Friday, November 27, 2015

Getting Kids Ready to Search the Net

How to Help Elementary Students with Internet Research - Tips from Raki's Rad Resources

When you are creating an internet research project for elementary students, you need to do two important things.

#1 Create guiding questions to help students know what to look for. For example, if you ask your students find information about Thomas Jefferson, they are likely to find a lot information that is not relevant to what you are studying, like stories of his childhood or the number of children he had. However if you tell students that you want them to find out how long Thomas Jefferson was president and 4 important things he did while he was president, then they have a direction to guide their research.

#2 Find quality websites for your students to use a springboard. Younger students are generally not equipped to use only search engines when they are doing research. However, they can learn to maneuver around provided websites to find the information they need. I suggest not providing websites to students by listing them on the board or on a piece of paper, but often web addresses are long and cumbersome and you will have a lot of transferring errors. Instead, have the websites available in on e-format by posting them on Edmodo, e-mailing them to students or providing QR codes.  

If you don’t want to spend all of the time doing these two things, you might consider using my internet scavenger hunts. Each of these were created for students I taught at different times during my career. There are 48 different internet scavenger hunts available for you at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. So, before you start recreating the wheel, stop by and see if I have something that will suit your students needs. Here are a few of the ones available:

Make internet research easy for elementary students with internet scavenger hunts. This one covers American Holidays.

Make internet research easy for elementary students with internet scavenger hunts. This one covers Creek & Cherokee native americans. Make internet research easy for elementary students with internet scavenger hunts. This one covers Ancient Greece.

Make internet research easy for elementary students with internet scavenger hunts. This one covers the principles of heat.

 Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Technology Vocabulary Word Wall Cards

Technology Vocabulary Cards for your word wall When I was a technology teacher, nothing frustrated me more than hearing someone say “Mash that button there.” instead of “Press the enter key.” Technology vocabulary is very important for students to learn and use. These Technology Vocabulary Cards can be put on a bulletin board or an O-ring to help students know exactly which word to use when asking you about something technology related. Encourage students to use academic language when dealing with technology by requiring them to use these words. You can purchase these technology cards at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A 2fer: Forms of Energy

Since both of my schools were studying the forms of energy, I thought why not put both of their project ideas together in one post.

Bam! A 2fer! What a Deal!

3rd grade students at one school, downloaded four examples of forms of energy from Dropbox and utilizing the TypeDrawing app, wrote characteristics for each one. Then the four pictures were uploaded to the Strip Design app. (Direct Link)
My other school utilized the apps, Wordfoto and Tellegami for their forms of energy project. Students created a Wordfoto brainstorming at least 5 characteristics of their form of energy. Using the Wordfoto as the background for their Tellegami presentation, they recorded what their form of energy was, how is it used and what would happen if they did not have that specific energy.

Peace,
Kiki



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