1. This week's first resource is an email template. You can use it to have the students have two characters from a story communicate with each other. Or someone from history could ask a question about today and the student could respond to explain how the person's actions influenced events of today.
2. Resource 2 is called Roll it, Make it, Expand it. I tweaked a free worksheet from TPT. I added drag and drop base ten blocks and a link to an interactive dice page which is ad free and perfect for primary grades.
3. Read, Write, Think is an old website but since it has stayed around it has to be good, right? Actually, it is one of my favorites! They have a ton of student interactives! If you have forgotten about this site and haven't visited it in awhile or if you have never visited, it would be a great place to spend some time and just browse.
4. This site is for Preschool and Kindergarten. I have had a few requests for kid friendly sites. Try Cookie! After all, who doesn't like cookies?
5. Friday at the Movies-Interesting!!
6. Gail Moore sent me this site and asked me to check it out and send it out. Since we are closing in on the end of the first nine weeks you will definitely want to look at this free site which allows you to create a Jeopardy style game. Thank you Gail for sharing Jeopardy Rocks!
1. Reading Workshop Hyperdoc- This is an example of a reading workshop hyperdoc. A hyperdoc is a Google Document that replaces a worksheet method of delivering instruction. It adds innovation and inquiry methods of instruction. This is a very basic hyperdoc geared toward 5th grade but could easily be tweaked to fit any grade from 2-5. Click on the image to open the resource.
2. Hello Autumn Draw Document - Google Draw is one of Google's most overlooked gems. Send each of your students this Draw document through classroom and ask them to create a word web which would describe our current season of the year. Or perhaps they could use this background to create a math story problem. In grades K & 1, this could be used whole group. Click on the image to open the document.
3. How many of you remember the 1990 game called The Oregon Trail? I was teaching PK at this time and remember walking past a classroom where the student was playing this game. I was enthralled (and at that time still very much scared of the computer)! I just stumbled upon this game set up on the Internet Archive. Have fun walking down Memory Lane. I think I may even try to pull this up and see what today's kids think about this old game.
4. Last year I stumbled across The Open Library which is a collection of more than one million free ebook titles. The ebooks in the Open Library can be read online, downloaded to your computer, read on Kindle and other devices, and embedded into other sites.Great way to find multiple copies of a book without paying a fortune to do so!
5. Friday at the Movies-This video is a little long but well worth it! It was originally sent to Dr. McGinnis at MHES by one of his first grade teachers, Mrs. Barbara Daniszewski.
1. These are two types of exit cards that I often use in class. To use, first make a copy of the original and change the content to match your need. Then share the new document in classroom so that students can edit the document.
Clicking on the image will open the document.
2. Here is another resource. This one is geared toward 2nd grade but could be adapted for any grade. This is an addition/subtraction sort..
3. This is a fascinating study about parents and screen time. According to this study, parents spend more than nine hours (9:22) a day with screen media, the vast majority of that (7:43) being spent with personal screen media (TVs, video gaming, social networking etc.). Only 90 minutes a day, on average, was spent in front of a screen for work purposes. And remember, parents are the role models for their children! Check out the study here.
4. Most of you probably already know about this site but I just wanted to remind you that Scholastic has some amazing resources for teachers!
5. Friday at the Movies-This is one of my favorites!
1. This week's resource: Capture the moment. This came from an old worksheet that I had. I scanned the worksheet first which created a pdf. Then I took a screenshot of the pdf which turned it into an image file. I inserted the image onto a Google Draw document and added my own directions. This could be used in a math lesson as well. On the viewfinder students could write out a story problem and on the lens they could illustrate the strategy. Please let me know if you would like help creating your own assignments.
2. G-Suite Dashboard: On Thursday I had a moment of panic when I tried to open my Google Drive and nothing was showing up. I immediately emailed our Tech Department. However, if I had checked the G-Suite Dashboard, I would have seen that Drive was down. If you are ever wondering why a Google App isn't working, you can check here to see if it is Google's fault.
3. Carmen Sitton from MHES stumbled upon this website from Alice Keeler which has a TON of templates you can use in your Google assignments. I love to browse this site. It is one of my favorites.
4. One of the blogs I follow is by a man named Richard Byrne. Check out his post about the math games in Kahoot. Kahoot is one of my all time favorite sites to use. It's great for an informal assessment.
5. Friday at the Movies-Try not to laugh
2. More and more of you are entering into the world of Google Apps with your students. This is wonderful! I plan on sharing resources each Friday that you can use with your students. This week I have a subtraction Hyperdoc. A hyperdoc is a packaged lesson that has links to resources outside the doc. This one is done in Google Slides. It is linked to two YouTube videos which will explain the concept of subtraction. This hyperdoc is geared for 2nd to 3rd grades. I can make one for your grade as well or I can sit with you as you create your own hyperdoc. Click on the image to access this hyperdoc.
3. Memes are a great way to have students concisely explain a concept. Here is a Google Drawing Template, along with directions for use that you can provide students with as a means to explain a vocab word, a math problem, or a concept from science or history. Enjoy! This simple template came from Alice Keeler.
4. I just recently stumbled across Pixton. Pixton is a great site that allows students to create comics. Joining as an educator allows you to create a comic assignment for students!
5. Friday at the Movies - Just something to make you smile.
PS: Funny little vids like this are great story starters!
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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