Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
"I am really struggling with writing. I want to pull out my hair!!!! We have been practicing writing prompts and they are really needing work on word choice. Do you have any lesson suggestions? I am so burnt out trying to find ideas I could cry."
Boy, do I feel her pain. As a classroom teacher, I, too, wanted to provide meaningful and engaging activites for my students, but there never seemed to be enough time to search for them!
Now as an instructional coach, it is my job to help teachers find books, websites, and other resources that create positive learning experiences for students, and I must say, I love the challenge!
I know Halloween is long gone, but really, do kids ever get tired of monsters? The Monster Exchange Project encourages the development of reading and writing skills while integrating technology. Here's how it works: Classrooms are paired together. The students in each class draw then write a description of a monster. The students then exchange their descriptions via e-mail. Using only the written description of the monster, the students must use their comprehension skills to try to redraw it as close to the original picture as possible. Both the new and original drawings are posted online to compare.
A couple of years ago, when I was looking for a lesson for Camp Write-A-Way I discovered Writing Fix. There is a wealth of information and lesson ideas on this site. I ended up doing Sausage Sentences,
Story Starters from Scholastic is another great resource. What could be more fun that using a slot machine to help create a story? It is very similar to a RAFT. A teacher's guide to this resource can be found here.
ilearntechnolgy (winner of the 2009 Best Educational Tech and Support Blog...Yay!) has many ideas for integrating technology and writing. StoryBird is a recommended site that offers "collaborative storytelling for families and friends." I also like Telescopic Text. We always say to students, "Show, don't tell." When you click on the highlighted portions and the sentence expands with descriptive words, students will finally understand what we're talking about!
I also want to mention one of my all-time favorites, ReadWriteThink. There are hundreds of lesson plans, and the online student tools are fantastic. It's impossible to leave ReadWriteThink without a great idea.
I'm still on the hunt for more great ideas, but I hope these will keep the teacher from pulling out any hair (at least for a little while.)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving overseas. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's.
Thanks for taking to time to support our military!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
First Grade Bat Webquest
Bat Conservation Trust
Another Bat Webquest
One teacher I know created this Voki and is going to have her students create one, too.
Get a Voki now!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Cubing and Think-Dots
D: Differentiation Module http://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/differentiationmodule.asp
E: E-learning for Kids
F : Fit Brains
Guess My Number
K: Kinder By Kim
L: Learning Upgrade
Math For Everyone
My Avatar Editor
N: Mr. Nussbaum
P: Math Playground
Q: Quick Online Tutorial
R: The Reading Lady
S: Simple Science
Skype an Author
T: Tammy's Tech Tips
U: U-(You) Tube Videos
V: Voice Thread
Worldly Wise 3000
X: X-tend a Menu
Y: Yahoo Video
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
e-Learning for Kids online courses in math and other subjects, too!
I've also found some great interactive lessons and activities on BBC School's Bitesize site.
There are also some demo lessons on the Time 4 Learning site.
The first one is Big Red Summer Academy geared toward 9-12 graders. You can read all about the camp here.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers Aim for the Stars. Camps are available for 3-10 graders. There are also "girls only" programs.
Ad Astra is a one-week residential program at Creighton University for gifted students completing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. .Students explore the many exciting facets of college life, and participate in courses designed to expose them to a variety of academic fields of study
Bright Lights is another summer program for elementary and middle school students. It doesn't offer housing, but if you have friends or relatives to stay with, it may be worth checking out.
Nature enthusiats might want to explore the two camps offered in Gibbon, Nebraska. Big Bend SOAR and Flying Higher camps are held at the Rowe Sanctuary.
The Nebraska Association for the Gifted had information about Camp Invention, a day camp to encourage creativity. There are several Nebraska locations. Click here to see NAG's entire list of summer opportunties.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Other students built models to share what they learned. Here is Packer, a student at McDonald, showing King Tut's tomb.
Other students chose to do impersonations of famous people. Here is , portrayed by Talitha.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sliding Factor Game
BrainPOP video/ Factoring:
Greatest Common Factors Online Course:
Greatest Common Factor YouTube video:
Greatest Common Factor online quiz:
Greatest Common Factor worksheet
Review and practice:
You tube mean lesson:
Online dice .. Have students "roll" a set number of times and calculate the mean:
Online playing cards..Have students "draw" a set number of cards and calculate the mean:
Candy Colors Average Activity:
The Average Kid lesson plan:
You know those free auto magagizines you see around town? How about using them for an averaging activity? I've used them before for place value, and my students absolutely loved it! You could use one of the following problems for a whole class activity, or you could put them on a think-tac-toe board.
- Cut out 3 (or more) vehicles. Find the average.
- Find 3 vehicles that were made in 1990's and calculate the average.
- Find 3 more vehicles that were made in the 2000's and calculate the average. What is the average difference between them? Why reasons can you think of that would explain the difference
- Find the average of all the cars on a page. (Put this in the center of the think-tac-toe board and encourage students who need more challenge to include it in their choices.)
- Find 5 cars that show a monthly payment. Find the average monthly payment of the cars. (This would be easier for students to calculate.)
- Use Mapquest to find the distance to several of the car dealers. Calculate the average distance.
- Find 5 cars that are named after animals. Calculate the average.
- Fnd 5 cars that are alike in some way (leather, AC, CD, same year..etc.) Calculate the average price of the cars.
- Find two vehicles that were made in the same year and are the exact same price.
- name two vehicles that are named after cities in the United States. Tell what state they are in and how many people live there.
- Choose 3 vehicles. Find the total. Find 5 more vehicles that have the exact total as your first 3 vehicles.
- Find a car that was made in the same year that the Denver Broncos won their second Super Bowl.
- Choose 6 vehicles. Find the total. Next, find out how much more money you would need, or how much you would have left if you had $1,000,000 to spend.
- Find 2 vehicles that have a price which is a palindrome.
- Find three vehicles that are named after animals. Research how much those animals weigh and what they eat.
- Choose 1 vehicle that is more than $30,000. Find out how long it would take you to pay it off if you pay $200.00 per month.
- Find a vehicle that was made in the same year that former president Ronald Regan died. Find out what Ronald Regan did before he became president.
Choose three vehicles that are named after animals. Find the difference between the weight of the cars and the weight of the animals.
Choose three vehicles that are named after animals. Find the difference between the top speed of the car and the top speed of the animal.
Find a car that was made in the year you were born. Find out some major things that happened in that year.
Find the oldest car. Tell about some events that happened in that year.
Try to balance the scales:
This game tests your knowledge of angles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfile/shockwave/games/bathroom.html
Measure to the nearest fraction of an inch:
Super lesson plan for lengths and heights: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/pdf/measure_lengths/measure_lengths.pdf
Another Discovery Education plan-converting from standard to metric. http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/pdf/metricworld/metricworld.pdf
Metric scavenger hunt:
Interactive movies and activities:
Scroll down to find some interesting measurement investigations involving lunch:
Lesson using measurement and oranges:
Metric Interactive course:
nrich time and measurment:
Bitesize lesson: measures
elearning online courses-scroll to find measurement related :
Olympic measurement webquest:
Lincoln School recently celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. When they asked me to portray Mrs. Lincoln, I jumped at the chance. I loved dressing in costume and telling students about Mary's life. I am not sure how effective I was, though. After my presentation, a boy came up to me and whispered, "I know you're a fake!" I laughed and replied, "What gave me away? Was it my wig?" He shook his head and said, "No, if you were real, you'd be, like, 200 years old!" Well, at least I got them thinking!
Friday, March 6, 2009
At the end of the day, the group had answered over 20,000 questions, and together with students from around the world, had answered 452, 682, 682 questions, smashing the previous record!!
Our top point earner was Andrew! Talk about a walking calculator!
We also had treats and prize drawings. Braden and Hope won World Math Day t-shirts, and several other students won Wal-Mart gift cards.
Thank you to all of you who participated in World Math Day! You were amazing! I can't wait for next year! Another big thanks to John Lindenberger for writing about us in the North Platte Telegraph. And, of course, we can't forget Mr. Hokanson! What did we ever do without him! He helped us out all day and created our World Math Day video. You are awesome, Neil!