April 2014 - Fay Crum
As seasons change and blossoms bloom, so do the curious minds of our students. Embrace the change! This month's newsletter features great online resources that answer students' questions about the world around them. In addition, keep reading to learn about the latest updates made to Tech Ponds for Teachers and upcoming Professional Development opportunities in April. Happy Spring!
High Interest, Non-Fiction Resources
Time for Kids
Nat Geo for Kids
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is a great site to find website and app reviews, top technology picks, best apps and games, videos, and educational blogs. There is even a parent blog that focuses on parenting, media, and more! Look under the 'Educators' tab to find some great resources on Digital Citizenship. Visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ to explore and learn more today!
April is National Poetry Month!
- Language Arts Grade 1 - Book Summaries: iPAD ACTIVITY using PicCollage - Although posted in Grade 1, this activity is appropriate for other levels as well. In this activity, First grade students used Pic Collage and a book they have recently read to create a visual book summary. Students included pictures and text that told about the characters, setting, problem, details, and solution of their story.
Language Arts Grade 2 – Mixed Review: SMART NOTEBOOK Lesson - Includes pages for contractions, plural nouns and singular possessives – in isolation and as mixed review, modeled after TestNav TEI items. All pages include answer pages.
- Language Arts Grade 3 - Inferencing Skills: SMART NOTEBOOK Lesson - Includes an introduction review of Inferences (What I Read + What I Know = What I Infer) followed by six activity slides for practice. The first 3 slides are short, written paragraphs that include multiple answers and circle the picture. The last 3 slides have students viewing technology items (i.e. iPod video playlist) and making inferences based on what they see. All activities include answer slides.
Language Arts Grade 5 – Dictionary Skills: SMART NOTEBOOK Lesson - Includes pages for guide words, definitions, and synonyms/antonyms, modeled after TestNav TEI items from Gr. 4 and Gr. 5. All pages include answer pages.
Fay's April ITRT schedule
Fay Crum - ITRT
Hanover County Public Schools
- Cool Spring Elementary
- Pearson's Corner Elementary
- Washington Henry Elementary