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.
December Blog: Thinking on Your Own – Part 1: Chess and Complex Board Games (Activities to Build Reasoning, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills)
Thinking on Your Own – Part 1: Chess and Complex Board Games (Activities to Build Reasoning, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills)
We live in the most abundant period of human history. But that doesn’t mean our problems are all solved or that everything is easy. Every day we face a flood of information, misinformation and disinformation. And with even a moderate level of perspective we should be grateful for what we have, yet realize how much is uncertain - or simply not known. Skills that aid in navigating these waters are paramount.
This is the first of a five part blog series in which we’ll look at educational activities that should be introduced (and strongly emphasized) for paradigm shifting increases in reasoning, problem solving and critical thinking skills. We’ll also be covering Speech and Debate, Coding, Building Toys to Makerspaces, and Sports in later blog posts; but this first blog centers on Chess and Complex Board Games.
Guest Blogger Bill Franklin, the CEO of Internet4Classrooms, is our guest blogger this month. He has been on the faculty at The George Washington University, has years of platform instructional experience, was a career Army Special Operations officer and also has decades of experience as a youth sports coach.
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.
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- Discover guided meditations and mindfulness exercises
- Meditate with Headspace’s personalized recommendations based on your activity
- Practice daily meditation on a new topic each day
- Breathe easy with 3-minute mini meditations for a quick mental reset
- Track your progress and time spent meditating with Mindful Minutes on Apple Health
- Learn meditation skills and find answers to your mindfulness questions
- Start your day inspired with The Wake Up — a short, daily video series made to brighten your day
SLEEP SOUNDS & MEDITATIONS
- Relax and create the conditions for a restful sleep
- Switch off with sleepcasts: calming narration paired with relaxing sounds
- Soothing sleep sounds with ambient nature recordings
- Calm & tranquil sleep music to help you reach a deep slumber
STRESS RELIEF & COPING MEDITATIONS
- Anxiety relief – ease stress with “SOS” sessions for moments of anxiety
- Learn breathwork to help you relax & calm down
- Build resilience with the Weathering the Storm collection
- Meditations to help you cope with sadness, anger, and adapting to change
FIND FOCUS & BUILD PRODUCTIVITY
- Improve focus with meditations for working from home
- Boost your concentration and productivity with focus enhancing music
- Choose from curated playlists to set the right mood for your day
CENTERED FITNESS & TENSION RELEASE
- Relieve stress and release tension with mindful movement
- Mood boosting and motivating at-home workouts like yoga and guided runs
- Centered fitness courses: 28 days of mindful fitness and cardio
- Train with experts and Olympians Kim Glass & Leon Taylor
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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?
Here are some of the December events that you can celebrate or make note of this month:
- 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.
- 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.
- Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week (12/5-11)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Hanukkah (12/18-12/26)
Happy Hanukkah. Check out I4C's Hanukkah page to learn about the holiday and to find games, activities, recipes, and songs to celebrate Hanukkah.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 August
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.
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 August
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.
New- Answer Keys
New Worksheet Answer Keys Made Available in August
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.
- 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.
- Are you using our Site Map? Don't forget it's an easy and quick way to search alphabetically by topic.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Looking for lesson plans to bring in the new year? We have a whole page dedicated to lesson plans by grades and subjects.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure to check out I4C's collection of free educational iPhone and iPad apps.
- Remember to visit our Teacher Tools section. This home page contains all the topics you need to use during the school year.
- Go to our grade level help for lesson plans, activities, instructionals, and tools organized by grade and subject.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get the kids dancing at home with our music resources page. Super fun on a cold winter day.
- 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.
- Teach your children about different winter holidays and find resources for the holidays you celebrate. I4C has Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages.
- 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.
- 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.
- Parents, check out I4C's Exceptional Children resources, including a Special Education page as well as resources on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.
- Be sure to check out I4C's collection of free educational iPhone and iPad apps for you and your child.
- 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.
- Don't forget our Technology Tutorial section in case you need refresher courses in your computer skills.
- 3 Surprising Ways Technology Can Actually Reduce Stress:
When we think about technology, we often do not associate it with healing properties, especially when considering it for symptoms of stress. However, new innovations have helped to develop scientific means of enhancing meditation practices, aid in healthy sleep patterns, and can be used to motivate us to increase healthy lifestyle habits.
Learn more in the article found: HERE
- 6 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Stress:
Everyone experiences some level of stress, however, learning how to manage day-to-day stressors is essential in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Although technology can sometimes create anxiety, it can just as easily be utilized to de-stress. In this article, Computer Troubleshooters has compiled a list of the best ways to use technology to reduce stress.
Learn more by visiting: HERE.
- 5 Calming Apps for Windows That Help You Destress:
With things being uncertain and in many ways overwhelming, we need to find ways to breathe and not be engulfed by the chaos. Relaxing sounds can get you through a tough day. These Windows apps with soothing sounds will help you destress and calm your mind.
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
- Resources for Educators - In this section you can find classroom resources for Exceptional Children, Smartboards, Character Education, Web 2.0 Resources and other topics.
- 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.
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.