Discovering Shapes

March 18, 2015

We were discovering shapes in the grade one class the other day and we found a fun and easy way to do it on the interactive whiteboard. When using Notebook software, we put a graphic on our interactive whiteboard and then we traced the shapes that the students saw. We removed the graphic and they all saw that the shapes that remained. It was neat to see the pattern they made. Details of the activity are found here…



Put a picture from the neighbourhood into SMART Notebook Software. I used the camera capture toolbar from SMART Notebook to grab a picture from the street view in google maps.

  1. Lock the picture down so the students can’t move it while they trace the shapes. (See the lock feature in the drop down menu of the image.)
  2. Have the students trace the shapes that they find. We use yellow because it shows against dark backgrounds.
  3. Unlock and delete the image.
  4. The students will see the shapes remaining.

If you are working on fine motor skills, the students could trace more complicated shapes as well. For instance, trace an animal and then remove the animal picture to reveal only the drawing.


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – March 2015

March 4, 2015

Card #10 Make it Match

Kids love games and so do I… especially when I can make them in less than five minutes and then use them over and over! The Lesson Activity Toolkit has many templates for these. Get your card of the month and make a game that will allow students to review something you are discussing in class. Even better get your students to make a game that reviews a concept.

Click here to download Activity Card #10 – Make it Match

Hitachi Interactive Projector

February 18, 2015

We just got a Hitachi interactive projector for one of our classes.  This projector can be used with a white board or a wall and suddenly they become interactive surfaces!

One of our teachers said that she loved it because there was instant orientation.  On some interactive white boards we have to press in target zones to orient the boards but with the Hitachi, press one button and it orients itself!  How much easier could it be?


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom Signature

Activity Card of the Month – February 2015

February 4, 2015

Card #9 Heads or Tails

There are many ways to have students experiment with probability. I might post other ideas later but right now, here is one method. Get the card of the month which will explain how to use the coin flipper and use it with a tally chart.

The kids get really excited about predicting if it will be heads or tails and when they are right, you can hear the collective, “YES!”.

Click here to download Activity Card #9 – Create a Probability Lesson


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Notebook Maestro – Interacting between your iPad and the SMART Board

January 21, 2015

Many people wanted to have interaction between the iPad and and the interactive whiteboard using Notebook software and now they can. The iPad Notebook app does not have as many features as the regular version but now you can walk around the classroom writing on your iPad and having the text appear on your SMART Board. You can also pass the iPad to students whose ideas, math answers etc. will appear on the SMART Board for everyone else to see. You will need the iPad Notebook app and Maestro on the Mac or PC that is connected to the SMART Board. I have included the instructions here…


  1. Download the Notebook app from the Apple iTunes store and install it on the iPad. There is a small cost.
  2. Download the add-on called Maestro (free) from
  3. Install the downloaded Maestro add-on on the laptop or desktop that is attached to the interactive whiteboard. You must have Notebook 2014 to do this.
  4. Maestro will be installed in the Add-ons tab.


To Run the Program:

  1. Open Notebook on the computer connected to the SMART Board.
  2. Click on the Add-ons.
  3. Click on Notebook Maestro.
  4. A QR code appears.
  5. Open the Notebook App on your iPad.
  6. Dismiss the instructions (Dismiss is seen at the top right of the new window).
  7. Point the iPad at the QR code.
  8. In Notebook on the SMART Board, click Connect.
  9. Now you can write on the iPad and the notes will appear on the SMART Board.


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – January 2015

January 7, 2015

Card #8 Using Maps

I often use maps in the classroom and there are many ways to do this. One way is to grab the map from Google so that you can draw a route or label significant places.

In this card of the month, learn to capture a map to Notebook. Then drop down to street level and drive around the streets with the students. Capture screens as you go.

We can’t afford to fly them to the Paris but we can drop down onto the streets in front of the Eiffel tower and find out what people don’t capture with their cameras!


Click here to download Activity Card #8 – Add a Map to your Lesson


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – December 2014

December 3, 2014

Card #7   Hey Mabel, What’s the Label?

Labeling objects is something you can do in every grade. Think about labeling plants, cells, science experiments etc. The card of the month will show you how to construct an activity that can be used many different ways. I love these instant lessons because you never know where the creativity of the students will take you.


Click here to download Activity Card #7 – Labelling


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Download Free Fonts for Fun

November 19, 2014

This week, I wanted to get some more fonts to use in Notebook and I found a site with free fonts! Check out Pick a category and scroll down to see the styles. Click on Download beside the style you have chosen. Once it is downloaded, you can install the font and it will be available in the fonts menu of Notebook, Word and other processors that you use! Pay attention to the name of the font when you download it so you can find it in the list of fonts. If Notebook was running when you downloaded and installed the file, you will have to close down and open a new file.

I was going to suggest one or two fun ones here but there are just so many that you should discover them yourselves! I had so much fun with these, that I got carried away and installed about fifteen new fonts!


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Activity Card of the Month – November 2014

November 5, 2014

Card #6 One, Two, Skip a Few, 99, a Hundred!

I have used hundred’s charts since my grade one teacher found me too talkative and put me in the coat room with a large wooden one hundred board that kept me busy for a long time. I had a great time arranging the numbered tags and didn’t even realize I was being punished!

Now you can use an interactive one that allows you to change the tile colors and even hide the numbers. It takes less than a second to reset it and start all over. You will feel like Vanna White when you spin these tiles! Check out the card of the month.


Click here to download Activity Card #6 – Work with the Hundreds Chart


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Games from SuperTeacherTools – Part 2

October 15, 2014

Recently, I told you about This is where you can make great review games like Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Now learn to download the game template and have it stored locally so you do not have to depend on internet.

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down to see and select Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
  3. Scroll down and select Download.
  4. Save the Mac or PC file in a new folder. It is an .exe file so you probably cannot install this on school administered computers. I use my own laptop for this.
  5. Now click on the url and edit a game to suit your needs.
  6. Once the game is edited, scroll to the bottom and fill in the required information including the verification.  I found I just needed to insert the verification number when I chose a pre-made game.
  7. I downloaded the text file, (seen here on the left) and put it into the same folder as the game template. That is really important!
  8. I ran the game and then was asked to input the name of the text file.

Click below to download and print step by step instructions:



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom




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