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November 2016 Picks


November 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

November brings Native American Heritage Month, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and much more. Visit our monthly newsletter to see all the details.




November Blog: 10 Writing Apps for Elementary and Middle School Students

10 Writing Apps for Elementary and Middle School Students


This month's blog is 10 Writing Apps for Elementary and Middle School Students. Writing is an important skill all students need to master. Teaching students how to write well is difficult. Teachers are always looking for ways to help students improve their writing skills. This month's blog features ten apps for improving writing skills. Guest Blogger Brenda Savoie is an English tutor and aspiring novelest.



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 November is iNaturalist ( iOS / Android ). iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world! From hikers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might discover someone who finds beautiful wildflowers at your favorite birding spot, or learn about the birds you see on the way to work. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.

iNaturalist is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later (Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 2.3.3 and up on your Android device.



WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?


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

  1. National Aviation Month - Celebrate aviation this month in your classroom! Learn about the history of aviation, famous firsts in aviation, and visit the Aviation History Online Museum. Check out lesson plans and resource guides from the National Museum of the US Air Force and some fun airplane crafts!

  2. Good Nutrition Month - Eating healthy nutritious meals is such an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has educational resources and interactive games and quizzes to help kids learn about nutrition! Also check out I4C's Nutrition Page for more resources to help children learn about healthy diets.

  3. Native American Heritage Month - Celebrate the significant contributions Native Americans have made to the United States this month! Find lesson plans, classroom activities, and other teacher resources from the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, and the National Education Association.

  4. Child Safety and Protection Month - It's always important to keep the safety of children in mind! Take a quiz about childhood safety and learn about food safety with lesson plans, activites, and other resources. Safe Kids Worldwide has a variety of tips for different risks for various ages. I4C also has resources and activities on our safety page for Kindergartners, fire safety page, internet safety page, and personal safety page.

  5. National Author's Day (11/1) - Celebrate and learn about children's authors. Your students can be authors today too! Learn about author's purpose with worksheets and interactive websites. Find story writing resources and check out our elementary writing resources. We also have Essay Writing: Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository lessons, interactives, and prompts.

  6. Daylight Savings Fall Back (11/6) - Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour today? Learn about why we set our clocks back and other interesting facts about Daylight Savings Time.

  7. Election Day (11/8) - We want to recognize the value of being able to vote in the U.S. Here are some great sites that explain the election process - including how someone gets elected to become the president, what it means to register to vote, and the campaigning process. Visit our I4C site to get information on past presidents, explore presidential libraries, and even view historic campaign commercials.

  8. Young Readers Day (11/8) - Promote the importance of reading! I4C 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.

  9. Veterans Day (11/11) - Honor our veterans today! Learn about Veterans Day, find Veterans Day themed activities and projects, and send a thank you letter to our troops on I4C's Veterans Day page.

  10. Gettysburg Address (11/19) - Read President Lincoln's speech, test your knowledge on the Gettysburg Address, learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg, and find Civil War activities, printables, and interactive maps here.

  11. Thanksgiving (11/24) - What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Find fun crafts, the history of the holiday, and Thanksgiving themed activities on I4C's Thanksgiving page.

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 SEPTEMBER!

We have released many new online quizzes during the last month 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 new 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 SEPTEMBER!

We have released thousands of new printables worksheets during the last month 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 new worksheet sets by grade.



    New- Answer Keys


      New Worksheet Answer Keys Made Available in SEPTEMBER!

      We have released thousands of new answer keys for our printables worksheets during the last month 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 new 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. November is Child Safety and Protection Month! Teach your students about food safety, fire safety, and internet safety. Safe Kids Worldwide has a variety of tips for different risks for various ages. I4C also has resources for personal safety and safety for Kindergartners.

      3. This Veterans Day, have your students write letters to troops! Find more information on our Veterans Day resource page.

      4. Gobble Gobble! Find Thanksgiving resources to use in your classroom on I4C's Thanksgiving page!

      5. Help your students with their critical thinking skills! Read about critical thinking in education and find out about the issues surrounding it. Teach critical thinking to English language learners with these helpful activities. Math teachers, help your students' critical thinking skills by analyzing charts and graphs. Use worksheets to analyze bar graphs. Get parents to help too! Share these tips with parents to enhance your students' critical thinking skills.

      6. SAT and ACT season is underway! Make sure your students are prepared for the college entrance exams with I4C's free SAT and ACT Test preparation!

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

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

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

      PARENT RESOURCES


      1. Homework is increasingly done on computers these days. Have your kids practice their Mouse skills at home with these creative online practice games and quizzes.

      2. Help your kids get over their test-taking nerves with these Assessment Test practice quizzes and methods.

      3. Need quick access to subject help by grade? This is the place to go when you are searching for school topics.

      4. Are you looking for ways to reinforce good behavior? Are you finding the attitude is growing with age? Check out our discipline help and discipline techniques page.

      5. November is Child Safety and Protection Month! Teach your kids about food safety, fire safety, and internet safety. Safe Kids Worldwide has a variety of tips for different risks for various ages. I4C also has resources for personal safety and safety for Kindergartners.

      6. Eating healthy and nutritious meals is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Emphasize the importance of a healthy diet to your children! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has educational resources and interactive games and quizzes. to help kids learn about nutrition! Also check out I4C's Nutrition Page for more resources to help children learn about healthy diets.

      7. Check out our Thanksgiving page for crafts, activities, and other great Thanksgiving resources! Visit our Holiday page to find resources for celebrations that are coming up, like Hanukkah and Christmas.

      8. Enhance your child's critical thinking skills! The Duke TIP program has tips for parents wanting to develop the critical thinking skills of their child.

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

      10. 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.

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


      TECHNOLOGY TIPS


      1. Thematic Maps with Mapmaker Interactive - National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive is a free map creation tool that doesn't require students to have any kind of registered account in order to make great thematic maps. Some of the excellent tools offered in Mapmaker Interactive include measuring distances, adding placemarks, layering information, and switching between base map layers. All maps created in Mapmaker Interactive can be printed. They can also be shared online. In Richard Byrne's video, he provides an overview of the features in National Geographic’s Mapmaker Interactive as seen: HERE.

      2. 5 Tech Tools for the Classroom - Technology can be the difference between a smooth and engaging lesson and a disaster of a day. Any teacher can relate to the difficulties that are associated with classroom technology. Noelle Pickering shares 5 Tech Tools for the Classroom. These tools are perfect for utilizing technology and don't have a steep learning curve for busy teachers. You can find them HERE.

      3. Google "like a boss" - Want a succinct and simple graphic that sums up 7 of the most important search tweaks that can render your Google search more effective and to the point? Find the graphic 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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