Thursday, December 27, 2012

ThingLink - Make Images Interactive

ThingLink allows you to add links to an image. You can link to videos, websites, or other images. Check out the one below that I created for my first graders to use as we research to learn about Polar Bears. I can embed this image into my wiki, and it creates easy access to the information my students will need to do the research.

Maily for iPad Gives Students a Safe Place to Learn to Email

Maily for iPad Gives Students a Safe Place to Learn to Email

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Letters for Soldiers

It's great to support a lesson about citizenship by discussing what our soldiers do for our country and the sacrifices they make to try to preserve the freedom we enjoy in America. It's also neat to show how a young child can make a big difference.

This young girl, Savannah Maddison, is busy promoting the program called Savannah's Soldiers. This organization sends letters to soldiers serving overseas. Her website says, "Your class can email letters to me and I will print them out OR you can send hand written letters to the address below and I will make sure a Soldier receives them."

Click HERE to visit Savannah's website and find out where to send your class' letters.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Make Your Own Digital Snowflakes & Elf Yourself!

Thanks for Mr. C for sharing this website on his blog!

You can cut and create your own snowflakes online!

I also learned about the free app from Office Max that allows you to Elf Yourself on your idevice!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Make Awesome E-Posters with GlogsterEDU

Glogster is my 2nd favorite web 2.0 tool. My first being More on that later. For now, check out the awesome e-posters you can create with Glogster!

Glogster EDU

Make Them Feel Loved

I love this quote, and I find it to be true as I think back to my years in school.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day of Silence for the Lives Lost

Nothing is lower than killing a classroom full of children and teachers at an elementary school. The innocence was broken... my heart breaks for the families, the community, and the country. I will look at my students differently tomorrow... I love them, and know it is my responsibility to keep them safe; no matter what.

Hear the Sandy Hook Elementary school song here:

I will be wearing green & white tomorrow to honor those lost with their school colors.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Encourage Your Students to Earn Brownie Points-Literally!

Today’s guest post comes from Heather. She has been teaching 3rd grade for over 8 years and has a Masters Degree in Secondary and Professional Studies. She is a regular contributor to Teacher Lingo and to The Mailbox Magazine as a freelance writer. You can often find Heather writing for, where teachers can buy and sell their original lesson plans, worksheets, and more.

Have you ever heard the expression, “Earn brownie points?” This tasty expression can help your students earn a sweet treat for their behavior, no matter what their age may be. Here is how you can implement a fool-proof behavior management strategy that motivates students to always be on their best behavior. First, you have to get your students excited and to “buy in” to the behavior strategy. Create a colorful bulletin board adorned with light and bright colors to draw their curious eyes in! Next, laminate a large, white rectangle which will serve as your brownie that is pre-divided into equal parts using a black permanent marker. Also, place an enticing box of brownie mix next to the display for some added motivation. Yum!

Next, begin to explain how this interactive bulletin board will yield them a delectable dessert. Tell your students that each time they receive a compliment from a teacher outside of the classroom (a gym teacher, administrative assistant, principal, lunch monitor, etc.) for outstanding behavior, effort, responsibility, citizenship, or direction following; you will color in one portion of the pre divided brownie with an erasable brown marker. When the entire “brownie” gets colored, bake brownies at home. Bring them in and pass them out for the class to enjoy during snack time or as a dessert after lunch. After coloring in the entire brownie, erase the colored sections and start all over again!

This behavior management strategy can be modified in a number of ways to work for your younger or older elementary students. You can divide the brownie into only a few parts to make the behavior goal quickly attainable for a challenging class that needs some positive reinforcement or for a classroom full of kindergarten students that are just beginning to learn about the benefits of positive behavior outside of the classroom. You can increase the number of pieces that need to be filled in by month to make the behavior goal more challenging over time.

You can also create a space on the brownie for each student in the class to color in once they receive an individual complement. This works well with older students and should not be limited to just receiving complements for behavior demonstrated outside of the classroom. When you see a student go above and beyond during your own lesson or activity, you can pull them aside to share the positive action you observed and grant them permission to color in their section. Students only receive a baked chocolate treat if all members in the class do their part to earn some recognition for their actions. This method holds all students accountable. Students have one month to earn their brownie piece, otherwise the brownie is wiped clean and the monthly incentive starts over throughout the course of the school year.

You can also choose to limit the students who earn “brownie points” to make the incentive completely exclusive and competitive. Cut the brownie into 10 pieces and allow students to write their names in one of the slots once they earn a complement. As soon as the 10 pieces are claimed, bake brownies for only the 10 students to enjoy and start over so that some other students may also get a chance to snack on something sweet.

This behavior management incentive can be used alone or in conjunction with another positive reward program used school wide or in your classroom. Students will quickly become familiar with the expression, “Earn some brownie points,” and will be excited and eager to do so!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Facts Game

Thanks to Pinterest, I just found a very cute math facts game for Christmas!
You can choose between adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing. A fact is shown, and you type the answer. Solve as many problems as you can before the time runs out. Then, the game will give you lights to decorate a house! Very fun!!! has some great games!