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August/September Friday Favorites

 Posted by on September 30, 2015  Content Recommendations, Math Resources, Reading Resources  Comments Off on August/September Friday Favorites
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!


* 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)

packing apples






and a noisy favorite for working with base ten blocks:


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


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


and for our StarrMatica members a Find the Differences Game:


Digital Content for Common Core Standard RI.4.2

 Posted by on September 15, 2015  Common Core, Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off on Digital Content for Common Core Standard RI.4.2
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.



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.




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.



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.