Sunday, December 30, 2012

FREE App Find- Measure Length-Tiny Chicken

After 2 SOLID days of searching for new apps for 30 iPod Touches- 
I was happy to find this FREE Measuring App. 

Students manipulate a ruler to measure animals.


★ The Most Fun App to Teach Children the Fundamentals of Length Measurement ★
★ This app is now free for a limited period of time! ★

The Measure Length App is one of the most visually rich and fun app available in the App Store which teaches children the basic concepts of length measurement.

The app includes more than seven animals which walk onto the screen and need to be measured with the help of a translucent ruler. The child then needs to select one of the options specified which corresponds to the correct length of the animal.

Getting fifteen measurements right will end the game.
Front of Sheet

Back of Sheet

I have students email me their results to hold them accountable during Daily 5 while they work alone on the iPod Touches. 
Click HERE to download FREE Direction Sheet.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Common Core Writing Pack & Fact/Opinion App

This colorful educational App for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® has all 56 illustrated picture flash cards (plus audio of each card’s text) from the Fact or Opinion? Fun Deck® by Super Duper® Publications. Select the cards you want students to see, and have your students distinguish whether each statement is a fact or opinion.

Included in 30 Paged Pack-
Writing Standard Poster
19 Technology Topic Posters
Graphic Organizer
Writing Paper

Common Core Standard W.2.1

Topic Poster

Graphic Organizer



Click HERE to purchase Writing Pack!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas 2 Me!

You know you are a TECH NERD when......
 you ask your family for iTunes Cards for Christmas so you can use them 4 your classroom!
 I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited!

You know you are a TECH NERD when.....
 you ask your husband to buy you a SOUND BAR for Christmas so you can have it 4 your classroom! 
I can't wait to hook up our microphone!


Merry Christmas from my REINDEER!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Good Bye Brutus!

This was my 1st year to have an elf visit my classroom. It was a lot of fun!
Students loved collecting "evidence" to prove Brutus was the suspect of the mischief. Not too sure if there were real behavior improvements shown from Brutus's visit, but writing skills sure improved by completing a investigation journal each day. 

This activity helped my students make connections to our Weekly Written Assessment Question: Provide "evidence" from the story to support your answer!  


Snowballs left by Brutus!

Snowball Fight!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Learn 360 Christmas

I know I have mentioned Learn 360 in previous posts, but I am mentioning it again because it's a GREAT RESOURCE! My favorite part about Learn 360 is that you can easily search for subject area and download video clips or the actual video to use to enrich student learning. 

Christmas Picks:
How the Animals Discovered Christmas

Franklin - Franklin's Magic Christmas

Franklin - Franklin's Christmas Gift

Night Before Christmas, The

Max's Christmas

Animal Holiday

Holiday Facts & Fun: Multicultural Christmas

Christmas Tales from Around the World: Wondrous Candle, The

Christmas Tales from Around the World: An Untold Miracle

Christmas Tales from Around the World: Busy Befana

What is Learn 360?   $295 per school

Learn360 is an interactive media-on-demand service for the K-12 education market, providing teachers and students the power to meet and exceed 21st century educational expectations across all curriculums. Through streaming video, audio and accompanying support materials, Learn360 supports web-based learning by providing an online collaborative environment where users can share information and ideas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Content is correlated to State, Common Core and Provincial standards, as well as 21st century learning initiatives, and can be further adapted to meet the demands of local school districts and individual teacher curricula.
Learn360 is dedicated to captivating and retaining the attention of students to improve the overall learning experience, as well as supporting educators in their efforts to engage today’s students. The technology Learn360 provides enables teachers to address the unique learning styles of individual students through multimedia formats while fully incorporating differentiated learning into the curriculum. Coupled with Learn360’s virtual classroom platform, students become more actively engaged in their education and are inspired to learn in school and at home.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Junie B. Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S. So Does May)

LAST WEEK before Christmas Break!
Junie B. Reading: 
We need a break from Reading Street!
My students have a copy, but I also have it on my iPad (NOOK App) to project on our Apple TV. I will also use our Smart Document Camera while reading this chapter book and reviewing skills for our visual learners!

Purpose: A chapter book to discuss and to learn the concept: Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men'
Strategy to be Used: Inductive Learning
Skills to be Used: Predicting, Listening, Researching, Reading, Applying
Tools to be Used: Survey and Priority Pyramid

Lesson "Hook"- Give students Candy Cone Cola.
Why do you think I gave you a can of Candy Cane Cola? Look at the can carefully!
Students make predictions. Connect to letter that I sent home last week. 
 Students will start to understand why I had the cans on my desk for a week and be ready to put key words in groups! This will all make sense by FRIDAY! Come back to see Synthesis Activity!
Key Words to sort into groups. We discussed meanings first and then students worked in pairs to create groups & labels. 

 We shared and discussed groups & labels.

These are the predictions that my students came up with about what might happen or what type of story we would be reading this week. I only recorded key words/ideas. There were many great predictions. They were very excited when I finally showed them the chapter book! 

We will read 2 or 3 chapters per day and complete my comprehension packet each day. 

Here is my comprehension packet for the entire book. Chapters 1-11. The questions are similar to the questions that students would see on our Ohio Third Grade Achievement Test. 
There are short answers and multiple choice. 
I am using this week to review a variety of skills from 2012.
Cause & Effect
Verbs & Verb Tense
Short and Long Vowels
Bucket Filling/Bucket Dipping
Dictionary Skills
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
Character Traits
Author's Purpose
HERE are a few pictures of the packet. 

Junie B. Math:
We will also take a break from Saxon Math!
 Junie B. Math Problem Solving!

Junie B. Cursive:

Help Junie B. with cursive! These sheets are to show what NOT to do and to practice the letters correctly! Hopefully correcting Junie B.'s mistakes will help correct the mistakes that I have been seeing in our room! 
We will discuss what is wrong with each letter and try hard not to make the same mistakes. 

I will add more letters soon!

Junie B. Social Studies:
Christmas Traditions Around the World

Junie B. Science:
This week, we learned about Sound. Check out our Christmas Carol with Boom Whackers! 

My mom bought my students their very own Junie B. Jones Squeez-A-Burp! Ha!Ha! 
Click HERE to download Comprehension Packet. 
Click HERE to download Math Packet. 
Click HERE to download Cursive Packet. 

These students donated $ to give to St. Jude! Thank you!
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