Well, that was quick... in my last post I shared with you a fun competition I was part of with some bloggy buddies:
Annnnnd.... I'm out. Yep, out in the first round. Sigh... bad news for me, but good news for YOU because that means I'm giving away a copy of my Character Response Graphic Organizers! (You can check out the details in my previous post HERE or by clicking on the image below.)
And because I'm not feeling so hot today (those kid germs got me despite my efforts to keep them away!), let's make this easy - comment with the name of your favorite NCAA basketball team (even if they're not in the tournament.) I'll choose a random comment on Wednesday evening and that person will win the resource. Don't forget to leave your email!
Now on to something school related.
We spent A LOT of time this week doing research for our biography project. I found a fantastic site full of information not only about famous Americans, but also animals, science and social studies. It's called PebbleGo and it's amazing for primary students! (I am in no way affiliated with PebbleGo and the opinions expressed here are my own)
There are four libraries, as they call them: animals, science, social studies and biographies. Navigating the site is easy for young ones and the text is written at a level pretty much all my kiddos could read and comprehend. There is a text-to-speech feature as well, which was perfect for those who needed a little more support. We worked with the search bar, navigated through the tabs for each article and used the multimedia options (videos, maps audio and timelines) for more information.
As we finshed up our research, I had some students who were done before others. All they wanted to do was explore the site on their own, so I came up with a Four Square Facts sheet to put a little direction into their exploration. The first one is based on reading coding we do (check out more about that HERE), the second one is 5W based and the third one is for them to practice using the search function. Confession: I just wrote these quickly on my Smartboard and my kiddos could choose which one to do. They folded a scrap paper in fourths and wrote their facts on that. Apparently I never took pictures of them, so I created these nice ones for you to have.
I'm excited to spend this coming week finishing up our project with our big "reveal" hopefully on Friday. It's supposed to involve dressing up, speaking and listening and an interactive timeline with videos! We'll see how far we get!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for my character graphic organizer before you go! (Scroll back up to the top if you forgot!) And I thought I'd leave you with a little sign of spring I found outside our building: