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Friday, June 8, 2012

Favorite Websites

If you're an upper-grades teacher, you probably already know about 3-6 Free Resources blog.  If not, you NEED to check it out!  What you may not know is that they do a "Show Me Sunday" every first Sunday of the month.

This past Sunday, it was about favorite websites.  Here are some of my favorites:
  • PlanbookEdu :  This website has practically saved my life this year.  Yes, it's not free, but it's worth every penny.  You can input your state standards above your lessons and it keeps track of how many you've covered in your lessons.  You can attach files that you need.  You can print and email the whole plan book or a selection.  In a word, priceless.
  • Online Timers :  You set the amount of time and choose what type of timer you want (egg timer, countdown, bomb, etc.).  I project these on the screen to help students keep track of the time while working in pairs/small groups.
  • Classroom Booksource: You put your ISBN numbers into an online database, and it allows students to check out books from your classroom library.  It shows the AR, small group, and grade level of the books.  It allows students to search for books.
  • What Should I Read Next?:  This website allows students to type in the title or author of their favorite books and it recommends other titles based on the style of that book or author.
What websites do you use that save your time and sanity?  I'd love for you to link up at the Show Me Sunday post.  I can't wait to see all your great websites!


Alana Gilliam said...

With common core coming out I need to be better about documenting my lesson plans. I am going to have to look into PlanbookEdu. I've heard their is a plan book for Ipads that you can use too. Thanks for the reminder I needed it! Love online timers! Even my 8th graders do.

Heather said...

Alana, I cannot say enough good things about PlanbookEdu. I think I paid about $35 for 2 years. I have a Droid, but I'll keep my eyes open for that app. Thanks for sharing!

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

Hi!! I am your newest follower! I would love to have you visit my blog.


Madame Aiello said...

Hmmm... great question! Best online multi-language dictionary is, in my experience. Although not a website, I use GradeKeeper as my marking software. It's shareware, so you can try it for free (for as long as you wish)

Love your blog's tagline! Made me laugh & then be jealous I didn't think of it! ;-)

Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL

Heather said...

Welcome, April! You have a neat blog!

M. Aiello: I'll definitely be keeping an eye on your neat blog as well. Anytime I can make someone laugh, I'm happy :)

Katie said...

I'm a new follower :) yay! I keep hearing about classroom booksource. Do you personally use it? I'm wondering how user-friendly it is..... I definitely want to look into it for next year. Thanks for sharing about the websites!

Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Heather said...

Katie, this will be the first year I've used booksource. It's definitely easier than several other apps to add and track the books so far. I'll do another post once I have more experience :)

Heather Mathews said...

Do you use Planbook on a computer or iPad? Can you only access it on one computer, or can you access it online?

By the way, I'm Heather, a new follower!

Heather said...

Heather, I've used planbook on several different computers. It's a website, so all you have to do is log on with your username and password. As far as apps, I have a Droid, and there's no app for that. I'm not sure about the iPad.