Miss Mahoney


~I know that Power Points are nothing new to teachers, but I am simply blown away by the extensive scope and organization of the resources at PPST.com. I don't want to write too extensively about this site (because I could, wow); you just have to check it out for yourself. There is no way you won't find something useful there.

~Lapbooks are mini books that you can easily create as study guides and to highlight different concepts and skills. A great alternative to boring paper/pencil tasks!

~Fortune tellers used to get us in trouble when we were in school! Now they can be used as a fun way to practice math facts, sight words, synonyms, affixes, history dates, science concepts, vocabulary words, or whatever else you can come up with.

~Using word clouds in a lesson shows you how to use the online tool Wordle in an engaging way for students. Also, see the comments to this article for more ideas from teachers using this tool.

~The Futures Channel helps you connect classroom learning in math and science to application  in the real world. There are videos illustrating concepts that are also connected to grade level skills and lesson plans. Now you have an answer for "why do I have to learn this?"

~The cool peeps at Flocabulary bring you the week in rap. Every Friday there is a video and rap song that summarizes the week's current events and important news. Watch and discuss or have students create thier own!

With Awesome Stories teachers can illustrate many important past and current vents in human history. It's also a great site for students research. "Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see thousands of hand-selected and relevant links to pictures, slide-shows, videos, audio-clips, artifacts, manuscripts, documents and other primary sources linked, in context, within each story."

Know of any cool (ie fun and outside-the-box) teaching aids? Send me the link
and I'll include it here. (Let me know if it's ok to use your name.) Thanks!