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 library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.D.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.

Students can create and print a bar graph of data they have collected.

Select Hard to help Molly read a bar graph. Choose Really Hard to help Molly answer questions about a bar graph.

Students can create and print a picture graph of data they have collected.

Help the Cybersquad clean up the infection of nasty bugs by using the bugs to create a bar graph.

Students gather data, organize data, and display data while working for a business in this realistic game.

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 compression, bending, torsion, and tension.

https://wonderville.org/app/asset/forces-of-wonder

Science Detectives: Training Room Escape

Use scientific processes to find your way out of a dark room.

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 to you (because we all know that teachers already spend way too much!)
Our partners at PledgeCents have streamlined the approach to online fundraising. You can now sign-up and submit your fundraiser for StarrMatica in literally seconds!
How Do I Create a StarrMatica Cause?
It takes just 3 easy steps to create a cause for StarrMatica on PledgeCents:
2.  Choose the number of teacher accounts you need.
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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 library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.4 Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

Volume Animation

Students learn the meaning of volume and how to calculate it with cubes and numbers.

Students find the volume of a rectangular prism using cubes with the help of an animation.

Students create a cube with a chosen width, depth, and height.  They can then reveal or hide its volume.

Use this isometric drawing tool to create shapes with different volumes.

Students use calculation to find the volume of food boxes for animals.

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.

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 to America.
https://tenement.org/immigrate/

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 of our own resources.  Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers are great, but it takes time to find appropriate resources that fit the standards in addition to usually costing an additional fee or requiring prep work.  StarrMatica takes the time issue off the table.  It is incredibly user friendly, even for teachers that don’t feel like they do well with technology integration.  On average, I feel that by using StarrMatica I cut my planning time down to almost half.  StarrMatica provides my focus lesson and opportunities for small group, whole class, or individual work.

StarrMatica allows me to not need a textbook or worksheets for students to practice skills and show proficiency at mastery of these skills.  I appreciate the ability to look at the content available in other grade levels.  This allows me to go back to skills from the previous year or advance to another grade level to meet student needs.  In addition, I appreciate knowing that if I have a concern, question, or comment regarding anything with StarrMatica content I can send an email and get a response quickly.

I use StarrMatica in whole class and small group with my first grade students, and I will be using it to differentiate instruction in the near future.  StarrMatica is generally used to hook the students into a lesson, as an introduction, on my interactive whiteboard.  Then I move into students using the program to play some of the many games and practices offered.  In addition, I have utilized many of the virtual manipulatives the program provides.  StarrMatica also has great webinars and trainings.  I have participated in quite a few of these and have found them to be very helpful.

StarrMatica content is AD free!  It is evident that content is gone through on a regular basis to ensure content meets Common Core Standards and doesn’t have pop-up ads that are sometimes not appropriate for students or are distracting.

I would encourage both tech-savvy teachers and those who are not to use StarrMatica.  Being uncomfortable and nervous about trying a new product is ok, but you won’t get out of that discomfort if you don’t push forward and try something new.  With the technology of today, educators need to embrace the new and not hesitate to ask for help.  StarrMatica is easy to use and provides free training to educators.  There may even be experts within your building or someone that is willing to jump in and try it with you.  Then there are the students — no matter their age they can probably help you as well as you work through using new tools.  It is a learning experience for students to see you try something new!

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 library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.C.5 Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. For example, given the rule “Add 3″ and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers. Explain informally why the numbers will continue to alternate in this way.

Students learn how to find the core of a pattern and how to solve, shape, picture, symbol, and number patterns with this animated tutorial.

Challenge yourself to complete each pattern of numbers or shapes.

Students learn how to identify and extend a number pattern with an interactive tutorial.

Students use their number pattern know-how to crack the Mission 2110 codes.

Help Digit open the safe by choosing the correct number, color and shape to continue the pattern.

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 game for discussing shape attributes.
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mejhm/index.html?l=0&ID1=AB.MATH.JR.SHAP&ID2=AB.MATH.JR.SHAP.SHAP&lesson=html/object_interactives/shape_classification/use_it.html

Place Value Machine

Want to try a new place value manipulative?  Try using this place value machine to let your students discover what happens to a number’s place value when you multiply or divide by 10.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks2_activities/maths/activities/thenumbersystem.swf

Want an alternative to fraction bars?  Try using Kids and Cookies to introduce fractions in the context of a problem.  How can 3 children share 4 cookies and still be friends when they are finished?

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 library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.B.3 Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

Students can move the analog clock hands. Then show or reveal the digital time. AM and PM are demonstrated by the screen becoming darker and lighter with a sun and a moon moving across the screen.

Time to the Nearest Half Hour

Students can watch these tutorials to learn to tell time to the nearest hour and half hour.

Tick-Tock Analog Clock II

Students practice telling time to the nearest hour and half hour on an analog clock.

Tick-Tock Digital Clock II

Students practice telling time to the nearest hour and half hour on a digital clock.

Students race to match each digital and analog time as quickly as they can.

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 library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

Students learn how to compare numbers and objects to learn to identify which is more than, greater than, less than, and equal to.

Students learn to pair two groups of objects to comparison count.

Students help feed pets by choosing the group of food that is more than less than, smaller than, larger than, or greater than.

Students help feed pets by choosing the correct symbol (<, >, =) to compare two groups of food.