Student Keynote Presentations Using the Voice Recording Feature


My fourth graders recently went on a fieldtrip to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago as part of our animal unit in science.  The zoo offered three amazing classes, so I split my class into thirds and each student got to attend one class.  Then they worked in groups to present what they learned using a jigsaw method. 

Since they were using Keynote, I made sure to snap a bunch of photos while at the zoo for them to use in their presentations.  After the kids filled out the graphic organizer and packet from their particular class, they began meeting with their groups to discuss their info and come up with a plan for their presentation. 

My favorite feature of Keynote is the “Record Slideshow” button, which lets you record your voice to correlate with each slide.  Did you even know it was there?!  I didn’t until my teammate pointed it out to me!  To get it in your toolbar, you go to VIEW, then CUSTOMIZE TOOLBAR.  When you see the little black and red button that says “Record Slideshow,” drag it into your toolbar.  Your toolbar will look like this (the record button is on the left next to the PLAY button).


My students loved the voice recording because it allowed them to practice what they wanted to say and perfect their presentation before showing it to the class.  The shy students were especially relieved to not have to speak in front of everyone. 

We did our final presentations for our first grade reading buddies.  They were so respectful and loved learning from their fourth grade buddies—we even had a question/answer session for them!      

Here’s a picture of one of my girls getting ready to record into Keynote.




I'm linking this post up with Technology Tailgate's new Techie Tuesday Link Up.  Be sure to link up a new or past post about how you integrate technology in your classroom!

Penguin Freebies and New Bloggers to Follow


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I’m so thankful for all my wonderful bloggy friends who inspire me on a daily basis and who always keep things positive!  Here’s a little winter fact family freebie for you.  I have an addition/subtraction version (on the left) and multiplication/division version (on the right).  They are both double-sided.  (Graphics by Jason's Online Classroom


Speaking of inspiration, I want to introduce two AMAZING new bloggers, who also happen to teach at my school.  Amanda is my former first grade team leader (from when I taught primary) and Aylin is our reading specialist.  They have a brand spankin’ new blog called Learning to the Core, which is all about integrating technology and the Common Core.  They both teach with 1:1 technology like me and have been the inspiration for so much of what I do in the classroom.  They have a couple of very cute reading response freebies up so please go over to their blog and show them some love—I promise you won’t be disappointed!  

I also want to give a huge shout-out to the fabulous Christi Fultz, who is responsible for my awesome new blog design.  She created a custom design that is SO ME and she was such a pleasure to work with.  You can check out her website and portfolio HERE.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Freebie Fridays

Teaching Tips and Let’s Talk Turkey Freebies




I had to join this linky from Miss Kindergarten because I just love learning little tricks that make my life easier.  My teaching tip is putting students in charge of gathering absent work for when other kids are absent.  This is one of my classroom jobs and my kids love doing it!  This is the form and the folder labels we use.



I’m also linking up with Gina from Beach Sand, and Lesson Plans to talk turkey.  My favorite Thanksgiving book is I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, Judith Byron Schachner.

Here is a double-sided worksheet I made to go along with our number patterns unit.  Click the image to grab it for FREE.  (CCSS 3.OA.9 and 4.OA.5)

And here’s one I whipped up for my primary friends. (CCSS 1.NBT.1 and 2.NBT.2)

I can’t wait to read your teaching tips and Thanksgiving ideas!

Fiction Friday and Friday Flashback


Yayy, it’s Friday!  We had a crazy but surprisingly productive week considering Halloween was on a Wednesday!

I kicked off our election unit by reading So You Want to be President by Judith St. George and David Small, which I’m linking up for Amanda’s Fiction Friday.  My kids loved the funny cartoons and interesting facts and anecdotes about our former Presidents.

Then they did some research on the Presidential candidates, wrote about who they would vote for and why, and then designed campaign posters.  Hmm, I think it’s pretty clear who will win our classroom mock election next week.  (See my last post for info about the sites/resources we used.) 




We also made these posters to show different ways of representing multiplication.  I got the idea from Amanda’s post. 

 We used Kidspiration to help us visualize ways to make equal groups.  I don’t know what I would do without Kidspiration!

Be sure to link up with both Amandas to share what you did this week and share some good children’s literature!