Hoping these tips and tricks are helpful while you are working from home planning lessons for distance learning.

Virtual Manipulatives

Toy Theater is a collection of interactive educational games for your elementary classroom. They are all free and are designed to work on computers, tablets, and mobile devices. There is also a "Teacher Tools" section with virtual manipulatives and assessment tools to illustrate and assess basic math concepts.

The Math Learning Center

Free Math apps that you can open in a Web app or can be downloaded on mobile devices.

App Titles:

Number Frames, Number Line, Number Pieces, Number Rack, Fractions, Geoboard, Math Clock, Math Vocabulary Cards, Money Pieces and Pattern Shapes.

Mathigon / Polypad

Polypad has a collection of virtual math manipulatives: polygons, number tiles, number bars, fraction bars, Tangram, pentominoes, and much more.

Squiggle Park - Dreamscape

Engaging Reading game for grades 2-8. Combining strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game! All for FREE!

Link to Website

Video Tutorials for Beginners

Dreamscape presents players with educator-approved, text passages and then asks the player
key comprehension questions related to the passage to help them practice reading and
reasoning skills. The game also presents players with level-appropriate, passage-independent
word study and grammar questions to bolster overall language skills.

Link to Documentation and Resources

TEKS Aligned Document


----- Microsoft Teams Tips -----

Getting Started with Teams

Need help getting your classes set-up in Teams? We have created a step-by-step handout that will walk you through creating your team, adding your students, the settings, and basic usage. We also have instructions you can send to parents showing how students can log into Teams (in English and Spanish). A link to a video tutorial is on each instruction page as well. See below for the files.

We also record all of our daily training sessions. If you miss a session or want to re-watch one you can access those on the Distance Learning section of our website.

Link to our Resources from Trainings

Teams Meeting Expectations

Just as in your classroom, you will want to make sure you establish online meeting etiquette with your students. They need to know what you expect of them so they will understand how to behave in your online meetings.

Below is a slideshow we created that you can show your students about online etiquette.

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And a few teacher tips!!

In a Meeting ... More Actions 3 dots

Once you start a meeting you can find additional features when you click on the More Actions 3 dots (...). You can change your background effects, record your meeting and End the Meeting which closes the meeting and removes all attendees so no one is left in the meeting when you exit.

Background Effects: There are about 12 stock background images you can choose from as well as just a blur option. You can also use your own images!! The way you do that is to paste this %appdata%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads into the file explorer (yellow folder on the task bar at the bottom of your screen) and then save your custom image there.

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Mute All

Since right now you are only able to view 4 images at a time (3x3 grid is coming soon) it is a good idea for all students to stay on Mute until ready to talk. If students stay un-muted then you may only see the same 4 students depending on what background noise is being detected.

Channels & Emojis

Did you know you can add Emojis to your channel names?? Create your channel first, then edit the channel and add a fun emoji!! To get the Emoji keyboard: PC: Windows + period key; Mac: CTRL + CMD + SPACE keys.



I am available during the day to assist you in any way I can. I will have "virtual office hours" Monday-Friday from 1:00-2:00pm.

In addition, I am always available by email or if you need to call me I can send you my number.

Let me know how I can support you!!

Elem ETS Distance Learning Info & Resources Website

Contains our Distance Learning Professional Development Schedule, Resources from the Trainings, Resources for Teaching Online, Resources for Students Learning Online and Resources for Families! Check it out!!!


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