as text, to every side of the cube, which
There are many fun ways to use this.
You;could;assign;it;as;a;biography;mo-tivator, for example: Have the student
on the other sides.
Fake Social Media
The kids will absolutely love this series of
templates.;They;give;you;a;tool;for;mak-ing very realistic social media sites.
• Fakebook ( www.classtools.net/fb/home
believable Facebook-style page for any
edit your person’s profile, add friends
conversations between your character
and friends. This is a wonderful tool for
building Ulysses S. Grant’s Fakebook
Donelson and Vicksburg, with “likes”
from Sherman and Lincoln. Sounds like
the kids will learn as much.
• SMS Generator (fake text message: www
. classtools.net/SMS)—Build a text mes-
sage conversation between two characters.
• Twister: Create Fake Tweets (classtools
Other Great Tools
.net/twister)—Automatically build a
real-looking tweet featuring a famous
character. This is another great way to
for struggling writers, as actual Twitter
site features a number of other wonderful tools that can be used in a number of
• Countdown Timer ( www.classtools
you have some sort of classroom game
with a time limit, this fun tool allows you
to make it feel more like a game show.
length. You can also enter an arbitrary
• Venn Diagram ( www.classtools.net
in mathematics, but they can also be
relationships between various groups
• Post-it! ( www.classtools.net/education
• Fishbone Diagram ( www.classtools
four main ideas with three details each. It
and introduce outlining.
• Time Line ( www.classtools.net/edu
cation-games-php/timeline)—This is a
wonderful;timeline;tool.;Type;in;the;be-ginning and ending years of some time
automated internal values. You can then
them to a timeline. You can also add a
background image and save the result as
• Lights Out! ( www.classtools.net/edu
to it. If you have a document with a lot
of detail, this is a fun way to isolate small
• Jigsaw Diagram ( www.classtools.net
pieces;are;the;same;shape;but;have;dif-ferent text on them. Students have to
determine what makes the most sense.
It’s;great;for;essays;or;poetry;in;particu-lar, but it could be used with any kind of
With all of these wonderful tools, you
with a new way to use these elements.
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homeschool teacher ever. He has taught all
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With Countdown Timer you can add a game show feel to your homeschool learning.