Friday, July 11, 2014

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 7/11/14

tools2Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Progressive Phonics – “is an all-in-one reading program that is easy, fun, and totally FREE---that's right, totally and completely free! And with Progressive Phonics, ANYONE can teach a child to read and write in just a few minutes a day, which makes it ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, volunteers and home-schoolers.” (L:E; SA:LA)

Interactive Weather Maker – “Using our Interactive Weather Maker, you'll be able to turn a sunny day into a windy day. Or create a rainy day. And if you create the correct conditions, you can make a blizzard - complete with a whiteout!” (L:E; SA:S)

Legislative Explorer – “observe large scale patterns and trends in congressional lawmaking without advanced methodological training. In addition, anyone can dive deeper into the data to further explore a pattern they’ve detected, to learn about the activities of an individual lawmaker, or to follow the progress of a specific bill.” Follow a bill as it goes through congress to the President. (L:H; SA:SS)

The Water Cycle – great visual for the water cycle. You can hit auto and it will give you an animated show of the water cycle. (L:E; SA:S)

Math Chimp – “We create and collect the best free online math games, videos & worksheets. Each math activity is aligned with the Common Core.” (L:E,M; SA:M)

Original Image: Tools by Pat Hensley

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