Spring break

Spring Break FI

It’s Spring Break at Differentiation Daily! We will be taking a little time off and will return with lots of exciting new posts new posts and creative ideas.

ASSESSMENT 2.0

Crumpled Paper FI

For your next unit, why not offer your students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned with their own webpage? Disposablewebpage.com is a site designed for just this purpose. The pages are free, easy to create, and will last for up to 90 days. Students can make a title, insert information, add pictures, and even post media from other websites to show their knowledge. For instance, at the end of a math unit, you might have students create a website explaining fractions with sample problems and their own [read more…]

Slinky drops, imploding drums, and other ways to have fun in science class

Veritasium FI

Veritasium is a really cool science video blog which features a range of topics including gravity, inertia, force and atoms. The goal of this blog is to make scientific ideas accessible and interesting. These short films are perfect for use in the differentiated classroom as they can be used in the classroom but reviewed at home for extra practice. Some students may be responsible for watching and answering questions about the experiments while [read more…]

GOOGLE NEWS TIMELINES

Google News FI

Today’s Tech Tuesday today is a real gem from Google. The Google News Timeline was selected primarily for social studies teachers, but others may have fun ideas for using it in their classrooms as well. This site posts the key news stories from Google News in a calendar-like format. You can scroll down to see more stories or you can search for specific topics.

The timeline view gives users a glimpse of the key stories each day. Time Magazine covers are included in the searches (others can be added) and provide a nice visual for students who need that type of support.

One of the best uses of this site is to choose a topic or story and see how it unfolds over [read more…]

A space for those who love space

NASA Kids Club FI

Lately I have been hooked on NASA’s Kids Club page. I think I am interested in this flashy site because I am currently plowing through and loving The Astronaut Wives Club and because I love sites with bells and whistles. If you are intrigued by space and have students who are similarly intrigued, you will be a fan too. There are many tools and resources on this site. Kids can learn science, math, and language arts while learning about space and the work of NASA. Games are aimed toward [read more…]

“Sketch” your dream home

Sketch FI

SketchUp will entertain and teach your students about urban design, historic landmarks, and 3D objects. Teachers can use this exciting tool to demonstrate geometry concepts (e.g., 3D), show examples of styles of architecture, or have students design their dream home, like Mrs. Foellmer did with her junior high students in Computer Education.  You can even have your students build models for Google Earth and share them with their peers! These tools will undoubtedly help some students [read more…]

Story starters for all ages

Story Starter FI

The Story Starter is a great resource for writing prompts. When you see a child who is having a hard time getting started on a writing assignment, you can connect to this site and generate a random prompt. You may also want to print some out and keep them in a box on your desk so students can access them easily.

Of course you can also give your students the option of either thinking of their own story or using one of the generated prompts. Once they see some of the fun choices, however, don’t be surprised if most want to pick off the site. Who can resist prompts such as “The retired handwriting expert wrote a story in the vault to wake up the President” or [read more…]

FUN WITH STICKMAN

Stickman FI

Be prepared to lose hours of your life to doodling once you click over to Draw a Stickman. How could you use this in the classroom? To teach and reinforce vocabulary for ELL students, to assess the following of written directions for children with disabilities, to inspire a reluctant writer, to teach young students how to use a mouse, to practice the drawing of [read more…]

MYTH BRAINSTORMING MACHINE

Myth FI

If you follow this blog, you know that one of my favorite sites is Scholastic.com. Today I’m featuring their Myth Brainstorming Machine.

This nifty tool allows the user to click through and choose different characters (monsters, goddesses) and scenery to create a visual map of a myth. Then, students can click over to the idea outline tab and see a graphic organizer of the myth they have mapped. It is really fun for kids and it is sure to [read more…]

SPELLING THEIR WAY

Spelling Test FI

Do you have students who love games? Some who need to hear cues vs. see them? Others who like repetition? Have them all practice at Spelling City! Here they start out by entering their new spelling words into the site. Then, they choose from a variety of spelling activities such as finding the missing letter in a word, alphabetizing words, or practicing writing sentences with their words. Learners can even [read more…]