Digital Citizen Tips for the Elementary Classroom

Digital Learning Day is almost here and there's no better time to review Digital Citizenship. Keep reading to find FREE ideas to promote Digital Citizenship in your elementary classroom.

I always like to start a discussion with my classroom when introducing Digital Citizenship. I ask them what kinds of devices, games, and social media they are using at home that require access to the internet. I type a list on my computer that is projected on the wall for the students to see.

I am always surprised that even though I teach second grade my students are using all kind of social media like Snapchat, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Instagram, and more. Lots of students also use YouTube, Netflix, and Google Searches. They usually mention many video game devices like Play Station, Wii, and Xbox and other networked games like Growtopia and Minecraft.

After we discuss all the types of digital devices and social media they are using we start to talk about using it safely. I love the freebie on Internet Safety from Brainpop Junior. It is especially appropriate for elementary students and always creates lots more great discussions.

I also recently came across another great free resource for Digital Citizenship. Common Sense Media. There are free posters to access here. Also another very age appropriate video for elementary students called Pause and Think Online

Be sure to download my Digital Citizen Brag Tag FREEBIE. You can print them off to give your students once they have learned all about how to be a good Digital Citizen. You can also check out all my iPad lessons here which would also be a great addition to your Digital Learning Day activities.

I hope you found some ideas to help you infuse digital citizenship into any online lessons. I've linked up with 5 other incredible technology-integrating educators from the Tech with Us Facebook Community to share more digital citizenship lessons and ideas in honor of Digital Learning Day on February 23rd. While the obvious goal of Digital Learning Day is to see digital learning find a place in schools all year long, it is also the perfect time to revisit digital citizenship a second time if you haven't yet this year.    

Click the links to learn more tips, ideas, and lessons for teaching digital citizenship on Digital Learning Day and beyond!

Augmented Reality ABC App Ideas

AR Flashcards Animal Alphabet is a FREE app that includes animals for every letter of the alphabet. Use the app to learn your alphabet or take it to a whole new level and app smash with other apps to teach students of all ages. Students get so excited when they scan their card and their animal comes to life.

This app doesn't have to be about learning your ABC's especially if you teach older grades. Try using it in other creative ways and app smash with other apps. As you scan the animal there is photo option that comes up on your card and you can take a picture of your animal.  Use this photo in your app smash.

Here are 10 ideas to get your creative juices flowing...

1. Research your animal and record what you learned.
2. Make a little story about your animal.
3. Write a poem about your animal.
4. Think of verbs to describe your animals actions.
5. Make an ABC Book using all the animal photos writing sentences about each one.
6. Practice writing a paragraph that includes a little adventure about a couple of the animals.
7. Sort you animals according to science characteristics. Explain
8. Make up some math story problems about your animal.
9. Tell why your animal would be a great pet. Persuade your parents to let you get one.
10. Find out what your animal father, mother, and baby are called. Do this with other animals too.

Here is a sample (photo on left) of what we did with our animals in our second grade classroom. We made alliteration sentences for each animal photo.  The sample (photo on right) shows a fifth grade student's work. They went into even deeper details to explain simile, alliteration, idiom, and personification. We used Pic Collage Kids app to smash our projects. So download the app. Visit the site AR to print your flash cards and have some fun being creative with Augmented Reality and app smashing. You will notice in the sample projects that we used black and white printed cards.

(Note: They suggest printing your cards in color. I have had great success printing them in black and white too, as long as it is the original sent to the printer and not a copy.)

You can also check out AR Flashcards Space FREE where you could take pictures of the planets and app smash with planet research.

Check out more iPad Lesson ideas here

Mentor Text Lessons with a Science Twist

Happy New Year and Welcome to the Mentor Text Blog Lessons and Give Away. You will want to be sure to enter at the end of the post for a chance to win all the books.  My mystery word is SNOWBALL.

Book Summary: 
The book Snowballs is a beautiful illustrated short story about how snow is made into snowmen and then they melt and disappear at the end. It is a really simple book but we had lots of very meaningful discussions about its simple text. The book also goes more in depth and talks about how water takes 3 forms, solid, liquid and gas. It also includes is a very detailed description of how snow is made.

Lesson Introduction: To get ready to read this book with your students show them the cover and ask what they think the book will be about. My students had lots of discussion about why it would be called snowballs. There was also discussion about the bird and the food on the snowman face.

Before Reading: The title page also can bring about discussion too. What is happening with the birds, what do you notice, etc. How does this build on the cover page? Be sure to let them predict from the cover on the very first question of my freebie before reading the story.

During Reading: The book starts with a question and we talked quite a bit about how birds would know it is going to snow. Migration even came up with my students. I was very impressed with their deep thinking about this simple little question. My FREEBIE includes questions to use while reading the book. Copy the page front to back and students will write answers to questions as you stop while reading and give them time to do so. Also take time to discuss their answers as you are reading.

After Reading:  The book lends itself well to be split into a two day lesson. The first day read the simple large words and the next day go more into a Science lesson about Solid, Liquid, and Gas as you can focus on the snow info section of the book. Even the back cover works well for the Science part. There are many weather reports that can be looked at and discussed. Copying the back so all your students have their own copy to read works well.

How to Use My Resource: My FREEBIE resource is also included in the Snowballs Book Companion. It is used during the 2 days reading the book. Students will write down answers on the pages while you are reading the book and pausing to give them time to write the answers and then discussing as a class. The rest of my resource  has lots of other fun activities to use after reading the book.

Lesson Extension:
A Science Experiment you have probably seen before but now with a twist becomes the Snowman's Magic Hat Experiment. Supply list, patterns, and step by step directions are all included in my Snowballs Book Companion resource. I will be featuring videos on my Instastory at my Instagram account today.

More Lesson Extensions:

Making a weather report and recording on Telestory app is another fun extension activity. (The photos with the weather reports on the back of the book shows a iPad and what this will look like.) Creating snow families with Faces iMake app and writing stories about them. Recording weather, weighing and recording a melting snowball, verb hunt, adjectives using a thesaurus, other extra ideas include map skills, and recording learning from listening to a video.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I hope you enjoy using this fun little book for all subject areas in your classroom. Be sure to enter the giveaway and check out all the other great posts on Mentor Text Ideas. Remember my mystery word is SNOWBALL.

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Math QR riddles & Win DJ inkers Clip Art

My newest Math QR code product is hot off the press. Place Value Holiday Themed QR Code Riddles and more. These can be used with any Math Series or Place Value Unit of study.

My students love solving these fun riddles. First they solve the place value math questions. Then they find the card with the correct answer that they have written on their paper. They scan the QR code and write the word onto their paper. Each answer will help the students solve a fun Holiday themed riddle. The set also includes some quick checks to assess your students place value knowledge anytime throughout your Place Value unit of study. Cards can be hung around the room for a scavenger hunt type activity or placed at a math work station.

DJ Inkers Holidays Around the World Clip Art was used to make this product and you have a chance to WIN my newest product and a set of the DJ inkers CLIP ART by entering the Rafflecopter at the end of the post. The set includes some of the countries above and lots more. Check out the link to see all that is included in this set. You won't want to miss your chance to win.

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Number Sense- Part 2

Building Number sense requires lots of playing with and exploring numbers. This post is all about Odd and Even Numbers. Check out Number Sense Part 1 all about 10 and 20 here.

The first few days of exploring I set out all kind of manipulatives at table groups. Some of the things I included are pictured above. Pokemon minifigures were a big hit since Pokemon Go is popular right now.

The blue and red numbers are weighted numbers by Learning Resources. They can be used with any scales to test out numbers that add up to a certain amount.  You can find them here.  They are also fun to use with "Making Ten" from my Number Sense-Part 1 post.

Manipulative Ideas
1. Weighted numbers
2. IKEA wooden numbers
3. 1 inch squares
4. Teddy Bears counters
5. Linking cubes
6. 2 colored counters
7. Pokemon minifigures
8. Hundreds charts with 1 inch squares
9. Number tile squares

1. Free Play Sorting with Manipulatives. 

Manipulatives were spread around the room and I put small groups of 3-4 students at each table to explore odd and even. I let the students spend time sorting them into a group of odd or even and then I went from table to table and asked students to explain if they had a group of odd or even and how they knew. It was really interesting to listen to students as they explained why it was odd or even. I was really surprised how many students sorted into groups of 3 to sort instead of groups of 2. Many students remembered what odd and even numbers were from first grade but not many could tell me how they know if it was an odd or even number if it wasn't 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 or  2, 4, 6, or 8.  Students rotated through manipulatives every 10-15  minutes or so. I recorded observations and discussions. I even videoed a few explanations from students.

I also started having them sort their daily snacks so they could tell me if they had an odd or even amount, There were always lots of arguments about this until students started to realized that even means you would have 2 piles with the same amount and none left over.

2. Books to Read

Odd Todd and Even Steven is one book I always read to my students. While reading have students draw some of the objects that Todd and Steven have in the book.

Bears Odd Bears Even This book has different amounts of bears doing things throughout the book and you need to decide if the number is odd or even.

Other Ideas- You could bring your own socks from home and have students pair them up and see if they have odd or even amounts. Also having students think of other things that come in pairs.
(mittens. gloves, shoes, boots, earrings, etc)

3. Technology
If you have a membership to Brainpop Jr. they have a nice odd and even movie.
Use Doodle Buddy to make photos with odd and even.
Take photos in the room of things odd and even.

4. Games

Deck of cards (with face cards removed) -Students flip over one or two cards. Students can make single and double digit numbers and decide if they are odd or even. When students play to win they could decide before they flip the cards if odd or even wins for that round and whoever gets odd or even cards wins all the cards turned over. The one with the most cards at the end wins.

Dice-Roll for odd and even. Students decide before they roll if odd or even will win. They get a tally mark if they win. Play the first player to get 10 tally marks wins. Use 1 die or more dice to make bigger numbers.

Also check out the print and play Odd and Even games in my Numbers Sense Math Practice Activities Set here.

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Number Sense Part One

Making 10 and 20 -We've been exploring numbers a lot in our classroom this year. I am by no means an expert but I am slowly seeing my students grow with their number flexibility and discoveries.

The first few months of school we have been doing lots of exploring with manipulatives, apps, group discussions, and more. I would like to share a few things that have worked really well in helping us with our number sense. My favorite purchase this summer was my Ten Frame Trays from Oriental Trading. (see photo below)

We used these trays with counters to make 10 in as many different ways as we could. We filled up our trays with 2 colored counters, some red and some yellow, and then recorded the math facts in our math journals. As students became better at making 10 we moved on to make a 20. 

The trays worked nicely to make addition and subtraction problems like a fact family.
20-15=5  20-15=5 15+5=20  5+15=20  First subtract the red counters, then the yellow, then add red and yellow, then add yellow and red. I have seen others use egg cartons and cut off the ends to make FREE ten frame trays. 

We used lots of math ideas from Brown Bag Teacher Shake, Shake, Spill was a big hit with my class. See her post to learn more. She also suggests using cuisenaire rods. She uses nice little snap together ones. 

I just happened to have tons of the old style ones and dug them out of my closet and students absolutely loved using them. We made 10 with my struggling students and more advanced students made 10 using 3 numbers and also 20 with as many numbers as they wanted.

Add some technology...

Math slide is a fun FREE app  (you get 2 play all 10 games twice). It is multiplayer game for 1-4 students. If you are a class that shares iPads this would be a great one to check out. Students love to see if they can beat their friend and it is also fun to play against the teacher. They slide different numbers to the center to represent what is shown in the picture. The first player to slide their answer wins that round. The one to get rid of all their items in front of them first is the winner. It starts out very simple and then gets harder. Since we are 1:1 iPads we should get lots of use out of this app as they play on each others iPads.

Number Rack is a FREE math tool that is great for representing any number. It helps children to see the numbers in different ways. You read the beads from right to left so you start with the beads on the right and move the ones to the left to represent the number you want. What is so nice about the app is you can add lots of racks of beads to make large numbers and use it in n lots of ways. Check out my next posts to see how we used it to help us with rounding. You could use it with the app Pic Collage Kids. (See more about pic Collage Kids here) and take screen shots of the number rack and then add them to make a collage of friends of 10. Number Rack is also a web based so you could use on Chrome Books or display on your smart board.

We also played this fun ARRR friends of 10 game I made. Students earn counters (or make it more fun and use fake pirate gold) by making 10, 20 or even higher than 20 to challenge my best students.
But Beware don't pick a skull or the poison or you lose a coin. You also get a free coin for picking a smooth sailing ship or a YOHO YOHO monkey. You can find it here in my Number Sense Set of Games and Activities.

Now for a Limited Time Freebie. Check this link to get your freebie of 10 frame Trolls Scoot. It will be free until Halloween, October 31st and then will be available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store Trolls Scoot. 

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5 ways to use Pic Collage Kids App

Did you know the Pic Collage Kids app has tons of FREE stickers for kids? They can be used in so many ways in your classroom projects. Let me share with you some ideas of ways to use the Pic Collage Kids app and their stickers.

1. Use for writing poetry. Use one sticker and make a poem to go with it. Make a shorter or longer poem and and creatively add stickers that go with the poem. There are lots of fall and Halloween themed sticker sets.

2. Use for writing mini sticker stories. Pick 3 stickers and write a mini story.

3. Use for math. Make missing addend problems. You could also create make a ten problems, doubles facts, near doubles facts, and more. 

4. Make a math story problem. Write story problems for other students to solve.

5. Use for reading. You could retell a story. Find important events in your text. Name your characters, settings, and events.  Find and label non-fiction text features. You can also add your own photo to any project and cut around it to make it more like a sticker in your project.

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