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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.

 

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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Curious George Measurement


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.

If you check last week’s website suggestion, you know that our new mathgeorgemeasurment topic is working on measurement. Luckily, I teach first grade, so we are only measuring with non-standard units! However, PBS apparently has this one covered! In this week’s website, Curious George uses different items to measure how tall things are – coins, donuts, teddy bears, it’s perfect for non-standard units!  Click here to check it out.

Okay two weeks of very primary websites means next week we’ll have one more geared for everyone!

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, Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird, Counting Money, Presidential Biographies and Math Magician.

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Measuring Words on the Computer


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 a new month, which means it’s time for a new math topic! This month, my class is working on measurement. Luckily, I teach first grade, so we are only measuring with non-standard units! Unluckily, it is hard to find computer games that focus on this topic. I was about to give up and let this month’s computer center simply cliffordmeasurementfocus on addition ( a skill we can always use practice in!), and then I came across a great PBS game that works on the language that goes along with measurement. You know: longer, shorter, higher, lower, heavier, lighter. For my English Language Learners, this will be a great way to work on that vocabulary that we as teachers “assume” that all of our students know! Here’s a link to the game, which uses Clifford to get kids thinking about those comparison vocabulary words.

 

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, Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird, Counting Money, Presidential Biographies and Math Magician.

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Super Social Studies 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.

Last week, we looked at Science Kids, which is an all inclusive website forsocialstudiesforkids lots of science topics.  This week, we’re going to look at Social Studies for Kids, a great website for lots of different Social Studies topics including history topics, world religions and holidays and geography.  The write ups are very kid friendly and give just enough information on a topic for a 2nd – 5th grader to get what they need, without overwhelming them.

This was one of my favorite websites when I was doing Internet Scavenger Hunts with my students.  There is a lot of good information on Native Americans, US History and World Religions & Holidays.  I used it a lot this year to help ME and my students understand Muslim Holidays!

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, Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird, Counting Money, Presidential Biographies and Math Magician.

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Science Galore!!!


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 used 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.

 

What science topic are you covering right now? I’m starting States of Matter next week, sciencekids[4]and I’m going to be using Science Kids, because it has tons of stuff for my kids! There are games, experiments, factoids, videos and even images! What’s really great is that there are 30 different topics covered on Science Kids, so you can use it for just about any science topic you have coming up.

 

 

sciencejournal1[5]sciencejournal2[10]I am going to use this website as a way for my students to do “research” in their Science Discovery Journals for the various experiments we will do. The videos are an especially good way for my non-readers to get some good information! We will also use the website for preview and follow up information as a whole class.

 

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 previous Wednesday Website suggestions including: Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird, Counting Money, Presidential Biographies and Math Magician.

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Internet Scavenger Hunts


For two years, I was a computer specialist, and I was always trying to come up with new, great ways to allow students to use the computer, while integrating all the standards we have to teach anyways.  One resource I created for my students and teachers were internet scavenger hunts.  The internet scavenger hunts that I created allowed my students to visit websites to find the answers to questions or activities on a given subject – specifically their science and social studies topics.  As a technology specialist, I actually had my students working on these at home, or with their home room teacher, so I had almost forgotten about them.  Then, the other day I was going through my files to see what I had for States of Matter, my next science subject, and I realized that I have an internet scavenger hunt for it!  I also have one for weather and moon phases, two of the other topics I cover this year!  I love when I come across materials that I have already made and I can use them in a new way.  I also realized that some of these internet scavenger hunts may be useful to you guys, so here are some links to some of my favorite internet scavenger hunts.  (FYI – I have internet scavenger hunts for grades K – 5, so there’s something for everyone!) 

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P.S.  These work great as a computer center, or an at-home project.

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Free Online Biographies


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 used 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.

 

biographiesWith President’s Day, Black History Month and Women’s History Month coming up, I thought that this week’s Wednesday Website suggestion should include some biographies about some of those important people we study.  Multimedia Biographies (hosted by Harcourt Publishing) has biographies that are on a 3rd or 4th grade reading level.  (I have used it with grades 2-5.)  Each biography also has links to explanations of some of the important events for each person.  For example, George Washington’s biography has a link to an explanation of the Articles of Confederation.  The biographies are grouped by category, but can also be searched alphabetically.  I first used this site when I taught 3rd grade with my Black History Project and my Biography Project.  Then, when I taught in in the computer lab, I used this website for my Technology Projects.  Click on the images below to see some of the ways you can use this site.

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Hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s Website suggestion – check back each Wednesday for a new Wedensday’s Website suggestion. Also, feel free to check out previous Wednesday Website suggestions including: Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird, Counting Money and Math Magician.

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Speak Their Language


My class consists of 19 students, of which only 1 speaks English only in his household, and even he began his life in a bilingual environment. The other 18 speak at least one, if not two other languages in their homes. Most of my students speak Arabic, but many also speak French. I have 3 who speak French and not Arabic, 1 who speaks Spanish, and 1 who speaks a Philippine dialect. All of my students speak SOME English, but to varying degrees. My job is to teach them English, while also teaching them everything we normally teach in school (reading, writing, math, science, social studies etc.) Fortunately, I am certified to teach ESL and have some experience with English Language Learners. Due to my unique teaching position, I have had some readers ask for tips on teaching English Language Learners. So, from now on, I will now be doing a Teaching Tip Tuesday geared especially towards teaching English Language Learners. Here’s this week’s Tuesday TESOL Teaching Tip:

ELL Teaching Tip #9: Know A Little of Your Students’ Home Language

There is a lot of debate about whether or not to translate for English Language Learners.  I am not writing this to enter this debate.  My position is simply one of convenience and common sense.  In my experience, it is helpful to know at least a little bit of your students’ home language.  This tip explains why it’s important to know some words in your students’ home language and how to learn some of those words if you don’t already know them.

 

***  There are some classrooms where this tip will not be helpful.  For example, some classrooms contain students from 3 or 4 different home languages, which will make this impossible.  However, in most classrooms, your English Language Learners will mostly speak 1 or 2 languages, and this is the home language I suggest you learn these key words in.  ***

 

Words to Know

There are certain times where students NEED to learn the word in English.  There are other times, where students just NEED to understand what’s going on.  For this reason, I try to make sure I know the following words in every language possible:  Sit Down, Stop, Come Here, Quiet, Talk, Bathroom, Book bag, Pencil, Paper, Good, Bad, Hello, Goodbye, Numbers (at least 1 – 10).  More words are better, but these words will at least 1. get you through the first days when there is little language being understood  2.  allow you to make yourself clear when all else fails and you just need your student to sit down, or get packed up to go home.

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Where to Learn Home Language Words 

There are tons of great websites out there to help you learn languages, but my favorite is Pronunciator, which gives you access to 60 different languages and pronounces the words for you.  (It also has tutorials in English, if you want to have your ELL students work on it.)  Dual Language Dictionaries can also be helpful when trying to communicate with students.  Of course, there is also the possibility of using other students who speak the same home language as translators.  Choose your peer translators carefully, though, it takes higher level thinking to switch from one language to the next! 

Do you want more TESOL Teaching Tips – check back each Tuesday for more. Also, check out my previous tips:

Teaching Tip #1 – Use Graphics

Teaching Tip #2 – Talk Slowly

Teaching Tip #3 – Let Them Talk

Teaching Tip #4 – Correct, but Don’t Overcorrect

Teaching Tip #5 – Direct Instruct Vocabulary

Teaching Tip #6 – Repeat, repeat, repeat

Teaching Tip #7 – Teach Listening Skills

Teaching Tip #8 – Know Your Students’ Literacy Level

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Money, Money, Money


My math topic for the month of January is counting and comparing money. This may not seem like a big deal, as it’s part of every American curriculum I’ve ever seen. However, for my students (who live in Morocco) counting American money is, well, a foreign concept! I do work on counting Moroccan money (dirhams) with them as well during calendar, but it is not technically part of my standards. I also don’t have many manipulatives in my classroom, which means no pretend money. (You would see my classroom wishlist board on pinterest!) So, having them count money can be very time or money intensive on my part.  As I have little of both time and money, I am opting to cover money in 3 ways:

 

1.  The real stuff – My grandmother recently visited us here in Morocco, and she brought with her some real American coins, which I will use with the students in small group, so that we can review how each coin looks, how to tell the difference, and of course, how to count the coins.

 

2.  Technology! – If you haven’t seen Wednesday’s Website Suggestion from last week, it showcases the great website I am using where my kids can count money virtually.

 

3.  Puzzles – I have created three self-correcting puzzles 100_6308on counting money to get us started.  (I think I’ll probably make at least two more, as we get going.)  I started using them on Friday, and the kids were psyched!  They love puzzles anyways, and these are an easy way for them to count money without having to work in those dreaded workbooks.

 

 

Click on any of the pictures to download the self-correcting puzzles from TPT.

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Does anyone else have any ideas on how I can work on money with no manipulatives (and no smart board)?  If so, please leave me a comment or post it on my Raki’s Rad Resources Facebook Fan Page.

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Show Me the Money!!!


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 used 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.

My math topic for the month of January is counting and comparing money.  This may not seem like a big deal, as it’s part of every American curriculum I’ve ever seen.  However, for my students (who live in Morocco) counting American money is, well a foreign concept!  I do work on counting Moroccan money (dirhams) with countingmoneythem as well during calendar, but it is not technically part of my standards.  I also don’t have many manipulatives in my classroom.  (You would see my classroom wishlist board on pinterest!)  So, having them count money can be very time or money intensive on my part.  That’s why I was so excited to stumble back upon this week’s website while I was looking through my bookmarks.  It’s simply called Counting Money and it’s hosted by Harcourt School Publishers, but as of right now, it’s FREE, and I play to use it a lot with my students this month!!  Click on the picture so you can use it too!

Hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s Website suggestion – check back each Wednesday for a new Wedensday’s Website suggestion. Also, feel free to check out previous Wednesday Website suggestions including: Find the Dog’s Bone, Storybird and Math Magician.

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