Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hour of Code ~ December 4th-10th

Why should students participate in at least an hour of coding?

Coding allows students to explore and experiment with hands-on, discovery learning activities. Coding incorporates literacy skills such as connecting, cause/effect, sequencing, and communicating. Skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and all 8 of the Mathematical Practices are also involved. Consider how you can ignite thinking with at least one hour of code during the week.
Here are a few resources.

Seesaw Coding

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Current Event Sites

Get students connecting with their world through these current event sites. Check them out to determine which might meet your classroom needs, sign-in options and features.

Newsela     Review
DOGO News    Review
Tween Tribune Review
Youngzine       Review

Monday, October 30, 2017


Use Mentimeter for a quick “poll the class.” Free version has some limitations but great for a lesson starter or to get ideas from students.  Try it out here. Then see the results here.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Quizlet Diagrams

Have you checked out Quizlet Diagrams? Some of the features require an upgraded account but there are many free features. You can create your own or search for a topic.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Emoji Writing

Get students excited about writing in any content area by using one of their favorite things…Emojis. Click on this link and make a copy of this slide deck. You can share the link out with your students and assign each group a specific slide or you could share as an assignment in Google Classroom and make a copy of the slide deck for each student to allow them to choose a slide.


  • Students write about a character’s traits.
  • Student explain a science concept.
  • Students write an opinion about a social studies topic.
  • Students write a math story.
  • Students reflect on their learning.
  • Students retell text.

I heard about this strategy at our NCDLCN meeting a couple of weeks ago. This would be great to motivate struggling writers. And... it was fun. We worked collaboratively but could also be an independent activity. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Quick and Easy Checks For Understanding

ITF, Erin Wolfhope created a simple Google Form to use to Check for Understanding. So easy!
  • One question - Green, Yellow, or Red
  • Click on the link to make a copy of the form, and edit for your needs. https://goo.gl/AtZaHg
  • Idea: Add a question to the form for students to make comments.
Mary Murray, PE teacher at W.A. Young, shared this Plickers idea to check for understanding. This strategy can be used in any classroom.  

  • Create the disks, tape them to a Post-it note or add a magnet. I ordered these wooden discs and these flexible magnets to see which I like best.
  • Have student place them on a board with their “level” up and then you scan with the Plickers app.
  • Sandy Xiong and I used these in a professional learning session  and they worked fabulously! You can use them over and over.

Flipgrid is a digital recording tool that allows students to demonstrate understanding in a fun way. Teachers ask a question and students respond with a video. Try Flipgrid here.