Looking for an out-of-this-world reading experience for your students? Be sure to check out Story Time From Space. This website, a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, has astronauts at the International Space Station reading books to children. Books like Rosie Revere Engineer, Mousetronaut, Max Goes to Mars, and many others are available. They are working on cross-content curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core to accompany the books that are read, so check back often to see the updates.
Are you looking for a way to engage girls in STEM? A Mighty Girl has posters celebrating women in science that are free to download. Each poster has a short introduction to the scientist, as well as recommended readings. What girl wouldn't be inspired by Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, or others?
Check out FlipGrid's new teacher resource! The Educator Innovation Station is full of elementary integration documents for you to use right now with your students. The resources for middle and high school will be available in just a few short days.
Every student has a voice and with Flipgrid they get to use it. The teacher creates a grid and adds a topic or two. The students share short videos in response to the topics. Super easy.
CommonLIt is entirely research-based. The texts are differentiated by reading level. The teacher can easily find paired text, themed readings, genres, or by literary device. According to Common Sense Education: "CommonLit's adaptive reading toolbar makes text accessible for students at a variety of reading levels and language abilities. It's perfect for English language learners and struggling readers. Every passage -- printed in PDF format or accessed online -- includes footnotes with vocabulary words and essential background information that is critical for kids to understand when reading a passage. The included discussion questions get students thinking critically about text during independent reading and beyond. Thinking about reading is further encouraged by text-dependent questions that are included with each passage."
Photos for Class is a great site for students to use to find free images for their projects. The site automatically adds the attribution information to the footer of the image and if a student searches for an inappropriate term, images of dogs are returned!
In the previous post, we showed you how to make and use a digital magnetic board with poetry. Now, we want you to see these boards can be fun for any subject. Add a background image of something to be labeled or identified such as the parts of a plant, heart, skeleton, etc. Make the names of the parts and let your students place them where they go. Once you have the words, you may copy the slide and use them again. Just insert a different picture or background. You can still add new words to the slide.
Reading comprehension and writing skills can be improved. Use this site for students K-12. The students may post a review of their book, take a quiz, or answer questions about the book. The site will grade their answers for you and make suggestions to the students to improve their writing. You can connect through Google Classroom or Clever.
Free public domain audio books. Listen on your computer, iPad, or other device. Search by Author, Title, or Reader. You can also volunteer to be a reader for them.
The Creative Educator gave this great list of children's books and ideas for using them to create student books and projects. If you need help in finding ways to implement these projects, contact your Technology Resource Teacher.
Five Creatures. Emily Jenkins
Have students write and illustrate their own Five Creatures story using the members of their family. Print the files as a booklet to take home or export as an HTML storybook.
The Grapes of Math. Greg Tang
Have students write and illustrate their own math rhyming riddles. Combine all of the class riddles into one book and export to HTML to share online.
Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies. Louise Matthews
Explore multiplication with this fun book. Then, have students combine artwork and text to write their own multiplication stories.
The Greedy Triangle. Marilyn Burns
Have students write their own story about a geometric shape. Using the ideas in the book, encourage them to make connections to where the shape is found in the real world.
The Math Curse. Jon Scieszka
Have students write their own stories about the problems they encounter during a typical school day or the problems encountered by a fire fighter, police officer, doctor, etc.
The Best of Times. Greg Tang and Harry Briggs
Have students create their own simple rhymes to help them memorize basic facts. Students may use stickers and paint tools to illustrate each rhyme.
The Shape of Things. Dayle Ann Dodds and Julie Lacome
Have students compose images from 2 dimensional shapes and complete a sentence that describes their composite to create their own version of the book. (lesson plan)
Math for All Seasons: Mind Stretching Math Riddles. Greg Tang and Harry Briggs
Have students create their own unique counting book with patterns using stickers and pictures. Student may publish their stories as short movies to share with others.
Math Fables. Greg Tang
Have students create their own counting fable using scenes and characters from familiar stories they have read. Print their stories to place in classroom library.
Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems. Lee Bennett Hopkins and Karen Barbour
Have students create their own math limerick poem for students to share. Compile each student’s poem as a class book.
Pigs Will Be Pigs. Amy Axelrod and Sharon McGinley
Have students create their own comic strip using basic money concepts for counting and making change. Other books in this series can help students explore math through travel, cooking, sports, and more!
Polar Bear Math: Learning about Fractions from the Klondike and Snow. Amy Whitehead Naqda and Cindy Bickel
Have students choose a daily concept like making lunch or time spent on homework to illustrate daily fractions found in the day. Student can create an HTML project to share with others.
Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class. Barbara Esham, Mike Gordo and Carl Gordo
Have students create a step-by-step guide for problem solving. This guide could be shared with others for future problem solving situations.