July 12, 2016

The Primary Sisters: TPT sale

The Primary Sisters: TPT sale: Don’t miss out on some great sales today and every Tuesday this summer. Use the code #2forTuesday to see some awesome products half off....

TPT sale

Don’t miss out on some great sales today and every Tuesday this summer. Use the code #2forTuesday to see some awesome products half off.
Our back to school Count and color is a great review or introduction to subitizing numbers. When students work with dice they begin to associate the way the dots are arranged with the number. This helps students see the number
without counting which is the foundation of number sense. 

These printable count and color math activities are our best seller. They are great for stations and morning warm up. I use them in my math workshop time. Students practice with dice to help them subitize numbers. Seeing how numbers are arranged and associating that with how many is a important number sense skill. This is a growing bundle. I just added 5 more pages and will add more as the year goes! So get it now for half off!!

Need word work activities? Well here they are. WE created these word work activities to be fun and easy for students to use during stations. Long vowel teams can be hard for students because they always want to give that vowel the short sound! These printable activities are a great addition to your word work time.

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July 10, 2016

Best Ipad Apps
 to use in the Elementary Classroom
Last school year, as a pinnacle leader in my county, I had the
 opportunity to have 20 Ipads in my classroom. My students loved
using them daily in stations and to actually create technology
products. Yes 6 year olds can create tech products on their own!
Not only can they create products but they can teach you a thing
or two while they are at it
Best Advice
My best piece of advice is to choose 2 to 3 apps that you can
easily use throughout all curriculum areas and that students,
 can use independently (after modeling of course).
Teachers often ask when and how do I make time for these tech moments. I don’t like to try to cram anything extra into my already jam packed day. So for me it has to be purposeful and meaningful and not anything extra. So when I planned to digitally publish my students writing
by using Chatterpix, I allowed time during my Writer’s Workshop
for students to work on this. Another tech project required students to use Skitch to label and identify plant parts, so during or STEM time students uploaded a picture of a plant and labeled the parts. These technology projects make great assessment pieces also, almost like killing two birds with one stone.

Must have Apps

Chatterpix is a free must have app, that can turn any picture into
a talking picture. Students take a picture and save to camera roll.
Chatterpix will access the camera roll and allow students to upload
their picture. They simply swipe across to make a mouth on their
picture. Next students press the record button to animate their
picture. Students used Chatterpix to digitally publish their writing.
After reading Spookley the Square Pumpkin students created their
own Spookley’s and wrote about how to be a nice friend. To work
on reading fluency, students practiced reading their writing to a
partner so they would be ready to record their writing. Students used
an Ipad to take a picture of their Spookley and save to the camera
Roll. Chatterpix is great to use across all subject areas. Students can
snap a picture of anything you are studying and then record facts,

read their writing, or tell all about themselves.
Click below to check out our Spookleys

Skitch is another free app. Students can label and describe
anything using just one or two words. This is what makes
Skitch such a great app for young learners. During our plant unit
students would take pictures of plants in non fiction books we were
using as read alouds. Students saved the pictures to the camera roll
then opened the Skitch app and uploaded the picture. As an assessment, students labeled the parts of a plant. This app does need
a bit more modeling to show students how to draw the arrows and
bring up the side menu options, such as text boxes and frames. Skitch is also great for math, students can use manipulatives to represent different sums. Take a picture and use Skitch to show the parts or write the number sentence.

Popplet lite is the third must have app. For primary students. Popplet is a mapping and graphic organizing tool. It is great for students who need a visual representation. Students can insert their own words, images and drawings to describe or tell about almost any subject from science to math. I used Popplet in just about all areas. Students can use this app in Guided Reading to retell a story using beginning, middle and end.. In Science students can upload pictures of the phases of the moon and label each phase. During work on words, my students used Popplet to practice their spelling pattern for the week. Students would put the pattern in the middle and then make words with the pattern in the other boxes.  

As I discussed at the beginning, I used lots of other apps during the year and will try to blog about those at a later time., but in order to make it more manageable these are the 3 that I really concentrated on using. These 3 apps are user friendly (and teacher friendly) and can be used across all subject areas. I would love to hear how others have used these apps or any other apps that you think are the best