First, I want to go back to a suggestion in my Cornucopia post, which was, “What are you Thankful For? Ask it Better.” I’ve been using different prompts from this article with each grade level. For example, my 5th graders brainstormed what they are thankful for that they cannot see. My 2nd graders brainstormed what teachers might be thankful for, as you can see below. I really like this twist on giving thanks.
Make a Turkey is a nearly 10-minute tutorial from Hopscotch, one of my favorite programming apps, that might get your students prepared for December’s Hour of Code extravaganza.
What are teachers thankful for? You might not see it in the picture above, but one of the students wrote, “Other teachers.” And that is very true. Thank goodness for all of the awesome educators who are kind enough to share their resources on the web for those of us who aren’t quite as creative!
Obviously, the site is aimed at girls. However, there is a lot of information that will appeal to both genders. The “Try on a Career” page allows you to click on different types of engineering occupations to learn more. The site also includes interviews with engineers, resources, and information on “How to Get There.”
EngineerGirl is currently sponsoring an essay contest for girls and boys in grades 3-12. Students must propose a new technology that they think would help in at least one of these areas:
Entries are due by 2/1/16. For more information, go to this page.
Typatone comes from the makers of Patatap. In the latter, you are basically able to create visual fireworks by typing on a keyboard, as each key corresponds to a shape and sound. Typatone is similar, but it allows you to create music with a sentence.
How can you use this in class? We discuss synesthesia in my 4th grade GT class, so Typatone can definitely augment that discussion. Also, I think the students would enjoy writing poetry or sentences with figurative language to see how they sound. How about a spelling test? Allow students to listen to the sounds of different letters, and then have them guess what word you just spelled. Music teachers can probably think of a few applications also.
Creations can be shared through e-mail or embedding (although the embedding option apparently does not work in this blog). You can click here to listen to the short tune I composed.
One of my fabulous colleagues, Suzanne Horan, shared the Litograph website earlier this week, and I’ve been trying to narrow down my wish list ever since! (My birthday is coming up so – Perfect. Timing.)
The Litograph website sells t-shirts, posters, and totes that are based on famous literary works. If you look at them closely (their website allows you to zoom in), you will see that the artwork is actually created by text from the book – kind of like word clouds taken to a whole new level!
Some of the products have illustrations on the front and back, so be sure to scroll over them to reveal both sides.
Don’t see your favorite book represented? You can make a request and vote on other suggestions here. (I voted for The Giver and The Princess Bride.)
Thanks to Suzanne for the tip (and the flour she brought me to save me from a Squishy Circuits disaster earlier this week)! Happy Phun Phriday!
“This American Life” is one of my absolute favorite radio programs. Hosted by Ira Flatow, each show is based on a theme. The productions are amazing, top quality collections of real-life stories that will make you laugh, gasp, and cry.
I just found out “This American Life” has a page of Educator Resources. You can look up shows by theme or school level. Educators from all over have contributed ways that they have connected different episodes to their curriculum, and there is a direct link to the episodes to which they refer.
If you’ve never listened to this show, I highly recommend you reward yourself with the “Squirrel Cop” episode on a day when you really need a laugh. You can see what Greg Carsten, a middle school teacher, has to say about a great way to use “Squirrel Cop” in class.
As always, please preview any episode before playing it for your class!