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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
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This article includes the URL and description of 100 free web tools that can be used by all teachers. The tools are categorized into search engines, math and science, games, templates and lesson plans, and more.

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Education
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Reading
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
John Costilla
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Active Participation: Ensuring Student Engagement
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This article describes covert and overt active engagement strategies for use with elementary students. Find the Question templates are included for use with informational text.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Clarissa Reeson
Tracey Allen
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Activities for Identifying Similarities and Differences
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This article discusses the four forms of identifying similarities and differences: comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies and how these strategies can be used in an elementary classroom.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
03/01/2008
All About Icebergs
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This article provides an overview of icebergs' formation and characteristics and the hazards associated with icebergs.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Alison Schirmer Lockman
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic Survival Skills: Traditional Inuit Games
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This article describes several traditional Inuit games and provides background information and resources for incorporating them into a lesson or unit on Inuit culture.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic and Antarctic Birds - Issue 11, February 2009
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, explores the amazing birds that live in or migrate to the polar regions. The issue was co-produced with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In addition to content knowledge articles and lesson plans, the issue includes information about bird-themed citizen science programs from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
The Ohio State University
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Arctic and Antarctic Birds: Unit Outlines
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This article assembles free resources from the Arctic and Antarctic Birds issue of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears cyberzine into a unit outline based on the 5E learning cycle framework. Outlines are provided for Grades K-2 and 3-5.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Terry Shiverdecker
Date Added:
10/17/2014
As Big as the Ocean: Creating Murals
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This article discusses how to use murals as an interdisciplinary, cooperative activity to blend science, art, and math concepts.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Assessment Strategies: Rubrics
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This article provides an overview of using rubrics as a method of assessment and discusses technological tools that facilitate the creation of rubrics.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
10/17/2014
At Home in the Cold
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This article reprints and links to informational text about the adaptations that allow mammals and fish to survive in polar oceans. Versions are available for students in grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Related science and literacy activities are included.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Stephen Whitt
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The Aurora: Inspiration for Art and Poetry Integration
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This article lists seven art techniques and four poetry types that can be used to depict and describe the aurora.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Being a Teacher: Being a Professional Teacher
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This video forms part of Saide's Education Series Being a Teacher module. There is reflection on the doubts and concerns that were discussed in Part One of the video; then professionalism in the health sector compared to teaching is discussed. What makes a teacher who makes a difference?

Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Cover, title and imprint pages, with contents list and preface
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Being a Teacher, Professional Challenges and Choices. Teachers are not just teachers. They are also people. In straddling issues of both professional and personal identity, this module comes to grips with the professional choices teachers are required to make, and do make, in developing the knowledge, skills and values of learners. This module is suitable for both inducting novice teachers into the role of the teacher and for in-service programmes in which practising teachers could valuably compare their own experiences with this systematic overview of the role of a teacher and teaching as a profession. The contextual setting in South Africa is readily adaptable to other settings: the core issues are the same.Series Editor, John Gultig

Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Professional Challenges and Choices.
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Teachers are not just teachers. They are also people. In straddling issues of both professional and personal identity, this module comes to grips with the professional choices teachers are required to make, and do make, in developing the knowledge, skills and values of learners. This module is suitable for both inducting novice teachers into the role of the teacher and for in-service programmes in which practising teachers could valuably compare their own experiences with this systematic overview of the role of a teacher and teaching as a profession. The contextual setting in South Africa is readily adaptable to other settings: the core issues are the same.

Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Reading 3. Teachers, Identities, and Space
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This is the third reading for Saide's Education Studies module Being a Teacher. The history of teaching in South Africa has been one in which the most significant single factor has been the enormous differences in the experiences of teachers -- dependent primarily on whether they were identified as 'black', 'coloured', 'Asiatic', or 'white'; male or female; rural-, township-, or suburban-based, and so on.In this article, Heather Jacklin analyses how such factors have affected -- and still affect -- the identities and experiences of teachers in South Africa.

Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Jacklin, Heather
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Reading 9b. The Duties and Responsibilities of South African Educators
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This excerpt comes from an Education Labour Relations Council resolution published in 1998. It is essentially a job description for South African teachers.

Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Education Labour Relations Council
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Section 1 -  Introducing the module
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Being a Teacher: Professional Challenges and Choices. This section argues the case for studying what 'being a teacher' means in relation to national needs and those of individual learners, and explains how the writers intended the module to be tackled. This module sets out to address each of these issues in ways that will enable you to teach with greater confidence based on deeper understanding. We have also attempted, in Sections Four to Seven, to link this understanding to practical approaches and strategies for teachers.

Material Type:
Case Study
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Section 6 - Teachers, values and society
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Nothing in teaching is free of social dimensions and value questions. Teaching can therefore not be 'neutral', and teachers cannot sidestep the issue of their role in relation to sets of values. This section explores the role of the teacher in exercising and encouraging particular values. Compulsory schooling means placing vast numbers of learners behind desks approximately 170 mornings a year. We know that the content that we teach is a selection from many things that could be taught. Under such circumstances, this selection has economic, social and even moral consequences for the learners and for society.

Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Being a Teacher: Section 7 ې Making a difference
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Being a Teacher: Professional Challenges and Choices. Section Seven | Making a difference. What essential qualities do teachers (and schools) need in order to íîmake a difference? This section provides a platform for teacher agency and reflective practice. When you have completed this section, you should be able to: demonstrate a significantly richer understanding of the term professionalism in relation to teaching; recognize the value of adopting a reflective approach to your teaching in collaboration with colleagues; practise systematic reflective practice in your teaching; and appreciate the significance of agency and the scope that it creates for teachers in education.

Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
John Gultig
Lynette Faragher
Mark Mason
Maropeng Modiba
Mike Adendorff
Zandile Kunene
Date Added:
02/27/2012