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Dec 122017
 

Here are four pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to use science manipulatives to foster concept development through visual models.

dec1Earthquake Animations

Learn the basics about earthquakes with these animations.

 

dec2Earthquakes and Plates

Drag the slider back and forth to explore the relationship between earthquakes and Earth’s plates.

 

dec4Earthquake Experiment

Discover how different building materials can minimize earthquake damage.

 

dec51906 San Francisco Earthquake

View photos and footage of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

Digital Content for STEM

 Posted by on November 16, 2017  Content Recommendations, Science Resources  Comments Off
Nov 162017
 

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.

nov1Science:  Keeping Healthy

Students control Ruby’s actions to determine what effects sleeping, sitting, walking, and running have on Ruby’s heart.

 

nov2Technology:  Blabberize

Students demonstrate their understanding of a topic by creating an original narrative that is delivered by a talking photograph.

nov3Engineering:  Design A Machine

Students are challenged to build a Rube Goldberg contraption to perform a specific task.

 

nov4Math:  Valuable Jewels

Students use a balance to discover the weight of five objects by comparing them to one another and by using logic. (You must be a StarrMatica member to access this content.)

How do you use STEM digital content in your classroom?

3-6 ELA Manipulatives

 Posted by on October 12, 2017  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
Oct 122017
 

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.

oct1Exploring Onomatopoeia

Create onomatopoetic words to describe each sound you hear.

 

oct2Persuasion Map

Plan a persuasive essay using this online persuasion map.

 

oct4Character Trading Cards

Create your own character trading cards.

 

oct3Myths Brainstorming Machine

Use this Myths Brainstorming Machine to help you write a myth of your own.

 

oct5

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
 

facebookIf 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 science come to life!

Take your students time travelingwith five must see Social Studies simulations

3 virtual manipulatives that help students visualize addition concepts

K-2 ELA Manipulatives

 Posted by on September 5, 2017  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
Sep 052017
 

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.

sept1Foam Phonemes

Shoot letters and word parts into the air.  Then, create words in the sky with what you have chosen.

 

sept2CVC Maker

Switch word beginnings and endings to create words.

 

 

sept3Writing Repeater

Write letters and words with this writing repeater.  Then, play back what you have written.

 

sept4Flip Book

Create a flip book to demonstrate your knowledge of cause and effect, fact and opinion, summarizing, or sequencing.

 

sept5Letter and Number Formation

Learn how to write letters and numbers by watching and following examples.

How do you use ELA manipulatives in your classroom?

3-6 Math Manipulatives

 Posted by on August 8, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off
Aug 082017
 

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.

august 1Number Balance

Use these interactive balances to show the relationship between addition problems or to find the sum to balance and equation.

 

august 2Create a Graph

Create a bar graph or a pie graph using your own data.

 

august3Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line

Use this virtual manipulative to create equivalent fractions and see them plotted on a number line.

 

august 4FDP Bars I
FDP Bars II
FDP Bars III
Use these virtual manipulatives to visually compare fractions, decimals, and percents.

 

august 5Adjustable Function Machine

Click the control panel to set one or two rules for the function machine.  Then place each number in the stream to see the results.

 

How do you use math manipulatives in your classroom?

May Friday Favorites – Web Tools

 Posted by on May 27, 2017  Content Recommendations  Comments Off
May 272017
 

makerEach 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

 Posted by on May 2, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off
May 022017
 

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.

may1Addition Number Line

Use these interactive number lines to demonstrate addition concepts.

 

bears in a boatBears in a Boat

Are your students losing interest in your ten frame?  Try using bears in a boat to catch their attention!

 

cowsGrouping 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.

 

may2Number Balance

Use a number balance to compare numbers.

 

 

may3Hundreds Square

Use the counters on the blank hundreds square to practice skip counting.

How do you use math manipulatives in your classroom?

May 012017
 

treasuresEach 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 Lewis and Clark and make decisions along the way to ensure a successful journey.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/west/

Apr 182017
 

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: ecolonization

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.

crown or colonyAsk your students to make critical decisions in the shoes of a historical figure

For Crown or Colony Become a 14 year old living in Boston when the Revolutionary War begins. What will you do?

Strike it Rich! Become a miner and see if you can strike it rich!

Who Do You Want To Be? Become an Immigrant and make your voyage to America.

 

city creator

Challenge your students to use STEM thinking

Tinker Ball Engineer a machine to complete a specific task.

Science Detectives: Training Room Escape Use scientific processes to find your way out of a dark room.

City Creator Design your own city with the city creator interactive zimmer twins

Allow your students to demonstrate their knowledge in different ways

Printing Press Create a newspaper, brochure, flyer, poster, or sign.

Zimmer Twins Create a movie using animations of the Zimmer Twins. Add transitions and your own text. Then press play to watch your creation. You must create an account to save your movie.

How do you use digital content to challenge your TAG students?