Mrs. T's Classroom Blog

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Student Blogs

My students have their own blog and they Love it. Many of our activities are digital now so it's a great way for them to show off their work. It's engaging, motivating and gives purpose to our everyday activities.
I got this great ideas from Kathy Cassidy's blog. She has a great tutorial on how to use it.
 Kathy Cassidy's Blog: Primary Preoccupation
Here are a couple samples of my student's blogs:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Place Value Picture Collage

Easy Blog Photo
Decomposing 32
Easy Blog Photo
Decomposing 37
We took pictures of ways to make a number with cubes and then put them into picture collage to make one photo. I love the visual.

Pattern Picture Collage

We took pictures of patterns in our world and then made a pattern collage in this Pic Collage app. The students uploaded them to their blogs.
Great books about patterns

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paul Klee Style Fish

Our Harcourt story this week is Fun with Fish, so we drew fish in the style of Paul Klee on the Glitter Doodle App. I uploaded them to the Animoto App so they could see each others artwork.
Here is the class video:
The students used this at a small group station to help them draw the fish. The Glitter Doodle App is very easy to use, so they were able to draw and save the pictures on their own.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Worksheets on the iPad

The Doodlecast app allows you to import pictures and write on them. I've discovered you can save an image from a search and pull it up on the iPad. It's great to use for practice as well as having documented evidence of student work.
I made a quick tutorial on how to get a worksheet jpeg image onto the iPad.
You can also just take a picture of a worksheet for the students to use:

There are many ways to use this wonderful app, here are a few ideas I've used:

Adding on an Open Number Line

Typing Spelling Words and Sentences.
The students can read and record them and then save it.
ScreenChomp and Educreations are two very similar apps to Doodlecast. ScreenChomp isn't as great for images and in Educreations you have to record to save a worksheet. I just have the students record their name and then save it.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reading apps for the iPad

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an amazing resource for books in the classroom. It comes with free books or you can purchase leveled stories within the app. You get about 20 books for $5. The students can read them or listen to them. The bar at the top lets you quickly go to the level you want. When you purchase a book it's automatically placed under the correct reading level. I love it!

Any book you purchase for your kindle can be downloaded through the cloud to your iPad.

I have an app but I think you need a subscription to Storia through scholastic now.

LAZ Readers
You can purchase leveled books for $1 on your iPad through the app store. I organized them by level on my iPads.
Search language technologies, inc. or LAZ Readers.
EPIC! is a Netflix style app for books on the iPad.
It's $5.00 a month for unlimited books for any age.
Here are some reading passage apps I use in my classroom:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Place Value Games: More or Less

This game set gives the students the number and then they have to count ten more, ten less, one more or one less.
If you laminate the cards they can use a dry erase marker to write on them.
I write the number on back so they can self check.
This set of game cards gives them a sentence starter but they have to count the number:
One More One Less with is Page 2
You can use these cards as a worksheet or cut them up for exit tickets as well.

Click HERE for free printable game boards from The School Bell.
The students draw a card, if they get the answer correct they roll a dice and then move that many spaces. Keep taking turns until someone wins. Easy and fun! 

Here is another game for counting into the hundreds:

Click HERE to get free place value cards from
One Lesson at a Time.

The students count the number and then they have to add one or ten depending on what the circle they land on says, if they get it correct they roll the dice and move that many spaces.

Here is the more and less game board I made:
More and Less Game Board Printable
I used these free place value cards:
Place Value Scoot Cards

Place Value Assessment to 100

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Placing Numbers on the Number Line iPad Center


 I love this app for practicing placing numbers on a number line. The students can make their guess, check it and then write the number in the correct spot. You can change the settings for the number line or make it random so the students really have to pay attention to where the number line starts and ends. We practiced with 0-20 and then 0-100. I had the students place the start and end number and then 5, 10 and 15. When going to 100, I had them write 25, 50 and 75 before placing five other numbers.
Number Line Worksheet