Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 05/08/2020

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

iCivics Odyssey – “The new iCivics Game Odyssey turns our free online games into an exciting quest for civics knowledge. Play your way through a series of games each week, claim badges, share successes, and learn important civics lessons on the journey to becoming a Civic Boss.” (L:G;SA:SS)

Gallery AR – app for iPhone or iPad; “Gallery AR turns your surroundings into the art gallery. You just need to pick up the phone and find a wall. The iconic art paints will show in front of you! You can walk as close as you want, or sit well into the couch in the living room. Don't worry about the dress code. Enjoy famous art collections!” (L:G;SA:FA)

Vocab Victor – “Vocab Victor will build and strengthen their vocabulary. Assign this fun app in lieu of vocabulary lists, flashcards, and worksheets to give your students focused vocabulary instruction that will hold their attention.” (L:G;SA:LA)

Fact Fragment Frenzy – “Fact Fragment Frenzy, as a stand-alone or as part of an extended research skills unit, aids students in learning the importance of finding the words in sentences and paragraphs that contain the facts they need for compiling their research. They practice by pulling important words from a text over to a virtual notebook. The students then move to putting those notes into their own words, avoiding plagiarism. Having elementary and intermediate students participate in the fact-finding process early in their school experience promises to enrich further study and enjoyment of nonfiction texts.” (L:E,M;SA:LA)

PBS Nature Cat – interactive activities and videos that are very engaging for younger students (L:E;SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog ( by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).