Go Digital with Project Based Learning Interactive Notebooks

When implementing a project based learning unit, organization is a key element to any project's success. I highly recommend using interactive notebooks as a guide in project based learning. Instead of using so much paper, why don't you go PAPERLESS with DIGITAL Project Based Learning Interactive Notebooks. Your students will stay organized, they'll be able to collaborate, and learning can be student-centered.

Start using project based learning interactive notebooks. Your upper elementary students will love them, and the technology component makes them even easier! Learn why your PBL time should go to interactive technology, focus on more effective driving questions, and let students focus more on inquiry. Your 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will get more voice and choice in their learning while you cover needed standards. {third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, upper elementary}

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Characterization and Emojis in the Classroom

Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}
How do you feel when you see emojis? Do they make you laugh, sad, angry? Do you have specific feelings when you see them? We use emojis to express our emotions and to convey a message. This is why using emojis in the classroom can be such a great activity!

When reading a story, common core standards require students to "describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events." 

Using emojis in the classroom can help students with the vocabulary to describe personality traits or feelings of people or animals in a story. In this post, you'll learn how you can use emojis in the classroom to teach characterization.



Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}


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Using Technology to Promote Summer Reading

As teachers we want to ensure that our students continue learning through the summer. Did you know students lose at least two to three months in reading and most students lose two months of math skills in the summer? It's important for us to make sure that all of our children are stimulated. For those who have access to technology, I have a some ideas in using technology to promote summer reading.

Many teachers and parents are using technology to promote summer learning, and now you can too! There are great websites, apps, programs, & more for elementary students here. As a teacher, you can promote these to students AND their families. Great for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Ideas for a book club, online reading, book reviews, book creation, apps, and website. Perfect for the parent seeking technology integration into the summer routine. (second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}
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Using Digital Comics to Motivate Reluctant Readers and Writers With Sample

Using comics or graphic novels in your teaching is a fun way to keep your students motivated. Reluctant readers and writers tend to get excited over using comics because comics writing is less intensive. Students can be imaginative in their writing and creative in their choice of characters and props. Using comics can even increase a student's vocabulary. Jennifer Haines wrote an excellent article about Teaching With Comics. In this post, I've provided ideas for Using Digital Comics to Motivate Reluctant Readers and Writers.

Using digital comics infused into your reading or writing curriculum is a great way to motivate your reluctant learners. The different online apps & websites listed here are great resources for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade classroom or home school students. It's a great way to bring technology into students' day. Science, social studies, & various ELA topics can all be covered depending on which technology component you use. {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, upper elementary}

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