FreeCodeCamp

FreeCodeCamp     

Learn to code and help a nonprofit at the same time. You will build projects for nonprofits to use and you can add them to your portfolio.

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NASA Image and Video Library

NASA Image and Video Library                         NASA

NASA has made their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free. You and your students may use any of the 140,000 photos and other resources any way you like.

 

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LibriVox

A sample of the LibriVox search page.

LibriVox

Librivox

Free public domain audio books. Listen on your computer, iPad, or other device. Search by Author, Title, or Reader. You can also volunteer to be a reader for them.

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Unsplash

Unsplash lets you use their pictures for free without any attribution. 

Valley in between 2 mountains.

 

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Connecting Math to Literature Through Creative Technology Projects

The Creative Educator  gave this great list of children’s books and ideas for using them to create student books and projects. If you need help in finding ways to implement these projects, contact your Technology Resource Teacher.

Five Creatures. Emily Jenkins

Have students write and illustrate their own Five Creatures story using the members of their family. Print the files as a booklet to take home or export as an HTML storybook.

The Grapes of Math. Greg Tang

Have students write and illustrate their own math rhyming riddles. Combine all of the class riddles into one book and export to HTML to share online.

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies. Louise Matthews

Explore multiplication with this fun book. Then, have students combine artwork and text to write their own multiplication stories.

The Greedy Triangle. Marilyn Burns

Have students write their own story about a geometric shape. Using the ideas in the book, encourage them to make connections to where the shape is found in the real world.

The Math Curse. Jon Scieszka

Have students write their own stories about the problems they encounter during a typical school day or the problems encountered by a fire fighter, police officer, doctor, etc.

The Best of Times. Greg Tang and Harry Briggs

Have students create their own simple rhymes to help them memorize basic facts. Students may use stickers and paint tools to illustrate each rhyme.

The Shape of Things. Dayle Ann Dodds and Julie Lacome

Have students compose images from 2 dimensional shapes and complete a sentence that describes their composite to create their own version of the book. (lesson plan)

Math for All Seasons: Mind Stretching Math Riddles. Greg Tang and Harry Briggs

Have students create their own unique counting book with patterns using stickers and pictures. Student may publish their stories as short movies to share with others.

Math Fables. Greg Tang

Have students create their own counting fable using scenes and characters from familiar stories they have read. Print their stories to place in classroom library.

Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems. Lee Bennett Hopkins and Karen Barbour

Have students create their own math limerick poem for students to share. Compile each student’s poem as a class book.

Pigs Will Be Pigs. Amy Axelrod and Sharon McGinley

Have students create their own comic strip using basic money concepts for counting and making change. Other books in this series can help students explore math through travel, cooking, sports, and more!

Polar Bear Math: Learning about Fractions from the Klondike and Snow. Amy Whitehead Naqda and Cindy Bickel

Have students choose a daily concept like making lunch or time spent on homework to illustrate daily fractions found in the day. Student can create an HTML project to share with others.

Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class. Barbara Esham, Mike Gordo and Carl Gordo

Have students create a step-by-step guide for problem solving. This guide could be shared with others for future problem solving situations.

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CommonLit

According to Common Sense Education: “CommonLit’s adaptive reading toolbar makes text accessible for students at a variety of reading levels and language abilities. It’s perfect for English language learners and struggling readers. Every passage — printed in PDF format or accessed online — includes footnotes with vocabulary words and essential background information that is critical for kids to understand when reading a passage. The included discussion questions get students thinking critically about text during independent reading and beyond. Thinking about reading is further encouraged by text-dependent questions that are included with each passage.”

https://www.commonlit.org/

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The Art of Storytelling

Khan Academy is filled with useful tools to help students of all ages learn all types of things. Just this week, a free storytelling class from Pixar was added that many should be able to use: creative writing to digital storytelling.

https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/storytelling

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Lesson Plans to Fight Fake news

Fake news is everywhere in the news these days! Vicki Davis (CoolCatTeacher) has developed 3 lesson plans appropriate for teaching students about fake news and how to avoid inadvertently spreading it. The plans are available both online (http://www.coolcatteacher.com/3-fast-free-lesson-plans-fight-fake-news/ ) and in pdf format.

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Digital Learning Day – how will you participate?

Check out our page for ideas!

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The American Presidency Project

This site is a searchable archive of over 123,000 documents pertaining to U.S presidents. For a page of available documents, go to: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index_docs.php

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