Saturday, July 31, 2010

Online Classroom Seating Chart Generators

It's time to start thinking about classroom organization again.  Here are two tools to help you quickly and easily create seating charts for your classroom.

Triptico's Seating Plan Creator allows you to rotate desks in eight different directions and save your file for easy changes later on.

The Canadian Teacher site also has a Seating Plan Creator that allows you to change the size of the desks and the fonts.  It also has a print interface.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Word Blocks and Word Cube Games

I love word games and I think they are fun to use on the Smartboard during transition times, as a center activity, or even during indoor recess.  The Story-It website has a few great word games including Word Blocks and the Word Cube.  With Word Blocks, have your students look for words by connecting adjacent blocks.  Click twice on the last letter of the word to submit it.  With the Word Cube, your students will build as many words as they can using adjacent letters on the cube.  Click "Add a Word" to submit.

Thanks to the Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom Blog for this recommendation.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Skeletal System Online Activities

Here are some great resources for learning about the skeletal system:

The Skeleton by E-Learning:
Find out about the different bones in the body by clicking on them.  There is also information on bone marrow, broken bones, and keeping bones healthy.

The Skeleton by The Children's University of Manchester:
Click through the activity to learn about types of bones and the importance of bones, then put together a skeleton and take a quiz.

Build a Skeleton by Kent ICT:
Click and drag the bones to correctly build the skeleton.  You can also choose to build a dog or bird skeleton, too.

The X-Ray Machine by Kent ICT:
Move the slider to reveal the skeleton.

Build a Skeleton:
Click and drag the bones to create the skeletons of different animals.

Label the Bones by ABCya:
Drag the names of the bones to the skeleton.

Put Annie Together from BBC:
Learn about the bones as you reconstruct the skeleton.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Creating Questions Dice

Triptico's Creating Questions Dice will promote higher level thinking skills in your classroom.  Roll the virtual question dice during your lesson to create questions relating to your lesson or content.  The red die includes the words who, where, when, why, what, and how and the blue die includes the words are, did, does, is, was and were. These dice could be used as a motivational activity to prepare students for the lesson by generating questions that the students are curious about before the lesson begins or to begin creating a KWL chart.  The dice can also be used to check understanding during or after a lesson by having students answer a question and reflect on what was learned.  The dice can be used for a variety of subject areas and content including language arts, reading, science, and history.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Virtual Dice for Games and Math

Here are some virtual dice for your games, math or Smartboard activities:

BGFL's Virtual Dice:
Choose from four different types of dice with six to twelve faces.

TeacherLed's Space Dice:
Choose from 1-3 dice to roll for games or math.

Curriculumbit's Virtual Dice:
Roll 1-3 dice or choose the +/- dice for math games.

Magic Dice Level 1:
Roll 2 dice and add.

Roll 3 dice and add.

Choose from 1-25 dice.  Play games of probability or percentage.  Dice sums can be found at the bottom of the screen.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Division: Divide It Up Puppies

Practice division with remainders by using Divide It Up Puppies.  First your students will estimate how many toys or biscuits can be divided among the puppies.  Then they will move the items from the workspace to distribute the items.  Now the students will determine if the remaining items can be cut up or shared.  Finally, the students will complete a math sentence to answer the math question.  Any remainders will be shown in fractional form.  Using the Divide It Up Puppies virtual manipulatives is a great way for students to visualize and use problem solving to answer the division problems.

Animal Search: Classifying Animals

This is a wonderful interactive activity for younger elementary students to learn about classifying animals.  The Animal Search activity uses questions to guide students in understanding the differences between mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.  Choose a guiding question and then sort the animals based on their physical attributes. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Financial Football and Soccer

Visa has created sports themed games to teach financial terms and money skills to high school and college students.  Have your students play Financial Football and they will choose two opposing football teams and then answers financial questions to earn yardage and score points during the game.  The football theme will engage students in learning.  Teachers can also find lesson plans and get free classroom materials by clicking the "Learn It" button at the top.

If your students would rather play soccer, there is a Financial Soccer game, too!  This game offers teacher materials too and also has a level of play for middle school students.

Savings Quest

Savings Quest is a wonderful site to teach kids about money, spending, budgeting, and saving.  Users choose a character, a job, and a short term savings goal.  Then the user must budget their rent, car expenses, and other living expenses.  Then the user "works" to earn a paycheck and pays the bills to see what amount is remaining for savings and emergency expenses.  Occasionally unexpected expenses such as doctors visits will take away from the savings.  This interactive activity is a great way for students to understand the real money issues that they will face once they start working.  This would be a great activity for middle school students.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Memoov Animated Video Creator

Memoov is an online editor that will allow your students to create animated videos in minutes. Start by choosing a background and then add characters and objects. Simply click on a character or object to change the movement. Students can choose the character's expression and movement. They can also click the "speak" button to make the character talk. This will open the microphone interface and the student can record what they want the character to say. Students can select objects and move them to create animation, too. To finish a scene, choose a background sound if you'd like and record the animated video. The "Save and Produce" button will automatically save the animated video to Memoov's own YouTube channel for easy sharing.

This application does require an e-mail address to sign up for an account and to save a video. There are no options for creating student accounts. However, Memoov is a wonderful, easy to use animator that you can use in the classroom for digital storytelling. Consider using a teacher created account for your students or make videos as a class by using this application on the Smartboard or IWB.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Coins and Bills

Practice identifying and counting money with the Coins and Bills e-manipulative from Houghton Mifflin.  Use the stamper to place coins or bills in the work area, use the hand tool to move the items, and the arrow tool to flip the coin or bill.  The 123 button at the bottom will reveal the sum of the money displayed.  This is just one of the great e-manipulative tools that are offered by Houghton Mifflin.  

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Jamestown Adventures

Your students will enjoy learning about Jamestown and colonists with these interactive activities:

On The Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure:
Follow the story of Captain John Smith as he lands in Virginia, builds a fort, gets captured, learns from the Native Americans, and explores the Chesapeake.  This interactive adventure has a video and mini-game for each section to keep your students engaged.

The Jamestown Online Adventure:
As captain of the Jamestown Colony you must make decisions to keep your colony and settlers fed, safe, thriving, and happy.

Study South Carolina

The Study SC site provides resources, links, lesson plans, and projects to help your students to learn about South Carolina.  This site was created specifically to address the South Carolina state curriculum standards.  Choose your grade level and you will find articles, maps, documents, images, and video about South Carolina's history, culture, government, and geography.
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