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Notable Sites for Teachers [Http://www.Distancedemons.Homestead.Com ] [Http://www.Multiplication.Com ] [Http://kids.Mysterynet.Com ]

Magazine article Teach

Notable Sites for Teachers [Http://www.Distancedemons.Homestead.Com ] [Http://www.Multiplication.Com ] [Http://kids.Mysterynet.Com ]

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Distance Demons

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http://distancedemons.homestead.com/

With all the talk in the media of out of shape and overweight kids, this site happened to appear in my mailbox one day over the summer. It is a unique site devoted to young runners in grades 3-8. Jay Harris coaches middle school cross-country running and the Distance Demons is a club for kids in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. The Distance Demons is comprised of kids who like to go the "extra mile" in distance running. Harris' goal is to take the running club to a national level. This Web site is the first step.

The Web site promotes youth fitness at the elementary level through distance running. It offers tips on training, nutrition, gear, helpful links, information about running opportunities and a "Fun Stuff" page.

Under the Training and Racing Tips link are a number of simple and practical tips. Using the motto of "Have Fun, Run Smart, Kick It In", Harris explains that "running smart" means knowing that distance running is as much mental as it is physical. Not only do runners have to get their bodies in shape by eating right, they also have to train and race with a sharp mind. He includes some great tips for "running smart" before, during and after races.

In the Nutrition section, Harris summarizes what foods to eat during training, the day before and after a race and special tips involving water and avoiding "junk food". "Fast food doesn't make for fast runners."

Multiplication

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http://www.multiplication.com

I had my first regular classroom assignment as a grade 6 teacher in 1995. One of the many surprises and shocks I experienced that year was the number of students who didn't know their basic multiplication facts up to 12[Symbol Not Transcribed] [times]12. I tried every trick I knew to motivate my students to learn the tables. It was an uphill battle and there were still students who went on to grade 7 not knowing the basic multiplication facts.

Fast forward to 2003. Students still don't know their basic multiplication facts, but now I have a new trick to motivate my students. The trick is a Web site entirely devoted to multiplication facts:

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