Monday, September 27, 2010

Bloom's Taxonomy's Blooming Tree

I am in love with these image resources created by Kelly Tenkely of

Tenkely has created three different versions of Bloom's Taxonomy. Benjamin Bloom (1956) established the six levels of cognitive mastery, which is generally referred to as Bloom's Taxonomy. Bloom's Taxonomy divides cognitive objectives into subdivisions ranging from the simplest, remembering, to the most complex, creating.

She has the tree featured above, a pinwheel, and a peacock. Each image is a unique and colorful representation created in Pages, and is complete with accompanying digital resource links that correspond with digital resources!

This is a great way to expose students to higher order thinking and allow them to evaluate tasks.

Tenkely has a store where you can purchase these images for only $.99!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Wallwisher is an online notice board maker. It can be used to create sticky-note like bulletins, post announcements, or solicit feedback and comments in a central location.

As educators we know that timely feedback is essential for students. Wallwisher can be used as a tool to help students post their questions, or an ah ha, which we could then quickly respond to.

To use Wallwisher you will need to sign up for a FREE account. Once your account is established, you can create a personalized notice board to share with others. Your students will not need to sign in, they simply go to the url you created and post a notice.
Here is a sample wall created using

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BrainPop iPhone App

BrainPop has a FREE iPhone app!

This is a great app for schools to download for their students onto iPod touches. It allows students access to a free weekly movie without a login.

Each movie is coupled with a quiz to help test the viewers' comprehension of the movie.

The app also saves the student's scorces for each quiz.

There is also a link to click to access more free movies from BrainPop.

The app is great for schools because it doesn't require schools to purchase a subscription to the site, but still allows students to utlize some of the great features of BrainPop!

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Friday, June 11, 2010


iSentence is an iPhone app that will help your students practice grammar.
The app focuses on correct sentence structure by allowing the user to chose between different words to make the sentence grammatically correct.
This app has three levels of sentences. This allows users to work their way up through the sentences. There is also a statistics screen that will summarize the users usage.

iSentence is available for purchase for $2.99 in the iTunes store.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

End of the Year Game Shows and Activities

Sometimes the anticipation of summer is too much for the students to handle and they get a little antsy. A fun way to end the school year, is to play popular game shows in your classroom. You can have the students write the questions to include in the game show.

During our last two weeks of school my class and I will play game shows to review concepts that we have learned this year. To prepare for this, I had my fifth grade students browse through all of their notes from the entire school year. Each student had to come up with three questions and answers to use in our game shows. I gave each student three 3 by 5 inch cards to write their questions on.

Once you have the questions for your game shows, you can begin plugging the questions into a template. There are many websites that have templates already created for is one of my favorite FREE sites to use when I create Jeopardy games. I like that it is not a PowerPoint presentation. It is stored on-line. All you need to access it is the url. This url is created when you make your game. Also, if you do not wish to create your own games, you can search on their site through thousands of games created by other users. is a site that has a few PowerPoint templates available for you to customize. They also include theme music to go along with their games.
One of their templates is an Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? game. I especially love this template because I am teaching fifth grade this year. However, I do think that any grade level of students would love to play this game.
The Murray School District in Georgia has several pages of their website dedicated to technology. Among their pages is a page by Ms Leonard. On her page, she has links to game show templates, complete with music. Some of the games on her site include; Wheel of Fortune, which you could play with spelling words; Who Wants to be a Millionaire; and Family Feud.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Algebra Puzzles

Math Playground has a fun activity that will help increase algebraic thinking. In this online activity, each picture represents a number. The goal is to discover, through numeric reasoning, which numbers represent each picture. The students will have a great time solving these puzzles and learning in the process. After they have been successful solving the puzzles on their own, you can have them create their own puzzles for others to solve.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Test Desinger

Test Designer is a FREE web site that allows you to create tests to use in your classroom.

The site has pre-created over 1,000 questions in various subject areas. Simply search for the topic that you are looking for. Next, you can select the pre-made questions that you want to add to your quiz, and print!
You will need to sign up for Test Designer by providing an email as a user name and create a password.


Teaching students how to inference can be a challenging task. Mandy Gregory has a site filled with resources to assist teachers in teaching students how to inference.

The page titled Inferencing Mini Lessons is filled with lesson plans and down-loadable activities.

One of my favorites is the Printable Inference Card Game.

This site is filled with numerous activties that you will enjoy exploring.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Probability has a few interactive lessons to help your students explore probability.

An interactive spinner allows results to be tracked on a bar graph.
There is also a virtual coin toss, where you determine the number of tosses.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Growth of a Nation has an interactive atlas that allows you to explore how the nation grew from 1790 to the year 2000. This history spans from the development of the 13 colonies to 50 states. The site hosts a 10 minute video that can be played all the way through, or paused when needed. Also during the video any state can be clicked on to show details of the state's history.

This site can be used to teach about the 13 colonies, the civil war, the revolutionary war, or just to give an overall summary of how the United States developed through history.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Order Of Operations - Math

Solving equations can be confusing if students do not understand order of operations. has a web-based interactive tutorial that can help students remember and practice order of also has an interactive game to help students learn the importance of order of operations. There are 3 levels of games for Order of Operations. There is an Easy level that only uses addition and subtraction. The Medium level uses addition, subtraction, and multiplications, and the Hard level uses all operations.