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Arctic Animals study, Paperless options, and a little math video

January 23 Deedee 2 min read
We finished our informational study on Arctic animals.  Essentially, we read informational books and co-create a sentence.  Then I typed it into a table and jumble it up.  The students had to unscramble the sentence and illustrate it.   In this way, we get our content and some ELA at the same time!   So simple!
Here are a few of the student samples.

I apologize for the poor photo quality.  My good camera still needs to be repaired from when I drop kicked it in Ohio…  OY!   You will be seeing a lot of my iPhone images.
Speaking of iPhone [segway], I let my students take pictures with it.
Let me explain.
I love having students work at stations where they have to manipulate materials.  Most of the time I include a response sheet.  HOWEVER… the learning is not just about the response sheet.  I worry about classrooms being a “worksheet happy” environment.  I know they are easy… and yes… I do use them from time to time, but I also want the students to do the sorts as well.
Today I told a group of students…  “Hey, when you are done with your sort, come grab my phone and take a picture of it!”   I was working with a small group, when one of my students walked over to my phone and started taking pictures of her sort like a Vogue photographer.
These are just a few of her shots!
Rhyming Words:  Click on the picture to find the activity
Seriously… there were like 20!  I laughed so hard when I looked at the photos.  She took this VERY seriously!
Later, during math stations, I told another boy to do the same thing.
Addition-click on the image to find this activity
He was MOTIVATED!   WHAATT???!!!  I get to use your PHONE?!!!
Yes, there are still response pages, but I might use this as a response option from time to time.  I could just have them put their name tag in the photo, then I could review the photos later to check their work… hmmm?  What do you think?
We had a great time today during our math workshop.  Today we were on Unit 4: Day 7.
I was worried that they would have trouble switching between adding and subtracting, but they seemed to get the hang of it.
Here is a video from today… again… the iPhone.  Try to tune out the keys that are rattling around my neck.  I sound like I use shackles and chains in my room.

Have a great one!


  • Bridget S January 23 at 3:23 am

    I love the idea of having them take a picture with their nametag, so you can monitor their work! I bet they had a blast using your phone ๐Ÿ™‚

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  • Jennifer Brown January 23 at 3:36 am

    LOVE the phone picture part…but the last time I let a student use mine…hhmmm they broke it. so I am a little shy..maybe my digital camera??? ALSO!!! I love the idea of writing the sentences and then mixing them up and each child has the same – but their picture will be different. I feeL like I spend SO much time developing them on writing their own individual sentences (each time) that we are losing the feel/ the reason for the writing. I REALLY like your so simple idea! I am going to steal it for our next non-fiction writing piece.

  • Deedee January 23 at 4:02 am

    Thanks Jennifer! I use the cut-apart sentence during our content area time. They still illustrate using text features of informational texts, but this helps everyone find success! Then when we roll up our sleeves to write informational texts during writer's workshop, they are ready for it! They have already composed informational texts, now they just have to scribe it!

    Good point about breaking the phone. I might bring in my old one so they can use it for photos!

  • Shayna January 23 at 4:13 am

    It was great to see the video on how you use the math unit. My low kids are having problems with the +1/-1 concept and switching, but it seems to be easy for my higher kids. I am enjoying Unit 4. It's so useful!

  • Miss Trayers January 23 at 9:13 am

    I abolutely love the idea of having them be accountable in fun way! I will definitely have to let them start taking pics!


  • Kerri Buckner January 23 at 12:06 pm

    Love love the iPhone idea! I'm so limited on copies and hate to have a sheet for everything. I have my iPhone insured for a reason. Love you ideas as usual!

  • Jennifer White January 23 at 5:21 pm

    You're so smart! My kids would love that!
    First Grade Blue Skies

  • Carrie Lemke January 23 at 7:51 pm

    You are brilliant. I think that if you use an old iPhone or iPod to take pictures, that would work great! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rebecca Stone January 23 at 9:59 pm

    How have I never thought about them taking pictures? They would love it! Digging out my old iPhone right NOW.

  • Jennifer Broussard January 23 at 11:56 pm

    Your district allows you to use your workshop units that you write? I suppose so. I used your writing one last year and loved it! This year our district mandated us to use EngageNY for math and our school bought us a new writing kit we have to use. I guarantee your writing unit is better than the new kit they bought us!

  • Kim and Megan January 24 at 1:28 am

    Okay you just proved it! That photo idea might just prove that you are a genius! Love it!

  • Kristy January 27 at 2:38 am

    I LOVE the idea of letting the kids take a picture with the phone. I have been trying to find a solution to those centers that don't really have a recording sheet to go with them. I had been asking my firsties to just write down their sorts or answers on scrap paper, but that wasn't going to great. Pictures are definitely the way to go!
    Teachin' First

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