- ABC Match
- Professor Garfield - Games for phonemic awareness, phonics and comprehension
- Storyline – Listen to famous children’s books read aloud
- DIBELS Interventions Electrified - Letter Recognition, Rhyming, Letter Sounds, Templates, Putting Words Together
- Construct a Word – A family fun word/rhyming game
- Getting Students Connected - Provides links to games on many other educational sites.
- Word Family Sort - Recognize word patterns and learn about onset and rime
- ABCya - Many fun basic skills games for students at each grade level
- Vocabulary Building - Build your vocabulary with these games
- Free Rice - Define words and donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer
- Grammar Handbook - The Grammar Handbook from Writer's Workshop covers all of the basic rules of grammar. It's well organized and makes a handy reference.
- AAA Math has numerous interactive arithmetic lessons.
- Aplus Math has flashcards, games, homework help, and practice work sheets.
- Math Reference Tables covers general math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and above. Its general section includes number notation, addition, multiplication, fractions, and units and measurement. This site can also be translated into Spanish!
- KidZone Math offers helpful math resources in fun, kid-appropriate formats. A range of free, printable worksheets is available, organized by grade level, activity type, and theme, allowing kids to find a worksheet that suits them best.
- Math is Fun!, Enjoyable, interactive site. Simple explanations are supplemented by practice problems for K-8. Also included are puzzles and quizzes, as well as an elaborate illustrated dictionary of basic math terms.
- Online Math Learning allows for kids to test different math skills in ways that will make them feel like they’re playing video games rather than being forced to learn.
- Khan Academy - Videos to teach or re-teach students math concepts and algorithms
Getting Students Connected
AAA Math has numerous interactive arithmetic lessons.
Aplus Math has flashcards, games, homework help, and practice work sheets.
Math Reference Tables covers general math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and above. Its general section includes number notation, addition, multiplication, fractions, and units and measurement. This site can also be translated into Spanish!
Math is Fun!, Enjoyable, interactive site. Simple explanations are supplemented by practice problems for K-8. Also included are puzzles and quizzes, as well as an elaborate illustrated dictionary of basic math terms.
Online Math Learning allows for kids to test different math skills in ways that will make them feel like they’re playing video games rather than being forced to learn.
Algebasics has video tutorials explaining the basics of algebra, equations, ratio and proportion, absolute value, polynomials, factoring, linear equations, radicals, applications, and much more.
Algebra-Class.com offers help with solving equations, graphing equations, writing equations, inequalities, functions, exponents and monomials, polynomials, and the quadratic equation. It also has a list of resources.
Algebra.help contains lessons on topics that include equations, simplifying, factoring, distribution, and trinomials, as well as equation calculators and worksheets. This site also has an extensive list of math resources and study tips.
· Class Zone : Class Zone is a fantastic site for any geometry student.
- New York Times Learning Network Contest Calendar (2016-2017) Ages 13-19
- Poetry and Essay Contests - Creative Communications Publishing Grades K-12
- Writing Conference, Inc. January deadline. Open to elementary and middle school students.
- New Voices Young Writers December deadline. Open to 11-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds.
- Adventure Write December deadline. Open to 8-18 year olds.
- Engineer Girl Essay Contest Elementary, middle and high school categories. Deadline is February.
- Letters About Literature Contest Grades 4-12; January deadline
- Carl Sandburg Poetry Contest Grades 3-12; March deadline
- Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Grades 7-12; Competition opens September with December deadline.
- Promising Young Writers Award (NCTE) Grade 8 students; February deadline
- Skipping Stones Magazine writing contests Ages 7-17; June deadline
- Stone Soup Magazine Writing and art submissions for students 13 and younger
- NASA Competitions for Students. A variety of contests related to current work at NASA.
- Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors Grades 5-8; March deadline.
- Student Ideas for a Better America National Invention Competition Pre-K-12; No deadline
- Exploravision Awards Grades K-12; February deadline
- Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge Grades 5-8; Competition opens December with April deadline.
- Engineer Girl Essay Contest Grades 3-12; February deadline
- Space Settlement Contest All students through 12th grade; February deadline
- Science Without Borders Challenge Ages 11-19; April deadline
- Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest Grades 6-12; June deadline
- Space Settlement Contest All students through 12th grade; March deadline
- Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Ages 15 and younger; March deadline
- Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Grades 7-12; Competition opens September with December deadline.
- Skipping Stones Magazine art contests Ages 7-17; June deadline
- Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center - Seattle
- ADDitiude – Strategies and Support for ADHD & LD
- CHADD – The National Resource for ADHD
- Understood – Resources for Learning & Attention Issues
Recommended Online Resources:
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Putting on the Brakes - Young People’s Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. & Judith M. Stern, M.A.
- Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell & John J. Ratey
- Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach by Vincent J. Monastra
- https://ldaamerica.org/parents/ A wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities.
- http://www.ncld.org/ National Center for Learning Disabilities: Resources for parents and teachers.
- https://www.understood.org/en Understood: Incredible resource for learning and attention issues.
- http://www.friendsofquinn.com/ Living with Learning Differences: Own it
- An online community that offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences. http://ldnavigator.ncld.org/
- A Comprehensive Resource Guide about Learning Disabilities for the Pediatric Professional Community and Parents http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/parenting
- http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents Reading Rockets | For Parents
- http://www.ldonline.org/parents Home to school learning disabilities and attention resources for parents
- What is MAP?
- What does MAP measure?
- How do teachers use MAP scores?
- How do I interpret the results?
- How long is a MAP test?
- How can I help my child prepare for MAP tests?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive assessment program, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the students answers correctly, questions get harder. If the students answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly. Students in grades 1-8 will be taking the MAP every year in the fall and spring measuring growth in math, reading and Language Usage. These tests yield a national percentile score as well as a growth scale score (RIT). For more information refer to the NWEA Parent Toolkit.
MAP results are provided as a numerical RIT score (Rausch Unit). It is an equal interval scale, which provides a very useful look at student achievement and growth over time. Scores can be compared to tell how much academic growth a student has made, similar to measuring height with a ruler. The RIT score represents each student's current instructional level (readiness to learn).
We expect RIT scores to increase over time. Typically, younger students show more growth in one year than older students. Students who test above grade level often show less growth. Sometimes RIT scores may decline from one test to the next. One low test scores in not cause for immediate concern. Students have good days and bad days and their test results do not always indicate what they know. Student’s attitudes toward the test can also affect their scores. Therefore, growth over time is a better measure of students learning.
The MAP results help make informed decisions that promote academic growth. We can identify strengths and areas of difficulty to determine whether help is needed with a specific skill and to guide instruction in the classroom. This data is often used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals. MAP is one assessment tool we use to track students progress, identifying where more teaching assistance is required, and to ensure that each individual student receives the academic attention they need to succeed.
After each test administration, you will receive a Student Progress Report. MAP results are reported using two scales: RIT and Percentiles. In addition, students are given a Lexile score for reading.
• RIT are used to show current achievement on a scale that is independent of grade level. These scores show growth over time. RIT scores show what students are ready to learn rather than what they have already mastered.
• Percentiles are used to compare a student to a large group of students of similar age or grade level. These scores are useful to compare students around the country. For example, a student at the 80th percentile ranks the same as or higher than 80 students in a group of 100.• Lexile Framework for Reading scores provides another way to measure a student’s reading level and growth. The framework helps teachers and parents select reading material that appropriately challenge students.
Your child’s teacher will help with any pre-test instructions to explain the test to the students. Just like any school day, make sure your child is well rested and fed with a well-balanced breakfast. Encourage them to do their best. Please see that your child comes to school on time and refrain from making appointments during the day during our testing window. Consult with your teacher if you have questions about missed testing days.
Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/teachers
Extensive and current resources for teachers
Readwritethink: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/...Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun.
- Literactive – Free subscription site with letter and phonics games, printables and eBooks
- Multiplication.com focuses, as one may expect, exclusively on multiplication. The site features games, self-correcting timed quizzes, resources, and instructional videos. This is a great site for any child struggling with his times tables.
- xtramath– Great resource for computation practice
- Khan Academy– Videos to teach or re-teach students and parents math concepts and algorithms.