Why not brush up on some critical thinking and problem solving skills by planning a party? Check out this Party Planning resource that uses tree diagrams to find possible outcomes and make predictions for who will probably come to a party.
It's National Puzzle Day on the 29th. Learn about spatial relationships and boost your understanding of numbers by customizing and assembling these cool jigsaw puzzles that display symmetry.
Title: Whooo's Reading
Summary: Innovative take on independent reading ditches multiple-choice quizzes
Pros: Questions push students to read critically; supports a shared, meaningful independent reading program.
Cons: Avatars and rewards likely not suitable for older students; auto-generated questions can be too general.
Bottom Line: A convenient, well-intentioned tool for supporting a quality, interest-driven independent reading program, but make sure to tweak the auto-generated scores and questions.
Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many more characters as you find your way to Sesame Street. Celebrate Sesame Street by playing games that reinforce the colors, shapes, letters, sounds, and basic math concepts. Additional links to videos and art will provide an opportunity to fully observe the show that was first broadcast in 1969 by the Children's Television Workshop.
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
Title: Defined STEM
Summary: Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
Pros: The performance tasks are extremely thorough, result in student products, and cover key concepts in science and math.
Cons: Individualized student progress tracking and remediation tools are lacking.
Bottom Line: Excellent, well-thought-out resources for developing problem-solving skills in the classroom.
Summary: Fun virtual world builds deep understanding of fractions
Pros: Carefully crafted games ensure long-term retention and conceptual understanding of fractions.
Cons: Each time kids begin the game, plan on several minutes for it to load.
Bottom Line: A 3D world that uses adaptive computer manipulatives to build important fractions concepts.
Celebrate Pi Day (3.14 or March 14th) with this fun overview about Pi. Looking at the life of Pi from the early days where Pi wasn't really a known entity through getting the nickname of 22/7.
Use this interactive website to explore what defines a shape as three dimensional and what polyhedras, prisms, and pyramids are. Once you have explored what makes a shape 3D, explore polyhedras with a description alongside pictures that explain them. Then click prisms to get an up close look at different prisms as well as the nets that create those prisms. When finished with prisms, click pyramids to explore the different pyramids and their nets. You will also explore what a face, edge, and vertice of a shape is and how many of those each given shape contains.
Finding ways to make learning fun is always a key for a good teacher. Learning and practicing basic arithmetic operations are keys to success for a math student. On this site students practice those facts by playing a fun game. Students can choose from seven different levels of play. The lowest level focuses simply on subtracting single digit numbers. As the levels progress students can try multi-digit numbers, and subtraction that includes regrouping. For each level students decide if they want the fruit to move slow or fast. After that, splat away!
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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.