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App Update: Happy Numbers

2 Jul

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Earlier this year I shared Happy Numbers, a wonderful website that gives teachers access to Common Core aligned activities for K-2 students.  They offer interactive math tutorials for children that can be assigned by teachers and sent to students so that they can practice content independently.
There are lots of apps and websites that offer math content for students but what I love about Happy Numbers is their clear connection to the Common Core State Standards.  They’ve recently released a new set of exercises that focus on operations with 2-digit numbers.  Since  all of the exercises are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, teachers can pick and choose which activities to assign to their students
Happy Numbers has added a bunch of new exercises you’ll want to take a look at including 16 new exercises in the “Plus & Minus 1-100″ category.  Kids can add Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 10.26.14 AMand subtract with a hundreds chart as well as two-digit addition and subtraction activities.  It covers a variety of Common Core State Standards including CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.5 and CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.7.  This category is listed at Part 1 because it focuses on operations without regrouping.  Part 2 – which is coming soon – will follow up on this work and take it to the next level.
Happy Numbers makes it easy for teachers to connect to their everyday lessons with specific exercises that match the curriculum for their grade level.  Sign up and check out what they have to offer!

Use Remind to Reach Parents and Students

26 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 7.01.05 AMRemind is a fantastic platform for helping teachers and schools reach students and families.  Formerly known as Remind101, this web and app based tool lets users send text messages to a large group without having to worry about collecting phone numbers or giving out their own.  Teachers can schedule messages to remind families when assignments are due or to bring in a permission slip for an upcoming trip.  It even has the ability to attach photos, documents and PDFs to messages.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 7.01.20 AMCheck out all of the exciting features Remind offers teachers – it’s totally free!

11 Absolutely Awesome Websites for Teachers

23 Jun

There are tons of fantastic websites available for teachers and here’s a list of 11 that I absolutely love.  You’ll find lesson plans, videos, interactive resources and more on these sites.  Click on each link to learn more about each one!

  1. LearnZillion (Common Core lessons, videos and activities)

  2. TED-Ed (videos, lessons and inspiration)

  3. ReadWorks (reading passages and test prep)

  4. Image-1ForAllRubrics (rubrics and grading platform)

  5. MetMuseum (thousands of primary source documents)

  6. Visualead (create QR codes with images)

  7. PixiClip (online interactive whiteboard)

  8. Google Hangout (bring virtual guest speakers to your classroom)

  9. QR Voice (make QR codes talk)

  10. SlideShare (post and find presentations)

  11. Dropbox (sharing documents with student

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LearnZillion for Common Core Math & ELA Videos

12 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.18.10 AM I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources this month (TED-Ed, Newsela, Met Museum, Readworks) and LearnZillion is another that is perfect for Math and English Language Arts teachers.  Whether you’re looking to teach to the Common Core State Standards or simply want quality material to share with your students, LearnZillion has plenty to choose from.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 9.18.29 AMYou can sign up for free and access video lessons and teacher guides for students in second grade through high school.  LearnZillion is a great resource for sharing videos on tough math concepts with families who are looking to support their children after school hours.

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TED-Ed Videos, Lessons & Resources

9 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.07.13 AM TED Talks are great for using inside or outside of the classroom but if you’re looking for video clips that are targeted to students, you’ll definitely want to check out TED-Ed.  This website is full of resources for teachers including videos, extension activities and comprehension questions.  With animated creations on a variety of subjects you’re sure to find something that fits into your curriculum – or you have the power to make and share your own lessons on their site.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 7.07.30 AM

Here’s my lesson plan for using TED Talks in the classroom!

Access Reading Passages and Lessons on Readworks

7 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 8.58.01 AMThere are a few places teachers can go to find high quality reading passages for their students and should definitely be on your list.  This website offers a wide range of lesson plans, comprehension units, and reading passages organized by skill and Lexile level.  Whether you’re looking for a fiction passage for a guided reading group or want to find a informational text when teaching test taking skills, is the place to go!


Have students use a reading passage from Readworks when completing the activity in this lesson plan!




Newsela for Leveled Nonfiction Articles

5 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 9.21.04 PMCurrent events articles are a great choice for informational text.  Students can learn all about news stories and practice reading skills at the same time.  If you have a class full of students reading at different levels you’ll definitely want to check out Newsela.  This fantastic site contains brand new articles everyday.  The best part is that you can change the Lexile level of each article by clicking on the one that’s right for your students.  You can share the same article at a few different levels with each of your reading groups.


Next time you are looking for high interest leveled nonfiction text, visit Newsela’s webiste and pick from a variety of articles!


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