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Trick & Treats!

I'm linking up with  The Elementary Entourage to share with you my Tricks & Treats!

My TRICKS for igniting passionate readers is to allow and protect the independent reading time. Let whatever designated time for reading be sacred and scheduled. My students have learned to enjoy reading. We celebrate authors, share our opinions about books and write critiques. We read tons of books because we enjoy them. We laugh and enjoy the art of reading and discuss the author's purpose. We become authors and write and publish our own books.  This part is probably crucial to motivating students to read and write more and enjoy it! Allow them time to share their masterpieces to the class. My class loves giving critiques and I love it too! They start by saying a "glow" and then a "grow."  One of books I recently read called The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller really touches on creating the environment to support learning.  If you haven't checked out this book, get it or borrow it. Miller shares her desire for supporting and developing lifelong readers and it is truly inspiring.

My students love to create books. So I made this book template for Bat Research books! To grab your own FREEBIE click (Here)!

Now I want to share some of my Tech Treats! 

Education City is an excellent website for young learners to practice skills in across content areas!  I love the beautifully colorful graphics and the quick and encouraging responses provided for students. The activities are perfect and it correlates with Common Core Standards. Education City is one of my favorite go to sites.

Edmodo is cool too! I like how I can upload my documents for parents to use at home and, create surveys, add assessments and even report grading! Edmodo is a cool tool for teachers, parents and students!

ClassDojo is a wonderful classroom management tool that allows students hands on ability to track their own behavior and helps keeps parents aware of student's behavior. The site is engaging, colorful and bright. Students love using ClassDojo and I do too! I can use it as a tool to track student's behaviors. I also can use ClassDojo throughout the school on the way to enrichment or cafeteria with the easy phone app! I love ClassDojo.

PebbleGo is another educational program used in my class on the regular. It is so important for students to be familiar with all types of text. PebbleGo provides online kid friendly topics for students to research and learn!

I have created a variety of resources to go along with many of the PebbleGo research topics.
Click HERE for a Pumpkin Freebie!

Blabberize is another fun and exciting tool I use to make lessons come alive. I remember I was teaching a Social Studies lesson about Paul Revere and thought to myself, "How can I make this an exciting lesson?" I researched and came across this site. I created a picture of Paul Revere's horse and Blabberized it! The horse told about Paul Revere's ride and my class absolutely loved it! I had so much fun creating it. Later I added this site to my choice boards for the class.

Click HERE to get a copy of one of the Choice Boards I created that can be used with any of the historical figures studied.

What are your favorite tech tools for the classroom?

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Thanks for stopping by and check out the other great tricks and treats at the blog hop sponsored by  The Elementary Entourage

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