June 30, 2015

Tech Tuesday ~ Kahoot!

Welcome back to Tech Tuesday! We have taken a little hiatus from our weekly Tuesday topic, but want to remind you about one of our favorites, Kahoot!

Kahoot is a fun and engaging classroom response system. It gives groups of students a voice and holds them accountable for answering...using technology, which they love! One of the great things about Kahoot is it works on all different types of devices...desktops, iPads, androids, PCs, smartphones, etc. (If you don't have many, consider asking parents for donations of older version iPhones or DonorsChoose donations!)
Oh, and best part...Kahoot is FREE!!!

After you sign up you have the ability to design your own multiple choice games for your students to play. You can also chose from the thousands of Kahoots that have already been created and shared by others. 

To create this super fun way to conduct pre-assessments, post-assessments, review games, and more, follow these steps:

1. Click "New K!" in the top left-hand corner to design a new Kahoot.

2. Select whether you want to create a quiz, discussion, or survey with your students (or staff!). We are going to continue create a survey, which is what we did for a math review with our students.

3. Give  your survey a name. 

4. Start to add questions about your learning content. We chose to also upload a visual for our students with each question since we were reviewing counting on ten frames and double ten frames for math.

5. You can alter the number of multiple choice answers you make available for children to choose from. You then identify which answer is correct and which are incorrect. 

6. After adding the number of questions to your liking, you save your survey and can reorder the questions if you need to. (There is also an option later when Kahoot with present your questions in random order each time also, which is helpful if you play the Kahoot multiple times with your students.)

7. Enter some information about your Kahoot if you'd like to make it searchable by other Kahoot users.

8. That's it! Time to play Kahoot with your students! Click "play now."

9. On this screen you can set preferences for the game, such as leaving up the game pin, randomizing questions, playing music while waiting, and so on.

When you are ready to play, you can project the game onto a Smart Board or any other large surface using a projector. This is the first screen that will be shown. The players will need the code to join the game. 

Children go to http://kahoot.it. (Tip: Add the webpage icon to iPad home screen in a similar way to making a bookmark. For Android devices, grab the Kahoot app in the Google Play Store here.)
Students will then be asked to enter the game pin given. This code is unique to that game at that time.

Before they are granted access to the game, children must enter a team name. Children can play in groups or individually, that is up to you!
Looks like the Cheetahs are ready to play!

The questions are then displayed on the screen for children to answer. There are four possible answers to the question and each answer is color coded. The first image below is a screen shot of one of the game's questions. The second image is the game projected onto a Smart Board.

The children look at the projected image to determine the correct answer. The image on the student devices does not look the same. They see only the colored rectangles that correspond to the answers on the screen. Our children only needed a few practice questions before they were able to figure out how to answer the questions. At first, some of them were confused that they only had shapes on their screen and not the numbers.

When the correct answer is chosen, this is the screen the children see:

After the time limit on the question has been reached, a screen displays on the Smart Board or screen that shows the correct answer and how many teams answered it correctly.

This video clip shows the game in action in our classrooms:

At the end of the quiz, the children are given the opportunity to rate the quiz using stars 1-5.

They are also asked if they learned something and would they recommend this Kahoot game to others.

We have found Kahoot to be engaging and motivating on so many levels. We have seen tremendous teamwork, good sportsmanship, and just all around excitement for learning and showing what they know.

These pictures say it all!

Looks like fun, right?!? You can give our Ten Frame Flash 0-20 Kahoot a try here!

We are so excited to make more Kahoots and use them with our new class next year!
(And of course as we make more, we will share them on our Pinterest boards here.)

June 28, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (June 29th - July 3rd)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to markdown until Friday, July 3rd.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals!

This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

Bingo! Bingo! Everybody loves to play bingo! Fun in the Sun is no exception! We have included 30 calling cards and 28 player boards. Just like any game of bingo you can decide how to play: five across, five down, five diagonal, four corners, etc. 

Here is an example of the calling cards:
We like to change up the "calling" by sometimes giving the children the description to see if they know the vocabulary being used, and sometimes we only show the picture without telling what it is to practice visual discrimination.

Here is an example of one of the many different player boards:

Fun in the Sun Summer Bingo is great for school, day camp, scouts, daycare, and so much more!
We hope you have a lot of fun playing Fun in the Sun bingo!! Thanks for visiting us again this week.

June 26, 2015

Summer Stock Up!

Another school year has just come to and end and we are already thinking about next year! There is so much to think about...From classroom organization, to classroom management, to classroom decor!  The list goes on and on, but we are here to help! We are so honored to be part of this fabulous blog hop with some amazing teachers and bloggers. We are happy to be sharing some of our classroom decorations that are sure to put a smile on your face!We have always loved having a classroom theme. We have tried out many different ones over the years and we have loved it as much as the children. We are super excited to share with you our ocean themed classroom decor, "Under the Sea!" Many of the items included are editable!

Come check out pictures of the many items included in this huge classroom decor pack....

Classroom Rules
You can keep the rules the same as ours or you have the ability to change them to your liking!

Helper Chart and Animals
Customize names and classroom jobs to teach your little ocean animals to take responsibility for their learning environment. We're all a team and we all help out!

Number Display
These number, word, and set posters will add some color to your classroom! We have included numbers 0-20. Our students use them daily for counting, writing, addition, and more.

Classroom Birthday Chart
This birthday chart is totally editable for you to add your student's birthdays so you never forget their special day!

Where Are We? Chart
Do others know where you are when you leave your classroom? This chart will let them know. We display ours outside of our classroom and it is a child's job to change it daily.

Growth Chart
You can take beginning of the year and end of the year pictures by this colorful growth chart to show how much the children have changed throughout the year. It is truly one of our favorite things to look at and compare in September and then again in June!

Attendance Match-Ups
This is a fun and easy way to see who is at school every day. The children match their clown fish to the correct sea anemone. You can edit the names to meet your needs. You can have the children match their first name to their first name, their first name to their last name, or any other way that you would like. 

Attitude Board
This is a quick and simple way to check in with your children each morning to see how they are feeling. You display their names and the children pick an emotion that tells how they are feeling. We allow children to change their emotions throughout the day.

Student Folder Cover
This adorable ocean themed folder cover can be used for your students communication folder to and from school or whatever you want. It is editable to meet your needs!

Teacher Binder Cover and Spines

Desk Nameplates
We have included 4 different versions of this nameplate. Each one is editable and will be a great resource for your students. Each nameplate has the alphabet and a number line showing numbers 0-20. It also shows a left hand and a right hand to help children to remember to always read and write from left to right. 

Word Wall Letters
How adorable are these? They will help add a little color to your classroom word wall.

Hundreds Chart Number Cards
These ocean animals are just waiting to help your students count by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. They can also help with addition and subtraction too!

Crayon Jar Labels and Circles
These crayon jar labels and circle compliment each other perfectly to use as you want. If you like to use crayon jars in your classroom, you can add your student's names to the label and tape to the crayon jar. The circles can be used so the child knows where to store their crayons when they are not being used. 

As you can see, these tags are very versatile and can be used for many different things. 
Below, they are used to label centers or "can do" activities for fast finishing students.

Small Group Cards
We have included 4 group header cards and 24 student cards.

Pencil Box Labels
Like many of the other items in this pack, these pencil box labels can be edited in the font and color of your choice and can be used for a variety of purposes in your classroom!

Lunch Selection Cards
These adorable ocean animals are donning their chef hats and are ready to help your students choose their lunches on a daily basis. All you have to do is type their names and print for use.

Computer Tags
These tags can be used to keep student log-in information, email addresses, websites, and passwords in one place. Or....use them for another purpose you can think of!

Writing Folder Labels
These ocean animals are ready to hold onto all of your students writing journals, or even math or reading notebooks! You can add their name and put on the outside of their folders for easy identification.

First Week Award
The first week is always so hard, for students and for teachers! Make them feel good for a job well done!! 

"Reading is an Adventure!" Bookmarks
These fun bookmarks match the growth chart! We give each child a bookmark to take home to use for their nightly reading. 

Cubby Tags
Who can resist these super cute diver children? You can dress up your cubbies to match the ocean theme. They are sure to make everyone smile when they see them! The best part...they are FREE!! You can find them here in our store!

Thank you for checking out our Ocean themed classroom decor, Under the Sea!! We hope you have a great summer!
Click on the picture below to continue the fun!!

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