Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reading Sites

Here are some more favorites:

I used this with 1st-3rd grade. This is a great way to informally assess author's purpose or even just review it. As you go through you'll see ways to adapt it for your group, and the kids love the basketball game at the end!

Ever wished you had some interactive reading comprehension passages with questions at the end? Now you do....3rd-5th grade level, but if you are 6th-8th check it out. It may have some passages that will work for you.

I haven't checked out every link on this site, but what I found in the comprehension one was great. Links are divided by topic and concept under comprehension and may be under some of the links as well. Check it out! I'm sure you'll find something you can use...

More to come soon! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A little bit of everything.......

Here are some more:
Before anyone starts, yes I know there is a new ARMT coming out(at time of posting the new specs are not out yet), but check this resource out. It is very organized and I think once the new specs finally come out(or why you are waiting for them to...) you'll find that this can be a great teaching tool. Once you click on a specific grade level games, sites are organized based on concept and topic. I'm pretty sure you can make this work for ARMT +, just takes a little time and thinking outside of the box.
This site has resources for K-8. Click on your grade level on the left side and happy hunting! There are resources for all subject areas. I haven't checked out every link yet, but what I have found is very useful. Make sure you check out their Math resource page and check out the facts power points. (Power points already made for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
If you haven't already seen this site, you can thank me later....This is my favorite place to find worksheets. Another plus is that they are saved as a pdf file, so you can easily open in most interactive board software and have the students complete interactively.

My second favorite place to find worksheets especially for Kindergarten and 1st grade!

A great (FREE) bookmarking site......if you are already a member look me up, I'm on symbaloo with some K-6 links of my favorite sites.

Still more posts to come and more to find ...
Enjoy the rest of your break!
Thanks for stopping by and please invite others to follow!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Interactive treasures

I would say these two sites are some favorites, but really all of the sites I share are. The first deals with my new found teaching tool, the Ipad. It has lists of some apps divided by categories(preschool etc.). I will soon post my own list of apps that I am currently using in the classroom. I'll have the handout on my school site and a link on the blog as well.

The next site is WONDERFUL!! It has interactive tools, centers, and games for K-5. Ever wanted a set of fraction bars that you can use on the smartboard? This site has it! Check it out, I'm sure you will come to love it as well!

Stay tuned...I have at least five more new posts coming in the next week. Please share with your friends! I would love to have more followers. If you need a site for something, let me know ;-) I may have one already! Thanks for reading and have fun with these new sites!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stay Tuned

I know it has been a long time since I posted on here. Check back after the holidays though for SEVERAL new websites to share. I have found so many that it is going to take several posts to showcase them all. I'll be posting throughout Christmas break!

Thank you for following and please share. There will be more to come in the new year.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Teacher Tools

Here are a few tools that I have come to love! They make life easier.

Ever needed to change a document into something that everyone could read? This is an easy download that installs as a printer option. It allows you to change any document into a pdf file. This helps with things you may want to post to a website, send out(without fearing that anyone will change anything), or if you need to send it to someone that does not have a particular Microsoft Program. I've used this with my newsletters before, because not everyone has Microsoft Publisher.

Ever wanted to "grab" a portion of the screen and not the whole screen? Print screen works for only so many things. Greenshot is a download that allows you to capture a portion of the screen(even in a picture in a pdf document) and then crop and it save it as a jpeg file. I've used green shot with grabbing the screens to post pictures of the websites on the blog. If you have any questions about either of these, please feel free to email me or leave a comment!
Up next....Math Resources for K-6

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New sites

Here are few new sites:
We all love Lakeshore because of their products and classroom materials, but have you checked out their teacher corner's site? There is a project and activity section, a printable section, and a make your own section for flashcards, word searches, award makers, and writing practice.

Have you ever wanted a site that had links for every subject and area? Here it is. **Caution I have not checked every link on this site, but as you can see the links and lists are extensive and cover a wide range of topic, so there will be something that works! (There are links for all ages)

Here is a new site I have found with various links for themes and resources. Check out their student page, links, and resource page for lists of various web resources. Again I have not checked out every link, but most that I have work.

Until next time! Happy surfing and thanks for stopping by!  ...Next blog will be on teacher tools~ Melissa

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Free Apps from Lakeshore!

Look for several new posts in the next couple of days, but first.......

There are three new apps available for Ipad and Iphone through LakeShore and they are free until December 30th. The above is a screen shot I took from my Ipad and then uploaded to my computer using dropbox(if you haven't installed drop box, it is time!! I will include information about that soon). They are offering the Beginning Sounds game, the Letter of the Day interactive, and Phonics Tic Toe free for Ipad and Iphone until December 30th. Whether you have Ipads or Ipod touches in the classroom or have one of these for personal use, these games are user friendly and worth the download.

LakeShore does offer an interactive resource line now. If you are not familiar with the technology resources they offer check out their website. The games are reasonably priced and work well with all interactive boards.

Here is a link to their technology section
Lake Shore Technology Section

Topics to come: Seasonal Links, A site with various sites for all topic areas, and information on dropbox! If you are looking for something, let me know I may know of a site, if not I'll find one!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Projects by Jen

Having trouble finding projects that meet various standards(Reading, Math, and Technology)? Check out Project's by Jen site. She has made it easy to not only meet course of study requirements, but to give your students a chance to collaborate with classrooms across the country. This was one of my favorite sites to use in my classroom. My students loved the various projects from OREO's to Lucky Charms, but I think their favorite was the Holiday Card Exchange. All kids enjoy getting mail! Details and requirements for the projects are all listed on the site, so check it out!


Welcome to my new blog adventure! I've been doing a personal one since January, but finally felt led to start one professionally. I love technology and finding new resources. I had my own K-1 classroom for the last five years, and this year I'm the inclusion special education teacher. I serve two schools and between both schools I service every grade level, K-6. I have presented for the past two summers at Alabama's state technology conference sharing tips and "treasures" with other teachers. Even though I no longer have my own classroom, I still enjoy finding sites to help other teachers. Hence this blog. I will share some of my favorite treasures along with some new ones that I find. If you are looking for something, leave a comment and let's help each other look! I've read the research on technology and how using it keeps the students engaged, and I've seen it in action. This is an interactive age, so let's do what we can to meet their needs while helping them learn at the same time.