Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Tie Shoes

Teacher, can you tie my shoes?

If this kindergarten teacher could have a dime for every time I hear that question during the day, I might be able to retire early. 

I participated in an amazing program called MERIT (Making Education Relevant in Technology) at the Krauss Center of Innovation and learned an easy way to teach my students how to tie their shoes. What's the magic trick? 

Wait for it.............

Other students!!!

As part of the program, Rushton Hurley, the director of the program at the time runs an amazing website called Next Vista for Learning. It is a library of videos that are free for you to use and share. They are made by and for teachers and students. All of their content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution which means you can freely share their creations! 

This is a really cute video created by a student from Fairlands Elementary School. It won an honorable mention award in one of the many video contests the website hosts. Click on the picture above to watch it and then check out some of the current contests coming up to see if you'd like to have any of your students create a video to share!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fractions for Lower Elementary (1/2) and (1/4)

TPT Seller Challenge Week 1

Make Over MADNESS!!!!

We all like to send our students out the door with plans for how to avoid the "Summer Slide". We want them to keep up with the skills we've worked on all year. Thanks to the awesome teachers below, I'm on a path to not hit the summer slide with my creativity. They have set up a four week challenge. The challenge this week was to "makeover" a product that really needs a lift.

I originally created a fractions packet that provided simple activities for little ones to learn how to identify HALF FRACTIONS. It was wildly popular and others were asking if I had anything for other fractions. Since I teach kindergarten, I like to create things that I might use in my own class, so I also created a small packet to learn how to identify ONE-FOURTH FRACTIONS.

Here is what the face of those looked like in my store:

They both sell well. However, often times, I notice a seller will buy one and then come back and possibly buy the other one at another time. I have been meaning to combine them as one packet for some time, so the challenge came with a good motivation for me. Below is the new cover with both products combined and updated with thicker lines and newer fonts.

I have also been working at adding a preview to each product in the store so people can see what will be offered prior to a possible purchase.

This packet will be on sale until Monday, June 22nd, 2015 for just $2. If you would like to purchase the product, you can click on the preview picture above to be brought to the store.

In light of the makeover madness, I've finally added my blog to Bloglovin' too. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

If you would like to be part of the challenge this month, click on any of the buttons to be taken to the blogs of the teachers who are sparking an awesome challenge this summer! #tptsellerchallenge

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Sparkling in Second
Peppy Zesty Teacherista
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