Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Earth Day Resources for the Classroom

All About Earth Day
Did you know?Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries 30% of the amount of food is lost or wasted before reaching consumers 1 action is all it takes to make a difference.

2018 Earth Day Freebies and Deals Roundup

Enjoys these great resources that you can use in your classroom!!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quiznetic...Make your lessons like no other

About 4 months ago I happened upon a site called Quiznetic. I created an account, tested out the software and found that I love it. Creating a game is very easy to do and you have the ability to have full control over the layout of the game and where players move as they progress through the questions. Quiznetic allows for multiple choice and numeric question types. I really like that you can add your own backgrounds or choose from a gallery of already created backgrounds.

Quiznetic takes gamification and classroom learning to a whole new level. With the style of a traditional board game, this is the ultimate gamified learning experience.
You can create a set of questions and build your own themed revision game for students to race each other around a track or path. Students join the game on their own devices and then have to answer questions to move their player on the game screen. You can display the game on an interactive white board at the front of the class so everyone can see where their player is in real-time. Students can answer the questions using laptops, tablets or phones!

Check out the features - https://quiznetic.com/#features

I encourage you to take a look at this site as I think you will find this to be a great addition to your technology toolbox.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Flipgrid: Analyze a Nonfiction Text

4th grade ELAR teachers had their students utilize Flipgrid to analyze a nonfiction text to determine the author’s text structure (cause and effect, sequencing, and comparison) and support their thinking with text evidence.  

Additionally, students commented to each other’s responses and communicate to their peers (via a response flip grid) on what they thought was interesting about the text they chose and how the text structure helped them better understand the nonfiction text. 

Students loved this activity! 

Initial Activity:


Student's response to another student:

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Flipgrid: Student Communication and Formative Assessment!

Flipgrid is a K-12 resource that is designed to promote open discussion between all students within your
classroom. Teachers post topics, videos, or links for discussions and students respond to the prompt and to each other with short video reflections. It’s a wonderful resource and Flipgrid offers a free plan as well as paid versions.

Flipgrid is meant to provide a digital space for students to share and reflect on ideas with their teacher and with their peers. It’s a wonderful way to get students participating equally in discussions, and for students to hear their peers voices and insights. FlipGrid is available on the ipads and can be used with Chromebooks.

  • Check out this FlipGrid on how educators use FlipGrid in the classroom
  • Consider following Flipgrid on Twitter @Flipgrid
  • 15 Ways to Use Flipgrid in your class
  • 10 Ways to Use Flipgrid beyond the classroom
  • Check out the below introduction and student example videos:


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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tower Garden Challenge - Photo Documentation & Google Docs

Team Newell Tower Garden
Think of the food you ate today, in the last week, and over the last year. Where did it come from? Did you grow any of it yourself? What resources were needed to produce it? It takes nearly 1.76 acres of land to grow the fruits and vegetables needed to feed a family of four for one year, and closer to 2 acres if wheat and corn are included. Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet; but is there a less land-intensive way to grow them? Team Newell students will try to scientifically answer this question this year with support of a Martha Holden JenningsFoundation Grant.

What is your project? Funding supports teachers implementing specific, deep learning projects.
Team Newell students will work together as scientists to test claims that aeroponic growing methods such as The Tower Garden can 
produce more food in ways that use less land and water. Students will design and conduct a scientific experiment that rigorously tests and compares growing plants in the Tower Garden system with traditional, horizontal, soil-based methods. Using scientific methods of inquiry and data collection, students will take specific and accurate measurements, manage variables, make detailed observations, maintain a lab journal, visually represent their findings, draw conclusions, and consider aeroponic gardenings' future implications and real-world applications. Students will present their findings to local farmers and other community members such as our community partner, the First Citizens National Bank to explain the experiment, what they learned, and how it connects to real world problems that we face now or might in the future.

Describe what you want to accomplish with this project.
What are the anticipated student outcomes related to this specific project?
I plan to accomplish improving my students' critical thinking skills such as reasoning and problem solving by providing real life experiences that make educational standards relevant. Vertical gardening is a potential solution to many of the food production challenges the Earth’s population faces as it grows. By participating in this research, students have the opportunity to take part in research with a purpose, conduct original research, and use their data to form conclusions. Students will emulate the behaviors of adult scientists and will think about how science can help address issues in our community. Students will work in teams, provide feedback to each other, serve in a variety of classroom roles, and use their own unique data to make a claim related to the challenge. Students will have the opportunity to make choices about where they donate the fruits or vegetables when they harvest. The Tower Garden Challenge will not only motivate students to eat fruits and vegetables, but it will also provide meaningful data to integrate into math lesson, writing lessons, science lessons, and cooperative learning lessons. Students will not only benefit physically, but they will also benefit academically from the implementation of this project.

How does this project address the Martha Holden Jennings Deep learning expectations?
Taking specific and accurate measurements, managing variables, making detailed observations, maintaining a lab journal, visually representing findings, drawing conclusions, and considering aeroponic gardenings' future implications will not only help develop students' problem solving and critical thinking skills, but it will also engage students in meaningful project based learning.  In designing and carrying out their experiments, students will develop skills in scientific inquiry, scientific communication, and evidence based reasoning. Working in teams, providing feedback to each other, serving in a variety of classroom roles, and using their own unique data to make a claim related to the challenge fosters students' self-directed learning skills and makes Common Core Standards meaningful, relevant, and effective. Applying Tower Garden data in math lessons, writing lessons, geography lessons, and cooperative learning lessons engages students in interdisciplinary learning. New content and skills will be learned in more than one step and with

multiple levels of analysis so that students will apply the skills in way that change thinking or behaviors about growing fruits and vegetables.

Are you interested in getting your own Tower Garden?  


Contact a local JuicePlus+ Representative to get you started! 
I have 2 outstanding helpers! (Karen Smith and Joan Musgrave) 


We have just started our Tower Garden Journey 
so FOLLOW us on 
Team Newell Facebook for UPDATES :) 





Students will be using Google Docs to record results, and they will also use iPads to take photos of their plant growth. We will use Addy app and Pic Jointer for photo documentation. 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ClassDojo Toolkit

I wanted to give a quick shout out to ClassDojo!
They have added the coolest tools to make life easier! 

The Toolkit is a PERFECT 10! 

I hope you enjoy the ClassDojo 
Toolkit as much as I am!!!! 

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