Build Your Own Caterpillar

caterpillarHere’s a great activity for younger science students learning about habitat and camouflage. Students are asked to build a caterpillar and to consider different characteristics such as color and spines. Rather than just move through the exercise blindly, students may proceed only once they have entered a response about why they chose that particular feature.

The URL: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorer/ecosystems/be_an_explorer/map/caterpillar_play.htm

Plickers Classroom Response System

plickersEdmonton teacher, David Salmon, pointed me to a blog post the other day by Edmonton Public Schools TIPS team that talks about an alternative to those expensive clicker devices. “Plickers is an app that can be downloaded onto an Android or iOS device. With only one device and some printed cards, teachers can quickly assess or poll their students by asking multiple choice or true/false questions. The students hold up their cards a certain way to submit their answers while the teachers stands at the front and scans the class therefore receiving their responses.” Check out the post to learn much more about how to use this tool.

The URL: http://div1edtech.blogspot.ca/2014/10/throw-out-those-clickers-and-use.html

Easy Citation in Google Docs

gafecitationThere used to be two ways to teach students to cite their resources: citationmachine.net and the long lesson plan where they learn how to format APA or MLA entries and then be graded on what parts were underlined or did you include a page number or not? Now, if your students are using Google Apps, this article makes it even easier. This article from Education Technology and Mobile Learning tells you how to do it.

The URL: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/10/here-is-how-to-easily-cite-papers-in.html

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds

90sec_assessmentsThis post made the rounds last spring and I’ve been seeing it again this week. Te@chThought outlines ten simple ideas for gathering informal, formative information on how your students are learning in any subject area. Whether you use Google forms, exit passes or verbal interaction, there is something for everyone here.

The URL: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/10-assessments-you-can-perform-in-90-seconds/