Wednesday, March 18, 2015

OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam Classroom Questions Answered through Videos by Alessondra

If your class has been watching the live OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam here is a link to the personal videos Alessondra has been making for classrooms answering their questions about the owls nesting outside her window. She is an amazing, well-spoken, young girl. Students will enjoy learning from her. I think there is still time to have her answer your students' questions about this owl family. The owlets haven't left the nest yet but they soon will.

Below is just a sample of the videos she has made.

Ms. Wollam's Class Video from OKC Owl Cam on Vimeo.

If you don't know about the OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam check it out with your students. It's fascinating. You can read more about it and how to submit your classroom's questions in my earlier post My 3 Favorite Animal Web CamsYou'll find more resources for learning about owls in my post 20+ Resources to Learn about Owls!

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Fun activity: Have your students take screenshots and make free collages with PicMonkey. Great for story starter reports art activities and more. 

Save ink and $ - New Clip Art Dollar Deals!

I've added a couple of new "Dollar Deals" to my store so I'm sharing those and a few other of my ink-saver frames. These frames are a nice option when you want to save ink but still want an eye-catching pop of color. All of this at an affordable price too. Most come with the line art (b/w). Click on any image to view in my store.
 Square Version Rectangle Version
Square Version                      Rectangle Version

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Help Your School Library Win a Grant!

I posted this on my other blog and I thought I would share it here too.
Wonderful grant opportunity for school libraries! Nominate your school today. You can win $1000 - $10,000 and Scholastic will match each winner with their bonus points.Submit your application by May 31,2015. Good luck everyone!
Check out my livebinder Grants for Teachers for more grant opportunities.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Flying High! 10+ Kite Making Resources for Kids

Did you know that April is National Kite Month? Here are some fun kite making resources to get you started. Math, science and reading can easily be taught while making/building kites. In fact, it's a great STEM activity. I also have created a cute and colorful kite clip art collection if you are looking to make some resources of  your own.

Easy Paper Kite Instructables
A Garbage Bag Kite Instructables
Faux Stained Glass Kites Make and Takes
Simple Paper Kites Pink Stripey Socks

How to Make an Animal Kite - Octopus and Bird
Fly Girlz PBS

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Crafts that Fly The Pleasantest Thing

Click here to view in my TpT store.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Fun and Artsy Websites for Kids

I am linking up with the gals at Teaching Trio for the Favorite Things Linky! Want to join in on the fun? Head over and get the template and link up with 3 of your own favorites!
Tim Tim - This site is not free but for $5 you get a lifetime membership and it is well worth it. Lots of fun options for creativity. Create your own drawings or customize the drawings of the site's creator Tim.  35+ categories to choose from. Categories include Government and Politics, Movies and Magic, History, Science and Space, Books/School, People, Sports, Holidays/Tourism and more. Students can draw, color, and add their own text to images.
Paper Critters Students can design their own paper toy critter using an array tools. The designs should then be printed and assembled by the student. Neat site that marries online and offline art. Students can also add more detail to their creature after it is printed if desired. Tools provide something for all tastes (cute, evil, loyal, and rebel).

KLOWDZ Choose from a variety of clouds. What do you see? Use the tools provided to draw your image. Let your imagination run wild. 

If you would like to see more online drawing, painting, and creating sites for kids/teens then check out my Art: Paint/Draw/Create Online. It includes over 100 opportunities for kids to get creative with art online.
If you are interested in art activities/projects for your classroom please check out my Pinterest board.

Read All Day : Teachers Remake Taylor Swift's Shake It Off

This is awesome!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

9 Resources for Women's History Month!

"MAKERS is a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled. Original interviews! 

Women's History Month - TIME FOR KIDS

Women Who Changed History - Scholastic

Her-stories in History
Virtual quilt with links to bios. Includes and text.
Nice interactive!
Check out their Women's History 2015 Gazette.
20+ online exhibits.
Lots of resources.
*Also includes: Link to edCanvas I created featuring videos of most of the women on my Women in History cards. All videos can be viewed from one link. Very nice resource! (link included with purchase)

Featured Women:  Sacagawea, Margaret Chase Smith, Babe Zaharias, Alice Paul,Mary Bethune McLeod, Louisa May Alcott, Lucille Ball, Amelia Earhart,Clara Maass, Elizabeth Blackwell, Rachel Carson, Juliette Gordon Low,Eleanor Roosevelt, Wilma Rudolph, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Mitchell, Annie Oakley, Babe Zaharias, Betty Friedan, Rosa Parks, and Helen Keller

Monday, March 2, 2015

15+ Iditarod Resources with Clip Art Freebie!

Known as "The Last Great Race" the Iditarod is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome Alaska. The 2015 race starts March 7th.
Below I have listed some sites with resources that you can use to incorporate the Iditarod into your curriculum. No matter what subject or grade you teach you can incorporate the Iditarod into your lessons in a meaningful way.
Official Site for Alaska's Iditarod  Excellent site. Jam packed with ideas and resources.
Right now the Jr. Iditarod Team is on the trail. You can follow them with this GPS Tracker.
     Iditarod Education Portal Excellent resources! "Get on the Iditarod Trail with us for an educational journey to academic success!  Pack your sled with lessons, projects, activities, and information that will enhance your curriculum.  Take your students on an adventure of a lifetime!" 
      Student Portal Don't miss!

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic Interactive: Dogsledding 101 Nice interactive from PBS.
Scholastic (Nice interactive)
More Resources!
Alaskan Husky clip art freebie!
If you need an image for the Iditarod I made this Alaskan Husky in a frame. Just right click on images and choose "save image" to save to your computer. These can be used for personal or commercial use. No credit required.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you use them. Thanks!