Sunday, December 8, 2019

Decorate your tree

Eric Curts (from Control Alt Achieve) has shared another slide project.  While you may remember his make a snowman, this year you can decorate your own tree and then add a writing prompt for your students.  The tree above is my sample. Please see his blog post here for complete directions.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

New from Discovery Education: Econ Essentials

One of the key differences between traditional economics and behavioral economics is
the use of experiments to test theories. Your students have likely done many
science experiments, but have they ever done an economics experiment? 
In the second of four Behavioral Economics Digital Lesson Bundles released by
Econ Essentials  titled “How We Are Affected by Preference,” students will explore
and experiment with two seemingly counter-intuitive human behaviors – loss
aversion and the endowment effect.  Students will test why they feel greater
emotional impact when losing the big game, why they value losses more than
they do gains, or why they may overvalue what they already own.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The American Revolution and Storyboardthat

Michelle Leonard recently shared some of her students’ Storyboardthat products.  This was an innovative way to have students demonstrate their understanding along with some creativity. Here are a few samples:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Table Top Texting (S.O.S.)

Lori  Dobrzynski (SMS Media Speciali) recently shared the above photo from one of her
classes.  She writes:
Eighth-grade students participated in Table Top Texting during their library visit.
Table Top Texting is an interactive way for students to express themselves.
The topic used for this fun example of written expression was the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry

You can find all the details on this Spotlight On Strategy here.  If you are in the District, log into your Discovery Education account and search for Table Top Texting- you will find a video as well as additional resources.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

K-2 Resources from TeachersFirst

In this week’s highlights from TeachersFirst, there was a focus on the primary grades.  Here are some samples:

Grades K-2

Preschool and Kindergarten Games

This colorful site includes: animals, letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
Play alphabet activities to learn letters. Choose from the activities in the
animal section of the site sorted into categories: look, create, play, count,
learn, and find.

Grades K-2

Fisher-Price Online Games

Play games that include popular characters such as Thomas the Train
or Fisher-Price Little People. Choose from different learning activities
such as colors, shapes, ABC's, and more. Sort games by age range, character,
or type of content.

Grades K-2

Scholastic Family Playground

Navigate your way through the games, stories, videos, and more available
for early elementary students. Familiar stories and characters are the f
oundation for activities: Clifford, Word Girl, Magic School Bus, and more.

Bouncy Balls (or eyeballs)

Looking for an interactive way to help your students manage the noise level in your classroom?  Check out Bouncy Balls and let the magic begin.  Change to eyeballs or emojis if you would like!  See the review here in TeachersFirst.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Seesaw- it’s not just for the young learner

I love Seesaw- there is so much your students can do! Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook fame) has recently shared 20 suggestions for students of all ages.  Please click here to view it.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Creating tours in Google Earth (Web Version)

While creating tours in the desktop version is old news, now you can also create tours in the web version.  Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) has created a great how do video here.  Another option is to use the tutorial in Google Earth.  There are additional resources on their YouTube Channel. There are a variety of things your students could do with a map.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Have you seen the new Ditch That Textbook?

Matt Miller has shared many resources in his blog- now, in a redesigned site, you can find all his resources and videos.  Check it out here.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Stop Motion with Google Slides

Wanda Terral (who I follow on Facebook) is a Google guru.  She recently shared several of her presentations from a Georgia tech conference.  Here’s the link to her Stop Motion presentation.  She includes step by step directions as well as several templates.