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: 5 Online Writing Tools to Help Your Young Students
This month's blog is 5 Online Writing Tools to Help Your Young Students.
In today's technological era, parents and educators understandably worry that young people's literacy could be negatively impacted. Now that kids can use video chat, voice searching, and send voice messages, there is a concern that young people could lose the ability to write down their thoughts and feelings just because it is no longer necessary for them. As elementary and junior high school teachers, there is a responsibility to prepare students for a post-secondary education and a career. This means that they need to learn to write well in many different ways. These are the top 5 digital tools or applications that students should use to improve their written communication skills.
Guest Blogger Ashley Halsey is involved in writing projects with teachers and educators. She enjoys writing articles challenging the status quo in education and pushing schools to modernize their techniques.
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.
Do your kid and toddler like puzzles? How about an educational puzzle game that is fun, packed with learning, and played by 8 million families around the world? Checkout Puzzingo today!
- "My 2 year old LOVES this app! It's the best free puzzle app."
- "I work with special needs preschool children and they always ask for "the Puzzy Game"
- "Absolutely fabulous, the kids in my moms kindergarten class go crazy for it! It’s so hard to find educational games kids want to play...look no further!"
Kids, toddlers, and babies love Puzzingo! Its many puzzles are full of interactivity, animations, and sounds for repeat learning and play. Unlike jigsaw puzzles, every Puzzingo puzzle piece is named, so preschool children, toddlers, and babies will build vocabulary while playing. Puzzingo supports learning in many languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and UK English. It is well suited for bilingual parents looking for tools to help kids reinforce a second language.
In addition to learning words, these puzzles help toddlers and kids develop spatial recognition, matching, tactile, and fine-motor skills. When a puzzle is completed, your child will be rewarded with a variety of fun mini-games.
For children with autism, kids in speech therapy, and children with special needs, visual and audio cues throughout the app are designed to make the game accessible for them. In fact, Puzzingo is the perfect enrichment app when working with developmentally delayed, autistic, and special needs children.
Unlike many kid apps, Puzzingo is 100% professionally illustrated. We also use professional voice actors with clear accurate pronunciation rather than machine-generated speech to encourage learning. When your child finishes a puzzle, he will be rewarded to a variety of engaging mini-games. Visual and audio cues throughout the apps are specially designed to make the game accessible by younger and special needs children.
Puzzingo comes free with hundreds of puzzle pieces in 10 terrific puzzles for your kid and toddler. It also has a Daily Free Preview of new and exciting puzzles every day. In addition, behind the parent gates are additional 100+ puzzles with over a thousand puzzle pieces available for purchase. The puzzles include core concepts such as shapes, colors, numbers, food, and ABC. They also cover children’s favorite topics – animal, car, princess, dinosaur, train, and more. New educational puzzles are added constantly.
- "Best free app that you can download for your kid… Constant updates makes sure that there is something new every time your kid plays it."
- My kids STILL play with this app even after a few years! There is so much value in this app.
- "My boys love this game. One with Autism and he is able to easily navigate while working on speech skills by repeating words in the game!!"
- "My 5 year with ASD & my 2 year Aspie are in love with this game! ... 100% recommend for the ASD community."
- "I got this app for my 18-month baby daughter and she loves it!"
- Dr. Toy's 10 Best Children's product
- Editor's Choice, Best Apps for Kids
- 5 out of 5 by Apps for Homeschooling
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Android version 4.0.3 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:
- 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 (11/3)
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 (11/5)
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)
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 (11/12)
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 (11/28)
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Find fun crafts, the history of the holiday, and Thanksgiving themed activities on I4C's Thanksgiving page.
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 November!
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 November!
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 November!
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.
- 10 Autism Apps for Kids to Help Kids Across the Spectrum:
Today's technology is transforming the way parents, educators and therapists help kids with special needs. When it comes to children on the autism spectrum, autism apps are proving particularly useful as a complimentary tool to other treatments and therapies. Autism apps can address a whole range of issues faced by children on the autism spectrum, including difficulty with speech or communicating, social and emotional interactions, learning skills and more.
Learn more in the article found: HERE
- 9 Must-Have Gadgets for Kids with Autism:
Just as having the latest products for kids can make parenting a little easier, these cutting-edge tools for children with autism can make life easier for kids diagnosed with ASD. From books that help prepare kids for what comes next to noise reduction earmuffs in the hottest styles, discover nine must-have gadgets for kids with autism.
Learn more by visiting: HERE.
- Free Websites to Use with Switches in a Special Ed. Classroom:
We live in a digital world... technology is all around us! Our kiddos with disabilities should have the same opportunity to learn to use technology as students who are "typically developing." As special education teachers, it can be difficult to find ways that our kiddos can access technology. This article features free websites that students can use with switches for simple games and cause and effect activities.
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.