Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FREE Lesson Plan Template

This evening, I was helping a teacher friend create a weekly lesson plan sheet. She hangs a copy on her announcement board on her front door so that parents always know what she will be teaching for the week. The copy on the door is terrific for touring parents that visit the school because it gives them a quick snippet of what will be happening in the class that week. 

Click on the picture above to receive your FREE editable copy!

I created this very simple version using Google Docs and made the template public. You can edit it to fit your needs. You can insert pictures in spaces where you don't have something to teach during a block. You have to save a copy BEFORE you edit it and give it a new name for yourself. You can download your version as a pdf to your computer.

I do much of my lesson planning online now, but I still like templates to write things out on. I haven't found my perfect version yet, so I would love to hear from you if you have one you really love.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Use QR Codes to Teach Reading

Have you seen these everywhere? Do you know what they are or what they do?
It is called a QR code and it is a 2 dimensional matrix of square dots. These codes were originally used in the automobile industry to track cars during the manufacturing process and have become uber popular because they hold much more information than a standard UPC code. 

Now, QR codes are also used as a marketing tool to bring customers to a website for instant information about specific brands. In order to get the information from the QR code, you must download a QR code reader. On my Droid phone, I did a search for a free one in the apps store and downloaded it to my phone. My son has a few iTouches he has moved on from as he upgraded, so I am downloading QR code readers to them and putting them in a reading center.

Guess what? Teachers can create these (in seconds) and use them to teach reading! Simply visit the website: http://www.qrstuff.com/ which is a free QR code generator website. I used it to create the QR code above for my website. I also used it to create word families for a reading center. 

Section 1: Data type: scroll down to plain text.
Section 2: Content: type in words you want students to read in a list.
Section 3: Choose what color you would like the QR code to be. You can just leave it black if you prefer.
Section 4: Download the QR code under the preview.

After downloading it, save it as a .png file and put the picture anywhere you would like. You could print it out and put it on a poster with directions for what to do with the iTouches. Teach students how to open the QR code reader and hold it over the QR code. The list you made automatically shows up and the student can practice reading those words! They can then use those words to write a sentence and draw a picture.

Here are some QR codes I created in under a minute each: if you have a smart phone or an iTouch with a camera, see if you can scan these and read the lists I created.
ap word family

at word family

en word family

it word family

op word family

ot word family
Are you using QR codes in your classroom? Do you have an idea for how to use QR codes in the classroom? Leave a note and let me know!


How To Create Graphics Screencast


I have had numerous people asking about what programs I use to create my graphics. I had an earlier post with screen shots. Now I have a "How-to" screencast to walk you through the process. I used Jing to do the screencast and it has a five minute limit, so I apologize if it seems I raced through the instructions. The nice thing is, you can pause it and back it up if you miss a step while watching it. Just scroll all the way down to the bottom and press the pause sign or slide the bar backward to go back to something you want to revisit.

Here are all the graphics I have made so far that I am offering for free:

If you like these, you might consider purchasing these graphics:


Sunday, August 12, 2012

All About Me Freebie!

Summer is over and it is time to get ready to meet a whole crop of new kiddos! Here is a free 16 page booklet that you can use with your new class to get to know a little bit about them. You can use this booklet for morning work as the class is coming in and getting settled.


All About Me Book

If you are unable to download from Scribd, you can access this freebie from my TpT store here: ALL ABOUT ME BOOK

To receive some more great freebies, come on over to Classroom Freebies!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Year-Long Technology Journal

If you haven't tried to make a presentation using the website PREZI, you should try it. It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but it turns out very nicely and is interesting to watch. It is similar to a Powerpoint, but it moves fluidly from slide to slide. You can even import an already created presentation into PREZI.

I created a presentation for an idea I have called "A Year-long Technology Journal". I am working to incorporate technology into my kindergarten classroom this year. I envision creating a Google Site that has a "page" for each student. If I don't go with the "page" idea, I might make an avatar for each child and place them all on the front page of the Google Site. All the projects that the students create (that are mentioned in my PREZI) will be linked through their avatar. In the instance where a parent does not want their child's work included on the site, I will simply put all of their creations on a CD for the parent to keep.

Click on the picture above to watch my PREZI. Click first on the "home" button on the left side of the slide. Then click on the play button at the bottom to watch the presentation. If you have an idea for something else I can incorporate, please leave feedback to let me know.


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