13 Websites with Online Stories
Here are popular resources teachers are using to share stories:
- Aesop Fables—no ads
- Aesop’s Fables
- Audio stories
- Childhood Stories
- Classic Fairy Tales
- Fairy Tales and Fables
- Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books
- Owl Eyes (classics)
- Stories read by actors
- Stories to read for youngsters
- Unite for Literacy
Click for more online story resources (or to update this list)
11 Online Resources About Puzzles
Here are popular puzzles resources teachers are using to teach mouse skills, critical thinking, and more. There are a few for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day:
- Digipuzzles–great puzzles for geography, nature, and holidays
- I’m a Puzzle–create your own puzzles
- Jigsaw Explorer–make your own
- Jigsaw Planet–create your own picture jigsaw
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Jigsaw Puzzles–JS
- Kindergarten puzzles
- Puzzle—St. Pat’s Puzzle
- Puzzle—drag-and-drop puzzle
- Puzzle—St. Pat’s slide puzzle
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
3 Projects to Teach 1st Grade Architecture
Many Fridays, I report on a wonderful website or project my classes and parents love. This one is teaching architecture to youngers:
Three projects over six weeks and your students will learn about blueprints, room layout, dimensions, and more. Plus, they’ll understand how to think about a three-dimensional object and then spatially lay it out on paper. This is challenging, but fun for first graders.
Spend two weeks on each projects. Incorporate a discussion of spaces, neighborhoods, communities one week. Practice the drawing, then do the final project which students can save and print. Kids will love this unit.
- First, draw a picture in your drawing program of the child’s home. If you don’t already have a class favorite, check this list. Many have architecture tools so show students how to find them. Have kids think about their house, walk through it. They’ll have to think in three dimensions and will soon realize they can’t draw a two-story house. In that case, allow them to pick which rooms they wish to include and concentrate on what’s in the room.
14 Online Resources about Farms
Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to teach about lots of different types of farms:
- Agriculture in the Classroom
- Alligator farm–video
- Dairy Farm tour-video
- Egg farm–video
- Farm Games
- Farm Games–Boowa and Kwala
- Find a dog
- Fish Farm–video
- Harvest of History–bit older
- Llama farm—video
- Organic Farm–video
- Virtual Farm–4H
- Wind Farm–video
- Wind turbine farm–video
–image credit Deposit Photos
7 Online Resources to Teach About Vehicles
Do your first graders love vehicles? Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to teach about them:
- Build a car–abcya Design your very own vehicle with ABCya’s Create a Car! Choose from cars, trucks, buses, and even construction vehicles. Customize your vehicle with different wheels, engines, and more. Enjoy the ride!
- Vehicle Puzzle–click and drag puzzle pieces into place for this picture
- Freight Train Cars–video about all the cars in the freight train from Railway Vehicles
- Patterns in Vehicles–learn about patterns in this video by recognizing them in a video
- Transportation matching–mix and match vehicle parts to make your own unique vehicle
- Transportation Sequence Games–a lesson plan about transportation (but it does require a BrainPop Jr subscription)
- Vehicles–a wide collection of coloring pages for many different vehicles
Do you have any I can add to the list?
–image credit Deposit Photos
Know Computer Hardware
Learning computers starts in kindergarten with understanding hardware. This lesson plan (#103 in the lesson plan book noted below) includes three pages. Introduce less with K, more each year until by sixth grade, students are good hardware problem solvers because they understand the basics.
Page 2 is an assessment you can either print out and have students fill in or push out to students to be completed online.
15 Online Coloring Apps
Good websites and apps, some for kids, some for adults. Beware: Many have in-app purchases and advertising
16 Coloring Book Websites and Apps
Here is a great list of coloring book websites for kids and adults to share for the holidays. Many are color-by-number, some even auto-fill the right color with a long-click. Beware though: Many have in-app purchases and advertising so preview them before sharing:
- ABC Color–color letters with fill or paint brush
- ABCYa Paint
- Art Coloring
- Canva Templates to color
- Coloring book pages–downloadable
- Coloring Book–color by number
- Color Planet–app
- Free coloring pages
- Happy Color
- KidPix–visit coloring book backgrounds
- No-pix–color by number
- Paint by Number–app
- Paint Sparkles Draw–free; lots of coloring pages, but maybe too many ads
- Pixel Art
- Tap Color Pro
Click here for a great summary of several of these sites.
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10 Ways Any Teacher Can (and Should) Use Technology
New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication. Digital texts confront students with the potential for continually updated content and dynamically changing combinations of words, graphics, images, hyperlinks, and embedded video and audio.
The underlying theme can’t be ignored by teachers any longer: A 21st Century learner requires technologic proficiency. Proof enough is that Common Core summative assessments will be completed online—only possible if students use technology as comfortably as paper and pencil to demonstrate knowledge.
But how do you do that if you aren’t a ‘techie’ or a ‘geek’, if you barely use a Smartphone much less the myriad of online tools. I have ten strategies that will make your teaching life easier, bump up your effectiveness with students, and save time complying with Common Core standards. Try these ten tech uses. Watch what a difference they make:
Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum
I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.
Today: K-8 Keyboard Curriculum
K-8 Keyboard Curriculum (four options plus one)–teacher handbook, student workbooks, companion videos, and help for homeschoolers
2-Volume Ultimate Guide to Keyboarding
K-5 (237 pages) and Middle School (80 pages), 100 images, 7 assessments
K-5–print/digital; Middle School–digital delivery only
Aligned with Student workbooks and student videos (free with licensed set of student workbooks)
Student workbooks sold separately
1-Volume Essential Guide to K-8 Keyboarding
120 pages, dozens of images, 6 assessments
Delivered print or digital
Doesn’t include: Student workbooks