New EdPuzzle: Crossing the River

This EdPuzzle video is my student’s homework for tonight. They must watch the video and answer the two open ended questions and one multiple choice question. We will also be using this passage tomorrow, in addition to multiple pages about crossing rivers while on the Westward journey. Students will be expected to synthesize information from […]

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EdPuzzle Tutorial

Parents, I am trying out a new tool called “EdPuzzle.” This site allows me to upload a video and create questions based on the content of the video. We used it in class today, with great success. This is valuable because it not only checks for comprehension, but enhances and augments listening comprehension. I can […]

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Supplies for Westward Journey

Today we learned about what supplies pioneers needed for their journey west. I created a green screen video for the students as a hook. Groups were challenged to watch the video, use the supply list I provided and spend up to $1,000 in supplies for their five month journey. Students had to think critically and […]

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BreakoutEDU

Today my students participated in their first Breakout, using an amazing new product from Breakout EDU. Click the link below for more information and brief video introduction. Breakout EDU Students are encouraged to WORK TOGETHER to problem solve, solve puzzles, collaborate, and focus on teamwork. They are racing against the clock, not each other. What’s […]

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Westward Expansion

Today we started our focus on the Westward Movement. I had students imagine they were pioneers during 1843. I used “Chatterpix” and acted like a local former, James McVee, to introduce the lesson. I challenged the students to read articles from multiple sources to synthesize information to learn why pioneers traveled west. Check out the […]

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March Book Madness!

As you are all very well aware, I am a huge proponent of the value of picture books in the classroom. Continuing with the already positive momentum we’ve used throughout the year to teach valuable lessons using picture books, I’m proud to have my classes participating in March Book Madness. Click the link below for […]

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Non Fiction Big Question #3

In my persistent journey to be up to date with the newest educational research, I’ve learned about Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. They are the foremost educational researchers when dealing with fictional text and informational text. Because of my reading, I have learned about the three big questions when reading non fiction, as well as […]

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