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#35: Sponge Activities for Vocabulary Building

There are lots of great online vocabulary websites to help kids learn high-frequency and dolch words. I’ll share five of them. Maybe you have some to share with the group. Continue reading

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#35: Sponge Activities for Vocabulary Building

There are lots of great online vocabulary websites to help kids learn high-frequency and dolch words. I’ll share five of them. Maybe you have some to share with the group.

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Thirty-two More Ways to Use Spare Classroom Time

I keep a list of themed websites that are easy-in easy-out for students. They must be activities that can be accomplished enjoyably in less than ten minutes. In the parlance, these are called “sponges”.

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You may have read my post with nineteen sites my students love visiting during sponge time (let me know if you liked them, have some to add, I’m always interested in learning from you). Here are thirty-two more. Hope you like them!

Language Arts

Math

Research

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Nineteen Ways to Use Spare Classroom Time

I keep a list of themed websites that are easy-in easy-out for students. They must be activities that can be accomplished enjoyably in less than ten minutes. In the parlance, these are called “sponges”.

sponges

Photo credit: Nemo

What exactly are sponge activities? The term, originally coined by Madeline Hunter, refers to an activity designed to produce learning during the time taken up by “administrivia.” They stem from Hunter’s teaching philosophy that there should be no wasted moments in her classroom.

Here’s my list, by topic:

Tech

Vocabulary Building

Geography

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#34: How to Teach Dolch Words with KidPix

Reinforce Dolch words and sentence structure with KidPix text tool and drawing options.

Before you start this project, be sure to go through How to KidPix I and How to KidPix II. Continue reading

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Weekend Website #4: Hangman

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine. Continue reading

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#109: MS Word Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8

This assessment is comprehensive, designed not to test students. but assess their knowledge as an aid to you in determining where to begin. Use it when you start a new class or to determine where are the holes in their learning. Continue reading

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#105: Top 30 Geek Speak for Fifth Grade

Here are the top 30ish vocabulary words that all students should know by sixth grade. I’ve also included a creative way to encourage your students to learn them. Continue reading

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Every Group Has Their Own Secret Language; Here’s Tech’s

Using the right words makes students feel accomplished and part of a select group. Don’t be afraid to introduce your groups to the unique language of technology. There’s nothing that will impress their friends faster and make learning easier than calling things what they are. Continue reading

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#32: How to Use Art to Teach Grammar

Here’s a great lesson that uses every child’s innate love of color to learn grammar. All you need is MS Word, a quick introduction to the toolbars and tools, and about 25 minutes to complete. If you’re the tech lab teacher, this gives you a chance to reinforce the grammar lesson the classroom is teaching:

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From Structured Learning's Tech Lab Toolkit Volume I

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Let’s Review… Tech Essentials

Before starting on computer projects for kids, you have to go over the essentials. Here’s where we did this:

  1. Shake hands with the computer
  2. Use an internet Start Page
  3. Using the Internet
  4. Practice keyboarding
  5. Solving Basic Tech Problems
  6. Top Ten Vocabulary
  7. 5 FREE Computer Essential Programs

Review these. We start tomorrow!

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Top Ten Tech Vocabulary Words

Remember–this is for kids. These are words they should understand to get the most out of computer lessons:

  1. CPU–the brain of the computer. Where they put CD’s, flash drives, check for problems
  2. Flash drive–external storage. The best way to back-up data and trade info with friends
  3. icon–that little picture on the desktop that lets you open a program
  4. start button–where you click to find programs that aren’t on the desktop, or log in, or shut down
  5. Desktop–what greets you when you turn on the computer, like your desktop in your bedroom. Think icons, a clock, collection of stuff you use a lot. Can be personalized
  6. Right-click–a menu of the most common stuff you do at a certain point in using the computer. Changes all the time
  7. Ctrl+Z–undo. This will save you more times than the seconds it takes to remember. A godsend
  8. USB port–where the flash drive goes. Also where you plug in a iPod, a digital camera, maybe even the printer
  9. Toolbar–where all the tools are collected that let you do stuff in a program. When you click them, they do something
  10. Menu bar–a word, usually at the top of the screen. When you click it, you get more choices.

From now on, make sure your kids use these. You use them. Define them once and then show them in context from then on. They’ll remember. Kids have sponges for brains.

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