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October 2016 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: Edtech Academic Writing Tools for Classroom Use

Edtech Academic Writing Tools for Classroom Use


This month's blog is Edtech Academic Writing Tools for Classroom Use. The new academic term is upon us, and for everyone involved in the schooling process, thoughts turn to how students will learn this year. Teaching writing skills is crucial to their development, but of course technology is playing a bigger part in literacy than ever before. These nine tools can be used both in and out of the classroom to help students get a grasp of good writing habits. Guest Blogger Gloria Kopp is a web content writer and an elearning consultant from Manville, Wyoming.



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 Starfall ABCs ( iOS / ( Android ). The Starfall ABCs FREE app is made possible by the member supporters of Starfall.com, a publicly supported charity. The activities at Starfall.com motivate through exploration, positive reinforcement, and play. Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters while developing the skills they need to become confident readers. All children, especially English language learners, benefit.

Starfall ABCs is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later (Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android 4.0 and up on your Android device.



WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?


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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Child Health Day (10/3)- 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.

  4. World Space Week (10/4-10/10) - The theme of this year's World Space Week is "Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future". 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.

  5. Fire Prevention Week (10/9-10/15) - 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.

  6. Columbus Day (10/10) - 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.

  7. 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.

  8. National Chemistry Week (10/16-10/22) - National Chemistry Week encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry. This year's theme is "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry" Here are some great resources about the chemistry of fibers and forensics. Check out I4C's Chemistry page to find activities, experiment simulations, lesson plans, and other resources to use this week!

  9. Character Counts Week (10/16-22) - 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.

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. Get all of your assessment assistance needs here sorted by grade and subject.

      3. 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.

      4. 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.

      5. 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.

      6. 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.

      7. 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. These guides from Shelby County, Tennessee can probably be mapped to the pacing of your school system if your system doesn't have something similar.

      8. We now have answer guides for our Common Core Math Printables! Request teacher access here.

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

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

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

      PARENT RESOURCES


      1. 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.

      2. 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.

      3. 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.

      4. 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.

      5. 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.

      6. 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.

      7. Before trick-or-treating this year, be sure to read these Halloween safety tips to have a fun and safe holiday!

      8. 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.

      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. 18 New Features You NEED to Try on iOS 10 - The day is finally here: iOS 10 is out and with it, new emoji, iMessage tricks, and much more. Before you update, make sure to back up your phone! To be extra careful, download the update via your computer instead of over WiFi. Many people reported that the update over WiFi bricked their iPhones, and though Apple says the issue is fixed, better to be safe than sorry. If you're wary of downloading the newest update before any bugs are fixed and it's fully polished, take a look ahead for what you can expect to start using and loving. You can see them all: HERE.

      2. Text-To-Speech on iPhone - Want to know how to have your text messages read out loud on your iPhone? Luckily, on recent devices, this is an easy task to accomplish. You can find out how HERE.

      3. 36 Edtech Tools for Your Classroom and Life - Vicky Davis shares her favorite EdTech Tools: "So many of these tools are essential to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Here’s what I’m using all the time in my classroom (and life) right now. Some even hum along and do their job and I didn’t do a thing but set them up." Find the list 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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