Monday, November 29, 2010

4th Grade Picture a Story

Create your own artistic masterpiece by launching the interactive Picture a Story activity. Look through the images below for a brief introduction on how this activity works, or click on the link below to begin picturing your story.

Launch the Picture a Story Activity

1) Choose your genre


3_5.CI.2 Creativity and Innovation

3rd Grade Learning About Landscapes

Have you ever noticed that famous artists use special tricks to make their pictures look like they are going back into the distance?

Explore some of their tricks at Learning About Landscapes and then create your own landscape using KidPix or another painting program. when painting your own landscape make sure to set your horizon line and create your background, middleground, & foreground.

KidPix Student Example

3_5.CI.2 Creativity and Innovation

Thursday, November 11, 2010

3rd Grade Touch Typing

BBC Schools has created THE best online typing tutorial. Practice Dance Mat Typing and become a touch typing pro. There are 12 stages, divided into 4 levels. Make sure to practice each stage often, and no peeking at your keyboard.

3_5.TC.1 Technology Operations and Concepts

5th Grade Online Phone Book

A class lesson where we compared searching for phone numbers by using the "old school" phone book and two websites ( & Which method are you able to find phone numbers more quickly? Which method is easier to use? Can you think of any instances when using the "old school" phonebook would trump technology?

3_5.CT.1 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
3_5.TC.2 Technology Operations and Concepts

1st Grade Cooking with Caillou & Dinosaur Dig

Visit Caillou for an interactive lesson in cooking. Also, don't forget to head to Calliou's backyard & be a paleontologist!

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Starfall is a fantastic literacy site for any student in grade K-2.

1st Grade PBS Kids

Visit the PBS Kids games page. Can you navigate to different games & use the back arrow to navigate back to the PBS Kids homepage? Remember to use the back arrow in Internet Explorer or click on the PBS Kids icon.

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5th Grade Google Search Tips

Google Senior Engineer Matt Cutts, walks us through some interesting search strategies in this TeacherTube Google Search Tips video. Some of these tips can be very helpful! Now that you have learned some new search strategies, see if you can do the following:
  • Find movie showtimes
  • Find directions from your home to a business
  • Narrow down your search results

3_5.RI.1 Research and Information Fluency
3_5.CT.1 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

2nd Grade Spelling with Fearless Frieda

Learn to spell while riding a skateboard. Why not? Visit Fearless Frieda Skillful Skateboarding. Listen to the word, spell the word right, and watch how how she'll fly!

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5th Grade Westward Trail

The year is 1848 and you are about to embark on a 2000 mile journey across North America from Independence, Missouri to Oregon Country on the Pacific coast via the fabled Oregon Trail (Westward Trail). Do you have the skills to survive? Choose your profession wisely, and carefully select a month to depart. Good luck, you'll need it!

  Westward Trail

3_5.CI.3 Creativity and Innovation
3_5.TC.2 Technology Operations and Concepts

2nd Grade Internet Safety

-Teachers & Parents: (Handout 1) & (Handout 2)
Clicky teaches us to "Use Your Netsmartz" with this great video, The Boy Who Loved IM. Next, join Faux Paw the Techno Cat who reminds us that being safe online means, Keep Safe, Keep Away, Keep Telling. And last, print & color one of these coloring sheets from


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5th Grade Desinging Floor Plans

Who says you need a degree to be an architect? Try the free demo at and create your own floor plans.

3_5.CI.2 Creativity and Innovation
3_5.CC.3 Communication and Collaboration

5th Grade Google Search Stories

Time to use this free online video creator (Google Search Stories) to produce our very own 35 second movies. Each "Search Story" is told through a series of Google searches. Give it a go and create your own Google Search Story now.

 3_5.CI.2 Creativity and Innovation
 3_5.RI.1 Research and Information Fluency