Be Appy Monday - Apps for Inquiry and Research


It's Be Appy Monday. This past weekend was absolutely beautiful in Austin. My husband and I went to the Ladybird Wildflower Center to see all of the wildflowers in bloom. It was soooo crowded that we turned around and came home. I'll try again this week. So, stay tuned for pictures of some beautiful Texas wildflowers.

Today, I'm going to share a free product I have that contains many apps for you to use with your students when you're studying the inquiry process. I've gathered together apps for brainstorming, creating graphic organizers, recording and writing notes, ways to collaborate and share ideas, research resources and presentation tools. And, it's free just for you. Just click on the images below to grab your free product.



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Thematic Thursday - Caterpillars to Butterflies


It's Thematic Thursday and I'm teaming up with Carla of Comprehension Connection. This week, our theme is Caterpillars to butterflies. I've been so interested in the monarch butterfly with it's unique life cycle and preserving their habitat.

Books


1. National Geographic Kids:  Caterpillar to Butterfly is an excellent book for introducing students to informational text. Laura Marsh wrote this high interest level 1 reader. You know the information is good because it's National Geographic.



2. A Butterfly is Patient is the sweetest book to add to a child's collection. Dianna Hutts Aston has also written An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy. This beautiful informational book introduces children to the wonderful world of butterflies.


3. Butterflies by Seymour Simon is another great informational book about butterflies. He even tell his readers how to plant their own butterfly garden.


Activities



You can purchase materials from Michael's Craft Store to make butterfly masks.


Hang this butterfly in your classroom. Inside students can write about the life cycle.


Scan these QR codes to view videos of butterflies and their life cycles.





Links





For more information and ideas for your classroom, drop by Comprehension Connection.


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Be Appy Monday - Lemonade Tale


I want to share an app with you that goes along with the post below. Every year, I've had my students play the online version of Lemonade Stand. They love Lemonade Stand and problem solve as they adjust their ingredients to find the perfect lemonade for their customers. 

I've found a version for the iPad. Students start their own lemonade stand and try to keep their customers satisfied with the results. They can even advertise their business. This product is perfect to go along with my entrepreneurship unit.



Do you remember having a lemonade stand with your neighborhood friends when you were a child? Well, one of my former students did just that and turned it into a thriving business.


Ten year-old Mikala Ulmer took her great-grandmother's lemonade recipe and entered a children's business competition. From there BeeSweet Lemonade was born. Mikala sweetens the flaxseed lemonade with local honey. This also sparked her fascination with bees and their ecosystem. Mikala donates part of her profits to help save honeybees and donates her time to educate students on the importance of bees. 

BUY A BOTTLE...SAVE A BEE

Tonight I watched Mikala present her business on Shark Tank. I was so impressed at how poised she was and her knowledge of running a business. And, Dameon invested $60,000 in her business! I love the fact that she's an entrepreneur and she is giving back.

 

Visit Mikala's website and learn more about this outstanding student entrepreneur.

And, don't forget to take a look at my entrepreneurship unit. It's just been updated!




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Student Entrepreneurs - BeeSweet Lemonade


Do you remember having a lemonade stand with your neighborhood friends when you were a child? Well, one of my former students did just that and turned it into a thriving business.


Ten year-old Mikala Ulmer took her great-grandmother's lemonade recipe and entered a children's business competition. From there BeeSweet Lemonade was born. Mikala sweetens the flaxseed lemonade with local honey. This also sparked her fascination with bees and their ecosystem. Mikala donates part of her profits to help save honeybees and donates her time to educate students on the importance of bees. 

BUY A BOTTLE...SAVE A BEE

Tonight I watched Mikala present her business on Shark Tank. I was so impressed at how poised she was and her knowledge of running a business. And, Dameon invested $60,000 in her business! I love the fact that she's an entrepreneur and she is giving back.

 

Visit Mikala's website and learn more about this outstanding student entrepreneur.

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Thematic Thursday - Frogs and Toads

It's Thematic Thursday and I'm teaming up with Carla from Comprehension Connection to share ideas and activities about frogs and toads.



I love informational text and students love reading nonfiction books. Learning about the life cycle of the frog is so interesting because students can actually see the frog grow from tadpole to frog.

1. Books


It's sometimes difficult for students to tell the difference between frogs and toads. This simple book by Melissa Stewart helps students understand the difference.


Here's another nonfiction book about Frogs and Toads by Bobbie Kalman and Tammie Everts. This is a great book for introducing nonfiction to primary students.


If you want to add fables to your study of frogs and toads, this cute Korean folktale is a cute read-aloud book.

2. Activities and Ideas

I love lapbooks and creating them is a fun way to learn about frogs. In this unit, I've provided a PowerPoint about the life cycle, an interactive lapbook with directions and pictures, and other math and writing activities. This product will be discounted for the next 2 days.




Grab your freebie here. This is a sample from the complete unit.

3. Links 
There are some great websites for students to learn about frogs and toads. I've provided some excellent websites about the life cycle, videos and some cute games.









Now, jump over to Comprehension Connection for more ideas.

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Appy Monday - Tools4Students


It's Appy Monday and many of you are enjoying your spring break. I hope you are taking time to relax with your families. 

Today, I'm going to share a paid app with you and it's worth all $.99. Are there times when you want to use graphic organizers with your students and don't have time to create them? Tools4Students is a great tool that contains 25 different apps for reading. You can choose from Cause/Effect to Story Elements to Fact/Opinion. And, all 25 colorful graphic organizers are excellent. 


Students can set up their default graphic organizers with their name and the way they will be saved. (pdf or png) Each student will select the graphic organizer you've assigned, fill in the the graphic organizer and email it, link to your Dropbox or Google Drive. If you don't want the students to fill out the graphic organizers from their iPads, just print them out and students can fill them out by pen or pencil.
With the "Making Predictions" Graphic Organizer, students can make their prediction and then check "yes or no" if they were correct or not with their prediction. Love it!


You can purchase similar apps by the same company. They even have a bundle that can be purchased for $2.99.


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As Easy as Pi with Lapbooks


It's Pi Day and also my daughter's birthday. Happy birthday to my beautiful 26 year-old. Mary Ann is a big girl now. She's no longer on my insurance. 


To celebrate Pi Day, our Upper Grade Memoirs group would like to share some of our classroom resources that help make learning a little easier. I love creating interactive lapbooks because students are always so engaged with their learning during a unit of study. Lapbooks can be used by any age student and for any subject area. Unlike interactive notebooks, lapbooks can be used as a culminating activity after a unit of study. And, students have a product to display for others to see. Students can share what they've learned about a person, state or country, science unit and more... Students can be really creative in how they design their lapbooks. Or, teachers can make their own templates for younger students. I sometimes pair students together so the activity can be completed faster and stronger students can assist students that may need a little more help. There's so much room for differentiation, too. Your higher level students can take be expected to do more in depth lapbooks.

Here's a sample of one of my interactive lapbooks. I try to make my templates generic so students can use them for any famous person, any state, etc.

Enjoy your free product.







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Appy Monday


Hi Friends. I'm joining Tech With Jen and other fabulous bloggers to share ideas for apps in your classroom. I don't know about you, but I'm learning so much about apps that I didn't know even existed.

Today, I'm going to share a fun app called Chicktionary. With spring and Easter coming soon, I thought this free app would be perfect with the chicken theme. The free app contains 100 different puzzles, then more puzzles can be unlocked for $1.99.


I absolutely love the graphics in this game! Players try to unscramble the words and form as many words as they can within a certain time period. There are different levels of play. This game is not just for younger children. It can get challenging!


Different colorful themes are used with the chicken's dress.


Students can select their mode of play.


Just click on the letters in order and create words. If the word is correct, it will show up in the list above. If incorrect, the chickens share and you continue to play. Longer words are worth more points.


For younger students, select "Beak Sneak" so one letter shows up in the words above. It really helps. (At least it did for me!)

I use this app with my Chicken LifeCycle Unit.


The online version is called Fowl Words.


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