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Interactive Websites for Teaching Health & Hygiene

February is Dental Health Month for Kids.  This is a great tie in to educate students about both dental and physical hygiene along with other health related lessons.  An engaging way to teach these subjects is with interactive technology.  All types of students, including students with special needs, can benefit from lessons on health and hygiene.

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The ADA Classroom Resources & Ideas Website

The American Dental Association has a section of their website devoted to kids and teachers.  Teachers can find many resources about educating kids about dental health care.  This includes presentations, games, lesson plans, and hands-on activities.  The presentations include in-depth questions that you can ask the students in a discussion about dental health along with the appropriate answers for targeted grade levels.  The games section for kids includes online interactive games and videos about visiting the dentist and tooth care.  The “To Tell the Tooth” game was quite fun and I can see students really getting involved in this activity.

Interactive Lesson on Nutrition via BrainPOP

BrainPOP is a popular website that many teachers like to use for interactive and fun lessons.  Some of the resources on this website are available for free.  One of the interactive activities available for free on BrainPOP right now is about Nutrition and the Food Pyramid.

First, the students watch the video on Nutrition hosted by Moby, the funny BrainPOP robot character that is the star of all of their movies. Each movie has several components that go along with it including an interactive quiz, Q & A section, FYI section, and various activities.

After watching the video, the students can take the online quiz.  The interactive activity for this lesson is to have students classify foods into the food pyramid.  This would be a great activity to use on an interactive white board where students can come up to the front of the class to fill in the answers.  There is also a graphic organizer for students to write and analyze the food they ate from the day before along with a vocabulary worksheet.  The Q & A section provides a list of common questions that students may have based on the topic of nutrition.  The FYI section provides a more in depth explanation about how the Food Pyramid was established and updated.  Students, especially visually learners, will find the activities and lessons based on BrainPOP engaging and fun.

SuperScrub & Bubbles:  Grime Fighters

SuperScrub and Bubbles are cartoon characters that help to teach students about the importance of hand washing.  Teachers can download the cartoon booklet to read with students.  There are lesson plans, activities, and experiments to help students to learn how and when to wash their hands.

More Websites to Check Out

1.       Tips for Teaching Handwashing to Young Children

2.       Hand washing Activities for Kindergarteners

3.       Games for teaching Kids about Personal Hygiene

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Holiday Learning Gifts

New Tech & Learning Toys

November is typically a great month with new technology and educational toys coming out for the holiday season.  This year is no exception.  Most of the top tech toys that I have seen in the stores this fall are also educational.  These gift ideas are both great for parents to give their children this holiday season along with ideas for teachers to add to their holiday classroom wish list.

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Interactive Gaming Tech

Microsoft released an add-on component to the Xbox called Kinect.  Kinect allows the user to interface with the system using voice and body movements rather than having to use a controller.  There are specific games that use this new technology that encourages the player to interact with the system and other players around them.  This is similar to the controller system that the Wii uses, but is touted as being more responsive.

Paper Jamz is a great new (inexpensive) musical and technology toy.  The paper guitar and drums have a touch-technology imbedded into the paper instrument.  When the child strums or select chords, the instrument will play with the sound being heard through the paper amplifier.  There are three different ways to play including a Perfect Play, Rhythm Mode, and Free Style Mode.  Perfect Play allows you to play along with one of the three pre-programmed songs even if you don’t know the song.  Rhythm Mode plays the accompaniment of the song while the child plays the lead guitar and Free Style Mode allows you to play any chords or notes on the guitar.  There are different styles of guitars to buy, and each guitar has different song pre-loaded onto it.  There is also a headphone jack which would be great for students who may be playing their Paper Jamz in a classroom setting.  This would be a great musical toy to have for indoor recess or in an elementary music class as a free-choice activity.

Reading & Tech

The Vtech V-reader is an e-book reader for pre-school children or struggling readers.  The e-book device loads various stories either from a book cartridge or from connecting the V-reader to a computer and downloading books.   Each ‘book’ contains stories, a story dictionary, and reading games.  As the student reads the story, words are read aloud and highlighted.  The stories contain picture animations and sounds that make the story interactive.  If the student selects a word on the screen it can provide a definition and learning questions.  If a student touches a picture on the screen various animations and interactive elements can be explored.  This is a great new learning toy to encourage young readers.

Another similar reading toy that I saw ‘in action’ this weekend when I went to a gathering is the Leapster Explorer.  The Leapster Explorer is a handheld video gaming device with an educational twist.  Games and activities can be loaded via store purchases, or Leaplet apps that are downloaded through the computer.  This system can run various educational games, e-books, videos, flash cards, and life skills games.  All of the learning games are based on National Standards and cover subject areas like reading, math, geography, and science.  What I found very interesting is when the kids had difficulty with one of the activities, he would ask the other kids for help.  A device that you would typically think of as a one-to-one computing device actually encouraged the interaction amongst the children including learning the various educational concepts in the games.  As a parent or a teacher, the data derived from the games on the Leapester can be viewed online to monitor your child’s or student’s progress.  This would be a great tool to help students when they struggle or to encourage enrichment of certain subjects that students are interested in gaining more knowledge.  Again – another great new tech tool to encourage young learners to be actively engaged in their learning.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Toys

Lego Mindstorms are robotics kits for kids ages 10 and up.  The kit includes materials and directions to create 4 different robots and 6 different building challenges.  The robots are then programmed using the computer and the NXT technology.  Kids can then take the challenge to the next level by using the pieces to create and program their own robot.  In a classroom setting this would be great to use in a science, math, or technology class.  Students could work together to have a robot build-off or even use it as a spring board to get involved in competitive robot competitions.

K’nex is a popular building toy, similar to Lego’s.  They have come out with new kits for the holiday season including cars, animals, and amusement park attractions.  This is a great educational toy to have in the classroom as connections can be made to science, math and technology.  K’nex even has an educator website with lesson plans, connections with kits and standards, and various products that would be great to use in the classroom setting.  Using K’nex as a learning toy can also include helping students to build gross and fine motor skills.

All of these great learning toys are available now and would be great additions to classroom instruction and learning!

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The Winning Vote – Special Needs Vocabulary Words

Politics and the government are definitely important issue that all citizens of this country should be aware of. From local to national elections, topics of voting and these authority figures usually come up in everyday conversation. For students with special needs, these topics can sometimes be more difficult to understand and learn. These terms that help people both conduct and participate in an election can help students understand the process and participate in it. MangoMon offers both vocational and occupational flashcards that help these students learn such important information, like voting terms.

 

Voting

 

Voting terms are so important to teach because they involve events that most people do every year. From electing a class president to casting a ballot for the local mayor, these terms are very influential. Each term included in the set has the word, picture, audio pronunciation and sample sentences.

These terms are great for helping students learn the terms that are beneficial to any election, no matter how big or small. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like ballot, candidate and President are some examples of a few of the words in this set.

Special needs students as well as English language learners will benefit from the flashcards because they have the ability to both hear and see the words. The pictures allow them to link words with meanings and form mental images of what each one means. Arrow keys enable students to review and practice the terms on an as-needed basis.

Interactive flashcards like these offer a different way for students to practice important terms. Combining technology with vocabulary lessons will not only help students in the classroom, but they will be prepared for their future.

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Taking You to a New Place – Special Needs Vocabulary

Getting around town is something we do everyday. For students with special needs, these terms are important, so getting from place to place doesn’t have to be an extra struggle. It is important to learn these words that can not only help students get places, but let them help others, too.  MangoMon offers a vocational and occupational flashcards to give students an interactive way of learning important information, like these words.

Transportation

Transportation terms are so important to learn because they allow students to know the proper places and ways they can get to a certain place. From finding a room in a building by taking an elevator up two floors to getting on the bus at the right location, these terms serve a great purpose. Each term in the set has the word, picture, audio pronunciation and sentences explaining the use.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common when traveling around town or in a new location. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like escalator, motorcycle and boat are some of the words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will especially benefit from the flashcards when learning about these terms. Because they have the ability to both hear and see words being used with pictures, they can easily link words with meanings. With arrow keys, they can review and practice the terms again and again.

Interactive flashcards like these give students an extra lesson in common terminology. Using technology to help them learn will also prepare them for their future in both education and society.

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It’s Safe To Say These Words Are Important #SPED #ESOL

Common safety words and terms are important for all students to learn. No matter what age you are or where you live, all students should be aware of the areas around them and how to remain safe in everyday situations. For students with special needs, emphasis on these terms may be what they need to have them better comprehend the importance and understanding of these words. Accidents can happen to anyone, so it is important that they learn some of the common words that may be used in such times. MangoMon offers a vocational and occupational flashcards to give students a unique way of learning important information, such as these terms.

Safety

Safety terms are so important to learn because they can help make the difference between an accident and serious harm. Each word in the set has the term and a picture, audio pronunciation and sample sentences. The samples and situations used here are typical of a real-life accident that could happen to anyone.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common in an accident. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like caution, fire extinguisher and sharp are some of the words in this particular set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will all find these flashcards helpful in learning situations. Because they have the ability to hear and see words being used with pictures, they can easily link words with meanings. Arrow keys one each slide allow for additional review of the terms.

These flashcards give students a helpful addition to a lesson in safety. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for their future education and the advances in technology.

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Start Your Engines and Get Ready to Learn! | SPED / ESOL

Approaching vocabulary terms from a different angle of learning can sometimes be a refreshing task for many students. For those students with special needs, unique teaching approaches are what often help them retain information. Because many of them will soon be on the road driving or spending time in cars, vocabulary terms about parts of a car will prove useful. Interactive flashcards from MangoMon offer a range of vocational and occupational terms. These free flashcards offer a unique way of learning important information that is used everyday.

Parts of a Car

Students can easily practice the terms they will use when driving or riding in a car. They will most likely be using these terms on an everyday basis so it is a great use of practicing vocabulary.

Each word in the set has the term and a picture, audio samples of the word and example sentences. These words are helpful samples of what students may encounter on the road and in a driving environment.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common in a driving environment. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like brake light, windshield wiper and fender are some of the words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will all find these flashcards beneficial. Because they can both hear and see words being used with pictures, they can easily link words with meanings. Arrow keys allow for additional review by moving back and forth between terms.

These flashcards give students a better understanding of such common terminology. Resources like these are always a helpful addition to any lesson for students with special needs or learning disabilities. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for their future careers and advances in technology.

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Learning Shouldn’t Be a Job – Occupational Flashcards

The task of learning new words and terms can sometimes feel like a job if students are not motivated to learn. For students with special needs, sometimes extra encouragement is needed for them to feel motivated. Terms that involve employment are especially important to incorporate into lessons because many of them will find themselves in the work place shortly after or during school. These vocabulary terms will prepare students for the real world and the jobs that involve them. Interactive flashcards allow students to practice terms in a fun way. MangoMon offers a range of vocational and occupational flashcards. These free flashcards offer a distinctive way of learning important information.

Employment

By hearing and seeing employment words, students can practice the terms they will need to find and apply for jobs, as well as working in one. They will most likely be using these terms in future careers or everyday tasks.

Each word in the set has the word, a picture, audio pronunciation and sample sentences. These words are helpful in preparing students with a realistic example of what they might be talking about when they apply for a job, hold a job or need to get something done in an office.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common in a working environment. There are nine vocabulary terms in this set. Words like application, employee and interview are some of the words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will find benefit from using these flashcards. The ability to both hear and see words being used in a sample sentence with pictures allows them to link words with meanings. Arrow keys allow for additional review.

The elements of these flashcards give students a better understanding of such important words. Resources like these flashcards are always a helpful addition to any lesson for students with special needs. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for their future careers.

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A Priceless Lesson – Interactive Flashcards

Money and finance can sometimes be a difficult topic for some people. For students with special needs, it is important to practice terms that center around this topic. From cashing checks from a job to spending the right amount of money in a store, knowing the meaning and names of these banking terms are essential. Learning such vocabulary terms will prepare students for the real world and the tasks that involve them, like paying for items and savings. Interactive flashcards give students the chance to practice terms while having fun. MangoMon offers a range of vocational and occupational flashcards. These free flashcards offer a fun and unique way of learning important information.

Banking and Finance

By hearing and seeing banking and finance terms, students can practice and learn the words. Words that describe money are important for students to learn because many of they will be using some of them every day. They might use these terms in future careers or everyday shopping.

Each word in the set has the word, a picture of the term, audio pronunciation and example sentences. These words are helpful in preparing students with samples of what they might be talking about when paying for items, shopping, depositing or withdrawing money and other banking tasks.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn the names of banking and finance terms. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like check, credit card and statement are some of the examples of words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will find success in using these flashcards. The ability to hear the words and see them being used in a real example with pictures allows them to form a picture in their head of what the term looks like. Arrow keys allow students to go back and forth between terms for additional review.

The combined elements in these cards give students a better understanding of the words. Resources like these flashcards are always a helpful addition to any learning system for students with special needs. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for the future.

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A Hunger to Learn – Special Needs Flashcards

For some students, it can be hard to remember the names or words that describe some of the most basic things we see everyday. From the items we eat and drink in the morning, to the foods we love to help prepare, knowing the meaning and names of these foods are essential on any given day. Learning these vocabulary terms will prepare students for the real world and the tasks that involve them, like eating and cooking. By using interactive flashcards to practice the terms, these students will enjoy learning. MangoMon offers a variety of vocational and occupational flashcards that are free to use. These flashcards offer a fun and different way of learning important vocabulary terms.

Basic Foods

By hearing and seeing basic food terms, these flashcards allow students to practice and learn the words. Words that describe basic foods are important for students to learn because many of these words are some they use or see every day. They can be items they will be using in future careers or even doing simple cooking practices or helping around the house.

Each word in the flashcard set has the vocabulary term, a picture of the type of food, audio pronunciation of that term and sample sentences of how they can be used. These words are helpful in preparing students with examples of what they might be talking about when cooking, in the kitchen or ordering food at a restaurant.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn the names of tools. There are nine vocabulary terms in this set. Words like screwdriver, hammer and tape measure are some of the examples of words included in this set.

Interactive flashcards like this set work great with students with special needs, as well as ESL learners. Students are able to hear the words as they are spoken and they can see them being used in a real example. Pictures allow them to form a memory of what the term looks like and arrow keys enable students to navigate back and forth between terms.

With many elements of learning into one set of flashcards, students can better understand the meaning and usage of such terms. Resources like these flashcards are always an additional tool you can add to any learning system for students with special needs. Integrating technology into the learning can also prepare students for staying updated with the latest in technology.

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Tools about Tools – Vocational and Occupational Flashcards

Being handy is something that really comes in handy! Knowing basic terminology of tools that can help people build and fix items are important to know. Learning relatable vocabulary terms which students can use in the real world is especially important for special needs. By practicing and reinforcing these words with interactive flashcards, these students will enjoy learning and using the words. MangoMon offers a large variety of vocational and occupational vocabulary flashcards that are free to use for school or home usage. These flashcards offer a fun and different way of learning.

Tools

These flashcards allow students to practice and learn a set of terms that describe tools. Words that describe tools and construction are important for students to learn because many of them may find careers that involve using these tools. They are also included in a set of words they may be using when doing simple tasks or helping around the house.

Each flashcard in the set consists of the vocabulary term, pictures that show the road tools, audio pronunciation of that term and examples of how they are used in a sentence. These words are great for preparing students with examples of what they might be talking about when helping around doing everyday tasks.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn the names of tools. There are nine vocabulary terms in this set. Words like screwdriver, hammer and tape measure are some of the examples of words included in this set.

Interactive flashcards like these terms work great with students with special needs and ESL learners. Not only are students able to hear the words, they can see them being used in a sentence. They also get to see a picture of what it looks like, reinforcing their learning. With arrow keys that you can click on, students have the ability to navigate back and forth between the words.

By incorporating more than one element into the flashcards, students can better grasp the understanding of the meaning and usage of the words. Free resources like these interactive flashcards are always an added perk to any learning system for students with special needs. By integrating technology into the classroom, we can also prepare students for changes of the future.

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