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23 Teacher Tips for Asking Better Questions About Books

23 Teacher Tips for Asking Better Questions About Books | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
The way to engage your students in a classroom book discussion is to simply ask great questions. But that’s easier said than done. Which questions will elicit one-word answers from your students, and which will generate rich, meaningful conversation? Here are 23 tips to help you take your questioning to the next level.
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Dynamic Periodic Table

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Interactive periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, isotopes, and compound search. Full descriptions from write-up sources.
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Interactive Periodic Table Ptable packs a powerful reference punch followed by advanced capability to manipulate information and seek out more. After starting with the basics, such as atomic weight, students can dive into interpreting color codes, experimenting with dynamic and interactive features, and sampling videos from the University of Nottingham, podcasts from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and compelling images of everyday applications. To enhance students’ learning, visuals show common items that contain a particular element—for example, air packs, mica, and welding kits for oxygen; or sushi, canned tuna, and toy mazes for mercury. Ptable offers translation into 46 languages, so ELL students will have no difficulty keeping up in class. Lectures comparing element properties come to life through color-coding and temperature and ionization slider bars. Lists of compounds for individual elements or any combination of elements are a click away for research or homework. Social studies students can find information and sources on discoveries and scientists embedded in Wikipedia entries, videos, and podcasts. Environmental science teachers might point students to abundance percentages for Earth’s crust, the Sun, oceans, meteors, and humans. 
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Exhibitions · DPLA Omeka

Exhibitions · DPLA Omeka | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
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100 Primary Source Sets were designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture.
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Statistics in Schools

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The US Census Bureau has unveiled its newly updated Statistics in Schools program for K–12 teachers and students. Using current and historical data, the Census Bureau provides teachers the tools to help students understand statistical concepts and improve their data analysis skills. The program offers free online activities and other resources in geography, history, math, and sociology. Among the activities are “The Progressives and the 1920 Census” for high school history classes; “An Analysis of the Millennial Generation” for high school sociology classes; “Two-Way Tables—Walking and Bicycling to Work” for middle school math classes; and “Changes in My State” for elementary school math classes. In addition to downloadable activities and games, the Statistics in Schools website presents videos, infographics, and data visualizations. The site also provides information to help explain Census Bureau data to students, along with searchable data access tools.
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Smithsonian Learning Lab | Educational Website | Discover Create Share

Smithsonian Learning Lab | Educational Website | Discover Create Share | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
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This educator-friendly platform allows teachers and librarians to curate, organize, and share resources, as well as create class rosters, upload additional resources, and devise assignments. Consider flipping your teaching and ask students to curate, annotate, and share their own collections. Drawing on materials from the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, the National Zoo, and several research centers, the Learning Lab resources cover all disciplines and grade levels.
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FoldingStory | The Group Storytelling Game

Join the fold and offer your best line. FoldingStory is a group storytelling game where you can only see the line written before you.
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A “folded story” is a story created by a group of people who do not know what the whole story contains. Different people write different sentences knowing only what the person before them has written. Folding the paper and passing it along when they are done keeps the whole story a secret until the end. Now a website does this with a Twitter twist: each sentence/entry is limited by 140 characters.
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Sportvision: Changing the Game | Sportvision

Sportvision, Inc. is the nation's premier innovator of sports and entertainment products for fans, media companies and marketers.
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Sportvision embeds country flags that appear to be under the ice in speed-skating events. Football fans see the first-down markings or the line of scrimmage as if they were painted on the field right under the players’ feet. And during the Olympic games in Rio, TV viewers see real-time visuals superimposed on footage of swimming, diving, running, and sailing events. Teachers can use these athletic events with their AR enhancements to develop classroom activities.
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The Molecularium Project

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The Molecularium Project is the flagship outreach and education effort of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Nanotechnology Center - bringing audiences worldwide into the amazing nanoscale world of atoms and molecules.
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utilizes games, activities, and short animations to provide an entertaining learning environment for children to explore the atomic world
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International statistics: Compare countries on just about anything! NationMaster.com

International statistics: Compare countries on just about anything! NationMaster.com | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from hundreds of sources....We want to be the Web's one-stop resource for country statistics on everything from obesity to murders.
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NOAA's SciJinks :: Home

NOAA's SciJinks :: Home | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
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informative articles that answer important questions about weather, timely stories about weather in the news, profiles of fun weather jobs, mobile and web games about satellites and technology, exciting videos, and tons of downloadable content

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Create a PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com

Create a PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
PicLits.com is a creative writing and e-learning site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. It is a forum for creative writing, social interaction, and can also be used as a teaching tool. PicLits.com is fun, safe, sticky, proprietary, interactive, global...online EDUTAINMENT.
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Great for low vocabulary students who need something to kickstart their writing.

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Photos For Class - The quick and safe way to find and cite images for class!

Age Appropriate Images - All images are appropriate for the school setting, thanks to Flicker SafeSearch and our proprietary filters - Read More
Automatic Citation - Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms - Read More
Creative Commons - All photos shown are, to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge, licensed by Creative Commons for public use
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Citation is added automatically to all downloads. Great for digital citizenship.

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How I Work News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker

How I Work News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
I'm Hallie Jackson, NBC News Correspondent, and This Is How I Work
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Weekly highlights of a different career. Great insight to unique job fields.
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Independent Reading: A Research Based Defense

Independent Reading: A Research Based Defense | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
Independent Reading, sometimes called SSR, DEAR or SQUIRT, is an instructional strategy where students are given time in class to rea
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STEM in 30

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Join us for STEM in 30, an interactive classroom program consisting of 30-minute live webcasts that engage middle school students in STEM topics ranging from WWI airplanes to rovers on Mars. Chat with experts, submit your questions to be answered live, take a poll, discover related content, and participate in follow-up activities.
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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s fast-paced webcast series STEM in 30 engages middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics ranging from World War I airplanes to rovers on Mars. The 30-minute shows combine animations, interviews with experts, and unique locations to convey to students that science extends beyond the walls of their school. The shows are interactive: students respond to polls and submit questions that are answered online or during the live broadcast. Educators are provided with additional content and follow-up activities to extend the experience beyond the live webcast. Each show meets Next Generation Science Standards. Students can participate in STEM in 30 live on the museum’s website or on NASA TV. They can also view archived programs on demand.
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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
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FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com!

More than 350 free printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com! Print out a blank printable and write in your response. Organized by theme, great for the classroom.
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These new comic templates include prompts for writing theoretical conversations/ debate points between Clinton and Trump, templates for political bumper stickers, templates for writing campaign promises, and a neat graphic organizer for designing your perfect candidate.
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Artopia | Knowitall.org

Artopia | Knowitall.org | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
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Artopia is a comprehensive web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts. Students closely examine important works of art and take part in activities that teach about styles, principles, and processes of each art form. They write about the artworks online, collect art cards in a virtual portfolio, and view videos of professional artists at work. Teachers may exhibit their students’ artwork in a virtual gallery, and both students and teachers can communicate with other artists in an online message board. A special area for teachers provides free downloadable lesson plans and classroom materials that tie Artopia activities to national curriculum standards.
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Week of Inspirational Math 2

Week of Inspirational Math 2 | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
This week is about inspiring students through open, beautiful and creative math. We have chosen the different tasks so that students see math as a broad, interesting and visual subject that involves deep thinking. Students will learn important growth mindset messages that will help them feel confident, try harder all year, persist with open and difficult problems and embrace mistakes and challenge. All tasks are low floor and high ceiling – they are accessible to all students and they extend to high levels.
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Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer

Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
Curtis Chandler shares a shortlist of teaching tools to check out this summer: nonfiction goldmines, video ideas, and apps to supercharge projects. All free!
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NOAA's SciJinks :: Home

NOAA's SciJinks :: Home | Legacy Library Links | Scoop.it
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informative articles that answer important questions about weather, timely stories about weather in the news, profiles of fun weather jobs, mobile and web games about satellites and technology, exciting videos, and tons of downloadable content

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Customized Teaching and Testing

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Create original online classwork for your students.
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Multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, essay, equations, geometry, sequence and survey questions.

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