Thursday, February 23, 2012

February Instructional Resource Update

Hello everyone!
I have listed below the top instructional resources that I have come across in the last month, or that teachers at my school have requested.  More new website links from the last month are also posted on  I hope you will scroll through the resources and find one or two new things to try out in your classroom over the next couple of months.

Useful Documents: 

Fakebook Helpsheet  "Fakebook" allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Could be used for characters from novels in a English class, or for a historical figure. In a French or Spanish class, students could make a profile page for themselves in the target language. The teachers in my building used it for an Earth Science activity where students had to create a page for an African American Scientist for Black History Month.  

Strategies for Reading Comprehension Each strategy has instructions, and come have free printable worksheets, or a graphic organizer.  

"Analogy Map Worksheet" and "Illustrate and Associate Worksheet Great for teaching vocabulary in any course. I passed this link along to our Geometry teachers when they requested resources for teaching reading and vocabulary with the new Common Core Standards. 

Analogy Map Objective: The student will create a word association map for key vocabulary
chosen for instruction.

Illustrate and Associate Objective: The student will create visual and linguistic associations for
vocabulary words.

Free Blank Printable Semantic Map Graphic Organizer Great for student brainstorming, and as a pre-writing activity.

FREE Persuasive Research Paper Organizer Pack by Anne Marie Smith Useful for research paper writing at the secondary level. The English teachers at my school are always asking me for more resources for research papers!


EmergingEdTech's 2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook Subscribe at this site in order to receive the FREE eBook as a PDF. "This 50 page booklet contains dozen of informative articles about many free web-based technologies that can help educators engage students, be more productive, and have fun in the classroom!"

Finding a Path in Formative Assessment: Pictures to Guide your Students' Thinking By Mrs. Patten "In this FREE packet, you will find a compilation of 14 roadway photos to use for formative assessment. At different points in a particular lesson or unit, you can have your students rate their own knowledge in relation to the 3-4 pictures that you choose. This is applicable to any grade level K-Adults as it is a teaching tool that can be used with any topic."

Interesting Articles/Teaching Tips:
Student Voices: What Makes a Great Teacher? (From the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center)
The report contains five essays by a diverse groups of students about teaching strategies that worked for them and an illustrated poster that summarizes 10 practices that students think are most important for effective teaching.

10 Pieces of Advice from Students for Teachers Printable Poster (print at about 40% scale to fit on one page, or tape 3 pages together to get poster size)

What Teachers Need to Know About the Common Core State Standards | TeachHUB By: Dr. Katherine McKnight

Five Ways to Empower Students | Edutopia


Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes | Edutopia

Useful Websites:

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Bloomin' Apps - Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything Google Apps, iPad Apps, Android Apps, and Web 2.0 Apps that support the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

simplebooklet Create free promotions, product guides and brochures you can post anywhere across the social web

ReadThinkWrite Printing Press Create online newspapers, brochures, booklets, or flyers.

The Newspaper Clipping Image Generator - Create your own fun newspaper


(I recently attended one of Richard Byrne's Free Online Webinars. He mentioned the sites below during the webinar. It was great!) 

Screenr | Instant screencasts (via Richard Byrne) Free web-based screen recorder 

DROPitTOme - Securely receive files from anyone to your Dropbox (via Richard Byrne) Securely receive files from anyone to your Dropbox. Ever wish you could easily receive big files from your students?

"Together with Dropbox you can setup an unique upload address with password protection. DROPitTOme is your one stop solution when an email is just not enough."

Socrative | Student Response System (via Richard Byrne) Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Socrative introduction video (new) from Socrative Inc. on Vimeo.

Our school recently got a class set of Nook Colors that teachers can check out of our media center to use during class. Do you have Nooks at your school? Below is a short introduction video, and a seven minute tutorial video for the Nook Color.  

NOOK Apps™ Browse free Apps to download on the Nooks at your school!


  1. Hi Liz,

    I love these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I'll definitely be using the "Fakebook" idea for the various works of literature we're reading in my French classes and the "Illustrate and Associate Worksheet" for vocabulary.

    1. Mme Martin,
      Your welcome! I'm glad you will be able to use some of the resources.


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