Here’s one of my favorite interactive websites for children aged 3 to 7 to help them with their reading and writing. It’s called Between the Lions and it’s based on the PBS television show with the same name. It’s really an incredible site that contains games, videos, stories, printables, downloadable music, and much, much more.
For Kindergarten and 1st Grade (5-6 yr olds) teachers who are at school these last few days before Christmas, here is a special gift just for you.
It’s a Notebook Activity called Finding Rudolph. It’s a very simple lesson that has students answer a few vocabulary-related questions from the lyrics to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. At the end, they can touch on the image of Santa and Rudolph to listen to the song.
Please share with the appropriate teachers at your school.
Here’s a fun vocabulary review Notebook lesson called “Search For the North Pole” which challenges students to find three elf symbols that will unlock the entrance to the North Pole.
The Christmas-themed lesson contains three vocabulary activities (alphabetical sort, word search, and definition) that students complete to find one of the lost elf symbols. Once they get all three symbols, they place them in the correct order to unlock the entrance to the North Pole.The lesson uses the following words: candle, chimney, decoration, present, ornament, and tinsel.
If you’re looking for some fun activities this Holiday Season, you can download, share, and use the following custom Word Search Notebook activities. You can even learn how to create your own custom word search puzzle – no experience necessary!
People familiar with abcteach.com already know that this is perhaps the best online resource available for all types of educators, including teachers, parents, and homeschoolers.Best of all, abcteach now contains an extensive library of Interactive Resources for your SMART Board.
abcteach.com has an incredible library of free resources and they are also providing readers of Teachers Love SMART Boards an exclusive discount of 25% off their one year subscription. This is an offer you don’t want to miss!
Here’s a Notebook activity that students can use to help them go through a step-by-step process when solving a Mathematical word problem. It’s a fun way for students to practice something that can sometimes be a little frustrating. If you go through all ten word problems and guide them through each step, before you know it, they will be thinking of these steps on all their word problems.
Please share with your fellow teachers! Sharing Is Caring!
Even if you’re just beginning to develop your own interactive lessons using the Smart Notebook software, you’ll want to learn how to use and apply themes to make your lessons consistant and more engaging.
Themes allow you to place the same objects on multiple pages quickly and easily. Not only are there lots of pre-existing themes already contained in the Notebook Gallery, you can create you own themes in a few short steps. Best of all, if you need to change something or add something new to your pages, you can just edit your theme and apply the changes to all your pages at the same time.
To demystify how themes work, I’ve created a short Notebook video tutorial that demonstrates how to add a pre-existing theme as well as how to create your own theme and apply it to all your pages.
I hope that this week’s Sharing Is Caring examples have inspired you to begin sharing some of your knowledge and resources with other teachers who are working so hard to make a difference in the lives of others.
This isn’t just about helping teachers – it’s also about setting an example for your students. Students want to create and share what they do with others. This is a natural tendancy of the human spirit. Instead of stifeling this natural trait, let’s embrace it!
Today’s example of Sharing Is Caring is an blog called ArTechTivity by Ms. Cynthia Gaub. Ms. Gaub teaches art and technology at North Middle School in the Everett School District. This blog is such a great example of what a teacher can do to help her students perform at their highest potential and is one of the best examples of a student-centered resource.
For today’s Sharing Is Caring submission, I selected an incredible website create by Lauri Fried-Lee from the City College of San Francisco.
Her website, called Lauri’s ESL Website, contains a wealth of ESL resources which can be used in almost any classroom setting. I was especially impressed with the Listening Activities section of her website. You’ll find lots and lots of interactive activities that work great on the SMART Board.
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.