Saturday, April 18, 2015

Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers Using Explain Everything!

Subtracting 3-digit numbers with regrouping 
has been challenging for my
I got out the trusty 

and created a little demo video for 
math stations this week and homework review.

I also created a review worksheet to help practice some
of the regrouping problems that were causing us frustration
this week...always helps to practice!

Download a copy HERE
I created a QR code to go with the
Explain Everything video so that the kids
can scan the code and watch the video to 
remind them about regrouping as well...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Flip the Learning with EDpuzzle!

I think I've said it before, but I have to say it again...
I LOVE using technology with my students!
EDpuzzle gives me the ability to take a video and
make it interactive with questions, comments, and audio clips!
Students create a free account to log in and complete 
assigned videos! You (as the teacher) can see who's 
watched the videos and how they've answered the interactive questions!

You can search several video databases...including YouTube :)
You have the ability to clip the video to just the part or parts you need!
My kiddos get to go to computer lab every Tuesday!
So I'll be excited to see how they do at interacting with a couple of videos 
I've been working on this weekend!
Here's one of the videos on telling time...

and here's one I created using my own screencast video 
for solving Math Word Problems...

You can even have your students make a video interactive to share with the class...
Like this one from one of my froggies that LOVES 
The Electric Company and wanted to share how she learned to use
quotation marks in her blog posts...
(and YES...I teach SECOND grade!)...with some amazing kiddos!
She put this together in less than 15 minutes! AT SCHOOL!

Can't wait to see the kids results as they interact with some
Flipped Learning!
Fingers are crossed that it will help my frogglets that
are having a hard time with these concepts turn on a light!

Do you use EDpuzzle?
Want to share videos?

PS...EDpuzzle works on the iPads as's a free app!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Summer Conferences...Are You Going?

Have you ever heard of Whole Brain Teaching?

I've used "parts and pieces" of it successfully over the last 4 years.
My FAVORITE part is
the simplicity of the classroom rules...
not to mention the 

But I've only ever caught pieces and parts from youtube videos and blogger posts...
so when a friend called to say that the 
K-12 National Convention
was open for registration, I signed up "pronto-burger"
Sooooo extremely excited to be able to go see
this engaging way of teaching in action!

If you're not familiar with Whole Brain Teaching,
You can see more about the concept by watching this youtube video...

There's also a Twitter Chat on Tuesdays... Just search for the hashtag
starting at  6 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central, 9 PM Eastern

And I think the Book Study for this Summer Series will be:

I'll blog about more info on when the study will start and how you
can follow along if you're interested.
You might want to check out some of the info from
previous summer book studies to see all the great
info that is shared during an online book study... HERE.
Or by clicking on the Summer Book Studies page tab above.

I'd love to know more about how you use
this wonderful strategy in your room!

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...
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
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 
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"

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...

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!

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.
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?