Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
So, in the weeks before the holiday break, my kiddos walked into this.....
If you are interested in using this in your classroom, click here for the resources!
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Right before Christmas, on a whim, I decided to do a quick video project to finish up my vocabulary list before Christmas. I was ready for a headache but was absolutely amazed instead! What made this a fabulous experience for the kids and me? Their own devices and Google Drive!
If you read my last post, you will know I've been really helping my kids immerse themselves into our content vocabulary. One of the successes of the daily vocabulary I do, is that I go and find videos on YouTube that are either an example of the word or the actual definition. Sometimes its hard!!! I tasked the children with making videos for the words that I could include in my lessons next year.
Vont to add text and tons of different video editors. It was an absolute breeze for them to upload to Google Drive and share it to me. The best thing is that when they share with me, it doesn't take up any real space in my storage and it is all organized.
So many times we make our kids hide away their devices. Look what happens when you tell them to take them out!
This part of the video was total overkill but tons of fun! We used an app called Action Movie FX and it allows you to add super fun effects to your videos. You must try it out!!!
I knew this was exactly what I needed but I decided to tweak it for my class. Now, almost every day, my kiddos walk in and we preteach a word or term they are going to need in order to understand the upcoming content (Tier 2 and Tier 3 Words). We do it in the same order every day:
- Introduce word and have them pronounce it twice. Ask if they know anything about the word and identify and prefixes, suffixes, and/or base words.
- Have them write down a student friendly definition.
- Tell them how we are going to use it in content. I also like to tell them how it is used in other contexts (for the word "convention" this week, we talked about the Constitutional Convention but we also talked about ComicCon).
- I show the kids a YouTube video that better illustrates the word or a visual.
- Lastly, the students are given a sentence stem that they need to finish with the students in their table groups. We then share out as a class.
I showed two different videos with this term. The first clip, I explained to them, is how the British knew how to fight and the second video was how the Americans learned to fight from the native Americans. We were able to compare and contrast the two styles and this whole lesson took less than ten minutes of my class.
If you're interested, I have started to gather together these vocab lessons and have made them available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
So, how will I make 2015 the best year for my students? Simply, I will continue to ENGAGE! I will continue to get my kiddos out of their seats and help them interact with their learning. Im going to accomplish this in two ways:
1) Simulations and Labs: I’m going to add even more activities into my class to help students experience history. We will continue to act as detectives and solve history's mysteries as well as take part in labs that help reinforce key concepts and let the kiddos understand what daily life was like for people of the past!
2) Extend their Learning: I have so many kiddos that are begging to be challenged! Technology can truly help me do this. For the rest of the year I need to enrich their learning by continuing to implement my Google Classroom extension assignments, have them play more with video using websites like Zaption and EduCanon, and utilize those amazing phones they have in their pockets for response systems and classroom videos (blog post coming soon on these amazing vocabulary videos we made with their own phones and editing apps of their choice!!!) As usual they taught me a thing or two!
So, comment up people! How are you going to make 2015 the best year ever for your students? I’d love to hear your ideas!!!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
So I gave myself a goal this year. I want to add as many hands on, experiential activities into my class as possible. So far, they have been an amazing success! I blogged about this activity last month.
This week my kiddos got to experience what it felt like to be a hominid. They looooooved it and beg for more labs!!!
|Homo Erectus building their tower.|
|Neanderthal and Cro Magnon|
|Homo Habilis very proud of their horrible tower and their lack of fine motor skills.|