GeoStories

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Current Events/News, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources | Posted on January 8, 2014

geostoriesGeoStories

GeoStories combine interactive maps, media, and narrative. This collection contains all GeoStories from National Geographic Education.

Nanoogo

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Reading/Language Arts, Writing | Posted on December 3, 2013

nanoogoNanoogo is an online platform used by kids to write stories, create original artwork, and express their unique talents! It is meant to be fun, but we are serious about its educational value. Teachers are using Nanoogo in many ways to enhance classroom engagement while addressing the core curriculum.

Read Ups

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Blended Learning, Common Core, Online Projects, Reading/Language Arts, Student Response Systems | Posted on December 3, 2013

read upRead Ups is a site where teachers can set up a chat room to discuss any form of student reading from literature to informational text.

A ReadUp is a social reading experience. Think of it as meeting up inside a book.

ReadUps uses a web-based reading system for tablets and laptops. Create a ReadUp event and invite friends to read with you for a limited amount of time, sharing comments on paragraphs. It’s free. Distributed. Ephemeral. Give people the URL to your ReadUp and you’re good to go! When allotted time runs out, the ReadUp disappears. #simple #social #disruptive

News ELA

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Current Events/News, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources | Posted on October 11, 2013

newselaNewsELA

Newsela builds close reading and critical thinking skills.    Give your students a new way to climb the staircase of nonfiction reading comprehension, from fourth grade to college-ready.  Articles are accompanied by Common Core-aligned quizzes to  provide quick and powerful feedback.  You’ll always know whether your students are on track and where they’re falling short.  We know teachers’ time is precious. Newsela makes it easy to assign articles, review student quizzes and track Common Core mastery.

Constitute Project

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources, Writing | Posted on September 24, 2013

constituteConstitute Project is a searchable data base of the constitutions of most of the countries in the world.  What a great place for non-fiction text complex pieces to enhance Common Core instruction in Social Studies and Language Arts classes.

Rewordify

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Academic Vocabulary, Reading/Language Arts | Posted on September 24, 2013

Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online reading comprehension and vocabulary development software. It helps people understand difficult English faster, helps them learn words in new ways, and helps teachers create high-interest learning materials from any English text passage.When you enter (or paste in) a block of text (or a web page), Rewordify.com analyzes the entire block of text—all at once—and finds all the hard words and phrases. Then, it simplifies and Smart Highlights those hard words and phrases, helping users understand and learn in new ways.

14 Ways to Use the Learning Network this School Year

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Current Events/News, English Language Learners, Reading/Language Arts, Technology, Writing | Posted on September 11, 2013

14 Ways to Use the Learning Network this School Year has tips on fully implementing all the Common Core Resources on the NY Times Learning Network site.

Blogging with Elementary Students – How to Get Started

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Blogs, Common Core, Desktop Publishing, Reading/Language Arts, Technology, Writing | Posted on September 10, 2013

 

Blogging with Elementary Students – How to Get Started is a great “how-to” article on the Teacher’s Life for Me blog.  Michael Soskil tells you step-by-step how to have students select a topic, do research, cite works, and publish.  All these activities align perfectly with Common Core standards for ELA.

How to Support Your Strongest Readers

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Professional Development, Reading/Language Arts | Posted on July 9, 2013

 

How to Support Your Strongest Readers is a great blog post with ideas to help teachers challenge their top readers.

The CCSS Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Academic Vocabulary, Common Core, Reading/Language Arts | Posted on June 11, 2013

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The CCSS Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple is an article on the Learning Unlimited site by Dr. Kimberly Tyson.  With vocabulary instruction being at the forefront of Common Core ELA efforts, this article will help administrators and teacher understand the tiered approach.

21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Academic Vocabulary, Common Core, Reading/Language Arts | Posted on June 11, 2013

Vocabulary

21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary is a great blog post with resources stressing vocabulary acquisition – a key component of Common Core ELA standards.

My Histro

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources, Technology, Web 2.0, Writing | Posted on May 2, 2013

 

My Histro

Using myHistro, you can combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation, convert any public timeline into a personal pdf file, or export it into Google Earth format for offline storage. All completed timelines can be embedded into your blog and websites for maximum exposure.

10 Online Resources to Inspire Writers of any Age

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Reading/Language Arts, Writing | Posted on May 2, 2013

10 Online Resources to Inspire Writers of any Age has literature resources to inspire writing.

Pulp-O-Mizer

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Art, Digital Storytelling, Images/Photos, Odds and Ends, Reading/Language Arts, Science Resources, Social Studies Resources, Technology | Posted on April 26, 2013

Pulp-O-Mizer  The Pulp-O-Mizer allows its lucky operator to select from menus of backgrounds, foregrounds, and magazine titles and to add new and exciting text to them for use as web graphic memes, blog illustrations, Facebook posts, forum messages, or for any other non-commercial purpose.

Character Scrapbook

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Reading/Language Arts | Posted on April 26, 2013

Character Scrapbook is a site from Scholastic where students can go to analyze characters from literature.  When finished, students can print their scrapbook pages.

Teach Hub Video Writing Prompts

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Reading/Language Arts, Videos, Writing | Posted on April 19, 2013

 

Teach Hub Video Writing Prompts has videos students can watch followed by writing prompts developed by grade level strands.

Digital Public Library

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Primary Sources, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources | Posted on April 19, 2013

Digital Public Library

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:

1. A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America. Far more than a search engine, the portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, format, and topic.

2. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. With an application programming interface (API) and maximally open data, the DPLA can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps.

3. An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century. For most of American history, the ability to access materials for free through public libraries has been a central part of our culture, producing generations of avid readers and a knowledgeable, engaged citizenry. The DPLA will work, along with like-minded organizations and individuals, to ensure that this critical, open intellectual landscape remains vibrant and broad in the face of increasingly restrictive digital options. The DPLA will seek to multiply openly accessible materials to strengthen the public option that libraries represent in their communities.

New York Times Summer Reading Contest

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Middle School, Reading/Language Arts, Writing | Posted on April 18, 2013

The Fourth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest

By KATHERINE SCHULTEN

Gregory Shaver/Journal Times, via Associated Press

The phrase “summer reading” tends to conjure two opposing mental images: there’s the stack of relaxingly trashy beach books … but there’s also that list of classics your teacher gave you in June that you ignored until the last week of August.

Our contest, we hope, offers something in the middle.

Here’s how it works: Each week from June 14 to Aug. 16, teenagers 13 to 19 years old are invited to choose any piece in The New York Times they like and write to tell us why it interested them. We will then choose a weekly favorite to feature, just as we have done every summer since 2010.

Sure, it’s an easy way to add more nonfiction (or “informational text”) to a school’s summer reading list, but because contestants can choose any article they want, on any topic from North Korea to Justin Bieber, we hope it also offers a bit of fun.

For more information click:  NYT Summer Reading Contest

Poetry With Technnology

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Poetry, Reading/Language Arts, Writing | Posted on April 12, 2013

 

Poetry With Technology is a blog post by Ozge Karaoglu with links to great online resources.

Poetry Idea Engine

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Poetry, Reading/Language Arts, Writing | Posted on April 12, 2013

Poetry Idea Engine is a site from Scholastic where students can get ideas and help with poetry structure and compose poems online.

ReadWorks.Org

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Lesson Planning, Reading/Language Arts, Spelling, Writing | Posted on April 11, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ReadWorks.Org  provides:

• Over 1,000 non-fiction reading passages with associated text-dependent question sets, leveled using the Lexile framework (http://www.readworks.org/books/passages)

• 100’s of easy to use lesson plans that help you explicitly teach comprehension to K-6 students (http://www.readworks.org/lessons/grades)

• All reading passages, question sets, and lesson plans are research-based and aligned with the Common Core State Standards

• Student Handouts, Graphic Organizers and Teacher Materials that can be easily downloaded and printed for your use

Visit ReadWorks often for new non-fiction reading passages, question sets, and lessons. We’re always adding more resources to help make your planning easier.

 

 

Picture a Story

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Digital Storytelling, Reading/Language Arts, Writing | Posted on March 27, 2013

Picture a Story allows students to choose a genre; create picture with backgrounds, characters, and props; and write (and narrate) a story to share online.

Docs Teach

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources | Posted on March 26, 2013

Docs Teach is a site with the National Archives that has a searchable database of historical documents.

PBS News Hour Extra Lesson Plans

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Common Core, Current Events/News, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies Resources, Writing | Posted on March 26, 2013

PBS News Hour Extra Lesson Plans is a great site to use for Common Core.  Start with a current events video, read background text, and analyze the meaning and implications of the story.  Lesson plans and ideas are included on the site.

Storybots

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Posted by jenmalonetn | Posted in Digital Storytelling, Early Learning, Games, Reading/Language Arts | Posted on March 1, 2013

 

Storybots is a place young students can create online books and videos.