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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Winter Attendance

I’ve been away for a little while so let me make up for it by offering a fun Notebook Winter Attendance file for your classroom. This file contains two versions depending on whether you have Notebook 10 or Notebook 11 installed on your classroom computer. To use the attendance activity, students drag their names from the...

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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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SMARTBoards and That Darn Cat

 During my 5 year old's Kindergarten orientation, the teacher explained how the kids could get extra "explore" time at the end of the week for good behavior. Here's a fun activity just for that kind of situation that works great on a SMART Board called Circle The Cat. The objective is to trap the cat so it...

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SMARTBoards and Physics Education Technology (PhET)

You don't need to be a Middle School or High School Science teacher to appreciate the amazing resources provided by the PhET website. This site contains the most incredible collection of research-based, interactive, Physics simulations anywhere on the Internet. Best of all, these simulations are free to use online or download...

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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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SMARTBoard Lessons and Using Animation

SMARTBoard Lessons and Using Animation

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I love adding animation to the Notebook lessons I create. Animation is a great way to excite your students and get their attention. To state it more succinctly, animation is fun! Animation can be used to convey an idea, concept, or thought in a way that words, still pictures, and audio cannot. Animation also has advantages over a...

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SMARTBoards and the “Search for the North Pole” Notebook Activity

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...

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SMARTBoards and Holiday Word Search Activities

If you're looking for some fun activities this Holiday Season, you can download, share, and use the following custom Word Search Notebook activities. Each one has a riddle or a question hidden at the top of the word search puzzle. To find the answer, students use the Highlighter Pen in the Notebook Toolbar to find the words...

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SMARTBoards and abcteach.com

SMARTBoards and abcteach.com

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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. abcteach has a free resource section that contains literally thousands of free downloadable resources that you can use instantly. I especially like the...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Art

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...

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SMARTBoards and Sharing Is Caring – Chemistry

Here's is one of the best examples of a teacher sharing SMART Board resources. It's a Wiki called IWBchemistry that was created by Dr. Elizabeth Christophy. This amazing wiki is focused on sharing High School Science resources with other teachers and students. Dr. Christophy has even put together a page for her AP...

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SMARTBoards and Musical Sharing Is Caring!

I believe that teachers should take the lead to transform education. As educators, we need to start changing the traditional learning communities and begin to build sharing communities where students and teachers work together. If we start thinking about what would be most beneficial to the student as our first priority, we can...

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Notebook Lesson – The Phantom Menace Review Game

A free gift to my readers… I wanted to share a fun Smart Notebook review game to thank you for what you do in the classroom and for dedicating your life to the most important and rewarding profession in the world. I'm honored to share resources and support all teachers who love SMART Boards. The game is a U.S. Western...

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SMARTBoard Halloween Resources

  Halloween Clip Art I have compiled an extensive collection of Halloween-related clip art so you don't have to spend time looking all over the Internet. Games Hangman – Fun graphics, more advanced word list. (3 stars) Halloween Hangman – Good, simple hangman game for Halloween (3 stars) Halloween Pairs...

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Notebook Video Tutorial – Color in a Freehand Drawing

Notebook Video Tutorial – Color in a Freehand Drawing

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Oddly enough, two people asked me this week how to color in a freehand drawing using the Smart Notebook software. Even though you cannot use the Fill Tool to color fill a freehand drawing, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this in Notebook. Here's a short video tutorial that demonstrates how to draw a freehand image of a...

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SMARTBoards and the Fifty Nifty States and Capitals

Today, while searching for a Geography Notebook activity to highlight on the blog, I came across a simple United States map activity that utilized the U.S. background and the U.S. State images from the Gallery. I've seen and used these Gallery objects in the past and I really like them because the images fit perfectly into the...

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SMARTBoards and The Magic Key

The BBC has a wonderful interactive site called The Magic Key based on the Oxford Reading Tree learning program.  The site contains nine literacy "adventures" for children that all work great with the SMARTBoard Interactive Whiteboard. The Magic Key website is aimed at children aged 5-6 years and follows the TV...

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Notebook Video Tutorial – Re-Size Multiple Objects

Notebook Video Tutorial – Re-Size Multiple Objects

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For all the teachers out there who use Smart Notebook to develop customized lessons on the SMARTBoard, here's a short Notebook video tutorial on how to re-size more than one object by the exact same amount at the same time. I use this simple trick so much that I thought it was time I shared it with everyone here on my blog. ...

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SMARTBoard Notebook Lessons – Idioms

Here's an interactive and fun Notebook Lesson about "idioms." You can use this as a starter activity for introducing idioms in the classroom. This lesson has three sections. The first section uses a common idiom in a sentence and the students have to choose the correct meaning. The second section gives an...

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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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Notebook Video Tutorial – Adding a Drop Shadow

Notebook Video Tutorial – Adding a Drop Shadow

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Each week we'll bring you a short video tutorial for using the Notebook software. This week's tutorial demonstrates how to add a drop-shadow to a text object to give it a little more pizzazz. Notebook Video Tutorial – Add a Drop Shadow to a Text Object   If you can't see the video, click here to view...

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Notebook Lessons – Writing and Spelling

These two amazing Notebook lessons for the SMART Board were created by two amazing teachers, Becky Arnett and Sherri Fricker. These two lessons are very special to me because each one utilized techniques found in the courses from Teacher Online Training. As a matter of fact, Becky's "Writing Prompts" lesson was the...

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SMARTBoards and Free Notebook Training

If you're like a lot of teachers who have a SMARTBoard in your classroom, you may think that it's difficult to learn how to create your own lessons using the Smart Notebook software. You may have even gone to a workshop and said, "Hey! I can do that." Then a month goes by and you don't even remember how to get...

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SMARTBoard and Teacher-Created High School Biology Resources

If you're a High School Science teacher, you'll want to review the amazing resources found on Harvard University's Life Science Outreach Program website. The site contains actual teacher-created resources covering Physiology, Microbiology, Regenerative Biology, Evolution, Neurobiology, Immunology, and the Biology of...

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