Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jeopardy Labs

I've started reviewing our weekly reading selection using Jeopardy.  Students love playing the game and enjoy the competition.  They don't even realize they are learning and reviewing!  The problem is that it takes me forever to build a powerpoint for each story.  I recently started using a web-based program called Jeopardy Labs.  The template is easy to use and I can build my Jeopardy game quickly, save it to my account and I am ready to go!  You can build your own game and save it to the public file or pay for an account so you have your own files.  Check out my game for Saving the Rain Forests by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Word Tamer

Word Tamer looks like a good site for learning to write or tell a story by traveling through a fair.  Students can build their story as they move through the fair and then write it off-line.  Click on the title to check it out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Exploriments

Need some simulations for math or science?  Check out Exploriments.  Here's what they say about themselves...Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning units for enhancing conceptual understanding in Science and Math in an experiential manner. Useful for students and teachers alike, Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory, and engaging experience.experience.  Looks good!  I'd suggest you head to this site by clicking on the title of this post.

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Botanical Planet

This looks like a fun site for grades K-5 to learn about plants.  There are specific lessons and a teacher's guide to support the lessons.  In addition, there are several games to play.  Kids will like this site!  Click on the title to link to My Botanical Planet!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Word Search Maker

Sometimes it's nice to have a simple word search for students.  I know...it doesn't offer a lot of educational value but many kids enjoy word searches.  This is a word search generator.  Click on the title to check it out!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Graphic Organizers

I'm always looking for graphic organizers to use with the students.  Click on the title to go to the Holt site where you will find almost any type of organizer you might need.  Look carefully on the page to find the teacher notes to help you.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dice Simulator

This looks like a great tool for use in the classroom.  Click the title to check out Dice Simulator.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Story Before Bed

This looks like a great site for older students to use to read to their younger siblings.  A Story Before Bed allows you to record reading a story.  You need a microphone and a webcam to complete the recording.  They have some free books however most have a fee.  It does appear they have a special for teachers in grades K-5 for a trial 2 month subscription and 50 free books.  I've signed up even though I teach grade 6. If you want to learn more about this program, click on the title of the posting.

Read Together

Learn Central has some great activities to use with students.  You can read several stories together or you can have students change the story and add graphic details to the story to personalize the book.  When students are finished, they can print off the book, put it together, and take it home.  My 6th graders would love this especially if they were making the books for younger siblings.  Check it out by clicking on the title of this posting.