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I absolutely love this site. Match Fish Tank has a free lesson plan repository fully developed for elementary plus some middle and high. ou can view, share, and download the curriculum used every day at Match Charter School, the PreK-12 public school that was opened 15 years ago in Boston.

These materials have been developed and curated by teachers and curriculum experts over many years. In addition, they have a site for instructional coaches and teacher leaders for professional development. These experts think teachers should spend more time planning how to teach — with the unique learning needs of their students in mind—and less time worrying about the basics of what to teach. Good baseline curriculum and assessments free teachers to do just that.

Match Fishtank is an effort to share our curriculum with teachers everywhere to lessen their load …

Common Lit

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 by

Common Lit is one of my new all time favorite READING sites. First and foremost it is free to teachers. Materials are rigorous and relevant in a user friendly format. It is a unique resource available to promote critical thinking. It has an amazing collection of texts and even features paired texts which allows students to explore enduring themes. It aligns with Common Core standards and brings an immediate benefit to teachers and students. I am finding it a new “go to” resource and my students really love it!…

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Word Hippo

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 by

Word Hippo is an online dictionary/thesaurus which offers a wide range of other tools including opposites, rhyming words, translation, and lots more besides.

There are probably other sites which offer the same or similar features, but I liked the simplicity of Word Hippo. The example sentences function is particularly useful for students and teachers who want to see how words are used in context.…

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VisualThesaurus

Monday, 10 April 2017 by

What is the Visual Thesaurus?

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You’ll understand language in a powerful new way.

Say you have a meaning in mind, like “happy.” The VT helps you find related words, from “cheerful” to “euphoric.” The best part is the VT works like your brain, not a paper-bound book. You’ll want to explore just to see what might happen. You’ll discover — and learn — naturally and intuitively. You’ll find the right word, write more descriptively, free associate — and gain a more precise understanding of the English language.

With the Visual Thesaurus, you can:

  • Find the right word. The VT has over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings. Find the word
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Lexipedia

Monday, 10 April 2017 by

Lexipedia is an online visual semantic network with dictionary and thesaurus reference functionality built on Vantage Learning‘s Multilingual ConceptNet. Lexipedia presents words with their semantic relationships displayed in an animated visual word web. Lexipedia contains an expanded version of the English Wordnet and supports six languages; English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish languages.…

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Wordnik

Monday, 10 April 2017 by

What is Wordnik?

Wordnik is the world’s biggest online English dictionary, by number of words.

Wordnik is a nonprofit organization, and our mission is to find and share as many words of English as possible with as many people as possible.

Definitions

Wordnik shows definitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different takes on a word’s meaning as possible.

What do we mean by “related words”? Our word relationships include synonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms, words used in the same context, a reverse dictionary, and tags. But what does all of that mean?

Here are the related words for tree:

Related Words for Tree

First up are synonyms, or words with the same or similar meaning, for instance, timber and sapling.

You’ll also find hypernyms, otherwise known as superordinates, or words that are more generic or …

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