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"Science Myths" in K-6 Textbooks and Popular culture - WILLIAM J. BEATY

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K to 6
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If you are a fan of "Mythbusters," you will love this one. This visually-drab site is a treasury of trickery included in K-6 science textbooks and popular culture. The text-only ...more
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If you are a fan of "Mythbusters," you will love this one. This visually-drab site is a treasury of trickery included in K-6 science textbooks and popular culture. The text-only site is created and maintained by a self-described research engineer, "HV/Electrostatics specialist, Lecturer, Sci. Exhibit Designer, Textbook Consultant, Amateur Physicist" on the staff of the University of Washington Dept of Chemistry. There are some ads on the site, but they are not distracting. The various links tell of misconceptions by science category (electricity, physics, etc)and are not searchable. Start with BAD PHYSICS AND BAD ELECTRICITY. There are also links to others' articles on misconceptions in science.

tag(s): electricity (92)

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If you teach science (and even if you only TOOK science), you owe it to yourself to read through this site, at least long enough to find the topics that YOU teach and be sure that your materials are accurate. The best way to find information is probably to browse for the topics you teach and use Ctrl-F on your keyboard to FIND key terms in the text. Of course, if you believe the same misconceptions that our texts have told us for years, you won't know what terms to FIND...You might want to make this a professional learning "game" at an inservice day: find a misconception and debunk it for the rest of the elementary science team. You might want to gently point out the problems to your principal or curriculum director.

Share this site with very bright students to explore and report back to you. Need a challenge for the gifted? Have the students select a misconception and create a CORRECT illustration of the concept in multimedia form. If you give them a wiki space to use for their presentation, you can even submit the link to Mr. Beaty. Now that's authentic assessment!

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The Search for Monsters of Mystery - National Geographic Kids

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3 to 8
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters"....more
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters". The fascinating study includes Bigfoot, Nessie, Storsie, Yeti, Champ, and Mokele-Mbembe. Note: Some of the information on the monsters comes up in pop-ups. Turn off any pop-up blockers (this would include those that work as part of the Google or Yahoo toolbar).

tag(s): halloween (39), holidays (141)

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Use this website as a starting point for researching the history of famous monsters. This is a great way to teach about fact vs fiction and the information literacy skill of evaluating web site reliability, using a topic that students will love. After they collect facts, have a monster "trial" in your classroom "courthouse" where two teams try to prove that each monster is FACT or FICTION, using "evidence" from this site and further research. Differentiate the tasks by assigning some of your brighter students to conduct the questioning (and perhaps challenge the web sources). Then have a the class-member "jury" reach a verdict: Fact or Fiction?

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Language Guide - Language Guide

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This site allows you to learn words and hear pronunciations in 11 languages (English - Fran?ais - Espa?ol - Deutsch - Portugu?s - Russian - Italiano - Polska ...more
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This site allows you to learn words and hear pronunciations in 11 languages (English - Fran?ais - Espa?ol - Deutsch - Portugu?s - Russian - Italiano - Polska - Greek). Select your native language and a language you wish to study. Choose a category, such as fruits, and roll your mouse over pictures to hear the word, pronounced by a native speakers. There are also sections for grammar topics, such as verb conjugation. Site extras include sound effects to accompany some pictures (hear the bark, breathing sound, and growl of the dog)! This site avoids the problems of different alphabets by working from picture to sound, though the spellings do display as little text boxes as you roll your mouse.

tag(s): grammar (210), pronunciation (43), vocabulary (320)

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Use this site as a pronunciation backup when you do not have a native speaker teaching foreign language. If you have access to a lab or individual laptops, assign students to practice pronunciation as they learn new vocabulary. Be sure to share the link from your teach web page in your world language class. As you study world cultures or geography, some students may want to learn simple language selections, as well. Gifted students --especially younger ones curious about languages -- will enjoy trying to learn independently. ESL students may also use this site to hear authentic pronunciation. Speech and language and special ed teachers working on vocabulary development will want to use this site with students, as well.

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Fake Out! - Education Place Houghton Mifflin

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K to 8
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Fake Out! is like an ongoing online game similar to "Balderdash." The game provides unusual (but REAL) vocabulary words that are categorized by grade levels: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. ...more
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Fake Out! is like an ongoing online game similar to "Balderdash." The game provides unusual (but REAL) vocabulary words that are categorized by grade levels: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Students choose a word and attempt to define it by choosing among several definitions provided. If students choose the wrong definition, they are given the correct definition as well as a tally of how many times others chose each definition that is listed. Students are also given an opportunity to "create" a definition for a word and submit it to Fake Out! Student-created definitions may show up in the definition list for others to choose from.

tag(s): vocabulary (320)

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Use this site as a discussion starter for word study-- what clues can help you guess what an unknown word might mean (prefixes, suffixes, roots, etc). You can also use it to reinforce dictionary skills by having students write definitions in a credible-sounding format. Take the site one step further and have students complete activities such as creating a story with the word, using the word in a sentence, acting out the definition or drawing a picture of the word. If you have a class wiki, allow students to add favorite new words to a wiki glossary throughout the year. Teachers of gifted will love this challenge for their highly-verbal

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Break It Down - Science NetLinks

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3 to 8
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This thought provoking website offers a unique interactive game and lesson plans for differing levels. The interactive game challenges students to manipulate a system made of gears,...more
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This thought provoking website offers a unique interactive game and lesson plans for differing levels. The interactive game challenges students to manipulate a system made of gears, ramps, and switches. The challenge is to guide marbles correctly through a system (maze), and have the marbles make it safely to the bottom holder. Students are able to cut out pieces of the maze by clicking on the piece they wish to delete. To start the interactive game, you must click on the link directly under the title of the website. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. The lesson plan topics include simple machines, systems of the human body, engineering solutions, cells, and Leonardo's machines. General standards are included in the lesson plans.

tag(s): cells (99), engineering (132), human body (133), logic (247), machines (27), simple machines (35)

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This website has numerous uses in the classroom. The lesson plans are ready to go. If you use the interactive in class, on individual computers or an interactive whiteboard, be sure to make the link available outisde of class from your teacher web page so students can "play" with it. They will enjoy experimenting with it on their own.
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Cool Math - Coolmath.com

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K to 12
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This all-inclusive math website contains activities for all grades (K-12). The website also features countless lesson plans, math problems, math games, and a math dictionary. There...more
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This all-inclusive math website contains activities for all grades (K-12). The website also features countless lesson plans, math problems, math games, and a math dictionary. There are links for students, teachers, and parents. This resource provides excellent introduction lesson plans and highly creative games and activities. Be warned - this website does have some advertisements, but the content is wonderful. If you are looking for a way to review, re-teach, or introduce a math concept, take a few minutes to visit this website.

tag(s): addition (227), decimals (125), logic (247), puzzles (203)

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Provide this link in your class newsletter or share the link on your class web page for students to use this resource for additional practice at home. Use selected activities as a center on your single classroom computer or for whole-class practice.

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches,...more
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches, writing, and art projects suitable for individual or group use. The ideas and activities ask you to respond, extend, discuss, create, and more. There is simply no better way to try new "After Reading" strategies. Don't miss this great collection as a way to encourage anyone to get the most from reading and re-reading a new favorite. Find links to two other sets of Harry Potter book activities on the Intro page.

tag(s): harry potter (11)

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Share this link on your teacher web page or in a parent newsletter, if you don't have time to do all the activities at school. Ask students to design their own activities to accompany other Harry Potter books.

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Paper Toys - PaperToys.com

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3 to 10
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This crafty website provides students (and teachers) with directions to create paper toys. The patterns are printables on the web page. The website provides instructions for approximately...more
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This crafty website provides students (and teachers) with directions to create paper toys. The patterns are printables on the web page. The website provides instructions for approximately 100 unique models. The types of models vary from monuments (such as the Chrysler Building or the Eiffel Tower) to holiday creations. There are printable instructions provided for each model. This website is a refreshing activity for art classes, social studies classes or any class seeking a creative method to use to re-create famous monuments and other objects or buildings.

tag(s): architecture (85), paper folding (4)

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The paper folding activities would work well with cooperative learning groups. For example, during a unit on architecture or structures, have each group recreate a different monument or architectural design. Then teach about the various concepts of architecture by using the groups' models. Ask gifted/talented students to analyze how the paper fold-ups work then design a model of your school. Some of the options are purely entertainment oriented. You may want to print the paper patterns yourself instead of sending students to the site.

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Molecularium - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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2 to 5
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Learn about the basic parts of matter, atoms, and our molecular world through taking part in the three delightful and interactive tools from Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes, Molecules...more
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Learn about the basic parts of matter, atoms, and our molecular world through taking part in the three delightful and interactive tools from Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes, Molecules to the Max, and a Nanospace virtual theme park, reviewed here. Click to open Riding Snowflakes and then the Kids Site-Play Games. Discover three activities by opening the top bubble "Nanolab" on this page: "Build" explains the molecules of basic compounds, "Zoom" shows molecules from space, and "Transform" teaches about states of matter. Other areas of the website show digital views of compounds and fantastic animated video trailers in the Digital Dome. The Gallery is a series of musical animated views of different molecular arrangements and states of matter. Back on the home page click Educators then Educators Resources. find many additional activities under the Guide to Nanospace tab, and a printable teacher's resource guide for help and suggestions by clicking the Educator Resources tab.

tag(s): atoms (55), matter (61), molecules (45), states (165)

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Turn on your speakers! Be sure to explore this site completely before attempting to use it with your class to be able to navigate comfortably. The use the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard as an introductory lesson on atoms and molecules. Once your lesson is complete, be sure the site is available for students to revisit on their own on a classroom computer (with headphones) or as link from your web page. Teachers of the gifted may wish to bookmark this site for their students to explore on their own. Whether exploring at a computer center, on their own, or as a class, instruct students to create blogs sharing their learning, drawings, and understanding of matter, molecules, and atoms using Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here. An alternative would be to have students upload their drawings to Thinglink, and create an annotated image including text boxes, audio explanations, and related links and videos.
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Braingle: Brain Teasers, Puzzles, Riddles and More - Braingle

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3 to 12
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the ...more
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the Internet. Once you explore the site, you trust their word. The site is mobile phone and wii-friendly. Don't miss the section with SAT vocab (in Mentalrobics). There are articles on study skills and strategies such as clearing your mind before studying, "chunking" when reading, or various strategies to memorize material. Engage students into math and reading exercises through the endless riddles and puzzles at this site. They won't even be aware they are 'reading' or 'solving math.'

tag(s): brain (68), puzzles (203), riddles (16), vocabulary (320)

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Start class with a "warm-up" brain teaser. Or include this link on your teacher web page (with a caution about parental supervision for younger ones). Site creators claim the entire site is family-friendly, safe for classroom use. Portions of the site require membership, and the membership level that displays ads is free. You may want to set up a CLASS account and use it under controlled circumstances since there are forums and chat rooms, however. Or ask your tech folks to block the portion of the site that includes "community" in the URL (http://www.braingle.com/community/) to avoid having to deal with forums, chat rooms, etc.(If you are lucky enough to have such helpful tech support, make them cookies once in awhile!)
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Word Games - east of the web

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2 to 12
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some...more
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some of these challenges are perfect for spelling practice, learning new vocabulary, problem solving and basic math practice. Each activity provides instructions for the user to explain the purpose of the activity. Many of the activities also have various difficulty levels to differentiate the activity for a variety of learning levels. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): puzzles (203)

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This website is "interactive whiteboard ready." Students will love these mind stretching challenges and teachers will love the easy-to-use format of the activities. Put a game up on the whiteboard as students are taking their seats to focus attention and minds on WORDS before you start class. ESL teachers may find these games will help students practice language skills more readily. If you don't have time to utilize this challenge in class, provide the link in your class's newsletter or on your teacher web page.
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History Detectives Kids - PBS

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3 to 6
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This History Detective for Kids site features the same stars that investigate on the adult program. Your class will find many things to do, including examining the parts of ...more
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This History Detective for Kids site features the same stars that investigate on the adult program. Your class will find many things to do, including examining the parts of a detective's kit, submitting a photo of a mystery object, coming back to the site weekly to check for a new clue, and solving a real mystery. With video clips of mysteries in history and mystery games, children will forget they're "in school." Users can create an individual identity by joining the detective's club. For safety's sake at school, you may want to create a teacher account that you use as a class. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Use the History Scene Investigators area to teach basic geography and U.S. landmarks on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Find many lesson ideas for teaching inquiry, hypothesis-testing, and problem-solving processes in your science curriculum using the games available on this site---see the Teacher Area.
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Goldburger To Go - PBS

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For all of you who can't get enough of Rube Goldberg - this site is for you! This website provides a brief biography about Rube Goldberg and numerous ideas ...more
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For all of you who can't get enough of Rube Goldberg - this site is for you! This website provides a brief biography about Rube Goldberg and numerous ideas for creating inventions at home (such as lemon juice rockets, sneaker launchers and food elevators). But the highlight of this website is the interactive challenge "Goldburger To Go." The activity challenges students to design a machine that serves lunch. This activity provides a wealth of scientific information simply by clicking on the "Get a Clue" buttons throughout the activity. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Be sure to check out the teacher's link for additional ideas for teaching inventions and other science topics.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (91), machines (27), simple machines (35)

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Students will truly enjoy this website, get an interactive whiteboard and involve the entire class. This activity provides wonderful enrichment and/or extensions for any unit on inventions, simple machines, or laws of motion.
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Inventing Modern America: Invention Connection - The Lemelson - MIT Program

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4 to 10
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete...more
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete this activity over and over again and learn about new inventions each time. The text portions may require some explanation to elementary students. This site requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): evolution (101), industrial revolution (26), inventors and inventions (91)

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Use this wonderful resource during your inventions/inventors units. This activity helps students to understand the connections between numerous inventions and forces then to think about unusual commonalities between unlike objects. This invention activity is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. You may want to have a separate window open to "look up" some of the more esoteric inventions that show up, since they may not be familiar to you and your students.
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Science Zone - Mandy Barrow

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K to 8
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (92), forces (49), human body (133), light (53), planets (130), plants (174), sound (106), water (134), water cycle (32)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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Maths Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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2 to 6
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division),...more
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), to shapes and space skills, to data and probability, to measurement skills, and even math investigations. There are worksheets to print. There are also interactive activities to use with an interactive whiteboard or individual computers. Some of the activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): angles (88), charts and graphs (198), decimals (125), fractions (229), mean (26), median (23), mode (16), money (186), percent (81), probability (141), time (141)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce your class to this site's activities. Then differentiate your math lessons by allowing students to work independently on the math skills they are currently acquiring. Even if you have only a single classroom computer, you can provide practice and challenge at all levels. This is also a wonderful site to share as a link from your teacher home page or in your classroom newsletter.
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Interactive Maths Games and Activities - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 8
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more....more
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more. The specific activities are extremely attention grabbing and diverse. Some of the activities include Word Blender, Tessellations, and Sokoban. Most of these activities require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): homophones (15), logic (247), numbers (197), spelling (168)

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This website literally provides activities on nearly all elementary subjects. The logic and mind stretcher activities are appropriate for elementary gifted students and middle school students. Get your entire class involved and use an Interactive Whiteboard!
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Primary Homework Help - Mandy Barrow

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K to 5
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples...more
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples of the specific activities include, "Saving the Environment", "Fraction Monkeys", and "Ancient Egypt". The site provides a huge amount of topics and a wide range of activities. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): fractions (229), grammar (210), habitats (108), homework (41), human body (133), measurement (178), money (186), spelling (168)

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This website would be an excellent resource to use with an interactive whiteboard. You may also want to provide this link on your teacher web page for parents to use at home. Nearly all subject areas (and topics) are included. Do yourself a favor - and utilize this excellent resource! Learning support teachers will love the opportunities for their students to get extra practice.
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Protopage - Protopage

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This online tool creates a highly visual "home page" that can incorporate multiple elements simply by dragging and dropping them in place. Not unlike Google's personalized homepage,...more
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This online tool creates a highly visual "home page" that can incorporate multiple elements simply by dragging and dropping them in place. Not unlike Google's personalized homepage, the elements look like little sticky notes or boxes, but there is far greater flexibility and a wider variety of content readily available. You can also make the page local (simply use it as the "home" on your classroom computer), shared by a select group (passworded), or completely public. You can easily make a theme or unit page for quick access of resources, complete with directions.

tag(s): resources (106)

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How would you use this in your teaching? Create a set of RSS feeds for current events or a specific curriculum topic such as weather and make them available for an in-class activity, complete with directions. World language, world cultures, or geography teachers can profile a location on the globe, complete with local weather and news. Make separate tabs for separate activities. Students can access them by password or publicly from outside of class, as well. For primary grades, make simple instructions right on the desktop for a computer center activity. Use color coding of the instructions to differentiate for different children (Sam, I want you to do the yellow one). If your school permits students to set up accounts on web services, have groups make Protopages on an assigned topic, collecting and organizing resources, images, and information: "A Protopage Guide to Cells" or "Shakespeare's Times." Gifted and highly-able students will go crazy!

Skills needed: Join (free). Check out the Intro, Overview, and Quickstart to see how it works. Play to your heart's content, including making tabs. Learn about RSS feeds and other Widgets-- including sticky notes. Share the URL with those you wish to have use it. Note: this works on Internet Explorer 6 and higher and on Firefox. If your users are on older web browsers, the developers recommend upgrading. This may be a problem for some. Check with your end-user computers before you spend too much time making the perfect Protopage!

If you allow students to create their own Protopage, you will need to have very specific rules about content, since there are non-educational elements available.

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Foreign Languages - South Carolina ETV and ITV

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This Website is designed to meet the needs of schools that would like to offer foreign languages but have no language. It serves as an introductory-level course in French, German, ...more
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This Website is designed to meet the needs of schools that would like to offer foreign languages but have no language. It serves as an introductory-level course in French, German, or Spanish. Each 10-15 minute lesson presents many words, with emphasis on the spoken word rather than the written word. Teachers of gifted may have students who want to learn a language as independent study using this site. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader and Windows Media Player. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): french (91), german (66), spanish (111)

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Share the videos as a whole-class lesson on a projector. You will need speakers for the audio portions of this site. Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. As you study different continents or cultures, include a little of the language to expose your students to the "sounds" of other places. If you have ESL students in your class, share a video for the native English speakers to better understand the experience of learning a new language.

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