November Features from Internet 4 Classrooms
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: 8 Great Ways to Get Kids to Read More
8 Great Ways to Get Kids to Read More
This month's blog is 8 Great Ways to Get Kids to Read More.
Maybe it's somewhere in their DNA. Some kids just want to learn to read. They need to know what those letters spell and how they sound when put together. Other kids - not so much. And yet we want them all to become readers - good readers.
So, what do we do with those reluctant? How can we motivate them to want to read? Because it is, after all, a matter of motivation. They, just like us, want to spend time on those things that they like - those things they find enjoyable and thus worth their time. We always find time for the things we like to do - so do kids. The key, then, is to make reading something that kids want to do, not something they "have" to do. Here are 8 tips that may promote that "want to read." Guest blogger Nelma Lumme is a freelance blogger and enthusiastic educator from Chicago, IL. Her hobbies include cinema, jogging, psychology and blogging about education, writing, self-improvement, and psychology.
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 Nearpod By Nearpod Inc. ( iOS and Android ).
Nearpod is an all-in-one solution for the use of mobile devices and computers in education.
Nearpod is a must have application for teachers and schools that have access to a set of mobile devices and/or computers for their classes.
The Nearpod platform enables teachers, schools and districts, to use their tablets and desktops to manage content on students' mobile devices. It seamlessly combines interactive presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.
How it Works:
- Nearpod presentations: Create new slides or turn your Powerpoint, Google Slides or PDFs into interactive Nearpod presentations. Or choose from a ever-growing library of ready-to-use CCSS content from distinguished educators and publishers.
- Engage your students on any device: Easily share synchronized lessons with students across all devices. Include interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawing tools, and more.
- Instantly Assess Student Comprehension: Get real-time feedback + comprehensive post-session reports. Download report data and integrate it with your LMS.
Nearpod has plenty of free content available in many subject areas, as well as thousands of additional lesson plans available for a small fee.
What Teachers Are Saying About Nearpod:
"My students love using the Nearpod app! It allows me to assess my students using polls, multiple choice questions, and open ended questions." - Natasha, Spanish Teacher - New York
"Nearpod is a powerful tool! My students love it and it gives me so much flexibility in and out of the classroom. I was using Nearpod in my AP Biology class and one of my students arrived late due to a dentist appointment. Just as he walked in the door I asked a question and he answered it. After seeing the astonished look on my face he explained that another classmate had texted him the presentation PIN and he had been following along the entire period so he hadn't missed anything! Awesome!" Janell, Teacher - Florida.
"Nearpod was great and the ability to guide students through the presentation, while walking around the classroom was excellent. Of course the power comes from the interactive elements of the presentation." - Matt, Teacher - Middlesex, UK
"Best Collaboration Solution - EdTech Digest Awards 2012"
"Audience Favorite - LAUNCH Edu & Kids 2012"
Nearpod is available for Apple and Android devices.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later on Apple devices and Android version varies based 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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Daylight Savings Fall Back (11/5)
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.
- Election Day (11/7)
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.
- Veterans Day (11/11, observed 11/10)
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.
- Young Readers Day (11/14)
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.
- 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.
- Thanksgiving (11/23)
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 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.
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 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.
Here is a list of the newest worksheet sets by grade.
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!
- 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.
- This Veterans Day, have your students write letters to troops! Find more information on our Veterans Day resource page.
- Gobble Gobble! Find Thanksgiving resources to use in your classroom on I4C's Thanksgiving page!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Help your kids get over their test-taking nerves with these Assessment Test practice quizzes and methods.
- Need quick access to subject help by grade? This is the place to go when you are searching for school topics.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 43 Of The Greatest iPhone Tricks:
Are you a "pro/geek?" Do you know more than 50 percent of these tips? This group of useful tips, tricks, hacks and secrets ranges from some very basic stuff and to some really awesome stuff that you're likely to find new and amazing.
Learn more in the article found: HERE
- 6 Tips to Start Your Own Student Help Desk :
A huge part of educating today's students is making sure that they are ready for college and then the workforce. While student help desks have proven effective in easing the burden on limited school IT departments, they also provide an excellent way for students to get hands-on tech skills that will continue to benefit them in the years to come. This article covers six tips from trailblazers who have launched student tech support teams.
Learn more in the article found: HERE.
- The Non-Tech Teacher’s Guide to Using a 3D Printer:
Sure, a 3D printer sounds cool. But doesn’t it require a lot of money, time and technical expertise to get one set up in your classroom? No. Prices have come down. Equipment and ease of use have improved. And as more educators incorporate 3D printers into their curriculum, there is an abundance of resources to help even the least tech-savvy teacher plug in to this new technology. As with anything new, there is a learning curve. However, it’s clear the effort is worth it when you see how excited kids get about the possibilities and the process.
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.
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!