Monday, January 19, 2015

We Honor You, Dr. King

Today, I celebrate my hero and all that he did and so eloquently said. Dream BIG, love BIG, and treat others kindly and with respect. We miss you, Dr. King! #drking #myhero #mlk

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Have You Tried the Show Me App PART 2

My last post was about how I used the FREE Show Me App (available for i Pads in the App Store) to teach procedural text. My students worked hard in groups to create their very own digital presentations.

I purposely didn't tell the groups what they had to teach or what each student's job had to be. This was their job. They worked out what they would teach the class and cordially discussed their talents to determine what skills they could utilize to best help their group. Examples: artist, use the dictionary/iPods to check spelling, photographer, speaker, etc. I'm pleased with most of the final results and, as promised, wanted to share a few of our presentations.

In my opinion, there's one major drawback to this app. Once students start recording, there's no deleting if you mess up (as far as I could determine). If you do make a major mistake, it's back to the drawing board. To prevent this from happening, I had students practice going through their slides without actually recording two times before the final, and actual, recording. Will this stop me from using this fun and engaging app? Most certainly not!


Happy Teaching,

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Have you Tried the Show Me App?

I'm always looking for new apps to add into my classroom to engage my fifth graders. Our newest app to conquer is Show Me. It's a free app and well worth the download.

This week and next week, I'm teaching procedural text. After going over what we'd expect to see in procedural text (a title, necessary supplies or materials, concise steps to complete the procedure,  etc.), we dove into applying that knowledge.

I saw excitement grow as I explained that groups would be creating their very own Show Me's. However, before they started on their projects, I wanted to show them one that I created of my own. I'm a BIG believer in DOING what I ask my kiddos to do. That way, I'm prepared for questions and confusion. I'll post my Show Me here. It's not professional but, hey, it did the job (and it really didn't take much time to create at all). There are numerous pictures, posters, and much more to import into your presentation or you can take your own pictures. It's truly that simple!

Next, I showed my students some tricks to creating a Show Me. I then grouped my students, and they had to decide on something they'd like to teach their classmates. Some of our choices were:
  • how to tie a shoe
  • how to create a duct tape wallet
  • how to take care of a dog
  • how to draw SpongeBob
  • how to do a long division problem
  • how to draw a tie dye flower
And the list goes on! I loved their creative choices. Now it was time to start writing down necessary materials and supplies and then move onto the steps to complete the procedure. While some students wrote, others created cover pages, and final products.

We're still in the works of this assignment, but I couldn't wait to share. Once we have some finished products complete, I'll post those as well.

In the meantime, check out Show Me. You won't be disappointed!

Happy teaching!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you've enjoyed a fabulous, relaxing break! It's back to school for me tomorrow!

I'm looking forward to seeing my students' smiling faces and all the fun and learning to be had in the new year! Yes, my mind is already racing with engaging activities and lessons I can add to the classroom (Pinterest and TpT to the rescue). Ha!

What resolutions did you make? I know mine is to keep my house more organized (why can't I keep my house as organized as my classroom?).  I enjoyed cleaning out closets, throwing things away (ouch, it hurts to get rid of things), and getting LIKE items in the same place. Maybe I'll be able to find things now (fingers crossed)! Feels good! Now we'll just see how long everything stays organized! :)

Just found this cute video and will show it tomorrow as my "brain break!" Thought I'd share! 

Ready for tomorrow and this week! Blessings!