This not-so-new site includes examples of peculiarities and oddities of the English language. Examples of topics include “Whatchamacallits,” "Spoonerisms," "Antagonyms," “Pun of the Day,” “OxymoronList.com,” and several others. Most of the sections have a "your turn" activity for students to do. This is a real vocabulary booster. Be aware: this site does include some advertisements. 9955 In the Classroom: If you want students to get excited about words and phrases, this might be the site to do it. These are great short activities to do with students on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Or use this site with reluctant wordsmiths to get them motivated. One of the things you can do with students is to group them and have timed contests with some of the "your turn" activities given. Have cooperative learning groups explore ONE of the topics at this site, and create a multi-media or interactive whiteboard presentation to share with the class demonstrating what they have learned. Use the drag and drop features of the white board to rearrange words, letters, and phrases. Have gifted students or others in need of enrichment develop their own wiki “dictionaries” of vocabulary oddities based on this site’s ideas.
This site offers an interactive geoboard. Click on the rubber bands, and choose a color to get started. Once you have created the shape you desire, click on the color. You are able to manipulate the rubber band to create any shape, add different colors to each shape, and more. You may delete specific shapes, movements, or the entire board at any any time. The site requires that JAVA is enabled on your computer. See how at the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. 9934 In the Classroom: Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, while students work independently on laptops or other computers. If individual computers aren't available, set this site up as a learning center, after the introduction. In younger grades challenge students to create certain shapes. With older students use the site for more complex instruction, helping students to navigate through basic geometry and geometric shapes. Anything you can do on a real geoboard you can do here without purchasing materials, and students cannot shoot each other with rubber bands!