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.G.A.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).

Descartes and the Coordinate Plane

Students learn how the coordinate plane was created with this animated tutorial.

The Coordinate Plane Animation

Students learn how to locate and name points on a four quadrant coordinate plane with this animated tutorial.

Billy Bug and His Quest for Grub

Students help a bug find food by moving him to given coordinates in the first quadrant.

Catch the Fly

Students type the correct coordinates to catch a fly.

Students enter coordinates to move a robot through a mine field to a target location.

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 November:

Test your knowledge of maps by building a globe!

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/geogames/

Create a map with this amazing resource for social studies:

http://mapmaker.education.nationalgeographic.com/?ls=000000000000

Check out landforms and bodies of water from the sky:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

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.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

Students learn about line symmetry with an animated tutorial.

Students see lines of symmetry drawn on shapes.

Students use a grid to create a symmetrical drawing or can create half of a drawing and swap with a partner to complete each others.

Choose one of eight faces and explore what happens to its image in the Symmetrizer.

Students complete a symmetrical pattern on this virtual grid, or create a pattern of their own for someone else to complete.

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 October:

With this interactive, students can explore the forces that create a hurricane:

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/pd/oceans_weather_climate/media/create_hurricane.swf

Show students the meaning of each number on the Richter scale:

http://www.iknowthat.com/ScienceIllustrations/earthquake/earthquake_movie.swf

Watch plants grow and move through time lapse photography.

Create a habitat best suited to the needs of each animal:

http://switchzoo.com/games/habitat.swf

Find, identify, and see how simple and compound machines function:

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).

Students create shapes on a geoboard and find their areas.

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

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

Students count squares to find the area of each shape.

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

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.swf

* 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:

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

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:

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Textbooks

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

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

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

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.

Similes Practice

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

Similes Quiz

Students are challenged to complete common similes.

Batter Up!

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

Metaphors Tutorial

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

Students are challenged to match common metaphors.

There are two Common Core standards that specifically address stories told with multimedia.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

However there are several reasons beyond “because the standards said so” to incorporate multimedia stories into your classroom.

Multimedia can enhance the telling of a story in a way a book cannot be because of audio capabilities.  As teachers, our first thought is usually that voiceovers can help our students who are struggling with reading a text independently.  Yet there are other elements audio can add to particular stories that contribute to a richer understanding of the topic.

For example, the picture book Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney is enhanced in a multimedia version by allowing students to hear Duke Ellington’s music.

The same is true for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss.  In the multimedia version, students get to hear the sound of each of the orchestral instruments.

Multimedia stories can also encourage student thinking about how stories can be told in different ways.  In an multimedia version of the short story, Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Siger, there is no dialogue.  Students have the opportunity to experience a story told only visually and through narration.  They have to play close attention to non-verbal clues in the characters actions and in the setting of the story.  All information is not explicitly stated by the narrator which forces students to use higher order thinking skills and to draw conclusions.

How have you used multimedia stories to enrich your students’ experiences with literature?