Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Meet The Kinder Tribe Teachers

I am so excited for the first Linky party of the newly launched Kinder Tribe blog.  This is a collaborative blog that will provide you with ideas for your classroom, a place to share your ideas, along with a place to share your celebrations.  

As we are kicking off the blog by hosting a HUGE give away.  We are also hosting our first linky party!  This linky party is a chance to get to know you.  

If you would like to participate, please copy this button and link it to this link.



Fill out this "All About Me Page" {Don't forget to add your picture or you blog button}




Post it to your blog and link up here.

Here is mine!



I look forward to collaborating with all of you!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kinder Tirbe

During the TPT conference is Vegas, many teachers began talking about teacher tribes {Teacher tribes are a groups of teachers that help, support and inspire each other}. Through this conference, many teaching tribes began to pop up in different social media sites.  

I wanted to take the time to share with all of you one of the tribes that I have found through my search....the Kinder Tribe.  This group began on facebook and has transformed into a blog where Kindergarten teachers from all over can contribute their ideas.  I am so excited to be apart of this group!

Part of our launch, we are hosting some AWESOME give aways.  Please head over to Kindertribe.blogspot.com to check out and be apart of our Kinder Tribe community.


Stay tuned for our first linky party...."About Me" {A time where we can get to know one another}

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Techie Tuesday

I can't believe it's been a week already!!!  Where does the time go?

This week I am going to talk about taking over your classroom's technology!  Have you ever heard of Nearpod?  Nearpod allows you to control your child's computer or tablet from your computer or tablet.  

The first thing you need to do is create a teacher account.  Go to Nearpod.com and click on teacher sign up.

Once you have an account you are ready to create your first lesson. 

On the home page, click create.  Once a new lesson/presentation comes up, I always select the first 2 slides and delete them.  

Click add slide.  It then gives you the choice to add content (slide, video, autio*, slideshow, PDF viewer*, live Twitter stream*), add content from the web*, or add activity (open ended question, poll, quiz, draw it, fill in the blank*, match*).  I typically start with a title page, and therefore select add content.  I do this, because once we leave this slide during the presentation, it will ask the children to sign in with their name.  Once they sign in, I then begin my lesson.  
       *Free trail option

After you have created your lesson, you are ready to use it in your class.  Simply go to your library, select the lesson/presentation, and click live presentation.  A code will pop up.  I typically wrote the code on the board and the children knew exactly what to do (they opened their app, and typed in the code).  Once everyone is logged in, you start.

There are several different ways to use this program.  Last year (with Kinders), I used Nearpod as my morning message.  I was able to create a message, insert an activity for them to complete, and then a closing to the message.  

I also used it when teaching different phonics and math lessons.  After going through the content with the children, I would add a "quiz" so I can see how effective the lesson was, and then was able to see the next step easily.  

I was also attended a PD last summer, where they used this.  They took over our computers.  It solved the problem of finding a projector, and saved on passing out papers.

Some other ideas include, using it during a small group time, or even for assessment.

I highly recommend this program, especially if you have a one to one ratio with computers or tablets.  

Have you tried Nearpod?  Do you think you will try it?  How will you or have you used it?  Please leave your comments and questions below!

Thank you so much for hopping by!



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Techie Tuesday

Welcome back!

This week I am going to talk about QR (Quick Response) Codes.  These codes have so many purposes and uses in the classroom.  A few of these include; Word Walls, Word Work Centers, Independent Word Work, Directions, Anchor Charts in Your Classroom, Math Centers, newsletters, important dates, and Listen to Reading.  (I talked about my QR Word Walls and Word Work in a previous post.  Please click here to read more them).

Today I am going to talk about how I use QR Codes to help with Listen to Reading. At the end, I will also talk you through how to create a QR Code.

Last summer, I worked on creating QR Code book rings for every child in my class.  During listen to reading, children would take out their book ring, scan, and listen/follow along.  I then added a new set of books for each theme that we covered. 
Individual Book Rings

These rings worked out great, because each child has their own, they all had access to the books, and a variety of books.  And, since they were put through SafeShare, the adds were taken out, and they were not able to link hop and end up on something that was not "allowed."

Now to create a QR code!

1) Find a URL that you want your children to go to right away.  

2) Copy the URL.

3)If it is a You Tube video, then open up SafeShare.tv and paste URL in the box, click "generate safe link," then "Take me to safe link," copy URL.

4) Go to a QR Generator site (qrsuff.com, goo.gl, etc.)

5) Paste URL

6) Click the next step (each site is different, so it will vary)

7) Save QR Code and use in any document.

Do you use QR Codes in your classroom?  How do you use them, or how will you use them  Please leave your ideas, questions, or comments below.

Thank you!


***********UPDATE***********

I just posted the rings in my TPT store.  If you  would like them please follow this link.  Also, please leave comment below or in my TPT store, so that way I know you were able to find them, and that they are going to be helpful.  I would also love to know what grade they will be used with.  Thank you so much!  Enjoy!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Make Your Masterpiece: TPT Challenge #3



This challenge has not only helped me try things that I never dreamed of (regarding my TPT journey), but also to help check things off my "To Do" list.

Last year, I began to reflect on my word work practices in my classroom.  I liked that children were able to be hands on when learning the words, but some of the children didn't know/remember the word we were focusing on.  

I wanted to find a way for children hear the word, and have access to the word whenever they needed it.  I started to play around with QR Codes.  I started by creating a word wall that includes QR Codes (I uses safe share, so children do not see adds, and cannot "surf" the web).  To check this out in my store, click here.




The children loved it, and used it!  I wanted to go a step further and include QR codes during their word work time.  I tried a few things out, but never had time to fully create something that I wanted to "keep."  Enter, the challenge.  




During this week of the challenge I created an activity to use in a sensory table.  For this activity, place the words that you are working on into the sensory table/bin.  Children choose a card from the bin, scan the QR Code and either match it to the written word, or practice spelling the word with magnetic letters, or practice writing it on a whiteboard.  If you do not have a something to to scan the QR codes, you can use the word cards to create many different games.  To check out this activity in my store please click here.  I am planning on creating more with different themes.  




In addition to the Back to School QR Code game, I created independent practice books for the Dolch PrePrimer word list. These are printable sight word books that focus on one of the PrePrimer words.  Each book 7 different pages that help children focus on hearing the word, reading the word (both in isolation and in context) and writing the word.

While going through my reading teacher certification, I was taught that before a child can be expected to write the word, they need to be able to read the word.  This was the foundation for these books.  Each book contains a QR code with the written word, for children to hear the word.  They can scan the QR code as many times as they would like.  This helps children to learn the word independently (instead of constantly asking what word, they scan it).  If you do not have something in your classroom that will read a QR code you can leave this page out of the book.  

The next section of each book focuses on reading the word.  It is important that children not only read the word in isolation, but also in context.  The "Read It" pages allow the children the opportunity to practice reading the word in isolation.  Once they read (and point) to the word, they can color it, highlight it, or leave it blank (teacher discretion).  The next page is "Find It."  These pages help children read and recognize the word when given other words.  The final page in the reading section is, "Match It."  This is when children see the word, and practice reading the word in context.  

The final section is writing.  This section has 3 different pages.  The first page is, "Color It."  In this section children decorate the focus word.  This helps children recognize the individual letters that make up the focus word.  The next page is, "Make It."  On this page, children cut apart the letters that make up the word.  They then glue the letters in order.   The last page is, "Write It."  This page a twist on rainbow words and word race.  This helps children with fluency when writing.  When they roll a number, they use that color to write the word.

Whew!!  It was a very busy week!!  :)

I was only able to do the Dolch PrePrimer word list for both activities.  If you use another word list, and are interested, please e-mail me at MeghanMay478@gmail.com  

You can also try these books out (for FREE), by clicking here.  If you are interested in the full set of Dolch PrePrimer words, please click here.  They will be on sale for the next 2 days!!