Monday, February 8, 2021

Classroom Games Virtually (An Easy How-to!)

I LOVE playing games in the classroom.  We play games every week in my classroom and I have had to find a way to do that virtually, as we've been remote teaching since spring 2020 (thanks, Covid).

Google Slides is my best friend for playing games with my kids virtually.

Here's what you do.

1- save the gameboard that you want to use as an image.  I am using the editable board template file that is available on TpT.  Everything opens in Google Slides and you can easily type in the words you want to use.  To save the file as an image, click "file", "download", "PNG image".

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2- make a new Google Slide file by typing

3- add the image that you saved as the background.  This makes it so kids can't accidentally move it!  (Click "background" and choose the file that you saved.")

4- add circles or other clipart for your counters.

5- add a video clip for dice.  I love this one.  Click to roll, click to stop.

6- change the permissions so everyone has access, share the link your kiddos in the chat if you want them to be able to interact (or just share your screen and interact for them if that works better!), and BOOM!  I also make multiple slides and tell the kids which one they are to play on. 

I teach 1st grade and they CAN DO THIS!

Here is another one we played this week.  So easy and SO fun!

I hope that helps you add some partner play to your classroom!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Free Groundhog Day Digital Activities!

That's right!  FREE FREE FREE!

I'm still in the throws of remote teaching.  I haven't taught a child in my classroom since March 12, 2020.  I still get to see 22 friendly faces every day, but it isn't the same.  

Remote teaching has helped me re-think a lot of things about what I'll do in my classroom when we return, but that's another blog post.

For today, I want to share a FREE digital slide deck for Groundhog Day.  Making learning interactive while trying to cram lessons into a 70-minute time frame is tough.  I walk away some days feeling like I did a lot of "talking at them".  I know I'm animated enough.  I know I work to make my visuals "fun" enough.  But, I also want to make sure my kiddos get to move, learn, and interact too!

Making room for fun has never been more important in education.  Kids miss school too.  They miss laughing with friends.  They miss class celebrations.  And, remote holiday parties... they are TOUGH!

So, I have a fun, interactive slide deck for Groundhog Day that you can share with your kiddos!  If you use PearDeck, it's all set up for you to use that way!  (If you haven't downloaded the PearDeck extension for Google Slides, do it!!!)  Otherwise, you can use the 2nd file in the download to make interactive in your own way.

I hop you and your students will enjoy this fun activity next Tuesday!

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