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 :

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Affixes with JG and the Boys

Today JG and the Boys (Jim Covais, Tyler Hart, Ryan Stein and myself) had so much fun in 3rd grade at Highland Springs Elementary! Our academic focus was on affixes: prefixes, root words and suffixes. We explored how knowledge of affixes will help us expand our vocabulary and break down unfamiliar words. Each class came to the library for an hour. We kicked off the lesson by listening to Flocabulary's Prefix Rap.
After a quick review of prefixes, suffixes, and root words, each student chose a word from a list that had both a prefix and suffix. Using an iPad, students clicked on a Stoodle collaboration board link. Stoodle offers real-time collaboration on a virtual whiteboard with as many pages that are needed. I set up each class with their own Stoodle Page with 25 pages – one for each student. Our awesome colleague, Sarah Green, had shown some of our team this awesome tool, so we had to use it in this lesson! Once students were in their Stoodle “classroom”, each child selected their student number at the bottom of the page. Students entered their word and were asked to circle the prefix in green, underline the root word in yellow, box the suffix in red, and use the drawing tool to draw a picture of what they thought their word represented. Once everyone was finished, students were able to click through the other pages to see their peers’ thinking.  Check out a few examples from the students:  
After the Stoodle fun, students worked in small groups with an ITRT. Each ITRT's station had a special project on the ipads: Jim’s Station – Prefix/Suffix Padlet Game Students had to write as many words with prefixes or suffixes and place them in their box. When it was their turn, they had to choose a word from any box that was not theirs. They had to figure out if the word has a prefix or suffix. Whoever had the most words left won! Here’s a picture of the game:
Tyler’s Station – Popplet Prefix/Suffix Web Making Students made prefix/suffix word web graphic organizers using the app, Popplet. Students made a text box of a prefix or suffix. Then students made a web of text boxes with words that used that prefix or suffix. They also were able to take a picture or draw a picture to show what that word means. T’Kari did an awesome job!
Ryan’s Station: – YakiT Kids and Animoto Students used YakiT to create animated pictures providing information about prefixes, suffixes, and root words.  Student imported their YakIt videos into Animoto to make more dynamic slideshows.
My StationPic and Vid Stitch Poster with Tellagami Students went to a Comemories site that I had made which housed a few pictures that represented affixes. They were asked to choose three to add to their camera roll and would need to be able to talk about their pictures later on. The students then uploaded their 3 pictures into a four section template in the app, Pic&Vid Stitch. The remaining space in the template was for a talking avatar that was created in Tellagami and uploaded into the Pic&Vid Stitch template. Students created their avatar in Tellagami and recorded their voices explaining the difference between prefixes, root words and suffixes. They also had to speak a little bit about the pictures they had uploaded from the Comemeories site as well.
To wrap up the lesson, students pulled up a Google Form that served as a reflection. This form asked them two questions: “How would you rate today’s lesson on a scale of 0-5?” and “How could you use the apps you used today in your classroom?” Watch out Adam Elementary! We’re coming to see you soon!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Famous Americans and a FREEBIE

“POOF! You have magically traveled back in time to spend the day with a Famous American of your choice. What did you see? What did you talk about? What did you learn?” After hearing the authentic task, kindergarten students in a class I was working with got to choose one of the five Famous Americans as required in the Virginia Social Studies Standard K.1: Betsy Ross, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Pocahontas and Powhatan. Students were matched up with a partner who wanted to create a project on the same Famous American and together used to research their person. Then groups constructed an imaganative digital story about their visit and the things they experienced using the app, Tellagami. The students wrote, illustrated the background, labeled important people and places and narrated their story. Finally, digital stories were shared so all kindergarteners could learn from and enjoy each others' work.

Here is a quick video about their fun Famous American Project:

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Check out some of the projects:

Sample 1 from Julie on Vimeo.

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Sample 3 from Julie on Vimeo.

Speaking of Famous Americans, I just posted my latest product on TpT: Famous American Reading Passages. This pack has passages about 16 different Famous Americans.

George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Helen Keller
Martin Luther King. Jr.
Jackie Robinson
Susan B. Anthony
George Washington Carver
Benjamin Franklin
Betsy Ross
Cesar Chavez
Rosa Parks
Alexander Graham Bell
Harriet Tubman
John Hancock
Eleanor Roosevelt

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