WWW – We Give Books

This Week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is…

We Give Books

 

 

 

 We Give Books is a website that allows you to read books online for free!   This amazing website has 150 books available to read right on your computer! 

And to make it even better, each time you read one of these eBooks, the Pearson Foundation will donate a book to a charity that provides free books for needy kids!

You’ll find some of your favorite picture book characters here, like Skippyjon Jones, Corduroy, Spot, and Ladybug Girl.  There are also some non-fiction books to enjoy about big cats, caterpillars and butterflies, volcanoes, tornadoes, animal families, and more.

BONUS:  This year’s Read for the Record book is Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, and you can read it online at the We Give Books website.  More than 2 million people will be reading to children on October 6 in order to draw attention to the need for quality early education.  I hope you will take the pledge to share Llama Llama Red Pajama with your students on October 6! 

p.s. You will find lots of additional resources at the Llama Llama Red Pajama website!

 

As always, a link to this website is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.

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WWW – Oreo 2011

This Week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) Is….

 

OREO 2011

O.R.E.O. – Our Really Exciting Online project!

I hope you will consider taking part in this annual classroom event that makes math fun!

Students will make predictions, practice counting skills, and record observations as they take turns stacking oreo cookies and comparing their results.  The data collected by each class is then submitted online, where it will be combined with data from other classrooms all over the world.  The final results will be posted at the project site on October 8 in a spreadsheet format, and you can then use those results to create your own graphs and charts.

Instructions, standards, activities, and worksheets are provided for you.

There are several cross-curricular components to this project, including viewing a map to see where the data is coming from, creating a timeline of the history of the oreo cookie, and creating cookie sculptures with the oreos once the stacking is finished.

Project dates are September 19-October 7, and registration is open now. 

The project is coordinated by Jen Wagner.  You can see her other upcoming projects, including next month’s Pumpkin Seed Count at Projects By Jen.

 

As always, a link to this website is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.

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WWW – Study Jams

This Week’s WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website) is ….Study Jams!

Study Jams

 

Each Study Jam is made up of a video, slide show, or step by step tutorial for a Math or Science topic, all tailored to kids.  These are great for introducing or reviewing a concept on an Interactive Whiteboard, or for giving students individual instruction and/or practice on a computer or netbook.  

To make learning even more fun, some concepts have an accompanying karaoke song so kids can sing along if they’d like!  (Tools of Measurement has a good beat, and you can really dance learn about measurement to it!)

Key vocabulary words with definitions are also provided, and there is a “test yourself” section for each concept where kids can practice what they’ve just learned. 

Explanation are clear, graphics are large and bright, and the characters are appealing.  You can browse the broad categories (Addition & Subtraction, Geometry, Fractions, Measurement, Plants, Animals, Human Body, Matter, etc) or search for a specific topic. 

The site has no ads, and requires no registration or login.  So what are you waiting for?  Go start Jamming!

 

As always, a link to this week’s WWW is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.
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WWW – Academic Skill Builders

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A couple of my teachers mentioned to me last week that their students really needed a review of basic math skills, so I’m recommending Academic Skill Builders as a fun site for kids to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as money, fractions, time, and more.  There are some geography and language arts games, too.

There are both single-player and multi-player games available.  Multi-player games can be public, allowing anyone to join in; or they can be protected by a password so that only selected students may play.

These games can be played on student computers, on a class set of netbooks, or on the interactive whiteboard.  The graphics are bright and cheerful, and the instructions are easy to understand.

The games are (and according to the site, always will be) free, but additional features are available for a fee.  If you’d like to be able to customize game content, track individual student progress, and print reports, you can sign up for a subscription. 

Right now, the site is in beta testing, and they are waiving the usual $199 subscription price in return for your feedback.  Once the site is ready to launch fully – and I don’t know when that will be – beta testers will receive half off the first year’s subscription price.

 

As always, a link to this week’s WWW is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.
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WWW – Writing Fix

To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, NCTE has established October 20, 2010, as the National Day on Writing.  So,

This Week’s WWW is…. 

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Writing Fix

http://writingfix.com

 This site is part of the Northern Nevada Writing Project, and is full of resources for modeling and teaching writing across the curriculum.  I honestly can’t believe how vast and detailed the resources are, and because the links are all to original material published in-house, there are no dead links on the site!

Use the blue navigation buttons on the left of the Writing Fix homepage to find lesson plans for different writing genres, the writing process, the six writing traits, and more.  You will also find interactive writing prompts, writing lessons inspired by picture books and chapter books, and samples of student writing. 

And don’t forget to give back!  They accept submissions of writing lessons and student writing from teachers and kids all over the world!  A lesson template is provided, and if your lesson is published on the site, you’ll receive a free book!

Happy Writing!

 

 As always, a link to this website is posted at http://www.netvibes.com/weeklyweb, along with all of the previous WWW websites.

 

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