Archive for the ‘SMART Board’ Category

Gallery Collections

June 17, 2015

I just checked out the Gallery collections on the SMART Exchange.  SMART has been busy!  There are some really cool collections, like the research, math, organization and evaluation galleries.  When you go to the Exchange, type in gallery and then you can view them.  If you download them, you do not see much happening but they install in My Content in the Gallery.

Primary teachers may like to download the Sound Galleries, high school science teachers may like the DNA gallery, everyone will like the research gallery but there are so many more… in fact today when I looked there were 118 collections.

What’s your favorite?

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

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

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

Activity Card of the Month – October 2014

October 1, 2014

Card #5 Add Your Voice to SMART Notebook

This month, I will show or remind you how to add your voice to SMART Notebook.

I love all the ways this helps me in the classroom. Maybe, the students are working independently on the SMART Board and they need instructions but they don’t read well enough. Sometimes, I want to add sound effects for a guessing game. If I am away, I can make a greeting for my students that the supply teacher can play. (Get a guest login for temporary staff!) Teachers of other languages love to read sentences so that students can hear them over and over… as many times as they need. The students can create talking books. The list goes on!

Share your ideas.


Click here to download Activity Card #5 – Add your voice to SMART Notebook


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


Activity Card of the Month – August 2014

August 6, 2014

Card #3 Graphic Organizers on the Fly!

I like to have a few things in my head that I can do on the fly and one of them is the instant graphic organizer. I brainstorm with the students and we write as many words as we can and then we organize them. The SMART Notebook card of the month will help you make your first one. After a bit of practice, you can make these in a couple of minutes and you can save and open them another day for review. Here’s to fast lessons!

Click here to download Activity Card #3 – Create a Graphic Organizer


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


Activity Card of the Month – June 2014

June 4, 2014

I have been working on activity cards for teachers. They help them use the board in a way that takes what they are doing now on a white or black board, and translating them to activities on the SMART Board that can be used over and over.

The first card explains how to handwrite notes on the SMART Board in Notebook software. Then translate the notes to text and use the screen shade to see if the students can paraphrase what they read.

Click here to download Card #1 – Write Notes and Recognize as Text

Let me know if you like the cards and especially if you want to see more!


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Getting it Straight

April 30, 2014

I have always wished that SMART Notebook had a better and quicker alignment tool. I am so excited to see that now there is one! In Notebook 11.4, there is a new, blue, puzzle piece puzzle1 icon in the toolbar.   If you click on it, it will open eight new tools for alignment. Just select all the objects that you wish to align and then click on one of the tools. Your objects will magically align. I love it!


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Learning about Birds

April 16, 2014

Last time, I wrote about recording keeping for bird watching. Once we have seen the birds, let’s expand on our knowledge about birds. Search for the word ‘bird’ in the gallery. You will find the cardinal among others. Discuss the parts of a bird, the wings, the beak, the feet and the body. Learn to label the parts of the bird. Find a picture of a bird from your area. Label the parts. Move the words away from the lines so that the students can move them into the correct positions.



Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom