TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 9, 2017
Here are this week's features. Clicking the tags in the description area of each listing will present a list of other resources with this topic. | Click here to return to the Featured Sites Archive
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomFind clips on ClassHook to share with students as an attention-getter or introduction to new content. Create a link to media clips on your classroom computers or class website for students to view on their own. Flip your classroom and have students watch videos at home before teaching lessons, add questions for students to consider while viewing video clips. Have students create blogs using Throwww, reviewed here, discussing the content of movie clips concerning the lesson taught. Throwww allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only with a unique URL. Blogging will be as easy as using a basic Word program!
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomStudents can be evaluated in four separate grade-level tests. You must create accounts and new sessions to save student work and have it graded. Individual codes are assigned to students allowing teachers and students to review performance and teachers to generate reports. Questions have been aligned to the Common Core standards.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomThis site is one you must bookmark if you work with young readers! Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore and listen to books on their own. Unite for Literacy is perfect for use with ESL/ELL students for reading and hearing books in both English and their native language. Share a link to the site on your website or newsletter for use at home. World language teachers can use this site to have students listen to books in the language they are learning.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUse the Website Evaluator as an integral part of your Internet safety, information literacy/research, or website evaluation lessons in any subject where you require online research. Demonstrate how to use the Evaluator on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to evaluate sites on their own. Share and compare printed evaluations on a classroom bulletin board or your class website (or wiki). Have students use the Evaluator to compare and contrast different websites to find the one that is the best fit for a particular need. Require that students include a site evaluation for any online source they use as part of a research project.
Grades4 to 12
This site includes advertising.
In the ClassroomStudents could download independent reading books onto their portable devices. This is perfect for a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Remind students of this great collection before breaks and summer vacations! Provide this link on your class website. Begin a classroom review magazine. Have students create mindmaps about characters or the plot. Challenge students to write summaries and other types of responses to the books they read. Have the students use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here. ESL and special education students may find it useful to listen to books they are reading in class, if those titles are available.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site for a real reviewer's experience or simply to find great books. Evaluate other reviews and make a list of noteworthy reviewing techniques. Students choose the latest new reads before they are released to the public. Sign up individual students, groups or students, or your class to read a book together and write a review. Challenge your gifted ones to work on this authentic review task. This site is perfect to use for literature circles. Create your own "LitPick" on your school library site. Have students involve parents as their sponsor for greater parental involvement and excitement. Get the newest books free.
Grades2 to 8
In the ClassroomInclude a link to Teaching Kids News on classroom computers. ESL/ELL teachers and those who work with learning support students can recommend this site to students with lower reading levels when students are required to report on current events, even in upper grades. Have students choose an article to share with the class. Use the ideas at the bottom of the article for additional lessons. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class reviewing an article using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Find other articles with similar content then use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare them. Teacher Librarians might want to keep this page open on computers for students who drop by the media center or include news notes from this site as part of the morning announcements. Have a student news show on your school TV channel? Find great material here for students to retell in their own words.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomGet your students interested in reading by picking a book for the class to read together as a read aloud or story time activity. These resources are also great for ESL/ELL students just learning the English language. Many of these are available as e-books and even available on mobile devices. Be sure to post the link to ReaderKidZ on your website and encourage parents to read a book with their child. Have your students complete an author study. Each author interviewed has a mini biography (downloadable) and a link to their website. Check out the Tool Box to find recommended reading for comprehension strategies. Some of the books under Authors-In- Residence have downloadable activities such as readers theater and discussion questions. Look at the individual write ups (reviews) for these activities.
GradesK to 12
This site includes advertising.
In the ClassroomBookmark this site for use throughout the year, not just during Black History Month. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore and find books for reading. Share this link on your class website or blog for students to use at home. Showcase books found on this site for classroom read alouds. Librarians will find this site helpful for creating displays in their library or for presentations in classrooms. Have students create commercials for books found on this site using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, or Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomRead the article to remind yourself what interests male readers and consider some of the ideas for launching special activities directed specifically toward boys. Share the ideas with fellow teachers or your PTA/PTO as possible literacy initiatives.
Grades1 to 8
In the ClassroomMark this one in your Favorites for use when planning your next major research project. The resources and ideas will help every student be successful. Adapt for weaker readers by using resources or ideas from lower grades.
GradesK to 12
tag(s): audio books (31)
In the ClassroomMark this one in your professional favorites AND share it on a class web page for access by students and parents. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the audio books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): internet safety (106)