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December 2010


Curriculum Links

Reading/Writing Links

"Digital Is" is a new site from the National Writing Project.  It provides resources and ideas on using writing in the digital age.

Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners.  Great games, quizzes and activities for any learner!

Story Jumper -Excellent site for digital storytelling, with many educational resources for teachers.

Comic Master - Fun site for digital storytelling that has a drag-n-drop interface. 

Write Comics is a super-simple tool to create comic strips without requiring any registration. You can learn more about it, and see samples and a video, at Ana Maria Menezes’ blog.


Social Studies Links

American Revolution Teaching American History has a series of interactive lessons about the American Revolution that are suitable for middle school and elementary school use.

US History Videos The American Journey Modern Times video library provides videos that could be used short introductions or reviews of eras and concepts in US History.

Time Search is a good general resource for history teachers and students. Simply enter a year, press "go" and you're shown a list of significant events that happened in that year.

Investigate the First Thanksgiving to figure out what really happened at the 1621 "Harvest Celebration" or "First Thanksgiving."



Science Links

Cell phones, iPods, TV's, Game stations- these are items that our students use but do they really know where the energy comes from?  General Motors and Discovery Education have discovered a series of lesson plans and activities to hel you explore how electricity is generated and stored and how it is poised to change how we live.




Math Links

Ten Marks, an online mathematics tutoring service, recently launched a free program for teachers.  Ten Marks provides educators with an online forum in which they can assign mathematics practice problems to students and track their students' progress. If a student gets stuck on a problem he or she can open a tutorial to help him or her through the problem.

Who Wants to be A Mathionaire- Kids move through math questions and they get progressively more difficult.

Art Links


The MOMA lesson plans collection can be searched by theme, artist, medium, or subject.

ESL Websites

Minnesota Adult Basic Education or ESL Site- Great quizzes for many levels of English learning levels.

Repeat After Us is an online library of copyright-free English texts and audio recordings. The purpose of Repeat After Us is to provide ESL students with a place to read and hear proper pronunciations of English words.

ESL TED Talks is a blog created by Douglas Evans that has lessons he’s created for English Language Learners using TED Talks.

Resources for Teachers & Parents

SignUp Genius is a free and easy way to create and organize online sign-up forms for all kinds of group activities. SignUp Genius creates a simple webpage on which people can sign-up for activities that you've specified. 


A Parents' Guide to Facebook is a soup-to-nuts guide to Facebook privacy settings, profile settings, group settings, and more. 

Create a Wish List- The National Teacher Registry is a free service for schools and teachers that enables them to create a list of the items they need for their classrooms.


Skype in the Classroom, launching in December, will be a free directory of classrooms that are on Skype and are looking to connect with other classrooms. Registration is open now for those teachers who would like to be in the Skype in the Classroom directory. 

Information Literacy Resources

Sweet Search - Excellent search engine for students, as everything has been reviewed by educators.


Create a mashup around a topic you love or a really customized homepage for your daily surfing. A middlespot mashup is extremely flexible, so add what you like, drag it, resize it, and make it work for you.  


Fun Sites for Kids

Crayola's online drawing canvas provides students with a blank canvas on which they can draw using virtual markers, crayons, pencils, and paints. Drawings cannot be saved online, but they can be printed.

Pre-K Teachers looking for coloring pages can create their own or have students create their own using Crayola's Create & Color tool. Create & Color provides templates for creating custom coloring pages. You can pick a background template and modify it by adding speech bubbles and pictures. Coloring pages cannot be saved online, but they can be printed.

Edina Apps Resources



What are Elementary teachers doing with Edina Apps?


Students are using Google Docs for writing assignments and turning in homework via a shared folder in Google Docs Edina Apps.

Students are creating a Conference presentation in Google Presentations in Google Docs for parent/teacher/student conferences in November.

Students are Google Sites as a Blog and ePortfolio for students to write about their learning and publish their work.

Students are writing email using Gmail to pen pals in France.

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