Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Free Quality Math Apps

I am always looking for quality apps to install on my teachers' iPads. Recently I put on a great FREE app called: Number Line.

This is an open-ended educational tool that you could use as a math center to help students visualize number sequences and model strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

First students should choose the type of number line they wish to use:

Then they could use flashcards or some sort of prepared equations to solve using this app. One way to solve is simply using the pen tool to write and draw the jumps on their number line:

Students can also type in their equation:

I love the colored jump tool that shows how many numbers were jumped either forwards or backwards. They can be manipulated my pinching or expanding you thumb and index finger on the small gray boxes:

If you want your students to show you their work, simply have them write or type their name somewhere in the white space and take a screen shot of their work by pressing the power button and the home button at the same time. You can retrieve their work by going into the Camera Roll to see how they solved their problems. These pictures can be pulled off of the iPad by putting them into DropBox or Google Drive.

Another FREE app that is a great tool for checking math work is yHomework.
This app will solve math problems by showing step-by-step solutions, not just THE answer! Basic computation problems through advanced algebra problems can be solved using this one's pretty awesome. Check it out:

Have students solve their problems independently and then use the iPads to check their work! This is also great for you parents at home to get your child to check their math homework at night (might save Y-O-U some time..yahoooo!)

An app you might be familiar with is Virtual Manipulatives.
This app is GREAT for assisting with fractions, decimals and percents. Basically it is a virtual work mat:

As you can see in the settings above, fractions can be represented as tiles or circles. This app could be used across grade levels. I have used it with kindergartners for basic fractions and with fifth graders for comparing, adding and subtracting fractions, percents and decimals. If you want to hold your students accountable for their work, have them save their work mat to the Camera Roll by pressing the Save button. They could then upload their creation into the FREE app, Screenchomp
Screenchomp records as students explain their work and annotate as they talk. The recording turns into a movie and then produces a link that you can send home to parents to view at home! (Note: when Screenchomp prompts you to enter a birthdate when the app is opened for the first time, be sure to put YOUR birthday, not a student's birthday. It will not produce links for those who are not adults). Here is an example of a 1st grader talking about her fractions:

Maya's Fractions from Julie on Vimeo.

Those are just a few math apps that some of my teachers are really enjoying. What is one of your favorite open-ended apps you like to use in your classroom?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Real World Geometry

Today Mrs. Turner's 2nd graders at Glen Allen Elementary made Keynote presentations about the differences between Plane Figures and Solid Figures. Students were given {this} Keynote template and were asked to find 2D and 3D real world pictures that would be appropriate for each slide. I had previously pulled several images that represented 2D shapes and each solid figure. Those pictures were placed in {this} Comemories site that students visited to grab their choice of pictures for their Keynote. Once pictures were placed, students had to add how many faces, edges and vertices each solid figure contained. We wrapped up the lesson by having the children record themselves presenting their Keynote. Check out Mackenzie and Keri's cute presentations (the converting from Keynote to QuickTime to Vimeo caused a little bit of a lag for the advancing of their slides):
  Mackenzie from Julie on Vimeo. Shapes Keynote from Julie on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FREE Cross Curricular Earth Day Scoot Game

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I know many of you are gearing up for those lovely state tests :) Earth Day is April 22nd. Here is a fun Scoot game I made that has an Earth Day theme and covers a variety of skills:

Language Arts: Syllables, Parts of Speech, Contractions, Possessives, Affixes

Math: Word Problems, Fractions, Rounding, Time

Science: Renewable Energy, Nonrenewable Energy, Wind Power, Conservation, Hydropower, Solar Power

Geography: Continents, Oceans, Cardinal Directions

A recording sheet and answer key are included!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Life Cycles with Google Drawing

Today we had a BLAST in Mrs. Hinkle's fourth grade science class! Mrs. Hinkle's class has been doing so much cool stuff with their Google accounts: peer writing and editing in Google Docs, creating collaborative presentations in Google Presentations and creating their own tests and quizzes for each other to take in Google Forms. Today we introduced GOOGLE DRAWING! Mrs. Hinkle and I modeled how to use Google Drawing between two people. I sent a blank drawing to her Google Drive and we told the class that our kindergarten teacher wanted us to work together to draw a smiley face. We modeled how to "brainstorm" together by using the comment feature. The two of us really had to COMMUNICATE to get the project completed. After we modeled the basic tools in Google Drawing, Mrs. Hinkle presented the class with their MISSION: "You will be working with a partner in "China" to create a Life Cycle of either a frog or and your partner get to choose! You have 30 minutes to complete this assignment." The students had been put into partners prior to this lesson so Mrs. Hinkle took one set of partners to "China" a.k.a. the library while I stayed in the classroom with the other set of partners. While Mrs. Hinkle and her crew were headed to the library, my students created and titled a Google Drawing that they sent to their partner through their Google account. It was so interesting to watch how the students started digitally communicating with their distant partner before they started to create the model of their choice together, at the SAME time.
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Mrs. Hinkle and myself kept communication with each other through a Today's Meet Chat Room:
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The best part of today's lesson was our reflection piece. When Mrs. Hinkle's group came back from "China", the conversations in the room became overwhelming. The kids were so excited to see each other face to face and talk about their creation. When we had them share out to the class we heard a lot of  "It was hard to do this with another really had to communicate" and "If I did this again I would do it differently" and even "We communicated well and asked a lot of detailed questions!" Check out what they were able to create TOGETHER in the 30 minutes they were given:

This lesson was much more than a "science" lesson. Students learned the importance and skills needed to communicate with each other. Quality questioning was a major component as they were learning to work with each other. This was a great real world experience!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sequencing with Animated Gifs

Today some 2nd graders in Ms. Curfman’s class at Chamberlayne Elementary were exploring sequencing by creating animated gifs. I put a variety of folders with pictures that were out of order into their student folders. The folder topics included: Life Cycle of the White Tailed Deer (thank you Meek Mouse for the clipart!), Life Cycle of a Butterfly, Life Cycle of a Frog, Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, Jack and Jill, and How to Brush Your Teeth. Students went to the website, (Thank you, Tyler Hart, for introducing us to this awesome website!) and uploaded the pictures from the folder of their choice. They then had to sequence the pictures on the website. Once the pictures were sequenced, students copied the embed code and pasted it into a collaborative Google Doc so Ms. Curfman and myself could copy and paste the codes into a blog post. Check out some of their Gifs:

Kera and Noah’s”


Khristian and Mattew’s:

I’m excited to do this lesson with the 2nd grade at Crestview next week!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

World Map QR Code Activity Flash FREEBIE!

Do your kiddos need practice with locating the 7 continents and 5 oceans on the world map? Look no further. For the next hour you can download my newest product, World Map QR Code Activity, for FREE! Please provide feedback :) Click on the images below :