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Feb 072017
 
Why a LIBRARY of content? (StarrMatica’s Secret Sauce)

Educators often try to compare StarrMatica to other software programs, but once they begin the comparison, they quickly discover it is difficult to compare apples to oranges. StarrMatica’s library of online digital interactive content is the only resource of its kind. Being the only online library of digital interactive content makes us unique.  Being a company founded and managed by educators makes us unique.  Having content designed by classroom educators makes us unique.  But what makes us truly original is the assistance only StarrMatica can provide for our fellow educators. StarrMatica leaves teachers in control of content decisions. While at → read more

Feb 012017
 
January Friday Favorites - Science Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In January, we focused on science resources.  Here’s what we shared: Molecularium Great resource for introducing students to atoms and molecules. http://nanospace.molecularium.com/ Career Town Explore career town to learn about job possibilities. http://vacareerview.org/k5/play-it/career-town/main.cfm Goldburger to Go Design a Rube Goldberg machine! http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/rubegame.html Lab Hazards Can you identify all of the lab hazards? http://www.interactivesolutions.co.uk/games/flashGames/labhazards.swf

Jan 102017
 
Leading Students to Draw Conclusions

How many times have you taught a concept only to have to re-teach it the next day because your students don’t remember what you taught the day before?  We know that engaged students learn more than passive students, so we need to be masters at constructing learning experiences in ways that lead students to discover a concept by drawing their own conclusions rather than directly teaching them the concept.  Here a few easy ways a directly taught concept can be modified with digital content from StarrMatica to encourage students to draw their own conclusions. Directly Taught Concept:  The more times → read more

Jan 022017
 
December Friday Favorites - ELA Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In December, we focused on ELA resources.  Here’s what we shared: Persuasion Map Students map out their argument for a persuasive essay or debate. http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/persuasion_map/ Storyline Online Check out this amazing source for stories read aloud online. http://www.storylineonline.net/ Exploring Onomatopoeia Create onomatopoetic words to describe each sound you hear. http://rwtinteractives.ncte.org/preview_mg.aspx?id=736&title=

Dec 062016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 2.MD.D.10

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students. Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s → read more

Dec 012016
 
November Friday Favorites - Science Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In November, we focused on science resources.  Here’s what we shared: Classifying Life Classify three organisms using a tool with seven steps. http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/assets/swf/1/classify-life/class.swf Moon Phases Students explore the phases of the moon with a split screen that simultaneously shows the view from Earth and the moon orbiting around our planet. http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/Labs/LunarPhases/lunar_phase3.swf Forces of Wonder Forces of Wonder Challenge the might and power of the world’s strongest man! Drag and drop items onto Stronginsky to learn about the forces of → read more

Nov 222016
 
Fund Your StarrMatica Membership On #Giving Tuesday

What is #GivingTuesday?           Everyone is familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the days you are able to get massive discounts on items in stores and online. While scoring sweet deals is surely something to be excited about, we know of an even better day. We’re talking about #GivingTuesday, which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and this year it’s on November 29th.#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving.           It’s the perfect time to create and share your fundraiser for StarrMatica so that you can bring it to your students at no additional cost → read more

Nov 152016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 5.MD.C.4

One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students. Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s → read more

Nov 012016
 
October Friday Favorites - Social Studies Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In October, we focused on social studies resources.  Here’s what we shared: Place the States There are lots of options with this interactive for learning states and capitals. http://www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/us_menu.swf For Crown or Colony Become a 14 year old living in Boston when the Revolutionary War begins. What will you do? http://www.mission-us.org/pages/landing-mission-1 Strike It Rich Become a miner and see if you can strike it rich! http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goldrush/sfeature/game.swf Who Do You Want To Be? Become an Immigrant and make your voyage → read more

Oct 202016
 
Teacher Feature:  Jen Miller

Meet Jen Miller.  She teaches first grade at Eagle Heights Elementary School in Clinton, Iowa.  Here is her StarrMatica story: As a long-term substitute I was able to attend a StarrMatica training offered in the Clinton District about six years ago.  Ever since the training, I was hooked.  When I taught 4th grade for a year, I used the program extensively to differentiate instruction.  As I moved into teaching 1st grade, it was a necessity to bring StarrMatica with me.  We don’t have student textbooks.  We follow the Common Core Standards.  Unfortunately, it is up to us to find many → read more