Friday, February 27, 2015

Create a Free Avatar for Fun!

Avatars are so fun to create. Today, I created an avatar for myself. I have naturally curly hair and the site I used didn't really have an option for what my crazy hair can look like on a bad day, but it did have an option for what my hair might look like on a pretty good day when I straighten it out.

If you'd like to create your own avatar, you can do it using something offered by a company called My Blue Robot. It is free, though they do ask at the end if you'd like to make a donation to Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis.

Though the website is fairly user-friendly, I have a tutorial for you here:

This is what the main page looks like.

Choose what gender you'd like to create.

Choose a face shape. 
Choose a skin color.

Choose what you'd like your iris to look like.

You can also choose the color and shape of your eyes.

Choose your hairstyle.

You can alter natural hair color if you wish.

Choose an eyebrow shape.
Use the directional arrows to tilt eyebrows.

Choose a mouth.
You may tilt or widen it using directionals.

Choose a nose.
Use the zoom to enlarge or make smaller.

Choose an ear shape.
Some hairstyles do not show ears.

Choose a clothing style.
Use the color swatches or wheel to change color.

Glasses can be added.
Styles and color can be chosen.
Use directionals to lower or raise glasses.
Use zoom to make smaller or bigger.

Choose a background.
Or leave blank if you prefer.

Backgrounds can be colored as well.

Click "download" on lower right corner.
It will go straight to your downloads folder.

Finished product!
Have fun with it!

I uploaded mine to Microsoft Publisher and added words to mine and a border too. I forgot to add that you can also zoom the actual picture in or out and tilt the head either direction as well if you'd like.

I hope you have fun trying this out! I did.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentines Day Math and Writing Activities

How fun was it to start the week out on Ground Hog Day? Our students loved it. I showed them some PowerPoints about the day and they were so funny. They thought it was ridiculous that a ground hog looking at his shadow could tell us that there would be six more days of winter!

As we look at February and have only 11 more days until winter vacation, I've been looking for some great ways for them to enjoy integrating Valentines Day into our activities. I found some great ideas and I'd love to share them with you!

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Cathy Wolfram at Adore Your Place is an interior designer and a mother of three children. She created this beautiful picture for the teacher as an end-of-the-year picture. In our class we make a memory book and if I could possibly get my classful of kinders to stand still for two seconds, I think I would LOVE to make this to include in each of their books. I think I will do our picture on a red paper background. It would be really cute with patterned paper too.

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Littlebins has some really terrific Valentines Early Learning hands on math activities. This pin will take you to some really engaging math fun.
#1: Counting by 10's
#2: Patterning
#3: Math Game
#4: Graphing
#5: Water Bead Math
#6: Number recognition, 1:1 counting to 20

All of these great activities use some really cute math manipulatives!

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Finally, Mrs. T's First Grade Class has some sweet Valentines Day activities. I thought this writing project was terrific. She offers a free printable with the prompt that states: "I once was a candy heart and now I am a....." The idea is that you take a candy heart from the conversation heart candy box and create a picture around it. In this example above, she turned her heart into a cat nose. For younger students, you can simply have them write the name of what they turned their heart into. For older students, encourage them to add some adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases to make the sentence sound more interesting.

If you'd love to find some more excellent February Fun Finds, check out what these bloggers have found for you to do!


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