Thursday, March 26, 2015

Technology in the Classroom

Friends~I am so thrilled to share some new technology that I am using in my classroom!                              Touchtronics!!!! 
As soon as I saw this product in action, 
 I knew it had to be mine!  I love that it combines two of my favorite things.  Technology and hands on learning!
Touchtronics is available for the iPad.  It includes 26 letters, consonants in blue and vowels in red.  The supporting apps are available in the iTunes Store for FREE!  Yep, all you need to purchase is the letter pieces.  
  

It is so simple to use.  I love that it starts by having the student unlock the game using the letters so that they are familiar right away how to work through the game! It is filled with eye catching visuals and pictures.  

I just got 6 new iPads for my classroom and I am hoping that we can purchase a larger set like the class set below! Each classroom kit comes with 10 sets of 26 letters and storage trays for each set.  
Click the picture to check it out! 

Check out one of my firsties building words with Touchtronics!  It has been such a hit in my classroom.  They all want to get their hands on the letters!


The funny thing about this video is he was sitting on the vowel O:)

They even have a math app with numbers to work on basic addition, subtraction, and place value!  

  

The place value app is in my rotation for next week's centers!  I just know it is going to be a HUGE hit! 

The best technology I have purchased for my iPads!  I love that Touchtronics brings the physical and digital world together in a must have learning tool!  




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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Zaner Bloser I Read to Write

Friends~Do your kiddos love to read but struggle with writing?  Do you kiddos love writing but never want to read?  Well, I found a great resource to pump up both areas and make amazing connections! 

This week in guided reading groups, I have been using I Read to Write Responding to Sources by Zaner Bloser. Check out this introduction video below!

I love that this program teaches students to read like a writer and think like a writer.  It introduces students to the world of how reading and writing are connected.  
I can Read to Write covers not only reading and writing but also math, science, and social studies! 

This week, I used the first text included in I Can Read to Write for grade 2. 
It is titled: Earth Water Planet!
I love that it is set up in a predictable sequence for the students to follow.  
The students first READ the text and answer the questions by citing from the text.   
They then THINK and answer the comprehension questions. 
Finally, students WRITE
They are able to choose from 
NARRATIVE, INFORMATIVE, OPINION.  
I love that the text offered a variety of writing graphic organizers as well as close reading prompts for citing text evidence. 
I am so impressed that there is a Narrative Traits of Writing poster in the back of the book for students to use as a resource.  
I can't wait to see how my kiddo's writings turns out.  They are loving being able to go back to the text to add details! 
Good NEWS!  You can request a FREE sample of the booklet by clicking HERE!

Click the image below to check out the booklet that I used in my classroom! 



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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Teacher Must Haves: EDExpo Atlanta


Friends~I can't wait to share all the fun goodies I found at the EDExpo in Atlanta.  I had the best time connecting with new bloggers and exploring the huge selection of teacher products. 




 Check out my top 10 Below!
1. Touchtronic Numbers and Letters from Junior Learning 
This game is amazing!  I have access to ipads in my classroom and I just know that my kiddos are going to be sooooooo engaged using Touchtronics.  I am totally pumped to add it to my math center routine. You can click the video below to preview and the click the image to head to Junior Learning. 




2. The Reading Game
I am currently using this game in my classroom in a small group and my firsties LOVE it!  I love that they are able to be successful very quickly.  The repetition is a key component!  Check it out below in action! 
3. Say It! from Felix LTD. 
4. Fidgets from Endless Possibilities
I love the fact that the Fidgets help with the "fidgets" in any classroom.  They supports self regulation and attention.  Plus, they are just plain fun!
5. The F.U.N. Empty Numberline from Learning Advantage
Absolutely AMAZING!  This product is all about fluency and understanding numbers.  It taps into student's thinking about number sense.  I love the visual display of numbers and the representation of them with this simple tool.  Made for grades K-8!
6. Ultra Safe Scissors
No MORE haircuts in class!  The Ultra Safe Scissors put a sharp cutting blade into a safe cutting tool for students.  Perfect for grades PreK-1!  Be sure to check out the fantastic pencil grips too! 
7. Cool Circuits
Do your kiddos love puzzles????  Well, here is a show stopper!  Cool circuits tap into spacial reasoning and abstract thinking.  There are 40 different ranges from student to expert.  I am going to be honest in saying I struggled with the student version and used the cheat mode a bit:)  Be sure to check out the online game too! 

8. FlipChex 
I love that these FlipChex cards are self checking.  
Their science systems are just perfect for little learners.  I can't wait to get my hands on the body system one! 
9. Grotto Grip
The Grotto Grip was my favorite pencil grip from the whole EdExpo!  It was created by an occupational therapist.  It is perfect right down to the grove for your nail to rest.  

10. Spot It
This game is serious FUN!  I love that they have the game for letters and numbers too!  Students can even work on basic sight words.


If you are interested in any of these fantastic products you can check them out at the EdMarket
Or just click below!





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