Thursday, October 23, 2014

Covey's 7 Habits Kindergarten Technology Project

Today a kindergarten class at one of my elementary schools made collaborative movies all about the 7 Habits. The 7 Habits are Stephen Covey's approach to being effective in attaining goals. Each child got to choose which habit they wanted to create a slide about using the computer program, Pixie. Their choices included:

Be Proactive
Begin with the End in Mind
Put First Things First
Think Win Win
Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood
Sharpen the Saw

Once their slide was completed, they formed groups to make sure each habit was covered. We compiled all of their slides with recordings and turned it into a little movie. Their work will be displayed on the morning announcements for the whole school to see! Check out the first movie that
will be aired next week:

  Zehmer 1 from Julie on Vimeo.

More to come...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VA Blog Hop: Getting Festive for Fall

Before I begin, I have to say that I LOVE, LOVE LOVE my VA Blogging Buddies. They are such an incredible and supportive group of educators and I am so glad they have welcomed me to the group with open arms. A HUGE shout out goes to Carla at Comprehension Connection for putting together and organizing this amazing Fall VA Blogger hop!

Onto the HOP! I have two Fall FREEBIES for Y-O-U. First up is a freebie I offered on October 9th on my Facebook page as soon as I posted it to TpT. Often times I will post my new products as flash freebies so be sure to like my Facebook page: Click {HERE}. Now the same product is free again for the next week! Equivalent Fractions QR Code Scavenger Hunt:

Fourteen different task card questions ask students to find a picture representation of a particular fraction in its reduced form (0,1 whole, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12 and 1/13) When students get to the card that matches with their clue, they write the letter that appears on the card in the correct space on the student response sheet. At the end the letter clues spell out: SCARECROWS RULE!

 Click {HERE} to take you to this freebie.

For younger kiddos I have a Spider Spinners Station. This game is for probability and tally marking practice. Four different spinners are provided along with a student recording sheet. Students spin the spinner (laminate the cards and use a pencil and paperclip or lay a clear, plastic spinner on top) 10 times and add a tally mark for each color they land on. 

Here is an example of my results when I played:

You will notice that for Spinner #1 there are only tally marks for the colors pink, orange and yellow. That's because Spinner #1 only has three colored sections. Same goes for Spinner #2 and #3. GREAT conversation topic that will get your students using probability terms such as impossible, possible, likely, unlikely, etc.!

These are what the spinners look like:

This product will be free for the next week... click {HERE}.

Next stop is Erin West of Super in Second!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thinglinks on a Padlet Wall

Today I visited four different 5th grade classes to do a lesson on the Ocean Floor. The teachers had remembered doing a lesson last year using Thinglink and wanted to do the same lesson. This year I decided to jazz it up by taking the lesson to the next level: everyone publishing their Thinglink to a virtual wall (Padlet)!

If you are not familiar, a Thinglink is an image that you transform into an interactive display by adding "hotspots". Hotspots can include text, videos, sound, clipart and links to all sorts of possibilities! Your images come alive :) If you would like to learn more head to my Thinglink post from last year: click {HERE}.

First, I set the teachers up with a free Thinglink Education account. Click {HERE} to get your FREE account! Once they logged in, the teachers were able to set up their students. You can have multiple classes within one account! Thinglink asks you to enter student names but to save time we just entered student numbers. It automatically populates login cards for you. Each student gets their own login and password that is connected to the teacher's main account. The teacher can see and manage all student's Thinglinks but the students can only see and manage their own Thinglinks in their personal account...I LOVE this!

What the teacher sees:

Links and embed codes are provided for every Thinglink that is created. Students can write down their link to take home to show their family what they did in school. Teachers can also grab individual embed codes and post the actual Thinglinks on their blogs/websites! I really wanted a one stop shop and didn't want to take the time to get every embed code to each child's creation so I created a Padlet wall. The students posted their Thinglinks to the wall and had such a great time checking out each other's work. This is a GREAT way to get your students to collaborate and display ideas, answers, questions and creations. Check out the walls each class created (you have to click on the pictures to get the Thinglinks in action):


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Place Value Lesson

ITRT, David Clough, did a really cool place value lesson once that I wanted to try out with some 3rd graders this week. Be sure to check out his blog! 
 For this lesson we combined a little science content with place value. Students visited the shared Google doc below and added their name next to their student number. Then we brainstormed a list of animals that migrate. Students chose an animal and used the the research tool in Google to find out how far their animal travels when it migrates. Next, we went to  and created a place value word problem that the class would solve during small group math rotations the following day. allows you to create simple websites that can include polls like you see above (No sign-in required!!).

The students quickly figured out that some of their peers did not provide the correct answer when they created their poll. We decided as a class that we would not leave a "vote" if that was the case. Their teacher will have a lot of discussion topics after she views everyone's vote on each website :)

Once the students "published" their website, they revisited the Google Doc above and pasted their link. This made it easy for all children to have access to each other's websites for practice the next day. We were able to complete this lesson in 45 minutes. If we had more time I would have shown the children how to personalize the look of their website by changing background colors, font, know, all of the "good" stuff. They really had a lot of fun with this so I highly encourage you to check out this awesome Web 2.0 tool!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What did they say?

I am linking up with The Techie Turtle for her What Did They Say weekly linky? Link up to share your funny story from the week! Here is mine:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Google Graphing

Fourth grade at one of my elementary schools has been studying graphing this week. Today we made Google Spreadsheets and inserted double bar graphs as well as a line graph about data students researched. The first thing we graphed was amount of storms (thunderstorms, hurricanes and tropical storms) in a given area. Students picked a different part of the world to research the amount of storms that occurred over 5 years. Their GT teacher gave them the data sheet below and they had conducted the research before I came in. Click the image to take you to this handout.
Next, they logged into their Google accounts and created a Google spreadsheet in which they entered their data. Once their data was entered, they highlighted all of the cells and went to Insert>Chart>Charts and choose a double bar graph.

Then they changed the title, x-axis label, y-axis label and finished off changing the colors of their graph. Finally, each child took a screenshot of their graph and uploaded it to the Padlet wall below:

All sorts of graphs can be created within Google spreadsheets. Check it out:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Digital Fishbone Diagram and Hamburger Paragraph Diagram

The past two days I have blogged about some of the cool and E-A-S-Y to use digital tools from Today I want to show two more tools from this website:

I LOVE the fishbone diagram that can help your students organize their thoughts before writing. Can you do this on paper? Of course you can! However, I remember my little 2nd graders having such a hard time writing on the small lines and when they were finished it just looked like one jumbled mess. This digital tool not only cleans up the look of the final product, it also COLOR CODES each section. This is what it looks like before the child starts:

Here is one I created. You can print, grab a link or even embed code for your creations:

Another neat tool from this website is the Hamburger graphic organizer. I always used this to teach my 2nd grade students how to write a solid paragraph and my 5th grade students how to write multi-paragraph essays. I remember doing everything possible to get them to remember a beginning, middle and end. We would even make mini editable hamburgers: has a digital hamburger graphics organizer your students can fill out:

Such a great visual!