Tag Archives: Common Core

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

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SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

8 Oct

image001If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP.  It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading.  There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of words and sentences and how ideas are developed over a text.  Students will focus on sequence and arrangement of sentences as they dive into grade level passages.

slide2SNAP Learning also offers a Guided Reading program that includes books and lesson plans to help teachers who are providing instruction on comprehension and oral fluency skills.  This program includes over 130 books for students in kindergarten through first grade which can be accessed on tablets.  Giving students access to digital text is an important as they’ll be expected to read from this medium more and more in the future.  I like how SNAP Learning offers tools that promotes 21st century skills and makes it easy for teachers to distribute to students.

Visit their site to request a demo of SNAP’s Close Reading Portfolio or get a quote for your school!

Gamify Student Learning with Common Core Quest

29 Sep

Common Core Quest ImageIf you’re looking for a way to engage students with Common Core content you’ll want to check out Common Core Quest.  Students are awarded ribbons for each Common Core Math and English Language Arts standard when they pass a level.  If a student doesn’t demonstrate mastery they are directed to specific resources, like videos and games, to help them practice the skills they need to succeed at each level.

With a personalized learning plan for each student in your class, kids can work at their own level as they master content.  Teachers have access to data to help plan interventions and direct their instruction.  By earning badges and ribbons for successfully completing each level, student engagement and motivation is sure to increase inside and outside of your classroom.  Common Core Quest is great for supporting struggling students and providing enrichment opportunities for children working above grade level. Created by OpenEd, this app gives students and teachers access to high quality learning materials.

Learn more about Common Core Quest by visiting the App Store!

Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

19 Sep

Common Core in Action

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

When students come to school each morning, they have tons of stories — stories to share with their friends as they unpack or move through the hallways, stories to share with the class during morning meetings, or stories to share with a teacher about something that made them happy or sad. In the classroom, writing can happen in many different ways, whether it’s free writing in a notebook to gather ideas or publishing stories to share with the whole school.

The Common Core State Standards expect that children across the grades can write for three specific purposes:

  1. Opinion pieces that persuade a reader and make an argument
  2. Informative writing that explains an idea and relays information
  3. Narrative stories of real or imagined events.

As students move from one grade level to another, the complexity of these tasks will change greatly. The persuasive writing that takes place in a second grade classroom will look very different than the work that a seventh grader produces. From kindergarten through 12th grade, students are expected to share their writing through technology.

…Click HERE to read more!

ISTE Round-up: Apps and Resources

5 Jul

ISTE was a whirlwind!  I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN.  It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts.  Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD workshop.

Fill out this form to learn more about booking a school visit or guest speaker for your next event!

Did you attend my QR Codes and Differentiated Instruction session?  Email me directly at ClassTechTips@gmail.com for resources.

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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.
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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.
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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!

App Update: Common Core Mobile App

28 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 9.29.37 PMI’ve already shared some reasons why I love having MasteryConnect’s Common Core app on my mobile devices.  If you are new to the Common Core or are diving into a new grade level this school year you may want to check out the search feature.  It allows you to type in keywords to figure out which skills connect to different standards.  This is a great option for quickly searching through the standards while you’re on the go!Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 9.29.09 PM

Make sure to download this app on your iOS and Android devices!

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