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Stop Motion in the Math Classroom

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Stop motion is a perfect way for students to slow down steps in math to demonstrate their understanding of abstract concepts. In a recent lesson with 7th graders, students used iStopMotion video creation App on the iPad to assess their ability to derive the formula for a circle. Some standards, like this 7th grade math standard, can be difficult for students to ...

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Preparing Kids for Computer-Based Testing

Preparing kids for computer based testing

Skills Needed for Computer-Based Testing How can teachers best prepare students for new generation, computer-based assessments like SBAC and PARCC? Use engaging, free web tools to ready your kids for novel test items. Allow kids to practice working with drag and drop items, highlighting text, and typing proficiently. Below are the skills and free web tools to help kids gain ...

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Coding Math Word Problem Games in Scratch

Incorporating Scratch Coding in the Math Classroom Integrating computer coding with math in the elementary classroom is easy using Scratch. I recently challenged some of our fourth graders to create their own math word problem games. After completing their programs, students rotated around the room playing one another’s games, which made for some great math practice!  Students were provided with ...

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Mystery Calls – Making Geography Real for Kids

Mystery Calls

Connecting Classrooms through Mystery Calls Video conferencing is a powerful way to make connections and expand the reach of your classroom with minimal equipment and effort.  One popular classroom use of video conferencing is the “Mystery Call”, AKA “Mystery Skype” or “Mystery Hangout”.  This activity can be done with any age level, but its focus on reinforcing geography skills makes ...

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Transporting Learners with Google Expeditions

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Getting to Know Google Expeditions Google Expeditions allows students to be transported to far away places without leaving their classrooms! Using a tablet and Expeditions Teacher Dashboard, teachers can control what students see and are provided information to about key features of each Expedition tour location. Peering into the low-cost Google Cardboard students can see panoramic images displayed on the smartphone held ...

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Mock Fairy Tale Trials – A Collaborative Writing Project

Mock Fairy Tale Trials Collaborative Digital Writing Project

Practicing Collaborative Digital Writing with Mock Fairy Tale Trials Lesson I had the pleasure of working with an amazing group of 4th graders over the past couple of weeks in a collaborative writing project that culminated in a mock trial or Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame and Gretel of Hansel and Gretel.  For teachers looking for a highly ...

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