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September Features from Internet 4 Classrooms

September Features from Internet 4 Classrooms


September 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

September brings Labor Day, 9/11 Attacks, Constitution Day, First Day of Autumn, National Classical Music Month, Library Card Sign-Up Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and much more. Visit our monthly newsletter to see all the details.

September Blog: Six Suggestions to Encourage Your Students to Love Reading

Six Suggestions to Encourage Your Students to Love Reading

This month's blog is Six Suggestions to Encourage Your Students to Love Reading.

These are some things that you, as a teacher, parent, or guardian, can do to help students learn to love to read. There's nothing more precious than cultivating a love of reading in a student, especially if it's something you loved doing growing up. It's a worthy cause, and one that we can all get behind.

Guest Joel Syder, a literacy teacher and writer at Next Coursework and PhD Kingdom, loves getting teachers and students involved in reading initiatives. His passion is the field of education and increasing literacy across the world.



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 September is PictureThis - Plant Identifier by Glority LLC ( iOS and Android ).


Instantly identify plants. Accurate, fast and content rich! In addition to description and plant care tips, enjoy beautiful plant pictures around the world.

PicturesThis helps more than 30,000,000 users identify, learn, and enjoy all kinds of plants: flowers, trees, succulents, cacti, mushrooms, herbs, shrubs, grasses and more!

When you take a walk on sunny days, have you ever come across a beautiful flower that you would know more about? When you’re at a vacation with families, have your children ever asked you questions about plants? When you’re gardening, have you ever needed tips on plant care? Simply take a photo of the plant, PictureThis answers all the questions for you.

PictureThis is capable of identifying 10,000+ plant species with an accuracy of 98%, better than most human experts. With the revolutionary artificial intelligence engine, it’s constantly learning from experts and specialists, identify more and better every day. And now it’s all at your fingertips! Picture this plant, and discover a new appreciation for the natural world together!

Key Features:

  • Instantly Identify thousands of plants, flowers, and trees with advanced artificial intelligence

  • Learn more about plants, including beautiful pictures around the world

  • Get suggestions and advice from a network of friendly garden and horticulture specialists

  • Plant care tips and watering reminder, help you better grow your lovely plants.

  • Easy-to-use interface with friendly guides to help you get the best photo

  • Quickly and easily share your photos with a growing community of plant lovers

  • Keep track of all the plants, trees, and flowers you identify in your own personal collection

PictureThis team hopes to build a vibrant community for plant lovers and help more people know more about plants. PictureThis has been featured in the App Store from different countries.

Application reviews:

Astonishing accuracy

"Very impressed. While not perfect, it can distinguish with high accuracy between different species in our collection of rare plants. It can even recognise down to cultivar sometimes - amazing. Amazed how it can work with any photo and it will give recognition a go - with impressive accuracy." - San Fran Today

Simple and Easy

"I am very pleased with this app. I used 3 others before breaking down to use the PictureThis app and I have to say it is a lot more convenient and accommodating than the others." - FoodCake

PictureThis - Plant Identifier is available for Apple and Android devices.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Android version 4.4 and up on your Android device.



WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?


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

  1. Classical Music Month

    In 1994, President Clinton proclaimed September as Classical Music Month. Check out I4C's music resource page to learn about different composers and music masterpieces and find musical craft projects and activities here to do this month!

  2. Library Card Sign-Up Month

    We cannot encourage reading enough. Even though I4C has a ton of online stories and books, we still want those children in libraries across the world. Remind students to visit their local libraries often!


  3. Labor Day (9/2)

    Did you know that the first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday, not on a Monday like we now celebrate it? In 1882, roughly 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march in honor of the working man's rights, and formed the first Labor Day parade. Learn more aboutthe history of Labor Day and enjoy some Labor Day themed crafts and activities.

  4. National Grandparents Day (9/8)

    On Grandparents Day, we honor our grandparents and recognize the wonderful contributions they add to our lives. Show your appreciation for your grandparents today by creating cards and crafts for them! You can also learn about the history of Grandparents Day and how it came to be recognized in the United States.

  5. September 11 Attacks (9/11/2001)

    No matter where we live, we can all relate and remember where we were and what we were doing on the shocking day forever known as 9/11. We have an entire page devoted to 9/11 resources. Wikipedia has excellent background information as well as detail on the aftermath and effects of the tragic events. For lesson plans, try the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Scholastic, Teaching History, PBS.org, and Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsiblity.

  6. Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)

    During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of US citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month through an interactive guide from Scholastic. Find teacher resources and activities and crafts to do this month!

  7. Constitution Day (9/17)

    The Constitution of the United States was adopted on the 17th of September in 1787. This Constitution Day, read the Constitution and its amendments, learn about the signers, and enjoy Constitution themed activities today.


  8. First Day of Autumn (9/23)

    Celebrate the beginning of fall with I4C by checking out our Fall Resource page, full of fun crafts, activities, and recipes! Cooler weather and sweaters will be here before we know it.


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 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 September!

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 September!

      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.

      Here is a list of the newest 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. Do you need Assistive Technology resources? Find links offering tools for the hearing impaired, physically disabled, vision impaired, and other accessibility resources.

      3. Being back in a classroom setting can be a shock to the system for some kids after a summer full of activity. Visit our Character Education page for tips on bully prevention and overall self-development and awareness.

      4. Back to School Nights are approaching! Here are some great tips for speaking to your students' parents and how to prep for your Open House!

      5. This September 11th, we remember those who died during the terrorist attacks sixteen years ago. It may be difficult to explain the events to students who were too young to remember or not even born yet but there are many resources available. Wikipedia has excellent background information as well as detail on the aftermath and effects of the tragic events. For lesson plans, try the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Scholastic, Teaching History, PBS.org, and Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsiblity. Pearson's Online Learning Exchange has teacher guides and activities for elementary school, middle school, and high school aged students. Also, I4C has a September 11th page, filled with guides and activities to help your students understand the significance of the day.

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

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

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

      PARENT RESOURCES


      1. As we reminded our teachers above, it's never too late to remind our children about respecting others. Visit our character education page for bullying prevention, conflict resolution and character development tools.

      2. Check out our interactive grade level practice. We have Skill Builders that offer online games for almost every school subject and grade. It's a great way to practice at home.

      3. Are you having a hard time getting the kids to simply sit down and read? Our Reading Help page has helpful links.

      4. As the school year begins, keep your kids safe when they do their schoolwork online. Check out I4C's internet safety page for tips and links to keep your children safe online!

      5. Homeschool parents: I4C has helpful resources you can use too! Check out our Common Core resources, math printables, grade level help, and subject help pages.

      6. This September 11th, we remember those who died during the terrorist attacks sixteen years ago. It may be difficult to explain the events to those were too young to remember or not even born yet but there are many resources available. A guide from the 9/11 Memorial has tips on explaining the day to your children and I4C has a September 11th page, filled with guides and activities to help your child understand the significance of the day. Wikipedia has excellent background information as well as detail on the aftermath and effects of the tragic events.

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

      8. 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.

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


      TECHNOLOGY TIPS


      1. Drones Take Their Place in the K-12 Classroom:
        These small but mighty aircraft advance learning in computer programming and photography, and prep students for careers in this burgeoning field.

        Many districts now use drones as an educational tool, as part of a current classroom curriculum, such as computer programming, or in specific courses covering drone technology that prepare students for jobs in the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry.

        Learn more in the article found: HERE

      2. What You Need to Use Drones in Your Next Class Project:
        If you want to help your students’ dreams take flight, it may be time to use drones at school. Drone technology makes it possible to view the world with new eyes. Drones technology lends itself well to instruction, especially STEAM projects and video storytelling.

        Learn more by visiting: HERE.

      3. Want to bring drones to your classroom?:
        As drones become one of the most sought-after STEM tools in classrooms, there’s a new tool out there that’s not a drone: lesson plans. There’s a burgeoning industry out there of groups that are putting together drone training courseware designed to be implemented in schools, clubs or other STEM-training programs, particularly focused around grade school (age 5-18) students.

        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


      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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