3 for Thursday

December 10, 2015

1. krazydad.com

On krazydad, you will find thousands of FREE printable sudoku, logic puzzles, mazes and more. Puzzles are provided as small PDF booklets, with answers in the back. But save some trees! You can screenshot these on an iPad or other tablet and import them into a photo editing app such as Skitch. For use on an actual computer, check out the interactive puzzles section. You will also find some interesting resources under Fun and Games that are definitely engaging but may or may not have educational value (depends on how creative you get!)
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2. Holiday Writing Ideas

  • Use this holiday poem generator to prompt students through the creation of a poem. It is not specific to Christmas, so students can choose a holiday they celebrate around this time of year. The finished product opens in a new window and must be copied and saved to another location such as Word, a Google Doc, or an assignment within itslearning.
  • Write the biography of a beloved holiday character using Google Slides. Use this handout as a guide. Please make a COPY of this handout in your own Google Drive rather than edit this one.
  • Use this Google Slides newspaper template to have students share what their holiday plans are. COPY the template into your own Google Drive rather than edit this one. Duplicate the slide for as many students as you have in your class. Have them each create the headline and story for their family's holiday adventures.
  • Have students design a travel brochure for somewhere they will be visiting over the holidays (or the North Pole?) using the Read Write Think Printing Press and this lesson plan.

3. Front Row

Front Row is a FREE standards-aligned site for adaptive math and ELA practice. When starting ELA content or a new math domain, students take a diagnostic to identify what they excel in and what they would benefit most from practicing. In subsequent practice sessions, it then provides each student with unique practice. Students are equipped with manipulatives and scratch paper on their devices to help them work through each question. Front Row Math also comes with videos for students struggling with specific concepts and a read-aloud option so that reading ability doesn't hinder math progress. When you sign up for a classroom account, you can choose to sign up through Google. Although usernames and passwords are assigned, you as the teacher have the option to choose whether they log in with both, just the password, or none at all. Visit the website to try out the content as a student before you register for an account. If you decide to try this with your students, please let me know how it compares to MobyMax and other sites you are already using.
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About 3 for Thursday

Tech tips and timely topics presented for the teachers of Mashburn Elementary (and anyone they'd like to share with.) At Mashburn Elementary, Our Mission is developing deep levels of Relationships, Engagement, and Rigor.