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What it is: Carrot Sticks is another fun place for your students to practice math facts.  Carrot Sticks is a fantastic place where your students can practice their math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) for FREE!  Students get to create their own Carrot Stick avatar to help them practice.  Then they practice addition facts against an online opponent of their choosing.  Carrot Sticks has students testing their math fact skills against other students from around the world in a completely safe environment (no personal information is shared and students can’t chat).  Students earn math achievement certificates for reaching various goals. Note: To get your FREE Carrot Sticks account (available to educators for school/classroom use only) email support@carrotsticks.com. How to integrate Carrot Sticks into the classroom: Use  Carrot Sticks for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math fact practice.  Students love seeing how they stack up to their peers from around the world.  Carrot Sticks also offers individual goals for students to reach.  Not only are they competing against others, they are trying to improve their own best times.  Carrot Sticks is a nice alternative to flash card practice.  Students will enjoy the ability to create their own avatar and earn rewards for meeting goals.  Carrot Sticks would make a good addition math fact practice center for students on classroom computers.  Give students a set amount of time to practice their facts. Keep a running scoreboard by the center with the highest student score in 1 min, 2 min, or 5 min.  Carrot sticks reminds me of World Math Day (which my students go crazy for) why not offer the Carrot Sticks website as a “training center” to prepare for World Math Day? Tips: Send this link home to parents, they are often looking for new ways to practice math facts at home. Leave a comment and share how you are using Carrot Sticks in your classroom.

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Moon in Google Earth

Posted by admin | Posted in Fun & Games, Geography, History, Interactive Whiteboard, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Virtual Field Trips | Posted on 20-07-2009

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What it is: Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission.  I have been following the moon landing on We Choose the Moon.  This is an incredible site that has allowed me to re-live (for the first time) the Apollo 11 mission as if it were happening today.  In honor of this historic day, Google released Google Earth 5.0 complete with Moon view.  With Moon in Google Earth you and your students can take tours of landing sites narrated by Apollo astronauts, view 3-D models of landed spacecraft, zoom into 360* photos of astronauts footprints, and watch rare TV footage of the Apollo missions.

How to integrate Moon in Google Earth into the classroom: Now that the moon has made an appearance in Google Earth, your students can experience the moon and Apollo missions up close and personal.  Space, astronauts, Apollo missions, and the moon were the stuff of legends before the space race took off.  Moon in Google Earth brings back the excitement of the space race allowing students to explore and discover.  This is an excellent virtual field trip to take your students on during any space or moon unit.  Use an interactive whiteboard to discover as a class.  Students can take turns being moon tour guides.  Students could also explore independently keeping their discoveries in a space journal and reporting back to others what they discovered on their journey to the moon.

Tips: Google Earth is a download.  If you need IT to perform downloads for you, be sure that Google Earth makes it on your list of must haves for the school year.

Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Moon in Google Earth in your classroom.Moon in Google Earth

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