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January 2016

January's issue of TTYL contains information about:

Mathematical Practices and Real World Problem Solving

Homework and Practice

Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Happy New Year!

Mathematical Practices and Real World Problem Solving

There are many ways to incorporate the Standards for Mathematical Practices and real world problem solving into a lesson. The resources below focus on the mathematical practices, inquiry based learning and real world problem solving.

Inquiry Maths This site provides teachers with a variety of resources for teaching and encouraging inquiry math practices. You can choose from different content options and then find complete lesson activities (including lesson outlines, lesson and mathematical notes, examples, downloads for whiteboards and posters). This resource is recommended for grades 1-12.

Real World Math: Using Google Earth Use Google Earth to teach math! Lessons are grouped into four categories: Concept Lessons, Project-Based Learning, Exploratory and Measurement. Students will use higher level thinking skills and engage in active learning while completing the lessons on this site. This resources is recommended for grades 5-12.

Get The Math This site shows students how Algebra can be used in the real world. Students will see how professionals use math in music, fashion, video games, basketball, etc. Students then participate in interactive challenges based on those careers. This resource is recommended for middle and high school students.

Inside Mathematics Choose a mathematical practice and grade level to see video excerpts of mathematics lessons. Not every lesson reflects all elements of the individual standards for mathematical practice. By showing examples from different classrooms for each standard, the site strives to show how many different ways teachers may enact the mathematical practices in a classroom. This resources is recommended for grades 1-12.

Marzano's 9

4. Homework and Practice

What the research says:

Teachers should vary the amount of homework based on student grade level (less at the elementary level, more at the secondary level), keep parent involvement in homework to a minimum, state purpose, and, if assigned, should be debriefed.

How it looks in the classroom:

Retell, recite and review learning for the day at home, reflective journals, parents are informed of the goals and objectives, grade level teams plan together for homework.

Technology resources:

Quia: Use Quia to create games, quizzes and surveys (paid site with a 30 day free trial)

Quizlet: Create flashcards, study games and quizzes

Homework Help:

Discovery: Math homework help

Nasa Kids Club: Grades 1-5: Concepts of concerning space and aerodynamics

Kahn Academy: Over 2,400 free videos

PBS: Resources for all subject areas and grade levels

Math Portal: For High School and College students studying more complex mathematical concepts

Hippocampus: Middle and High School Resources for math and sciences (including social sciences)

Flashcard Makers:

Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Technology based resources can provide teachers and students alike the opportunity to easily incorporate reading and writing in any subject. The resources below will provide you with prompts, activities and exercises that will engage students of all ages.

301 Prompts for Argumentative and Persuasive Writing The Learning Network provides a list of 301 prompts for Argumentative and Persuasive writing based around a multitude of interesting topics. There is also a companion list of 500 prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing. This resource is recommended for grades 7-12.

Story Maker Using ABCya's Story Maker, students can create simple and easy stories. Drawing tools are provided, pages can be added for longer stories and you can print a PDF version. This resource is recommended for grades K-6.

Google Newspaper Archives Students can browse and read hundreds of newspaper archives from around the world. Students can be shown the different perspective on historical events while providing contrasting texts for close reading. After researching events in history, students could create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate both reading and writing skills. This resource is recommended for grades 6-12.

Zing Students can find Ebooks by topic, reading level or language. Online tools include a built-in dictionary, highlighting, bookmarking, taking notes and writing a review. A basic account is free with additional features available for a fee. This resource is recommended for grades K-12.

Writing Exercises This site provides free writing prompts and exercises to help students get started with creative writing. Prompts and exercises can be used in any subject area. This resource is recommended for grades K-12.

Inspirational Video for Educators by Justin Tarte

Inspirational video for educators

Random Tech Tip!

Would you like to get parents more involved in their child's learning? Use Just Apricot! Just Apricot takes just a few minutes to set up and is totally free. The teacher poses a question, students write a response, teacher reviews the responses and sends them on to parents.

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