Sunday, June 3, 2012

Some of my favorites......

I love using technology in my classroom.  I have been so fortunate to work in a district that has such a fabulous P.T.O. that is so willing to help out the teachers in the area of technology. We have also used money earned from Market Day to help fund the technology in our building.  Each grade level is responsible for a particular month, and the profits earned from the monthly sale is given to the grade level for technology use.  In the past year and a half I have received a projector, Promethean board, sound system, and an Ipad.  It's been AMAZING!  I have so much more to learn in the area of incorporating technology in my classroom... and it seems as if the future is limitless on the ideas and types of technology that can be incorporated.

I just had to link up with 3-6 Free Resources for their Show Me Sunday in June.  Link up with your favorite websites you use in your classroom along with pictures and units these might be integrated with.  I can't wait  to take a peak for new ideas.  Simply click the link below to link up with 3-6 Free Resources.
Listed below are a few of my favorite websites I use on an almost weekly basis.

1.  BrainPop- I use this almost daily to introduce concepts to my students.  I have used it for social studies, science, math, and even writing.   Our school has a paid subscription to this website.  It's so well worth it.  If you want to try it out, you can get a free trial period with BrainPop or BrainPop Jr.
Click on the link below to be directed to Brainpop.

2. Spelling City-  LOVE this website!  I use this daily with my students.  You can easily type in your weekly spelling lists, and students can access this site and your lists at home to practice.  I also love the games I use with my students.  Their favorites are HangMouse and the Crossword Puzzle.  Often I incorporate this into our spelling lesson using our Promethean board.  I have also used Spelling City in our literacy stations.  Students can either do this on the Promethean board in their group or even use the IPAD.  Most of the items on Spelling City are free.   Click on the link below to be directed to Spelling City.
3.  A site I use weekly is a site developed by a school in Virginia.  This site contains the reading stories we use in our district.  The school has created powerpoints of the vocabulary words for each story along with links to activities that go with the story.  They have also included information on some of the other books they use such as How to Eat Fried Worms, Chocolate Fever, and Amelia Bedelia.  I LOVE this!  Click on the picture below to be directed to this link.

4. So many math websites...  a few I use daily are:
 Often I use these websites as an "extra" when students finish their work.  They are able to play the games and practice the flash cards that are offered on these sites.

My favorite math app for the IPAD is SplashMath.  I use it  as an extra activity with my RTI kiddos.  It even sends me a weekly progress report on how each student is doing.

5.  The website below is my new favorite website for planning my language arts and reading lessons.  The lesson plans and ideas correlate with the Common Core Standards, and it's so easy to use.

6.  I love to use this fun website with poetry.  I learned about it through our regions Common Core workshops I attended this past winter.
This site was perfect for projecting onto my Promethean board.  My students could read aloud some of the funny poems together, and we were even able to rate some of the poems as well.  Fun site and a great addition to any poetry unit.  There are so many different kinds of poems on this site that you could find to go with each theme you are teaching.

I could go on with many others.... but I just wanted to give you a few of my favorites.  Don't forget to link up above with 3-6 Free Resources and share some of your favorite websites.


Lori Rosenberg said...

I love BrainPop, too! Funny story; we were watching BrainPop one day and noticed a mistake in the quiz. I wrote to them and Annie actually wrote me back to thank me for finding the error. This led to a great lesson on editing. My students were so excited to receive a letter from their favorite characters!

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

Lisa R. said...

Great resources!! My students are crazy about Brain Pop. We use it at least a few times a week if not more!
Thanks for sharing!
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

We LOVE Brainpop too! I've recently discovered Study James, which is for Math and Science, from Scholastic and love it too!
Stories From Second

Jessica Stanford said...

Great resources!

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

Patti White said...

Great resources for 3rd grade!