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Math Arcade

  What it is:  Math Arcade is a branch of the Fun Brain Website.  Students in first through eighth grades can practice math facts and math skills through fun, interactive games.  When students go to Math Arcade, they will see a board game board.  They have to successfully complete each game before they can move their game piece to another spot on the game board.  Each spot on the game board represents an appropriate age level game.  Students can write down a special password to save and return to their saved game at another time.  There are 25 games at each grade level to play.     How to integrate Math Arcade into the classroom:   Math Arcade is a great website to help students practice math facts and skills.  There is enough variety on the site to keep kids interested.  The game board atmosphere gives students a goal to complete, they have to successfully play all 25 games to reach the end.  This site would be a great one to use as a math center, or in a computer lab setting as a math treat once a week.  Students can progress through the site based on their math ability.     Tips: Bookmark this page on your classroom computers for students to access throughout the school day or during free time.   Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Math Arcade  in your classroom. window.google_render_ad();

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Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, Interactive book, Language Arts, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 20-05-2008

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What it is: Shelfari is a virtual bookshelf that you create to show off books that you have read and recommend. It is a Web 2.0 site that allows you to connect with students, other teachers, and parents around books. Shelfari is a great way to discover new titles, discuss books, start an online book club, and show others what you are reading. You can show off your Shelfari bookshelf on your blog, classroom website, or other social networking site of choice. Really cool!

How to integrate Shelfari into the classroom: As summer break approaches, we teachers start thinking about how far we have come during the school year with our students. We also dread that they will be on their own for the summer and may or may not be reading. Shelfari would be an excellent resource to create today and introduce your students and parents to before summer break. Build a bookshelf of age-appropriate reading for your students. Post the bookshelf on your classroom website and encourage students to continue reading with you over the summer. Because Shelfari allows for you to create online book clubs and discussions, students can keep their reading and comprehension skills in tip top shape with you! Shelfari is also an excellent resource for parents who may feel overwhelmed when they enter a library with their child. They often aren’t sure of their child’s reading level and age-appropriate books. With Shelfari, they can visit your shelf before the trip to the library for some great suggestions. Shelfari is also ideal throughout the school year as a place for you and your students to connect over reading…reading is so much more fun when you have someone to share and discuss what you are reading with! Students can create their own bookshelves to show off what they are reading. Teacher to teacher book clubs on Shelfari are also a lot of fun! Connect with other staff members over books that you are reading (they can be school related or not.) Maybe in place of the traditional book report, students start a discussion on Shelfari about their reading. Where have you been all my life Shelfari? :)

Tips: Use Shelfari in conjunction with Book Adventure for some real reading fun!

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Shelfari in your classroom.

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