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Jun 272016
 
Using Digital Content to Supplement Your Math Textbook

Most current math textbooks come with digital content; however, that digital content is limited and doesn’t always meet every instructional need.  StarrMatica’s library puts the additional supplementary content you need right at your fingertips, and our math textbook search makes it easy to find supplementary digital content aligned to each lesson in your math textbook.  Here are a few ways teachers integrate digital content into their instruction: Use manipulatives as whole class teaching tools or for individual student inquiry There are hundreds of math manipulatives in StarrMatica’s library that can be used to help students visualize concepts.  Some teachers use them → read more

May 302016
 
May Friday Favorites

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  Here’s what we shared in May: Student with writer’s block?  Check out these story starters: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/ Need some end of the year fun?  Try creating these paper critters: http://www.papercritters.com/pc.php Use the assets in the national archives to create a poster, movie, or pathway challenge: http://www.digitalvaults.org/#/create Looking for some end of the year fun?  Create an animated movie! http://zimmertwinsatschool.com/movie/create

May 102016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 5.G.B.3

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

May 022016
 
April Friday Favorites

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  Here’s what we shared in April: Two fun interactives for learning about musical instruments: http://artsalive.ca/en/mus/instrumentlab http://www.sphinxkids.org/Instrument_Storage.html Encourage students to compose an original melody: http://artsalive.ca/en/mus/activitiesgames/games/popComposeMusic.asp Mix paints to learn about different colors: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/colourfactory/cbbc_master_sound.swf and for our members: The Great Paint Mix-Up             Learn about and explore the elements and principals of art: http://artsconnected.org/toolkit/explore.cfm Your students can be a dance critic: http://www.knowitall.org/artopia/dance/artcritic/index.html

Apr 122016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 4.OA.B.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

Mar 302016
 
March Friday Favorites

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  Here’s what we shared in March: Scribble over the top of online maps: https://scribblemaps.com/create Great videos for discussing how-to and sequencing: http://manufacturing.stanford.edu A way to present sequencing to auditory learners: http://pbskids.org/toopyandbinoo/index.php?ID=CAPC1JEU1 Awesome printable, interactive graphic organizers: http://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/intgos/html/igo.htm

Mar 172016
 
Puffin Academy:  StarrMatica on iPads and Androids

If you have iPad or Android devices in your classroom, download the FREE Puffin Academy app.  It will allow you to access StarrMatica and many other Flash-based websites on your devices!   1.  Download the Puffin Academy app. 2.  Open the app and search for StarrMatica. 3.  Click the StarrMatica icon.  When the StarrMatica Puffin page opens, click the link to our website: www.starrmatica.com 4.  Login as usual and enjoy! You also have the option on the StarrMatica Puffin page to click Install.  This will put a StarrMatica icon on your Puffin Academy home page for easy access every time you → read more

Mar 152016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 2.NBT.B.8

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

Feb 292016
 
February Friday Favorites

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  Here’s what we shared in February: How would your students fill each role of the three branches of government?  http://www.icivics.org/games/branches-power Can your students restore the branches of power to preserve democracy? http://www.usmint.gov/kids/games/branchesofpower/branches.swf?rURL=../ Explore historical artifacts from the beginning of the US until today: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/treasures_of_congress/page_1.html Which Founding Father Are You? http://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=foundingFatherShort.cfm

Feb 112016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 1.MD.A.2

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