I can't believe it but this will be my last Five on Friday blog of 2017! Where has this year gone?
1. Last week I posted a Digital Breakout on the 12 Days of Christmas. This week I stumbled upon this slide show that turns the song into a math assignment asking the students to make a budget. Really cool! To get your copy, click on the image at the left and then File->Make a Copy
2. I had a couple of people thank me for the Crack the Thanksgiving Code. Here is a Christmas version. Hope you enjoy!
3. I was asked to create a document that students could work on independently that would allow them to research winter holidays. I decided to share what I have with everyone. To get a copy of this document, click the image and then go to File -> Make a Copy.
4. Here is a Google tip I picked up at VSTE. Many of you have asked me how to make an email group contact. To do so, click on COMPOSE as if you are preparing to write an email. When the draft copy opens, click on the word, TO. Make sure you click on the word itself. A wizard will open and from there you can select your contact for that group, name the list, and save.
5. Friday at the Movies - The Car Duty Grinch
I had a great time doing a Breakout session on Jamestown for the 4th graders at each of my schools. Please contact me if you would like to schedule one for your class!
1. This week the ITRTs went to VSTE where I got tons of ideas! This first resource is a list of some of the amazing web based project sites that I was either reminded of or introduced to.
2. Check out this blog! Be sure to bookmark this page and visit each day to reveal another Google Tool that you can use. http://enewsletter.weebly.com/countdown-calendar.html
3. Wanna have some fun with Google? Try some of these sites.
4. This is a page from one of the presentations I attended this week at VSTE. It has a TON of extensions and apps that you may want to check out. These only work on the Chrome browser.
5. Friday at the Movies - Be more Dog!
1. This resource was actually inspired by MHES third grade teacher, Carmen Sitton who is the "selfie queen!" However, actually kids love selfies too. Use this template in reading to highlight a character in a book. Use it in social studies for students to report on a historical figure. Or you can use it in science to introduce a famous scientist. To use the resource, please click on the image and then from the menu, File->Make A Copy.
2. Many years ago a teacher asked me to create a smartboard lesson which would provide challenges to see how many total gifts were received during the Twelve Days of Christmas. Last year I turned this smartboard challenge into a Digital Breakout. Can your students do the math? You can have your students complete one challenge a day or you can do it all at one time. Last year I sent it out each day but some teachers wanted to do it all at once so this year I am leaving the decision up to you! I hope you enjoy it!
3. This link is shared by Gail. It provides three ways of presenting a YouTube video so that students cannot see the comments. Let me know if you need help with it. I love the idea of NicerTube.
4. This is another resource found by Gail. Each day this folder has a pixel art that students can complete. It has a PDF grid that you can print out and color using crayons, markers, or pencils with younger students but you may wish to have older students open up a Google Sheet and do this digitally. I would love to help with some! Just let me know.
5. Friday at the Movies. - ENJOY!
1. Our students LOVE LOVE LOVE coding challenges! This resource is one that you can use in a center. Students solve riddles that are done using the ASCII alphabet. What is the ASCII alphabet? The ASCII alphabet is based off of the binary code. Our math is usually done is Base 10 which uses ten digits, 0-9. In binary there are only two digits, 0 & 1, base 2. The ASCII alphabet converts the Base 2 numbers into letters. Check out this resource and try it with your students. They will love it!
2. Check out this cool Google Draw document! Students design a tattoo that would describe the character in the story. What elementary student would not love this task! Click on the image to open the document. Then you will need to go to File->Make a Copy to have your own version. If you like this you can find this resource and more at Engaging Students Google Resources.
3. Recently, Amherst County started to go through branding. Use this as an opportunity to help your students understand copyright. See if your students can identify brands with only seeing a partial part of the logo. You are welcome to use this slide show I created as an example or create one that is more kid friendly. Can you identify all these logos?
4. Have you ever created sand art? I use to love this particular craft but I have to admit it is very messy! Well, don't give up! Here is a cool online version!
5. Friday at the Movies - Thanks to all the wonderful teachers we have in ACPS!
1. Shari Procopio, from Central Elementary, sent out this cute idea for a writing project. Even though we only have black and white printers, students could print out their pictures and then use markers to color certain areas on the image. Or use stickers to decorate! How cute. Thanks, Shari!
2. The writing paper shown in the image above is a freebie from a different blog called Teach Create Motivate. However, I created a Google Slide where the students could type their stories instead of handwriting. To get the template for the slide, please click on the image of the slide. Once the document opens, you will need to go to File->Make A Copy to get your own.
3. If you feel you do not have time for the craft above, here is an example of a Google Draw version of a snow globe. Teach your students to add "png" in their search field and the image they find is more likely to have a transparent background. Click on the image to open a copy of the Google Draw document. Again, if you go to File->Make a Copy, you can have your own that you can assign to the student.
4. All of the ideas above have to do with snow globes but some of you may be looking for a Thanksgiving idea. Here is a slideshow that was on a blog Gail and I follow. Check it out! There is a template embedded in the slideshow and I would be more than willing to help out with a project like this! Click on the image to start the slide show!
Five on Friday - How about a little Gerry Brooks this week!
1. I have had some requests for sites that would make good center activities PBS has a wonderful site called Dot's Story Factory. With this site students can write and illustrate simple stories. Really cool!
2. If you are trying to get your students writing while creating a mini project, look at Read-Write-Think's Printing Press. This interactive wizard helps students create a newspaper, brochure, or a poster. These things were easy to do when we were all working on Windows that included Publisher. Chromebooks however, do not read Publisher documents. It's ok. This site helps guide students through their project and when they are done, they can email it to you. It will come to you as a PDF. Save it to Classroom in a folder you create. Or have them save it as a PDF and they can turn it in themselves through Google Classroom.
3. E-Learning for Kids has some amazing math lessons! These would be wonderful activities to put into your Google Classroom! And they have other subject areas as well as math. This is a FREE resource!
4. This week's Google resource is a freebie I found on another technology teacher's website. You can create as many slides as you need. Create one for each Dolch word or spelling work you want the students to work on. Then have them drag shades up to cover the work. They type the word, and then read the work 3 times. There is an example slide to show you what to do. Click the image to download the document.
5. Friday at the Movies - I love Ted Talks!
1. Gail shared this article with me, 25 Alternatives to I Can't. This would me a great image to print out as a poster and display in your classroom!!
2. The online Sharepoint has been converted to a Google folder. You can access the link from the STAFF page off the main Division website. The link to the Google folder is still under SharePoint. Click there and you will find the link to the Google folder.
When Gail and I first became ITRTs not all the schools had Share Folders. After I crashed the server twice, Dr Ratliff advised the IT Supervisor to create a Share Folder for us to keep documents and files in. Later this Share Folder was relocated to a Microsoft SharePoint and all the resources were put online. This allowed us to have a central location for instructional materials which were were creating but the only way for teachers to access it was if they were on our network. Now, all these instructional resources plus more have been migrated to a Google folder. This means that you can get to all the forms and documents from home. Hallelujah!
3. The Halloween Pumpkin Poem Generator is a cute way to quickly get students writing! This would be a great center activity. See how many of their spelling or weekly vocabulary they could use in their poems.
4. This week's resource is using Forms. Forms is for so much more than a quiz or survey. I like to use it in the STEAM/computer lab with my littlest of people. I find a read aloud from YouTube or create one myself and post it to YouTube. Then I insert the video into a Google Form and have the students answer questions about the story. Here is a very simple example that I plan to use soon.
5. Friday at the Movies - A Year in the Life of a Tree
I find this video fascinating! I think it would be a wonderful story starter. Beware though, prepare for some giggles. One wolf marks his scent. But that is a survival adaptation.
1. Many of you are reviewing with Kahoot but are you using Kahoot in your Google Classroom? Recently, Kahoot started allowing teachers to issue challenges to their students. Create a Kahoot and then assign it as a challenge. Copy and paste the link you are given into your Google Classroom. The student works through the Kahoot by the deadline you set and you get a customized report on how well they did. Really cool! Learn more here.
2. How cute is this! Here is a virtual birthday cake. Wouldn't it be cute to once a month have all the students come up and blow out the candles?
3. I just stumbled upon this fraction wall in the Chrome Web Store and it is absolutely free! Post this link in your Google Classroom and have your students navigate to the Chrome store and install. Now all your students have the same virtual manipulative!
4. My resources of the week are mathematical story problem sorts. You are welcome to alter these to fit the level of your students. Click on the image to open. Then go to File->Make A Copy
5. Friday At The Movies - Long but good!
1. This Google Tip is brought to you by my grandson, Ryan. Sometimes the best things I have learned are due to a child, this time my own grandson, messing something up on a computer that I need to then fix. Some how Ryan accidentally turned on the CAPS Lock on my Chromebook. Something I had been missing but didn't know how to do. So I then had to search for the solution. I discovered that if you push and hold the alt key and the search key at the same time a little arrow will appear on the bottom right notifications bar and a pop-up will alert you that Caps Lock is on. Then tap Shift to turn off Caps Lock. What is the search key? It is the magnifying glass that is in the place of where a CAPS lock would be on a windows keyboard.
2. Lauren Kershner, from CES shared some resources with me last week. Many of us are working on Growth Mindsets with our students. Lauren pointed out that Class Dojo had some great lessons. The site is called Class Dojo Big Ideas. Check it out and thank you, Lauren!
3. The Google resource I am sharing this week is not mine but rather came from a Facebook group to which I belong. For copyright purposes, you will see the name of the original creator on the first slide. It is called Build a Jack-o-lantern. This would be great at any elementary grade level. Even older kids like a kick-back activity once in a while. Plus, I like that it asks the students to write about their creation once they are done with it. Click the image to open the document and then go to File->Make a Copy. Enjoy!
4. I hope I have not been driving you crazy with my begging to do a Breakout EDU. This week I would like to share a digital Breakout that I have put together called The Monster Mash. This is based on an unplugged version I found on the Breakout EDU site, I know that sometimes it is hard to fit a real one in the schedule. This one is designed to be done in a more timely fashion. Perfect for an inside recess or you can work on it during the day in pieces as brain breaks!
5. Friday at the Movies - My youngest grandson has become obsessed with Moana and especially this song. After reflecting I realized it is perfect for us educators. Often we see that the students feel stuck. It's an encouragement to keep going.
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
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