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Mummy Number Line

07-03-15

This interactive website is great for primary-age students to learn subtraction with a number line. Students are given subtraction problems and a number line to help them determine the difference. When students correctly answer the question, the mummy begins to unravel. If the answer is incorrect then the mummy keeps the wrap. Using the number line allows for students to demonstrate how to subtract and what is happening when they are subtracting. View Source:http://www.ictgames.com/mummyNumberLine/mummyNumberLine.html

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BBC: Bitesize: What is Code?

07-02-15

Think primary-aged students are too young to learn computer coding? Not anymore! Try this collection of programming activities written with the elementary child in mind. Learn that code is what programmers use to make computer programs. Find out how to make code to make fun games, interesting pictures, animated movies, or just about anything the mind can create. Read about coding instructions, watch a film clip, or play a coding game- all to become the world’s youngest computer programmers! View Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zykx6sg  

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Inside Disaster: Experience the Haiti Earthquake

07-01-15

In this interactive experience that uses real photographs and videos from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, students take on the role of a humanitarian aid worker, a journalist, or a quake survivor. Guided by a narrator, they learn about the decisions that each must make in order to meet their objectives, at times finding themselves at odds with one another. This site is best used with older students, as its content can be graphic and disturbing. View Source: http://www.insidedisaster.com/experience/Main.html  

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Smithsonian Institute: Zoo Labs

06-30-15

Taking a trip to the zoo this summer? Take your trip to the next level and become a scientist! Using these inquiry-based experiments, students can observe primates. There are five labs that explore primates’ locomotion, communication, mother-infant interaction, general behavior, and dominance and submissive behavior. By following the step-by-step procedure in the lab, students can make conclusions about how the primate moves, communicates, and interact with other members. Remember to bring your lab notebook to take notes of your observations. View Source:http://anthropology.si.edu/outreach/Teaching_Activities/edzoolab.html  

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NLVM: Fractions – Comparing Using Virtual Manipulatives

06-29-15

Do your students struggle to understand fractions?  If you are like most of us, your answer is yes.  On this site students explore the basic concept of a fraction.  They can start by looking at two fractions.  Their goal is to identify a common denominator between the two fractions.  This is a great visual way of seeing how in order to add fractions they have to get the denominators the same. The site allows you to adjust the sizes of the fractions to explore different types of problems.  It also provides guiding clues to help the students understand the concept without simply …

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History.com: The States

06-26-15

How much do you know about your state? Learn something new about all 50 states and Washington, D. C. Just click on each link to see beautiful pictures taken throughout that state. Read articles and fact sheets to learn general information, and then look for more specific information through videos and speeches. Primary resources provide focus on little-known details and work to both teach and inspire further research. Whether you already know a lot about a state or you are just exploring it for the first time, you are bound to learn something new. View Source:http://www.history.com/topics/us-states    

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PBS: Your Life, Your Money

06-25-15

. Do you know what it takes to make money and keep it? This site from PBS features real-life stories and videos of young people facing financial challenges such as getting out of debt, getting insurance, managing credit cards, banking, and loans, saving for retirement, and paying taxes. An abundance of tools and resources provide everything students need to know to become financially literate.Through these practical tips on money management, they can learn how to make smart decisions and manage both their lives and their money. View Source:http://www.pbs.org/your-life-your-money/index.php

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Grammar Blast: Adverbs and Prepositions

06-24-15

Do your students need help with understanding the parts of speech? Specifically, are your students confusing adverbs with prepositions? Then Houghton Mifflin’s Grammar Blast can help. Grammar Blast allows students to work independently or with others as they view adverbs and prepositions in the context of sentences. Use the assorted questions as a means to review and assess their understanding of adverbs and prepositions. View Source:http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/grammar/gr4/launcher.html?qid=0407

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What’s New At CES 2015?

06-23-15

Hungry? How would you like to print a pizza and eat it? Would you like a car that drives itself or wireless chargers for all your gadgets? All of these devices and much more were unveiled in Las Vegas at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This article describes advances in new technologies that will soon be available to you including Internet TV allowing you to wirelessly stream your favorite shows through your Xbox, iPad, or Kindle Fire for $20 a month and a glasses-free 3-D, AK television over 100 inches wide. Four techies discuss their favorites in a …

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Annenberg Learner: Democracy in America: Civil Liberties

06-22-15

Do you understand what happens when there are disputes over the interpretation and protection of civil liberties as defined in the Bill of Rights? When do the rights of the individual trump the perceived needs of society, and when do society’s needs overshadow the rights of the individual? Focusing on the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, students have the opportunity to explore the difference between civil rights and civil liberties through specific cases. This thoughtful lesson challenges students to make informed, insightful decisions about civil liberties, through videos, discussions, and activities. View Source: http://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_4/index.html

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