Archives for October 2013

Animal Research Using a Database

I wanted my 2nd graders to start using a database and I have a subscription to World Book Online, which is a great tool, so I came up with this lesson. I use a lot of task cards in the library. Because I only have 16 computers, I needed a way to circulate the students through so that everyone stayed busy and got a chance to use the computer. I started creating small tasks to do on the computer that take only 10 or 15 minutes, but gives everyone practice. First, I made computer cards, each card has a number on it and each of my computers has a matching number. When a computer is available, the card is in my box and I grab it, look at my class roster and assign it to someone. I mark the number on my roster for that student, they come and get the card and take it with them to the computer. When they are done, they return the card to my green box and I give the card to someone else. Then I made 24 Animal Research cards. Each card has the log in information for my database on the front, and the animal I want researched on the back. I print them out on 2x4 inch labels and stick them on index cards that I laminate.   To store all my task cards, I found these nice cardboard boxes at Demco that are very cheap. The database I use is World Book Online. After logging in, go to the Kids page, which has icons to click on and is easy for new readers to manage. Click on the World of Animals and you can pull up basic information on a lot of different animals. I made a book for the lapbook to collect research for nine different animals. The first page of the book is a table of contents. I like students to construct their own table of contents to get a good understanding of how to use one. To construct the book, cut off the margins on the dotted lines and cut in half. Stack the pages together and staple and fold. Students number the pages themselves so they do not have to be in any order except for the cover. The book takes 1  1/2 pages … [Read more...]

Halloween Fact and Opinion Game

  My 1st grade students really like when I play games like this one. Before getting started, I had to make a lot of Bookworm cards. I have 8 tables and I usually have my games in rounds of ten, so I need at least 80 cards. I use these cards for management of the class too. If students are doing a good job, I throw a Bookworm Card on their table. If they are doing something I don't like, I will take one back. Since the cards have different denominations on them, students never know for sure if they are losing, which keeps them motivated to get more cards. My rule is no one can touch the cards until I say it is time to count the points. Otherwise, they are attacking the cards every time I drop one. The cards have numbers  and books to count for students that can't add a bunch of numbers.   I made a PowerPoint presentation, with three rounds of 10 sentences, that are either a fact or an opinion, all about Halloween. Each table gets a card that has fact on one side and opinion on the other. I put up a slide and read it aloud, give the students a few seconds to quietly discuss it, they put their answer card face up on the table, then I walk around checking answers. I get a lot of exercise on game days. If students got the correct answer, they get a card. Then I click the mouse and reveal the answer.   At the end of the round, students add up their points. I double check and the winner gets a little prize. Then on to round 2! To purchase the PowerPoint presentation and the Bookworm Cards, visit my TPT store. The cute witches are from Whimsy Primsy at Digiwebstudio and Kristi W. Designs also at Digiwebstudio.   … [Read more...]