Friday, November 16, 2012

iPads: Spelling City

Did you know that some new apps have been added to our iPads this year?

Spelling City is one of them! If you use the website with your students already, checking out the iPads might be a fun alternative. There are pre-made lists on the iPad already, or you can create an account and easily add lists for your students to use. Students would search for your name and then your spelling lists would show up for them to select- without giving them your username or password!

Spelling City is a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging learning games using any word list. The most popular activities are a spelling test, HangMouse, and the vocabulary games. 

This is Hang Mouse:

I also found a teacher through the Technology Tailgate who has made worksheets to accompany the app. You can download them here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Children's Book Week Resources

Children's Book Week is coming! Looking to incorporate some activities in your classroom? Look no further...

A Google search on your favorite illustrator may bring you to their website, which often has activities you can incorporate into your classroom. Here are some of my favorites:

Or, maybe you want to have students create their own works surrounding the theme. Here are some fabulous resources for creativity!

I LOVE Storybird! (and have shared it before.) You could do a whole class activity of using imagery to write a story. They have a variety of illustrations to get students brainstorming their own story! I have a QSG to get you started - email me if you'd like it :)