1. Recently, I was asked if I knew of any new math game sites. You need to try Arcademic Skill Builders. On this site students create an online name, which, BTW, gives you a perfect opportunity to teach internet safety skills. Once they have their name they can begin the game. They will find themselves competing with other students also playing the game. This is the driving motivator! The students love the competition!
2. Mission US is a FABULOUS interactive game from PBS that supports US history instruction. Your students love selecting a time period and taking on the role of someone in that period.
3. February is Black History Month so why not allow your students to experience the rich culture of African Americans? Not sure where to start? Google's Cultural Institute is highlighting Black History this month. Check it out here!
4. There is a brand new library of Hyperdocs that has just been created by "The Hyperdoc Girls". What is a hyperdoc? A hyperdoc is a digital document, usually created with one of the Google Apps, which has links for students to follow to find out information or to a site or another document where the student will create a presentation to showcase what they have learned. Think webquest but easier to create. This link is to one that highlights Black History. If you would be interested in creating your own hyperdoc, please check with your ITRT.
5. Friday At The Movies- The Dangers of a Single Story
This is a little long but beautiful.
1. Imagine an online museum-oriented portal for learning on every subject you can imagine, from STEM-based activities to language and economics and more. That’s the Exploratorium! This is one of my all time favs!
2. eGFI is a quirky interactive website that will draw you in after the very first click. Great for site for a center, this is a great place for students to explore many STEAM based careers and one that you will want to bookmark since it is science project time!
3. Here is a template you can use to allow students to create their own jigsaw puzzles. Please see me if you want to use this. It is pretty simple once you know how. Then it will be a project you return to time and time again. To download the template, click on the image and once it opens, go to File->Make A Copy.
4. This next resource is a folder containing the documents that will allow you or your students to create a board game. The directions are in the folder. To use the resources, you will need to click on the image on the left to open the folder. Then open each file individually. You will need to then File-> Make A Copy. Please let your ITRT know if you need help.
5. Friday at the Movies - This is a "homework assignment." Watch the video below, then go to http://montagueworkshop.com/because. You are to download the template, fill it out, and then post it on your social media sites. I love this idea!
1. We are Teachers has 3 fantastic virtual field trips! Check out this site and let your students explore Africa, China, or the Coral Reefs!
2. For some really class-oriented games try play2train.com. Practice math and become sharp using these brand new activities for all ages 8 and up. Your students will love these mental workouts!
3. I am in love with this site! Are you looking for ways to incorporate more STEM into your science? Check out this library of FREE lesson plans. Engineering Adventures is a FREE curriculum created especially for kids in grades 3–5.
4. The resource this week is a Scrabble Game done in Google Slides. I love Scrabble! Click on the image to start downloading the resource. Then go to File->Make a Copy to have a copy that you can upload to Google Classroom.
5. Friday At The Movies - Algo-Rithm
1. Classroomscreen is a link that was shared last week by Gail Moore. This is an amazing website that gives you a multitude of tools in one place. Do you need a clock? In one of my buildings, I don't have a clock. It's nice to have one that I can drag up when I need one. How about a timer? Or a stoplight? This site is full of tools for every teacher's needs.
2. February is Black History Month and we have our own local hero, Leland Melvin. This amazing site was shared by MHES Title I teacher, Melanie Tinsley!
4. Here is a resource I have created in Google Draw. This can be used in reading or history. Or you could use it to highlight a famous mathematician or scientist. To be able to use it, first click on the image. Then go to File -Make A Copy.
4. Here is another resource I created for math. Research demonstrates that having students create their own math word problems better helps them to solve math problems. Give students this template and allow them to create a word problem Ask them to delay providing the answer to the problem. Then do a gallery walk around the room allowing all students to solve each other's word problems that were created. At the end of the period, have the authors of each problem go back and type in the answer. Then let students check their work done on the gallery walk. To use the template, click on the image and then go to File -> Make A Copy.
5. Friday at the Movies - You Can Learn Anything
I love this very short video!
1. Gail and I have access to hundreds of Breakouts. The digital versions would be a great anchor activity. Try posting this one and see if your students can work together to stop the bug take-over! The links can also be posted in a Google Classroom and would make a great lab activity for students while you are working with others in a small group. If you don't think you can fit a hands on Breakout into your schedule, ask us about a digital version!
2. Here is a Google tip for you! Check out Google's Remote for Slides. You can get it from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, this extension allows you to control your Google Slide Show from your phone or tablet.! This is another way to cut the tether between you and the computer and allow you to walk around and interact with your students during a whole group lesson.
3. ReadWorks is an amazing site that allows you to find articles based on subject, Lexile, and/or grade level. There is the option to print these articles or you can create a class and assign these articles to students. Students can use their Google account to sign in. The best thing about this site is that it is FREE!!
4. This week's resource came from Gail Moore. She did a variety of choice boards for a Differentiation Workshop at one of Summer Tech Academies a few years back. This one is adding and subtracting fractions. Please let me know if you would like help on creating your own choice board or if you would like to see more examples. You can click the link above or click on the image to open the resource. Once you open it you will need to go to File->Make a Copy in order to edit this document.
5. Friday at the Movies - I thought that you may need some inspiration. We have had so much time off and getting back into the swing of things may be hard. Just remember, you are needed!!! You are important!
Each week from now until the end of school, I plan to share one coding challenge. These are best for 2-5 grades. This first is the easiest. Let me know if you have any questions. To access the challenge, click on the image above and then go to File -> Make a Copy. Once you have made your own copy, you can post it to a Google Classroom for your students to access.
1. A couple of years ago Google released Cardboard. Gail and I have been trying to get this in Amherst County ever since without success. The problem is that although the cardboard viewers are not expensive, we need devices to run the programs and we can't find the cell phones to put into the devices. However, there is a website that you can use to give your students a similar experience. 360 Degree Cities has a TON of stock 360 panoramic scenes free for you to use. I know that second grade is beginning to discuss habitats. Why not plan a virtual field trip to the ocean, the tundra, or the rainforest? What fun would your students have then! Is there a battlefield you would like you students to visit? How about a trip to the White House? No matter where you want to go, this site may have a way for you to "get there."
2. The new Google Sites is so easy to use! Have you ever thought about having the students create a webpage on a topic instead of a report or a poster? Students would absolutely love to publish something that the entire world could read. Just incorporate the internet safety lesson about keeping real names off of the site and you are good to go. If you need help, I would love to come in and collaborate on a lesson.
3. Speaking of posters, another interesting project would be to have students create an infographic. An infographic is a visual representation of information. This would help your student to summarize and stick to the main idea. Words are limited. Ideas must be conveyed with images. And although there are many online tools that you could use to create an infographic, why not use one that your students are already familiar with, Google Draw! Here is a site that has 8 templates for creating an infographic.
4. As I was preparing to put together a resource for this blog this week an ITRT from another county emailed me this link. I have visited Eric Curts site before but had totally forgotten about it! I am giving you the main page link to his Google resources. From there you can choose which G-Suite app you want to work in. You are going to LOVE this site!
5. Friday At The Movies- How is a powerful word! In 2017, how was the number one question starter in Google.
Happy New Year folks! Since many of us will not be here tomorrow, I thought I would send this out one day early. I hope you enjoy your four day weekend!
1. Here are 5 tricks you can use on your Chromebook!
3. Some folks have really wanted to use their Smart Notebook documents on a Chromebook. I have discovered a way!!! I have been playing with Classflow lately and I am absolutely in love with Classflow. Best things about it are
4. This resource would be perfect for second or third grade. This could be offered as a way to help them learn their weekly spelling words. Students can click on the letters and drag them onto the "chalkboard" to spell words. To access the resource, click on the image and then File-Make A Copy.
5. Friday at the Movies - Bloom's Taxonomy according to Nemo. (PS: Scroll down under the movie for two bonuses!)
6. It is time for our General Assembly to start working! If you would like to be kept abreast of what is happening in the Virginia General Assembly, please visit the VEA General Assembly Daily blog for updates. If you are an Association member, check with me and I will show you how this news can come directly to your inbox!
7. There is a free poster on this blog that I really like called 25 Things to Say Instead of Good Job! I printed it off as a 4 x 6 print and have it taped to my desk. It would also be good to stick inside of a teacher plan book. As I sit here and type this, it just occurred to me that this poster would be a good one to hang up and allow the students to refer to it when they are working in small groups!
Happy New Year, Folks!
1. Now that we are back I would love to get together with you and plan a Breakout! Check out the many topics that already have a Breakout created. These were created by the company but we could also tailor something just for your class. Please let me know how you want to integrate this!
2. I know that right before Christmas we made you aware the the Google+ App has just been opened for teachers but I wanted to remind you of what an awesome resource this is. Once you log into your Google Account (email is the Google App you are most likely to log into first), all you need to do is click on the "waffle" in the top right corner and pull down to Google+. Once you are in Google+ explore all the communities that peak your interest. It's a great way to connect with other teachers who are teaching the same content as you do!
3. After reading the above tweet, I was moved to start thinking of ways we can get our younger students' hands on the same technology that we put into the hands of the older students. We are probably never going to turn on the G-Suite apps for each younger student but you can still have them do things in G-Suite. Here is a resource that was designed with Kinders and first graders in mind. These came from a presentation I attended at VSTE. I have been working with kindergartners and first graders using Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Draw and have developed some other ideas that I will share as well in future posts. I would love to come help you set something up for you.
4. For those of you with older students, here is another example of a hyperdoc. Remember, a hyperdoc is a document with links to other documents or activities. This one is for place value. It would be a great way to review. To access the document, click on the image. Once the document opens, go to File->Make A Copy
5. Friday at the Movies - Just wanted to put some pep into your New Year!
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 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!
_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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I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler