You Oughta Know March



You Oughta Know about Kahoot.

We had a faculty meeting a few weeks ago (maybe more than a month) and were introduced to Kahoot. I wasn't that interested, as I'm usually not during a faculty meeting.

However, I went back a week or two later and played around on it. It is seriously fun once you get the hang of it. This would be extremely easy to implement in the upper grades. We are blessed to be a 1:1 school. I have enough iPads in my classroom for my students. This is the case for K-2. 3 and up all have Macs for each student (they can take these home).

Kahoot is awesome because you can quickly quiz your students like you had clickers in your room without the need for clickers. All you need is a device for each student, something to project the questions with and your computer.

Here's how it works.

Go to getkahoot.com or just google Kahoot. Create an account.


You can either create quizzes or find one. Just a tip, go through the entire quiz before you present it to your kiddos. Just a bit of warning. They are EXTREMELY easy to make. Have your questions thought out and pretty much all you do is type your questions and answers.

I was just curious and searched for kindergarten addition. It comes to this screen after you select a quiz. Click Launch.

This is the screen that shows the pin. Your students will have to open up a browser and head to kahoot.it. They will type in a pin and then their name (OR a number if you have class numbers).

I entered my name as KB. Everyone will show up here with their name/number. When you are ready, click start now.


This is what your student's will see on their device. On the projector, they will see the question. In my case, I would read the question.


 They have to find the answer next to the shape and touch/click that shape on their device.

If more than one person was playing, it would show the number of each answer.



How much fun would this be? This could even be played in small group if you had a small number of devices. Super easy to login and super quick. Once they get the hang of it, they'd wiz through these and you'll have a quick assessment of the progress and understanding in your classroom.





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One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 

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Can't wait to get started sharing some great Kinder ideas with you! 




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Blast of the week: Weather


I am SUPER excited about teaching weather this week. Here's a rundown of our week ahead. I have a few freebies here and there in this post as well.

BUILD Math Workshops:
I teach through AMSTI, but I pretty much do what I want as long as I'm covering that standard and what we need to practice on.

B - Weather Bump Dice in Dice


U - Count by 10's Weather

I - Math Journals (addition)

L - Teen Number (spin to make a teen or twenty)

D - Addition Story Problems

READING
We do daily 5 so I never really plan on anything new here other than our Word Work buckets. We always do Read to Self, Writing (journals), Technology (ABCmouse, Farfaria, or whatever else I allow them to get on during the week on their iPad), and Listening.

This week in our Word Work buckets they will have an L blend sort, Weather Watcher Words, and Short Vowel sort. The short vowel sort is something that I took from a set I'm still working on... it should be done in a day or two, but it was not made for sorts... I just really liked the cards... :-)

To grab the L blend sort and the Weather Watcher Words click each.






We also always have write the room available through iPads. They have to open the app Doodle Buddy and they can write any words in the room. I love this option because they don't waste paper. I'm a cheapo sometimes. They can write any words from our word wall, any themed anchor charts or our reading anchor charts that are up.
We are covering a full blown weather unit this week. I'll be teaching R blends as well as reviewing short vowel sounds. Our sight words this week are what, was, and said.

I made a little reader to go with weather. I'll post it tomorrow. I didn't think to offer it today as well. Last week, my kids did an amazing job on L blends so I am looking forward to this week.

Weather

Monday
I'm using my Interactive Social Science Notebook to help us manage and write out our learning.
We focused on what weather is and discussed a meteorologist. This was extremely easy to flow through because our readers were on weather.

Tuesday
- Tools to measure weather anchor chart
- Tools in our science journal
- Sort fall weather clothing in our journal
- Make a rain gauge

This comes from my Seasons and Weather INB. You can click the picture to take you there to see what all we will be working on. The preview has a TON of examples.


Wednesday
- Spring weather clothing sort
- Rainy craft (This comes from my Weather People craftivity)
- Rainy anchor chart
- if we have time, how to make rain (shaving cream, water, and food coloring - thanks to Mr. Greg for the idea)


Thursday
- Summer weather clothing sort
- Sunny craft
- sun anchor chart

Friday
- winter weather clothing sort
- Snowy craft
- Snowy anchor chart
- If I were a meteorologist? (tv craft)


That's pretty much our week in a quick BLAST. I will be back tomorrow to drop that weather emergent reader by!

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March Pick 3 Linky


I'm linking up with Inspired Owl's Corner and Pawsitively Teaching for the Pinterest Pick 3 linky. I found three things that I've never done in March. I absolutely LOVE the fun that March brings. St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite school holidays simply because I like to "trick" my kids.


How much FUN would this be? I could literally hide anything inside of this. It's super easy to make. My kids would LOVE this. I am super excited about making this for them. I found some gold coins in the dollar tree and in Michael's.  I can think of so many ways to differentiate what they are looking for. The ideas are endless.



These are seriously SO cute. I just wonder if they're as easy as it says.


Of course, I had to include a link with tons of ideas wrapped into one. I love making crafts. Paper plate leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and pots of gold are all on my to-do list.

I'm heading over to read everyone's posts to find more awesome ideas that I may have missed. What are you making this month that you LOVE to make every year?




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