Friday, December 27, 2019

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/27/19

Here 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

ReadWorks eBooks – “ReadWorks is creating richly illustrated eBooks from our collection of ​high-quality reading passages! The research is clear that readers, including new and struggling readers, need to build background knowledge and vocabulary in order to comprehend what they read.  For many, read-aloud and visual supports are helpful tools to grant access to that background knowledge and vocabulary, and to support comprehension. With ReadWorks eBooks' read-aloud function, readers can listen to real humans reading superb texts aloud with expression and prosody, providing a model for fluency. Rich illustrations accompany the texts, engaging and supporting comprehension for readers at all levels.” (L:E;SA:LA)

Planet Nutshell – cyber safety lessons (L:G;SA:A)

Eat & Move-o-matic – free iPhone app; “Learn about the foods you eat and how they help fuel your body for your favorite activities. Use the Eat & Move-O-Matic to make new discoveries about your favorite foods and get interesting tips on how small changes can make big differences.” (L:G;SA:PE)

Trading Card Creator – “The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject.” (L:G;SA:A)

A Brief History of Dogs – a TED-ed lesson; “Since their emergence over 200,000 years ago, modern humans have established communities all over the planet. But they didn’t do it alone. Whatever corner of the globe you find humans in today, you’re likely to find another species as well: dogs. So how did one of our oldest rivals, the wolf, evolve into man’s best friend? David Ian Howe traces the history of humanity’s first domesticated animal.” (L:G;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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