Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Classkick for the Win!

I absolutely love using Classkick with my students!
Not only does it help save on paper...
but it encourages them to create and share their thinking with technology! 
This is one device hopping program that helps me meet the needs of my students at their level...
and it is soooo very easy to create assignments using 
powerpoints and task cards that I already have!

Have you tried Classkick?
Here's a Google Slide PD that might help share a little more
about the ways I use this program in my class.

Want more PD with Classkick?
Be sure to follow my Instagram: @swampfrogs
I try to share a little each week of how we're using different 
programs in our classroom!

Check out Kami Butterfield too!
She's got GREAT shares on how to 
use Classkick with your students!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Technology Tools to Enhance the Learning in Your Classroom

Gearing up to share some of my favorite technology tools that help me #setthestagetoengage my students during lessons!

Snag your own copy: tinyurl.com/DLD18TechTools

Or go through the slide on this post.

Let me know if you have more to share! 

How do you engage your students with technology?
Thanks to Julie Smith at the Techie Teacher for helping me 
get the emoji gifs working in the presentation!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Double Digit Multiplication Practice and Review

In honor of my wonderful son's birthday...
   I'm sharing my new 
2-digit by 2-digit multiplication review and practice game 
for FREE!

Click HERE to hop over to my 
TpT store and download a copy for yourself.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mystery Number Skype #connectingtosharelearning

I am a HUGE supporter of getting students to 

Connect to share the Learning!

It's one of the biggest reasons I helped start "The Global Math Task Twitter Challenge" 
with Beverly Ladd!

As a new Math & Science only teacher, I struggled with letting go of 
Mystery Location Skyping
 (...mostly because I couldn't find a math or science standard to support our time being spent finding classes on a map using mapping skills :-)

.... I crave the ability for my students to be able to 
connect with students in other states and countries to share ideas and learning.

Enter...Mystery Number Skype!
I tried for several months to find another class to join in this 
adventure of using number sense and math skills to figure out a mystery number...
No Joy!

Until.... I spied another teacher in Kansas on the Google+ community !
She was in search of a 4th grade class to try Mystery Number Skypes too!


This week we were able to connect our classes 
(after some techie troubles)

And discovered some great math talk and shares going on in our rooms as
we guided the students through their first Mystery Connection.

My kiddos are HOOKED! 
They are coming up with more questions that would help them filter through the 
numbers to discover mystery numbers for our next meeting.

We're looking forward to continuing to connect and share our
experiences with our new friends in Kansas!
Maybe we'll even get to share a little more about 
our schools and surrounding areas as we continue to meet!

I created some slides in Google Slides to help the kids keep track of their 
number clues...
You can snag a copy HERE

I put all of the slides into a Classkick assignment
#paperlessclassroom #wheneverIcan

Students were able to toggle through the slides in the 
Classkick assignment as we were skyping and make notes.

We'd love to connect with your class to do a Mystery Number Skype as well!
If you're interested...please email me!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Division with Burgers

We're wrapping up our unit on division.
Created some videos to help students refer back to and review each strategy we shared.

Division with the Area Model

Division with the Box Method

and the newest strategy deals with a burger...
unfortunately, I never got the idea of dad, mom, sister, brother, and rover... :)
But a colleague shared a sentence I could really get into!
"Does McDonalds Sell Cheese Burgers, Really?"
Yes...I got that one...and turned it into a graphic
using PicCollage Kids

Division with the Traditional Algorithm

It was fast, furious, and fun!
Have a great day!

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Have you heard of #explodingdots from the Global Math Project?

I'm hooked...totally see this as a great station for my kiddos.

I've created a recording sheet for my students. Thinking I will use dot markers for students to move on the sheets instead of drawing and erasing all the time.

Here's a free download of the recording sheets I created!

Here's the youtube explanation of this awesome math challenge!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creating a Classkick Assignmen

Step by Step Instructions on how to create a 
Classkick assignment from "scratch".
Click HERE for the directions.