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Keep the Kiddos Reading! {Reading Incentive Freebie}

Reading is crucial, but more importantly it's FUN!

Whether you're a teacher looking for a fun, 100th day reading incentive or a parent 
looking for a fun, summer reading incentive, these bookmarks could do the trick!

They come in both color and black/white versions.

Once printed, the kids can use the bookmark to keep track of how many books 
they've read.  Every time they read five books, they will color a star.  After all 
the stars are colored, they will have read 100 books!

You can snag the bookmarks HERE or by clicking any of the pics above.  :)
I hope you and your kiddos have a blast reading!

May Desktop Calendar

Hey there! It’s Megan from I Teach. What’s Your Superpower?  I’m here with another desktop calendar for you.  I’m so happy April is here!  We’re moving this month, and I can’t believe April has finally arrived.

The graphics are from Bloomsical, and they are gorgeous!

Happy May!

Keeping Kids Going With State Testing

Hey everyone!

My kids are on a week break from state testing. I don't know how your schools/state does it, but in my school, it's all on the computers. My school also has it arranged so they have 3 days for the ELA main portion then a break, then 3 days for the performance task. We're on a break before we do the math test and then there'll be another break and the math performance task. Which means we'll have tested in both April and May.

The kids have been pretty great, but it's also a stressful time. To help with things, I've made sure to do some easy activities or stress relieving moments. One day we drew and colored for 25 minutes. It was very much needed and they were fine.

I ask fun questions on my easel or have them finish a quote.

Yesterday while learning about decimals, I threw in a quick matching game. They ran up to me and said it was so much fun.

                                                                             I got these cards here.

We all can't wait for testing to be over, but I know we'll make it by throwing some fun, stress-relieving activities in there.

Testing Treat Freebies

Testing season is upon us.  Teachers are stressed.  Kids are anxious.  Pencils are scarce.  Everyone could use a pick me up about this time of year. 

Leave your children little pick-me-ups each day of testing to let them know that someone is in their corner, cheering them on!  If your children don't test, let your class pay-it-forward by leaving small treats and notes for students in a testing class. 

Here are a few pictures of the treats from Learning in Wonderland's Instagram.  Her treats are ready to go for testing days!

April Desktop Calendar

Hey there! It’s Megan from I Teach. What’s Your Superpower?  I’m here with another desktop calendar for you.  I’m so happy April is here!  We’re moving this month, and I can’t believe April has finally arrived.

The graphics are from Elan Graphics.  I love how clean and pretty they are.


Appy Classrooms {Chwazi}

Hi friends!  I've started a series on my blog, Teaching Maddeness, where I share cool apps for the ipad.  It's called "Appy Classrooms" and I thought I would pop over here today and share one that could be used by all teachers!

App Name: Chwazi
It's FREE to download in the app store.  
Here's what you will look for: 

Chwazi isn't meant to be an app for teachers, but you know us teachers....we can adapt anything to use in the classroom, right?!

This is basically a "finger picking" app that was built to see who would pay the tab after dinner with a group of friends, or who will take the garbage out tonight since everyone claims they did it last time. :)

But, it comes in super handy in the classroom for picking students to be leaders or organizing students into different groups.

Here's how it works.  You can select either "fingers" or "groups."  We'll start with "fingers."  With this option, you get to decide how many fingers you want to be selected.  Let's say 8 students all put a finger on the ipad but you're just looking for a line leader.  Then you would select 1, so that one finger would be selected (and that person would be line leader).  Or, if you're looking for 3 people to help with a specific task, you would select 3, so that three fingers would be selected and you would have your helpers.

You can see in this picture, I put three fingers on the ipad to represent three student fingers.  All of the fingers will light up with colors, but since I only selected for it to choose 1 finger we will leave the fingers in place until the one finger is selected.

And.....we have a winner!  What a fun, quick, and random way to select students for specific tasks!

Now, let's take a look at the groups option.

This options is perfect for putting students in pairs or groups.  Let's say you're working on problem solving in math.  You could easily put an ipad at each table of 6 students.  Program it to make groups of 2 and let each student put a finger on the ipad.  Wait until the colors appear and the students with matching colors under their fingers will be partners!  They could even come back after each problem and get new partners.  It's that quick and easy!

You can see that in this picture, the two greens would be partners and the two blues would be partners.

Just a few notes about using Chwazi:

I hope you'll go download this app and try it out!  Do you have ideas of how you might use it in your classroom?  Post them below to share with everyone!

Check out these other #appyclassroom posts:

Do you use cool apps in your classroom?  Share them on Instagram with this hashtag - #appyclassrooms - to connect with other teachers!


Get 'Em Up, Moving, & Learning! {A Vowel Teams Review Game Freebie}

Hey there!  It's Dana from Prepping for the Primary Gridiron!  

I wanted to share a fun and engaging I played with my kiddos last week.  Not only 
did it get them up and moving, it was helping them practice our vowel teams!

We've been doing tons of word work with vowel teams lately.  They can be 
so dang tricky!  Take for instance "jeep" and "leaf."  Those long e sounds are 
exactly the same.  "GRRRRR!" yelled all the 5- and 6-year olds!  Almost half of 
my class is made up of ELLs.  Trying to figure out some of these vowel teams is 
like taking a bath in peanut butter.  No bueno.  No fun.  

We been doing activities from my Vowel Teams Activity Pack, getting tons of great practice!

We've been using pictures, word cards, fill-in-the-blank activities and are getting ready for the assessment.  BUT before we complete the assessment, I wanted them to have one last shot at practicing these vowel teams.  When we played the review game, it was PERFECT!

Here's how it works:

1.  I project the pictures/words on the board.
2.  The kids move from side to side of the room based on their answers.
3.  I show them the correct answer once everyone chooses a side.

Here's what the question and answer slides look like:

This Vowel Teams Review Game has been amazingly fun!  The kids have been up 
and moving, having a blast practicing these vowel teams.  You can click HERE to snag it!

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