Thursday, November 28, 2013

I am THANKFUL for being a TEACHER!

I am thankful for many things but being a teacher is at the top of my list!




I thankful for technology!
Thank You You Tube!
For several years, I spent months, days, and hours burning DVDs so my students could view the videos that we made. Now I can easily upload them to YouTube to share with parents and family. Permission slips are sent home at the beginning of the year!

Visit our YouTube Channel!



Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Reading for Informational Text with National Geographic Explorer

We received our district's fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results! The data shows that one of our weakest areas is Reading for Informational Text.
http://ngexplorer.cengage.com/pathfinder/index.html
Mrs. Morris suggested we purchase these magazines for our students this year! Yippee! We use them to better prepare our students for the OAA and to teach the following Common Core Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to agrade 2 topic or subject area.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.8 Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9 Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Each article comes with a lesson plan, an activity master and an assessment!





I love this option. Even though the students have their own copy, I still like to project the articles on the Smart Board for whole group instruction. 
We can highlight, circle, ect.


Here are a few printables that I made to expose my students to similar questions that are on the OAA & Reading Diagnostics. 


These questions support the NEW Ohio Reading Diagnostics.

Click HERE to download FREE copy!

TPT SALE!




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cursive and Keyboarding, Cursive Permits and Licenses

Teaching cursive is not a Common Core Standard, but our school district chose to keep it as a part of our curriculum. 
Cursive is not one of my favorite things to teach so I needed some new materials and supplies to boost my enthusiasm! 
Here are 3 new items that have energized me for another year!

1. Cursive Animation 
  Students loved watching our 1st letter on the Smart Board as an animation! The animation repeats over and over and over! 


2. Found new practice worksheets

Love using the ZanerBloser sampler to make name tags!

3. I have blogged about this app before, but there are NEW updates and features this year! There are MANY cursive apps, but this is my favorite by far!

What's New in Version 3.0

Now allows writing WHOLE words with connected, cursive letters! Still easy to add individualized lists with children's names, spellings lists, or favorite words. Write in Single Letter Mode for more support, then switch to Whole Word Mode to practice connecting letters when less support is needed. NOTE: Whole Word Mode is only available on the iPad. ALSO, in response to your input, we have now allowed you to change the length of reward time in the "Prize Room" or to eliminate this reward altogether. Thanks for your input - you can see we listen to our customers!

If a student does NOT make the letter correctly- it quits and makes them start over! I love that this app does not allow them to practice letters incorrectly!

I love writing with chocolate pudding and chalk! 
Of course I love the animal print background! :)
It was hard to calm my students down after introducing this fun app on our Apple TV! They are so excited to use this app on our iPad minis. 

Students received their cursive permits today!








Official Upper Ram Cursive Licenses will be awarded when all objectives are met! 
To be Continued.........
Permits are hung on lockers in hallway!


Common Core Writing 
(Keyboarding and Digital Tools) 
Standards Grades 1-8. 

Common Core Standards for Writing (Grades 1-8)

W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
W.5.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
W.7.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
W.8.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

The students of the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools use Qwerty Town to practice keyboarding skills to meet Common Core Standards!
http://qwertytown.com/

What is QwertyTown?

Keyboarding is an essential component of literacy for today’s students. QwertyTown is a modern keyboarding web app. It provides a safe, teacher-controlled environment where students can communicate with their classmates, teachers, and friends. While becoming fluent with a keyboard, students are learning how to interact in a digital environment. This environment prepares them with a fundamental skill set essential for academic and professional success in the 21st century.

QwertyTown teaches keyboarding, an essential component of literacy for today's students.
  • Addresses Common Core Literacy Standards/ PARCC
  • Promotes digital literacy 
  • Customizable for learners with different abilities
  • Entirely web based 

Monday, November 18, 2013

iPad Turkey Disguise & Common Core Mapping Activity


FIRST: Help disguise the turkey using this FUN app so it will not be THANKSGIVING DINNER! 

Thanksgiving will be here soon! All the turkeys in “Birdland” are getting worried that they will be caught and served for Thanksgiving dinner. Be a friend to fowl and help save a turkey from this awful fate. Disguise your turkey so that it will live to see another year! 


Here are a few our iPad disguises!

NEXT: Share your turkey! 
You can save/share your disguises in many ways!
Save to Gallery
Share via Facebook
Share via Twitter
Share via Email
I had my students email the photos to me to print!




















THEN:  Write about your turkey disguise!
iPad Clip Art:
Click link for iPad FREEBIE!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzhN5jbYm9m-QmJzSkhGZE5LZE0/edit?usp=sharing

NOT- HE HE!

AFTER THAT: Create a map. Give it to the hunter who is looking for the turkey! They will follow the directions on the map but find a new Thanksgiving meal instead!  

Thank you first grade fanatics for the awesome Map Pack! 
It makes my life so much easier! Students will be using this to create their maps!



 LAST: Put it all together! 









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