Did you get fooled last week? Check out this site for a list of 13 words associated with deceit and trickery. Reinforce spellings, pronunciations, and meanings of these words to help you spot April Fools next year.
NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group.
Pros: Tons of comment options including restricted dates, sorting, and multiple threads.
Cons: Though multiple file types are supported, the site claims that there are sometimes difficulties with PDFs.
Bottom Line: It's a versatile discussion platform for teaching, peer reviewing, and fostering active reading, and offers much more than traditional word processors.
Summary: Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Pros: It's super customizable, which means you can assign kids the lessons they need to work on most.
Cons: Lacks an element of fun, which could make using the site feel like work for some kids.
Bottom Line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs
Need a little educational fun added to your Fun Friday? Sometimes studying language can be a bore, but bring on Babbel's bucketful of boisterous tongue twisters to tempt teachers to torment their students success with figurative language. Learners lament loudly when led to learn languages, especially when they are tongue twisters in a variety of languages! Go beyond the popular "Sally sells seashells" or "Peter Piper picked a peck" with these worldly twisters to tangle the tongues.
Summary: Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Pros: Projects fuse ELA and social studies while helping students make real-world connections.
Cons: You'll need to sync up with the timelines of the courses. Rubrics are limited.
Bottom Line: A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that builds global awareness and collaboration skills by facilitating authentic, cross-cultural PBL experiences.
Title: checkology® Virtual Classroom
Summary: Go-to news-literacy site is an excellent primer on media issues
Pros: Unique site allows for exploration of multiple lessons, while the check tool allows students to evaluate credibility of news.
Cons: Lessons can be a bit too long and repetitive at times
Bottom Line: With "fake news" a pressing concern, checkology's literacy lessons offer essential, if not totally comprehensive, skills to help students evaluate sources.
Summary: Advanced Q&A tool compels collaboration, higher-order thinking
Pros: Students are on the hook to not only understand, but explain what they know to others.
Cons: The site's design, some of its features, and the collaborative expectations may limit use to older or advanced students.
Bottom Line: Encourage collaborative, student-centered learning with this useful platform, but make sure it's the right fit for your students.
Want to practice your grammar and you ninja skills at the same time? Grammar Ninja can help. This interactive site gives students allows students to work through three levels of mastery by throwing ninja stars at different parts of speech within sentences. The beginning level focuses only on nouns and verbs. The Skilled Ninja level adds in pronouns, articles, adjectives, and adverbs. Finally, Master Ninjas identify all eight parts of speech. Each level ends in a Mission Complete screen that displays the student’s time, number of incorrect answers, and rank, so even when they have completed a level, they can also go back to try to master it more quickly and accurately.
Looking for a resource that combines grammar and fun? Look no further. Wacky Web Tales uses parts of speech to create silly stories and can be extremely entertaining. Students will test their knowledge on parts of speech as they fill in this web tale called the "Holiday Sing-A-Long". Once completed, the reading of the web tale will reveal just how wacky it turned out....enjoy!
Slide into sentences, punctuation and style with these wacky flightless birds! Use the words, sentences or passages these penguins glide in with to create pure poetry in ice skating motion!
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.