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Here are the most-read posts for the month of May:
- Why Blended Learning Fits Your Class, 3 Issues to Think About, and 5 Easy Ways to Begin
- 9 Must-have Tools for Ed Conferences
- ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0–A Versatile, Easy-to-Use Math Program
- 19 Ways Students Keep Learning Fresh Over the Summer
- Studying for Finals: 5 Collaborative Online Methods to Try in Your Classroom
- 2 Webtools You Can Learn This Summer to Differentiate Lesson Plans
- Can an AI Save the World?
- How Great is MS Office Mix
Teachers have known for decades that ‘summer learning loss’ is a reality. Studies vary on how much knowledge students lose during the summer months–some say up to two months of reading and math skills–and results are heavily-dependent upon demographics, but the loss is real.
To prevent this, teachers try approaches such as summer book reports, but students complain they intrude on their summer time. When teachers make it optional, many don’t participate. The disconnect they’re seeing is that students consider these activities as ‘school’ rather than ‘life’. They haven’t bought into the reality that they are life-long learners, that learning is not something to be turned on in the schoolhouse and off on the playyard.
This summer, show students how learning is fun, worthy, and part of their world whether they’re at a friend’s house or the water park. Here are nineteen suggestions students will enjoy:
- Youngers: Take a picture of making change at the store. Share it in a teacher-provided summer activity folder (this should be quick to use, maybe through Google Drive if students have access to that). Kids will love having a valid reason to use Mom’s smartphone camera.
- Any age: Take a picture of tessellations found in nature (like a beehive or a pineapple). Kids will be amazed at how many they find and will enjoy using the camera phone. Once kids have collected several, upload them to a program like Shadow Puppets where they can record audio notes over the picture and share with friends.
- Any age: Pit your math and technology skills against your child’s in an online math-based car race game like Grand Prix Multiplication. They’ll know more about using the program and will probably win–even if you do the math faster. You might even have siblings compete.
- Grades 2-5: Set up a summer lemonade stand. Kids learn to measure ingredients, make change, listen to potential customers, and problem-solve. If you can’t put one up on your street, use a virtual lemonade stand.
- Any age: If your child wants to go somewhere, have them find the location, the best route, participation details, and other relevant information. Use free online resources like Google Maps and learn skills that will be relevant to class field trips they’ll take next year.
Memorial Day (May 29, 2017) is the time we remember all of those soldiers (and anyone in the Armed Forces) who gave their lives in the defense of American freedom. In war and peace, they made the ultimate sacrifice, and because of them we are privileged to live the American Dream.
Once a year, we honor them, their sacrifice, and those they left behind. Here are some activities to help students understand the import of this day:
- Folding the American flag
- In Flanders Field--poem
- Memorial Day Messages, Speeches, Oaths, Poems, Anthems, and images
- Memorial Day Poems
- Memorial Day Poetry–poems
- Memorial Day Prayer
- Memorial Day puzzle I
- Memorial Day Puzzle II
- Memorial Day DigitPuzzle
- Memorial Day Quiz
- Memorial Day Word Search
- Primary source recollections of War
- Quotes about Memorial Day/Wars
- Remember our Warriors
- Who you are remembering–Americans killed in action
- Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th
- How You Can Make Homework Easier for Students
- Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need
- 21 Great Websites and Apps for Earth Day
- A new resource guide from Kiddom: Standards-based Grading for ELA and Social Studies
- Understanding By Design — What’s That Even Mean?
- Visit My New Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Store!
- 27 Websites for Poetry Month
- 8 Websites For Financial Literacy Month
- Summer Professional Development from Ask a Tech Teacher
- Breathing earth– the environment
- Breathing Earth YouTube Video–of CO2 use, population changes, and more
- Conservation Game
- Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents
- Earth Day Printables
- Eco-friendly house
- Ecotourism Simulation–for grades 4 and above
- Footprint calculator
- History of Earth Day–lots of reading
- My Garbology
- Starfall — Every Day is Earth Day
- Storyboard That! Earth Day lesson plans
Here are some websites your students will love:
- Easter color-me (for Kindergarten/first grade)
- Easter Color Me to print or import to drawing program
- Easter games II
- Easter games III
- Easter games IV
- Easter poems and songs (to play online)
- Easter Puppies–video
- Easter puzzles and games
- Easter songs for kids
- Easter story--the Easter Egg–video
- Easter Word hunt (Starfall)
Here are four sites that work well with iPads:
- Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
- Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
- Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
- Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
- Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
- Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
- Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry
All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families celebrate by reading, writing, and sharing poetry. Here are fifteen websites that do all that and more. Share them with students on a class link page like the class internet start page, Symbaloo, or another method you’ve chosen to share groups of websites with students:
From ReadWriteThink–students learn about acrostic poetry and how to write it
- What to do when Computers are Down?
- How to Run a Parent Class
- How to Teach STEM Every Day
- 7 Tips to Differentiate with Tech
- Always Know Which Virtual Speakers Are Available for Your Classes
- How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Class
- 12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes
- Summer Professional Development from Ask a Tech Teacher
I do have Summer Learning courses available online. If you sign up before April 15th, you get to bring a friend for free!
- Color the shamrock
- Color the Pot-o-gold
- Color the leprechaun
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle
- Puzzles and games
- St. Pat’s math
- St. Patrick’s Day history–video
- St. Pat’s Day songs–video
- Tic tac toe
- Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I
- Webquest II
If you have iPads at your school, try these three apps:
- 169 Tech Tip #116–How to Take Screenshots
- 169 Tech Tip #115–Three-click Rule
- Bring an expert to your classroom for Black History Month
- Edit and Share Videos Like a Rock Star
- How Tech is Part of my Education, Through the Eyes of a Student
- How to Prepare for the SAT Essay
- How to Use Google Apps
- Touch Typing Basics from KidzType (an infographic)
- What’s a Digipuzzle?
- What parents should ask teachers about technology