Monday, October 08, 2012

Resources To Start Off Your Week 38: Thanksgiving Edition!

     It is Thanksgiving weekend!! I have spent all weekend visiting family, celebrating birthdays (my own and my dad's) and eating some amazing food :) One of the things I am thankful for is all of the amazing resources out there that can assist our student's learning. Here are some great ones that I found this week and will be adding them to my lists of resources under the Fav Websites heading.

1 ) Urlist
- Have you ever wanted to use webquests/internet scavenger hunts in your
  classroom but never had an easy way to put them together? Urlist is your
  answer! Users can create a list of links, add descriptions of the website
  and add instructions of what you would like your students to find out while
  they are at the website.
- Urlist is extremely easy to use and each list has its personal URL which
  allows you to share the link easily with your class. Lists can also be
  created collaboratively and shared with anyone so you can find resources
  that you might not even know about!
- Very user friendly!
- http://urli.st/
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2 ) Pin-a-Tale: Literary Map of Britain
- This interactive map showcases places within Britain that have influenced
  famous literary works over the past 1,000 years. Users can select the location
  to learn more about what piece of literature it is associated with, the author, how
  the location has changed over time, etc.
- This could be a great website to use when completing certain novel studies or you
  could use it as a model and have your students create their own map! Think of the
  map you could have by the end of the year/term if you plotted the location from
  every novel, short story, poem, etc that you cover over the course of a year!
* This is a collaborative project and some locations have more information than
  others.
- http://www.bl.uk/pin-a-tale/pin-a-tale-map.aspx

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3 ) Tree Planet
- Tree Planet is a cute online game that assists the environment
  while teaching about environmental sustainability. The way it works is
  simple: you play the game and the company does something good for
  the environment (planting trees). Users plant trees, fertilize the soil and
  protect the tree from dangers such as loggers.
- This game could be a neat activity to include when teaching about
  environmental sustainability and/or community activism. It could also
  be used as a model to create a similar project at a school or community
  level!
- http://www.treepla.net/season2/eng/main.php



4 ) Money Metropolis & Other Practical Money Games
- This website allows students to play a game that requires them to pick
  savings goals, complete tasks to earn money and resist the temptation
  to spend their money on things other than their goals!
- This is a great website for students to practice math skills and life skills
  in a setting that mimics situations they will actually experience in everyday
  life! There are a total of 8 different games that can meet the needs of all
  of your students!
* The music on this website is VERY loud, turn down your volume beforehand!
- http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/moneymetropolis/
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Happy Monday Thanksgiving everyone!

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