Wednesday, February 20, 2019

And the Number is...

Rediscover SOS: The Number Is (CDN Version)

Description: This strategy encourages students to become more aware of the mathematics that they encounter in their daily lives. Students become engaged in listening and watching for numbers in a pre-selected video segment and then use those numbers to generate mathematical word problems.
Materials: Students will need a video segment, paper, something to write with.
Adaptations and Extensions:
  1. DEN Friend Emily Fagan likes using this strategy across many different content areas. She uses it:
    • in Social Studies to have students better understand the American Revolution by looking for numbers related to the number of colonies, jobs, and land areas
    • in science to have students dig into biomes and habitats through the numbers found in media that discusses temperature, climate, and world zones
    • in language arts, specifically the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, she has students determine the number of miles the main character walks, discover the number of weeks it takes for a broken leg to heal, etc.
  2. Use Discovery Education media that contains numerical data about a topic, such as the solar system, and use SOS Pause and Play (CDN Version) to help students understand how to actively listen for numerical data. With each pause, ask students to curate their data in a chart. After playing the media, have them compute totals or averages for the data they’ve collected.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

edWeb announces 14 new webinars has been a longtime favorite- and their scope seems to be expanding.  Here’s
a list of their latest webinars- and everything is free.   From SEl, to students on the
spectrum, to science and  ELL- you will find something that sparks your interest.

Not the best time for you?  Sign up and then watch the archived version.  After a
short quiz, you will get a PD certificate.  Join their community to get updates on new

Monday, February 18, 2019

Black History Ideas for the classroom

National Geographic recently shared several ideas for Black History Month in your classroom.  Please click here to read the post.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Good and the Bad of Storybird

The Good news- they are added many new features.  The bad news?
Teacher/student accounts will only be free for 2 weeks.  Want to read
their entire notice- please click here.  Any material from this year will
be available on the previous site until June 1.  Below is a summary of
the Teacher changes:


What remains the same:
  • Teachers may organize classes. Students may join a teacher’s class by using the class passcode.
  • Students may sign in with Google.
What’s been added:
  • Teachers can import a class from Google Classroom.
  • Education Standards based on the Common Core have been added to courses.
  • Updated teacher’s guides and worksheets will be able download for each course.
  • You can add more than one teacher per class.
  • A student can join different classes at the same time.
What will change:

  • Teachers (and their students) will receive the same 15-day free trial as all members.
  • When teacher adds a student into a class, an email is required for the student.
  • Students under 13 must use a parent email; students over 13 may use their own email.
  • Existing students will be required to provide an email and date of birth.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

#CelebrateWithDE – Presidents’ Day

From Discovery Education

On the third Monday in February, we honor all U.S. presidents on Presidents’ Day. The day was introduced to honor George Washington and grew to honor all presidents and earn that apostrophe after the s. This year, we invite you to celebrate by going all the way back to the day’s beginnings to study Washington – along with another long-ago honoree, Lincoln – and then consider how they might have handled presidential communications with modern technology.  Click here for more content information.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Guess Who (The Presidents Day Edition)

This is a guest post from Caileigh Fazzini (SMS).

Today my students engaged in a President's Day Guess Who game.

I created the Guess Who using a template from The Techie Teacher  

I transferred the template to Google Drawing so my students could use a
red x to cross out the presidents that did not fit the description.  

I shared the Drawing with my students and sat them near a partner. Each
partner copy and pasted a president in the top right corner of the drawing.
That was their chosen president. They played Guess Who with the red xs to
eliminate the options that could not be their opponents president.

Students were able to use physical descriptions such as black and white,
tie colors, hair styles, etc.

For older students, they can guess achievements/failures of the presidents.

My students had a lot of fun trying to figure out their partner's choice
and said they learned a few new presidents that they have not heard of previously.

Digital Citizenship- the Top 10

Here’s a new SOS top ten from Discovery Education - and this time the focus is on digital citizenship.  Many of my favorites are included in this package.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Printing your Google Classroom Roster

Alice Keeler (and her nephew) have produced a Chrome extension to easily export your roster from Google Classroom to a spreadsheet.  Just visit her link or read the complete post here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Having all the students answer on one spreadsheet

You start with this spreadsheet:
Go ahead and enter the names in the first column (you don't need
email addresses since you can share this as edit in Google Classroom).

Then go ahead and create a template- what do you want the students to have?
It doesn't have to be an image (as in my example) you could provide questions
or prompts.

Once you run the Roster Template, this is is what you get:

You will get a tab for each student complete with the drawing you shared.  
While I used a fairly simple one, you could ask the students to expand their
thoughts. I think this would be great to use for younger learners.

For complete directions (as well as a copy of the first spreadsheet), please
see Alice Keeler’s blog post here.