Friday, January 22, 2016

2nd-5th: Text Features

I just came across these Text Feature resources from Mrs. Warner's blog.
Scholastic also has some resources designed to assist students with navigating non-fiction texts.
Tech project idea- Have students create an article in Google Drawings (similar to Microsoft Publisher) and include text features!  Students will love writing a newspaper style article. 

Here are a couple Google Slides presentations you could assign to students in Google Classroom. (Click on the image & then click File, Make a Copy in order to use). 

K-2nd: Story Maker

ABCYa has a really cool and easy to use Story Maker!  Students can use the paint tools to create a picture or import an image. Then they can use the text feature to add their writing.  The image and text will print on one page.  

Check out all the other goodies on ABCYa!  GREAT stuff!

Ditch That Textbook!

Matt Miller @jmattmiller, a high school Spanish teacher from Indiana, has an AMAZING blog called (he also has a book with the same name). On the blog you will find ideas of how to engage your students without the typical textbook, pencil & paper activities.  If you are using Google Classroom with your students, you might enjoy this amazing list of 15 Graphic Organizers your students can use.  Paper graphic organizers are great, but by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Students & teachers can collaborate in real time and they can be shared easily. "In short, digital graphic organizers are more versatile."

3rd-5th: Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry is so cool!!
I read this article by a writer from Austin, TX who uses this technique with his students- Austin Kleon- "To Be a Teacher and Remain a Student"
On Twitter search #newspaperblackout and click "photos" for some additional examples!
Inspiring Video
Additional Videos:
Blackout Poet- TX Country Reporter 

This is a Google Slides presentation showing more about blackout poetry:
Your students could use Google Drawings to complete a blackout poem! This template was shared by Tech Coach Mohler. Click on the image and then click File, Make a Copy to use.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Resources

The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kid President:

PebbleGo has a Martin Luther King, Jr. article (see your librarian if you need the username/password):

Google Slides activity- Assign as "Students Can Edit" (all students will be working on the same google slides presentation.  See slide 2 for details!
Check out these How-To Videos:
Student created video- possible project!

Reading Rainbow- MLK Jr. Story

Twitter Tutorials!

Twitter is an AMAZING resource for teachers!
Check out the following videos about using Twitter in education:
I created these quick video tutorials to help you get started. 

K-1: Jobs

PebbleGo is a great resource for learning about jobs in the community.
Let your librarian know if you need the username/password!
PebbleGo-Jobs in the Community

Possible project ideas: students can use one of the following ipod/ipad apps to create a video teaching others about a job in the community- chatterpix, tellagami, YakIt.  
Students could use to record their voice and print a QR code to post with a picture they have created of a job in the community. 
Please let me know if you need assistance with any of these projects!

2nd-3rd: States of Matter

Your students might enjoy these States of Matter games:

States of Matter Google Slides activity (Click File, Make a Copy to use):

Google Drawings (Click File, Make a Copy to use) Students can add additional images by clicking Insert- Image.

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