Sunday, September 29, 2013

Boggle on the SMARTboard = Working With Words

Something I know technology people would like to see us teachers do more, is to have our kids use the SMARTboard instead of us using it as pretty much a large T.V. screen. ;)  I'm often guilty of this, but I'm going to make a bigger effort to give the kids more opportunities. 

I think it could be fun for the kids to play boggle with this website as part of working with words at Daily 5:

I'm not ready to introduce this quite yet.  iPads will be next in my room, then working with words.  LOVE Daily 5!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

We Arrrrr Starting a Pirate Unit

This week begins our two week pirate unit.  We're reading children's books that include How I Became a Pirate, and Pirate's Don't Change Diapers.  These books can both be found on Tumblebooks!

Our curriculum connection is using context clues to determine the meaning of new vocabulary words.  New words are easy to find in pirate books!  There are so many great terms like shiver me timbers, ahoy matey,
We will also connect pirates to our map unit next week when we make the connection to treasure maps!

We're going to read this pirate poem as well!  Click on the image to visit my TpT store and download it.  :)

On Thursday, the teachers and students in first grade are invited to dress like a pirate!  This will make for a great class picture. :)

Of course, I have consulted Pinterest for pirate themed ideas.  Check out my Pirate pinboard.

There's a free app from Disney's Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
 Click above and then scroll down to #10 on the list.

Also, check out the Toontastic, Jr. app for story creating.  (See comment below.)