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Free PreK-12 technology resources & tools that teachers can use in their classroom from the teachers & technology staff from Plattsmouth Community School District. See other websites & apps we like at www.pcsd.org, http://tl4t.wikispaces.com, & http://tl4t.wordpress.com.
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Alphabetimals

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A nice website to find some nice resources for helping young children learn the alphabet. The main feature is an interactive flipbook featuring animal sounds and the pronunciations of animal names. The site also offers free printable flashcards, an alphabet poster, & alphabet coloring pages.

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GameGoo

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Part of the Earobics website, Game Goo provides games for literacy & language arts skills. Designed for emerging readers. Have students practice matching initial & final sounds, & more.

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TeachHUB - Video Writing Prompts

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Weekly prompts using engaging videos on current events & student-tailored topics, for journal & writing activities your students will love to spice up their writing! TeachHUB is a great resource for any educator. Each week a video is uploaded to the website with various prompts for every level of learner. The videos are meant to engage the learners through the use of controversial, discussion-starting conversations. The videos are uploaded for all different subject areas & for all grade levels. These prompts encourage creative thought to answer the question. 

Don't forget to browse through older prompts to find one over a topic or event that is being discussed. Can't decide which clip? Have your students find a clip & create their own writing prompt to trade with one another.

Live Angry Birds examples,

 

**  K-2: Angry EmotionsThose are some angry birds.

Have you ever been angry? How do you behave when you feel angry? How should you behave when you feel angry?

 

**  3-5: Bringing Games to Life

If you could bring any game to life, what would it be? Would it be possible? Write down all the things you would need to make that game a 3D reality.

 

**  6-8: Game Instructions

Explain step-by-step instructions for playing your favorite game. It could be Angry Birds, a video game or a sport. Be sure to explain each step clearly, so your readers can play the game themselves without any other help.9-12: Design Your AppAngry Birds is a very popular smart phone app. Brainstorm a new phone app. It can be a game, a service or anything you can think of. Describe your app & how it will be valuable to customers.

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Teach Your Monster to Read

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This free site provides an addicting game design that works on letters, sounds, & phonics. Kindergarten students love it!

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Magnetic Poetry

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The Magnetic Poetry website offers students the opportunity to have some word fun. Magnetic Poetry's Kids' Poetry Page provides a bank of words that students can drag onto a blank canvas to create poems or stories. There are four word kits that students can pick from; First Words,Kids’ Kit, Best Friends, & Story Maker. After creating a poem or story students can save their creations online or email them to family & friends.

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Lit2Go

A visually appealing site featuring text & audio from public domain classic books. Organized by title: Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Aesop's Fables, Anne of Green Gables, Beowulf; author: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas Paine, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells; genre: epic, horror, satire; collections: African-American Lit, Civil War, American Founders, Science, etc.; & readability (K-12).

 

For use at all grades levels & all subject areas as a group real aloud; & in the upper grades for textual analysis, historical study, or personal interest in classic texts. Easy navigation, black & white photos/sketches of the authors.

 

Available on the website & through iTunes U. Audio can be streamed from the site or downloaded as an mp3 & text can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.

 

(Site is from Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida.)

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MeeGenius! - eBooks for kids

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A nice source of free & paid ebooks for kids. A neat feature offered is automatic word highlighting to accompany the narration of each book. This site is also a free app for iPad/iPhone & Android devices.

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Tagxedo - Word cloud with styles

Tagxedo - Word cloud with styles | Language Arts Resources - Technology Lessons 4 Teachers | Scoop.it

Similar to Wordle, Tagxedo is a word cloud generator. The biggest difference between the two is that Tagxedo allows you to create shapes with your clouds. Choose from one of theirs or upload your own.

 

Ideas for the classroom,

* A movie/book review

* Comment on current events

* Make gifts for students, or have students make gifts for relatives or friends

* Make word clouds about celebrities, historical figures, or memorable events

* Have students make a self portrait

* Expand student vocabulary by color coding similar words

* Contrast terms by comparing word clouds created for each term

 

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Cube Creator

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The International Reading Association’s website, ReadWriteThink (www.readwritethink.org) has a lot of great tools to use with your students. One of them is the Cube Creator, which provides templates that break up the writing process into 6 parts. There are 4 templates for writing,

 

**  Bio Cube – develop an outline of a person through describing a person’s significance, background, & personality

 

**  Mystery Cube – sort out the clues through describing the setting, clues, crime/mystery, victim, detective, & solution

 

**  Story Cube – summarize key elements in a story including character, setting, conflict, resolution, & theme

 

**  Create-Your-Own Cube – generate own questions or topics & share with students for them to enter their own responses

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Letters of Note

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A blog featuring “fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes & memos”, often to/from wellknown individuals, but sometimes offering tidbits from the more obscure. A brief context of the letter, recipient & writer is given, as well as a photograph, & when possible the scanned image of the letter is provided. These daily posts offer several opportunities for educators as students explore examples of written correspondence, are motivated to find out more about the correspondents &/or the events referred to.

 

 

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ThanksForTeaching.Us

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A site for students of all grade levels to eloquently express the impact teachers have made on their lives. Great mini-writing piece; students can select a teacher - from any point in their academic career - draft a brief note, workshop with teacher & peers to make it "web-worthy", post the appreciation, send the link to the teacher (= making their day). Perfect anytime of years, but especially during Education Week - paras, subs (Nov. 13-19), Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11, 2012), School Counseling Week (Feb. 6-10, 2012), etc.

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Figment - Write yourself in

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A forum for students to share their writing, fiction or non-fiction, all genres. Published authors offer previews, blog interviews, & motivation. The site is moderated & has clear, concise guidelines that offer a good starting point to talk about how to critique, post/share work, protect copyright/cite. By sharing with peers students have an authentic audience for feedback & validation.

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Mad Libs Junior from Funbrain

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Students love mad libs for their fun, silly stories. A great way for students to practice parts of speech.

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Student Interactives - ReadWriteThink

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A collection of online interactive literacy tools. Various topics in five categories – Organizing & Summarizing, Inquiry & Analysis, Writing Poetry, Writing & Publishing Prose, & Learning About Language. Two of the interactives – Trading Cards & Word Mover are free iPad apps.

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We Give Books

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A free website that offers access online books. The more books your students read on this site, the more books are donated to children in need. This website provides stories read out loud along with literacy resources for educators.

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Building Language for Literacy Home

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Offers three nice little language activities from Scholastic. The activities are designed for PreK & Kindergarten students. Nina the Naming Newt needs help identifying the objects that belong in places like the home, the store, & the firehouse. Leo Love to Spell asks students to help a lobster named Leo identify the first letter of a series of spelling words arranged in a dozen categories. Reggie Love to Rhyme features a rhinoceros that needs help identifying the words that rhyme with objects found in places like the home, the garden, & the supermarket.

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Browser Books

This website was created to allow beginning readers to read books on the web. Readers can click on the triangle on each page to turn the page. If they are unsure of a word, they can always click on it to hear it read to them. The books have been sorted by level & by curricular area.

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Literacy Zone - Interactive story books online

The Woodlands Junior School's Interactive Stories for Kids is a school website based in the UK. They are a good site to find educational games for elementary age students; they also have a nice collection of links to free online talking storybooks.

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Character Scrapbook

Character Scrapbook is a reader's response activity to analyze the characters in any book. On one side of the scrapbook, students will create an image of the character, person or animal. They can also print a blank version to fill in on their own. On the other side of the scrapbook, students can list important character traits. Selecting lists that best suit their character:

 

* Ten things I know about _.

* Ten words that describe _.

* Ten details about _'s appearance.

* Ten challenges _ faced.

* Ten accomplishments _ achieved.

 

This activity will work with most fiction or nonfiction book, & can be used individually or as a whole class. Help you students form a deeper understanding of a book's characters.

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Reading Bear - Learn to read for free!

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From the people of WatchKnowLearn, comes a new site designed to help kids learn to read. Reading Bear is a free service that teaches children to read by introducing phonics principles painlessly & systematically, while teaching new vocabulary. Students can control the pace of each lesson to match their needs.

 

After each lesson on Reading Bear, students can take quizzes to practice what they have learned. The quizzes present a picture & a set of words. Students have to match the correct word to the picture that they see. Students receive instant feedback from the narrator on each question in the quiz.

 

Reading Bear would be a good independent activity or an activity that children work through with the assistance of a parent or teacher.

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Wordle - Beautiful word clouds

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Wordle creates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The size of the words in the word cloud depends on the number of times the word appears in the text. Customize the word cloud by using different fonts, layouts, & color schemes. It’s free, no account is needed, & easy to use.

 

Ideas for the classroom,
* Students write an “All About Me”

* Create a book quiz

* Guess the fairytale

* Classroom rules

* Character study

* Ideas in famous speeches

* Classroom polls

* Compare & contrast themes in literature

 

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PicLits - Inspired picture writing

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A fun tool pairing visual literacy & text literacy; select a picture & then drag words based on a concept, theme, story, reflection, etc. They can be as simple as 5 words or as many as 50. A good tool for encouraging concise writing & reflection. While an obvious tool for writing poetry & exploring figurative language, it can be a good way to apply those skills to less obvious subject areas like science, history, & even math. You can share creations via email, social media & save them. Be aware that this is not a monitored site but most content is fine, just a caution for those at the elementary &/or middle school level.

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Students can really use good detail in their writing when describing pictures.  This would be great for middle schoolers who are really trying to give their writing a little more spice!

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Word Tamer

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Word Tamer is a fantastic site that walks students through the writing process by creating & developing new writing possibilities. Students practice skills for writing a creative story by, “Grapple with Genre,” “Snare a Setting,” “Prowl through Plot,” “Capture a Character,” & “Wild Words.” Judy Waite, author of children & young adult books such as, Mouse Look Out, Forbidden, & Funfair created Word Tamer out of creative writing workshops she delivers in schools.

 

During the journey students can watch videos to help with brainstorming ideas, & understand the roles of characters, settings, & plot development in crafting a good story. It is interactive through the use of a carnival of literary devices. At each stop in the carnival, students can save or print the work they have created to be developed off-line. There are even certificates for students to print out. This is a great way to get reluctant writers started on crafting their own stories. It is engaging, interactive, & creative for all students. It can also be shown on the Promethean or SMART board for a whole class activity. One to take the time to check out!

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lettrs

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If you want to enhance the art of letter writing & give students a more
authentic platform then consider lettrs. This new website allows writers to amplify the visual quality of their letters through font choice (typewriter, handwritten print or script), they can then choose several options for sharing their letters, & they can archive current letters as well as past by scanning actual handwritten correspondence. While an account is required, younger students could work from a single teacher account & older students can use their Gaggle account to register; the letters account only identifies you by a single name & your zip code.

 

Using these resources students could compose
     • Letters of appreciation to past teachers,
     • Personal letters to family members,
     • Fan mail to a favorite author,
     • Fictional letter to a historical figure,
     • A letter in Spanish or French to a real or fictional pen pal.

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