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It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids are really starting to tune me out.  It might have something to do with there only being 32 days of school left.  (How many days do you have?)  So, I have been going through some of my website collections looking for something that will hold their attention.  This week’s website of the week is Cool Math Games 4 Kids.  If you’ve never visited their site – it’s an amazing compilation of math games that work on tons of math skills, including critical thinking.  I spend a lot of time on critical thinking in my classroom, (In fact, I wrote a guest blog post for Fabulous Fourth Grade Froggies on critical thinking that you might want to check out.) so I have been working on these three critical thinking games with my students. 

Be warned – these games are addictive to ADULTS as well as children, and can be played happily for hours, thereby draining you of your grading time!  Smile

 

B-Cubed - Critical Thinking Game for KidsB-Cubed is a great critical thinking game.  It is like a 3-d maze.  Every time you move the yellow cube on top of a grey cube, it makes the grey cube disappear.  The object of the game is to make all o the grey cubes disappear before you make the red cube disappear.

 

 

Bloxorz - Critical Thinking Game

Bloxorz is a greatly addictive strategy game.  You must twist and turn the tall box to get it through the hole.  There are many, many levels!

 

Phit - Critical Thinking Game for Kids

Phit is a tetris-like game where you use all the pieces and try to get them to fit into the yellow box.  It’s a great visual thinking game!

 

 

 

 

 

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Using Wallwisher as a Center


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

Have you ever used Wallwisher?  I have used it in multiple professional development activities, but I think lots of teachers overlook it’s uses in our computer center.  So, this week’s Wednesday Website suggestion is www.wallwisher.com.  This website is basically a wallwishervirtual interactive bulletin board, where different people can collaborate to join their ideas together by adding a “sticky note” to the wall.  You can also add pictures, and videos to your sticky notes.  It’s a great way to get kids collaborating, but it’s also an innovative way to collect information from your students and it makes an easy computer center.  Here are some ways you can use Wallwisher in your classroom:

1.)  Put a challenge up on your wall for students to complete when they come to the computer center.  For example:  Write a silly sentence using two or three of your spelling words.

2.)  Assign your students a video (by adding the link to your post on the wall).  After students have watched the video – they can answer a question about the video, tell you their favorite part, or even leave you a question about something they didn’t understand.

3.) Combine two great sites to make a dynamic listening center – Add the video links from www.storylineonline.net to a post.  Let students listen to the story and then “summarize” the story in 160 characters or less (160 characters is the limit for each sticky note).

4.)  Make a virtual “add a sentence” story – post a picture into a sticky note and write the first sentence of a story about that picture.  Ask students to add one sentence to the story, by adding a sticky note and placing their sticky notes in order to make a story.  

5.)  Do Math Problem Solving in Reverse.  Post a number sentence (2×5=10) to your question.  Have students each add a sticky note with a self-created word problem that could use the number sentence.

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Shel Silverstein Site


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

April is National Poetry Month, so this week’s website suggestion Shel Silverstein Website - Raki's Rad Resources Reccomendssurrounds around my absolute favorite kid’s poet – Shel Silverstein. I have all of his books in my class – and we regularly read from A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. In honor of this amazing author, my kids are going to spend some time this month at his official website. There are games, free printables, lesson plans and information about Shel Silverstein. It’s such a great sight, I wish I had time for an author study!

If you are looking for more activities for National Poetry Month – be Poetry Writing Journal on Teachers Pay Teacherssure to check out the Linky Party over at the ESOL Odyssey. I’ve linked up my poetry journal over there with her, and there are tons of other ideas and resources available.

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Earth Day Website


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

Earth Day is coming up quick, and I know many classes are studying Ecology in preparation.  Here’s a great Ecology website from PBS called Eeko-Worldeekoworld that is extremely kid-friendly.  There are videos and games for students to play to encourage and explain many different aspects of ecology including: recycling, reducing air and water pollution, and preserving habitats.  Students can also create an eco-creature and use that creature to interact with other people’s eco-creatures. 

 

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Play with Shapes


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

 

3-dshapesMy students are currently studying 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes.  We have been using this cool website from Primary Resources to help them identify 3-dimensional shapes even when they see them from different angles or without the entire shape.  This concept can be hard for my students, but this great website that shows partially buried and angled 3-dimensional shapes really helped.  shapebook

Another way we’ve worked on this concept is with our shape booklet.  Students took the booklet home and searched for items in their house that were certain 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes.  It’s been a great way for them to see that a can of green beans is also a cylinder!  Grab a free copy of the booklet from Google Docs to use with your class if you’d like.  

 

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Puzzlemania!!


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

I do three center rotations a day – math, reading and writing, and I try to have a computer center during each rotation.  During writing jigzonecenters, the computer is my content (science or social studies) center.  During reading centers, the computer is my listening center (see this post for the websites I use).  During math centers, the computer is my critical thinking center.  One of my favorite critical thinking websites is Jigzone.  On this website, students can work on tons of different jigsaw puzzles at many different difficulty levels.  It’s a very easy way to differentiate, and still work on visual and critical thinking.  It’s also a way to give students a chance to do puzzles, without all the mess of puzzle pieces everywhere!

 

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Computer Based Listening Center


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

In my classroom, I only have one computer, so it is often hard to utilize it in a way that gets all the kids on it.  One way I have started using my computer recently is as a listening center.  There are lots of great websites that have “online stories” that children can listen to.  So, this week’s website suggestion actually has 3 websites, all of which make great listening centers!

1. Storyline Online – This is one of my favorites because it has storylinecelebrities reading really good, quality books to the students AND it shows the words of the book on the bottom, so students can follow along.

2. Reading Is FundamentalrifThis site has some great classic stories, like Cinderella and The Fox and the Grapes, and all the stories have the words for the students to follow along with.

3. Mighty Booksmightybook – These original stories are very colorful, animated and well read.  You can get more books with a subscription, but there are 8 stories you can listen to for free!

 

If you need a recording sheet for your students when they are at the listeningcenterlistening center – HERE is a quick, easy one I have in Google Docs.

 

Hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s Website suggestion – check back each Wednesday for a new Wednesday’s Website suggestion. Also, feel free to check out some of my previous Wednesday Website suggestions including: Science Kids, Virtual Manipulatives, Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird, Counting Money, Presidential Biographies and Math Magician.

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Dr. Seuss Website


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

 

suessvilleIn honor of Read Across America Day, which is March 2nd, this week’s Wednesday Website Suggestion is Seussville, a fabulous website with information about Dr. Seuss’ characters and books, as well as information about Dr. Seuss himself.  I plan to use this with my kids on March 2nd to enhance the activities I already have planned to honor Dr. Seuss and his contribution to reading.  There are also great games, and printable activities available for teachers.

 

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Collaboration is the Key


Key words, key words – there are a lot of key words in teaching: differentiation, tiered levels, critical thinking, data teaming, project based learning, brain based thinking.  I am sure there are plenty of key words (sometimes called hot button words) floating around your school.  Some of these words illicit good feelings, some of these words illicit tension.  One key word that always elicits good feelings for me is: collaboration.  I am a firm believer that two minds are better than one, and ten minds are better than two!  Within my school, I am always open to share ideas and resources.  Outside of my school, teaching blogs give me a way to find that collaboration.  Recently, I have been lucky enough to team up with other amazing teacher bloggers on some collaborative blogs.  My husband has even gotten in on the collaboration game, blogging on Bilingual Clubhouse.  So, if you are interested in collaboration – check out some of these collaborative blogs for some great resources!  Do you follow or write for other collaborative blogs?  Feel free to leave a link in the comments so that we can all learn from each other!

 

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Best Math Website Ever


It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

 

It’s hard to say I have a favorite website, because there are so vm1many that I love to use with my students.  However, this week’s website is WAY up there on my list.  It’s pretty much my go-to math site, especially when I have access to a projector (or even better an interactive board).  It’s called Virtual Manipulatives.  It is sponsored by Utah State University and it shows so many concepts in so many great ways.  It is also able to be translated into Spanish or French, so it’s a great one to send home with your English Language Learners who have these home languages (as well as your other students) because their parents will have more access to the directions.

Here are the three sections that I use the most, but there is so much more to this website than even this.

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Base Block Subtraction – Drag the red blocks to the blue blocks to make them disappear.  When you don’t have enough ones, drag a ten’s block to the one’s section and watch it separate!

 

 

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Comparing FractionsSee equivalent fractions side by side, play with denominators, just overall a great visual for this concept.

 

 

 

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Analog and Digital Clocks – Make the digital clock match the analog clock.  Simple and easy, view both side by side, great visual for students.

 

 

 

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