Friday, August 30, 2013

Level It (or Book Leveling Made Easy)

Got levels?  For those of us who level books in our classrooms to best meet the needs of our readers at their independent and instructional levels, we tend to rely on a few sources to help us level the trade books found in our classrooms and school libraries.  As a fourth grade teacher, I was constantly running to in order to find Lexile levels for the chapter books that I was using in my book clubs and guided reading groups.

Lucky for me (and for those of you who level), the Level It app has made a solid and very useful appearance!  This app was designed for the iPhone and iPod touch devices, but it also works pretty well on my iPad.  

Not only am I able to find Lexile levels for a book, but a simple scan of the barcode also allows me to get Guided Reading levels (GR), DRA, and Grade Level Equivalency (GLE) levels.

I can also maintain my classroom library collection digitally and also check books out to students.  

There is a teacher feature that also allows me to recommend books to my students and their parents.  Again...very cool!

The app retails at the App Store for $3.99.  More information can be found at

So what are you waiting for?  Try Level It for yourself today!  


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pretend Facebook Page Activity

Second graders made pretend Facebook pages for a Get-to-Know you Activity. Mrs. Newell explained to Team Newell 2nd graders that they were too young to have their own Facebook accounts, but it was still fun to pretend! Students designed their own cover photos, updated their status, and posted on their walls! What fun! Maybe parents will give them a peek on our Team Newell Facebook Page!

Head over to my blog to download your FREE copy for your classroom! Click HERE!
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Live Webcast With Kevin Henkes

I was very excited to get an email that School Library Journal is going to do a live webcast with children's book author Kevin Henkes. I just love his books and I always started out the year when I taught K and 1st with Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and Chrysanthemum. Those are two of my favorites! I really enjoyed the live webcast last year that SLJ did with author Lois Lowery who wrote Number the Stars. It was so neat to hear her talk about her books and answer questions from the live audience of school children.  Here is the LINK  to register if you are interested. I'm going to work on an author study using digital resources with my lower elementary classes - I think probably 2nd and 3rd.  We will conclude with the live webcast. Do any of you have any great ideas for an author study? I'd love it if you would share in the comments below. Thanks!
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back to School Mobile Device Agreement & iPod Cart RELOAD!

iPod Cart is ready to go! 
30 iPods are loaded & cloned!
This is my 3rd year managing over 50 iPods! I manage the iPod cart for my classroom and an iPod cart at a different elementary school in my district. 
Please visit my blog throughout the school year to view how we use each app and download my FREE iPod and iPad direction sheets for each app.   
We had a few issues last year with students NOT following directions so we have an
Mobile Device User Agreement Form this year. 

Page 1= Reference and Creation Apps

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These are the photo and video apps students use for writing creations!

Page 1
These are the apps that students use for reward at the end of the week or if they complete the iPod activity of the day. 

Page 1
These are the drawing apps that students use for writing activities.

Page 1
These are the reference apps that students use for  daily activities like WORD OF THE DAY. 

Page 1
These are the writing apps that students use for projects throughout the year. 

Page 2 = Reading & Language

Page 2 iBooks
There are MANY FREE books!  
Page 2 Spelling
These are the spelling apps that students use to practice spelling words. 

Page 2 Fluency
These are the fluency apps students use to hear what fluent readers sound like and to record/time themselves to become more fluent!
Page 2 Compare
These are the story apps that students use to compare different versions of the same story!
Page 2 Comprehension
These are the apps students used for comprehension. They read and take quizzes and then take screenshots of results and email me. I use for comprehension grades. 
Page 2 Listening
These are the apps students use to practice listening skills. 
Page 2 Interesting
Students use these apps for special projects.
Page 2 Review
There are several apps, but these are the 2 apps that I chose to practice sight words!

Page 3 = Math

Page 3 Challenge
These are the apps students use for math challenge!

Page 3 Tangrams
These are the apps students use to practice using tangrams. 

Page 3 Patterns
These are the apps students use to practice patterning!

Page 3 Money
These are the apps students use to practice money skills!

Page 3 Time
These are the apps students use to practice telling time. 

Page 3 Facts
These are the apps students use to practice math facts!

Page 3 Ten
These are the apps students use to practice the # TEN & base ten!

Page 4 = High
This page is for students who need a challenge!

Page 4
These are the apps for students who need challenged in a variety of ways. 
My higher students have a Google Drive account the Google Drive App allows them to access their documents ect. 

Page 4 Create
These apps are loaded but will not be used until after Christmas. 

We will start using iPods next week! All students must have turned in the Mobile Device User Agreement before using the iPods! I only have a few students who have not returned them! Can't wait! 
I will be working on my iPads this weekend!
Visit back to see screenshot of my iPads!
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