Saturday, July 1, 2017

Summer Reading Rocks!

Have you decorated any rocks and hid them? I love this trend!

The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation awarded our school a $750 grant for summer reading. This provided over 700 free books that were given to students the last week of school PLUS supplies for a summertime rock painting event!

I provided a handout of ideas for participants and I also encouraged them to try a reading theme or book character. They really just had fun creating their own designs. We used regular acrylic paint and sprayed them with an outdoor varnish once the paint was dry.

Check out all of the photos on our school's facebook page and my Pinterest board for more ideas.

There are lots of facebook groups that you may want to join if you want to get more involved with painting rocks.

I look forward to including families in future activities. Family involvement in education correlates with higher academic performances, higher grades, improved attendance, higher graduation rates, and increased enrollment in college.

Thanks to all of the families who came out and thanks to the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation for providing the grant that made this possible!

Friday, January 20, 2017

FlipGrid Possibilities


  • Share videos of fun class activities for the entire year (ex. field trips, visitors, special activities)  
  • Use an iPad or Kindle to create a classroom tour highlighting different parts of your room.
  • What do you wonder about?  (Create a digital Wonder Wall. These questions can guide
    independent research, book orders, and class lessons.)
  • What do you know about _____________? Record at the beginning and end of a unit.
  • What did you learn?
  • What questions do you still have?
  • What was your favorite activity from the year?
  • What did you like best about your field trip?

Build Community in Your Classroom
  • What was your favorite part about the snow break?  
  • What do you like to do for fun?
  • What career do you want to have when you grow up? Why?

English Language Arts
  • Who was your favorite character? Why?
  • Read a short poem.
  • Tell a joke.
  • Create a book trailer (like a commercial to get others to read the book).
  • Start a make-believe story and each person adds a new sentence.
  • Use the vocabulary word in a sentence.

  • Explain how you got your answer.
  • Where do see math in the world?

  • Make a prediction about the experiment we’re going to do.
  • Tell about your research project.
  • Record videos of experiments.
  • Share your STEM creation.

Social Studies
  • What is your dream for a better world?
  • Invite others from around the world to answer questions.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

FlipGrid: Getting Started

Give your Students a Voice with FLIPGRID

Flipgrid is a means for teachers to generate grids of short discussion-style questions. Students reply to those questions through video. Anyone with your link/code can record a video response.

Flipgrid works with
  • Chromebooks
  • Computers with webcams
  • iPads
  • Kindle Fires
  • Smartphones

It works best with latest version of Google Chrome.

FlipGrid One is free for teachers. Teachers may have one grid with multiple questions/topics.
FlipGrid Classroom is a paid service that allows you to have multiple grids.

For more information, check out these resources:
FlipGrid Integration Ideas: