Friday, January 2, 2015

MLK drawing & a super cute headband!

Have you ever done directed drawing with your students?  Directed drawing is where you guide your students step by step in the drawing process.  You model each step for them on the board or screen, and then students repeat it on their paper.  It's not copying…students aren't given a finished image and then asked to replicate it.  Instead they are given step by step directions that they interpret and manipulate to the best of their ability!  The results can be amazing!!

Here is an example of a directed drawing that I did with my students a couple years ago.  You can see how no two are exactly alike!  That's what makes directed drawing so fun!!  Read my original post here !

Do your students love headbands as much as mine do?  I made a cute MLK headband and I just happened to find the cutest 6 year old to model it for me!!  Meet my nephew Ryan!  Cute, right?  You can grab the headband here for only $1.00.  Unfortunately the cute kiddo is not included!!

Happy Teaching!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"All About Me" Tablet Craftivity

How is your school year going?  Or did it just start??  We've been back in school for about a month now, so we are moving right along....

Do you do an All About Me activity to get to know your class?  
If so, I want to share a fun All About Me Craftivity that I created!

If your students are anything like mine, they love anything to do with iPhones, iPods, or iPads. 
 I decided it would be fun to combine their love of this technology with an 'all about me' activity that they could personalize for themselves.  

Included in this set are two different tablets.  One has 9 app spots and one only has 6 app spots.  Younger students may find it easier to complete the tablet with less spots.  

There are also 24 different "APPS" that students can choose from to personalize their tablet.  
Students can write or draw on each app to tell about themselves.

When it's completed, each student will have a personalized tablet that is all about them!  

I would suggest printing the tablets on colored paper and the icons on white, as shown in the above picture.  Completed tablets would make a great Back to School bulletin board or classroom display!  

Click here to check this out in my TpT store!  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Augmented Reality with the ColAr Mix App!

Do you know what augmented reality is?  Neither did I until I was introduced to it by JoAn over at Tiny Toes.  And let me tell is super cool and your kids are going to LOVE it!!!

Google defines augmented reality as:  "a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view."

JoAn used the ColAR Mix App to introduce augmented reality to her preschool students.  Yes.  I said preschool students.  Even our youngest students will be able to enjoy this awesome technology!  If you want to see some super cute excitement, you will definitely want to read her latest blog post and see how her preschoolers reacted to this new technology.

Simply put, the ColAR Mix App takes student artwork and makes it jump off of the paper.

Yes, really!!!!

Here's how it works......

I downloaded the ColAr Mix App from the app store.  It's FREE.

Then,  I printed off coloring pages from the ColAR app site.  They have several that are absolutely FREE, but they also have some additional pages available for purchase.  I did purchase some additional ones for my students so that we'd have several choices to choose from!

Next, we colored the pictures!

I did not tell my students anything about the app or the 3-D fun that was coming.  I just told them they had worked so hard lately, that I decided we needed a "fun, coloring" day.

When students finished their pictures, I asked them if they wanted to see their picture "come to life."  Naturally they replied (screamed) YES!!!

I opened the ColAR app on my iPad, and held it over a student's picture.  (you'll see the picture turn blue, that's how you know the app 'sees' the picture correctly)

A few seconds later........the MAGIC happens.

Notice how the sun, trees, and house all appear to leap off of the paper.  Not sure if you can see it in the video, but the little dog actually runs down the sidewalk too!!  

The super cool thing is that you can actually move the iPad around the paper slowly....and see different angles.  It's truly like the picture has 'sprung' to life!  The kids were so amazed!!!  They did not want to leave and go back to their class....they kept begging to color another picture.  

Here's another example.  Seriously COOL!!!

I can't wait to use this technology some more!  It really got the kids engaged...and I could see this app being used as a springboard to writing, storytelling, reading, and more!  

Augmented Reality isn't just making pictures come to's about bringing the whole world around us to life.  I found a great Edutopia article online that gives lots of great suggestions of how we can use AR in the classroom.  If you've never heard of AR, or would just like to learn more, I highly recommend checking this article out:  Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning.

What do you think????  Is this something you could see your kids getting excited about???

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Plickers!!!! Free student response system!

You're probably wondering what in the world a plicker is.....well see that funny Minecraft shaped card up there???That is a PLICKER!  

It's basically a paper clicker sort of thing.  
You ask a question, and students use the plicker to answer it. 

Really.  They use a PLICKER to answer it!!!!  

And guess what????  It's FREE.  And EASY.  And FUN.  

And FREE...did I mention that part?

Want to know more about how Plickers work and how you can use them in your classroom?   Head on over to the Who's Who collaborative blog that I'm a part of....and you can read all about how they work! :-)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentine's Write the Room & a FREEBIE!

I am starting to look ahead to Valentine's Day!

I created a Valentine Write the Room pack to keep my kiddos on their feet and learning during the week of Valentien's Day.  There are three math and two literacy 'write the room' activities in the pack.  My kids love any "write the room" activity!  They really enjoy getting up and moving around the room and they honestly do a great job at it.  Very rarely do I have any problems with kids playing or being off task during a write the room station.  And for me that's a WIN!

You can pick this pack up in my TpT store for only $5.00.  That's only $1.00 per activity!!!

I've also got a Valentine freebie for you!

I created a domino math center game that will help my kiddos practice adding two numbers together.   

We've been working on this for a couple weeks now, but the more practice they can get, the better!