Thursday, February 14, 2013

Podcasts for Teachers

Here is a great link for 20 Podcasts for busy teachers. 

Check them out!

QR Code Presentation from METC

Tuesday and Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting at the METC Conference in St. Charles. I love sharing ideas with fellow teachers. I always feel so rejuvenated after attending a conference. Below is some information I shared for using QR Codes in the classroom. Happy Coding!!!


QR Code Information

QR Generators

QR Shortners

QR Readers

Desktop QR Reader

Mobile Reader

Monday, February 11, 2013


How do you bring a book report into the 21st century?? You podcast it!

My students will be making podcast that we will turn into QR Codes and then attach to the inside of books so other students can listen to a quick blurb about the book.

Each podcast is to be between 2-4 minutes. Students are to give the.....
1. Title
2. Author
3. Characters
4. A brief explanation about the problem in the story.

I am letting the students pick their podcasting software but some of the examples I have shown them are...

1. Audioboo
2. Audacity
3. I Said What
4. Garage Band
5. Voice Memo

Examples will be posted soon!!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 Newbery Winner

The 2013 Newbery Medal Winning book is......

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

2013-2014 Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominees - Missouri Association of School Librarians



 Each year, Missouri schoolchildren in grades 4-8 vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Mark Twain Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

The link below is the preliminary list of nominated books for the 2013-2014 school year. Happy Reading!!



2013-2014 Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominees - Missouri Association of School Librarians

Homophone Challenge

I don't know about you but my 6th and 7th graders still struggle with homophones. In order to help them we do a Weekly Homophone Challenge. Here is how it works....

Every Monday I post a Homophone Challenge into their EDMODO accounts. The students have until Friday morning to respond to the challenge. 


Their responses must be in complete, grammatically correct sentences. Students have a lot of fun with these because they don't see it like work. They see it more as a puzzle to solve. 


Below are some examples of the Homophone Challenges I have used with them. Let me know if you need more!!!


What do you call a large animal with thick fur but no clothes on?


If you don’t listen over there, where should you listen?


 How does Moose begin a letter to his cousin??


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Teaching Kids News

Teaching Kids News is an awesome website!! The articles on this website are current news in kid language.

How can you use this in your classroom? For Social Studies teachers this would be a terrific website to send students to gather current events.

For Reading teachers this fits perfect with the Common Core. Below are the Common Core Standards for 6th Grade. 

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.8 Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Confusing Words?????

Do you have students who get confused on which word to use? Should they use it's or its??/ Or their, there, or they're.
Here is a super website for them to get the answers to all of those confusing words.

Vocabahead Challenge

What is a Vocabahead Challenge?

Vocabahead Challenges are short videos that students can watch to learn a new word. The definition of the word is given along with the word used in a sentence and a super cute video to boot. 

How I use this in my classroom?? Every Monday I post a video on my classroom blog and EDMODO. The students have until Friday to watch the video, write a new sentence with the word in the video and list synonyms and antonyms for the word. 

The sentences must written in a way that a younger student would be able to figure out what the word means from the context clues in the sentence.

Below is an example video. You can go to to watch more videos. They are also available on Youtube.

6th Grade Book Reveal Podcast!

This podcast was created using the Audioboo software. The free version of the app allows you to record up to a 3 minute podcast. Super simply to use.