- our strategies for pre-planning the mini-lesson
- materials you'll need
- lesson objectives and standards it targets
- links and resources used
- photos and video of the lesson being used
- examples of student work
Tiny Tech Tip # 1:
100's Day Project
1. Go to Wordle
2. Select 'create your own'
3. Type in your 100 words 'type in a bunch of text'
4. Click 'Go'
5. You can edit and select your font, layout, and color
6. Save it, Print it, and Share it
Tiny Tech Tip # 2:
itouch technology: Pop Math
To build automaticity with math facts, we practiced Pop Math with the students. We had 8 ipods and allowed the students to partner up or get into groups of three to work together for 15 minutes. They loved seeing their interaction and collaboration assist them to reach higher levels.
Bubble Math Lite is free (we used this). You can purchase the full version at itunes or in the App store.
Tiny Tech Tip # 3:
Sheppard's Software: Life Cycles
After a short introduction to Life Cycles, the first grade students were able to practice their knowledge in an interactive practice game by Sheppard Software. Students were able to select from identifying and ordering the cycle of either a bird, frog, or butterfly. Boys and girls both enjoyed the choice of being able to work with a few of their favorite animals. Sheppard's Software is always easy to operate, engaging for students, and a beneficial way to enhance any lesson - so much content to explore!
Tiny Tech Tip # 4:
Peep in the Big Wide World
Primary students LOVE to learn about their world through their scientific eyes while engaged with their friend, Peep. So, join the gang and surf, click, learn, and sing all while playing interactive white board games with Peep and friends.
Additional resources include: ( click here for their site map )
- Activities and More - anywhere science and math games, coloring page printables, neighborhood safari, and recommended books
- Interactive SMART Board Games
- Music and Videos - free rich scientific film clips, theme songs, music, etc...
Tiny Tech Tip # 5:
One of my favorite platforms for publishing student's stories is Storybird. Recently, Mrs. Plum was telling me how her class just published their stories in writer's workshop. Together, we decided to share their written compositions digitally. Below, you can view an example of a first grader's work.
Reasons I love Storybird:
- The ease of the program - six year olds can do it!
- Beautiful illustrations available to select from
- Opportunities to share work: email, embed, etc...
- Safety features - you can even get a teacher account for each class
- Not only can kids publish work, they can also get feedback on their work from others through comments (way to naturally teach dialogue and digital etiquette)
- Students can create a summary of their work to publish
- Include 'tags' for their work (great way to incorporate a mini-lesson on main idea or adjectives)
- Parents can purchase a hard or soft printable version of their child's story
- Kids truly become published authors!