~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
TPT is having its Teacher Appreciation Sale on May 3 and 4 and I appreciate you! I will have 3 winners of $10.oo TPT gift cards. You may enter on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. I will post the winners on Thursday AM. Please come back on Thursday because I will need the emails of the winners!!
I’ve been creating a new type of game based on a very old game. It is really a fun concept. Students complete nine little activities in a # shape to discover which row, line, or diagonal contains the Tic Tac Toe. I have made many of these for math. Here is a sample:
These are available in sets of five (for 10 total games) for $1.50. Check them out here:
I have begun creating a some for language arts also. I have antonyms and synonyms as well as homophones completed. Here is a sample:
I am working on a set for facts and opinion. Can you suggests other language arts topics that would work with this format? I would love to hear your ideas.
Let’s be honest. The school “gave” me an iPad 2 years ago. I’ve been carrying it around, using it to check email and Facebook. Some of the time the “cha-ching” of a sales works on TpT. In other words, I haven’t used it well. I did make a few products last year that used QR codes. My kids got to use the iPad a tiny bit for that, but I never really explored the cool ways QR codes could be used beyond self checking.
Here’s my vocabulary of QR codes.
A Quick Response code is a 2 dimensional code is can be scanned without the beam of light need for a barcode scanner.
A QR code when scanned links to websites, videos, images, and information.
A QR generator creates QR codes. There are many QR code generators available for free. Try goqr.me.
A QR reader is a special camera that captures the symbol to read it. There are many free apps easily available.
Data pixels or QR code modules are the name for the black and white dots that make up the code.
“Qurifying“is creating your own QR codes. With them you can make whatever you want more interactive.
Here are some great ideas:
1. On a worksheet QR codes can provide answers for self checking, additional information to enhance understanding, and lead students to a “sponge activity” for early finishers. Here’s an example.
2. Display a QR code for students to scan to take them to a difficult to type website.
3. Create QR code scavenger hunts. Students search websites to gather information for the topic. I am so doing this soon!!!
4. Print QR codes on stickers to go into texts to provide extra information (reading practice).
5. Provide QR codes with video tutorials for help with math!
6. Let students create a QR code note to brag about their day!
I am so excited to really use this tool this year! Please comment with some of the amazing things I’ve been missing in the world of QR codes!
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Is it really already that time of year? The store ads are saying , “Back to School.” I’ve already been to Walmart and bought crayons, markers, notebooks, and folders. I am sure I will need to buy more!
My ABC’s for going back to school:
Balance – we wear so many hats and so do our students! Can we do it all? Can they?
Community – we are all in it together! How will we build it? How will we grow it?
Design – students deserve well planned lessons! Do we have them? Can we find them?
Education – let’s keep learning! It is for all of us!
Focus, goals, helpfulness, ideas, judgments, knowledge, listening, mentoring – the words continue! All the way from A – Z – we need to be ready to reach them you see!
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Many of my products are on sale to celebrate the 4th of July! Come on over and check it out!
Have a wonderful weekend!
“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.”
~ John Muir
When students read non-fiction text, especially texts with a compare-contrast structure, they really need to pay attention to details. The author’s purpose is to show similarities and differences. Students need to read with that purpose in mind. Students could use structures, such as a Venn Diagram or a Compare-Contrast Matrix, to make notes about what they are reading. Students need to be able to determine important details to find the comparisons.
My students were captivated this year by the Who Would Win series by Jerry Pallotta. They were able to give information about each text and to summarize the answer to the question providing detail. Unfortunately these books were so popular that I no longer have copies of most of them and will need to replace them next school year. I think I will buy two sets!
I have created two activities for students to use this skill of reading for detail and then apply the skill to an identification activity. One of the activities compares butterflies and moths. The other compares frogs and toads. Each activity provides students with a scavenger hunt to collect information, then an identification activity to put the information to use. They also include a Venn diagram and a Compare and Contrast matrix to assist the students in organizing their thinking. The butterfly and moth lesson includes drawings, while the frog and toad lesson includes actual photographs.
I am including a lesson on comparing wasps and bees. I hope you and your students will enjoy it.
Wasps and Bees Scavenger Hunt This scavenger hunt contains 8 informational cards and 8 identification cards. Frogs and Toads contains 20 informational cards and 12 identification cards. At this time Butterflies and Moths contains 20 informational cards and 8 identification cards. All three contain a Venn diagram to help the student organize the information.
Happy Summer! Watch out for the wasps!
My students love scavenger hunts. We do three or four different ones each week. I use them for independent spelling work, to reinforce and practice skills in language arts, and to introduce and review information for social studies. Friday I had my class and 1/2 of another class all working on a Explore Texas scavenger hunt with barely a whisper in the classroom. I wanted to take pictures but there were so many kids in the room that I worried I wouldn’t be able to take any without faces. It was amazing! They worked for over 20 minutes, the only talking was helping others find their last few cards.
I have posted my 150th scavenger hunt product! I am celebrating for the next three days by reducing all of my scavenger hunts to $1.00. This is a savings of $1.00 – $2.50 depending on the number of cards and other materials in the scavenger hunt. I hope you will stop by and check out these savings!