Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for January 19, 2016


Gynzy is a user friendly, interactive software full of fun, educational activities and lessons for K-8 all across the curriculum. It is perfect for the K-2 interactive boards, but may be used on any projector. Gynzy makes it easy to search for Common Core Lessons by grade level and subject. Here is a quick link to search for Common Core resources. You will need to be logged in to Gynzy for the link to work. Below are a few examples by grade level just for one standard.

Kindergarten - Counting standard working on counting to 100 - CC1

Count to 100 by ones and by tens. [K-CC1]

100 Bead String

Number Image

Sequencing Numbers

Snap Cubes Measurement

Tea Time with Tayla

Plus many more!

1st Grade - Solving Problems and Equations with Addition and Subtraction - OA2

Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Bus Sums


Snap Cubes

Sum Exercise

Word Problems

2nd Grade - Exploring the Number System - NBT6

Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.




Bus Sum - phase 1


Hearts in Love

Mathland: Addition and subtraction

Place Value

Snap Cubes

Sum Exercise

Sum Machine

The Math Safe

The Sum Machine

Word Problems

3rd Grade - Relationship between Multiplication and Division - OA2

nterpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.

Sum Machine


The Math Safe

The Sum Machine

4th Grade - Measurement - MD1

Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), ...

Customary System

Measuring Jug

Metric system

5th Grade - Fractions - NF.B.3

Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. For example, interpret 3/4 as the result of dividing 3 by 4, noting that 3/4 multiplied by 4 equals 3, and that when 3 wholes are shared equally among 4 people each person has a share of size 3/4. If 9 people want to share a 50-pound sack of rice equally by weight, how many pounds of rice should each person get? Between what two whole numbers does your answer lie?

All about Fractions

Decimal Numbers, Percentages and Fractions

Fraction Bars

Fraction Circle

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Ratio Chart

Word Problems

AETC 2016

AETC is coming this summer on June 7-9! This is a great, fairly inexpensive professional development in our area. Be sure to check it out!

AETC 2016

Professional Development Opportunities

Please let me know what PD you would like for me to offer the second half of the year by completing the following form:

Professional Development Ideas

Thank you!

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Karen Darroch's Schedule:

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

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Time to Share!

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I would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons I am teaching in the classrooms.

  • Create a digital post card using Google Slides
  • Create a Mystery Number, Person, Place, or Thing with Google Slides
  • Lesson on Tour Builder
  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Pick from a number of Google Projects
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Research lessons
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read a Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Centers with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Research Lessons

Please email me or fill out the help form to schedule a day and time.

I would love to learn from you! Please invite me into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.