Sunday, February 22, 2015

What We've Been Up to in February

I did not introduce many new iPad activities this February compared to last year and we've been on February break.

My students have been doing several activities that are part of a weekly 2nd grade routine.

Practicing leveled math fact tests in the Timed Test app. I LOVE how much faster it is to see data compared to grading paper tests.

Solving 100 chart riddles using the 100 Chart app. Again, it is easier for correcting and when students have errors it is much less frustrating for the to correct compared to erasing on paper. Use different "markers" for each riddle clue as a quicker way of assessing and fixing any mistakes. For example, if a student marks all the numbers for clue #3 in blue and they have some errors, but clue #1 (red) and #2 (green) are all correct it makes it easier to give a hint about where to focus re-thinking.

Summarizing articles and making connections using an app of choice. Students tend to select Pages, My Story, Tellagami, or Chatterpix Kids for these assignments. I ask for the main idea, 3 supporting details, and a connection and they choose whether to type or speak their responses.

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