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Aug 082017
 
3-6 Math Manipulatives

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to use math manipulatives to foster concept development through visual models and problem solving situations. Number Balance Use these interactive balances to show the relationship between addition problems or to find the sum to balance and equation.   Create a Graph Create a bar graph or a pie graph using your own data.   Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line Use this virtual manipulative to create equivalent fractions and see them plotted on a number line.   FDP Bars I FDP Bars II FDP Bars III → read more

Jun 272017
 
I'm Jumping In!  Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm CST

Join us for StarrMatica’s first Facebook Live broadcast this Wednesday, June 28th at 7:15 pm CST. www.facebook.com/starrmatica Why Wednesday, you ask?  Well, because that seems to be the day of the week that I consistently am able to steal a few moments away from my 2 ½ year old and 3 month old to take a shower and will be presentable for the camera.  And why 7:15 pm?  Well for me, the kids are in bed and there is a good chance I won’t be interrupted.  I am also hoping that you, too, have settled in for the evening and will → read more

May Friday Favorites – Web Tools

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May 272017
 
May Friday Favorites - Web Tools

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In May, we focused on web tools.  Here’s what we shared: Zimmer Twins Create your own animated movie! http://zimmertwinsatschool.com/movie/create Picture Book Maker Create your own picture book. Choose backgrounds, characters, and objects and add the text of your story. http://www.artisancam.org.uk/flashapps/picturebookmaker/picturebookmaker.php? Printing Press Use this interactive to design and print newspapers, brochures, flyers, and booklets. http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/Printing_Press/ Make Beliefs Comix Choose your background, characters, and objects, and add text to create our own printable three panel comic. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/make_belief_v10_u11.swf

K-2 Math Manipulatives

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May 022017
 
K-2 Math Manipulatives

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library use math manipulatives to foster concept development through visual models and problem solving situations. Addition Number Line Use these interactive number lines to demonstrate addition concepts.   Bears in a Boat Are your students losing interest in your ten frame?  Try using bears in a boat to catch their attention!   Grouping and Grazing Try having your students group cows to practice counting by 5’s and 10’s or to practice adding and subtracting with a partner.   Number Balance Use a number balance to compare numbers. → read more

May 012017
 
April 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 April, we focused on social studies resources.  Here’s what we shared: Civil War Soldier Choose a side, enlist, and follow an actual regiment as a civil war soldier. https://www.nps.gov/webrangers/activities/civilwar/civilwar.swf?activityID=3&userID= Treasures of Congress Explore historical artifacts from the beginning of our government to the present day. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/treasures_of_congress/page_1.html  Pathways to Freedom Step through a journey on the underground railroad. Roll over images to collect clues that may help on your journey. http://pathways.thinkport.org/flash/ftf_1_0.html Go West with Lewis and Clark Travel westward with → read more

Apr 182017
 
Digital Content for Talented and Gifted Students (TAG)

It can be difficult to find supplementary resources to meet the needs of the students in your classroom who need a challenge.  StarrMatica’s library is packed with content that can help encourage those students to grow in their thinking.  Here are a few examples: Engage your students in the scientific process Ecolonization Use your knowledge of organisms to construct a bio-dome with a self-sustaining food chain. Plant Growth Experiment View the results of an experiment to test whether water, light, and temperature affect whether seeds grow. Then answer questions about what you have discovered. Ask your students to make critical → read more

Apr 032017
 
March Friday Favorites - Math Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In March, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared: The Data Bank Research Company Great interactive with a real life reason to gather and display data. http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessons/15/m3_15_00_x.swf Brilliant Beadstring Rekenrek Explore numbers, counting, addition and subtraction with an online rekenrek. http://www.ictgames.com/brilliant_beadstring_with_colour.swf Free Fractions Unit Check out this free fractions unit that includes video clips and activities for a variety of fractions topics. http://oame.on.ca/CLIPS/index.html?ePractice=T/?EP_Topic=Fractions How Big Are You? Estimate how many of a non-standard measuring tool it takes → read more

Mar 142017
 
Differentiate with Digital Backpacks

One of the benefits of having access to an entire library of content is being able to easily differentiate your instruction.  For example, if you are working on place value concepts, you could create three collections of content. (Note:  To view some of the examples, you must be a StarrMatica Member.) In Level 1, you could include content that uses base-ten blocks for your students who need visual support.  Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection: Base Ten Blocks         Watch this animation first. Base Ten Blocks III     Build 10 different numbers using → read more

Mar 012017
 
February Friday Favorites - Math Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In February, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared: The Factor Game Play The Factor Game against the computer or a friend. Select a number and your opponent must find the factors. Then, switch roles. http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=4134 Bears in a Boat Are students losing interest in your ten frame?  Try using bears in a boat to catch their attention! http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/mathematics/ebook_assets/vmf/VMF-Interface.html Pizza Parlor Fractions This is a fun game for practicing adding and subtracting fractions. http://kevinmuma.com/software/pizza/Instructions.swf Grouping and Grazing → read more