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Nov 162017
 
Digital Content for STEM

STEM teaching encourages students to solve authentic problems and to collaborate with others to design, build, test, and re-tool until a solution is achieved. A library of content supports this integrated vision of STEM learning with its library design which allows educators to choose content that complements and supports in class hands-on investigations. In this way, educators can integrate technology into instruction in flexible ways to teach foundational STEM skills and to encourage problem solving and group collaboration. The following are concrete examples of digital content from each STEM area. Science:  Keeping Healthy Students control Ruby’s actions to determine what → read more

3-6 ELA Manipulatives

 Posted by on October 12, 2017  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
Oct 122017
 
3-6 ELA Manipulatives

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to use ELA manipulatives to help students develop concepts and demonstrate their understanding. Exploring Onomatopoeia Create onomatopoetic words to describe each sound you hear.   Persuasion Map Plan a persuasive essay using this online persuasion map.   Character Trading Cards Create your own character trading cards.   Myths Brainstorming Machine Use this Myths Brainstorming Machine to help you write a myth of your own.   Create Your Own Comic Strip Create your own printable comic strip! How do you use ELA manipulatives in your classroom?

August Facebook Live Videos

 Posted by on September 14, 2017  Content Recommendations  Comments Off
Sep 142017
 
August Facebook Live Videos

If you haven’t joined us yet, set a reminder on your calendar for this Wednesday at 7:15 pm CST to join us for our next Facebook Live Video!  Every week, I go live on Facebook for 5 – 10 minutes to share specific digital content that may be helpful in your classroom.  Past video topics are hyperlinked below: Discover two interesting alternatives to common math manipulatives Learn an easy way to differentiate your instruction using digital content Discover my favorite free online graphing activity 5 Digital Getting to Know You Activities for Back to School Fun! 5 sites that make → read more

Free StarrMatica Content

 Posted by on September 12, 2017  Content Additions  Comments Off
Sep 122017
 
Free StarrMatica Content

If you are not a StarrMatica member, or if you have educator friends who would like to benefit from our content, you should know about our new website that includes a sampling of our K-6 reading and math content for free.  We created this site to allow all teachers and students to benefit from our content even if their school is not able to subscribe.  You can check out the new site here:  free.starrmatica.com The K-2 content is ready now and the 3-6 content will be added in October.  Please share it with your educator friends and parents!

Sep 072017
 
StarrMatica Awarded USDA SBIR Phase I Grant

StarrMatica has been awarded a USDA SBIR Phase I Grant to develop and research a software platform that houses customizable K-5 digital science informational texts. One of the cornerstones of a quality education is the ability to read and comprehend informational texts.  School and career success depends on our ability to comprehend informational texts.  Yet, nearly 44 million American adults cannot extract a single piece of information when they read an informational text if background knowledge is required.  The results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that nearly 2/3 of American fourth-graders can only read at → read more

K-2 ELA Manipulatives

 Posted by on September 5, 2017  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
Sep 052017
 
K-2 ELA Manipulatives

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to use ELA manipulatives to help students develop concepts and demonstrate their understanding. Foam Phonemes Shoot letters and word parts into the air.  Then, create words in the sky with what you have chosen.   CVC Maker Switch word beginnings and endings to create words.     Writing Repeater Write letters and words with this writing repeater.  Then, play back what you have written.   Flip Book Create a flip book to demonstrate your knowledge of cause and effect, fact and opinion, summarizing, or sequencing.   → read more

3-6 Math Manipulatives

 Posted by on August 8, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off
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

 Posted by on May 27, 2017  Content Recommendations  Comments Off
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