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December Features from Internet 4 Classrooms

December Features from Internet 4 Classrooms


December Blog | App of The Month | What's Happening |
New- Online Practice | New- Printables | New- Answer Keys |
Teacher Resources | Parent Resources | Technology Tips |
Other Areas of Interest | Common Core |
SAT and ACT Test Preparation

December brings Read a New Book Month, Special Education Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and much more. Visit our monthly newsletter to see all the details.

December Blog: Reasons to Teach Coding from an Early Age

Reasons to Teach Coding from an Early Age

This month's blog is Reasons to Teach Coding from an Early Age.

Recent research has shown that learning coding is the keystone of future career and success. We live in the digital-fuelled era and coding can be considered a transferable skill that opens new horizons. That is why it is so important to develop a problem-solving mindset in young kids from quite an early age.

The earlier a kid learns how to code, the better results they will achieve in the future. In this article, we explain why it is so important to teach a young kid coding from an early age and what outcomes you may expect.

Guest Blogger Mary Byrd is a freelance writer with a combination of analytical mind and creativity. She is currently working at the software development company VironIT.



App of the Month

Every month we are going to feature a different, and hopefully FREE, iPad/iPod/iPhone/Android educational application. Visit our ever-changing app page.

The App of the Month for December is Lightbot - Code Hour by SpriteBox LLC ( iOS and Android ).


Get kids hooked on coding within minutes.

Lightbot : Code Hour is a programming puzzle game- a game whose game mechanics require using programming logic to solve levels. This short teaser is meant to introduce players to programming who may have little to no experience. Anyone, anywhere, from grades K-12 can play, have fun and learn real programming logic.

Simply guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands, Lightbot cultivates a real understanding of procedures, loops, and conditionals.

Educators around the world are choosing to use Lightbot first when introducing their students to programming, coding and Computer Science.

Lightbot : Code Hour features 20 levels. The follow-on Lightbot : Programming Puzzles features 50 levels and 20 challenge stars to collect for when you want more of a challenge.

This version of Lightbot can be played in English, French, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Romanian, Indonesian, German, Polish, Danish, Croatian, Dutch, Slovak, Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Hindi, Swedish, Finnish and Hungarian. Just hit the associated flag icon on the main screen to select a language.

Lightbot features multiple save slots and separate progress tracking for multiple players. Multiple players can advance at their own pace in their own save slot, and also compete on number of levels finished, number of stars collected and number of overall commands used to complete the game.

There are NO in-app purchases in Lightbot.


Lightbot - Code Hour is available for Apple and Android devices.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Android version 2.3 and up on your Android device.



WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?


Here are some of the December events that you can celebrate or make note of this month:

  1. Read a New Book Month
    What book are you going to read this month? To help you find a new book, Scholastic has a compilation of book lists ranging over many subjects. I4C also has a collection of stories for elementary students, library resources, information on physical and virtual libraries, grade level help with reading and literature, and reading assessment practice.

  2. Hanukkah (11/28-12/6)
    Happy Hanukkah. Check out I4C's Hanukkah page to learn about the holiday and to find games, activities, recipes, and songs to celebrate Hanukkah.



  3. Special Education Day (12/2)
    I4C offers a whole section of Exceptional Children resources, including Special Education for the classroom, teachers, and parents. Take advantage of tools on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.

  4. 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, ratified (12/6/1865)
    Today, the 13th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. I4C has resources about slavery for elementary schoolers (plus Here), and middle schoolers and check out this link to find Civil War resources.

  5. Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week (12/6-12)
    The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. If you're thinking about how to teach an hour of code, take a look at this teacher guide. Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML) is the coding language of the web - take a look at these HTML resources from I4C. Here's a great list of more resources: 24 Hour of Code Resources for Teachers and Schools. Finally, here's a link to the Computer Science Education Week website.

  6. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (12/7/1941)
    Remember the attack on Pearl Harbor in your history lessons today. From Scholastic, meet witnesses, view a timeline of the events leading up to Pearl Harbor, and find a Pearl Harbor teaching guide. Use Primary and Secondary Sources to identify conclusions based on the event. View videos, use interactive maps, and find other World War II resources for your lesson from the History Channel.

  7. Emily Dickinson's Birthday (12/10/1830)
    Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday by learning about poetry. I4C has multiple Poetry resources throughout our site: Elementary Poetry, Middle/High School Poetry, Poetic Overviews and Poetic Devices, Poetic Terms, Analyzing Poetry, and Rhyme and Rhythm, including Lower School Rhyming.



  8. National Cocoa Day (12/13)
    We already know chocolate is delicious, but did you know it also makes for great lesson plan topics? Celebrate National Cocoa Day in your classroom. I4C has chocolate themed activities and lesson plans, chocolate recipes, and lesson plans based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  9. Bill of Rights Day (12/15)
    The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the Constitution, guaranteeing our personal freedoms as U.S. citizens. Today, read the Bill of Rights on the National Archives website and find educator resources from the Bill of Rights Institute. I4C also has Bill of Rights resources like games, quizzes, and lesson plans for fourth graders and eighth graders (plus Here).

  10. Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday (12/16/1770)
    Did you know that in Beethoven's later life, he was completely deaf yet continued to compose music? Learn about Beethoven's life and works and find resources for classical music and other types of music on I4C's Music Resource page.

  11. Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773)
    On this day in 1773, Sam Adams led the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawk Indians, to British Ships at port in the Boston Harbor and dumped the ships' tea into the water. Learn about the Boston Tea Party from the History Channel and check out these great resources about the Revolutionary War from Mr. Nussbaum.

  12. First Day of Winter (12/21)
    Did you know that today is the shortest day of the year? Find out what causes the seasons, what animals do in the winter, and explore how the environment adapts to winter. Here are some great winter themed math worksheets for elementary school and classroom crafts and activities to use today. Scroll down this page to the bottom to find winter-themed math worksheets.

  13. Christmas (12/25)
    Celebrate Christmas with Interent4Classrooms. Our Christmas page has fun resources like activities, crafts, recipes and even a Santa tracker. Don't forget that you can EMAIL Santa Claus too.

  14. Kwanzaa (12/26-1/1)
    Kwanzaa is filled with meanings and customs rooted in African culture. Originally signifying a harvest celebration, Kwanzaa has become a communal holiday by reinforcing strong ties and a feeling of "oneness" during this week-long celebration. Enjoy our Kwanzaa page containing definitions, customs, activities, reading passages, and recipes that make this holiday special.

New- ONLINE PRACTICE AT I4C


Internet4Classrooms now offers Online Practice and Interactives, covering Kindergarten to Eighth Grade Common Core Mathematics. Look for a rapidly growing variety of thousands of practice quizzes tied to the Common Core State Standards, School Subjects, Activities, and Holidays.


Check out our Online Practice Quizzes. More grades and subjects coming soon.

New Online Practice Quizzes Made Available in December

We have released many new online quizzes during the last months supporting the Common Core Standards.

Try them out, and then use them with your students as:

  • Bell Ringers,
  • In Class Assignments,
  • Homework or
  • Extra Credit.

Here is a list of the newest quizzes by grade.

New- COMMON CORE MATHEMATICS PRINTABLES AT I4C


Internet4Classrooms offers Printables, covering Kindergarten to Sixth Grade Mathematics. Look for a rapidly growing variety of thousands of practice worksheets tied to the Common Core State Standards, School Subjects, Activities, and Holidays.


Check out our Common Core Printables. More grades and subjects coming soon.


New Printables Worksheets Made Available in December

We have released thousands of new printables worksheets during the last months supporting the Common Core Standards.

Try them out, and then use them with your students as:

  • Bell Ringers,
  • In Class Assignments,
  • Homework or
  • Extra Credit.

Here is a list of the newest worksheet sets by grade.


    New- Answer Keys


      New Worksheet Answer Keys Made Available in December

      We have released thousands of new answer keys for our printables worksheets during the last months supporting the Common Core Standards.

      Remember that you can sign up for answer key access here: https://i4c.xyz/n89msyv.

      Here is a list of the newest answer key sets by grade.


      TEACHER RESOURCES


      1. Many historical events happened this month which you can cover in your classroom. Check outI4C's History page for lesson plans, videos, activities, and other resources to supplement your lessons.

      2. Are you using our Site Map? Don't forget it's an easy and quick way to search alphabetically by topic.

      3. This month is Read a New Book Month - what a great time to get your students interested in reading. To help your students find a new book, Scholastic has a compilation of book lists ranging over many subjects. Check out this article on how to keep your students reading over Winter Break. I4C also has a collection of stories for elementary students, library resources, information on physical and virtual libraries, grade level help with reading and literature, and reading assessment practice.

      4. I4C offers a whole section of Exceptional Children resources, including Special Education for the classroom, teachers, and parents. Take advantage of tools on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.

      5. Be sure to check out I4C's holiday pages to find resources for your classroom. We have Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages for you to use.

      6. Looking for lesson plans to bring in the new year? We have a whole page dedicated to lesson plans by grades and subjects.

      7. Want to make sure your class takes home extra help with math? We have online games for every topic from fractions to graphs, money, place value, and measurement. Find it by grade here.

      8. We've got online English games for Language Arts subjects too. I4C also has skill builders for: Contractions, sentence structure, capitalization and punctuation, reading comprehension, and phonics to name a few.

      9. We have great Language Arts resources to help you plan for the 3rd 9 week period. Find writing resources for elementary school, middle school, and high school. We also have resources about comparing and contrasting and story elements ( 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade). Be sure to look at our Grade Level Help page to find more resources to use in your classroom.

      10. Teach your students the wonders of poetry. Find poems about Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter here. I4C also has multiple poetry resources throughout our site: Elementary Poetry, Middle/High School Poetry, Poetic Overviews and Poetic Devices, Poetic Terms, Analyzing Poetry, and Rhyme and Rhythm, including Lower School Rhyming.

      11. Be sure to check out I4C's collection of free educational iPhone and iPad apps.

      12. Remember to visit our Teacher Tools section. This home page contains all the topics you need to use during the school year.

      13. Go to our grade level help for lesson plans, activities, instructionals, and tools organized by grade and subject.

      PARENT RESOURCES


      1. While the kids are at home, have them practice their reading while feeling like they're playing computer games. Our SkillBuilders Language section has online stories, organized by grade.

      2. Make your own worksheets - scroll to the bottom of our teacher tools page. It's a great way to keep the daily lessons fresh in their minds. If you're feeling adventurous we also have crosswords and puzzles you can customize too.

      3. Reinforce great school habits by creating fun awards to hand out at home. This page has a ton of sites that help you create any type of award you can think of.

      4. Get the kids dancing at home with our music resources page. Super fun on a cold winter day.

      5. This month is Read a New Book Month and is a great time to get your kids interested in reading. Here are 10 great tips to help make reading fun and Scholastic has great children's book lists and reading resources for parents.

      6. Teach your children about different winter holidays and find resources for the holidays you celebrate. I4C has Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages.

      7. On December 13th, it's National Cocoa Day. We have chocolate themed activities, chocolate recipes, and activities based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for you to do with your child.

      8. Want to reinforce a concept with your child? Check out our Grade Level Skill Help page for tons of resources in math and language arts covering a variety of topics.

      9. Parents, check out I4C's Exceptional Children resources, including a Special Education page as well as resources on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.

      10. Be sure to check out I4C's collection of free educational iPhone and iPad apps for you and your child.

      11. You can always visit our Parent Resources page to get grade level practice sites, find online sources, and information pertaining to homework, special needs, reading help, and more.

      12. Don't forget our Technology Tutorial section in case you need refresher courses in your computer skills.


      TECHNOLOGY TIPS


      1. Four Apps for Teaching Students Coding Skills:
        Why should we learn coding? All technology that is used in the world has code as the driving force. Students are more engrossed in technology than ever. They’re active on social media or glued to the latest video game. The issue is that our students are simply acting as consumers. How can we transition them to become creators of their own applications? How can we empower students to engage in self-directed learning? This article shares four coding applications effective at providing self-guided learning experiences.

        Learn more in the article found: HERE

      2. Cryptocurrency and Blockchain for Teachers:
        The field of cryptocurrency is still nascent and will undoubtedly grow along with today's generation of kids. Blockchain technology is still up and coming, and developers have only scratched the surface of its possibilities—it will only become more omnipresent as people find more mainstream uses for the technology. Teaching today's children about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology gives them a marked advantage and encourages them to emerge as the next generation of leaders in this technological movement. This article provides free resources, broken down in terms of tech and entrepreneurial materials for each major age group in elementary and middle school (K-8).

        Learn more by visiting: HERE.

      3. The Blockchain Game:
        Blockchain technology is being applied—or attempting to be applied—in many new areas including law, shipping, contracts, government, healthcare, etc. Putting aside the issue of whether all these applications are really a good fit for blockchain technology, more people want to know how a blockchain works. The issue is teaching students about blockchain technology without overwhelming them with technical details. This game is a hands-on exercise that can be used with any group of students from high school students to adults.

        You can find out more: HERE.



      We also have other basic instruction in Microsoft Office, including Word 2007, Excel 2007, Powerpoint 2007.



      OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST


      1. Resources for Educators - In this section you can find classroom resources for Exceptional Children, Smartboards, Character Education, Web 2.0 Resources and other topics.
      2. Resources for Parents - Parents can find resources
        on assisting their children with homework, time management, Internet Safety, subject area resources, grade level resources and more.


      Common Core State Standards at I4C


      Our Common Core State Standards are full of resources for every individual standard. Students can take control of their own learning by clicking on the page with the standard number, and choosing their own resource to practice that skill.


      Check out our Common Core Math High School Algebra Standards, Common Core Math Standards, and Common Core ELA Standards.


      SAT and ACT Test Preparation

      Free Online Practice Resources for ACT Tests and SAT Tests. I4C now offers free SAT and ACT vocabulary and math quizzes. Join our SAT and ACT Test Preparation program and log in as much as you'd like. Students can take practice tests on 5000 vocabulary words or over 1000 math problems. Parents and Mentors can log in to monitor your scores - including seeing which vocabulary words that were missed. Interactive quizzes allow the test taker to retake and study as much as they want.


      Sign Up Here for ACT Test & SAT Test Preparation.



 

 

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