One issue that many teachers have encountered is that when they assign a worksheet ot return a document to students via Google Classroom the students cannot edit the doc when they open it. The best solution to the problem is to follow the steps below:
- Have the students log into the Google Docs App to open the file
- When they pull up the document they should see a pencil in a blue circle at the bottom right hand corner of their screen
- They should click the pencil to pull up the keyboard & begin editing
4. If they do not see the pencil then they need to click on the forward arrow (red box below) to pull up the keyboard and begin editing the document
Spring is right around the corner and since Pine Road has a fabulous Nature Trail to use many teachers wanted to know if there was anything on outdoor learning that I could round-up. Below are some of the best resources that I could find:
- Virginia Tech has a delightful elementary unit on Natural Resources that includes hands on activities, worksheets, puzzles, coloring pages and standards of learning.
- The Soil Science Society of America has a great resource page with lessons and hands on activities broken down by subject and grade level.
- California Academy of Science’s Natural Resources Bingo lesson plan is a fun way for students grades 2-8 to categorize common things we throw in the trash according to the resource from which they are made.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council has a great resource page for elementary lesson plans, activities, websites and videos related to Natural Resources.
- Scholastic’s Teach Now Weather Watchers website has K-3 weather related lessons & activties. Highlights include a internet field trip, weather related experiments and student created plays.
- Discovery Education’s Connect With Weather website was created with the help of The Weather Channel. Highlights include a virtual behind the scenes field trip to The Weather Channel headquarters, videos, hands on activities and a family preparedness take home activity
- The University of Oklahoma’s Storm Evader App is a free interactive way for kids to learn about weather. The app encourages students to see meteorology as a problem-solving tool by putting them in the pilot seat to navigate a plane during weather events.
- PBS Learning’s K-2 What’s the Weather? Lesson helps students learn about meteorology and weather changes, and discuss how weather affects daily life.The lesson includes worksheets, interactives and videos.
- Life Lab, a national leader in the garden-based learning movement, is a great resource for K-12 composting activities, lesson plans & videos. Highlights from this page are the worm guide, a vermicomposting activity for pre-K and how to build a soda bottle bioreactor.
- My Kids’ Adventures Getting Dirty: Five Fun Composting Projects for Kids has great activities for creating not only a compost bin but also allows explains how composting helps students’ to reduce their carbon footprint. It also has a link to The Nature Conservancy’s interactive calculator for determining their or their families carbon footprint.
- PBS Learning’s K-3 Recycling and Composting lesson helps students learn about the value renewable resources hold for our society and the broader community of living things. The lesson includes worksheets and videos for teachers to use.
- Learning to Give’s What is a Watershed? lesson plan helps students understand the importance of watersheds and ways in which water pollution occurs through hands on activities, research and experiments.
- NJDEP Water Wash lesson illustrates watershed function, ground water contributions, flooding, and nonpoint source pollution.
- PBS and its Watershed Quest is a website explaining the concept of a quest and a one-hour lesson plan that enables students to explore their watershed and water movement using topographic maps.
- Project Wet has a website that contains fun Interactive activities and video about watershed parts (tributaries, source or headwaters, mainstem) and human impacts on watersheds (dams, pollution, runoff).
One of the best features of online textbooks are the interactive activities and graphics. However if you are using the iPad you cannot access these features because you cannot access Flash
A simple solution to this problem is to download the free Puffin web browser. The Puffin browser supports the latest flash over the cloud for iPads. Follow the steps below to download Puffin on your iPad.
Getting the Puffin App
- Log into the staff intranet
- Go to the Technology Information Page
- Complete the App/Ext/Web2.0 request form
Using the Puffin App
- Once you have received the app, you simple need to click on the app to open up the browser
- Once you are on the browser click on the menu, found in the bottom right hand corner of the screen- it is three dots
- Click on settings and unblock pop-ups (since most online textbooks use pops-ups)
- Return to your browser, type in the address from your online textbook and login to use the textbook