Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tweeting Tuesdays with Green Screen


I'm getting fairly confident with using Twitter
 for learning new ideas and activities from my PLN.
I've participated in several great twitter chats...
#teacherfriends
#2ndchat
#edtech
to name a few... I really recommend using Tweet Deck when 
participating in a chat...makes things so much easier to see...
Now it's time to get my students 
into the world of tweeting to share what we're learning
with classes across the world.
We have a class twitter account
@swampfrogkids
and love seeing what others are doing each day...
we've even tried some of their projects and LIKED them alot!
I LOVE the way Mrs. Deltzer uses a tweeter each day to 
share what's happening in her Top Dog class.
But we're not quite at the daily tweeting level just yet...
Sooo...we came up with the idea of having a Tweeter every Tuesday...
We're calling it Tweeting Tuesday!
We plan to challenge other classes using the hashtag 
#Mathtask2ndgrade
I challenge my students to write a math task using 2-3 numbers.
They must use CUPS in their writing and are encouraged to have
a partner check for any corrections.
The Tweeter of the Day gets to choose the tasks 
to Tweet on Tuesday...
take a photo of the task...
post it to our twitter account...
 and watch for any classes 
that might respond to our tweets.
We're also trying to integrate our new techie toy...
by creating Green Screen Video Projects to go
with our Tweeting Tuesdays...
I thought I'd try to create a Tweeter Reveal Movie.
We're using the Do Ink App "Green Screen"
video

The kids liked my movie so much that they wanted to create a movie to
see if they can add to twitter as well.
It's been a LOT of fun to watch them as they work with this new app.
They get to video on the iPad and watch what they look like...
It's hilarious to hear them talk it out and work on the movements they want to do
in order for things to show up in the movie the right way...
video

We would LOVE to have your class participate with us!

Just follow us on Twitter

Friday, March 20, 2015

More Tracking for Learning with Plickers


My kids are LOVING using the Plickers to help them practice
that tough skill of identifying sounds in words 
even if they're not spelled in the same way...

I used my fav clipart..
to put together some more plicker cards.
But you could use them as a scoot game or just project them and
use sign language letters or four corners to practice as well!
Here's some practice for Ending Sounds....
Click HERE to download your own copy :)

Here's some practice for beginning sounds...
Download the file HERE

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spin, Tally, and Graph with Easter Chicks from MyCuteGraphics




I LOVE using MyCuteGraphics in my station games!
and I just found out about this wonderful Kindergarten Blog
A Differentiated Kindergarten
Her post on differentiated morning work really has my wheels spinning!
especially the cd spinner cases!
LOVE!!!

Sooooo...I created a little station for our graphing and data collection
math rotations when we return from Spring Break!
You can download it HERE...

I LOVE the cd spinner!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun making it!

Here's another one...

Hop over to my TpT store to download it now :)


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday-Popplet


I'm linking up with 
Techie Turtle Teacher 
for her wonderful
Tech Tip Tuesday Linky

She has a great share about Instagram that you might enjoy 
reading more about!  Just click the picture above to check it out!

I thought I'd share an app that some of my kiddos are 
enjoying to share their learning!
It's called
Right now we're just exploring with the "lite" version....
but it's looking very promising!

Here's a popplet one of my kiddos is creating to share the information she's 
learning about in a non-fiction book she's reading in bookclub!
The app gives the ability to add pictures, change colors
 (and my kids are ALL about the colors)
as well as add text!

The kids can take a screenshot of their work and add it to their 
kidblog post to share their learning with others as well.
AND
Popplet can be used on the computer as well as on a device!

I see MANY uses in our future...
Like a number map...
or a vocabulary map 
or a story plot map....

Do you use popplet?
Can you see it being a great way for your students to be able 
to Create and Share their learning?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Scoot for Assessments


I'm linking up with 
Teaching Blog Addict to celebrate our
our second "real" snow day here in the south !
What better way to celebrate than with some freebies!

I'm working on some assessments to get the kids moving 
as well as showing what they know.

I took the cards I created to use with the 
Plickers App
(read more about how I use this cool techie toy HERE )

 and printed them 2 per sheet...
added a little lamination...
and I'm ready for some 

Scooting to Assess when we return to class!
You can read more about the game of Scoot HERE ...

Here's a scoot assessment for fractions...
just click on the picture above to grab it for your class :)

And Here's a scoot for Missing Addends...
just click on the picture above to grab it as well!

Have a wonderful day doing whatever it is you love to do on a "Real" Snow day!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Plickers Helps Me Track for Learning!



I LOVE integrating technology into each day with my kiddos...
and they LOVE "trying out" new ideas with me.
At a recent District PD Day, I was reminded about a great resource for 
teachers that only requires ONE tech device! 
Plickers is available from both the
iTunes App store and Google Play for free!

You basically need ONE device and the free printable
plicker cards from the website
and you're set to go.

I find I like using this resource during small groups better than whole group
right now... I can tailor the assessments and review more
easily to a small group and make sure I have challenging
questions for my advanced kiddos while having "just right"
questions for my kiddos that are still working on a skill.

The beauty of this tech is you don't have to input questions and answers
 into the program to get the information you need back!
Sounds weird right...but really cool feature!
My favorite blog resource for Pickers is from Mary
Sharing Kindergarten
She talks about a great idea for creating the assessment slides to use with plickers.
I created some Tracking the Learning cards to help with
my small group assessment and prep for SAT10..

I simply bring my small group back to the table and display a skill card.
They get their plicker cards ready and then we scan.
I usually have the plickers site open on my laptop so they can
see how they did immediately and then the discussion begins...

You're welcome to download the assessment cards for your classroom as well!
IF I decide to do a card whole group, I project it and have the kids show
their answer as we play "Rock, Paper, Scissors"...
Why?
Well....because when you say,
"Rock, Paper, Scissors, Show..." they aren't spending as
much time looking to see what others are showing...
They're putting more effort into showing what they know on the beat :)
Weird...but works!

Plickers for Fractions: HERE

Plickers for Missing Addends:  HERE

Plickers for Vowel Sounds of /ew/: HERE

Plickers for Long O Vowel Sounds: HERE

Plickers for Pronouns: HERE

In reality, you don't really have to use plickers to do the assessments,
you could simply have students use hand signals or cards marked with ABCD...
but how much more fun is a little technology plugged into the mix...
PLUS...you can go back and look at the data
from the assessment and see which kiddos need
more time to work on which skill a little more...


Here's some more resources I've found on Plickers...
Ever use "Slide Share"? 
This one's created by Nadine Gilkison.


Here's a presentation using "Prezi" about Plickers. put together by Kristen Vollma.
I tried to embed the presentation, but alas...blogger would not play nice with the code Prezi was providing...however if you click on the picture below, it should take you to the Prezi page.





Monday, February 23, 2015

Movie Clip Monday Link Up


Hello All!
Linking up with Cheryl over at 
Techie Turtle Teacher
 to share a youtube video of one of my favorite books 
for the beginning of March! 
"In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb"
by Marion Dane Bauer
I love showing the video of books so that kids can hear
the fluency of adults as they read.
The person that created this video added some interesting background 
music which allows us to talk more about how the 
music helps us feel the story.
You can read about a graphing project I've used with 
this lesson on a post Here

Hop over and check out some of the other
movie clip suggestions on
Techie Turtle Teacher