Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Idea! A Computer Lab Project: Labeling a Diagram

Here's a bright idea! 
Take your students to the computer lab to create and label a diagram in PowerPoint. It's a fun and engaging project for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!
Start this activity by having students choose an animal. It's best if students have some prior knowledge about the animal they select. I had my students choose an animal that's a pet.
Students can use Microsoft Clip Art to find an image of their chosen animal. Another good source for images is It's a free image library for educational use.
Now it's time to think of labels for the animal. I had my students think of four or five labels. Labels could include body parts, colors, and body coverings (fur, scales, etc.).
Students can chose a plain line or an arrow to draw from their text box to the image. There are also some fun, funky arrows to choose from.
Changing the line's color and width makes it really stand out. 
Students love to experiment with the different options!
Take it a step further and have students add some color and style to make the text boxes pop.
Students could also change the font of the title and text boxes.
Here are some of my students working on labeling their animals:
Here are a few of my students' finished products: 
This project was completed in a 45 minute class session (includes teaching time and working time). Next time we'll add some design to the text boxes and change the font.
My students loved this project! Labeling a diagram in PowerPoint could be taught alone or conjunction with a longer research project or report. I hope you enjoyed this Bright Idea for the computer lab.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Opinion Writing for Primary Grades ~ Wild About Weather!

Spring is on its way, and it's a great time for a weather unit.
I have a brand-new opinion writing packet that would be a great addition to a first or second grade weather or water cycle unit.
There are six different weather types for students to write about: 
sunshine - rain - snow - clouds - wind - thunder & lightning 

Use the topics as guided writing lessons, writing center activities, or you can even use one topic as an assessment.

You can check out my weather opinion writing packet at my TPT store

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Freebies!

Are you ready for some marvelous March freebies? Here you go!
You can download this reading and writing activity HERE.

 You can download this fun St. Patrick's writing activity HERE.

For more great March freebies, visit:
Freebie Fridays