Thursday, August 17, 2017

New School Year. New Job.

For the last two years, my job has consisted of working with our 5-12 graders and their 1:1 devices. I set them up with emails, passwords, and train them on how to use Canvas, our Learning Management System. I have also worked with new teachers to train them on these same topics.

The other half of my job was working with K-4 students one day a week when they came to the technology lab. In discussions after school last year, we decided that this was a little outdated and we needed to up our game in the technology field. Enter the mobile lab.

We purchased a class set of iPads, put them on a jumbo charging cart, and decided the best way to integrate technology within the curriculum was to send me into the classrooms to work with the teachers directly. My job is to take what the teachers are teaching in their classrooms and find some technology that integrates with what they are learning. Sometimes it will just be using Word or Google Docs to type about a topic they are learning in their classroom, while other days it will be using fun and interactive apps to cover topics.

I will be updating my journey within the classrooms throughout the year on my blog. They will be title iPads: Week __ so that you can check them out if you’d like. I am hoping that some of the apps and ideas that I use with my K-4 teachers will be useful to you in your classroom as well!

It’s going to be a GREAT school year!

- Hilary 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solar Eclipse Resources

How fun is it to hear all about this Solar Eclipse that is happening? I was doing some research to see how I could share it with my students!

I found some great information about the Solar Eclipse 2017 on Space.coms website. It has a countdown until the eclipse and answers a lot of questions that your students might have.  


This YouTube Video tells students what a Solar Eclipse is in terms that they will understand.



Kids Discover has some great discussion questions to use in your classroom or with your kiddos at home.  


Look What We're Learning shares an easy and inexpensive Solar Eclipse craft using coffee filters. 


Any why not let your kiddos chew some Eclipse gum while you talk about this years Solar Eclipse?



Are you planning to talk about the Solar Eclipse with your students? Tell me how in the comments below! 
-Hilary 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shark Week Resources

Wow! Summer is flying by and I am loving time with my husband & pup. We love having extra time to adventure around the states & even our own city.

I was watching TV this morning and saw an advertisement for Shark Week 2017 and got so excited. My husband is all about these kind of specials. He is so intrigued by sharks, as I'm sure are many others.

Due to this, I wanted to highlight a few really great Shark Week resources that I have found online for your students or kids to try out during this week.

Discovery Kids has some great shark based games that are definitely worth checking out.

The Crafting Chicks share a super fun drink you can make with your kids that is ocean themed. 


Preschool Powol Packets shares a fun science experiment to explain how sharks float.

A Night Owl shows how to make shark slime! 

Glue Sticks & Gumdrops shares a fun craft using a toilet paper roll to make a shark. 

Almost Unschoolers shares how to make shark teeth out of salt dough. How cool!

Happy Shark Week,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech

**If you want a print & go resource, check out my sharks webquest to teach your kids and students about sharks. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Flag Day

Flag Day is a holiday I didn't even know existed until this year when I was doing some research on the American Flag. I learned a little about Flag Day and wanted to share some of the resources that I found with you. 

If you are interested in talking more about the American Flag with your students, check out these links below! 

Kids Fun Facts on the US Flag

**Use these QR codes to watch videos or read informational text about the American Flag. 

I {heart} America,
Hilary 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Screencast-O-Matic

I have a job where I have to send out tutorial videos for educational technology all the time. I do a lot of teacher training in staff meetings, but sometimes those 5 minutes just aren't enough to show the steps on using a tool or all that it can do.

This got me out looking for something that I could use in my room to record myself and my screen sharing more about the tools that I teach about. Cue Screencast-O-Matic. This FREE tool lets you record your screen for up to 15 minutes. I love to use it while I talk through a new tool with my teachers. It also highlights your cursor so they can easily follow along with what you are doing. All of my videos that I publish on my blog about tech tools are all recorded using this tool. 

Now there is also a paid level ($15/yr) on Screencast-O-Matic, but I have found the free version to work just fine for my needs. Here's a break down of the differences off their website. 



If you use it, let me know what you think! 

-Hilary 

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Newsletter

JUNE! JUNE! JUNE!

How many of you are on summer vacation!? This is my first official week and it has been wonderful! I wanted to reach out and share some of my summer or best selling resources that I thought you might be interested in as you plan for next year!

There are some great new Digital Resources that I have added to my store that are worth checking out! This digital resource is to use with Google Slides which will download as a PDF with a link to the Google Document. This resource includes interactive activities to complete in small groups, or individually, as well as a webquest to learn about the topics at hand.





If you are still in school for Father's Day, make sure to snatch up my Father's Day webquest. 

If you like to use webquests to teach about more holidays like Father's Day, then grab my bundle with resources for almost every holiday. It has over 100 pages of webquests with some fun bonus ones added! 

I also have a Seasons Webquest Bundle to teach students about seasons and how each is celebrated. Each webquest also includes some writing prompts to get students thinking and discussing the season. How fun to start of each season with facts about it, right? 

Check out my my Careers Webquest Bundle to have students explore all about jobs that they are interested in. 

Also check out my American Symbols Webquest that highlights songs, symbols, and buildings that are the pride of the USA. 


Enjoy your Summer & Relax a Bit,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

EPIC

Have you heard of EPIC? It's a fabulous site full of unlimited library books that is free for teachers. There are thousands of books available and all you have to do is create an account and put in your students names. Can you imagine how many more books they would have access to with a library like this??

Another great feature is that the books are available on our tablets. Online reading is definitely taking over (think Kindle!) and this is a fun way to introduce your students to reading digitally.

Seriously there are thousands of books to choose from and most of them even include AR and Lexile levels. How can that not make your heart skip a beat?!

If you are at all thinking about trying EPIC next year, watch this video for a sneak peak into what it looks like to be a part of EPIC.

If you try EPIC, let me know how you like it and share what your students favorite book is!

Happy Reading,
Hilary

Monday, May 29, 2017

Go Noodle!

Okay. Okay. If you're anything like me, you've seen all of the GoNoodle videos all over social media. Of course I had no idea what GoNoodle was, and as a technology lover, I needed to know.

So I looked into it and immediately fell in love. I have used many of the GoNoodle videos throughout the 1st-4th grade levels that I teach once a week for many different reasons. The kids love them and we always have a good time while we are watching them.

I love that they offer both contemporary songs, as well as educational topics. My students love to learn how to dance using the tutorial videos, and they really come in handy during the rainy season for indoor recess.

If you have been wanting to check out GoNoodle, but haven't known where to start, then watch this video that highlights some of the reasons why you should try it out.

Do you use GoNoodle? Tell me about your experience in the comments.

Happy Dancing,
- Hilary

Monday, May 22, 2017

APA & MLA

So for those of you that don't know, I am in my 7th year of college. Yes! I am CRAZY, but I just love learning and I always want to learn more or try something new.

I completed my first degree (BS in Special Education & Elementary Education) in 4 years and got a job teaching 6th grade math. Two days after I walked across the stage at graduation, I began my Masters program (MA in Educational Technology). Two years later, I donned that lovely gown and crossed the stage once more (my dad is BIG on us walking at graduation). A masters still wasn't enough, so this past fall I began work on a Specialist degree in Educational Technology. So here I am in my 7th year of school. 

Anyways, one thing that I learned pretty quickly in college was how important it was to know not only how to write a paper, but how to format one. Of course your professors expect that you already know how to write in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian (who decided how to name these crazy formats anyways?). Well if you are anything like me, one of your teachers touched on these formats in high school, and you never really practiced much past that. 

Now your grade depends on your ability to not only write a paper, but write a paper that if formatted and cited correctly. So I created cheat sheets for teaching about APA and MLA format that are easy to use and explain to students. I had something similar to this that a professor gave me in college and it saved so much time. 

I also discovered sites like EasyBib, Citation Machine , and Purdue OWL that helped me with citing my sources. 

Hopefully this equips you to teach this topic in a new light. Your students will thank you later {trust me!}. 
-Hilary 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Computer Keys & Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are so helpful and I know I use them all the time. They are one of the things that I love to cover with my students in the technology lab. Although they are not necessities, I think that they are helpful and fun to learn about.

SCOOT is such a fun game to play with task cards and this group of SCOOT cards is Keyboard Keys focused. This SCOOT covers keyboard key functions as well as keyboard shortcuts.

Another fun way to review keyboard key functions and shortcuts is with a game of I Have Who Has. This is a fast paced game that calls all students to pay attention as your review the content that is covered.

If you want a bonus activity, make sure you check out my Computer Study Webquest to have students learn all about computers, how they originated, and to brainstorm what the future holds for this technology.

If you take your kids to the computer lab, make sure to check out my Desktop Reminders Freebie.

Happy learning,
Hilary

Monday, May 15, 2017

Microsoft Word Resources

Hey teachers -
Do you teach your students how to use Microsoft Word? I know that many schools use tablets instead of full on computers, but if you still use computers, Word is such an important program to teach students how to use. Even if they grow up to use Google Docs (or whatever program has come out in 10+ years when our kids are in the workforce), they will still benefit from the skills they learned when operating Microsoft Word.

As a K-12 technology teacher, I have used many different Microsoft Word activities that I have found on TpT, online, and all around. I created a few to fill in the gaps where I couldn't find what I was looking for.

This Microsoft Word Game is a fabulous FREEBIE and is a fun way to start teaching your students about Microsoft Word, to use as a refresher, or to introduce Microsoft Word for the very first time.

This Microsoft Word Introduction is the next step after the game - it starts with the very basic skills and tells students how to navigate Word to learn the basics.

Definitely check these out before you conquer Microsoft Word with your students!

Happy teaching,
Hilary

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Counting Blocks Freebie

One of my favorite discoveries this year were the blocks in the Target dollar spot. There were so inexpensive and worked like a charm for the purpose of my classroom.

I was getting ready to tutor a student who needs extra help with number sense. He always tells me that he isn't very good at math because he gets distracted thinking about what he could build or create. With this in mind, I thought about how fun it would be to give him a way to incorporate math and building and let his creativity run wild. This is where my idea for counting block task cards came to be.



Your students will need to reset it after they complete each task, but they typically enjoy destorying their creations as much as they enjoy building them (or at least my boys do as they "hulk smash" everything).

Grab this freebie here and let me know how it works for your class!

Happy building,
Hilary

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Newsletter

Happy May!

How many of you are done with school this month? I have two hands up high. I can't even believe my third year of teaching is almost over! I wanted to reach out and share some of my May resources that I thought you might be interested in!

This fabulous freebie is fun for all those Star Wars lovers in your class as you discuss Star Wars Day or "May the Fourth be with you"!



Snatch up this resource for only $1 to discuss Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) with your students. 

Do your students ever wonder why we celebrate Mother's Day? Obviously our mother's are worth celebrating, but where did this holiday come from? Teach them about it with this webquest! 


Still in school for Memorial Day? This is a great resource to use to discuss Memorial Day, with bonus webquests for Veteran's Day & Armed Forces Day all for only $2! 

If you like to use web quests to teach about holidays, then grab my bundle with resources for almost every holiday. It has over 100 pages of webquests with some fun bonus ones added! 

I also just added a Seasons Webquest Bundle to teach students about seasons and how each is celebrated. Each webquest also includes some writing prompts to get students thinking and discussing the season. How fun to start of each season with facts about it, right? 


Also, be on the lookout for my Careers Webquest Bundle & an American Symbols Webquest that will be added to my store this month! 

Finish Strong & Happy May,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Scheduling Social Media without an Assistant

Do you ever feel like you are only one person and can only do so much? One day I sat down and wrote everything I needed and wanted to get done in a week and was completely overwhelmed by the amount of work that I needed to do. (I don't recommend doing this - it only leads to more stress). I am typically one of those "take it one day at a time" kind of girls, but I got a wild hair, tried something new, and ended up stressed out.

Anyways, back to what I was saying. There are many facets to running a small business and one of the ones that seems most time consuming to me is social media. I try my best not to let social media consume my time, because I feel that face to face time is better than virtual time with those that I love.

BUT social media is a necessary way to communicate and share your business in today's society. I am fully aware of this, and decided that I needed a plan on how to balance social media and my sanity/family time, while still being effective at getting my name out there.

In an effort to accomplish this goal, I dedicated a few hours every weekend to prepping and planning out all of my posts for the week. I am going to share with you what I do, and hopefully it can help you create margin in your life too.

Facebook - If you have a Facebook for business page, you can schedule your posts out for any date and any time. I plan out one post per day (roughly) talking about new products, sharing memes that I have found, or videos that I thought were cool. I can also share other items to my Facebook page as I found them, but at least I know that there is something being published each day.

Pinterest - I take the easy way out here and use tailwind to schedule out all of my pins for the week. I schedule 12-15 pins each day and use the tribes to pick content that is relative to my followers. I will still participate in a pinning party here and there and spend a little time on Pinterest, but for the most part, this takes care of my weekly pinning. Here is my referral link if you want to try out Tailwind.

Instagram - Instagram is one of the most difficult ones to prep due to the fact that unless you use a scheduler, you are still responsible to post at the time you want it to post. What I have found works for me is to create all of my posts over the weekend and save them all as drafts. I can add all my tags (and #hashtags), captions and edits. Then when I open up Instagram, the very first thing I see when I go to upload a new picture are the posts that I have saved in drafts. Yes, I still have to post it - but at least all of thinking is already done - I just have to click post!

Blogger - Obviously blogging is the most time consuming when it comes to content, but it is the easiest to schedule. Honestly, I write most of my blog posts once a month. I typically post every Monday & Thursday, but sometimes it's a little less than that. As I come up with ideas, I write them down and jot down any thoughts I have. Once a month I will sit down with the post ideas and any holidays, new products, or ideas that I have for the month and compose all 8-10 posts for that week. It might seem a little overwhelming to you, but the thought of having to keep up with blogging multiple times a week is more overwhelming to me.

Again, this might not work for everyone, but this has worked for me. I have also found that if I turn my phone off or leave it in the other room (except when scheduling Instagram) and tell my husband what I'm doing, that I can just work quickly and quietly and get ahead for the week.

Here's to finding margin,
Hilary

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tutoring Freebie

Many of us have side jobs that we do to earn a little extra money, or to occupy our time over summer. One of the side jobs that I have is tutoring.

I love to work with students of all different ages, and I really enjoy working with them on topics that they need the extra focus in. Since I previously taught math, most of the students that I tutor are struggling in math.

Communication is key when working with students, which is why I created this "Today in Tutoring" freebie that you can grab in my store.

This is basically just a simple paper that you can send home with your tutor kids that tells parents what you did in tutoring that day and to remind them of when he next tutoring session is.

If you tutor older kids, you could have them fill this out at the end of the session to review everything that they covered.

Enjoy!
-Hilary

Monday, April 24, 2017

Quiz/Test Review

Using the same review games can get boring as a student! I know that my students are always asking for a new and fun way to review for tests/quizzes we have coming up. These games could also be used to review content that you cover in class. Just wanted to share some of my favorites with you! :) 

Whole Class:
Flash Cards (Around the World)
Individual Whiteboards to answer whole group questions
Bingo (vocab words on the cards; definitions read aloud)
Hedbanz Review Game (but with content vocab words)

Tech Based:

There are also some other review games that you can read about here

Happy Reviewing,
Hilary

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quizizz

Quizizz is similar to Kahoot & Quizlet Live, and just as simple and fun to use. Each of your students need a device or computer. It's simple to join via a code - students don't even need an account! Check out my "how to" video on using Quizizz, as well as some way to use it in the classroom.

Try it out & let me know what you think,
Mrs. Tech

Monday, April 17, 2017

Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22nd, and even though it is a Saturday, it is definitely something that you should plan to discuss with your students the week before or after!

There are some great resources out there to teach your students about Earth Day and it's importance.


If you like Digital Resources, be sure to check out my digital resource for Earth Day.

Happy Celebrating,
Hilary

Monday, April 10, 2017

Online Easter Activities

Happy Easter! 
Hope that y'all are getting in the Spring spirit and that some nicer weather is coming your way! Do y'all get off for Easter? Do you have school the Friday before or the Monday after? Well if you do, these are some great resources to use as you discuss Easter in your classroom. 

Decorate an Egg
Easter Bunny Dress Up

When you're done playing all of these interactive games, check out my Easter Webquest, Easter Symbols Webquest, or my Easter Reflections Freebie!

Happy Easter,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Webquests!

Webquests are so fun! Do you know what a webquest is?

Basically, your students are given a website to go to (via QR code or website link) and go there to find answers to questions that they are asked. Webquests are a fabulous way to incorporate technology and discuss digital safety with your students!

As a technology teacher, webquests are one of my absolute favorite ways to share information with my students. You know how they say that students remember the information better if they find it for themselves? Well I am a firm believer in that!

I would say that over 50% of my TpT store is webquests simply because I believe so strongly in them and in how my students learn by using them! There are a wide variety with many more to come.

Check out some of the ones I have by clicking on the links below:
Animal Research
Sports Research
3 Branches of Government
50 States
Presidents of the US
Planets
Periodic Table of Elements
Holiday's 

If you want to try one out, here is one that you can use for Easter. It sells in my store for $1, but is available here for my blog followers!

Have you ever used web quests in your classroom? Do you like them?
Let me know in the comments below,
Hilary



Monday, April 3, 2017

Poetry Month!

Did you know that April is Poetry Month?!

There are so many wonderful poets and so many fabulous poems out there that this is definitely worth a discussion sometime throughout the month of April.

I have compiled a list of online resources/apps that are great tools to use during poetry month:
Word Mover App
Acrostic Poems App
Theme Poem App
Haiku Poem App
Shel Silverstein's Website 
Haiku Poems
Poetry 180 (for High School age)
Giggle Poetry
Poetry For Kids
Storybird
Rhyme Zone
Scholastic Poetry site (make sure to check out the Poetry Engine)
Go here for Poetry Writing Forms

Check them out! I hope you found a new one you can use in your class this month!
If you do, let me know in the comments below :)
Hilary

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Socrative {Assessment Tool}

Socrative is a great assessment tool that can be used to quiz/test or review with students from an online platform. It is so easy to use and is quick to navigate on the teacher side. The longest part will be the amount of time you have to spend inputting the questions, but as soon as a student hits the submit button, it will grade it for you. So think about it - spend an hour putting in the quiz (that you can use for years to come with a little updating) and no grading time or still spending the time creating the quiz and making copies of it, and STILL having to grade. Please. This is just common sense. 

Once you begin using Socrative, your students will be very familiar with the interface. They can bookmark Socrative on their devices and then easily type in your class code each time they need to interact with you.

Socrative also offers these great "quick questions" that allow you to use questions that come to you on the fly or a question you encournter in a book or on an assignment and have the students answer them immediately. This involves no prep on your end and you get immediate feedback. If that's not a "win" then I don't know what is.

There are a few other formative assessment tools that I'll be discussing, but Socrative is one of my tried and true favorites.

Try it out & let me know what you think,
Mrs. Tech

*If you are more of a visual learner, check out my "how to" video on using Socrative, as well as some way to use it in the classroom.

**If you want to have your students try out Socrative, download this tool that walks walks you through the set up and where to find all of the tools that you need.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Popplet {Organizing Ideas}

 Popplet is a fantastic tool for building graphic organizers and for sorting your thoughts before completing and project or writing a paper. Popplet is very user friendly and is completely customizable so that you can map your content however your brain sees it best.


You just start with a blank screen and have the ability to drag whatever popples you like onto the screen. You can then easily add popples that come off of your first one. You can add text or pictures to popples and you can even change their color (color coding by paragraph maybe?). Think of Popplet as a more creative way of making an outline. You can add simple facts or short headings and see how they will all come together as the final product. 


You can see below one of the popples that I was setting up for my students to copy before they added all of their own information to it about their animals.


I love any activity that puts paper and pencil to rest and allows my students to create using technology and interactive activities. Popplet is one of their favorites.

Try it out & let me know what you think,
Mrs. Tech

*If you are more of a visual learner, check out my "how to" video on using Popplet, as well as some way to use it in the classroom.

**If you want to have your students try out Popplet, download this tool that walks you through the set up and where to find all of the tools that you need.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quizlet {Flashcard Review}

Quizlet is a tool that is mainly used to review topics that are covered in class for tests or quizzes. As a teacher, you can import all of the vocabulary words that you want your students to learn and share the link to them with your students. There are multiple different ways for your students to study these words from flashcards, review games, or whole group Quizlet Live. Check out my "how to" video on using Quizlet, as well as some way to use it in the classroom.

Try it out & let me know what you think,
Mrs. Tech

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Basketball in the Classroom

So if you read my last post about why March Madness should be a topic of discussion in the classroom, then you may be wondering how sports can have anything to do with learning (besides in PE). Well here are some fun activities that you can use that are all basketball themed/related.

Basketball Review Game - go as simple as a trashcan and paper ball or as grandiose as an inflatable hoop and ball, but this game is adaptable to review any topics covered in your classroom using any of these variations (1, 2, or 3)

This Pinterest board has lots of lessons if you are looking to purchase something basketball themed

Discuss the History of Basketball and how things change with time 





If you want a low-prep resource to join in the madness, check out my March Madness bundle in my TpT store. It's a winner for sure :)

Go Team!
Hilary

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Madness & Why It Should Be a Classroom Topic

March Madness is such a fun time in the year for all athletes and competitors alike. Although it is mainly an athletic focus, there is no reason that you can't discuss it in class or even participate in the madness. There are many easy ways to incorporate March Madness that are low prep and a lot of education opportunities as well.

One easy way to bring it into your classroom is to fill out brackets! It doesn't matter how much your students know about basketball, the statistics show there is rarely one perfect bracket in the tens of thousands that get filled out every year. This chart talks about how many people actually picked the final four teams correctly! See - no pressure! Just use is as a fun activity. If you want to get really deep - talk about the probability of having a perfect bracket.


Reading the NCAA March Madness page will tell you all about how you can score your brackets. One of the best parts about having the students fill out the brackets is the friendly competition that happens each morning when the students come in to update their brackets.

You could also use the March Madness schools as a geography activity. Have students research where the schools in the brackets are from and have them pinpoint them on a map. Talk about which states have strong basketball teams this year, how many schools are from each area or what states aren't represented at all.

Mascots are also a fun part of March Madness. Look up the mascots for each school and talk about how they each tie into the school that they are from. There are some fun stories behind why certain schools have the mascots that they do.

Talk about character. In all basketball games, there is a winner and a loser. How do you keep your character and be a good sport when you win and when you lose? How can you win graciously, but still celebrate the victory. If you are cheering against a friend who likes a different team than you, how can you both cheer on your team without putting down the other team/player/friend?

Start a class basketball team. You don't actually have to play basketball (but how fun would that be), but have the students name their school, pick a mascot and create a uniform - because there are some pretty awesome uniforms out there! If you don't want it to get too intense, order a little over-the-door basketball hoop and create a bracket of students in your classroom. Have them see who can make the most shots from areas all of the room. If you want to go low key, you can also just use paper and a trash can!

Speaking of shooting challenges in class - use this activity above to create a math lesson. You could create charts and graphs based on shots made. You could also turn fractions (shots made over shots attempted) into percentages to see your classes shot percentage. Learning about geometry and shapes? Talk about the surface area of basketballs and other athletic balls. Boom! Math lesson.

So throw a basketball game up on the Smart Board while your students are working and join in the fun.

Enjoy the Madness,
Hilary

Monday, March 6, 2017

March - Women's History Month Activities

There are so many influential women that are worth studying throughout history. These women paved the way for us to be able to do anything that we want to in today's age. Women didn't always have the same rights as men, though. If you want to discuss this with your students, look into articles like this women's rights timeline, this short timeline, or this detailed one!

If you are looking for women to discuss in your class, you can check out the Women's Hall of Fame or check out my list of influential women.

There are also some great online activities on Women's History:
Women's History Videos & Activities
Women's Movement Videos (PBS)
Scholastic Women's Suffrage Activity (Grades 3-5)
Lesson Plans & Resources from Edutopia
Science Links for Women's History Month
Women's Suffrage Teaching Guide
Changing Roles of Women Lesson

If you're looking for an easy, no-prep activity, check out my Women's History Month Bundle for webquests for 20+ of these women (plus a blank one to use for anyone you'd like), as well and quotes and QR codes to video links about these world changers.

Happy March!
Hilary

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America

Read Across America Day is TODAY- March 2nd! Do you know why we celebrate this every year on March 2nd? Well because it's Dr. Seuss's BIRTHDAY of course!

Here are some last minute ideas if you want to celebrate:
Straight from Seussville - Activities, Lessons & Classroom Resources
Upper Elementary Ideas from Scholastic
Classroom Activities from Read, Write, Think
Some fabulous ideas from Teaching Blog Addict
Mommy Cracked has some awesome snack ideas
STEM Ideas (Suess Inspired)

So dress up in your best Suess outfit, read some Dr. Suess books, eat green eggs & ham, and CELEBRATE this fun day with your students!

Hilary @ Mrs. Tech

Monday, February 27, 2017

Picasso Head {Drawing & Animation}

Picasso Head isn't a super educational activity, but boy did my students have fun creating their own Picasso head. They get to add all of the facial elements to their picture to create a very abstract face. The first time I used it, I had my middle schoolers create a self portrait. We laughed and laughed when we showed each other because the elements are so goofy. Because of this great memory, I had to share this site with you. Even if you only use it as a time filler one day when you have 10 extra minutes, or on a rainy day when you can't go to recess, just try it. I can almost guarantee you laughs.

My schools art teacher does use this site to talk about the era in which Picasso painted and the way that art has changed over the decades. It is a great activity to do when looking at paintings from this time period to see how these artists created these faces.

Try it out & let me know what you think,
Mrs. Tech

*If you are more of a visual learner, check out my "how to" video on using Picasso Head, as well as some way to use it in the classroom.

**If you want to have your students try out Picasso Head, download this tool that walks them through step by step directions on how to create their first picture.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Comic Master {Creative Writing}

Comic Master is a site that allows students to create their own comic book type stories. They provide the characters and the elements, and students just have to drag and drop to make their stories come to life.

As you can see below, there are many different things that you can do with Comic Master. They even have teaching resources that you can download to accompany their comics. The easiest way to share their comic with you at the end it to print it. I sometimes even have my students read their comics to the class! They really enjoy this.  


Part of what I love about Comic Master is that it gives students the ability to start from scratch and to design it how students envision it in their heads. I have done this activity with 1st - 12th graders and they have all had a great time with it. Students never cease to amaze me with the creative ideas that they come up with when given free rein on projects like this.


Try it out & let me know what you think,
Mrs. Tech

*If you are more of a visual learner, check out my "how to" video on using Comic Master, as well as some way to use it in the classroom.

**If you want to have your students try out Comic Master, download this tool that walks them through step by step directions on how to create their first story.