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January 2008 Karen R. Dailey, Technology Integration Specialist
What an exciting time to be integrating technology into your curriculum this month. Hopefully you will find this newsletter useful in your classroom. Please feel free to share sites that you have found to be helpful for me to share with others.
This site contains a plethora of resources for integrating technology into your lesson plans:
January 21st Martin Luther King Day
There are many wonderful sites that will allow you to explore this man and his dream. Here are a few to get you started: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/MLK/ This site has an overview of his life. You can also go to site below where I have put together a few of their activities and saved them in google documents. http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddhhd2ft_73fd34p8fh http://www.cafeprogressive.com/mlk/ The online source for MLK quotes, biographies, timelines, speeches, photos, lesson plans, books, audio tapes, cds, videos, and posters.
Handwriting Day ~ January 23rd
www.learner.org/interactives/story/index.html This incredible “game” has stories to edit for grades 2 – 8.
For a downloadable video of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech check out this site:
For simple Scavenger Hunt that can be printed out for students to answer click on
This interactive site lets the students choose options for the five elements of a story thereby guiding them thru the steps in planning and writing a story. When complete the story is read by the dragonfly, Sky and has the option of being printed. It is GREAT for students experiencing difficulty in writing short stories.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=332 EDSITEment of Thinkfinity (formerly Marco Polo) has in depth lesson plans for K-2 that includes web links.
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Other January Holidays:
Wow! Did you know that January was National Soup Month or Hot Tea Month? What about Winnie Pooh Day or National Kazoo Day? There are lots of special days to be celebrated in January. Check out the sites below to add to your curriculum: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/january.h tm
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Interactive Math Sites to build strong mathematicians!
Early Learning Sites
A plethora of resources in Math, Language Arts, Writing and Audio books that can enhance your curriculum and utilize your Virtual Whiteboards. (You will have to download free Real Player for the audio books) http://www.juliethompson.com/SMART.html
Are your students having difficulty with understanding equivalent fractions? Try this interactive site, it’s sure to help!
What about estimation? Can your students use help with that skill? Here are interactive sites that might be helpful: • Practice estimation skills by determining the number of objects, the length of a line, or the area of a shape at this site:
Mother Goose Rebus Rhymes
Rhymes or tongue twisters from A to Z! Great for use on white boards for shared reading lessons or phonemic awareness work.
www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/Estimator/ • Play a "Connect-Four" style game, earning a game piece each time you answer an estimation question correctly. This game asks the players to estimate the answer to addition, multiplication, and percentage questions. Choose difficulty level, question types, and time limit at this site:
Penguin Awareness Day ~ January 20th
From the Nature program The World of Penguins, this site has beautiful photos, video, links, and more.
If your students need extra practice with word problems or logic puzzles check out Math Playground. It also has math videos, math games, math manipulatives, computation practice and much more.
This site is a web-quest made for kindergarten but it looks suitable for any elementary grade that needs work on compare and contrast using Venn diagram. There are excellent pictures as well as audio for each of the sections for those struggling in reading. It includes teacher resources and links to an excellent site that is not too wordy and has nice photographs.
Just a cute snowman joke:
If decimal / fraction equivalents are a problem in your class try
Mr. Nussbaum’s site is truly amazing. Not only has math online games for all skills and levels but also has other content areas. Just hit ctrl + click on the logo to see all that this site has to offer.
Let me know what I can do to help you with your technology integration. It’s an exciting time to be educators!