5 Excellent Free Interactive Tools to Boost Students Learning

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June 12, 2014
Read Write Think is a must have resource for teachers. It provides a variety of lessons, interactives, calendar activities, printables, diagrams and many other teaching and learning materials for free. I have been using it and recommending it for my fellow teachers for few years now. Read Write Think arranges its materials into different categories searchable by grade level (k-12), resource type (classroom resources, professional development resources, parent and after school resources), Learning objectives ( collaboration, comprehension, critical thinking...etc), and by themes( Arts, Careers, community…etc).

Going through the materials of this website, I selected for you the  6 most popular learning activities and tools used by teachers on Read Write Think. These are :

1- Story Map

This tool generates a set of interactive graphic organizers to help students in prewriting and postreading activities. These organizers highlight the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. The organizers can be printed off and submitted for feedback or assessment.

2- Plot Diagram

Plot Diagram is an organizational tool to help students visualize the key structural features of stories. This pyramid or triangle-shaped plot comprises different sections to map the events in a story such as : beginning, middle, rising action, falling action, and end of story.

3- Trading Card Creator

This tool helps students hone their thinking skills by using visual trading cards to note down things they have read or watched online. Using these cards, students will be able to describe the characters appearance and actions, problem for thoughts and feelings, and express their own impressions and opinions about a given character.

4- Theme Poems

Theme Poems engages students in poetry learning in a fun and engaging way. Students get to use different shapes and  balloons to build their poems. In so doing, they get to learn the basic steps involved in writing a poem: finding a topic, brainstorming for ideas, coming up with a title, writing, revising, and publishing.

5- Profile Publisher

This activity engages students in meaningful discussions about responsible online behaviour. It provides them with the tools to design printed social networking or magazine/newspaper profiles of people they have interviewed, or of fictional characters they have read in a book.