Archive for November, 2010

Financial Tracking

November 22, 2010

The stock market is a unique place that can remain a mystery if not explained properly.  Why not have students pick out a portfolio and track the stock values in an Excel sheet?  Students can buy and trade stocks while trying to ‘earn’ the most money.  This is an exciting way to learn how to use Excel’s most basic spreadsheet functions as well as how to read stocks online.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Importing from PowerPoint

November 16, 2010

Let’s not reinvent the wheel! If you have already created lessons in PowerPoint, you can import them directly into Notebook where you can spruce them up and add more interactivity without having to type in the notes and import the individual images. Click on File, Import, and then browse to your existing PowerPoint File. Now go through and improve on that original lesson by making it interactive for the students.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Cloning Pages

November 10, 2010

Sometimes I make a page that I really like but I want many students to use it as part of an activity center.  NO problem!  If you click on the thumbnail of the page, in the page sorter, you can select the drop down menu and clone the page as many times as you want.   Remember to get the students to sign their pages when they have finished the activity.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Tennis balls on the SMART Board?….yes!

November 8, 2010

Sometimes I have students who cannot use the pens well because their fine motor skills are not developed.  The solution is to pick up a pen from the pen tray and hand them a tennis ball.  Using that you will find that they can write smoothly and the lines drawn will be no thicker than the pen lines.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Thinking Math

November 4, 2010

Some lessons can be quick and simple.  I like to put the multiple dice on the board and change it to show 4 cubes.  When a student rolls the dice, I ask the class to use brackets, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing to come up with both the biggest and smallest total based on the numbers on the faces of the four dice.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom

Beat the Clock

November 3, 2010

I like to have the students discuss what they want to write about and then time how much they write.  Drag the timer out of the gallery and set it for ten minutes (or whatever amount of time suits your grade level).  Discuss what the story will be about or go to Scholastic’s story starter website (http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm)

Tell the students to write as much as they can in ten minutes.  Start the timer and when time is up, have the students count the number of words they wrote.  The goal is to beat that number the next time.  NOTES:  Spelling and sentence structure don’t count for this and so these stories should not be read to the class as good or bad examples.

Happy Learning!

Mrs. Blossom