Getting back to school this year is sure to be interesting. If you are going face to face or digital or a combination of the two, we are going to need to be prepared to be flexible! If last spring taught us anything is that our teaching situation can change over night. My district is going to start off digital then hopefully move to face to face. So building community over a virtual platform is going to be tricky. But it really should be our first priority. Our kids mental health is going to have to be number one. 

Keeping students engaged in the online curriculum and participating is going to be a challenge. Last spring, I saved Fridays for some fun activities and theme days were a super fun way to keep everyone engaged. 

Here is a quick little list of theme days for distance learning. Most of these require items that students will probably have around their house. The last thing you want is parents having to purchase anything special.

1) Beach Day or Luau Day:
    
2) Hat Day

3) Favorite Sports Jersey

4) PJ Day
  
5) Picnic Day

6) Pet Day
  
7) Camping Day

8) Pirate Day

9) Book Character Day

10) Grandparents Day (share about their grandparents or dressing up like old folks)
      

Teachers Pay Teachers has launched one of the BEST new features! I am so excited about how this is going to save teachers a ton of time this coming year.  We all are nervous about what this school year will bring...Will we be having face to face lessons? Will we be doing some or all of our instruction online? Either way, taking an existing resource and using it in a virtual environment is going to be so helpful!
Teachers Pay Teachers has been working on a solution to this very issue. This new tool will allow the buyer to take a PDF resource and add text boxes for answers and there is even a drawing tool and a highlighter. If a seller opts in to have their resources used with the Digital Activity tool, the buyer will be able to download the resource in the normal way and also add the digital layer. Then the teacher can assign directly to Google Classroom! 
Another awesome thing is that some sellers are enabling this tool and adding all the answer boxes for you! How easy is that?
I made a little video to help show you how it all works. I really hope this tool helps you in the coming school year.








After my first week of teaching on-line with second graders, I was a complete wreck! I couldn't keep track of who finished the work I was assigning. I had some things posted in Google Classroom, other assignments in our learning management system. It was a mess, and y'all when I can't get organized I can get so stressed out!

So I made a decision to stick with only Google Classroom (this may be hard for some as your district does not provide this or you "have to" use what your district tells you) either way, these templates might help you out.

I started a template of assignments for students. It made it so much easier to see what they needed to complete and for me to check the work. Also it helped avoid that super long list that starts accumulating in your Classwork Feed. (Don't get me started on this!)

I made a template and when students turn it in, then I can see what they have completed. So I am sharing these with you. I have created 17 different styles to fit your needs. I am going with a daily template like this one:
                    
But I have also included weekly ones as well. All you need to do is copy the slides you want to use and make a new presentation. Need help with that? Click here for some super easy directions: here
Then add your own links and text boxes.

You can get all the FREE templates right HERE! Make sure you are signed into your Google Drive and this will force a copy for you!
Did I mention they are free? I really hope this helps alleviate some stress for you!

Deanna 


Since everything has gone "digital" and "distance learning" overnight, teachers have had to learn different programs and technology faster than the speed of light! These times are pushing us out of our comfort zones and for many teachers we are trying new things. This may be the positive out of this whole situation. I use Google Slides quite a bit and I know many districts are using Google Classroom as a way of assigning work to students. So the one question I am hearing is this: I have a huge file of Google Slides that I created or purchased, how can I share one slide at a time with my students?

Let me help you out with some easy to follow steps:

1. First open the file you want to pull slides from.

2. Then go to file>new>presentation

3. In your new presentation, you may have to change the slide size or orientation. This can be done under file>page setup

4. Go back to original presentation. Right click on the slide you want to copy. You can copy more than one (if they are all in a row) by holding down the shift bar.

5. Then go back into the new presentation and right click paste.

6. That is it, just make sure you name your new presentation with a name you will remember so you won't forget what it is.

Are you in need of great Google Slides to integrate into your online instruction? Here are a few things I have that might help you out:




I hope your digital teaching is going well, prayers for everyone to stay safe and healthy!

Deanna




I love teaching measurement! It's so hands on and practical for the real world. Let's face it, you use measurement in every day life. Trying to hang a picture on the wall? You need to measure to see if its centered. Buying a new couch, you need to measure to see if it will fit in the room. Second graders love measuring and using rulers.

I have a few tried and true hands on activities that I have my students work on. These are great for measuring stations or small groups.

The first one takes a little prep but can be used over and over again. I take strips of colored paper and measure them in different lengths. I make sure they measure exactly to the inch. Then I glue them down on cardstock and laminate. I number each piece of cardstock . Then on the recording sheet students write the card number they are working on and the measurement for each color. Easy!
After students can measure correctly then they need to work on comparing measurements. I collect a bunch of objects from around my kitchen and the classroom. Students then have to measure each one and decide how much longer one object is to another. For example, how much longer is the straw then the spoon? This makes a great little assessment grade:
The hardest skill in the measurement standard is solving measurement word problems. Students not only have to use their strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems but they need to be able to determine the correct operation. Lots of exposure to the different types of problems and repetition is the key to mastering this skill. 

I have all these units for you in my store! Low prep and easy to implement.







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