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TitleSubjectGrade(s)
Picture This NumberCountingK-1
Students match numbers with pictures of objects representing each number.

Show and TellWord ProcessingK-2
Students familiarize themselves with the basic functions of word processing: using the mouse and keyboard, clicking on the page, typing a word, adding a picture or pictures from the bank. With teacher direction, the student learns to select a picture from the bank and click to add it to their page. Students then type their own words, or string together letters to try to form words anywhere on the page. The teacher may then help the student by typing words and sentences dictated by the student to describe the picture.

Number the PicturesCountingK-2
In Tool Factory Word Processor, students count the number of pictures in a set and type in the right number in a box . In Tool Factory Spreadsheet, students type in the correct number in a cell (Tool Factory Spreadsheet).

Creatures at the PondLife SciencesK-2
Students place animals where they are most likely to be found in and around a pond. Each creature is then matched with its label.

Memory Game of Shapes and SolidsNoneK-4
Students will locate or take pictures of shapes and solids like spheres, rectangles and pyramids and use the images to create a Memory Game.

Star StudentWritingK-8
Feature one student in each edition of the school newspaper. Include a photo of the student, and personal statistics such as grade, family info, hobbies, favorite subject, and quotes about him/her from friends.

Today's WeatherEarth and Space ScienceK-8
Students research the weather forecast and use Tool Factory Workshop to create a picture or diagram of the day's or week's weather forecast for the school newspaper.

Weekly Weather TrackerDatabase BuildingK-8
Students track the daily temperature, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, wind speed, and precipitation. Create or use a database to track the daily information. Graph the results and make predictions of future weather conditions. Use a digital camera to log a visual record.

Small WorldWritingK-8
The student will document the multicultural dimensions of the school and community using photography and writing.

Slide ShowK-12
Students create a slide show of photographs organized around a particular theme or event.

Frame a PhotographArtK-12
Open a photograph and use the Symmetry tool to draw a zany frame around the picture. Then use your image to make greeting cards or pen pal letters.

Making Banners Using a Regular PrinterArtK-12
Create a 4 foot banner for your classroom. Print it out on a conventional 8.5X11 printer, then tape the sheets together to make a huge banner.

Make Posters Using a Regular PrinterArtK-12
Create a poster for your classroom or school lobby. Print it out on a conventional 8.5X11 printer, then tape the sheets together to make a large poster. Have the students make posters and hold a poster contest.

Greeting Cards and Invitations on the ComputerWritingK-12
Fold a sheet of paper in quarters. Using a pencil, create a mock-up of your greeting card on the folded paper, then build it on the computer using clip art and fun fonts.

Angles - Right, Acute, and ObtuseArt2-4
Students will be able to identify different kinds of lines and angles.

Locating Polygons in the EnvironmentArt2-4
Students will be able to identify different polygons in the surrounding environment.

Favorite Place ToursWriting2-8
Students use Tool Factory Word Processor to compose and edit a "guided tour" around their favorite place, which can be anything from a corner of the classroom to a country they have visited. Students use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe their favorite place. Pictures from the clipart bank or the hard drive are added to illustrate the guide.

You're the EditorWriting3-5
A draft of a newspaper article is presented on a worksheet with a series of grammatical errors, such as run-on sentences and mistakes in capitalization, comma use, punctuation and spelling. Students will use the spell check and word processing features of Tool Factory Workshop to edit and/or retype the article. Then, they create an appropriate headline for the article and reformat the article's layout.

Storybook OutlineWriting3-5
Students begin to plan a short story book, using the provided templates to brainstorm and outline the plot, setting, characters, sequence of events, and dialog exchanges.

StorybookWriting3-5
Using the Storybook Outline worksheets, students create a story with descriptive sensory details, developed characters, and a believable plot. Images are added from the bank and/or from the students' own image files, and/or from pictures created in Tool Factory Painter. The finished storybook has a cover page with the story's title and the author's name.

Storybook 2Writing3-5
Using the Storybook Outline worksheets, students create a story with descriptive sensory details, developed characters, and a believable plot. Images are added from the Gallery and/or from the students' own image files, and/or from pictures created in Junior MultiMedia Lab. The finished storybook has a cover page with the story's title and the author's name.

Dear Pen PalWriting3-5
Students compose a letter to a pen pal using Tool Factory Word Processor. The letter follows the accepted formats for personal letters and includes the date, address, greeting, body, and closing. The letter describes the student's favorite hobby or hobbies using descriptive language.

Photo Contest / Photo Caption Writer3-12
Students design and create an interactive photography page for their school's newspapers. For each photograph, students write an appropriate and appealing caption.

What's News at Our SchoolWriting5-8
Students research, draft, and revise a feature article for their school newspaper.

Sports FeaturesWriting5-8
Students attend a school athletic event, take notes about the competition, interview coaches, players, and spectators, and compose an article about the event for the school newspaper. Use a digital camera to photograph a sporting event.

ClassifiedsDatabase Building5-8
Students use Tool Factory Database to collect, compile, and organize information about items for sale, pets, and jobs. Photos, films, and recordings may be added along with text and numerical values. The information can then be formatted into a classifieds page using Tool Factory Word Processor.

Reviewing the ArtsResearching5-8
Students write reviews of films, concerts, museum exhibits, classmates' art, plays, and books. The writing process is followed using Tool Factory Word Processor. Students then rate events, shows, etc. with stars or any other consistent rating system in Tool Factory Spreadsheet.

Calendar of EventsWriting5-8
Students use Tool Factory Spreadsheet to create calendar of upcoming events in their school and town for the school newspaper. If possible, use digital photos to enhance the calendar.

Photo Feature-Caption WriterWriting5-12
Students take digital photos and/or photos with a traditional camera that are then scanned into their computer. Photos are entered into Tool Factory Word Processor. A caption is then added to describe the subject of the photograph. Photos may be arranged around a theme, time period, or contest.

Interview DatabaseDatabase Building5-12
Reporters and editors of the school newspaper collect notes, photos, and recordings from interviews conducted for various articles and enter the data in Tool Factory Database.

ClassifiedsResearching5-12
Students build an interactive classifieds section with linked pages for their school newspaper. Integrate digital photographs if they are available.

Front Page NewsWriting6-12
Students design the layout for and compose articles for the first page of a multimedia school newspaper.

Reporter NotesWriting6-12
Students take notes for articles to be submitted to their school newspaper or magazine. In addition to notes about the subject or event being reported, students conduct interviews, take photos, and record quotes.

Sports PagesWriting6-12
Students design the layout for and compose articles for the sports page of their school's newspaper. Use a digital camera to photograph an event of interest.