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15 Ways to Inspire 1st Graders

Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 1st graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home:

  1. Geography—find messages  around the world
  2. Hangman
  3. Brown Bear Typing
  4. Aesop Fables—no ads
  5. Aesop’s Fables–audio and visual
  6. Audio stories—read by actors
  7. Audio stories—speakaboos
  8. Childhood Stories
  9. Children’s Stories–MagicKey
  10. Classic Fairy Tales
  11. Clifford
  12. Fairy Tales and Fables
  13. Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
  14. Starfall
  15. Zoopz

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Weekend Website 40: NORAD Santa

It’s the time of year when inquiring young minds want to know–Where’s Santa? Here’s a great website to answer that question.

santa site

Track Santa on Xmas Eve

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Weekend Website: Great (Free) Training Videos

Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. Here’s one that I’ve found effective online tech training.

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Book Review: 1st Grade Technology–32 Lessons

1st gradeThis is another in a series of textbooks designed for K-8. I think you’ll find them useful in your classroom Web 2.0 integration:

First Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every First Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer

by Structured Learning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m often asked what books I’d recommend for teaching technology in the classroom. Each year about this time, I do a series of reviews on my favorite tech ed books. If you want to fix some of this year’s tech problems and get students ready for the rigor of Common Core, I suggest you consider the nine-volume K-8 technology curriculum series that’s used in hundreds of school districts across the country (and a few internationally). It’s aligned with both Common Core and NETS national standards and fully integrable into state classroom standards.

It’s 131 pages, about twice as long as the prior edition (thanks to Common Core tie-ins, more rubrics and examples, reproducibles, Web 2.0 connections and how-to’s that are age-appropriate for a 1st grader). It comes with a free membership in a co-teaching wiki so you can teach along with an experienced teacher using the curriculum. It’s much more like a tech lab-in-a-box than a mere 32 projects. The blurb says it all:

1st Grade Technology Curriculum is the second in a series designed to teach technology by integrating it into classroom inquiry. This nine-volume tech ed curriculum is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you are the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher. Each lesson is aligned with both Common Core State Standards (6th grade: aligned via Table of Contents) and  National Educational Technology Standards, and includes an Essential Question, Big Idea, suggested Assessments, required materials, vocabulary, problem solving, teacher preparation required, how to extend learning, examples, grading rubrics, additional resources, and how students can collaborate/share projects. Using a tested approach that promotes literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making, students learn the technology required to prepare for their future. The secret for you, as teacher, is knowing what to teach and when.

Each textbook includes a K-6 wide-ranging Scope and Sequence (in grades 6-8, it’s for middle school only), a year’s worth of lessons, monthly homework (3rd-8th only), student Certificate of Completion (excluding 6th grade), a comprehensive list of websites to support learning, articles that address tech pedagogy, and posters ready to print and hang on your walls.

With your purchase, you receive FREE access to a wealth of online resources including hundreds of teacher materials that differentiate instruction, websites that extend learning, and free help from professionals using the curriculum (membership included with purchase). Note: Color and embedded links shown in Click to Look Inside are included in pdf only.

1st grade technology units include (click here and scroll down to the green download box for a free preview):

  • Computer Basics
  • Mouse Skills
  • Tools and Toolbars
  • Symbols
  • Software
  • Holiday Greetings
  • Introduction to Google Earth
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Fills
  • Thanksgiving Greetings
  • Shapes
  • Introduction to Windows
  • Reading on the Internet
  • Rainforest Animals
  • Open House Drawing
  • Introduction to iPad
  • Valentine Greetings
  • Open House Drawing #3
  • St Patrick’s Day Greetings
  • Edit Writing
  • Architecture and Design I
  • Internet Fairy Tales
  • Fairy Tale Cover Page
  • Tell a Story with Comics
  • Share a Slideshow
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Graduation

Disclaimer: I am one of the editors for this series, though it’s a collaboration of a team of technology teachers.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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93 First Grade Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons

1st gradeThese are my 93 favorite first grade websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom lesson plans, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech.

Here’s the list:

  1. Aesop Fables—no ads
  2. Aesop’s Fables–audio and visual
  3. Alphabetic order
  4. Animal Games
  5. Animal Games II
  6. Animal homes
  7. Animal Homes II
  8. Audio stories—read by actors
  9. Audio stories—speakaboos
  10. Brown Bear Typing 
  11. Build a Neighborhood
  12. Build with Legos
  13. Childhood Stories
  14. Children’s Stories–MagicKey
  15. Classic Fairy Tales
  16. Clifford
  17. Clocks
  18. Clocks II
  19. Color US Symbols
  20. Comic Builder
  21. Create a story
  22. Dino Fossils then and now
  23. Eco-friendly house
  24. Edugames at PBS
  25. Edugames from BBC
  26. EekoWorld
  27. Egyptian Madlibs
  28. Fairy Tales
  29. Fairy Tales and Fables
  30. Fairy Tales–signed
  31. Forest—Walk Through a Forest
  32. Games that make you think
  33. Garfield Internet Cyberbullying
  34. Geography—find msg around the world
  35. Great Websites—can’t get thru all
  36. Greece-Rome—Winged Sandals
  37. Groundhog Day Games
  38. Groundhog Day Video
  39. Hangman
  40. Holiday Elf Games
  41. Holiday hangman
  42. Holiday Hangman II
  43. Holiday—Design a Gingerbread House
  44. Holiday—match game
  45. Holiday—Math Facts
  46. Holiday—Math Facts
  47. Holiday—North Pole Academy
  48. Holiday—North Pole Academy
  49. Home of the Future
  50. Interactive storybook collection
  51. Internet safety–read-to-you book
  52. Kerpoof
  53. Keyboarding—Hyper Spider Typing
  54. Language—parts of speech
  55. Learn to Type—Big Brown Bear
  56. Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
  57. Magic Schoolbus
  58. Make a Face
  59. Make another story
  60. Make Believe Comix
  61. Make your own Story
  62. Math Games
  63. Mighty Book
  64. Money flashcards
  65. Money—counting
  66. Mouse Click Skills—gorgeous
  67. Mouse skills
  68. Mr. Picasso Head
  69. Museum of Modern Art
  70. Music with Hands
  71. Music—Quincy & Magic Instruments
  72. My Garbology
  73. Number concepts
  74. Number Order
  75. Ocean Tracks
  76. Online typing practice
  77. Pharaoh’s Tomb Game
  78. Rainforest collection
  79. Rainforest Websites Videos
  80. Rainforest—3 games
  81. Rainforest—great but a bit of reading
  82. Rainforest—Jungle Journey
  83. Reading games
  84. Science websites
  85. Starfall
  86. Stories for children
  87. Stories from PBS
  88. Stories—MeeGenius—read/to me
  89. SumDog—free reg
  90. Where is Santa?
  91. Wild on Math—simple to use
  92. Word games—k-2
  93. Writing games

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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169 Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Inquiry

kindergarten websitesThese are my 120 favorite kindergarten websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom inquiry, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech.

Here’s the list:

  1. Aesop Fables
  2. Aesop Fables—no ads
  3. Alphabet Animals
  4. Alphabet Doors
  5. Animal Games
  6. Animal Games II
  7. Animal Homes II
  8. Audio stories
  9. Barnaby and Bellinda Bear
  10. Bembo’s Zoo
  11. Build a car
  12. Build a car–abcya
  13. Build a Neighborhood
  14. Car puzzle
  15. Clock games–many
  16. Clocks
  17. Clocks—set the time–BBC
  18. Color US Symbols
  19. Counting Money
  20. Create Music
  21. Dino collection
  22. Dino Fossils then and now
  23. Dino Games
  24. Dino Games II
  25. Dinosaurs
  26. Dinosaurs II
  27. Dinosaurs IV
  28. Dinosaurs V
  29. Dinosaurs VI
  30. Dr. Seuss
  31. Edugames at Pauly’s Playhouse
  32. Edugames—drag-and-drop puzzles
  33. Endangered species collection
  34. Fables–beautiful
  35. Find a dog
  36. Game Goo—wacky games that teach
  37. Games to teach mouse skills, problem-solving
  38. Games to teach problem-solving skills
  39. Geogreeting—find letters around the world
  40. Great Websites—can’t get thru all of them
  41. Groundhog Day
  42. Holiday Elf Games
  43. Holiday music
  44. Holiday—Design Gingerbread House
  45. Holiday—match game
  46. Holiday—North Pole Academy
  47. Holidays–various
  48. Interactive sites
  49. Kerpoof
  50. Keyboarding—Hyper Spider Typing
  51. Kindergarten Links—Science, etc.
  52. KinderSite—lots of kindergarten websites
  53. Learn to Read
  54. Learn to read—Teach your monster to read
  55. Letters—find the letter
  56. Letters—find the letter—caps and lower case
  57. Letters—sort by sounds
  58. Literacy sites
  59. Magic Keys–stories for youngers
  60. Make a Face
  61. Make a Monster
  62. Make a Scary Spud
  63. Make a Story
  64. Math for K
  65. Math Games
  66. Math/LA Videos by grade level
  67. Mighty book storybooks
  68. Mr. Picasso Head
  69. Museum of Modern Art
  70. Music—Quincy and the Magic Instruments
  71. Ocean Currents—video from NASA
  72. Ocean Safari
  73. Ocean Tracks
  74. PBS Stories–Between the Lions
  75. Puzzle
  76. Reading games
  77. Recycle—Michael Michael Go Recycle
  78. Shapes and colors
  79. Sid the Scientist
  80. Signed stories
  81. Spring Garden—click for flowers
  82. Starfall 
  83. Stories–Animated
  84. Stories—CircleTime—international
  85. Stories—MeeGenius—read/to me
  86. Stories—non-text
  87. The Learning Planet
  88. Time
  89. Time clocks
  90. Transportation alphabet
  91. Transportation games
  92. Transportation matching
  93. Transportation Sequence Games
  94. Transportation video–BrainPopJr
  95. Turkey websites
  96. Valentine Sudoku
  97. Valentine mouse skills
  98. Line up the hearts
  99. Dress up the heart
  100. Valentine unscramble
  101. Valentine typing
  102. Valentine puppy jigsaw
  103. Valentine drag-and-drop
  104. Valentine match
  105. Valentine tic-tac-toe
  106. Valentine projects from Winter Wonderland
  107. Write in a heart
  108. More heart writing
  109. ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu
  110. Valentine’s Day apps
  111. Valentine Day games and stories
  112. Valentine coloring book
  113. Valentine Day poem generator
  114. Valentine rebuses
  115. Valentine rebus game
  116. Virtual Farm
  117. Virtual Zoo
  118. Word games—k-2
  119. Writing games
  120. Ziggity Zoom Stories

Technology

  1. Audio books—Ms. Noor–free
  2. Bees and Honey
  3. Clicky’s Web(safe) World
  4. Clicky’s Web(safe) World II
  5. Computer basics
  6. Computer Basics II
  7. Computer puzzle
  8. Computer safety
  9. Cyber-bullying video
  10. Day in a digital citizen’s life
  11. Disney CyberNetiquette Comix
  12. Drag and drop games–visual
  13. Drag and drop puzzles
  14. Drag and drop skills
  15. Find the Technology
  16. Garfield internet safety
  17. Internet—what is it–video
  18. Internet safety games
  19. Internet Safety Site –Disney
  20. Internet Smart Princess
  21. Jigsaw puzzles
  22. Jigzone–puzzles
  23. Keyboard Climber
  24. Keyboard Use Video
  25. Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
  26. Monitor Use Video
  27. More Mouse Skills
  28. Mouse and tech basics–video
  29. Mouse Click Skills—gorgeous
  30. Mouse exercises–for olders too
  31. Mouse practice
  32. Mouse practice—drag, click
  33. Mouse Song
  34. Mouse Use Video
  35. Mouse—Tidy the Classroom
  36. Mouse—Wack a Gopher
  37. Mousing around
  38. My Online Neighborhood–video
  39. NetSmartKids–read-to-you–net safety
  40. Odiogo—read blog posts to students
  41. Organize technology (drag and drop)
  42. Parts of the computer
  43. Parts of the computer—BrainPopJr
  44. Princess who knew how to UYN–video
  45. Surf Swell Island
  46. Tech Training—basics
  47. Tidy the classroom
  48. Videos on Computer Basics K-6
  49. Webville Outlaws–internet safety

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Weekend Website #133: Embeddable Puzzles

It’s the time of year when children are looking for entertainment and parents want something fun to keep their cerebral fires burning. Entertainment-cerebra–that’s not an oxymoron. Check this website on States, and then check out the other topics available on Quiz Factor.

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Weekend Website #130: EngageNY

Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. Here’s one that I’ve found effective in supporting the pedagogic changes to Common Core

Engage NY--get Common Core into classrooms

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Weekend Website #127: Brown Bear Typing

Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. Here’s one that I’ve found effective in… Here’s a great website to answer that question.

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Weekend Website #126: BrainPop Game Up

Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. Here’s one that I’ve found effective in… Here’s a great website to answer that question.

games

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Weekend Website #125: Starfall Math

Every week, I share a website that inspired my students. Here’s one you may have missed. Starfall is a lot more than reading…

startfall more

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Weekend Website 123: Google Gravity

Inquiring minds don’t always need a purpose. Fun is often inspiration enough. Check out this clever rendition of Google Search:

google gravity

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Weekend Website #121: Class Badges

Every week, I share a website that inspired, excited, and/or informed my classes. Here’s one on a popular trend in education–awarding badges:

badges

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Free Lesson Plans–Visit My TeachersPayTeachers Store

tech edLooking for something to spice up your classroom? Here are a variety of projects you can download for free. Just visit my TeacherPayTeachers store, click download, and they’re yours. If you enjoy them, please add a few stars to the recommendation list:

A Colonization Brochure in Publisher

A Publisher trifold on American colonies (or any
other topic you’re covering in your classroom). Includes step-by-step directions, standards addressed, time required, prior knowledge expected, vocabulary used, higher-order thinking skills addressed, samples, reproducibles, grading rubrics, and more.

His Words in Our Words

Students interpret the words of Dr Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about impact of words on history. Common Core aligned

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Weekend Website #118: Scale of the Universe

Wondering what’s out there, past our Earthly bounds? Here’s a great website to answer that question.

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