Friday, June 20, 2014

What Would You Do? Journal Writing

What Would You Do? is an American television news magazine and hidden camera show

 broadcast on ABC since 2008 as part of the Primetime series. The series is hosted by news

 correspondent John QuiƱones.

I love this show!
                 
Using hidden cameras, What Would You Do? establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business.

A Kid's Guide to Tricky and Sticky Situations. Flat bike tires, forgotten homework, obscene phone calls—more than 70 situations kids could encounter when they are on their own.
I like to use this book to teach life long lessons and to practice daily writing skills. It gives great advice on what should be done in confusing, ambiguous, dangerous, or unexpected situations at home, school, or out on your own. 
I was inspired to create my own What Would You Do? Pack. A blank template is included in the pack so students can create their own scenarios to use with partner writing etc. 





Click HERE to purchase $1.00 Pack

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Magic School Bus 360 Coming in 2016!

I am so excited!
The New York Times reports that Netflix is ordering a reboot of The Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus 360°, the new series will be a reboot of the popular ’90s children’s cartoon from Scholastic Media that originally from 1994 until 1997. 
With 26 half-hour episodes available for worldwide streaming sometime in 2016, the new series will use CGI animation. Other new features will include an updated Ms. Frizzle, an updated bus and modern scientific tools, such as robots.


                         CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!!!
Click HERE to READ MORE ABOUT IT!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Train Your Brain Vocabulary App and FREE Accountability Sheets

Train Your Brain Vocab Building app helps students boost their vocabulary by applying various study techniques. 
There is a Lite Version or a Paid Version ($4.99) of this AWESOME App @ iTunes or Google Play for Education!
I plan to use the Lite version with my advanced 2nd graders. 
This app would be great for grades 2-12!





Description
Train Your Brain Vocab Building app helps students boost their vocabulary by applying various study techniques. This interactive app is designed in a quiz format and covers following topics: 

1. Alphabetical Order 
2. Anagram Pairs 
3. Antonym Pairs 
4. Antonyms 
5. Combi-Words 
6. Spelling Errors 
7. Synonym Sets 
8. Synonyms 
9. Word Out 

The app has over 350 questions that cover over 5000 words. 

DETAILED TEST RESULTS 

On the completion of each test the user is given a summary of questions answered correctly, incorrectly and skipped along with the time taken on each question. Every question can be reviewed and all questions have an explanation of the answer. 

PROGRESS METER 

An interactive pie chart displays current progress for each topic. You can touch the different color slices of the pie and choose if you wish to answer only incorrectly answered questions, unattempted or correctly answered questions. This feature is very useful to achieve 100% score in each topic. 

MOCK TEST 
After you have practiced all types of questions, you can take a Mock Test with 50 questions. The Mock Test has questions selected randomly from each topic. Scores for the mock tests taken in the past are displayed in a bar chart. This is a great way to track how you are progressing in mock tests. There is no limit on how many mock tests you can take.


Make your students accountable while using this app so you can view performance and growth!
FREE ACCOUNTABILITY SHEETS HERE



Monday, May 12, 2014

Advice for 1st Graders Using Google Presentation

Team Newell Second Graders share advice for 1st graders using Google Presentation. 
What do 1st graders need to know to be a successful member on Team Newell for the 2014-2015 school year? 








































Sunday, May 11, 2014

Foster Creativity and Promote Collaboration with Google Apps

Students need to be exposed to tools that foster creativity and promote collaboration! 
Google Apps do BOTH!
Team Newell used Google Apps on Chromebooks to enhance clubhouse creations, to collaborate with teammates and to integrate Common Core Writing.


With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

After reading Horace, Morris, but Mostly Dolores by James Howe, students created their own clubs and designed their own clubhouses. 
Outside of Clubhouse

Inside of Clubhouse

1st paragraphs were informative and handwritten. 
They explained: 
1. Club Members & Club Meetings 
2. Club Mission
3. About Clubhouse

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.







Second paragraphs were opinion/persuasive to recruit new club members & were typed using Google Documents. Student/teacher collaboration!

Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g.,because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Students used Google Drive under one Google Account: teamnewell@usevs.org 
Students have their own folders. 



Students used Google Draw to design POSTERS.
While they were creating them, I logged in and started changing items on their posters. They had NO idea it was me. You should have seen their faces and the commotion that I caused!!!
 I typed the message: "I am the Google Apps Ghost! I am watching you! You better behave!" 
Students finally figured out it was me because I was laughing!
Students learned how to share posters with each other and learned how to make changes to their friend's posters live! One student said, "Let's log in tonight and have a party!" 
I love to check writing using Google Drive instead of dragging writing folders home with me! Great collaboration! It is easy to highlight areas of concern that can be discussed the next day. 

With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Here is another example:

Second graders learned how to use the "Spelling TOOL" to check spelling and to correct spelling. Students know yellow highlight means changes are needed and blue means to reread and maybe reword or change the sentence. It doesn't really make sense.  

























 Do you use Google Apps with your 2nd graders? If so, I would love to hear your experiences!
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