Archive for September, 2013

Finding Locations on a Grid

September 25, 2013

I have been trying to think of educational things to make with the table tool.   One thing I know that some students needed some practice with was finding locations on a grid.  We can play submarine but I wanted to find something a Little different.

Finding an idea on the Scholastic website, it was adapted into Notebook  and a random reward was included.  Check out my Notebook file with the Grid Location game for students in grades 2, 3 and perhaps 4.  Instructions are provided in the lesson notes on page one.   (Email me at mrsblossom@blossomlearning.com)

grid

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

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Group Problem Solving

September 18, 2013

You have likely seen this little puzzle on Facebook.   You are asked to count the number of squares.  I have seen answers from 18 to 32.   I think I know the answer, but I’m not sure!

square-puzzle

I handed a copy out to pairs of students in the class and they used different colours to identify squares.  After some time, they used the Samsung tablets to take pictures and send them to the SMART Board using Extreme Collaboration.  We had a lot of fun finding squares that were missed and being surprised by squares few had found.  It was GREAT problem solving.  Score one for the new Samsung Tablets and Extreme Collaboration!  I have provided a pdf of the template for this activity here.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Welcome Back to School

September 11, 2013

What a blur!  Isn’t getting back to school fun?  I was searching around for ideas and found this page on Pinterest.  http://pinterest.com/knighlis/classroom-ideas-september

The noise meter from that page has been downloaded for my iPad and I think it will be fun to try it out with the students.  I like kids to discuss and I think it will be neat to get them to self-regulate.  I am also working on translating some of the paper ideas into SMART Notebook.  Check out the page!

Pinterest-Classroom-Ideas-Sept

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Establishing our Rules for Web Enabled Devices in the Classroom

September 4, 2013

We are continuing on this journey of using our personal devices in the classroom.  It is ever evolving but one thing the students determined was that if they were collaborating, they had to stay on task but if they were working alone, they could request a time “off task” for a period we agreed on.

This was hard to manage so I got several cardboard clocks with moveable hands.  They put the stop time on them and put them on a ledge with their names (in front and below the hands).  That way I could glance at them from time to time to see that they were honoring their stop time. We also had to practice getting back on task as breaks can disrupt the pattern of learning  BUT I can’t believe how these little breathers helped the students who just couldn’t focus for extended periods.  Some students did not use this privilege.  I guess some people have better staying power!  As to how we used these devices in the classroom, I will be blogging about them later.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom