FlapJack SALE and New Promethean Flipcharts for 1st Grade Math!

I'm so, so happy that Misty of Krazyaboutteaching converted my 1st grade Smart Board math games into Promethean flip charts that I'm having a SALE on all FlapJack resources! 20% off today only! These games are PERFECT for that last-minute review before standardized testing.

You can watch this 1-minute overview view on the games or go ahead and check them out at my TpT store by clicking on any of the links below. :)

 FlapJack Math Interactive Whiteboard Games


Interactive Whiteboard Game Packs available:


5th Grade SB Math Game Pack - http://bit.ly/5smartboard
4th-5th Grade Measurement Conversions SB PROMETHEAN Bundle - http://bit.ly/measurementsmartboardbundle
4th Grade SB Math Pack - http://bit.ly/4smartboard
4th Grade Math PowerPoint Pack - http://bit.ly/4powerpoint
4th Grade Math Spanish PowerPoint Pack - http://bit.ly/4pptmath
3rd Grade SB PROMETHEAN Math Pack - http://bit.ly/3smartboard
2nd Grade SB Math Pack - http://bit.ly/2smartboard
1st Grade SB PROMETHEAN Math Pack - http://bit.ly/1smartboard
Kinder SB Math and Literacy Game Pack - http://bit.ly/ksmartboard

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SeeSaw App for Parent Communication - Guest Post by Conversations in Literacy

I'm so happy to share this guest post with you because it is about the one app that has changed my classroom the most - the Seesaw app! A big thanks to Lori of Conversations in Literacy for introducing this app and how she uses it as an amazing learning tool in her classroom.

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Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Hey everyone! Tabitha is allowing me to come visit with you all today on her fabulous blog about parent communication. Thank you so much, Tabitha!

I love sharing with parents all the wonderful things we do in the classroom. But let's face it, time is a factor in that. It needs to be easy to do and in a format parents will readily go to and view it. I discovered all that in the Seesaw app!

Seesaw is almost like a version of Facebook for parents and students. You upload the content, which takes all of about 3 seconds. Parents get notified that new content has been added to their child's folder. The parent can then like the content and make comments! All from their phone!


Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Set up was easy. Just download the app for class. Parents down load the parent app. Type in your class list.


Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Once you have your list done, add in some pictures or video and a welcome letter. Seesaw generates a parent note with a QR code that they will use to log on for the first time. This letter also includes directions for them. This is all done for you! Just print off the letters and send home! They recommend that you also add a welcome letter to each child's journal so parents will see tips for using Seesaw. Seesaw provides a welcome letter for you, but I wanted to personalize it so I used some of their ideas and added some of mine.

Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Now share all the wonderful learning happening in your classroom! You can easily snap a picture right from the app and then immediately share it. Truly, it just takes seconds. I sometimes snap pictures of what the students are reading or working on that day. I take pictures of groups of students working in centers and share it to all the parents with students in that group shot. You just tag the parents you would like to see the photo.

 
Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

This screen shot shows you the different options you have for sharing with parents. I really like that I can create a parent letter in color on my computer at home if I need to and then share it with everyone without having to make copies! And who sends out every note in colored ink? Costs too much. But with Seesaw you can!

Using Seesaw app for easy parent communication

Since I teach reading, I like to share with parents their child reading once in a while. It was very easy to video students reading so parents could hear their fluency and improvement.

Parents have told me that they just LOVE this app! I think they like it because they get notified when new content goes up and it is so easy for them to view it and leave their child a comment. Plus, you get notified when parents see the notes and pictures. So you can keep track of who is viewing everything. Seesaw will even send you reports of how much parent interaction you are getting.

I hope you will try the Seesaw app! It is free for both you and the parents and so, so easy.

I would love for you to come by and visit me! You can keep up with all the latest by clicking the links below. Thank you, Tabitha, for allowing me to come visit your friends today!!







Make Test Prep Fun with QR Codes - Guest Post by Amber of Teachering

Hello, teachers! So happy to share this fantastic post on making test prep fun with QR codes by the amazing Amber of Teachering! This idea and freebie has me so pumped for prep test time and I can't wait to share with my grade level.

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Oh boy…it’s almost testing time again! Before you run off to cover your bulletin boards and sharpen a gazillion #2 pencils, let’s chat test taking tips. You know, those tips and strategies that aren’t in the curriculum but can make or break a student’s performance on the end of year test. Important things to remember like…


 
and...

Pace yourself.

 Sometimes going over these testing strategies can be less than exciting, and it seems so far removed from the rest of our subjects, so I came up with some task cards that review testing tips while also challenging students to practice their inferencing skills, and I made it FREE (because we all deserve a break around testing time).

Test Taking Tips Task Cards with QR codes

My students love to move, so I tape the cards around the edges of the room. I even hide one or two behind a door or under a table to really get them into the hunt. They know generally where to look, since I place them in number order (Ex. If #8 is in front of me, and #10 is the next card I see, #9 must be somewhere between them). In pairs or individually, students set out with their answer documents. The students don’t need me for this activity, so I use it as an independent test prep center while I lead a guided reading group.

Free task cards for test prep
Student Answer Document

When they arrive at a card, they read carefully and infer which test taking tip is being described. They jot down their answer, and move to the next card.

test taking task cards free
Task Cards with QR Codes
After students have visited all of the cards, they grab an iPad to check themselves by scanning the QR codes. They LOVE this part! I adore QR codes for self-checking activities, because students get instant feedback without me needing to be right next to them. The scanned QR codes link students to goofy animals showcasing the correct answers (test prep can be fun AND effective, right?).

Test prep for GA Milestones
Student Answer Document

Test prep for EOG Test


If the students realize they've made a mistake, they circle the number and check to see where they went wrong with their inference. I have them turn in their “graded” answer documents to get a general sense of who has mastered inferencing and understands the testing skills covered, and who may need more work. We’ll also have a group discussion about testing strategies after everyone has completed the task card activity. Simple as that, students have reviewed test taking skills for the end of the year assessment.

These FREE test prep task cards with QR codes are just one set of a whole year’s worth of task cards that I’ve created for my 4th grade students, so if this activity is up your alley, I’d love if you’d check out my TPT shop, Teachering!

 I wish your students the best of luck on your End of Grade (EOG) tests. I’m sure they’ll do amazingly well, because they have an awesome teacher that’s reading up on fun test prep ideas! To my fellow GA teachers, rock the Georgia Milestones!

Happy Teachering!

Amber

P.S. If you’re looking for more ideas for teaching test taking strategies, I’ve created a test prep video and posted it on my Teachering Facebook Page. Be warned: Students at my school now repeat it throughout the day, so if you use it, be ready to hear it ALL. THE. TIME!

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Thank you, Amber!