Engaging Activities

April 24, 2017

Here’s the Definition, What’s the Word?

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

What’s in a word? Plenty if you consider its definition, part in speech, proper spelling and placement in text. As most reading and writing teachers know, building a robust vocabulary and knowing the right way to use words are skills students acquire through practice. Teachers who are looking for a good educational game to supplement…

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April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer. K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker,…

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April 10, 2017

Earth Day Activities to Help Students Learn about the Environment

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This action opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and…

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April 3, 2017

Pegs and Rubber Bands go Digital in Geometry App

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Pegs and rubber bands don’t immediately come to mind as classroom teaching tools. Especially in today’s digital era. But, why not? They can be great manipulative tools for teaching and illustrating basic geometry concepts. Rubber bands stretched around pegs can create a plethora of geometric shapes, including polygons, triangles, squares and even octagons. Cool, huh?…

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March 27, 2017

Word Clouds Page Helps Students Ramp up Vocabulary Skills

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Clouds outside may darken the mood on a quiet afternoon. But inside a classroom, clouds can lighten the mood and promote learning — as long as they’re chock full of words. Word clouds pull words from written sources and arrange them in a visually appealing way based on their frequency of use, pattern and importance….

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March 20, 2017

Mobile App Helps Students Put the Right Words in the Right Places

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

Finding just the right word for an essay can be a head-scratcher for many students. And proper word placement can sometimes be a brain twister. But when carefully chosen words fit into the right places in sentences and paragraphs to convey the author’s precise meaning, the mental gymnastics are well worth the effort. But good…

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March 13, 2017

Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Slithering snakes and waddling penguins. Introducing these creatures into classroom lessons is a great way to pique students’ curiosity about the world of science and biology. And what about the technology of controlling sound waves? Or looking at what happens in a robotics summer camp for kids? Those topics and hundreds more fill the “Science…

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February 27, 2017

App Focuses on Famous Monuments Around the World

By tomm | Literacy Resources

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Among them are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus and others. Of the original seven, only the Pyramids of Giza still stand. But lots of monuments, landmarks and famous locations have survived to inspire wonder worldwide. The Roman Colosseum, Brooklyn Bridge, Great…

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February 21, 2017

App Gives Kids a Splattering of Good Sight Words

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Learning sight words can be a messy process. Like a splattered egg yolk. Yuck! But a splattered egg yolk can also be fun. That’s the idea behind “Eggy Words 100 HD,” an educational app from Reading Eggs. It targets the pre-K-through-second-grade crowd and covers the ABCs and includes 100 basic sight words for young readers….

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February 6, 2017

Websites on Lincoln, Washington are Great Presidents Day Teaching Assets

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Abraham Lincoln was curious and mysterious. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was one of the most celebrated events in the 16th president’s life, it’s also one of the least chronicled. And because Lincoln kept much of his private life and thoughts under wraps, in many ways he remains an enigma. Meanwhile, George Washington, the nation’s…

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