October 2015 Picks
October 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
October brings National Bullying Prevention Month, Child Health Day, Columbus Day, and much more. Visit our monthly newsletter to see all the details.
October Blog: Online Dangers for Kids and How to Prevent Them
This month's blog Online Dangers for Kids and How to Prevent Them discusses ways to keep your child[ren] or students safe from online dangers like cyberbullying, identity fraud, and online predators. Blogger Daisy Finn, an IT teacher and e-safety expert, says that "We should be the first to teach our kids about online dangers in order to prevent them. You can and should trust your child but it would be unwise to trust all Internet users." Her post outlines a few ways parents and teachers can help teach children how to surf the internet securely and safely.
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 October is Little Alchemy. Let your child[ren] or student[s]explore what can be created by mixing simple elements. Start with four basic elements and use them to create interesting, fun and surprising items. Explore and create 550 elements. The game is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Polish, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian. The game is totally free and you can even check it out before you download it by visiting Little Alchemy online.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later for Apple devices, and OS requirements vary by device for Androids.
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?
Here are some of the October events that you can celebrate or make note of this month:
- National Bullying Prevention Month- Help create a positive environment in your school by STOMPing Out Bullying! Find anti-bullying activities, lesson plans, and other resources in the Bullying and Cyberbullying section of our website.
- National Dyslexia Awareness Month - Did you know that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, and mixing up similar words? Visit our Dyslexia Teacher Resource page for strategies and tools to assist in working with students that may have dyslexia and our Dyslexia Classroom Resource page for activities, worksheets, and a variety of tools and techniques to use in the classroom. Parents can look at our Dyslexia Parent Resource page for tips and learning aids to help their child. Online audio phonics help, Dyslexia testing information, and audio textbooks can be found in our Other Resources section. Be sure to check out our Exceptional Children section to find more resources for other learning disorders, ADHD, and autism.
- World Space Week (10/4-10/10) - The theme of this year's World Space Week is "Discovery". Find a teacher activity guide with activities for grades K-12 and a collection of science and language arts activities for grades 5-9 based on the book Have Spacesuit - Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein. Explore our elementary school space page for more space themed activities and be sure to check out our Astronomy pages to learn more about our solar system, stars, and our universe.
- Fire Prevention Week (10/4-10/10) - Did you know that Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire? The National Fire Prevention Association has lesson plans and activities for teachers and a website for kids and parents with safety checklists, escape plan worksheets, and other activities. The NFPA also provides a free storybook app and eBook! Be sure to also check out I4C's fire safety page for more lesson plans, games, and activities to help kids learn about the importance of fire safety.
- Child Health Day (10/5)- Check out I4C's Nutrition and Health pages to find classroom resources covering heart health, food pyramids, brush charts, adolescent health, drugs and alcohol education, and first aid.
- Columbus Day (10/12) - Commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World today! He is credited for jump starting exploration, settlement, as well as exploitation of America. Learn about Christopher Columbus and celebrate Columbus Day with fun printables, activities, and crafts on I4C's Columbus Day page.
- Dictionary Day (10/16) - Although most dictionaries we use are now online, the methodologies of how to use reference materials are still the same. Reinforce good research habits with our links on how to use reference materials like dictionaries and thesauruses.
- National Chemistry Week (10/18-10/24) - National Chemistry Week encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry. This year's theme is "Chemistry Colors Our World!" Here are some great resources about the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light. Check out I4C's Chemistry page to find activities, experiment simulations, lesson plans, and other resources to use this week!
- Character Counts Week (10/18-24) - Help create a positive school environment and promote kindness, respect, and integrity in your school! Go to I4C's Character Education page to find resources for character building, anger management, bullying, and conflict resolution.
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 Available!We have released many new online quizzes this 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:
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 Available!We have released thousands of new printables worksheets this 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 Available!We have released thousands of new answer keys for our printables worksheets this month supporting the Common Core Standards.
Remember that you can sign up for answer key access here: https://tinyurl.com/n89msyv.
Here is a list of new answer key sets by grade:
- 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!
- Get all of your assessment assistance needs here sorted by grade and subject.
- Need online interactive games and activities to reinforce the day's lessons? We have it! Kids can practice in the computer labs and at home.
- School may be in full swing but teachers still need organizational help, worksheet ideas, bulletin board inspiration, and lesson plans throughout the year. Our Teacher tools page has it all.
- This month is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Internet4Classrooms provides resources specifically geared towards Dyslexia. Visit our Dyslexia Teacher Resource page for strategies and tools to assist in working with students that may have dyslexia and our Dyslexia Classroom Resource page for activities, worksheets, and a variety of tools and techniques to use in the classroom. Also check out our Execeptional Children section to find more resources for other learning disorders, ADHD, and autism.
- Help create positive bullying-free environment in your school! Find lesson plans, classroom activities, and other resources in the Bullying and Cyberbullying section of our website.
- Plan out your lessons throughout the school year with Common Core pacing guides! Find English Language Arts pacing guides here and Math pacing guides here.
- We now have answer guides for our Common Core Math Printables! Request teacher access here.
- Remember to visit our Teacher Tools section! This home page contains all the topics you may 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.
- Parents need help too. Not only can you browse all the teaching tools, but there's a Parent Zone as well so families can continue the education at home. Every student needs practice outside of the classroom.
- Math and reading seem to be the most challenging when it comes to homework. Check out our math resources page for extensive help. Reading tools develop those language arts skills.
- Vocabulary and math quizzes are typically the dreaded end of the week activity. Give your kids more confidence with our free online vocabulary and math quiz practice. The more they study the more comfortable they will feel, while increasing their knowledge for future ACT and SAT testing.
- Hone in on Internet Safety. Save time and research more effectively online - including the safest online search engines for kids when they're doing homework and projects.
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Look at I4C's section devoted to bullying and cyberbullying for activities and resources to help create a positive environment in your child's school and your community.
- Find information and tips about dyslexia on our Dyslexia Parent Resource page. Also check out our Exceptional Children section to find more resources for other learning disorders, ADHD, and autism.
- Before trick-or-treating this year, be sure to read these Halloween safety tips to have a fun and safe holiday!
- Be sure to teach your children about fire safety! The National Fire Prevention Association provides fire safety tips and has a website for kids to learn about fire safety with activities, printables, and games. The NFPA also offers a Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet and a Fire Safety Checklist. Be sure to also check out I4C's fire safety page for more games and activities to help your kids learn about the importance of fire safety.
- 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.
- Windows 10 Tips and Tricks - Did you know you can customize the Quick Access List in Windows 10's revamped File Explorer? Check out more tips and tricks on how to make Windows 10 easier to use and adjust to.
- Outline Easily - Outline quickly and easily in Microsoft Word! Start a bulleted or numbered list and then press the "Tab" button to indent. Easily reverse the indent by pressing "Shift" and "Tab". There are also Increase Indent and Decrease Indent buttons on the Formatting Toolbar. More Microsoft Word tips here.
- Don't Forget About Print Preview - Save paper and frustration by remembering to Print Preview your documents before sending them to the printer. Click on File - Print Preview or the Office Icon - Print Preview and view exactly what it will look like when printed! I4C has Office Tutorials 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.