Saturday, October 29, 2016

Special Characters, Symbols & Emojis

Google makes it simple to add the special characters, symbols or emojis we often use on math worksheets or within our writing.  You can even use your trackpad to draw the symbol if you can remember its name!  Watch How to Insert Special Characters into Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings to learn how to insert special characters into your document. (2-minute video)

1.  Select "Insert/Special Characters"
2.  Search for the name of the character or emoji, etc.  or draw the symbol using your trackpad 

It's that easy!

Directions for Posting and Printing in Aspen

For directions for Posting and Printing in Aspen click here.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Graphic Organizers

Check out Graphic Organizer Maker to quickly create organizers for close reading, research, the scientific method, math or any content area.  You or your students can create organizers for any task.  Choices include Venn diagrams to compare and contrast; timelines to document research, flow charts for retelling, thought webs for brainstorming during the drafting stage of writing, and so much more.

No need to create your own.  Click here and download an organizer.  You can then upload it to your Google Drive and share out on Google Classroom!  Want to add specific words to the organizer to make it your own?  Add it to a Google Drawing and add any text or images to differentiate for your students.

Have an "organized day!"

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Merging Documents

Looking for a quick way to print or share all of your students' poems or essays?  PDF Mergy is a Chrome app which allows you to combine many documents into one! 

1.  Go to Chrome Web Store, search for PDF Mergy, select "Add To Chrome"

2.  Select "Documents from computer" or "Documents from your Drive"

3.  While holding the command key down, select all of the documents you want to merge 
4.  Select save to computer or drive and rename

5.  Open and print or share 

Election Process

With the election looming, I thought you might be interested in some sites on this topic.  Check out these sites for more information regarding the electoral college, maps depicting polling and election results for various offices, the descriptions of the various offices.

Kids Discover  Great infographics (posters)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Interactive Math Activities

Just a quick reminder about the interactive resources on Illuminations!  These resources can be teacher driven during a mini-lesson or used by a student during a math workshop on a computer or iPad.  You can search by content area, grade level, standard or even keywords. Students will find these activities engaging and the visual model are most beneficial!  

Bunny Times - Visual models of Multiplication


Monday, October 3, 2016

RazKids Reading Levels

Students are able to change their level on the updated RazKids. To prevent this from happening you can lock the students level.

Sign into with your Raz-Kids teacher account
Select My Classroom/Roster
Select the individual student/Edit Student Info
Select "Reading Room Settings"
Under the levels, select "Level(s) Below Student Level and Above Student Level Lock At Level J Through Level K"
You can choose 0 levels above/below or 1 level above/below.
Select "Save and Close"
See image below: