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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dinosaurs!

Here are some interactive dinosaur games to interest your junior paleontologists.  These dinosaur themed games will engage your learners with science, social studies, language arts, art and math skills.


















Big Dinos Return:

















Virtual Dinosaur Dig:













Make a Dino Scene:

















Construct-a-Saurus:

















Family Crests:

















Predator or Scavenger?:

















Dinosaur Train:














Dino Dig:















Dinosaur Painter:

















Dino Don's Dinosaur Quiz:

















Build A Dinosaur:















Dinosaur Dentist:

















Fossil Hunter:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sorting and Classifying Objects

Here are some activities that you can use on your Smartboard to practice sorting and classifying objects with your younger students.  The various games will help your students to sort by color, shape, size, and category.

What's The Difference?
















Monsters In The Classroom:

















Dino Sorting:
















Sorting and Describing Toys:





















































































Clay Yourself

ClayYourself by Hotels.com could be a really fun application in the classroom.  Use it to make a clay-like avatar.  I learned about this fun site from the Digital Tools for Teachers Blog.  Make sure you check out the original article because the author has some great ideas for using this site with your students.  Images can be saved as a .jpg image when complete.

Some of my favorite ideas for using this site are:
*Students could create images to represent characters in literature or to create characters for their own stories. 
*Create avatars for students to use online when blogging or creating an online identity.
*Use the clay images in comic creator applications or make your own comic strip.
*Use the image in a program such as Crazy Talk to make the character talk.
*Use the images in a biography or autobiography.
*Teachers, make an image of yourself to use in your newsletters or on your teacher website.
*Not allowed to use student pictures on your website?  Make clay avatars to represent your students online!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Learn Your Lesson! Animated Aesop's Fables

Learn your lesson by watching these animated Aesop's Fables.  Choose from the Tortoise and the Hare, A Lesson for a Foolish Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, or The Fox and His Shadow.  The animated tales are created by Tom Lynch and feature artwork created from hand sewn patchwork tapestries that are inspired by the folk art of Africa, India, and Peru.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ordinal Numbers

The NGFL Cymru has some interactive resources to help students understand the concept of ordinal numbers. The activities include a series of interactives to reinforce the idea of first, second, third and so on.

In the starter activity, students match the written ordinal numbers to the awards. 














In the main activity, pupils have the choice of two races and place the competitors in the correct order according to the story.















Subsequent activities teach higher ordinal numbers from 11th to 20th.

Weather Activities

Here are some fun, interactive activities to learn about weather and weather reporting:

Weather Flash:
Read the weather forecast and click and drag the correct weather symbols to the map.

















EdHead's Report the Weather and Predict the Weather:
Practice reporting the weather with these two activities.  Choose Report the Weather to place the correct weather symbols on the map.  Choose Predict the Weather to learn how to use current conditions and to look at warm and cold fronts to predict future weather.






































Scholastic's Interactive Weather Maker:
Mix the equatorward temperature, the poleward temperature and the relative humidity to change the weather.














Weather: Looking at the Sky:
Use observation skills to determine the weather outside.

















Study Jams: Weather and Climate:
Watch videos and sing songs about science and math topics including weather.














What's The Weather?
Have fun reporting today's weather by choosing the sky color, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, and suggested clothing to match today's conditions.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Build A Virtual Snowman

Update: Find even MORE Snowman themed activities for the classroom on my updated site by clicking here!
Why get all cold and wet outside when you can build a virtual snowman instead?  Use these fun online sites to create your own unique snowman.  Print or take screenshots of your students' snowman creations to use in writing projects such as poems or descriptive sentences.  You could even make a snowman glyph.

Build A Snowman:





















































































Virtual Snowflakes

Update: Find even MORE Snowflake themed activities for the classroom on my updated site by clicking here!

I used to love cutting out snowflakes from folded paper, but now there is a virtual way.  Here are a few sites that you can use to make snowflakes online without the paper mess.  Print your students' snowflakes for projects like winter poetry or lessons on symmetry.

Make A Flake by Barkley:
















Popular Front's Create a Snowflake:
 













 

























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