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Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Explore Money from Around the World

05-11-15

Do you want to see what money looks like in other countries? Journey to other lands with this online activity from the Federal Reserve Bank to learn about different currencies from around the world, and in doing so learn about the country’s culture, economy, sports, values, people, and history as well. Find out which country’s money honors a great chess champion and which depicts the dangerous sport of land diving.  Requires Adobe Flash. View Source: https://www.clevelandfed.org/Learning%20Center%20and%20Money%20Museum/Students/Online%20Activities/Explore%20Money%20from%20Around%20the%20World  

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Kids’ Place: Wacky Web Tales

05-08-15

Are you looking for an opportunity to review the parts of the speech? Are you looking for a quick way to assess students’ knowledge of sentence structures, while at the same time, hoping to keep them engaged? The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers “Wacky Web Tales”. This site offers many stories from which to choose. Students will fill in various parts of a sentence. Then students will be able to review their newly created “wacky” story. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or a parts of speech review.   View source: http://www.eduplace.com/tales/index.html

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GoNoOdle

05-09-15

Knovation thanks Janne Cookman for recommending GoNoodle as a great site for netTrekker and icurio. Janne is the Library Systems Manager for Denver Public Schools Libraries. She says, “GoNoodle is highly popular with our Early Childhood Education programs because it provides so many fun and engaging activities that help educators meet the requirement for at least one hour of physical movement daily. Most ECE teachers project it to a whiteboard for a quick “brain break” and the whole classroom participates. DPS Libraries thought it would be a great addition to the district’s menu of online resources that support differentiated learning.” …

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Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

05-07-15

“A picture is worth a thousand words!” Trite?  When you are trying to get the point across, a picture, a political cartoon, or a drawing may be exactly what you need. This is the perfect website for finding not only the perfect picture, but the perfect primary source. This Library of Congress online catalog offers millions of primary sources including photographs, paintings, cartoons, drawings, posters, and much more. Search for exactly what you need for that research project using names, subjects, formats, time periods, places, numbers, or collections. It offers tips for searching, downloading, file formats, image resolution, and saving …

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D2D Fund: Financial Entertainment: Bite Club

05-06-15

Bite Club may sound like a bad B movie title, but it’s actually a finance management game where students learn about the importance of paying off debt and saving for retirement by assuming the role of a dance club owner. Participants get some information and advice to begin with, then get to make decisions about how to run their club to please the most customers, then how to use the money they earn to improve their own and their business’s financial stability. Students will learn about different types of debt (credit card versus college loans), and about the importance of …

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Birmingham Grid for Learning: Multiple Intelligences Test

05-05-15

Have you ever wondered why you learn the way you do?  Understanding the ways you learn can be very helpful for you and those around you.  This highly interactive site provides descriptions for each form of intelligence, including kinesthetic, logical, intrapersonal, visual/spatial, linguistic, interpersonal, musical and naturalistic.   After reading about each form of learning you can take the interactive quiz to discover your greatest and least effective learning styles.  Now you can share with your friends why you memorize your homework to rap music, or why you feel a certain mood when a particular song is played. View source: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks1/ict/multiple_int/ …

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FunBrain: Power Football (Decimal Game)

05-04-15

Still working on how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals? Play along with this learning game to continue practicing the skill. Every time you answer a problem correctly you are closer and closer to getting that perfect field goal shot. You can isolate each skill as well as change the level to easy, medium, hard, or superbrain. Once you feel confident will all the skills you can choose to practice all the skills at one time to increase the intensity of the game. Choose to play algebra style which allows you to determine the unknown value when given the …

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Scratch: Imagine, Program, Share

05-01-15

Developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. This innovative product is available in more than 40 languages. View source: http://scratch.mit.edu/

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I Want to be Recycled

04-30-15

Take a fascinating look at what happens to materials that are recycled. Follow an item such as a shampoo bottle on its journey from pickup, through sorting at a recycling plant, processing into flakes and conversion into pellets, and manufacturing to become something else, even another shampoo bottle. Try playing the Super Sorter game to see if you can sort materials correctly and earn money to buy more equipment for your factory. There are also resources such as posters and a video for building a recycling campaign in your own community or school. An excellent site for celebrating Earth Day! …

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Stressed Out Over Studying … Tests? Relax

04-29-15

High-stakes testing plays a greater and greater role in education, from state-mandated achievement tests to AP exams. From an early age, students are encouraged by teachers and parents to do their best on tests and other school-related assessments. But we seldom couple that encouragement with advice on how to control the stress related to perceived pressure to do well. This site offers students an understanding of the stress they’re feeling, how it has grown in their lives, and a number of concrete ways to diminish that stress, especially when they are facing high-stakes tests. Learning to “psych down” instead of …

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