Archive for April, 2013

What’s the Difference?

April 24, 2013

differencesI often take two pictures of rather similar things.  For instance, I will go outside and take a picture of a small white car and a large black truck.  We put both pictures on one page of SMART Notebook.  Then we quickly make a T chart that allows the students to write down all the things that are similar and all that are different.  Sometimes they can be really creative with this exercise and it causes them to be quite analytical.

I can clone the pages so that different students have new pages to work on and I can switch it up by having different pictures on each page.  (To clone a page, click on the thumbnail of a page and you will see ‘clone page’.)

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


Spelling Practice

April 17, 2013

spelling-practiceSome students like to work with others to practice spelling words.  We put lots of pictures on the Notebook page.  Then we quickly record the names of the pictures using the SMART Notebook record feature (Check out the drop down menu for each object you click on and you will see the word Sound.)  Under each picture we put the number of dashes that corresponds with the number of letters in the word.  I like to clone the page a number of times so that various students can work on the same activity without erasing other peoples’ work.

The students click on the picture, listen to the word being spoken and print the word under the picture.  I encourage them to sign their names when they are done, save the file and then go to the next page so the activity is ready for someone else.  If I put a list of student names up beside the SMART Board, they can quietly go and get the next person on that list.  Later I can go back and look at the file to see how well the students are spelling.

Alternately, I can write the words and have the students draw the pictures.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Our Class Trip Follow-Up

April 10, 2013

After we go on class trips, we have a lot of photographs.  Putting them into SMART Notebook gives us many opportunities for language development.  Just open Notebook and then click on Insert in the top menu.  Choose Picture file.  We used to worry about the pictures being too big but now the program will ask if you want to optimize the graphic and it will adjust the picture to fit the screen.  Even so, I like to make it a bit smaller so that there is room for text under the picture.

Working together on each page of Notebook, we put a sentence that describes the photograph so it reminds us of each part of our trip.  We practice reading it and sometimes we will print it out so that students can take turns reading it to others.  The older students have worked on our presentations too!  They help the younger students use the recorder in Notebook 11 to read each page so that there is a permanent audio book for anyone to look at and listen to.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Where are you going, Little Red Riding Hood?

April 3, 2013

It is fun to compare students’ thoughts about the characters of stories we have read in class.  We select speech balloons from the shape tool and add them to graphics on the screen so that students can write in the conversation that they are having.


cloneSometimes we will open the page sorter, click on the thumbnail and clone the page a number of times so that each student can create their own conversation.

Students work at this during the day while others are working at their seats or at centers.  At the end of the day, when we have all finished, it is fun to read the conversations together.  We can even add in ‘the moral of the story’, as in the example shown, where we had to discuss talking to strangers.

By the way, do you know the origin of Red Riding Hood.  Check this out for some startling suggestions!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom