Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Technology in the Classroom

I love how tech-savvy our students are.  If you haven't started using technology in the classroom, you definitely MUST jump on board.

The Promethean Board (much like a SMART board) is such a great tool.  The student love it, and it is easily visible for all to see.  Here, the student is matching the coins to correlate with our date…which is the 9th.  Soon, we will learn about trading 5 pennies for 1 nickel.  But for now, the students know how to trade 10 pennies for 1 dime.

Everyone knows how valuable an iPad can be in the classroom.  Here, a student got to make a "paper" snowflake.  Then, there were a few math questions to answer about the snowflake.  Winter, math, and art all combined in one beautiful package.  What's not to love?

Lexia Core5 is an amazing, web-based (an App) program for phonemic awareness and sight words.  Here the student has to drag the letters to their correct position.  What I love about this program is that it allows me to track the students strengths and challenges in order to differentiate and personalize their instruction.  The students look forward to their Lexia time each week, and even often choose it during their desert station time.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dollar Store Deal #1 - Domino Math

I tell you what - there are few things that are cuter than seeing a group of five year olds playing dominos…the same game that my 93 year old grandmother still loves to play.  I always thought of dominoes as a game for older more-seasoned people, but boy was I wrong!  My students loved it.  Plus, there are so many amazing math skills that happen while they are playing the fun game.

So, next time you are at the Dollar Tree, pick up a few sets of dominos and let the fun begin!