3 for Thursday

October 23, 2014

1. Character Trait Analysis

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In this activity, students used nouns, verbs, and adjectives to represent characters from Wonder by R. J. Palacio. The word clouds were made using Tagxedo (an online word cloud generator), then put into a collage using Picasa. Although Picasa is a fabulous photo editor, it requires a download. For the purpose of this activity, you might prefer to use PicMonkey, a free photo editor that works in your browser — nothing to download or install. Ridiculously easy, staggeringly gorgeous. I made this Halloween example in about 2 minutes, and the majority of that time was spent thinking of the poem!!

2. Virtual Dice

Here's a quick and easy tool for a spur of the moment review: Use virtual dice to practice sight words, multiplication problems, content vocabulary, factors and multiples, story elements, place value and more. Anything that will fit on the face of the die can be used. You can even use them as normal dice:)

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3. Project Based Teaching Pinterest Board

Many of us love Pinterest for all kinds of ideas, both professional and personal. A great board to follow is the Project Based Teaching board from The Teaching Channel. You will find lots of great ideas, tools, and articles to help you move forward with project based learning.

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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.