your students write a story about the adventures their dollar has had, including the places it has visited, and the kind of people they imagine it met on its travels. Challenge your students to use a site such as Hstry, reviewed here, to create an interactive timeline of your dollar's travels. Alternatively, they could create a "choose your own adventure" story using Rootbook, reviewed here. With older students, discuss the role of the Fed and banks in the flow of currency.

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The Potato Story - McCain Food, Ltd.

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2 to 7
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Learn how food (specifically potatoes) gets from the field to your fork at this interactive site. Focus is on how the potato is grown and harvested and its journey from ...more
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Learn how food (specifically potatoes) gets from the field to your fork at this interactive site. Focus is on how the potato is grown and harvested and its journey from the farm to the table. The nutritional values of the potato and the part they play in a balanced diet are taught through activities such as The Potato Detective and The Great Potato Quiz. Download a Potato Passport from the teachers portion. The teacher's section of the site also includes many other lesson ideas and activities for the classroom, but are a little hard to find. After going to the teachers section, choose from the headings of Lifecycles, Healthy Potatoes, Growing Potatoes, or Healthy Meals to find all of the wonderful ideas and printables. Of course, this site is created by a company that sells potatoes, so you could have an interesting discussion about class web sites and watching for bias! Since this site was created by the UK, you may notice some slight spelling and/or pronunciation differences than American English.

tag(s): agriculture (60), myplate (27), nutrition (158), plants (174)

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The Potato Story interactives are perfect as a center in a science or health class, completing individually in a lab setting, or completing as a class with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to visit the teachers section of the site for complete access to all of the activities, quizzes, and videos provided. Print a potato passport for each of your students to complete as you explore the journey of potatoes from field to fork. If you have parents willing to volunteer, maybe you can have a healthy potato tasting celebration?
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Money Island - Young Americans Bank

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4 to 9
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This enchanting virtual world teaches about money and how the economy works while taking quests to destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Atlantis. Build knowledge and skills in three...more
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This enchanting virtual world teaches about money and how the economy works while taking quests to destinations like the Eiffel Tower and Atlantis. Build knowledge and skills in three major areas: saving and spending, earning and investing, and using credit wisely. Further financial literacy topics include how to spend, grow, and give money. Learn the difference between wants, needs, and taxes. Discover different types of income; gain an understanding of interest; how to use credit wisely; and how to build wealth. Detailed lesson plans and activity suggestions for the classroom are included, as well as a specialized area within Money Island where teachers and parents can see what students are learning and track progress. Teachers can create an account stating the number of students in the classroom. Each student will receive an access code allowing him to save a game and continue playing at a different time.

tag(s): financial literacy (90)

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Demonstrate how to use the site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and then allow students to explore on their own. Before using the site, challenge students to create a word cloud of terms about [a topic on this site] using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here and then create a new Wordle at the end of the unit. Use the lesson plans and articles on the site as a supplement to current curriculum. Share articles from the site with groups of students. Have each group present content from the articles through "talking pictures" to illustrate content using Fotobabble reviewed here.
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Credit Report 101 - YourWealthPuzzle.com

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6 to 12
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What is a credit score? Why is it important? How do you build a credit score? Find answers to these and more with this puzzle/infographic. Follow through the puzzle to ...more
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What is a credit score? Why is it important? How do you build a credit score? Find answers to these and more with this puzzle/infographic. Follow through the puzzle to find out what information is used in a credit score and the best way to build your credit.

tag(s): banks (10), financial literacy (90)

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Embed the puzzle/infographic in a wiki using the embed code found above the puzzle. Students can research the basic aspects of the credit score and add more information to help others. Create discussions about the aspects of credit building. Discuss the best ways to rebuild a credit score as well. Generate a list of personality traits or activities that a person would have or do if they were a person with a poor credit score or one with a better credit score. Have students create a public service announcement (video) or poster to help fellow teens get off on the right foor with their credit.

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Metro: Sustainable Living - Metro

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6 to 12
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Make steps towards sustainable living. Find practical and inspiring tips to use at your job, at home, or when traveling. Find incredible resources, ideas, and tips for a better quality...more
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Make steps towards sustainable living. Find practical and inspiring tips to use at your job, at home, or when traveling. Find incredible resources, ideas, and tips for a better quality life for you, your family, and the planet.
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tag(s): environment (323), natural resources (57), recycling (62), resources (106), sustainability (18)

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Though originally for residents of Portland, Oregon, anyone, anywhere can use this resource. Use as a start for good ideas and search for additional information for better understanding. Create blog posts, websites, posters, or other media to share ideas with others to create community involvement in sustainable living. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. When researching and discussing environmental issues, be sure to add practical ways for others to DO something. Challenge your students to create their own community of young people at your school to become involved in sustainable living. Use this site for ideas to launch Earth Day initiatives and public service announcements.

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Agriculture - 4-U - Mark Thompson

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K to 12
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Agriculture - 4-U offers an explanation of where and how we get our food. Though developed for the United Kingdom, much of the information also applies to the United States ...more
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Agriculture - 4-U offers an explanation of where and how we get our food. Though developed for the United Kingdom, much of the information also applies to the United States or any other country. There are sections for teachers, learners, and the "Farm Yard." The teacher portion contains many links to videos, lessons, and activities divided into student age ranges from Foundation (preschool) through Secondary. The Farm Yard contains videos and data on crops, livestock, disease, and agricultural careers. The learner portion has sections to learn about crops, livestock, and careers. Although some activities are immediately available (especially those in the learners and Farm Yard portions), you can access everything on the site after completing the free trial application (free until further notice!) requiring your name, email, and school information.

tag(s): agriculture (60), careers (144), plants (174), preK (290)

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Include this site during a unit on farming or careers. You can also include it in geography class discussions about use of natural resources and regional economies. Show videos on your interactive whiteboard or create a link on classroom computers. Challenge students to create a word cloud of terms about agriculture or farming using a tool such as Wordle reviewed here. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of crops found in the United Kingdom verses those found in your area.
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Convert center - Baltsoft Software

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4 to 12
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This quick and easy tool converts between units of measurement. Useful in both math and science, find any kind of conversion for many different types of measures. Use the From ...more
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This quick and easy tool converts between units of measurement. Useful in both math and science, find any kind of conversion for many different types of measures. Use the From and To boxes to find your specific conversion. Find many odd and seldom used units for conversion. (This would be a great time to research where and why some units were used in the past!) Conversions to many different units are included, and a link to the results is displayed to share with others.
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tag(s): conversions (27), measurement (178)

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Demonstrate how to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom. Family and consumer science and world language teachers will also find the U.S. liquid measure and weight conversions handy when converting recipes from English/U.S. to metric and vice versa. Have students create infographics SHOWING the relationships between units of measure during your math or science unit on measurement.

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The Dream Flag Project - Jeff Harlan and Sandy Crow

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K to 12
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The Dream Flag Project is a poetry-humanity project that fits into any unit on writing, poetry, character development, history, art, social issues, or community service. Reading, writing,...more
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The Dream Flag Project is a poetry-humanity project that fits into any unit on writing, poetry, character development, history, art, social issues, or community service. Reading, writing, critical thinking, and artistic expression activities are available for a wide range of abilities and grades. Start with Langston Hughes, "The Dream Keeper" and his collection of poetry. Explore an introduction to the Harlem Renaissance and black history or focus on goal-setting to make the dream come true. This collaborative project is created by teachers for teachers with a step-by-step approach. The resources include ideas, lesson plans, printable handouts, opportunities to collaborate, and examples.

tag(s): black history (57), poetry (221), service projects (24)

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Transform your classroom into a community of poets and dreamers and even choose to participate in a global project by writing and sharing poems with students around the world. Share this site during Poetry Month. You'll love seeing the pride in students as they engage in reading, writing, creating, and sharing poetry that reflects their hopes and dreams for today and the future. Introduce the extensive photos, videos, and other resources on a projector or an interactive whiteboard. There are "quick links" to an abundance of resources. The outcomes can range from poetry reading and writing to integrating music, theater, videotaping, or social networking (be sure to check with your school's policies). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. This can be done in a sixty minute lesson or expanded to a year long theme. It's your choice!
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Dib Dab Doo and Dilly too... A smarter safer way to search the Internet - Dibdabdoo.com

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K to 7
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Here you will find a "kid-appropriate" search tool featuring countless general topics: Facts & Reference, Computers/The Internet, The Arts, Strange & Mysterious, Hot Topics, The World,...more
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Here you will find a "kid-appropriate" search tool featuring countless general topics: Facts & Reference, Computers/The Internet, The Arts, Strange & Mysterious, Hot Topics, The World, Science & Math, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Nature, and several others. Within each of the main topics are subtopics. For example, in the Classroom section you will find English, Foreign Langauges, Math, History, Reference Tools, Shapes, Woodwork, Colors, Art, Religion, Philosophy, Social Studies, and Homework Help. There is a ton here to explore! The information includes articles and images/photos.

tag(s): alphabet (86), animals (322), animation (61), clip art (9), colors (77), comics and cartoons (64), cooking (33), crafts (39), creative writing (165), cross cultural understanding (124), cultures (109), dance (28), dinosaurs (54), disabilities (20), diseases (72), drawing (75), fitness (49), flags (22), folktales (55), geometric shapes (173), grammar (210), homework (41), insects (72), journalism (54), measurement (178), museums (49), mysteries (22), numbers (197), nutrition (158), oceans (165), operations (123), origami (16), painting (65), photography (155), poetry (221), psychology (66), rainforests (21), religions (67), search engines (61), seasons (36), sign language (8), social networking (113), spelling (168), sports (100), trivia (19), vocabulary (320), weather (202)

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Help students learn about narrowing and refining research by demonstrating this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. As you start a project, take the time to SHOW how to use this tool to save time and find appropriate resources. Allow students to explore this site on their own finding relevant information from the various topics. If time permits, have students research a specific topic and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Project Laundry List - Project Laundry List, Inc.

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2 to 12
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Save the planet, one load of laundry at a time with Project Laundry List. This website is dedicated to encouraging people to use clotheslines and other sensible alternatives to wasteful...more
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Save the planet, one load of laundry at a time with Project Laundry List. This website is dedicated to encouraging people to use clotheslines and other sensible alternatives to wasteful energy consumption. Don't miss the Cost Calculator: a spreadsheet that you download to your computer, enter the amount and type of laundry you do, and automatically calculate energy and water costs of clothes care. It even shows your washer's carbon dioxide emissions! The calculator suggests easy ways to reduce costs, which, in turn reduces your impact on the environment. In the Programs Education section, find "The Clothesline Plan." It provides strategies about how to get involved with the clothesline, cold water washing movement. Featured here, among other good laundry history resources, is also "National Hanging Out Day" which is used to educate and create awareness about energy savings through the use of clotheslines.
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tag(s): earth day (105), ecology (137), environment (323), holidays (141)

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During environmental science units or Earth Day, use this to have students calculate what their own households spend to care for clothing. Have students consider different tips for reducing environmental impact and saving money. As a homework assignment, have students implement two changes for two weeks. Have parents sign off on a log form to verify student participation. (Parents will love the extra help and possible money savings!) Set up your own celebration of "National Hanging Out Day" by having teams of students prepare presentations (the website even provides one) to share with others students and the community.

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CurriConnects Book List: Money, Money, Money - TeachersFirst

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2 to 10
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books about entrepreneurs, consumer skills, shop-owners, and real people in the world of economics or consumerism. This is a great match for units...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books about entrepreneurs, consumer skills, shop-owners, and real people in the world of economics or consumerism. This is a great match for units on money at any level. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'''''® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): business (59), financial literacy (90), money (186)

In the Classroom

Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about money and economics, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on economics or financial literacy. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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America Saves - Consumer Federation of America

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6 to 12
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America Saves is a national campaign that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. There are free financial tools, savings services, tips for saving...more
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America Saves is a national campaign that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth. There are free financial tools, savings services, tips for saving for a car, how to save on a budget, and other resources offering help with managing money more effectively. It isn't necessary to register to use many of the site's resources. Registration allows you to input individual financial information into the planners to receive personalized planning information. Click "For Savers" to find savings tips, calculators, estimators, and savings strategies.

tag(s): financial literacy (90), money (186)

In the Classroom

To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Share this site with students to explore on their own, then challenge them to create a newspaper article about savings strategies using Zinepal, reviewed here.
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7 Billion Actions - SAP

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6 to 12
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7 Billion Actions lets you visualize world population data many ways. Start by region or country. Focused in on population's impact on poverty and inequality, female empowerment, reproductive...more
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7 Billion Actions lets you visualize world population data many ways. Start by region or country. Focused in on population's impact on poverty and inequality, female empowerment, reproductive health and rights, youth, the aging, the environment, and the impact of urbanization. The site shares information via maps and graphs, snapshots of people, stories of people in their world, music, population trends, and a blog. Short video clips provide training for how to use the information available at this site.

tag(s): charts and graphs (198), maps (298), population (67)

In the Classroom

Use this site to explore the impact of population or simply to find real world practice with data in a math class. This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use it to introduce students both to graph reading and the problems of the growing population. Help students learn how to read visual representations of data by sharing this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard and asking student volunteers to operate the site to answer certain questions, such as where are the most senior citizens in the world? Ask students to form hypotheses about the relationship between population and certain aspects of life, then explore the maps and data to find out whether they are right. In world cultures and current events classes, use this site to look at contrasts between western and developing nations and continents. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create their own online graphic to share using Canva, reviewed here.
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Payscale Cost of Living Calculator - Payscale, Inc.

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7 to 12
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Try this excellent tool when teaching budgeting, comparing salaries and cost of living in different areas, and money management. Enter two locations and a salary and occupation. Graphs...more
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Try this excellent tool when teaching budgeting, comparing salaries and cost of living in different areas, and money management. Enter two locations and a salary and occupation. Graphs show the difference between cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care in the two places. A comparison shows how much salary you would need to maintain the present standard of living in the other location. You can also compare the cost of living to other major cities.
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tag(s): careers (144), money (186)

In the Classroom

Use this tool to determine how far a dollar goes in various locations. Allow students the opportunity to play with a standard salary and occupation to look at the differences in costs of living. Report on trends for cities in different areas of the country. Create a list locally of the various items that would be found in each category and the salary for that occupation where you live. Create a budget that allows for savings and vacation or large purchases. Use the data for practice with graphing and creating infographics. In government classes, use this tool and census data to make hypotheses or draw conclusions about patterns of population movement and economic trends in various areas of the country, especially in connection with political trends and election data.

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Show(R) USA - SHOW(R)

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6 to 12
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See a new way to look at the USA (or the World, or Japan). This site resizes countries on the map in relation to various issues: population, resources, employment, religion, ...more
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See a new way to look at the USA (or the World, or Japan). This site resizes countries on the map in relation to various issues: population, resources, employment, religion, death, business, the environment, and more. Each main topic also has numerous sub-topics to explore. Maps adjust to correspond to data. For example, click on "unemployed" on the U.S. map and you see the states in proportion to the number of unemployed workers. Mouse over the state and you can see the percentage of unemployed workers. A list on the right ranks states from 1 to 50 for the percentage of unemployed (or other specified topic). New maps/topics are constantly being added, and you can make suggestions as to what types of maps you would like to see.
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tag(s): agriculture (60), elections (73), energy (209), environment (323), infographics (51), maps (298), politics (97), population (67), religions (67), resources (106), sports (100)

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When studying a specific topic in class (unemployment, AIDS, drunk driving, religion, energy resources, crops, etc.), share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask students why certain state or countries might differ from others. Are there issues that appear to be related, such as alcoholism and unemployment? Is it cause/effect or simply a coincidence? During election years, explore political leanings/polls and other statistics from this site. Have cooperative learning groups explore a specific topic (or state) and possible reasons for the data. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge groups to create an online graphic to share using Visme, reviewed here. Remember that you can always take screenshots of a map using PrtScrn key in Windows (then paste it where you want it) or using Command+Shift+4 on a Mac to save the image on your computer. Use the screenshots in explanations and presentations. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Piktochart, Lucidpress, Powtoon, and Rooclick.
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My Susthouse - Mysusthouse

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3 to 9
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Explore the concept of sustainability interactively. Listen to information about sustainability and then play one of two games: Environment game (ages 8+) or Building game (ages 12+)....more
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Explore the concept of sustainability interactively. Listen to information about sustainability and then play one of two games: Environment game (ages 8+) or Building game (ages 12+). Follow the information in the videos to help you make decisions on where to live, how to save energy, and other decisions that impact our energy use. Learn how to build a house with alternative energies and materials to increase the sustainability.

tag(s): ecosystems (93), energy (209), environment (323), nuclear energy (25), population (67), solar energy (39), STEM (184), sustainability (18), water (134)

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Use as an introduction and discussion starter to a unit on environment, energy, population, or other topics in art, science, or STEM programs. Allow students the time to peruse the information and games on the site and return to the entire class to share what they have learned. Have students identify information used in the student's own homes, or what they would need to change to make their home more sustainable. Have your students create a public service announcement that can help others save energy and the environment. Consider using Tildee, reviewed here. With Tildee students can use text, screen shots, and video to develop their public service announcement.
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