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 Monthly Newsletter    Issue 56 


Christmas, Kwanzaa, First Day of Winter,
Special Education Day, Read a New Book Month
December 2013
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Teacher Resources
Parent Resources
Technology Tips
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Hello! Thanks so much for using Internet4Classrooms with your students and children. Our mission is to help you find the best educational online resources available to meet your individual needs. Our monthly newsletter focuses on sharing information, tips, and ideas on everything related to schooling inside the classroom and at home. Each month we will feature resources and information on a variety of topics. We are constantly updating information on our site and urge you to visit often!
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Internet4Classrooms now offers printables!  Look for a rapidly growing variety of thousands of practice worksheets tied to the Common Core State Standards, School Subjects, Activities, and Holidays. 

Check out our NEW Common Core Math Printables for Kindergarten through 5th Grade! More grades and subjects coming soon!
  Common Core State Standards

Our NEW Common Core Math High School Algebra Standards are full of resources for every individual standard. Students can take control of their own learning by clicking on the page with the standard number, and choosing their own resource to practice that skill.


High School Algebra standards

UPDATED: Check out our Updated Common Core English Language Arts Standards! Each Grade Level is full of resources for every individual standard. Students can take control of their own learning by clicking on the page with the standard number, and choosing their own resource to practice that skill. Click on your Grade Level to find English Language Arts Standard Resources and learning tools.

Also, check out our Common Core Math Standards. It's hard to find sites that have math standards examples that follow the specific criteria, but they're here. Click on your Grade Level to find Math Standard Resources and learning tools.


  App Of The Month
Every month we are going to feature a different, and hopefully FREE, iPad/iPod/iPhone educational application. Visit our ever-changing app page
The App of the Month for October is Lobster Diver. Help your students or children with their fractions with this great game! Dive for lobsters while learning about fractions and how to find them on a number line. For grades 3-8. 
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  Things To Celebrate This Month
December brings us the start of Winter, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and much more. You never know what wonderful resources you can find to enrich your classroom experience. Let's get started!

Read a New Book Month

Special Education Day (12/2)
I4C offers a whole section of Exceptional Children resources, including Special Education for the classroom, teachers, and parents. Take advantage of tools on Autism, ADHD, Gifted, and Learning Disorders.

13th Amendment abolishing slavery ratified (12/6/1865)
Today, the 13th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. I4C has resources about slavery for elementary schoolers and middle schoolers and check out this link to find Civil War resources.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (12/17/1941)
Remember the attack on Pearl Harbor in your history lessons today. From Scholastic, meet witnesses, view a timeline of the events leading up to Pearl Harbor, and find a Pearl Harbor teaching guide. Use primary and secondary sources to identify conclusions based on the event. View videos, use interactive maps, and find other World War II resources for your lesson from the History Channel.

Emily Dickinson's Birthday (12/10/1830)
Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday by learning about poetry! I4C has multiple poetry resources throughout our site: Elementary Poetry, Middle/High School Poetry, Poetic Overviews and Poetic Devices, Poetic Terms, Analyzing Poetry, Rhyme and Rhythm, including Lower School Rhyming.
National Cocoa Day (12/13)
Bill of Rights Day (12/15)
The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the Constitution, guaranteeing our personal freedoms as U.S. citizens. Today, read the Bill of Rights on the National Archives website and find educator resources from the Bill of Rights Institute. I4C also has Bill of Rights resources like games, quizzes, and lesson plans for fourth and eighth graders.

Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday (12/16/1770)
Did you know that in Beethoven's later life, he was completely deaf yet continued to compose music? Learn about Beethoven's life and works and find resources for classical music and other types of music on I4C's Music Resource page.

Boston Tea Party (12/16/1773)
On this day in 1773, Sam Adams led the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawk Indians, to British ships at port in the Boston Harbor and dumped the ships' tea into the water. Learn about the Boston Tea Party from the History Channel and check out these great resources about the Revolutionary War from Mr. Nussbaum.

First Day of Winter (12/21)

Christmas (12/25)
Celebrate Christmas with Internet4Classrooms! Our Christmas page has fun resources like activities, crafts, recipes, and even a Santa tracker!

Kwanzaa (12/25-1/1)
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration, honoring African heritage and culture. Learn about Kwanzaa, its history and rituals, and find recipes, printables, and games on I4C's Kwanzaa resource page.

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  Focus On:  Teacher Resources
Internet4Classrooms offers a wide variety of informative online resources, tips, tools, and tutorials regarding your classroom needs. There is always something you can utilize with your students. Each month we'll feature a few links to useful topics.  
Teach your students the wonders of poetry! Find poems about Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter here. I4C also has multiple poetry resources throughout our site: Elementary PoetryMiddle/High School PoetryPoetic Overviews and Poetic DevicesPoetic TermsAnalyzing PoetryRhyme and Rhythm, including Lower School Rhyming.

Remember to check out our Printables page! We are continuing to update and add more worksheets!

Find great resources for elementary school math on I4C! We have pages for money (1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade), telling time (1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade), fractions and decimals (1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade fractions and decimals), and multiplication and division (3rd grade, 4th grade multiplication and division, 5th grade). Be sure to look at our Grade Level Help page to find more resources.

We have great Language Arts resources to help you plan for the 3rd 9 week period! Find writing resources for elementary school, middle school, and high school. We also have resources about comparing and contrasting and story elements (1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade). Be sure to look at our Grade Level Help page to find more resources to use in your classroom!
This month is Read a New Book Month - what a great time to get your students interested in reading! To help your students find a new book, Scholastic has a compilation of book lists ranging over many subjects. I4C also has a collection of stories for elementary students, library resources, information on physical and virtual libraries, grade level help with reading and literature, and reading assessment practice.
Be sure to check out I4C's holiday pages to find resources for your classroom! We have Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages for you to use!

Whether you are a newcomer or an old pro, it's easy to get "lost" in everything I4C has to offer. We have subject help by grade level on almost all school topics. Don't forget to click and explore when you are looking for teacher resources. Here are a few main topics to get you started.




Don't Forget: Free Online Practice for ACT Test and SAT Test Resources.  I4C now offers free SAT and ACT vocabulary and math quizzes. Become a free member and log in as much as you'd like. Students can take practice tests on 5000 vocabulary words.Take daily practice math quizzes on over 1000 questions.  Log in to monitor your students' scores - including seeing which vocabulary words or math questions they missed. Interactive quizzes allow the test taker to retake and study as much as they want.  

Remember: One of our most clicked resources is the teacher tools page. You can access everything teachers need for the school year, including forms, planning, bulletin boards, and worksheets

Another popular section is our Grade Level Help. Click here for Pre-K - 8th grade level help and here for 7th - 12th grade resources. Find Skill Builders interactive sites for Language Arts and Math.  
  Focus On:  Parent Resources
In addition to our teachers, parents can take advantage of our online resources as well.

This month is Read a New Book Month and is a great time to get your kids interested in reading. Here are 10 great tips to help make reading fun and Scholastic has great children's book lists and reading resources for parents!


Teach your children about different winter holidays and find resources for the holidays you celebrate! I4C has Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa pages!


On December 13th, it's National Cocoa Day! We have chocolate themed activities, chocolate recipes, and activities based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for you to do with your child!


Want to reinforce a concept with your child? Check out our Grade Level Skill Help page for tons of resources in math and language arts covering a variety of topics.



Find ACT Test and SAT Test Resources to get your children ready for the ACT and SATs! I4C now offers free SAT and ACT vocabulary and math quizzes. Become a free member and log in as much as you'd like. Students can take practice tests on 5000 vocabulary words and practice tests in math with over 1000 questions. As a parent, you can log in to monitor your children's scores - including seeing which words or math problems they missed. Interactive quizzes allow the test taker to retake and study as much as they want.

As always, if you don't see something of interest highlighted this month, we have the Parent Zone which is full of resources. You can find homework help, special needs resources, language tools, reading help, educational games and activities sorted by grade
  Technology Tips

Tech Tip #1: Save Files as PDFs: Need to send a document to someone who doesn't have Microsoft Office? Save the file as a PDF! When you save your document in Office 2010, you can change the file type to PDF. More Microsoft Office tips here.


Tech Tip #2: Switch into Superscript or Subscript Quickly:  Want to quickly put something into superscript or subscript while creating a document? To go into superscript, press CTRL+SHIFT+=. For subscript, press CTRL+=. Find more Microsoft Work keyboard shortcuts.


Tech Tip #3: Check your Computer's Memory: Is your computer running slow? You many need to check if there are any programs eating up your memory! Resource Monitor is a great program that's included on Windows Vista and Windows 7 that will show you real-time data about the critical systems of your PC. To find Resource Monitor, go to your Task Manager, click on Performance, and then on Resource Monitor. PC World has a great article giving you an overview of each of the categories and how you can use the Resource Monitor to optimize your computer! Find more Windows troubleshooting tips here.

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 This Month's Blog

This month's blog:  Saving Your Health During the Holidays  Follow these great tips to stay healthy during this holiday season! is a free educational portal for teachers, parents, homeschoolers and students. Visitors come from around the world to find Internet resources for their educational needs. One can find resources ranging from lesson plans to worksheets, individual grade level resources to templates, and even interactive learning games.  We were very honored when one teacher called the site a "Walmart for Teachers". If you cannot find what you need for instruction on any topic, please feel free to email us and we will help you find resources to fit your needs.

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