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StarrMatica Awarded USDA SBIR Phase I Grant

 Posted by on September 7, 2017  Behind the Scenes of StarrMatica  Comments Off on StarrMatica Awarded USDA SBIR Phase I Grant
Sep 072017
 
StarrMatica Awarded USDA SBIR Phase I Grant

StarrMatica has been awarded a USDA SBIR Phase I Grant to develop and research a software platform that houses customizable K-5 digital science informational texts. One of the cornerstones of a quality education is the ability to read and comprehend informational texts.  School and career success depends on our ability to comprehend informational texts.  Yet, nearly 44 million American adults cannot extract a single piece of information when they read an informational text if background knowledge is required.  The results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that nearly 2/3 of American fourth-graders can only read at → read more

K-2 ELA Manipulatives

 Posted by on September 5, 2017  Content Recommendations, Reading Resources  Comments Off on K-2 ELA Manipulatives
Sep 052017
 
K-2 ELA Manipulatives

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. Foam Phonemes Shoot letters and word parts into the air.  Then, create words in the sky with what you have chosen.   CVC Maker Switch word beginnings and endings to create words.     Writing Repeater Write letters and words with this writing repeater.  Then, play back what you have written.   Flip Book Create a flip book to demonstrate your knowledge of cause and effect, fact and opinion, summarizing, or sequencing.   → read more

3-6 Math Manipulatives

 Posted by on August 8, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off on 3-6 Math Manipulatives
Aug 082017
 
3-6 Math Manipulatives

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. Number Balance Use these interactive balances to show the relationship between addition problems or to find the sum to balance and equation.   Create a Graph Create a bar graph or a pie graph using your own data.   Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line Use this virtual manipulative to create equivalent fractions and see them plotted on a number line.   FDP Bars I FDP Bars II FDP Bars III → read more

I’m Jumping In! Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm CST

 Posted by on June 27, 2017  Uncategorized  Comments Off on I’m Jumping In! Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm CST
Jun 272017
 
I'm Jumping In!  Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm CST

Join us for StarrMatica’s first Facebook Live broadcast this Wednesday, June 28th at 7:15 pm CST. www.facebook.com/starrmatica Why Wednesday, you ask?  Well, because that seems to be the day of the week that I consistently am able to steal a few moments away from my 2 ½ year old and 3 month old to take a shower and will be presentable for the camera.  And why 7:15 pm?  Well for me, the kids are in bed and there is a good chance I won’t be interrupted.  I am also hoping that you, too, have settled in for the evening and will → read more

May Friday Favorites – Web Tools

 Posted by on May 27, 2017  Content Recommendations  Comments Off on May Friday Favorites – Web Tools
May 272017
 
May Friday Favorites - Web Tools

Each 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 on K-2 Math Manipulatives
May 022017
 
K-2 Math Manipulatives

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. Addition Number Line Use these interactive number lines to demonstrate addition concepts.   Bears in a Boat Are your students losing interest in your ten frame?  Try using bears in a boat to catch their attention!   Grouping 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.   Number Balance Use a number balance to compare numbers. → read more

April Friday Favorites – Social Studies Resources

 Posted by on May 1, 2017  Content Recommendations, Social Studies Resources  Comments Off on April Friday Favorites – Social Studies Resources
May 012017
 
April Friday Favorites - Social Studies Resources

Each 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 → read more

Digital Content for Talented and Gifted Students (TAG)

 Posted by on April 18, 2017  Content Integration Ideas, Content Recommendations  Comments Off on Digital Content for Talented and Gifted Students (TAG)
Apr 182017
 
Digital Content for Talented and Gifted Students (TAG)

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: 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. Ask your students to make critical → read more

March Friday Favorites – Math Resources

 Posted by on April 3, 2017  Content Recommendations, Math Resources  Comments Off on March Friday Favorites – Math Resources
Apr 032017
 
March Friday Favorites - Math Resources

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  In March, we focused on math resources.  Here’s what we shared: The Data Bank Research Company Great interactive with a real life reason to gather and display data. http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessons/15/m3_15_00_x.swf Brilliant Beadstring Rekenrek Explore numbers, counting, addition and subtraction with an online rekenrek. http://www.ictgames.com/brilliant_beadstring_with_colour.swf Free Fractions Unit Check out this free fractions unit that includes video clips and activities for a variety of fractions topics. http://oame.on.ca/CLIPS/index.html?ePractice=T/?EP_Topic=Fractions How Big Are You? Estimate how many of a non-standard measuring tool it takes → read more