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Jan 022017
 

monsterEach Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In December, we focused on ELA resources.  Here’s what we shared:

Persuasion Map

Students map out their argument for a persuasive essay or debate.
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/persuasion_map/

Storyline Online

Check out this amazing source for stories read aloud online.
http://www.storylineonline.net/

Exploring Onomatopoeia

Create onomatopoetic words to describe each sound you hear.
http://rwtinteractives.ncte.org/preview_mg.aspx?id=736&title=

Dec 062016
 

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.

30Create a Bar Graph

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

 

 


animal-islandAnimal Island Bar Graph

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

 

 

32Create a Picture Graph

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

 

bugsBugs in the System

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

 

 

34The Data Bank

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

May Friday Favorites

 Posted by on May 30, 2016  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
May 302016
 

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:storystarter

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

January Friday Favorites

 Posted by on February 1, 2016  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
Feb 012016
 

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 January:

Create words with these floating letters and word parts:foam

http://www.ictgames.com/foamPhonemes/index.html

Two challenging word creation games:

http://www.teacherled.com/resources/vowels/vowelsload.html

For our StarrMatica members:  Maria’s Word Challenge

word challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great word creation game:

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/construct/index.html

Create words with word wheels:

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/activities/ww2.swf

Oct 142015
 

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.3.MD.C.6 Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).

35Geoboard

Students create shapes on a geoboard and find their areas.

 

 

36Airlines Builder

Students use their knowledge of perimeter and area to build airliners and launch ships.

 

37Zoo Mapping Units

Students find the area of each zoo habitat by counting squares and half squares. (Some perimeter and volume questions are also included.)

 

38Area Explorer

Students count squares to find the area of each shape.

 

 

39Paving Slabs Problem

Students use their knowledge of area to solve a realistic paving slabs problem.

 

Sep 302015
 

Our Friday Favorites series launched at the beginning of the school year.  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 August and September:

* Two of our favorite virtual manipulative collections – perfect for exploring math concepts with IWBs, laptops, and tablets: http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/mathematics/ebook_assets/vmf/VMF-Interface.html

http://media.emgames.com/em-v2/eToolkit/eTools_v1.swfletter formation

* Awesome interactive for learning to write the alphabet – so many options!

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/letterformation.html

* A nice online way to alphabetize word wall words:

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/alphabet_organizer/

* One of our favorite StarrMatica K-2 place value games – Picking Apples (in tens and ones)

packing apples

 

 

 

 

 

and a noisy favorite for working with base ten blocks:

http://www.learningbox.com/Base10/BaseTen.html

*  We love this place value challenge that really makes kids think and plan:

http://education.jlab.org/placevalue/

*  A way to help visual learners with the concept of compare and contrast:

http://pbskids.org/toopyandbinoo/index.php?ID=MAGC1JEU2

and for our StarrMatica members a Find the Differences Game:

comparing

Sep 152015
 

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 our library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2  Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

ladders

 

Firefighter Students practice discriminating between a main idea and supporting details.

 

big idea

 

What’s the Big Idea? Students practice finding the main idea of a paragraph.

 

 

details

Supporting Details Students determine the details that best support the paragraph.

 

newspaper

 

Newspaper Headlines Students write newspaper headlines that will tell the main idea of an article.

 

 

main idea

What’s the Main Idea? Students learn how to find a main idea with this slide show and then practice what they have learned.

May 252015
 

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 our library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.5  Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

1

Parts of a Nonfiction Book

Students learn about the text features in nonfiction books with this animated tutorial.  Features include the bibliography, glossary, index, and table of contents.

 

 

2

Textbooks

Students learn about the text features in textbooks with this animated tutorial.

 

 

 

3

Errand Adventures

Students use their knowledge of nonfiction text features to complete errands around town in this extended video game.

 

 

 

4

Headings

Students use headings to answer questions about a nonfiction article.

 

 

 

5Fling the Teacher Text Features

Students test their knowledge with a quiz about nonfiction text features.

 

Apr 272015
 

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 our library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

1a

 

Similes Practice

Students complete common similes and determine what makes a good simile.

2a

 

Similes Quiz

Students are challenged to complete common similes.

3a

 

Batter Up!

Students identify whether a sentence is a simile, metaphor, alliteration or onomatopoeia in this fast paced baseball game.

 

4a

 

Metaphors Tutorial

Students learn the difference between a metaphor and a simile and are challenged to completed some common metaphors.

 

5aDo You Know Your Metaphors?

Students are challenged to match common metaphors.

 

Comic Creators

 Posted by on January 15, 2014  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off
Jan 152014
 

cartoon makerDo you have students intimidated by the thought of writing a whole story.  Creating a comic can be a great way to encourage the reluctant writers in your classroom.  Comics can also be used by students to apply their knowledge of reading concepts to a project they can share with others.

1.  Turn them loose!  Encourage students to write a comic about anything their hearts desire!

2. Challenge your students to summarize a story they have read in a comic. Use the three panel form as a “beginning, middle, end” summary format.

3. Use a comic to retell a story in the proper sequence using three or four panels. Or, have students create their own “how-to” sequence of a process or procedure.

4. Use four panels in a non-linear way by assigning a story element to describe in each square: Characters, Setting, Problem, and Solution.

5. Use two (or three) panels to have your students create a predicting activity. Ask your students to illustrate an unresolved situation in the first square and a resolution to that situation in the second square. For example, have one character thinking that they would like to go to the movies and the other character thinking that they would also like to go to the movies. The resolution could be that they go together. (Or if you want students to realize that even if what you predict is logical, it may not happen, you could show them not going to the movies together.) When sharing comics, a student could cover up the second square and encourage others to predict before revealing his/her resolution.

5. Use two panels to illustrate a cause and an effect. Use three or four panels to show a chain of cause and effect events.

Here are some of the best online comic creators:

http://www.cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker/SHCM/CM.swf

http://www.cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker/CM/CM.swf

http://www.wittycomics.com/

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/make_belief_v10_u11.swf

http://professorgarfield.org/pgf_comics_lab.html

http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/

http://boyslife.org/games/online-games/235/comic-creator/

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/

The applications for online comics are endless! How would you use these sites in your classroom?