Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I know crazy title but you should see the CRAZY things these firsties can do!  I read on Twitter about back channeling (thanks @kathycassidy) and thought the benefits would be outstanding.  I have been in workshops and I want to talk out loud with comments or questions but as an adult I know better.  Well what about all those mad blurters in 1st grade?  Why not give them an alternative?  We were learning about living and nonliving things.  We previewed a few youtube songs and another video.  We used todays meet to back channel. The kids started by scanning a QR code to get in the meeting.  They added their name and comments throughout.  They could also ask questions and we could read their thoughts while listening and forming our own comments/questions.  You might be thinking too many things to do…well I wanted to see what they could do and they did not disappoint!  These kids are amazing!  Check out our flipogram.

We read Frog and Toad, The Kite last week as our reading story.  I challenged a reading group to create a Keynote with photos and information to share about frogs and toads.  Here is Rick sharing his under the document camera.  He is still working on editing and adding final touches.  They are like sponges I tell you.
 Game Show Thursday is a BIG HIT!! We are using jeopardylabs.com and the app Free Game Show Sound Board (thanks Tony Vincent) to create an atmosphere where our learning is rewarded and fun!  There is such a wide variety of jeopardy game boards from math concepts, story books we read, science concepts, and oh so much more.  The kids are all into helping out their teammates, cheering one another on, and pointing out when I forget a sound.  Seriously should I be having this much fun at work?!?
 @GoNoodle might be a new favorite!  We are working throughout the day and stopping to take brain breaks to recharge and improve our laser-like focus!  Here we are singing Let It Go from Frozen.  The boys were ready for Happy from Despicable Me 2.  They love earning time and watching our class creature grow from exercising.  Give GoNoodle a try if you haven't yet.

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