Here is a PDF of today’s post Cool Aug 21

#GlobalMakerDay! We are planning an exciting day for you and your classes to participate in MAKING. As always, Global Maker Day is a virtual event, so anyone can join us either from the classroom or from home. Join for as much as you can because this event is flexible for all! Don’t purchase any supplies because Global Maker Day is about creatively using what you already have. Below are some ways to participate in the event.

STEMy stuff ELA areas Social Studies zone More
Cardboard Hacks for Maker projects Check out these videos that help students figure out ways to problem solve when doing cardboard design.

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) has partnered with Electrify America to deliver FREE, STEM-based, multimedia curriculum, Tools to teach students about the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), School to home approach to educate families about EVs. Open to all teachers in grades K – 6.

More cardboard hacks

More 3D Maker cardboard solutions

How to improve math instruction

Solid Liquid Gas jamboard

Human Body App

Math Flipgrid Choiceboard

Earth science theme choice boards

Video bank for math lessons

Math  Designer activity with geometric shapes

Math fun two truths and a lie

STEAM Choiceboard

Very cool Aquarium app that you can have kids color fish and scan it and they all swim in the aquarium! $12.50

Chromebook Shortcut posters 

Another one

I have shared this before, but I love them…so here are amazing women in Science posters

10 new Flipgrid Tools and resources!

Merge Cubes now have a Chromebook feature!

STEAM Universe newsletter with grants and great info!

100 Questions to Help Students Conjecture, Invent and Solve Problems 

Electrify America STEM Electric car kits for K-6 

The Sugar Association 

You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of chemistry going on when ingredients in a recipe are put together. Lesson on the science of baking: 

NASA Techrise Student Challenge

Global Read Aloud information for this year

ELA Resources from Stuart Prykes

See new Tweet

PBS gets kids excited about writing by learning how authors write their stories. 

Poster/ resources for teaching Hidden Voices

Looking Critically at Picture Books

Is it Checkable- teaching critical thinking and reliable sources

Fun graphic for Their They’re There

information about choosing books,  planning for and conducting read-alouds, and extending children’s experiences.

Making Inferences with photos 


Beyond the Princess Story Beyond Princess Stories: Helping Our Girls Discover Their Own Stories of Power and Promise

Looking Critically at Picture Books

Wakelet of Social Studies content and subjects

SHEG Stanford student posters for questioning historical documents 

World History class tour of the world at 1750 with this lesson

Fact or Fib Bill of Rights

This or That personalized choice boards from Gold EDU. Video included.

PBS Learning Goals tied to programs

Alternative to Google Expedition


Flipgrid All About Me TicTacToe board You can modify this for Padlet as well!

What to do instead of packets

Hyperdocs for student

MOTE- check it out! Leave voice comments on your Google stuff!

Mote connect four video and link directions in the comments.

Fast finisher ideas from Caitlyn Tucker

Conversation Starters

Make your own Connect Four game

Tips for Searching info online for kids and teachers

SAMR Model of Tech with Student Choice

Dice Debrief

Email Etiquette lessons

Great idea to stop the constant water bottle falling over

STEM activities and books for days of creation


STEM Days of Creation

I recently had a request for STEM ideas to use in teaching the creation. I thought this may be useful for others who are teaching about space, animals, and more. Enjoy!

And please let me know if you have any ideas to add!

Judaic Info from


The Creation

The word of G‑d brought everything into being: heaven and earth, mountains and rivers, and every living thing. In the beginning, G‑d called into existence the heaven and earth. Within six days He shaped a world of order and beauty.

The First Day

On the first day, G‑d said, “Let there be Light” — and there was Light.


Light Is All Around Us

Light Waves

Light Makes a Rainbow 

All About Light (Rookie Read-About Science: Physical Science: Previous Editions)

Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark (Start with Science)



TicTacToe Lights


  •  Brainstorm lights you find in your home, school, and neighborhood. overhead lights, flashlights, LED lights on appliances, lights on cell phones, the sun and moon, street lights, camera flashes, candles, and more.
  • Make a tic tac toe board and put one form of light in each space.
  • Take a walk around your home/school/neighborhood and look for light sources. Mark off each light you find and see who gets three in a row and a full card.



Read with Flashlights


  • Give students a flashlight and have them walk around the room looking for words. When you find a word, shine the light. Spell the word and say it.
  • Have kids pick a favorite book and read by the light of the flashlight.





  • Shave crayons to create small pieces of colored wax.
  • Place crayon shavings inside a folder piece of wax paper.
  • Iron over the wax paper and melt the crayons.
  • Hold the wax paper to the window and watch the sun through the colors.


The Second Day

On the second day G‑d made the sky, and called it Heaven.


National Geographic Readers: Night Sky

How Do Clouds Form? (All About Clouds)



Marshmallow Constellations

  1. Look a 
  2. Use marshmallows and toothpicks to create the constellations 


  1. Print the patterns. Cut black construction paper into 4 squares. Use toothpicks or holepunches to poke holes in the paper to match the constellation pattern. Hold the paper to a light source and see the constellations shine through.



  1. Look over the types of clouds: 
  2. Give students blue construction paper and cotton balls. 
  3. Have students make two (or more) types of clouds. Label the clouds with their name.


The Third Day

On the third day, G‑d put the earth into good shape. At His command the waters of the earth gathered together at certain places. The waters formed seas and oceans, lakes and rivers, so that in other parts, the dry land became visible.

At G‑d’s further command, the earth was made to produce all kinds of plants, grass, and trees, shrubs and flowers. Each contained its own seed for further growth and reproduction.



I Am the Rain: A Science Book for Kids about the Water Cycle and Change of Seasons (Includes STEM activities, water conservation tips, and more)

National Geographic Readers: Water

Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt



Rain in a bottle

  1. Clean a 2 liter bottle and let air dry.
  2. Add 2 cups of water. Drop in a few drops of blue food coloring.
  3. Place the bottle in a window and watch for evaporation and condensation to happen.


Make a boat

  1. Give each child a square of tin foil. Have them create a boat out of foil. (They may need more foil as they fold and create).
  2. Test the boat in a tub of water to see if it floats. You can add marbles to the boats to see which boat holds the most marbles.


Plant life cycle

  1. Get a lima bean seed, paper towel, and ziploc bag. Get the towel damp and put it and the seed inside the ziploc bag. Hand the bag in the window. 
  2. Each day look at the bean and watch for changes. Draw the bean each day and write down the changes. 
  3. After the bean sprouts, plant in a small cup and watch the continued growth.


Make a sponge garden

  1. Buy fast growing seeds, like watercress, radishes, lettuce, alfalfa or mustard.
  2. Rinse the sponge, squeeze to remove excess water, and put it on a plastic plate or aluminum pie plate.
  3. Sprinkle the seeds on the sponge.
  4. Put the sponge in a well lighted area.
  5. Check the sponge daily, make sure it remains moist but do not over water. Add only 1 tablespoon at a time.

The Fourth Day

On the fourth day, G‑d made the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, to shed light upon the earth. And so He set a time for day and a time for night, a time for the week, the month, and the year, and a time for each of the four seasons.


National Geographic Kids Everything Space: Blast Off for a Universe of Photos, Facts, and Fun!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

Space: Planets, Moons, Stars, and More! (Step into Reading)



Cookie moon phase: 

Fruit solar system:

Model of the solar system

  1. Give children playdough or fast dry clay
  2. Assign each child a planet, star, or moon to create
  3. Place the planets and moons in order and then place the stars around the solar system

Create an astronaut experience box:

The Fifth Day

On the fifth day, G‑d filled the seas with fishes and other water animals. Into the air above the earth He put many birds of all kinds and colors and sizes.



Ocean Animals for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Whales, Sharks, and Other Marine Life

About Birds: A Guide for Children 

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Birds (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)



Visit to find a Citizen Science project that your students can contribute to!


  1. Give each student a plastic bowl and have them paint the bowl.
  2. Attach googly eyes
  3. Give students yarn or crepe streamers to make the jellyfish tentacles,


Birds nests

  1. Gather sticks, grass, yarn pieces
  2. Make a nest and glue it to construction paper.
  3. Trace student hands and cut out. Glue together to create a bird, add googly eyes.
  4. Glue the bird in the nest.


Play the bird life cycle

  1. Have kids make themselves small on the ground like an egg.
  2. Break out of the egg
  3. Flap wings and hop around
  4. Soar!


The Sixth Day

On the sixth day, were created all the other animals, large and small, those that walk and those that creep or crawl on the earth. And towards the end of the sixth day, G‑d put a divine soul into a body which He made of earth and clay. This was the human. To the human G‑d granted high mental ability that one could think and reach one’s own conclusions. G‑d also gave the human the power of speech and He made humans superior to all other creatures of the earth. G‑d placed all the creatures of the earth and the powers of nature in the control of the human.


National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals

The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth

National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More!

DKfindout! Human Body 

Curious Toddler My First Word Book About Body Parts: A Human Body Picture Book for Kids



Animal Experts

  1. Research an animal the child loves using books and research websites for kids, like Ducksters.
  2. Find five facts about the animal.
  3. Create the life cycle using drawing and crafty items.
  4. Make a habitat for the animal.
  5. Make a video and teach others about the animal.


Take a neighborhood safari

  1. Take a walk around your neighborhood.
  2. Take pictures of animals you see on your walk.
  3. Make a map of the neighborhood and label where you saw each animal.


Animal camouflage

  1. Watch how animals blend in
  2. Create a picture with hidden animals


Animal actions

  1. Whisper an animal name to a child.
  2. Have the child act out the animal’s movements and sounds.
  3. Let the other children guess what animal they are pretending to be.

The Seventh Day

By the seventh day, everything was created and put into shape and order. And G‑d rested on the seventh day and He glorified it as a day of rest. Therefore we should work for six days and rest on the Seventh day, Shabbat, which G‑d blessed and sanctified for all time to come. By observing the Shabbat day, we show that we believe in G‑d as the Creator of the world.



Sheep Go to Sleep

How Do Dinosaurs Go to Sleep?

How Animals Say Good Night: A Sweet Going to Bed Book about Animal Sleep Habits

“I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP”: Teaching Kids the Importance of Sleep. (Bedtimes sleep Children’s Picture Book Book 1)


Daniel Tiger Storytime about sleep

Bedtime storytime

  1. Have kids bring their blankets and pillows to school
  2. Tuck in students and read a book


Nighttime routine

  1. Talk about your night time routine
  2. Draw what you do each night
  3. Put the actions in order from first to last


Music choices

  1. Talk about restful sounds
  2. Play different music sounds and have kids identify if it is fast music for moving or slow music for resting

Round Up 2/9/2021



Rephrasing questions
How Teachers can help ESOL students with learning
Eric Carle free printables
6 Things You Should Know About… ideas
Tech STEAM Choice Board
24 Exit ticket questions
Low Tech/ No Tech Choiceboard
12 ways Teachers Say They Have Improved in 2020
Would you rather fun check ins
Amanda Gorman’s poem from Inauguration 
Join @bradmeltzer for his talk centered around his Ordinary People Change the World series that highlights heroes from all walks of life during our next @Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip!

Register here:  

Create Standards-Based Rubrics in Less Than a Minute -ThemeSpark. Supports #NGSS
Civics Unplugged (@CivicsUnplugged) tweeted at 10:32 AM on Tue, Jan 19, 2021:

If you’re 15-17, and want to change the world, apply to @risefortheworld! But don’t just take it from us — Watch this video from the amazing Noor Mryan and @thezoejenkins, who share why they’re so excited to help build Rise and support the next generation of changemakers!


Games you can play online with kids
Congress in Government Hyperdoc
5th grade jokes



There is a new group on facebook just for Jamboards and it is AMAZING

Equivalent fractions
By popular demand

here’s my new Jamboard Check-ins

Assign each S a number

Ss insert an image or a sticky note that corresponds to the daily ice-breaker Q

Drag it to their assigned “parking lot”

Template here Enjoy!

Roman Numerals
One Teacher’s collection with TONS
Types of Graphs
Moveable Protractor
The water cycle
Lots of jams that are not math
Food chains
Grammar Jam
Types of lines
Metric Length
What did we learn today
Order of Operations
Reading and Measuring with a ruler
Measuring Angles



Tool Specific

Get the Wiggles Out With Sworkit Kids

EdTech Bingo 
Share PPT as background in Zoom
Youtube trick for removing adds
Google Slides morning meeting
Vocabulary Detective slides
Music makers on the map

Ed and Tech Round Up 1/4

I have been collecting these for a few weeks. Hope you can find something useful!




Submit new designs for gardening systems to be used aboard NASA spacecraft to Growing Beyond Earth contest 
4 new French lessons on the Learning through Music page
An enormous xylophone in the woods plays this Bach tune when a wooden ball rolls down each “key”.
Explore this collection of natural and human-made sounds from around the world
Cool idea for water filter
Our inaugural Summit hosted 300 participants from all over the globe. Do you have a message to share? Are you interested in presenting at this year’s Summit? The Call for Proposals is OPEN! Visit the link below to fill out an application.
TikTok Safety Guide for Parents
Genius Hour ideas
STEM Writing Challenge
Diverse Books
Choiceboards from Achieve the Core
20 ways to provide effective feedback
Designing Authentic Discussions
Black Out Poetry
School vs Learning



More about Jamboard updates
Virtual Science Fair template
Choice board including coding
The Why, How, and What of Blended Learning 
Free resources from EduMatch for Hybrid/online learning
Templates/Choice boards for remote learning


Tech Tools

Safe search engines and websites for students

Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think

Jams and Slides
12 must have templates for teachers and students

HyperDocs, Newsletters, Daily check-in, Gamification, EduProtocols,  Fake social media posts, and MORE templates you can use tomorrow!

Comic Jamboard
100 Top Ed Tech Tools
Picture a Day with Jamboard
Virtual Calm space
Deal or No Deal PE activity
Edpuzzle differentiation 

Round Up 12/15




Karen Nyberg demonstrating how to wash long hair in space.


Literature circles in virtual learning


Fifth grade jokes


Chromebook shortcuts


Global Act Read Aloud


Assistive Technology during remote and blended learning


WorldOver International Handcrafts Uniques Experiences for Global Learners


Engaging students in online learning


Make the most of student feedback


Build a Merge Cube Snow Globe!!


Here’s a VR Scavenger Hunt for ELA.


Google Keep headers from SlidesMania


Discussion Prompts for middle and high school


Virtual Field Trips


Benefits of Play


6 actions to make small groups work


Making remote learning better


Managing screen time in distance learning


Sharing some Bright Lights

for the Hanukkah Season


This Hanukkah season I will be sharing 8 amazing ideas, tools, and programs that can assist you in your classroom to go along with the 8 days of Hanukkah. I hope you enjoy these little treats and let me know if you use the tools and have results to share!

But you know me … I can never stick to just 8 so here is one more! To kick off our learning, let’s light the shamash, too!


Ever taken a picture that has something in the background you wish wasn’t there? Want to make it look like you are somewhere you are not? Try out This online tool will focus on the people and remove the background and put in your choice of background. Simple and easy and FREE! Here is a short video how-to guide.


Day 1: Unscreen

First we looked at a tool to remove the background from a picture. This tool will remove backgrounds from videos.

This program eliminates the need for a greenscreen! 

Here is a video introduction for unscreen.


Day 2: Check for Understanding

For our next bright light I am sharing ideas from @ImpactWales about different ways to check for understanding.

These are different, non traditional formative assessments that students will enjoy. It will give the teacher feedback on what students are understanding, while giving students a fun way to show what they know! You can add the ideas to a spinning wheel from teacher tools and make it even more interactive and a fun game within the assessment.


Day 3: Mote

In the Chrome webstore you will find our next bright light.Mote. Full disclosure I just saw this and haven’t used it with kids yet. I am practicing on my own docs first. This extension allows you to record voice comments for students on their google docs. For detailed information check out

My trying out Mote video


Day 4: Ditch That Textbook

Matt Miller has created a community called Ditch That Textbook. He shares his ideas and those from others for creating a more engaging and exciting classroom. You can find game-based ideas, remote learning tips, and so much more. 

For this bright light I am recommending Miller’s free conference from December 14 to January 8. The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more.

Attendees will have access to this year’s sessions as well as over 50 recorded sessions from past conferences. 

Check it out: 

Day 5: Canva

This bright light is Canva, which has a free account for educators. You can create your own graphics, posters, and more. You can make your cover photos for your topics in

Quick video tutorial

All the certificates from this summer PD were created in Canva!

Day 6: Adobe Spark

I absolutely adore this bright light. You can create videos, websites, and social media style posts. There is an app and website that you or students can use to create your work. Adobe has and EDU account for teachers and students.

Maybe you want your students to… 

  • share their writing? 
  • explain  their math solutions?
  • demonstrate how simple machines work?
  • describe traditions and show family artifacts?
  • retell a story or provide details about a character?
  • create a higher level lab report?

Spark app

Spark website

Spark Video App

Spark Video website

Day 7: Gimkit

The next bright light is Gimkit.

We have purchased Gimkit for all teachers! This is a great tool for engaging students and gamifying your class. They are constantly updating the program and even have an Among Us style for the game!

Day 8: FETC

And our final bright light is the brightest of them all!

FETC, formerly the Florida Educational Technology Conference and now the Future of Education Technology Conference, happens yearly in January. This year it will be January 26-29 and it is FREE!

You will be able to learn from amazing educators and leaders in technology. There are inspiring keynotes, dedicated sessions for learning, and a virtual exhibit hall where you can see the latest and greatest programs from all over. 

Register here

This is my favorite conference every year. I know they are working hard to make it great this year and can not wait to attend!

Ed and Tech Round Up 11/24



National Geographic Education resources encourage learning through play and inquiry

 Click here to search by resource type, grade level, or subject. If you need some inspiration, here are a few favorites:

Leveling up use of edtech Edutopia article
Tech You Can Do (and your students)
AI resources from ISTE
Homework in a Pandemic
Hexagonal Thinking 
Social Studies and SEL
Nurturing Student Agency from PBS
Influential Women in History



Flip Flop design for hybrid/online learning
9 ways teaching online should be different than face to face
Common Sense Media’s best  tools for virtual and distance learning 
Assessment in Virtual and Hybrid environments


Training/Continuing ed options

We are excited to invite you to the first-ever, 100% free and 100% digital National Student Engagement Summit on December 11 at 12:00 PM ET. We will be joined by an expert panel of school-level educators who work on answering this question every day.

Register Today

Join our first ever professional development Summit to learn all about Canva for Education, and explore the future of collaboration in and outside the classroom.

The Summit is 100% free and virtual, all sessions will be recorded and shared afterwards. 

Edtech Boot Camp with Nancy through CAJE Tuesday 8pm-9pm

email me for the Zoom link

11/24 Flipgrid DeepDive and reflections

12/1 and 12/8 choice boards and hyper-docs





Logic Puzzles
How Turbines Work
Math games
The Global Write
Tips and tricks to nurture love of reading
High school and SEL
Teaching writing with Minecraft
Nat Geo resource library
STEM Challenges
7 ways to infuse hope in your curriculum


Online or Hybrid

Routines for online and hybrid by Catlin Tucker
Station Rotation with current classroom challenges
Online/Hybrid PBL


Tool specific

Google Doc Templates

Sentence diagramming with Flipgrid
Google Docs Reference Guide
Flipgrid Thankfulness idea

Ed and Tech 11/3




Attention, Breathe, and Body from PBS
EdTech graveyard

Tools to replace what has gone away

Alligator eating alligator from Everglades
Project based approach for my ELA
Fall Lego calendar of activities
Challenges instead of homework
Choose Your Own Adventure



Adapting reading instruction to online learning
Best Practices Blended Learning
Using Scavenger hunts to get kids moving distance learning
Missing your vibrant in-class discussions? Frustrated by a lack of engagement online? These strategies for preparing for, facilitating & wrapping up synchronous online discussions may help! 


7 short videos designed to help elementary level Ss use Google Slides and Draw

Ed and Tech 10/27

Ed and Tech Round Up 10/27

A little funny for your Tuesday! Honest Automatic email replies

General ideas

Math games
The Daily STEM newsletter for kids
Climate Action Day with Jane Goodall
Media Literacy Education Week activities
University of Florida bat houses
Cardboard Art ideas
Podcast: Responding to disruptions with empathy
Biodiversity Toolkit from WorldWildLife



Tic Tech Toe Assessments
PBL in Online Learning


Specific Tools

Digital Notebook Templates
Interactive Distance Learning In Astronomy Education, learn how to use a telescope in #distancelearning , learn how to use #augmented reality space apps in your #remotelearning sessions ! Join us !   Sign up here:   This Tuesday at 7:30 PM EST !
High School student makes online tools list for other students
Would you rather slideshow from eduprotocols
Digital Breakouts HOW TO