Great Free Teacher Resource: Teaching Channel

              I enjoy websites that show other teachers ideas with pictures and videos. A great site that I have found is Teaching Channel. The site has materials for grades Pre-K through 12th. There are various topics and various subjects covered on the website. When you log on you will find so many videos that you will want to watch, but do not worry about needing to hunt for videos more than once. You can save videos to your planner or download videos for watching later. Videos are not the only learning tool, they also have their own blog with great ideas. Another great point of the website is that it is FREE.  I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do!

      Suggested Videos:



Fun Site to Teach Poetry!

         Poetry is one of my most favorite genres to teach in reading. To help spread the love of poetry, I use the site  

       The website has many different funny poems about teachers, school lunch, homework, and other topics students can connect to. I use the poems to teach similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, rhyme scheme, and so much more. The site also has poetry theater, which is turns poems into short plays for students to act out. Best of all the site is FREE!

Have you heard of Teacher Tipster?

            While searching the Internet for fabulous ideas for my classroom I ran across the site This first grade teachers has video for various different activities for your classroom. I encourage everyone to visit his site and watch a few videos. I have posted some of my favorite ideas below.




I Have….Who Has? Freebie

           I have….Who has? 

         One quick way to include daily practice and motivate students to master basic facts is through the use of the I have… Who Has? card decks.  These decks can be created for virtually any topic. The decks can be used as both a whole class practice or as a center activity for partners or small groups. 

There are several strategies to use when implementing this activity:
  • Distributing Cards:   Distribute one card to each student, then distribute the extras to strong students in the beginning and to random students as the class becomes more familiar with the deck.
  • Class Play:   As you distribute the cards, encourage students to begin thinking about what the question for their card might be so that they are prepared to answer.   When all cards are distributed, have the student with the start card begin.   Play until the congratulations card is reached. 
  • Timed Play:   Consider using a stopwatch to time the class game.   Record the time on the board so that students try each game to beat their current best time.   This practice encourages students to stay attentive and prompts students to practice skills so that the class time improves.  
  • Partner or Small-Group Play:  
    • One student deals out the cards to all players.
    • Players arrange the cards face-up in front of them.  
    • Play begins with the start card.
    • Play continues as in the class game. .
    • Students turn over the cards after reading them. (to help them keep up with their cards)
    • Play until the end card. 
    • Shuffle the cards and repeat the game.

       To get everyone started or to add to your collections here are some freebies:


What Do You Love? (Linky Party!)

Kimberly at Funky First Grade Fun is hosting a linky party about what we love.

Here is my list: 


Working in Pairs

      My students enjoy working in pairs. To aid this process I have created a “Partner Fun” board. For each each reading story I create vocabulary matching cards for students to practice in pairs. I also create “I have, who has” game sets and Go Fish game sets with reading skills. I hole punch each set of cards and put the on a book ring. I then hang the book ring on a hook on the board. Students have been taught how to use each card set.  I have posted pictures to below for a visual. Sorry, about the pictures I took them with my phone. 
Partner Fun Board
I have, who has cards

Gold Fish Cards



Digital Learning Day Linky Party

Visit Teaching is My Calling to link up! 
              Digital Learning Day is February 1, 2012! This is nationwide celebration that encourages student engagement and personalized education through the use of technology and digital media. It is a day to try something new and/or highlight successes. This linky party is to do just that! Share your favorite technology blog, blog post, or lesson plan. Let us know your Digital Learning Day plans. I’m looking forward to learning many new things!

        February 1, 2012, is Digital Learning Day. It is a nationwide celebration to encourage student engagement and personalized education through the use of technology and digital media. Share your favorite technology post, or gather great ideas to help your students celebrate Digital Learning Day!

       Now to my post. My students enjoy technology and digital learning. In our classroom we use many different sites in our classroom. 

  1.  A great website with links to interactive lessons, Power Points, web quests and much more for grades K-12. 
  2.  Digital learning for middle and high school students
  3.  Great vocabulary builder and helps the needy at the same time. 
  4. Great information about a Flipped classroom
  5. Great paid-site for videos, games, and printables for different subjects and grades.
  6.  Great   for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. 
  7. Great site for science learning
  8. Site for creating all different types of graphs
  9. A site for creating  rubrics for the classroom
I hope you enjoy the sites


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