Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2nd Grade Go Math Essential Questions and Common Core Math App

I will be starting chapter 4 next week. I made the essential question posters for the students and mostly for myself- since I will be teaching 2 digit addition in a completely different way! 

Click HERE to get your FREE questions!

                   Common Core Number and Operations in Base Ten (K - 2)

                                        By Elementary Connection

This educational app allows children to learn, practice, and master academic concepts within the Common Core State Standards category of Number and Operations in Base Ten. The app addresses kindergarten through second grade Number and Operations in Base Ten Common Core Standards. Each level provides manipulatives or a whiteboard to aid students towards mastery of each targeted standard. The standards targeted in this app are K.NBT.1, 1.NBT.2, 1.NBT.3, 1.NBT.4, 2.NBT.1, 2.NBT.4, 2.NBT.5, 2.NBT.6 and 2.NBT.7

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Techie Tuesday Link Up

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The "Tech"ing Hour: A Spook"tech"ular Event!

My teachers were treated to a spook"tech"ular event during their planning time. Stations where set up, highlighting 8 productivity ipad apps for them to visit. For each station, teachers viewed a YouTube tutorial then they were asked to create a quick (hands-on) product for each station they visited.

A Halloween theme was utilized throughout the staff development and of course, goodies for them for taking time out of their busy planning schedule. They seemed truly engaged - Below are a few comments I received from the staff development:
We are so busy this time of year. Honestly, I looked at it as something else to have to do when there were many other things that seemed more important. However, it was SO nice to go in there and leave everything else at the door, have time to explore apps, and think about ways to use them. By the time I left I was very thankful we had the time set aside to do this.  
I liked that it was come and go and I got exactly what I hoped to get out of it. Thank you for taking the time and the money it must have cost to set up such a fun environment!
LOVED IT! It was very hands-on and engaging. I enjoyed being able to move at my own pace and write down notes that applied to my own subject area. I really liked the YouTube tutorial videos that further explained the app. 

Checkout the Animoto of the event:


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Free Fable Apps and Common Core Freebie

Teaching Fables? 
Here are apps that I like to use to enrich our Fable unit!
If you have not purchased a StoryChimes App- you need to right away!
StoryChimes are an affordable diverse collection of children’s stories designed to immerse your child in the sights and sounds of interactive tales while keeping the “feel” of turning the pages of a real book. As we like to say, “When you hear the chime, turn the page!”
StoryChimes’ stream of new titles will keep you coming back for more fun, adventure and education again and again. The ease-of-use makes it a snap for even the youngest kids to enjoy a StoryChime today.
Mom or Dad need a good distraction? No matter how you travel or where you are, StoryChimes are never more than a touch away. An entire collection of books in the palm of your hand, providing a great assortment of entertainment.
StoryChimes are the perfect alternative to movies, tv shows and video games. With StoryChimes you can entertain and educate at the same time. Grab one today!

Wild Fables 99 cents

Click HERE for Reading Street's One Good Turn Deserves Another Common Core Freebie

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Noun Lesson with Explain Everything App: Video Intro to App

Explain Everything App 101: Quick Video Intro
by Matt Gomez. You can connect with me on my blog mattBgomez.comTwitterFacebook or Pinterest
In this video I show how I use this app for a large group lesson on Nouns and then incorporate the large group lesson into our literacy centers.
You can see more explain everything examples HEREHERE and HERE.
The noun literacy centers can be downloaded here-> Noun Sorting PicsNoun Recording Sheet
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Do you like to play music for your class for transitions or work time? Songza is a quick and free website you can use for just that!

So it's Wednesday afternoon.. if your kids are writing, maybe you want working music with no lyrics. Click and play!

Maybe it's Monday morning and you're dragging.. choose waking up with energy and get your groove on!

Or it's Saturday night and you want a "sweaty dance party" or to "entertain cool friends"... yes, even those are options!


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ScreenChomp VS. Explain Everything


I have loved using ScreenChomp to record, to sketch, and to share "how to" videos to help students understand math concepts using my iPad on my Apple TV or Smart Board. Students have also loved making their own ScreenChomp videos which has made my iPad an excellent assessment tool.
While searching for ways to upload our recent Go Math Screenchomp videos to You Tube, 
I ran across the app called : Explain Everything!
It has more bells & whistles and it even
allows me to automatically upload videos to either You Tube, Dropbox, Twitter or our Team Newell Blog right from my iPad. No extra steps! It is worth $2.99! 
Screenchomp does allow you to share videos, but Explain Everything does it right from your iPad quickly with no extra steps. 
Here is a quick video that I made to reteach how to find the sum of a near double problem using the doubles. 

Students will be making videos to post on our Go Math Journey Website. Check back soon! Pin It

Techie Tuesday Link Up

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Free Make 10 App

This is a great math app to practice making 10!

"10 Frame Fill" provides children practice with recognizing additive "10 Families" (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer.

Click HERE for Make Ten Mountains

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My Favorite Screencasting App

This month my teachers have been focusing on creating screencasts with and for their students. I had a couple of teachers decide to purchase the Explain Everything app for their iPads rather than using some of the free apps such as Educreations, ShowMe, Doceri, etc. The main reason for buying the app was because of the ability to save to the camera roll and its ease of use over some of the other apps. This is important because students have been creating math and reading logs using the app Book Creator. Adding video is a great way for students to show what they know about a particular topic. Click on the link below to see an example of how a student used her Explain Everything video to add to her math log.

Click here for an example of a student math log. If you would like to know how to do this in your room click on my blog picture below to check out my post. It is complete with "how-to" videos and examples.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Go Math Journey Website

For all the tech lovers out there- make sure you visit the Go Math technology tab!


This site was developed to share my Go Math pilot journey with the teachers and parents of the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District. It is also intended for any teachers who are also interested in piloting Go Math or in their first year of teaching Go Math!
    There are a handful of teachers in our district who are piloting 2 great math programs this year- Go Math and My Math. Our district currently uses Saxon Math and will be choosing a new math series at the end of the school year.
    For those of you who know me, you won't be surprised to learn that I have already grown to love Go Math in just a few short months! I am SO EXCITED to share my TEAM NEWELL Go Math Journey with you!! I hope my journey gives you insight into the Go Math Program. I look forward to hearing about My Math success too :)
    You can subscribe to individual pages of interest to receive notifications when there are new posts. There are some pages that are empty at this time. I will be posting information as we experience it! 

Thank you!
Mindy Newell 

Do you teach Go Math? 
If you do, I would love any great advice!

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