Thursday, October 27, 2011
1. Fuelthebrain.com – Here is a great game to challenge students. There are One Hundred Boxes numbering from 1 to 100. Addition and Subtraction problems are given one at a time with one of the boxes as the answer. The home page for Fuel the Brain.com has some downloadable games and printables such as Pumpkin Concentration with versions that cover number dots, multiplication facts for 2s and 3s or addition.
2. IXLLearning – Search for activities by grade level and/or state standard.
3. Mathopolis- This site has a Question of the Day and Math Quizzes. It starts at Year 3 and goes to Years 9-12 which indicated this site is from Canada or England as they use Year instead of Grade. This site is sponsored by Math is Fun.
4. MathChimp – This site is free but you need to create a login. They have games organized by grade level and common core standards. Might be good for a center or to put on you web site.
5. Brainbashers.com – Here is a site that is great for a rainy Saturday or a holiday when you have nothing to do. There is a potpourri of wonderful activities and interesting stuff. This might be a good site to have to give those kids who are done with everything and tell them to “ E xplore this site and let me know what you found. ”
Saturday, October 22, 2011
1. NOYCE Foundation – This site focuses on Math and Science. The link will take you to a long list of activities at many different levels. The main focus is Problem Solving. Some are simple questions that could be used as warm-ups and others could be used as questions to provide more practice for students. You might also want to make some of these a “ Problem of the Week ” and award a prize for all those students who get it correct.
2. Arcademicskillbuilders.com – Here is a great site to practice basic math facts and have fun.
3. Crickweb.co.uk – This site has many different Math activities with topics like money, geometry, and basic facts. It also is organized by grade levels.
4. E-Learningforkids.org – This site is good for Smartboard or mimeo activities and is divided into subjects and grade levels. The link will take you to the math portion of the site but many other subjects are available.
5. Thinking Blocks.com – This site has instructional videos and independent practice that can be tracked. Certificates can also be printed for levels that have been completed. It was designed for homeschooling or classroom use. The main topics it covers is addition, multiplication, fractions, and ratios. There is a modeling tool that students can use to model problems from their homework.
6. BONUS: Mathplayground.com– Here is a site that is great for a rainy Saturday or a holiday when you need something to do. There is a potpourri of wonderful activities and interesting stuff but the link takes you to the problem solving page. This might be a good site to have to give those kids who are done with everything and tell them to “ Explore this site and let me know what you found.”
I hope you can find something you can use. If you do, please make a comment.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
1. Webelements– Here is an entire website devoted to the periodic table of elements. If you need a chart of the elements, there is one here along with other periodic table items that you can purchase. You can click on each of the elements on the table and it connects you to a page all about the element.
2. Mr. Wylie’s Educational Game Site– This site is divided into the four different types of science to sort the activities. Students can spend hours here learning and having fun at the same time.
3. Nobelprize.org– Educational games centered around science.
4. Science Kids– This site claims to bring science and technology together. There are experiments, games, facts, quizzes and projects as well as lessons, videos, and images.
5. NASA’s Space place– Neat site with a focus on Space.
6. Bonus– How to smile.org– Create a user account (free) and subscribe to this site. Its like a Facebook type site where you can contribute to resources or comment on activities posted. It is searchable and is supported financially by the National Science Foundation. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
1. Storybird is a site where students can read books written or write their own stories. This link takes you to a tour of Storybird that only takes a few minutes and tells you everything you need to know to get started. It was brought to my attention by a student last year so you know it has to be good if she took the time to tell an adult.
2. Children ’ s Books Forever is where you can find ebooks for your students to read.
3. Lulu is a site where you can create and publish your own books. They can be ebooks, poetry, cookbooks, calendars etc. If you are wanting to read the ebooks I believe there maybe a charge. You could create your own ebook and then set up a price and charge for it.
4. DigitalStorytelling. No newsletter about reading and writing would be complete without a link to some digital storytelling sites. Here is a link from Richard Byrne who has a great blog titled Free Technology For Teachers. He is a great source as I get great stuff from him quite frequently. The Digital Storytelling link is from a presentation he did at the Washington Library Media Association convention. It may be a little overwhelming. Just explore one link at a time.
5. Readworks.org- Here is a link that has reading skills and lesson plans on teaching the skills. Great resource.
6. Bonus: The Tell Tale Heart – Here is a Halloween story by Edgar Allen Poe. It ’ s one of my favorites. You might want to preview it before showing it to students.
I hope you can find something you can use in this newsletter. If you do, please make a comment.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
1. Teacher Planet has some coloring pages, a song, and some arts and crafts activities. More coloring pages here from another source.
2. The Mariners Museum in Newport News Va., has an Age of Exploration free curriculum guide with lesson plans, videos, and activities. (They also have a great distance learning program for $125 that would be like a field trip. They also send activities and lessons to do with your students before and after the program. There are many programs.)
3. West with Columbus :Here is a board game. There are two pages. Students will learn north, south, east and west.
4. The Holiday Zone has a reading comprehension passage, vocabulary sheet and may more activities.
5. Powerpoints from Phillip Martin
6. Bonus Link from Kids Connect. There are many additional links for your exploration. Some are better than others. All are free so watch out for those pesky adds.
I hope you find something useful. If you do please make a comment.