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Remote Learning Choice Boards (8 Weeks)

I live in Virginia. As of yesterday, March 30th, 2020 we are under a “stay at home” order from our governor until June 10th, 2020. That’s six weeks away!

School is out until next year! I have been hosting online office hours and PD for the past weeks making sure to stay connected with both of my schools. I am thankful for the sense of community that I feel each time I host a meeting.

As we move forward with home learning, I feel that kids need more realistic and authentic learning tasks than packets and online work. I created the following choice boards for anyone that wants to share with their students and families for the next two months.

Students have the opportunity to complete the entire choice board or just a few and then write about their favorite activity for the week. Many of the activities I remember doing as a kid and when my daughter was little.

Learning comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes! Parents have enough to worry about than packets of work that they have to spend hours helping their kids with.

Let’s take back learning and make it FUN and student-centered!! Let students choose things that interest them and let them move forward with their learning but provide some guidance!

I pray that your families stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times! I encourage you all to start a journal to record what will become a historic event!

Remote Learning Choice Board
Remote Learning Choice Boards (8 Weeks) – FREEBIE

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What to do During an Extended School Closure due to COVID19?

As I sit here, surrounded by my wandering thoughts of the unknown, I find that sticking to a routine will be the only way that I will be able to keep myself from going crazy!

Routine – an action that is regularly followed

Routine images

As a human race, we strive in an environment of structure and routine. Without a routine, our everyday functioning would slow down.

Point – WE NEED ROUTINE!

It feels like a snow day, but not really. There is this feeling in the pit of my stomach that the world will never be the same again. That things will change; for the good or bad, I have no idea. Do you have this feeling too?

The situation is fluid. From one hour to the next, you really have no idea what is going to happen.

For many of us, the closing of schools for an extended length of time leaves us with a feeling of uncertainty, anxiety, and a great deal of stress.

So many questions. So few answers.

There are things we can do to prepare. Our health and well-being and the health and well-being of our families are our top priority. We have seen and heard the news, and we know what we need to do to ensure the health and well-being of our families, friends, and our community.

Many families are at home, wondering what they are going to do with their day. Establishing a routine at this point is critical. Set a routine for each family member and for the most part, stick with it!

Ensuring that you have plenty of learning activities and or ideas on hand is important too. You don’t want to hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored!”

As the old saying goes, “An idle mind is dangerous!”

Learning activity –  any activity designed or deployed to bring about, or create the conditions for learning

Take a look at this home learning shopping list. You probably already have many of these items. If not, use what you have on hand. Pretty much anything can be used!

Each day, for the next two weeks, challenge your family members to use the items in a creative way. Maybe to solve a problem or to entertain. The sky’s the limit!

Be sure to provide lots of positive reinforcement! And let them make a mess, as long as they clean up.

Make sure to take time to discuss each project asking questions and clarification. You will be amazed at the amount of learning that is taking place by letting each family member drive their own learning.

I would LOVE to hear or see some of the projects that your families produce! Send me an email or leave a comment and let me know how it’s going! Stay healthy and stay well, my thought and prayers are with you and your families!

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BEE BOTS, Coding, Computer Science, Digital Breakouts, Digital Escape Rooms, Digital Literacy, Tech in the Classroom

3 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday for Read Across America Week 2020

Every March 2nd, classrooms across the U.S. and beyond celebrate the birthday of one of the most iconic authors of all time –  Theodore Seuss Geisel. Under the pen name – Dr. Seuss, Mr. Geisel wrote and illustrated more than 60 books which include many of the most popular children’s books of all time. 

Let’s Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with a Digital Breakout!

In this digital breakout, students will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by solving some clues. Digital Breakouts are such a fun and authentic way to practice teamwork, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.

This digital breakout contains four locks. Want to learn more about how this digital breakout is set up? Check out this blog post!

Lock 1 – Students will select the Dr. Seuss book for each quote using a Google Form. Once each student complete the Google Form have them Submit. They will need to pay attention to the feedback for the clue.

Lock 2 – Students will unscramble the Dr. Seuss characters and then add or subtract each letter.

Lock 3 – Students will put the events of Dr. Seuss’s life in order.

Lock 4 – Students will fill in the blanks and then navigate through a Dr. Seuss maze.

Let’s Celebrate with Coding Robots (Bee-Bot & More)

In this activity, students will program the ROBOT to the provided sequence of rhyming words, but watch out for hats. Students will need to program a route around hats.

Students will have a BLAST reviewing rhyming words while practicing coding! Don’t have a Bee-Bot, no problem! Other coding robots may be used.

Let’s Celebrate with a Digital Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Using Google Slides

In this activity, students will use the “fill” formatting tool in Google Slides to create three different Dr. Seuss characters. Students will use the numbers found in the speaker notes.

So many ways to celebrate an author that has provided us with hours upon hours of reading enjoyment!

Want to explore additional digital activities for the classroom, check out my tpt store; Shen Valley Vegan Teacher

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Happy Teaching!

Tonya

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BEE BOTS, Coding, Computer Science, Digital Breakouts, Digital Escape Rooms, Digital Literacy, Tech in the Classroom

4 Fun-Filled Activities to share on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. But it’s not about the candy or gifts that I might receive, it’s a special day to show my love to others. A special kind word, a pat on the back, a congrats, job well done. Valentine’s Day reminds me that spreading kindness promotes joy and peace. 

Let’s share this special day with our students with some fun-filled activities. Digital Breakouts are a great way to show and practice kindness to one another.

Digital Breakouts help to improve team-building skills, communication, and collaboration engagingly and authentically.

For this Valentine’s Day, why not share a digital breakout with your students and help them to build these important skills?

Interested in learning more about digital breakouts, click HERE!

Digital Breakout Escape Room – Love Monster (Grades 3-5)

Lock 1 – Students will follow algorithms to the correct colored heart.

Lock 2 – Students will find the missing digit to each math equation.

Lock 3 – Students will write an algorithm for the shortest route.

Lock 4 – Students will use binary code to crack the code.

Digital Breakout Escape Room – Cuddles Wishes for a Valentine (Grades K-2)

Word Lock – Student will determine the correct math to spell a word.

Number Lock – Students will drag and drop the correct number of Valentines to fill each ten frame to make 20.

Direction Lock – Students will put the events in order to make a card for Valentine’s Day.

Color Lock – Students will drag and drop the correct missing letter to complete each word.

Plugged and Unplugged – How to Make a Valentine

Have you begun the task of integrating computer science into your curriculum? If so, or you are just beginning, check out these Valentine’s Day coding activities.

Students will learn the steps in how to make a valentine while learning the basic commands of coding. No device is required for this unplugged activity.

Do you have a coding device? The coding robots plugged activity might just be the resource you have been looking for!

Students will code a “robot” to each step in how to make a valentine.

Interested in learning more about plugged and unplugged coding, click HERE!

Digital Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Using Google Slides

Another team-building resource! Pair students up to complete this digital mystery picture! Completed in Google Slides, students will use the key in the speaker notes to complete the activity. Enjoy mystery pictures? Check out this MONEY SAVING BUNDLE!

A digital hundreds chart mystery picture pixel art math center for grades K-5. The activity can be used in Google Classroom, Chromebooks and other classroom devices. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

I hope you and your classroom will plant the seed of kindness this Valentine’s Day! Let’s remember that kindness can be shared and cultivated every day!

Want to explore additional digital activities for the classroom, check out my tpt store; Shen Valley Vegan Teacher

Be sure to follow my tpt store to get the latest and greatest resources for your classroom!

Happy Teaching!

Tonya

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Digital Breakouts, Digital Literacy, Tech in the Classroom

Groundhog Weather School – A Groundhog Day Digital Breakout

It’s Groundhog Day! Every February the 2nd, groundhog makes his annual appearance to predict if we will have six more weeks of winter or an early spring. In this digital breakout based on the story Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub, groundhog has some extra help, he sure is glad that he opened a weather school last year! Solve each clue to learn some cool facts about Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Weather School – Digital Breakout

Critical Thinking

Clue 1 - Solving the digital breakout

I really had those brains stretching on this digital breakout. For the first clue, students had to find hidden letters and to guess the word. I created a Groundhog Day Weather Forecaster Quiz and hid six letters. For some students, they immediately recognized that some words were a different color; others needed a hint.

Cause and Effect

For the second clue, I created “cause” statements and students had to drag and drop the correct “effect” statement to each box; revealing the five digit number lock. Just like me, students still get confused as to what the groundhog will do if he sees his shadow!

Clue 2
Clue 2

Fact vs. Opinion

Clue 3

For the third clue, students practiced identifying “fact” and “opinion” statements. A helpful hint for this one is to have them use the “fill” tool to color each fact statement. Once they had the correct statements selected, students were then able to solve the direction lock.

Sequence of Events

This clue was a doozy! Using Google Sheets, I created five events and mixed them up. Students had to place a number beside each event indicating the order it would occur. Once students placed the right number in the box, it would magically reveal a color. Students then had to place the numbers in the correct order.

It’s amazing to see how engaged students are when completing a Digital Breakout; after an hour, I only had about three pairs of students finish the Digital Breakout, but it did not deter the others. As they were leaving for the day, they were already asking when will we be able to do another one!!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!

Looking for a K-2 Digital Breakout?

Check this one out!

Want to explore additional digital breakouts for the classroom, check out my tpt store; Shen Valley Vegan Teacher

Be sure to follow my tpt store to get the latest and greatest digital breakouts for your classroom!

How do you use digital breakouts in your classroom? Do you have a certain resource that is your go-to for creating or sharing with your students? I would love to learn how others are utilizing digital breakouts or Breakout boxes in their classrooms.

Happy Teaching!

Tonya

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Digital Breakouts, Digital Escape Rooms, Digital Literacy

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Digital Breakout Escape Room

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every third Monday in January, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dedicated his life fighting for civil rights and for poverty. His famous “I Have a Dream” speech exposed the American public to the injustice of racial inequality. Dr. King fervently persuaded Americans to stop discriminating based on race. At the age of 35, Dr. King became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. So many accomplishments in such a short time.

Let’s take some time to share the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our students. Let them learn about his struggles and what the did to help end discrimination based on race. 

To celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I created a digital breakout that provides students the opportunity to explore the life of Dr. King. 

Let’s Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Digital Breakout – Grades 3-5

→ Word Lock – Students will read each Fun Fact and find the hidden letters.

→ Color Lock –  Students will drag and drop the correct character trait to each sentence.

→ Direction Lock – Using the Fun Fact, students will follow the events to the image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beginning at “START HERE.”

→ Number Lock –  Students will read each definition then choose the correct vocabulary word. If correct, they earn a clue, if not, they go back to the original slide.

Click HERE to learn more about this digital breakout!

An additional extension I created for students to complete is a digital mystery hundreds chart picture (3 options to choose from, 1-100, sight words, or multiplication).

Digital Mystery Hundreds Chart – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can choose to have students use the 1-100 chart, a sight word chart or a multiplication chart to reveal the image.

Click HERE to learn more about this digital mystery hundreds chart.

Want to explore additional digital breakouts for the classroom, check out my tpt store; Shen Valley Vegan Teacher.

Be sure to follow my tpt store to get the latest and greatest digital breakouts for your classroom! The first 24 hours of posting a new resource, the resource will be 50% off.

How do you use digital breakouts in your classroom? Do you have a certain resource that is your go-to for creating or sharing with your students? I would love to learn how others are utilizing digital breakouts or Breakout boxes in their classrooms.

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Digital Breakouts, Digital Escape Rooms, Digital Literacy, Tech in the Classroom

Celebrating the 100th Day of School

The 100th Day of School is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate the day than with a FUN and ENGAGING Digital Breakout.

I’m not sure about you, but the first 100 days of school was gone in a blink of an eye. So much to do, so little time to do it.

For this Grade 3-5 100th Day of School digital breakout, I created each clue using 100s charts.

100th Day of School – Digital Breakout – Grades 3-5

Lock 1 – Students will fill in numbers to find the hidden letters.

Lock 2 – Students will find the correct numbers and complete the operation for each.

Lock 3 – Students will skip count by 10s, 5s, and 2s to reveal the hidden colors.

Lock 4 – Students will use provided coordinates to find the correct arrows.

Click HERE to learn more about this digital breakout!

For the first clue, students are required to use the “fill tool” in Google Slides to find the hidden word. There are five slides, with a 100s chart on each slide with a hidden letter. **To make this clue go a little faster, have each student in a group working on a slide, and have them highlight groups of the same color then fill (e.g. 1-4 fill red, 8-10 fill blue, etc.).

For the second clue, students must complete a math equation. Instead of digits, they have images and are required to use a 100s chart to find the missing numbers.

Clue #3

For the third clue, students must skip count. As they skip count, numbers “magically” change colors.

Clue #4

For the last clue, the student will use coordinates to find the hidden directions.

Check out this student breaking out of the 4th lock! Truly remarkable watching each student work their way through each clue and lock!

Students had a blast completing the 100th Day of School – Digital Breakout! They always ask if they can do another one! It’s great to see them think critically, to problem-solve, to collaborate with their peers, and build those important communication skills.

Looking for a 100th Day of School Digital Breakout for littles (K-2). Check this one out! The digital breakout uses Google Sites and is meant to be done as a whole group.

100th Day of School – Digital Breakout – Grades K-2

Word Lock – Student will count to 100 by 10s.

Number Lock – Students will count each set of coins and determine how much more is needed to make $1.00.

Direction Lock – Students will place a red x on the words that do not use the letters in the words “one-hundred.”

Color Lock – Students will solve each riddle and fill in the number with the correct color. Then sort the numbers from least to greatest.

Click HERE to learn more about this digital breakout!

Want to explore additional digital breakouts for the classroom, check out my tpt store; Shen Valley Vegan Teacher.

Be sure to follow my tpt store to get the latest and greatest digital breakouts for your classroom! The first 24 hours of posting a new resource, the resource will be 50% off.

How do you use digital breakouts in your classroom? Do you have a certain resource that is your go-to for creating or sharing with your students? I would love to learn how others are utilizing digital breakouts or Breakout boxes in their classrooms.

This post contains affiliate links.  I will make a commission on any product you buy through those links at no extra charge to you.