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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

Oct 182016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 4.OA.C.5

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

Oct 012016
 
September 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 September, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared: Place Value Game Students are challenged to create the largest number possible, yet once they place a number they aren’t able to move it. This causes them to think ahead about possible future digits. http://education.jlab.org/placevalue/ Evil Robots Shape Short Here’s a center idea for practicing identifying shapes!  Place the shapes in the right containers before being caught by the evil robots! http://mathematics.hellam.net/maths2000/shapes.html Shape Guess This is a fun → read more

Sep 202016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard 1.MD.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

Aug 302016
 
Digital Content for Common Core Standard K.CC.C.6

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 four pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s → read more

Aug 012016
 
Looking Back:  Resources Added 2015-2016

Before we look ahead to a new school year, we wanted to take a moment to look back at the new content that was added during last school year.  Here’s a list of the new content we shared in our monthly newsletters throughout the year last year.  Be sure to read to the end for a sneak peek at what we have planned this year! K-2 Summarizing Book Features:  Students learn how to summarize, sequence, find main ideas, and identify features of fiction and nonfiction books. Featured Resource:  Circus Trains Sequence how-to instructions and fiction paragraphs by putting train cars → read more