Sunday, January 27, 2013

Interactive Sites for Doubles & Firstie Geography! :)

It's no secret by now that I am in love with technology.  There are so many things available online and on the iPad that really enhance classroom instruction.  Something to mindful of though, is that kiddos need more than just apps to help them be successful in the real world!  They must manipulate materials, understand how things work, and be able to work word processing programs in order to really be ready for success in life and in the job market.  I have to keep reminding myself of that as I try to incorporate more real world skills into our daily classroom lives.

Here are some websites that I will use with the Munchkins this week in combination with manipulatives & other hands-on materials to increase success and comprehension.

Below is a pretty basic but fun interactive game to practice doubles facts.  It's called Ladybird Doubles (click on the picture to visit the site).  I would have a set of manipulatives available for the Munchkins while the work on the SMARTboard or computer to make it a little more tactile but it is something they can do independently.  It works like a memory game, which is always popular!  I think they'll like it. 


Below is a wonderful game found at Sheppard Software called "Monkey Drive."  Students have to use the arrows on the keyboard to drive the monkey into doubles problems that match the monkey's car.  Sounds strange, I know but trust me, they will love it!  Give the kids some manipulatives to work out the problems as they drive the track looking for the answer and they'll be less frustrated and understand more.


Have you (or your kiddos) discovered ABCYa.com yet?  If not, please take some time to play around with it.  There are bazillions of wonderful games there for all ages and everything is educational!  You cannot go wrong on that site!  Below is a game that I intend to put into centers for the kiddos. It's a geography game where the students have to match up states in a map of the United States.  It's really a wonderful game & I think they'll like it.  If I had a map or a puzzle I could put in their hands while they played the game, I would totally do it.  Sadly, I just don't have those at my disposal.  I do, however have a gigantic old school map I can pull down!  Hello, Old School!  :D



I got so excited when I saw this next one, I nearly cried.  I know, don't say it.  LOL :)  It's an online interactive game to teach Munchkins about the 7 continents of the world!  Yippee!!  It's an actual lesson that begins with a quick description of Pangaea!  I'm so excited right now.  They then get to play with a puzzle where they match the continents.  Combine this with Dr. Jean's song about the continents and my week just got way more fun.


 Last, but not least is a World Geography game at Sheppard Software.  Kids can match the continents, learn about the oceans, and even use the keyboard.  I can't wait to see how the munchkins like this one!
Have a great week!  ♥



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

App that Changed my World! :)

So last week our school was visited by a Saxon Phonics Guru who observed our classrooms (eek) and gave us some very positive feedback on how to continue improving the way we are teaching and learning with the program.  She was fabulous and it was so nice to be bombarded with positive feedback rather than the "I gotcha!" I was afraid of. 

While she was giving us all this wonderful feedback, she told us about an app called "PickMe!" available in the iTunes store for $1.99 for both iPhone & iPad.  I know, I know.... a lot of people won't touch paid apps, but I promise you this is worth it!!  It completely changed the way my classroom works.  It has saved time and eased frustration both for me and for the munchkins.  But, it has also increased the equity in my classroom!  For 2 bucks, I'm all in!  There are similar free apps out there but I promise you this is the one to get.
This is the app that changed my life.  I think it's $1.99 right now and well worth it!
What it does is end the "raise your hands" issue during instruction, whether it be whole group or small group.  You input your class.  Snap a quick picture of your kiddos (optional).  Then, click "start a session" and you simply ask your question directly to the kiddo who's picture pops up.  If they get it right, you click the thumbs up and it automatically takes you to the next student.  Same thing if they get respond incorrectly.  Click the thumbs down button and it tracks the correct/incorrect response & moves right on along to the next student.

There is even an option to take kiddos out of the loop if they have responded correctly.  Thereby allowing you to focus on the kiddos who are having difficulty and giving them a chance to respond again once they get the concept.

Changed my life!!

One of the neato frito things about this app is that it tracks the data for you & you can email it to yourself and print it off and stick it in those pretty little RTI binders and use it when you talk to your administrators about how much your muchkins rock!  How's that for a long but exciting sentence?!  
You add your classes & this is what they look like once you've used the app for a bit.  Add your kids to each class & take a picture of each munchkin if you like.  It makes using the spinner a lot more fun if you take a quick snapshot of each child.  On the right side of this pic, you can see their responses.  5/9 means they answered 5 out of 9 questions correctly!  See that little bitty picture of an envelope in the bottom left corner?  Click that and send yourself an email of compiled student data shown on this screen.
When you click "start a session" this is what comes up.  That little toggle button at the button will remove a child from the spinner if they respond correctly.  You can turn this on or off.  You can also choose to simply spin the wheel rather than track responses if you like, but why would you?! :)

When you go back to your classes and click on a particular student, you can add detailed information for each one.  This is where you find data, email it to yourself, and print it out for those lovely RTI binders!  You can choose two email addresses to send it to and even send to parents if you desire.  Add notes about the day or detailed student responses for better RTI data.

This is a screenshot of a compiled list of student responses I can email to myself or to anyone, but for confidentiality purposes I will only send it to myself!  You can see it has student names (which I blurred out) and the number of correct/incorrect responses. 


If you absotively posilutely will not pay 2 bucks to change your life, download the free App Tracker app from the App Store & track the Pick Me! app.  If it goes on sale while you're tracking it in this app, you can head on over and try it out.  You won't be sorry!  I promise! :)

Oh, and a little snippet one of the administrators mentioned today:  It is perfect for showing equity in the classroom which is monitored on our PDAS!  Yippee for the iPad of Happiness changing my world! :)

Have fun!! 

♥Jen 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Intervention Log Freebie :)

This is a required tool for RTI in my district.  Probably in yours, too.  

It's a free download for 3 week intervention log on which you can document where the intervention originated from (iStation, Florida Center for Reading Research, Texas Primary Reading Inventory, Intervention Central, Other).  There is a typo on this one, you can see it says FCCR instead of FCRR.  Doodah me, I fixed it for the download!  :)

If you've not visited FCCR for reading interventions check it out.  Same with Intervention Central!  Amazing resources available for FREE!

If you find it useful, would you mind leaving a comment?  I'd love to know if it's being used.

Thanks & enjoy!




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Quick Freebie :)




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Subtraction Action! :)

I have been so intimidated in teaching first grade!There is a TON of information, a fast & furious pace, and so much I didn't know.  I have loved every minute of this challenge!  I feel like it has made me a better teacher.  I'm still learning and the kiddos are teaching me a lot, but I'm so thankful and happy in this journey.  Stepping out of my comfort zone (even if it is just one grade up) has been so worth it.

This week we are working on some subtraction action!  We've done a lot with subtraction already and now we are going to hone our skills & become more fluent mathematicians.  

Here are some of the websites that we'll work with in a whole group & then use as math station choices on the SMARTboard.  Some of these web games will serve the kiddos better when used with manipulatives, so check them out & consider adding snap cubes, number lines, and other manipulatives to help them find the answers instead of just picking a random response.

There are literally TONS of subtraction games here to choose from.  Model them first & work out the kinks then set the munchkins free. :)

 

We will be using these 10 Frames to work in small groups with manipulatives to build numeracy fluency in subtracting from 10.  Then we'll double them up and subtract from 20!  You can grab your free download here, or just click on the picture.



 And....  let's add some Harry Kindergarten fun this week!!  :) 


Last but not least, here's a site for reviewing time: 



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