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Stay Sharp During the Summer Months!

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Carol Hurst's Literature Site - A wealth of information - reviews of books for students, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom, subject resources, curriculum areas, themes - a wonderful resource for cross-curriculum planning.
Storyline Online - An online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading children's books aloud
FableVision Place - Stories, games, and fun places!
Story Hour- from the Internet Public Library - Perfect stories for group classroom viewing...Do take a few minutes and look at "Do Spiders Live on the World Wide Web?" Consider having your class write, illustrate, and publish their own story! Summer Reading - Encourage your students to read during the summer months.Here are several Internet sites you can suggest to them!
Page By Page Books - Expand your horizons! Read a book online!
Kidsreads.com - A reading activity site especially for kids!
Eagerreaders.com - Book lists, topics, suggested reading
GigglePoetry.com - The #1 Fun Poetry Site for Kids on the Web
Children's Storybooks Online - Read online with your students! They can read during the summer!
Writing - Help your students learn to write well. (Tips for parents and teachers are included, too!)
Young Writers Workshop - Story starters and activity pages to encourage writing
Summer Writing Bugs - Writing Prompts/Printables from Education World for Summer or use the Anytime Writing Link for More Resources

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NumberNut - Shapes & Colors, Counting,Operations, Date & Time, Money, Decimals, and more
Mega Mathematics - If you're looking for unusual math activities that encourage thinking skills, this is the place! Take a look at "The Most Colorful Math of All, "Games On Graphs", or "Machines That Eat Your Words" for a start. Your students will remember your class forever if you dare to try any of these activities with them.
Visual Fractions - Interactive practice using lines and circles to identify fractions. Fun!
All About Fractions (from AAAMath) - Each page has an explanation, interactive practice, and challenge games about fractions.
Fractions - Elementary School Lessons & Materials - Explore many ways to help students understand fractions. The "Review and Enrichment" section has several fun games such as
I've Got Your Number - A super way to review any math skill.
MathStories.com - Word problems based on Dr. Seuss books - Ready to print! Also, you can find word problems based on The Three Little Pigs (higher grades - lower grades) 101 Math Links (from www.101science.com, which has links for all subjects) This web site will give you links to math sites for a variety of grade levels and math skills.
Math Baseball - Play ball and practice math!

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National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure
Find fantastic resources, games, and activities involving maps! Excellent for map reading skills. As you navigate through the games, you'll learn how to read a legend, practice following written directions, learn about different types of maps, practice giving directions, and problem solving. The games provide an authentic way to learn how to use maps!

We Love America!!

external image flagusa.gif Patriotic Resources - Celebrate Flag Day (June 14) and July 4th with patriotic songs, meet Betsy Ross, discover amazing Americans, learn flag etiquette, play an interactive Revolutionary War game and more.

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They're Everywhere in Summer!

Let's Talk About Insects! Gain an appreciation of insects. Learn how insects grow and develop (metamorphosis) and learn the importance of insects in our environment.

Insects! Click on the insect pictures for Internet resources. Sample lesson plans and activities are available.

Discovery Education Streaming - Explore videos such as The Incredible World of Insects, Junior Zoologist: Insects,Those Amazing Arthropods!, World of Nature: Insect Disguises, Insects: Facts and Folklore, and more!
(Do a keyword search: insects)

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Write About Your Dream Vacation!

For interesting fun, students can pick one imaginary place they'd like to visit this summer, then write a short paragraph about it to share with the class. Include where they're going, why they want to go, and one special attraction they would like to see while visiting. Here are a few locations to give a start!

Use Internet resources!
Myrtle Beach - South Carolina
Charleston - South Carolina
Savannah - Georgia
Disney World - Florida
NatureScene Interactive - US Parks
The Caribbean - Tropical islands
Hawai'i - The ? state to join the United States of America.

Additional Geography Resources:
MapMachine - Locate cities, countries, or other locations around the world - cool map here!
MapQuiz - Tons of quizzes to keep you busy for hours. Lots of other "stuff" here too!
The World Fact Book - Facts about countries of the world - Learn about others!
The USA Quiz - Excellent review of the 50 states with an interactive map.
GeoBee Challenge - Play everyday - You'll learn more about geography!
Biomes of the World - Rainforest, tundra, desert, grasslands, temperate, taiga
Habitats - Explore Cities & Suburbs, Deserts & Tundra, Forests, Fresh Water, Oceans & Coasts, and Prairies!
Foreign Language for Travelers - Learn common phrases; hear pronunciations; find currency exchange rates; a hotel database; and more! This is an excellent resource for Foreign Language teachers.
Geography4Kids - Physical geography and earth science basics - Earth Structure, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, BGC Cycles, Climates (You will also enjoy Chem4Kids and Biology4Kids)

Breana with the dolphins!
Breana with the dolphins!
Swimming Anyone?

Wild Animal Watch: Dolphins - What are dolphins? What's the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? What are flippers and flukes? How fast do dolphins swim? What is echolocation? Learn all about these exciting mammals of the sea!
What Is A Dolphin? (from SeaWorld)
About Marine Animals - Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Seals, Sea Lions, Walruses, Manatees, Dugongs, and more! This site also includes a few grammar tips for writing a report, plus, you can take a quiz on marine mammals!

Miami Sea Aquarium
Swim with the dolphins!
Whale Web - Facts -whales, dolphins, & porpoises
Seaside Live! 3D Creatures, Coastal Habitats, and other topics related to marine ecology

Discovery Education Streaming - Take advantage of the many opportunities to show your students "real-life" videos! Blackline Masters, Teacher Guides, and South Carolina Standards are available.
(Do a keyword search: dolphins or whales or oceans)

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Remember to take advantage of South Carolina's Virtual Library - an electronic library of essential information and learning resources for all South Carolina citizens.

DISCUS can be accessed from school, home, or the public library!
You will find a wealth of information - InfoTrac Periodicals & Reference, Biography Resource Center, Who's Who, Health & Wellness Resource Center, What Do I Read Next?, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana Online, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Knowledge Source - do use this wonderful resource!

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Web 2.0 Tools - Take time to explore!

Del.icio.us Diigo - Keep your favorite bookmarks online and share! You can access your favorite web sites from any computer at school, home, or any location with Internet access.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets - The online way to keep your files - Create, Edit, Share - Free!

Google Video - Search, upload, and share videos online - Education category

Flickr - Manage & share your photos

Box.net - Free Online File Storage, Internet File Sharing, RSS Sharing, Access Documents & Files

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