Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Guided Reading Must Have!

 Magnetic Letter Trays!


problem:  Prepping for guided reading can be time consuming to get the exact letters ready for each kiddo, it's hard for them to find the right letter quickly, and clean up can be chaos.

solution: Organizing them on magnetic trays!

You will need...

I have included free files to help you make your own magnetic letter trays!

If you don't own a Silhouette Cameo...


You will need clear Avery Full Sheet Stickers.  Simply download pdf, print, cut to the size of the tray, and stick!
Click picture to download pdf.

If you own a Silhouette Cameo...


First, I cut just the consonants using black vinyl and taped it to the counter.
Then, I cut the vowels out and, using a ruler, placed them on the same sheet with the consonants.
 Next, place your transfer paper (or clear contact paper) on your vinyl and transfer the letters.
 Make sure the transfer tape overlaps a little on the bottom.
Peel back the top to expose the first row of letters.
Next, place in the tray and stick (overlapped transfer tape) the bottom of the tray.  This will help it to stay in place while you position the top.
 Press entire sheet down to ensure a good fit.  (The vinyl backing is still on the rest of the letters.)
 I flip mine around and slowly pull vinyl backing off...
 pressing down as each row of vinyl letters is exposed.
 When all the letters have been pressed down, you can remove the transfer tape!
Add your magnetic letters!!
When it's time to clean up, just collect and stack the trays!  Can I get an amen?



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How to Make 3D Shapes Using HUE Animation Studio!

How do you integrate 3D shapes, a 3D printer, and HUE Animation Studio software?
By making a time lapse video using HUE Animation Studio!!
3D Cone
3D Cylinder
3D Pyramid
3D Earth

How to Make Cute Stickers in Your Erin Condren Planner

Organization...LOVE!
Erin Condren...LOVE!
Stickers...LOVE!
These are a few of my favorite things...and then I don't feel so bad!  
Okay okay, you might not break out into songs from The Sound of Music but you will flip for making your own stickers!
After you have your schedule set, you need to find clip art you love!
DIY tips to organize your Erin Condren Teacher Planner!
You can find this adorable clip art set from Educlips here!
I would go INSANE (too late) trying to cut these out perfectly so I print these out on Avery Clear Full Sheet Labels!
 Then I just create a powerpoint and line up each picture, print,...
cut them into squares,...
 peel off the backing...
DIY tips to organize your Erin Condren Teacher Planner!
 ...and press onto my page!  Look Russ!  No lines! (Yep!  I'm a National Lampoon's fan!)
DIY tips to organize your Erin Condren Teacher Planner!
You can also use a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine!  It's a lot easier (and fun) to use!  
They will email you a coupon code to enter when you checkout!



Saturday, June 18, 2016

HUE Animation & Composite Shapes

Research,
Math,
fun,
and first grade!
What do all these things have in common?  
Check out how my class using HUE Animation Studio in the classroom!  
Watch first graders (yep, 6 year olds) make stop motion animation videos!
My firsties have been studying composite shapes!  (Don't be embarrassed!  Here is the definition of composite figure!)
They have completed lots of "research" on making composite shapes!  
They especially loved using the app 


Students use pattern shapes to create their own design, use an outline, or compose larger shapes on the ipad!
After they have created a composite shape, the student composes the shape using our classroom pattern blocks on the table.
Here is the really amazing part that HUE didn't forget about...you can reverse a sequence of images!!!!
Not excited yet?  
Let me explain.  
After the student composes their composite shape out of pattern blocks, they take a picture (press the space bar).  
Then they take one shape away, take a picture.  
Take another shape away, take a picture.  
Over and over again (I feel like I'm singing a Nelly song to you)!
Next, highlight all the frames with the images the student took for that shape and simply press,
"Reverse frame ordering."
Viola!  The shape looks like it is magically building itself!
You can imagine how much of a hit this was during math stations!  Everyone on task and engaged in learning!  
Things that make you go ahhh!
Enjoy our video!!



Want more ideas on using
HUE Animation Studio in your classroom?