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Do you use Thinkfinity? If not you should be!

October 14, 2011

I have been using Thinkfinity as a trusted resource for years. It was originally known as Marco Polo. Whenever I am looking for new ideas or resources to extend my lessons and units this is the first place I look. And it is free! Below are three timely topics with lesson plans and resources currently available onThinkfinity……

  •  Tell me a story! Four words that conjure up a host of images and emotions for the listener and the teller alike….everyone loves a good story and with some practice anyone can become an able storyteller. Find lesson plans, activities and resources for one day or a unit. From the Thinkfinity Community Blog  –
  • Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15-October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn more about the Hispanic culture and celebrate its diversity with lessons, activities and interactive games from Thinkfinity
  • Bullying is prevalent in schools and society as a whole, and can negatively impact students and their success in school. Help stop bullying by helping students understand how to quickly identify bullying, and by giving them the tools to properly respond. Through the Thinkfinity  network of partners like Common Sense Media, you will find resources on that address not only in-school bullying but also online bullying as well

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What is Thinkfinity?
The information below is from the Thinkfinity Website.

Verizon Thinkfinity provides quick and easy access to the highest-quality teaching and learning materials. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards.

Verizon Thinkfinity Content Partners produce the program’s nine discipline-specific, standards-based Web sites. Each site includes lessons for teachers, activities to use in and out of the classroom, games for young children and teens, adult literacy resources and reference materials for anyone in the education field, as well as for parents and afterschool practitioners.

  • ARTSEDGE Created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ARTSEDGE provides resources and examples for teachers to teach in, through and about the arts. The site includes lesson plans, advocacy and professional development resources, and up-to-date information on arts programs from around the world.
  •  EconEdLink Developed by the Council for Economic Education, EconEdLink provides teachers and students with lessons and classroom learning activities based on economics topics in the news and real-time economics data. EconEdLink content is designed to help integrate economic concepts across the curriculum as outlined in the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics.
  • EDSITEment Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment features lesson plans and additional classroom resources about art and culture, literature and language arts, foreign language, history and social studies. It also serves as a gateway to the best humanities sites on the Web and features a monthly theme-based teaching resource calendar.
  • Illuminations Designed by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Illuminations is the comprehensive source for instruction and learning materials based on NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The site makes math engaging, interesting and challenging through interactive applets, standards-based lesson plans and other teacher resources.
  • National Geographic Education Developed by the National Geographic Society, the NG Education site brings geography, social studies, and science to life for educators, learners, and their families—in and out of the classroom. The free education resources at harness National Geographic’s iconic media, research, and exploration to support high quality, standards-based instruction and student-centered learning. The site features multimedia activities, photo and video galleries, a growing reference library, and interactive mapping and collaboration tools. This next-generation site replaces Xpeditions, which is now an archive.
  •  ReadWriteThink Developed by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ReadWriteThink provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and English language arts instruction. The site features standards-based lesson plans, interactive student materials and a dynamic literacy calendar.
  •  Science NetLinks Developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science NetLinks provides resources for K-12 teachers and students. The site includes lesson plans, interactives, hands-on activities and reviewed resources, all of which provide opportunities to bring science and technology discovery into the classroom. Science NetLinks resources are matched to Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
  • Smithsonian’s History Explorer Designed and developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian’s History Explorer is a gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site brings history to life through artifacts, primary sources and online tools for the classroom, afterschool activities and home.
  •  Wonderopolis Developed by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), Wonderopolis helps families discover the wonders of learning in everyday life. The daily Wonder of the Day feature offers bite-size bits of learning for families to explore together. With its question-and-answer format, the Wonder of the Day provides a nugget of information about the title question, suggests a family-friendly activity to extend the learning, and lists vocabulary words and additional resources to take the learning even further.

I love reliable resources that I can count on. I hope you find Thinkfinity as useful as I have. Have a good week.

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