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Language arts

Weekend Website #29: Storybook Maker

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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Categories: 2nd, 3rd Grade, Language arts, Reviews, Teacher resources, Websites, Writing | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Find Great Kids Websites

They’re user-friendly, kid-tested, organized by grade and topic. Just click this link to Great Kids Websites and scroll down until you find your grade and subject.

Send me an email with any websites you use with your students:

Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, DTP, Geography, Google, Keyboarding, Kindergarten, Language arts, Lesson plans, Math, Photoshop, Reading, Science, Slideshows, Teacher resources, Web Tools, Websites, Word processing, Word study/Vocabulary, Writing | Tags: , | Leave a comment

#32: How to Use Art to Teach Grammar

Here’s a great lesson that uses every child’s innate love of color to learn grammar. All you need is MS Word, a quick introduction to the toolbars and tools, and about 25 minutes to complete. If you’re the tech lab teacher, this gives you a chance to reinforce the grammar lesson the classroom is teaching:

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Categories: 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Art, Freebies/Discounts, Language arts, Lesson plans, Word processing | Tags: | Leave a comment

Tech Tip #18: No Excuse for Spelling Errors

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! (more…)

Categories: 2nd, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Computer skills, Language arts, Teacher resources, Tech tips, Word processing, Word study/Vocabulary, Writing | Leave a comment

#20: A Holiday Card in KidPix

Create a holiday card in KidPix and reinforce early writing skills while teaching mouse skills, toolbars and tool use: (more…)

Categories: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade, Freebies/Discounts, Holidays, Kindergarten, Language arts, Lesson plans, Writing | 2 Comments

#16: A Holiday Memory in Word or KidPix

Use this not only to create a gift for parents, but to practice writing skills, grammar, MS Word’s spell check. I have student compose the memory one week and we format it the next. For beginning writers, use KidPix and its text tools. (more…)

Categories: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Art, Computer skills, Freebies/Discounts, Language arts, Lesson plans, Teacher resources, Word processing | 1 Comment

#15: A Holiday Letter for Grades 2-6

This holiday letter can be as simple (for 2nd graders) or sophisticated (middle school) as your students can handle. There are a gamut of skills–

  • text
  • borders
  • pictures (from the internet, from clip art, from a separate file folder on your school server)
  • different fonts, font colors, font sizes

I’ve included a grading rubric to guide students in accomplishing as much as they can. Start with the basics (text, a border, some pictures) and add more skills as students get used to the early ones: (more…)

Categories: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Freebies/Discounts, Holidays, Language arts, Lesson plans, Teacher resources, Word processing, Writing | Tags: | 2 Comments

#112: 10 Ways Twitter Makes You a Better Writer

twitter_bird_follow_me__Small__biggerI wrote a post on how Blogs and Wikis make students better writers–teachers too for that matter–and wanted to follow it up with how tweeting improves writing. Then I found Jennifer’s summary. It pretty well covers what I’d say:

  • You learn to be concise
  • You learn to be focused
  • You have time to check for grammar and spelling
But, the more I thought about it, the more reasons I came up with–well beyond my original three: (more…)
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#24: A Holiday Newsletter in Publisher for Elementary School

This is another great holiday project for 5th graders (see the holiday calendar here). Publisher templates lay out the columns, headings, articles. All students must do is fill in with their topics and pictures. Be sure that they delete the extra pages at the end before printing. (more…)

Categories: 5th Grade, 6th grade, DTP, Freebies/Discounts, Holidays, Language arts, Lesson plans, Teacher resources, Writing | 2 Comments

Weekend Website #6: Cool Tools for School (and Homeschools)

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

web-based tools for school

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Categories: Classroom management, Homeschool, Language arts, Reviews, Social media, Teacher resources, Web Tools, Websites | Tags: | 2 Comments