## March 2007

#### Kerpoof

by knann & 5 othersKerpoof is a site designed to inspire creativity among children as they interact with the pictures. They can select a scene and add items to the scene and/or adjust object sizes . The scenes are richly varied, containing fantasy as well as international items. The site promises to change often. You can also find coloring sheets to print and color. You and your students can customize your own scenes, if you join (see classroom use tips). - 7759
In the Classroom: Use these online "scenes" for students to create their own writing prompts. Let students choose (you might want to limited their options to save time)and work individually or create a scene for the whole class on an interactive whiteboard. Then print it out and ask students to tell the story or write the paragraph about the scene. Special ed teachers and speech/language clinicians can use Kerpoof to prompt vocabulary development. Incorporate social studies and science curriculum topics by describing scenes with community workers, careers, farm animals, and more. NO reading required except to select print, save, etc.
If you "join" as a teacher, you can save the scenes your class creates and revisit them at a later date. Do NOT allow students to join unless you have parent permission. The information requested is very safe, but it would be simpler to use a whole-class account.

## February 2007

#### Time for Kids

by knann & 1 otherCurrent news articles for grades k-1, 2-3, 4-7. Use with Clicker 5 or WordTalk for text to spech. Find the article, click the Print button. A new, plain web page will appear. Copy and paste directly into Word or a new Clicker document.

#### Return to the Ice Age - The La Brea Exploration Guide

by knannGet ready to explore the world of Rancho La Brea--one of the world's most famous fossil sites. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the La Brea Tar Pits is home to over three million fossils from the last Ice Age. It was here that huge mammoths, fierce sabertoothed cats, and giant ground sloths became trapped and entombed in the asphalt that has been seeping out of the ground for the past 40,000 years.
Discover and explore how these "tar pits" formed, what types of plants and animals became trapped, and how scientists have used these fossil deposits to open a window into the world of prehistoric Los Angeles.

#### Prehistory to the Present Timeline

by knannInteractive time line showing receding glaciers in North America

## January 2007

#### Grade 6 Mathematics

by knann (via)Outstanding resource from Learn Alberta. Twenty one lessons for key concepts in math for grade 6, overview of problem solving strategies, a glossary, and activities for reinforcing number facts (operations) via various strategies. Use of animation video and sound make this an engaging site for students.

## December 2006

#### A Really Different Place | writing...reading...thinking....creating

by knann (via)Welcome to the Nieman Enhanced Learning Center Blog. Students will have the opportunity to use their blog to write stories and respond to reflection questions. Parents and teachers, be sure to check in often to see how your students are progressing in their writing.

## May 2006

#### InterMath / Dictionary / How to Use

by knannThe Interactive Mathematics Dictionary is a dictionary for middle school students.Description - Provides the term, definition and examples of the term.
Related Terms - Provides related terms to term that was selected.Everyday Examples- Provides a model or picture of how or where the term is used in every day life.
Interactive Checkpoints - Interactive problems related to the term.More Information - Provides links to explorations and historical information on related Internet sites.
Challenge - Provides a link to the InterMath web site challenge that corresponds with the term.

## February 2006

#### Middle School Resources for Excel

by knann (via)Lesson plan ideas for using Excel accross the curriculum with a special emphasis on math.

## January 2006

#### Scientific Calculator Lessons for Middle School Math

by knann74 page pdf manual with step by step instructions for math lessons using a scienrific calculator.

#### Quadrilateral Quest: Do You Know Their Properties?

by knannComplete the quest to see how well you know your quadrilaterals.

#### Quiltmaker

by knannDesign a quilt by clicking on the squares. Each square has 6 possible positions.
Change COLORS by clicking the color palettes
Make a quilt by clicking REPEAT, REFLECT or ROTATE

## December 2005

#### The Broken Calculator

by knann (via)Use the broken calculator to solve your math problems in a creative way. Can you add 2+2 if the addition key is broken? Sure can..how about (3*2)-2 . The answer is the same! Create some challenges for you, your friends, and teachers!

#### CountOn - The Rules of Sudoku

by knannThe rules of the game are simple: each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box. Every puzzle has just one correct solution.

#### Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation

by knann (via)Engaging presentation illustrates the growth of the US from Post American Revolution through Post Civil War.

#### Middle School Madness: Problems of the Week Archive

by knannChallenging math problems for you to solve. Email your answer to find out if you are right!

#### Enriching Mathematics

by knannActivities to explore and engage with mathematical ideas.
Provides challenging activities which provide students with opportunities to develop their mathematics.

#### A Creative Encounter of the Numerical Kind

by knann (via)After researching place value and numeration systems, students create a base-4 numeration system for a primitive alien tribe.

#### Searching for Solutions WebQuest

by knannThis web-based unit will introduce students to strategies and real-life practice activities for applying problem-solving skills. Students will investigate real problems through a variety of websites and group activities.

#### Discovering the Value of Pi

by knannThe students will measure the diameter and circumference of many circles and will estimate their relationship. By doing so, they should discover the approximate value of pi. By discovering it on their own they should feel rewarded and gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental concept of pi.

#### Problem Solving with Pentominos

by knannPentominos are the names of shapes created by 5 squares connected together. The objective of the puzzle is to place all pentominos inside the square after marking 4 boxes to remain empty.

#### Math Through Culture:Culturally-Situated Design Tools

by knann (via)Many cultural designs are based on mathematical principles. This software will help students learn standards-based mathematics as they simulate the original artifacts, and develop their own creations.

#### NCTM : Illuminations Lessons

by knannInteractive Math tools for grades for K-12. Accompanied by lesson plans and NCTM standards