Tag Archives: LanguageArts

11/15 New and Notables – LearnZillion

This week’s New and Notables features LearnZillion.  LearnZillion features high quality lessons you can use for free by signing up for a free account . As I was exploring the site for the first time, I felt like LearnZillion was where the Khan Academy meets the Common Core.

There are short videos that demonstrate a skill in Math or ELA and give an example problems.  A narrators takes you through the video explaining the process to solve the problem.  You can either watch the videos or download the slide to use in your classroom.  You can star lessons to make them as your favorite so you can easily find them the next time you are looking. You can search by grade level, domain, standard, or keyword.  My FAVORITE part of LearnZillion was the page entitled “Common Core” where you can actually click on the grade and band of the specific skill that you want to find resources for.

By click on the grade band you will find specific lessons for each standard and folders with lessons.

LearnZillion can be a great resource for reteaching concepts in the classroom.  They continue to add new content every day; so if what you are looking for is not there today, check back tomorrow!

Draw a Stickman

During a team meeting recently Zach S. told me about this website called, Draw a Stickman (http://www.drawastickman.com/). After checking out the website I could see why Zach thought it was so great.  Draw a Stickman is a site where you have to literally draw a stickman and follow the directions given to you.  It becomes an interactive tale with a hero, a villain, and a cool story.  

How can it be used in the classroom? It is a great way to start a story and students can fill in details, vivid verbs, adjectives, etc. to tell the story.  Students can focus on pinpointing parts of a story such as characters, details, setting, moral, etc. I think it allows for a lot of flexibility and creativity for students with the story.  It is definitely worth checking out!

Word Tamer

I know I have been absent from my blog for a while but not to worry I am back!

This week I have a fantastic website for you that could be used in a computer lab, in small or large group instruction on the SMARTBoard, or just for fun. Word Tamer is an interactive flash-based tool is great for the SMARTBoard. It helps students develop characters and construct plots. The graphics are incredible and many parts are narrated, making the site very user-friendly. It is definitely worth checking out!