How Many Squares SMARTBoard Activity

I had a lot of fun today creating an activity called How Many Squares that challenges students to find the total number of unique squares in a given figure. My kids just tested the activity on the SMART Board and they loved it, especially the hands-on investigation pages. This activity is available free of charge on The Notebook...

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Textivate On The SMART Board

I’ve spent years reviewing and sharing interactive online resources that work great on a SMART Board. To be honest, I’m very picky on what resources I share and I require all the sites I share to have certain minimum standards. One site that meets and exceeds all my standards is Textivate.com. What I like most about this...

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Rounding Numbers To Nearest 10 and 100

I had such a demand for more information and additional resources for rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 that I created a lite version of the Notebook Lesson called Monkey Business – Rounding Numbers (see slideshow below). The Lite Version contains valuable information on rounding numbers including the monkey’s...

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Monkey Business – Rounding to Nearest Ten

I’ve been working on a comprehensive Notebook lesson called Monkey Business that helps students learn and review basic procedures for rounding to the nearest 10 and the nearest 100. In this lesson, I created a fun review activity called Banana Rama where the goal is to collect 10 bananas as fast as possible by touching on the...

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3D Shapes On The SMARTBoard

The Shapes Resource on the Birmingham Grid For Learning website is a fantastic Interactive site for reviewing both 2D and 3D shapes. The site does a good job defining and introducing 2D shapes and the 3D shape section is one of the best resources for understanding 3D shapes. Investigation of 3D shapes includes an interactive 3D...

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The Notebook Gallery Resource Site

It’s finally here! I’ve been extremely excited for some time now about introducing a new resource for teachers called The Notebook Gallery. I believe it is and will continue to be the most valuable resource available for Teachers Who Love SMART Boards! A while back, I was asked to participate in a new project to bring...

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Battleship Game for the SMARTBoard

Here’s a fun Battleship Game template that’s extremely easy to setup and play on your SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard. To use the template, all you need to do is position each team’s ships and then hide the ships behind the Battleship board. Game play is the same as the actual Battleship game with the addition...

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“Ready-To-Play” Spin To Win Games

Yesterday I shared a Template for creating your own Spin To Win review game. Hopefully you’ll find it very easy to use to create your own review game for any subject or grade level. The template is now available on the Smart Exchange and in the spirit of Sharing Is Caring, I hope you’ll share your...

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Spin To Win – Review Game Template

As the school year comes to an end, I want to say thank you to all the teachers who work so hard every single day (and night) to help develop and nurture the children in their care. Trust me, I know from experience that being a good teacher is by far the most challenging job in the world. I thought the best way to say thank you was...

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A Smart Way to Use a SMARTBoard

I had to share this video shared by Smart Tech showing kids using the SMART Board to collaborate in a small group environment and then using the SMART Board to present to the entire class. What’s really cool is how the kids are using the Activity Builder and the new audio recorder in Notebook 11 to create their work. By the...

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Free Notebook 11 Activity by abcteach

If you’ve just downloaded the new Smart Notebook 11 software, you may want to take a look at a new Notebook activity called abc Find and See: Decipher the Olympiads that reinforces mean, median, and mode. This activity, created by abcteach.com, is available for free download on the Smart Exchange. What’s special about...

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Smart Charts on the SMARTBoard

If you’re looking to spice up your Math class with an interactive and engaging way to create graphs, you may want to pop over to the new Chartle.net website. Their tagline is, “simple & interactive charts online.” After experimenting (playing) for over an hour creating various types of charts, I absolutely...

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Button Mania Game on the SMARTBoard

I love finding addictive logic games that work great on a SMART Board. Lately, I’ve been playing a game called Button Mania. The objective is to set all 36 numbers on the game board to zero. When you click on a number, that number and the numbers surrounding that number all decrease by one. You can find this game in various...

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SMARTBoard and Thinking Blocks

Sites like Thinking Blocks should be placed front and center on your school's list of Internet resources that work great on your SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard. This site was developed by Colleen King as a way to model Mathematical problems related to Addition,  Subtraction, Multiplication,  Division, ...

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SMARTBoard Users – Mangahigh is now FREE

The online, games-based teaching resource, Mangahigh, announced recently that their entire service is available free of charge for all schools in the US, Canada, and the UK. Mangahigh creates exceptionally high-quality, game-based learning resources to help Primary and Secondary students reinforce their Mathematics skills in a way...

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SMART Boards and WatchKnow Video Library

In all my workshops, I find that I never miss an opportunity to recommend the WatchKnow website for finding educational videos for the classroom. This is also a great place to locate videos that you may want to download and incorporate into a Notebook lesson file. This site is maintained by the users and organized in a way that can...

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SMARTBoards and The Turkey Trot Word Problems

I have been working on a Notebook activity that I could share around the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday. It's an activity that students can use to help them go through a step-by-step process when solving word problems. It's a fun way for students to practice something that can sometimes be a little frustrating. If you go through...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Mathematics

The Mathematics edition of a teacher demonstrating the concept of Sharing Is Caring was a no-brainer. It's Jim Reed's Home Page containing an amazing collection of High School Mathematic resources. Mr. Reed's Math Resource page has been awarded The Teacher's List Top Ten Award. Not only does Mr. Reed share one of...

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SMARTBoard Games and Puzzles from Jefferson Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science funds the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility also known as Jefferson Lab. Part of Jefferson Lab's mission is to "serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach."  In connection to that mission, they have developed a...

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SMARTBoards and Count Us In Games

Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers can use the Count Us In website to play some very engaging Math concept games on their SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Each game is very simple to use and allows students to interact with the information in a fun and engaging manner. Three of the activities require a keyboard input but the...

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Notebook Activity – Role Model

  This is a fun little Notebook activity called "Role Model" that guides the student through a series of short calculations. When the students get their final answer, they use that number to determine their perfect role model. The fun part is that no matter what number the student starts with, the result will...

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SMARTBoard and Some Sum Fun

That's just about the silliest blog title I've ever used but I'll stick with it since I've been having a lot of fun using a simple little application called Connectsums. The game is very simple. Students are presented with a target number and they have to select the correct combination of numbers that add up to the...

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Smartboards and Custom Venn Diagrams for Geometry

One of the best critical thinking activities is using a Venn Diagram to organize relationships. However, it can be a challenge for teachers to create custom Venn Diagrams for students to use. With the Shape Sorter Venn Diagram activity, teachers can build their own Venn Diagrams to explore relationships between various geometric...

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SMARTBoards and Fraction Interaction

My last blog post highlighted a wonderful site for reviewing procedural methods for solving fraction, decimal, and percent problems. Here are a few other interactive sites that I found that help students understand and communicate using fractional notation. These all work great on an SMART Board. The first one resource is called...

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SMARTBoards and Fractions, Decimals, and Percents, Oh My

Here's a fantastic collection of flash-based activities I found a few days ago. It's called Math Zapper! and it really does a nice job reviewing a number of techniques for working with fractions, decimals, and percents. I really like that this activity covers the basic standards for computing with fractions, decimals, and...

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