Read a New Book Month,
Special Education Day,
13th Amendment (Abolishing Slavery),
Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week,
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day,
Emily Dickinson's Birthday,
National Cocoa Day,
Bill of Rights Day,
Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday,
Boston Tea Party,
First Day of Winter,
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This month's blog is
Reasons to Teach Coding from an Early Age
Recent research has shown that learning coding is the keystone of
future career and success. We live in the digital-fuelled era and
coding can be considered a transferable skill that opens new horizons.
That is why it is so important to develop a problem-solving mindset
in young kids from quite an early age.
The earlier a kid learns how to code, the better results they will
achieve in the future. In this article, we explain why it is so
important to teach a young kid coding from an early age and what
outcomes you may expect.
Guest Blogger Mary Byrd is a freelance writer with a combination of
analytical mind and creativity. She is currently working at the
software development company VironIT.
Things To Celebrate This Month
December brings Read a New Book Month, Special Education Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and much more. You never know what wonderful resources you can find to enrich your classroom experience. Let's get started:
Read a New Book Month
Happy Hanukkah. Check out I4C's Hanukkah page to learn about the holiday and to find games, activities, recipes, and songs to celebrate Hanukkah.
Special Education Day (12/2)
13th Amendment abolishing slavery, ratified (12/6/1865)
Today, the 13th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. I4C has resources about slavery for elementary schoolers
(plus Here), and middle schoolers and check out this link to find Civil War resources.
Hour of Code/Computer Science Education Week (12/6-12)
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (12/7/1941)
Emily Dickinson's Birthday (12/10/1830)
National Cocoa Day (12/13)
Bill of Rights Day (12/15)
Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday (12/16/1770)
Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773)
First Day of Winter (12/21)
Celebrate Christmas with Interent4Classrooms. Our Christmas page has fun resources like activities, crafts, recipes and even a Santa tracker. Don't forget that you can EMAIL Santa Claus too.
Internet4Classrooms now offers Online Practice Tests and Interactives, covering Kindergarten to Sixth 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.
New Online Practice Quizzes Made Available in AUGUSTWe 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.
Internet4Classrooms now 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.
New Printables Worksheets Made Available in AUGUSTWe 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 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.
Here is a list of the newest answer key sets by grade:
|Every month we are going to feature a different iPad/iPod/iPhone educational application.
Visit our ever-changing app page. (www.internet4classrooms.com/links_grades_kindergarten_12/apps_web2_tools.htm)|
The App of the Month for December is Lightbot - Code Hour By SpriteBox LLC ( iOS / Android ).
Get kids hooked on coding within minutes.
Lightbot : Code Hour is a programming puzzle game- a game whose game
mechanics require using programming logic to solve levels. This short
teaser is meant to introduce players to programming who may have
little to no experience. Anyone, anywhere, from grades K-12 can play,
have fun and learn real programming logic.
Simply guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using
commands, Lightbot cultivates a real understanding of procedures,
loops, and conditionals.
Educators around the world are choosing to use Lightbot first when
introducing their students to programming, coding and Computer
Lightbot : Code Hour features 20 levels. The follow-on Lightbot :
Programming Puzzles features 50 levels and 20 challenge stars to
collect for when you want more of a challenge.
This version of Lightbot can be played in English, French, Russian,
Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified
Chinese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Romanian, Indonesian, German, Polish,
Danish, Croatian, Dutch, Slovak, Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Malay, Thai, Hindi, Swedish, Finnish and Hungarian. Just
hit the associated flag icon on the main screen to select a
Lightbot features multiple save slots and separate progress
tracking for multiple players. Multiple players can advance at
their own pace in their own save slot, and also compete on number
of levels finished, number of stars collected and number of
overall commands used to complete the game.
There are NO in-app purchases in Lightbot.
is available for Apple
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Android version 2.3 and up on your Android device.
Focus On: Teacher Resources|
Internet4Classrooms offers a wide variety of informative online resources, tips, tools, and tutorials regarding your classroom needs. There is always something you can utilize with your students. Each month we'll feature a few links to useful topics.
Many historical events happened this month which you can cover in your classroom. Check out I4C'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.
Are you using our Site Map? Don't forget it's an easy and quick way to search alphabetically by topic.
This month is Read a New Book Month - what a great time to get your students interested in reading. To help your students find a new book, Scholastic has a compilation of book lists ranging over many subjects. Check out this article on how to keep your students reading over Winter Break. I4C also 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.
I4C offers a whole section of Exceptional Children resources, including Special Education for the classroom, teachers, and parents. Take advantage of tools on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.
Be sure to check out I4C's holiday pages to find resources for your classroom. We have Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages for you to use.
Looking for lesson plans to bring in the new year? We have a whole page dedicated to lesson plans by grades and subjects.
Want to make sure your class takes home extra help with math? We have online games for every topic from fractions to graphs, money, place value, and measurement. Find it by grade here.
We've got online English games for Language Arts subjects too. I4C also has skill builders for: Contractions, sentence structure, capitalization and punctuation, reading comprehension, and phonics to name a few.
We have great Language Arts resources to help you plan for the 3rd 9 week period. Find writing resources for elementary school, middle school, and high school. We also have resources about comparing and contrasting and story elements
( 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade). Be sure to look at our Grade Level Help page to find more resources to use in your classroom.
Teach your students the wonders of poetry. Find poems about Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter here. I4C also has multiple poetry resources throughout our site: Elementary Poetry, Middle/High School Poetry,
Poetic Overviews and Poetic Devices, Poetic Terms, Analyzing Poetry, and
Rhyme and Rhythm, including Lower School Rhyming.
We now have answer guides for our Common Core Math Printables. Request teacher access here.
Remember to visit our Teacher Tools section
. This homepage contains all the topics you may need to use during the school year.
Common Core State Standards
Check out our Common Core English Language Arts Standards. Each Grade Level is 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. Click on your Grade Level to find English Language Arts Standard Resources and learning tools.
Also, check out our Common Core Math Standards. It's hard to find sites that have math standards examples that follow the specific criteria, but they're here. Click on your Grade Level to find Math Standard Resources and learning tools.
| Focus On: Parent Resources|
In addition to our teachers, parents can take advantage of our online resources as well.
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 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.
While the kids are at home, have them practice their reading while feeling like they're playing computer games. Our SkillBuilders Language section has online stories, organized by grade.
Make your own worksheets - scroll to the bottom of our teacher tools page. It's a great way to keep the daily lessons fresh in their minds. If you're feeling adventurous we also have crosswords and puzzles you can customize too.
Reinforce great school habits by creating fun awards to hand out at home. This page has a ton of sites that help you create any type of award you can think of.
Get the kids dancing at home with our music resources page. Super fun on a cold winter day.
This month is Read a New Book Month and is a great time to get your kids interested in reading. Here are 10 great tips to help make reading fun and Scholastic has great children's book lists and reading resources for parents.
Teach your children about different winter holidays and find resources for the holidays you celebrate. I4C has Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages.
On December 13th, it's National Cocoa Day. We have chocolate themed activities, chocolate recipes, and activities based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for you to do with your child.
Want to reinforce a concept with your child? Check out our Grade Level Skill Help page for tons of resources in math and language arts covering a variety of topics.
Parents, check out I4C's Exceptional Children resources, including a Special Education page as well as resources on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.
I4C already has Vocabulary Quizzes and Math Quizzes in our ACT/SAT Test Preparation Guide.
We're looking for new ideas for quizzes and informational resources that you'd feel are useful to you and your students. Please email us and let us know what you could use to make your teaching experience better.
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Tech Tip #1: Four Apps for Teaching Students Coding Skills
Why should we learn coding? All technology that is used in the world
has code as the driving force. Students are more engrossed in
technology than ever. They're active on social media or glued to the
latest video game. The issue is that our students are simply acting
as consumers. How can we transition them to become creators of their
own applications? How can we empower students to engage in
self-directed learning? This article shares four coding applications
effective at providing self-guided learning experiences.
Learn more in the article found: HERE
Tech Tip #2: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain for Teachers
The field of cryptocurrency is still nascent and will undoubtedly
grow along with today's generation of kids. Blockchain technology is
still up and coming, and developers have only scratched the surface
of its possibilities- it will only become more omnipresent as people
find more mainstream uses for the technology. Teaching today's
children about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology gives them a
marked advantage and encourages them to emerge as the next generation
of leaders in this technological movement. This article provides
free resources, broken down in terms of tech and entrepreneurial
materials for each major age group in elementary and middle school
Learn more by visiting: HERE
Tech Tip #3: The Blockchain Game
Blockchain technology is being applied, or attempting to be applied, in
many new areas including law, shipping, contracts, government,
healthcare, etc. Putting aside the issue of whether all these
applications are really a good fit for blockchain technology, more
people want to know how a blockchain works. The issue is teaching
students about blockchain technology without overwhelming them with
technical details. This game is a hands-on exercise that can be
used with any group of students from high school students to adults.
You can find out more: HERE
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