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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 5)
Title: What's THEMEssage
Description: Story Cube: Students can summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. Students can even identify their favorite part of the story. The finished cube can also be saved, printed, and folded into a fun cube shape that can be used for future reference


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Five Elements of a Story
Description: The video will be used to introduce the elements of a story to students.  The video will combine music, text, and images to enhance the standard.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5)
Title: Willy Wonka's Most Wanted
Description: Glogster is an online learning platform which provides users with digital educational content and a tool for its creation. For this tool will be used as an asset for students to create character descriptions based on their interpretation of the reading.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5), English Language Arts (4), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (4)
Title: Minecraft Building
Description: Minecraft is a tool where students can demonstrate their knowledge and creativity by building their own virtual world, and keep a journal where they discuss their character, setting, and specific details that have taken place inside their digital world.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1 - 4), Technology Education (K - 8)
Title: Character Clouds
Description: This tool allows users to create word clouds.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Personalized, Video Creator
Description: Animoto is a cloud-based video creation tool. It produces videos from photos, video clips, and music. Animoto’s finished product is a custom, professional slideshow. Once the videos are completed, they can be downloaded, emailed, or embedded into other web pages.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?
Description: QR Stuff gives you the opportunity to generate QR Codes in ways that most of the other places on the internet overlook. QR code, which stands for Quick Response, is a smartphone or iPad bar code reader that can store website URL’s, plain text, phone numbers, and email addresses.  Students will use the QR Codes by scanning the code which leads them to a Youtube website on movie trailers about the books they are selecting to choose from in class.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Schooling Through the Tube
Description: School Tube is a video sharing website between educators and students. All of the videos have been checked and deemed school appropriate so that they are safe to show in the classroom. Several of the videos are student or teacher made and focus on several different topic areas within the classroom.  


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Subject: English Language Arts (4)
Title: Setting the Stage
Description: SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), Technology Education (3 - 5), Digital Literacy and Computer Science (4)
Title: Untangling the Web
Description: Doodle Splash is an online interactive that allows students to incorporate their drawings with their writing.  This site allows them to visualize their ideas and prompts them to write about those ideas.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3 - 4)
Title: Book Report? Let's Travel There Instead!
Description: The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. 


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 5), English Language Arts (4)
Title: ReadWriteThink Cube Creator
Description: The Story Cube Creator interactive allows students to summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. This interactive tool is used to help the students organize the story in a fun and engaging way. 


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), Social Studies (4)
Title: Birmingham was Bombed
Description: Wonderopolis is a tool for engaging students using wonder about the world around them. Daily "wonders" create exploratory learning. The "How Do You Write a TV Script" wonder will be used to help students as they prepare to write their own mock newscast based on the event of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Church bombing in 1963, as read about in the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963. After reading the novel and exploring information about life in the 1960s, students will imagine what a news report from that day would have looked like. They will view this resource to understand the important components of a script before getting into small groups to write their own newscasts. The teacher will combine the scripts and students will create a short film either independently or with teacher assistance and present their newscast during Black History Month. 


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