Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Digital Memory Books with Google Slides

Hi friends,

This crazy school year is about to finally come to a close. I'm so proud of all you teachers out there! I have heard all sorts of amazing stories about what teachers have done for their kids and it makes me smile. Just a little longer and you can breathe a little easier.

Every year, I love making yearbooks with my kids. So I decided I would make one for use with Google Slides. It's a lot of fun and I've even included a video for the kids to help them learn to insert pictures, edit them, and play around with the slides.

Check out this short video to give you an idea of what is included with this memory book.

If you would like one of these awesome memory books to use with your kids, just click here or click the pic.

Oh, and by the way, when you download this resource you will need to give TpT permission to drop it into your Google Drive. It does NOT give them permission for anything else!

Have a wonderful and relaxing summer. Stay safe and be well!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Word Families with Google Slides for Distance Learning

Using word families to increase the number of words a child can master is very effective. Instead of learning a couple of words per spelling pattern, a child can learn many more words without much extra effort, making it an efficient way to learn new words. I have always had my students make new words with magnets, rubber stamps, dry erase markers,...whatever we could find. Well, now we need to do things a little differently. Making words with Google Slides is a great way to achieve this method of word work in our new distance learning world.
Learning to read can be difficult so beginning with words that follow a particular pattern is a less confusing way to help our younger students learn to read. Word families or 'chunks' provide that predictable pattern and since the words rhyme, it makes them fun to read!
I hope this making words pack will help you with your distance learning challenges. Click here to get your free packet.
You are wonderful and your students love you. Keep fighting the good fight and stay safe!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Minecraft Creative Writing - Digital Distance Learning

Kids still love Minecraft so why not use that to get them excited about their writing. A lot of people have used my Crafty Minds printable writing activity so now I've made it digital. I think it's pretty cool for several reasons.

  • You don't have to print the backgrounds and pieces out.
  • The pieces don't have to be individually cut out. (However, that is a skill kids need!)
  • You don't need glue!
Check out this video to see how it works.

If you would like to try the digital version out with your kids, just click HERE.

Stay safe and be well! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Distance Learning with Digital Math Mysteries

Hi everyone,
I've wanted to make my math mysteries digital for a long time and with almost everyone trying to teach their classes remotely, I thought I better get to it. Hopefully, this will provide a fun activity for your little learners to enjoy at home and practice reading comprehension and math with story problems! The nice thing about math mysteries is they are self-checking. Kids start reading at the beginning of the story and answer math problems along the way. It's important for them to read carefully because some of the questions can be a little tricky. Check out this video to see how I made them on a Google form so you can assign them quickly and easily to your students.

I do also have some of my math mysteries as BOOM Learning digital cards as well. Click here to see all the choices of math mystery. I mostly have 2nd and 3rd grade available, but I do have some 1st, 4th, and K as well.

I hope you are well and are practicing your social distancing! It isn't easy, that's for sure.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

An Easy Way to Deliver Lessons to Your Students with Distance Learning

Hi everyone. Isn't this just crazy? Who would have thought we would be scrambling to find and create lessons for our students to learn from home with little to no time to plan? Unbelievable!
A couple of weeks ago I got an escape room lesson from TpT and it was housed on Google Sites. That got me thinking about creating a Google Site for classroom assignments when schools began closing. So, I got busy making a bunch of headers and starting building a site to share with teachers. However, I found that there isn't a way to share the site so that you can copy it and use it. Everything you put on would be on the original site. So, I thought I would make a video to help you get your site set up and give you some headers to get you started.

If you are interested in setting up a Google Site for your students and would like to use the headers you can get them FREE here. If there are other words you would like put on the headers, just shoot me an email at hilary35t@gmail.com and I will try to get that added to the folder.

I did make some 3rd-grade activities for reading, writing, and grammar if you would like some content to get you started. There is also a Check-In page and Assignment checklist also included. Click here.

Monday, March 2, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Digital Escape Room Fun

Well, I finally made one. I made a digital escape room and it came out great! I think it was really worth the time it took me to learn how to make it because the kids went bonkers for it. I flat out asked them if they liked it and they shouted 'YES' with enthusiasm. LOL That's what I like to hear!

Escape Rooms or some call them breakouts are usually made for small groups of students to work together to solve the mystery. The kids worked together at their tables, but they wanted to each have their own computer to work on. I don't have a problem with that!

I gave each student a planning sheet to use to write their codes on. I would say about half the kids used the planning page, but the other kids just went back to the main page on Google Sites and recorded their answers.

For the early finishers, I made sure they knew what they could work on while the rest of the students finished their adventure. Once everyone had a chance to find their way to Lucky the Leprechaun's party, we celebrated with little lucky lollies! (suckers)

This first digital escape room is called The Case of the St. Patrick's Day Party just in time for St. Patrick's Day. I hope you decide to check it out!

AND, if you are a math mystery fan, I've begun making my math mysteries digital! Fun, right?! Since it is March, I started with The Case of the Mixed-Up March Madness for Third Grade.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Improving Word Choice with French Fry Words

My kids love using 'French fry' words to make their writing better. When I first made my bulletin board, this is what it looked like. 

Eventually, I used a pocket chart to store the packets. I liked using the pocket chart much better because the fries didn't go spilling everywhere. The 'French Fry' board is a board for overused words. The French fries are words to use instead of boring words. I think it came out pretty darn good. It really helps the kids get rid of some of those old, tired words. Watch the video to see how my friend Jenny has them in her room. 

Maybe some of you remember (or have pinned to one of your Pinterest boards) the cute 'I'm Lovin' It' board. I tried to follow the pins but came to a dead end. Here it is on my Pinterest board. Thank you to whoever came up with this fabulous idea!  I wanted to make it for myself, so I, of course, made it into a packet.

 I think it came out well and I even made sure that the words wouldn't get all mixed up I put a little symbol on each fry and each cup. You can use the 'cups' that are in the packet, or you can go to your local French fry joint and beg for the little cups in the kid meals! (They make a small size now!)


Check out all the words that are included! 

I even added a page for the kids to write their most overused words on. I am going to put this in a page protector in the writing folders so the kids can write some 'fancier' words that they want to use in their writing for the day. They use a dry erase marker, erase and find different words on a different day!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Free Winter Holidays Activity Books

So, how was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was wonderful with all your family and friends. We are officially in the winter holidays! I can't believe how fast this year has gone!
A few years ago, I helped compile teaching products to give teachers a little gift for this time of year. Since there are so many new teachers out there, I thought it might be a good idea to dust off these FREE valuable resources that never go out of style!
Click here for the 2013 version and here for the 2014 version.


Each book has approximately 50 FREE holiday resources for 1st and 2nd grades, as well as helpful hints to help you through the holiday hilarity that tends to accompany December and the winter holidays.

When I was teaching 2nd grade, I made copies of many of the activities and put them in stations. Then, on the 2 days before winter break, we had a massive center time. We had one for math and one for language arts. It was a lot of fun and it kept the kids active and engaged.
Have fun loading up on a ton of awesome holiday resources!
Happy Holidays!

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