Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dive into Art!

I recently read a blog post by Richard Byrne on "Seven Registration-Free Drawing Tools for Students" (Free Technology for Teachers). One really cool thing about these drawing tools is that they are all web-based and students do not have to have a log-in to start drawing.

My favorite is Bomomo. When you go to that web site, you have a blank screen with circles moving around. Your mouse controls the circles. At the bottom of the screen are all sorts of patterns that you can use to create art. As you choose different patterns, different colors are chosen also. 

Below is my art from Bomomo. I think it turned out pretty well.

One of the really cool things is that after creating your art work, you can then save it. I uploaded this art into PicMonkey and added my name to the artwork. (By the way, PicMonkey is another website that you don't have to register for and parts of it is free!)

Go and find your inner artist!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Have You Ever Looked at Cloud Shapes?

Today on Twitter someone posted a TED Talk. This TED Talk was by Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a Chance of Joy. Now why would I blog about that? Watch the TED Talk below and see what comes to your mind!

 A couple of things that I really liked was when Gavin was talking about unplugging from everything and just laying back and watching the clouds. He talked about several cloud formations and that got me to thinking about different science standards and how they have to do with cloud shapes. Wouldn't showing this video be a good idea for introducing a unit on clouds? I think so!

The grade levels and the content standards are listed below:

7th Grade: 7.E.1.4 Predict weather conditions and patterns based on information obtained from:
  • Weather data collected from direct observations and measurement (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity and air pressure)
  • Weather maps, satellites and radar
  • Cloud shapes and types and associated elevation

5th Grade: 5.E.1 Understand weather patterns and phenomena, making connections to the weather in a particular place and time.
  •  5.E.1.3 Explain how global patterns such as the jet stream and water currents influence local weather in measurable terms such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation. 
Another great idea is using Wonderopolis. They have a great wonder of the day #591: What is a Lenticular Cloud?

One idea of how this could be used in the classroom would be as an introduction to your unit. Watch Gavin's TED Talk at the beginning of the unit, then give students an assignment to just look at the clouds they see (maybe over a weekend). They could also take pictures of these clouds to identify later. Another idea is after taking these pictures and identifying the different types of clouds, they could blog about the cloud and maybe mention what type of shape they saw in the clouds.

How will you see joy in the shapes of clouds?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Can't Get Enough of Reading!

Here are some great reading resources. These resources can be a great resource to share with parents also.

Remember Reading is Fundamental? The website reads books to students. There are reading logs, activities, games, and lesson plans. Parents will have to help students under 13 to join the RIF club.

We Give Books is a resource that teachers can use to read books on IWB (interactive white boards). Teachers will have to join (it is free) in order to read all the books. Here are some activities that go with this web site: activity that I liked the best is an Information Text Scavenger Hunt.

Two websites you might be interested in looking at are ReadWorks and LearnZillion. These websites are correlated to common core. Teachers will have to register for both of these, but they are free. 

My very favorite online reading resource is Mrs. P Magic Library. When you first click on a story to have read to you, Mrs. P introduces the story and then makes a connection to it. I love listening to the way she reads the stories.

There are many more online reading resources that are free for teachers and students.

image created in Wordle 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's So Fluffy ...

This morning I was scanning my Twitter feed and came across this tweet from @eol (Encyclopedia of Life): 

I must admit the first thing that came to my mind when reading the above tweet was a line from one of my favorite movies, "Despicable Me". Do you remember it? 
From Despicable Me: 

I checked out the website: The Encyclopedia of Life has a contest for people to send in pictures of fluffy things. This got me to thinking about how this would be a fun activity to do in the classroom!

Here are some ideas that I thought of:
  • Have students take pictures of things that look like the alphabet, shapes, numbers, specific colors, etc.
  • Also, the idea above for something fluffy, something furry, something smooth, something sharp would reinforce those words with images.
  • Take several images to reinforce the concept of beginning, middle, end; for example, taking a picture of a piece of wrapped candy as the beginning, starting to unwrap the candy as the middle, the unwrapped candy as the end.

  • Taking pictures and then showing to the class and have students write what they think happened right before the image was taken or what happened next.

  • Take pictures of angles or other math concepts.
What are some ideas that you come up with?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekly Diigo Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekly Diigo Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.