Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating in Docs and Slides Series – Part 3 “Working Together”

Step #3- Working Together So far in this Teaching Kids to Collaborate Series, we have discussed the first two steps: Set-Up Rules– Most importantly, don’t erase others’ work and use the “Undo” command.        2. Assign Student Work – Color code assigned font for small groups and use an index slide for larger group…

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Reading Log with Written Response Choices and Leveled Book Links

As I began thinking about getting ready to set up my classrooms this year, one of my goals for this summer was to make some adjustments to my students’ weekly reading log.  The main changes were to post a link for “Just Right” book lists since I often get the question- “What books should my…

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My Top 55 “Must Have” Apps & Webtools for a Personalized K-3 Classroom

After four years of implementing a personalized classroom environment, I am often asked about my favorite apps and web tools to match our Common Core subject areas. This is just like asking a teenager what their favorite song is or asking an 8 year old what their favorite movie is. We are always evolving and…

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Personalized Reading for Elementary Students

A New Way to Personalize Reading- Place, Pace and Path The only thing I love more than finding a great resource that fits a Personalized Learning Path, is sharing it with other teachers! So here it is, Reading Comprehension Booster app by John Stump for $3.99. My class has been using this app for a few years now…

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Using Spelling City with Gifted Spellers- A Two Week Study Plan

Help with Word Study Differentiation? Yes, Please! It would be very difficult for me to fully express how much I love using Spelling City in my classroom because this digital resource (App and web tool) alone has truly made differentiating word study for my students so much more manageable for me and more engaging for…

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Awesome Digital Nonfiction Resources For Elementary Reading and Research

It is a huge challenge to find nonfiction resources that are appropriate for our young readers and writers, so I have a great collection of resources that I am excited to share with you that I hope will inspire you and your students! Most of the time, reading levels are too difficult and the content…

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Martin Luther King Jr. & Harriet Tubman Compare and Contrast Techie Style Using QR Codes

Here is a fun Black History web quest for your students to easily utilize 21st Century Skills for researching Martin Luther King jr. and Harriet Tubman Biographies using your iPads. I have detailed directions for the students, “I Can” statements to check off, differentiated options and directions to the “Text-to-Voice” capability tool on your iPad…

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Great Audio Recording tools for Students and Teachers

Why Record Student and Teacher Audio Files in Our Classrooms?  I can tell you why…. #1. Because many of our Common Core “I Can” statements for Language, Reading and Technology involve skills that many of us are still learning how to teach and hold students accountable for mastery. We see standards that include words like,…

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Holidays Around the World Using “Best Christmas” App

iTunes States- This app takes your students around the world for a special view of Celebrations in other Continents and cultures! Select countries, find all hidden animations, and be surprised at how they react! It’s a superb mix of learning and entertainment… Utilize an awesome app- “Best Christmas App for Toddlers and Kids”. It is a…

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