Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Word Work, the iPad, and the Elementary Classroom

Whether a teacher uses Daily 5 in the classroom or not, word work is an important piece of student daily learning. This article will provide an extensive list of word work appropriate iOS apps. Each app will be listed by grade level and state how it will best serve your students while they work with words in the classroom. All apps are free unless otherwise noted.

Creation apps for all grades: (Get creative with word work!)

Practice apps for a variety of grades:

Practice apps for pre-kindergarten to third grade:

Honorable Mention:

Links to Apps on iTunes: (In the order they appeared in the article.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Think Before You Post!

The 5th grade theme for Internet Safety in my elementary schools has been "Think Before You Post" for several years. This year I reevaluated my follow up activity to the student lesson and challenged my 5th graders to create "Think Before You Post" videos that I can share with next year's 5th grade students. I am very proud of my students for living up to the challenge. For many, just the process of talking through the information and creating a video was enough to have their brains soak in the information from the lesson... However, many of my students lived up to the challenge and created really good, thought provoking, and slightly humorous videos. In my opinion, the humor does not take away from the message that the students are hopefully conveying. Check out the videos below to witness brilliant 5th graders!