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OK2Ask: Multilingual Magic: Enhancing Communication and Expression for Diverse Learners - TeachersFirst

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Are you looking for effective ways to support your multilingual students' communication and learning? By the end of this workshop, you'll have a toolkit of edtech strategies that will enhance both your teaching and student success. You will also have the opportunity to network with other educators and share your ideas and experiences. Join us as we empower educators to create inclusive learning experiences that honor and celebrate linguistic diversity! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Discover how to leverage various digital tools to facilitate language acquisition and develop communication skills. 2. Dive into the benefits of incorporating audio-based strategies to support multilingual learners. 3. Generate practical ideas for fostering the development of communication skills in a culturally responsive classroom environment. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): multilingual (66), professional development (394)

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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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Mother's Day Lesson Plans and Resources - Share My Lesson

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This collection of Mother's Day resources includes lessons, activities, and book suggestions for teaching about Mother's Day. Select any ideas to access all the resources for each activity;...more
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This collection of Mother's Day resources includes lessons, activities, and book suggestions for teaching about Mother's Day. Select any ideas to access all the resources for each activity; many include videos, printable teacher guides, worksheets, and more. The provided resources come with grade-level recommendations.

tag(s): book lists (161), crafts (53), holidays (162), mothers day (12)

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Add these resources to your current collection of ideas for Mother's Day lessons and crafts. Find more suggestions on the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page with Mother's Day Resources, reviewed here. Visit GoodReads, reviewed here to find lists and book suggestions for additional Mother's Day books to include in your lessons.
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13 Mother's Day Celebration Ideas in School - HMH and Marcela Grillo

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Cards are a classic choice for Mother's Day, but this site offers several unique ideas to celebrate the moms in our students' lives. Suggestions include making Mom the hero in ...more
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Cards are a classic choice for Mother's Day, but this site offers several unique ideas to celebrate the moms in our students' lives. Suggestions include making Mom the hero in a comic strip, hosting an awards presentation, and writing about memorable moments shared with Mom. Each idea requires little preparation and expense, making them perfect for use in any classroom.

tag(s): crafts (53), holidays (162), mothers day (12), poetry (189)

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Bookmark and save this site to find engaging projects for students to create when celebrating the mom in their lives. If using the suggestion to create a coupon book for mom, use the template provided by Activities for Kids, reviewed here. Create comics using ReadWriteThink's Comic Creator, reviewed here or Toony Tool, reviewed here. Find additional ideas for Mother's Day crafts and projects on the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page for Mothers' Day Resources, reviewed here.

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Twin Pics - Chris Sev

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Use your AI prompting skills to find how closely you can match an image. Every thirty minutes, a new image appears, and users have up to one hundred characters to ...more
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Use your AI prompting skills to find how closely you can match an image. Every thirty minutes, a new image appears, and users have up to one hundred characters to match the image as closely as possible, using up to one hundred characters in the prompt. After generating the image, Twin Pics provides a percentage indicating the similarity between the original and the generated image. Scroll down the page to view the current leaderboard of user-generated images.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (101), descriptive writing (39), images (262), writing prompts (58)

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Understanding how to write effective prompts using generative AI is an important skill, and Twin Pics is an engaging way to learn how to create a short prompt to create images. Use this site as a five-minute time filler to engage students in descriptive writing activities. If students don't have individual access to the site, ask them to write a 100-character prompt, then select a random prompt to view together as a class. Use this site as a model for demonstrating how to write a prompt to create an image, then use Image Creator by Designer, reviewed here to extend learning by creating images and asking students to try to replicate your design. Use images for creative writing projects or include them with multimedia projects.

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Skybrary Collection - Reading Is Fundamental

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The Skybrary collection is part of RIF's digital offerings, providing a wide range of interactive eBooks and educational activities to improve literacy and foster a love of reading...more
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The Skybrary collection is part of RIF's digital offerings, providing a wide range of interactive eBooks and educational activities to improve literacy and foster a love of reading among children. The Skybrary features themed collections of books, fun animations, and engaging narration to help young readers. Additionally, there are activities, a puzzle maker, and a searchable database.

tag(s): book lists (161), ebooks (39), interactive stories (21)

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Have students choose a book from the Skybrary and create a digital story map using one of the graphic organizers found on the site. Using them to outline the plot, characters, and settings, reinforces narrative understanding. Enhance learning by having students create a character trading card using Trading Card Creator, reviewed here. Extend students' learning by creating a video like Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here to create a book trailer for a Skybrary book they enjoyed. These trailers can be shared on the library's webpage to help students learn about different books.
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Headliner - Headliner

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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from...more
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Headliner converts audio podcasts into YouTube videos and automatically transcribes the video's audio into captions. Register for an account to begin using Headliner, then choose from options that include manual and automatic audiograms, transcribe audio or video, caption a video, or use the advanced editor. Headliner also offers several templates, or you can upload your own. After choosing, follow the steps to select an aspect ratio, upload your video file, select a transcription language, and edit the portion of the video to transcribe. When ready, click to create your project and add additional items such as background audio, additional text or media, and more. To finish your project, choose to export your work and leave the tab open as your video generates. When complete, choose from several options to download your video, share to social media sites, or share using the URL of your project. Free accounts allow up to five projects monthly without watermarks, unlimited watermarked applications, and the ability to export videos in 1080p.

tag(s): multilingual (66), podcasts (73), text to speech (19), video (257)

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If your class is creating podcasts, use Headliner to convert podcasts to videos on YouTube to make them easier for some listeners to access. Adding transcripts provides options for making any of your videos more accessible to listeners of any language. For example, if your school has a large Spanish-speaking community, post videos and podcasts in both languages for everyone to view. This tool also works well when creating videos in other formats such as Animate from Audio, reviewed here. Animate from Audio doesn't automatically include captions, use Headliner to add captions in any language to videos created by you and your students when using this tool.

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Barefoot Computing - BT in partnership with Computing At School

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Discover a variety of computational thinking resources for elementary students including lessons, activity sheets, PowerPoints, and downloadable classroom posters. Register for an account...more
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Discover a variety of computational thinking resources for elementary students including lessons, activity sheets, PowerPoints, and downloadable classroom posters. Register for an account using your email to access and save materials found on the site. Browse through activities by grade level or topics. Topics include programming, collaboration, logical thinking, and more. Be sure also to check out the Teacher Resources to find professional development to bring you up to date with the latest computing concepts.

tag(s): coding (88), collaboration (87), computational thinking (42), computers (106), logic (164), patterns (63)

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Take advantage of the lessons and materials on this site to introduce computer and computational skills to elementary-age students. Several activities incorporate music and art concepts; collaborate with your school's special area teachers to teach lessons found on the site. Use a portfolio tool such as Seesaw, reviewed here, to have students enhance and share their learning successes through sharing pictures of projects and written reflections on learning activities. Work together as a class to modify classroom technology by creating a digital book using WriteReader, reviewed here, to feature class learning of computer concepts.

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WE Library of Resources - WE Charity

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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning...more
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The WE Library of Resources offers learning modules to support and encourage student empowerment as part of our global community. Register with your email to access the WE Virtual Learning Center, then use the links to find lessons, courses, and videos that share ideas for teaching gratitude, making connections, and building healthy relationships. Click on any lesson to download the PDF. Most lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards and ideas for differentiation.

tag(s): conservation (83), cross cultural understanding (157), emotions (47), financial literacy (92), french (74), mental health (34)

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Discover the many ready-to-go free lesson plans for use in your classroom for all different subjects. Collaborate with another classroom in a different country to complete lessons and compare understanding of different cultures. During lessons, have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Animate Your Voice with Adobe Express - TeachersFirst

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Bring your instruction and student projects to life with animation! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Adobe Express Character Animation, a free and user-friendly tool that lets you easily create engaging animated videos using your own voice or audio files. By the end of this session, you'll have the ability to create short, visually striking animations that capture students' attention and bring hard-to-grasp concepts to life. You'll leave equipped to create learning tools that are simple to make and fun to watch, revolutionizing the way you approach teaching and igniting students' curiosity about any subject matter. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make your instruction pop! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore innovative ways to seamlessly integrate character animation into instructional materials. 2. Examine real-world examples of character animation in educational contexts. 3. Become proficient in navigating the application's interface. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): animation (62), professional development (394)

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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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Figjam - Figma

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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations...more
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Figjam is an online collaborative whiteboard with many built-in versatile tools for classroom use. The whiteboard offers infinite space to add templates, drawings, and areas for conversations and projects. In addition, interactive elements allow members to react to ideas with emojis, high-fives, and stamps. Create an account to begin using Figjam and access all of its features. Create your Figjam board by selecting the purple "+Figjam Board" link near the top of the home page. Add features to your whiteboard by choosing from the many options available, including drawing and writing tools, a timer, and an AI generator to create items such as timelines and mindmaps. Share your Figjam board with others by copying the link, sending an email, or copying the embed code onto a webpage.

tag(s): artificial intelligence (101), charts and graphs (169), collaboration (87), graphic organizers (49), iwb (32), mind map (26), timelines (49), Whiteboard (8)

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Use Figjam in many different ways to engage learners and support classroom instruction. Google Jamboard, reviewed here is a similar but less robust tool than Figjam and will not be supported after December 31, 2024. Import your current Jamboards into Figjam using the "Import" button so you don't lose access to those files after Jamboard shuts down. When working in Figjam, use sticky notes as a collaborative activity to brainstorm ideas and information as a class. Use the drawing tools and ask students to label places, parts of plants, and more. Use Figjam templates to create all-about-me activities, such as class check-in and exit ticket activities, Frayer Model activities, and much more. Learn more about Figjam's many features and how to get started by viewing this tutorial from Figjam.

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Animate from Audio - Adobe Express

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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon...more
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Make an animated character with your voice using the easy-to-use tools provided by Adobe Express. Choose a character from those provided; options include robots, superheroes, cartoon characters, and more. Next, click the background link to select a background image from those available on the site, select a color, or upload an image from your device. The final customization option allows users to size the video by choosing from several options customized for use with social media. After making your selections, click record to create your audio recording of up to two minutes in length. After the animation processes, download the final product as an MP4 file or open it into dobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here to add filters, text, and additional animations. Registration isn't required to create and download your animations.

tag(s): animation (62), artificial intelligence (101), images (262)

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Take advantage of this engaging site for you and your students to use in many ways. Engage students in upcoming lessons by creating animated previews of forthcoming material. For example, create a short video with hints about geographic features to be studied by including one of them as your background. Ask students to share learning by creating short videos presented as a character chosen from the provided options. Extend learning by asking students to include their animations as part of a larger presentation created using tools found on Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, such as videos, pamphlets, and webpages. Use TinyWow, reviewed here to convert your Adobe MP4 video to a GIF, MOV, or MP3 file as needed.
 

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My Cyberspace Academy Lesson 12: Copyright and Plagiarism - Carnegie Mellon University

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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from...more
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The PDF lesson plan from Carnegie Mellon University introduces students to copyright issues, defines new terms, emphasizes illegal actions that could occur when using information from the Internet, and provides guidance on safe practices for searching and using information online. It includes learning objectives and materials for teachers to use with students.

tag(s): copyright (46), internet safety (113), plagiarism (34)

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In addition to the existing lesson plan, in small groups, have students use FreeComicMaker.com, reviewed here to create comics featuring heroes who respect copyright laws and villains who disregard them. This project encourages creativity and application of knowledge in a new context extending learning. Then, organize a virtual gallery walk for students to view each group's comics. Utilize a quiz program like Kahoot, reviewed here and use the information from the lesson to create a quiz that focuses on different aspects of copyright. Have students create their own Legal or Illegal trading card utilizing Trading Card Creator, reviewed here.
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Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright - ReadWriteThink and Cassandra Love

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Students as Creators offers a five-lesson series that provides middle school students with a foundation for the ethical use of copyright materials. This site's information includes...more
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Students as Creators offers a five-lesson series that provides middle school students with a foundation for the ethical use of copyright materials. This site's information includes correlations to state and national standards. The resources and preparation section includes printouts, supplemental websites, and educator preparation suggestions. Visit the Instructional Plan to find all of the lessons and student objectives.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (89), plagiarism (34)

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The lessons are designed to be co-planned and co-taught by a classroom teacher and school media specialist. If this isn't possible in your current situation, consider asking another classroom teacher to collaborate with you on teaching this unit, or break the lessons into smaller pieces and prepare portions of the lesson in your school library as needed. If you cannot teach all of the lessons, review and save the printouts for use by students throughout the year to determine how to address copyright issues with classroom projects. Save copies of the printouts for students to access on your LMS or class website.
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Teacher Resources for the Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore Museum of Art

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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content...more
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The Baltimore Museum of Art offers resources for educators to support classroom curriculum and enhance student learning across disciplines. Museum featured artwork provides the content for detailed lessons. Click the menu on the left, then slide down and click Learn to find Art to Go, Teacher Guides, Family Activities, and more. Sign up for Art to Go monthly email that contains a printable full-color image of an artwork at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A brief commentary focuses on teaching ideas, while the challenge project invites students to try this idea and bring it into their own style. There is a plethora of ideas and lessons on this site.

tag(s): art history (86), artists (77), museums (44)

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Have you been trying to incorporate different sources into your social studies content? Use the content areas found in this collection. In gifted classrooms, use these activities for choice enrichment activities to deepen content knowledge. Use the artwork to inspire a narrative or informative writing prompt. Art classes have immediate lesson plans. Use it as a quick lesson in case of a sub. When going on a trip to your local museum, begin by investigating the content found in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Assign students the opportunity to uncover the mystery of artwork in your own museum to increase interest and motivation during your visit. Students then work on a multimedia project, find one for them to use here, of what they discovered and present it to the class. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Adobe Express for Education, Animatron, Renderforest, and Google Slides.
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OK2Ask: Remix & Reuse Responsibly: Copyright for Digital Citizens - TeachersFirst

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Students need to understand copyright laws and responsible content creation as they engage in various academic projects and creative endeavors. This workshop will equip you with the essential knowledge and strategies you need to effectively teach copyright concepts to your students. Together, we'll explore the legal and ethical implications of using other people's work and the creative and educational benefits of remixing and reusing content. Discover various tools and resources to help you and your students find, evaluate, and cite free or licensed content for reuse and gain valuable insights that will help you seamlessly integrate copyright literacy into your teaching practices. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the basic copyright laws and how they apply to educational settings. 2. Explore strategies for teaching students to remix and reuse content in their projects responsibly. 3. Gain practical resources and tools that support copyright education in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (89), professional development (394)

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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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Twitter Chat: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from April 2024 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Google Sites: Amplify Learning in Your Classroom. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed best practices for designing visually appealing and user-friendly classroom websites, 2. Shared tips for efficiently creating content on Google Sites, and 3. Explored strategies for maximizing student engagement and collaboration through interactive elements and multimedia integration.

tag(s): Google (46), twitterchatarchive (173)

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Find resources and information about Google Sites to amplify learning in your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources for Google Sites in the classroom.

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Copyright Education YouTube Playlist - Media Education Lab

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Media Education Lab offers a twenty-two-video playlist teaching educators and students the purpose of copyright and fair use in digital learning. Most videos are less than fifteen minutes...more
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Media Education Lab offers a twenty-two-video playlist teaching educators and students the purpose of copyright and fair use in digital learning. Most videos are less than fifteen minutes long; however, a couple more extended offerings are approximately twenty minutes long. Topics include plagiarism vs copyright, the future of copyright, and others. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (89), plagiarism (34)

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View the videos shared on this playlist to understand copyright and how to attribute and include copyrighted materials in the classroom appropriately. Use Diffit, reviewed here to extend learning and understanding of the video concepts. Enter the video URL and choose a reading level to automatically create AI-generated resources and student activities, including vocabulary terms, multiple choice questions, and printable activities (look under student activities for items labeled "free this month"). Share videos with parents on your class website to help them understand the importance of properly using copyright and attribution.

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Wonderopolis: Who Is Claudette Colvin? - Wonderopolis

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Wonderopolis.org is an educational website aimed at children and educators. It offers a vast collection of articles called "Wonders," which explore various topics in an engaging and...more
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Wonderopolis.org is an educational website aimed at children and educators. It offers a vast collection of articles called "Wonders," which explore various topics in an engaging and informative way. This Wonderopolis page on Claudette Colvin provides a detailed account of her role in the Civil Rights Movement. It explores her upbringing in Alabama, refusing to give up her bus seat in 1955, and the subsequent legal battles she and other activists fought to challenge segregation laws. In addition to the detailed account of Claudette Colvin's role in the Civil Rights Movement, the Wonderopolis page offers further resources for exploration, an Immersive Reader tool, and a video that supplements the written content, providing visual and auditory elements to engage learners in multiple ways!

tag(s): black history (123), civil rights (194), literacy (107), womenchangemaker (28)

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Encourage independent or small group exploration of the content. Younger students can leverage the Immersive Reader tool, which allows customization of text settings. Pair this with a Flip, reviewed here discussion, where students can share reflections on what they've learned. Consider integrating interactive platforms to review what they learned using polls like Mentimeter, reviewed here. Lastly, extend learning outside of the classroom by assigning students to explore supplementary resources linked on the page, such as articles from Smithsonian Magazine.

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K-2 Writing Interactives - Utah Education Network

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This site shares four interactive activities designed to help students learn and practice writing letters and making and reading words. Activities include a word scramble, word match,...more
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This site shares four interactive activities designed to help students learn and practice writing letters and making and reading words. Activities include a word scramble, word match, sentence unscramble, and a virtual alphabet writing lesson. The sentence scramble activity is available in several levels from first through fifth grade. Be sure to visit the K-2 student interactives link near the top of the page to find additional pages with activities for all K-2 subjects.

tag(s): handwriting (16), sentences (22), sight words (23)

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Include these activities to meet individual needs during computer centers, labs, or station rotation activities. Share the link with parents through your newsletter or classroom webpage as a resource for students to practice at home. Use the games on this site as a model for creating interactive activities to fit the diverse needs of the students in your classroom using Pear Practice, reviewed here or Nearpod, reviewed here drag and drop features.

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Nova Education - PBS

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Nova Education provides STEM activities and lessons based on the popular PBS series Nova. Information on the site includes articles, videos, and links to external websites. Scroll down...more
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Nova Education provides STEM activities and lessons based on the popular PBS series Nova. Information on the site includes articles, videos, and links to external websites. Scroll down to find filters to sort the content by media types, categories, and newer or older additions. The media types category allows users to find lesson plans, collections, teacher guides, and more. Each lesson plan includes detailed instructions, student handouts, and correlation to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): archeology (25), engineering (119), environment (240), forensics (13), paleontology (28), space (213)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Share the included articles and videos with students to supplement your STEM curriculum. If articles are too difficult for students, use a text leveler tool like the one available at Brisk, reviewed here to match student reading abilities.
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