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Monday, October 6, 2014

Realistic Fiction

This year I decided to go back to teaching genres with my second and fourth grade classes.  We recently completed a fun activity using Auramsa after learning about the realistic fiction genre.

I used a PowerPoint I created to introduce genres.  Then I explained what realistic fiction is and showed a few examples of realistic fiction books.

To wrap up, students completed an activity about realistic fiction books and checked their answers using Aurasma.

You can download the PowerPoints and activity sheets I used for this lesson HERE.  Included in this free download are 2 PowerPoints, a 2nd-3rd grade version and a 4th-5th grade version and 2 versions of the activity sheets (2nd/3rd and 4th/5th) to go along with the PowerPoints.  You can have students check their work with the final slide in each PowerPoint or use the Aurasma app to scan pictures of the book covers presented in each PowerPoint.  Copies of the book covers are included in the download.

IMPORTANT: In order to use the Aurasma app to check the answers, you must first follow my channel. To do that you must either click on THIS link using your MOBILE DEVICE or type in on your MOBILE DEVICE that has the Aurama app already downloaded.

This activity goes great with my 19 Genres Bookmarks product which includes bookmarks with definitions of 19 different genres,

my Genre Posters Pack which includes posters for 19 different genres,

...get it all in my Genre Mega Pack which includes both the posters and bookmarks, plus "secret symbols" to hide in books that match the genre you are studying.

Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Halloween Bookmarks and Buntings

Guess what I've been making.  Kristen Wallden, my favorite clipart artist just posted a new Halloween freebie so I had to make something with those cute little guys.  Plus I had some of her other sets that were perfect for Halloween.

Here's what I made:

This is a set of 4 free bookmarks.  2 are in color and 2 are in black and white for your students to color.  Click HERE to check them out.

This is a set of 24 Halloween bookmarks.  12 are in color and 12 are black and white for your students to color.  Click HERE to check them out.

I made this sweet little Halloween bunting last year.  Click HERE to check it out.

I decided to make a new bunting to go with the bookmarks. Plus that new clipart was just too cute not to make a bunting with.  LOL  Click HERE to check it out.

And I also have a free Halloween story starter available in my store.  Check it out HERE.

If you download any of these, I love to read your feedback on them.  =)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Dewey Packs and a New Theme

I have had some requests to make my Dewey packs without themes and finally had a day to work on them.

Here are the latest Dewey packs:

This pack has signs with the star background from the Space/Alien packs.  But this pack has no clipart on it.  (This set does not come with blank signs because that would be just the frames and I didn't design the frames. They are from a frame pack I purchased from Kim Miller.  I don't want to infringe on her copyright. )Click HERE to view my Stars Dewey signs pack.

This pack has signs with a rainbow wavy chevron background.  Blank signs are included, but are not editable for copyright reasons.  Click HERE to view this pack.

This pack comes with signs in 6 different colors...all of the signs.  That's 432 pages in all.  You can mix and match the colors or use all of the same color. Blank pages are also included, but are not editable for copyright reasons. Click HERE to view this pack.

I also had a request to make some Western themed packs so I made

this Western themed Dewey signs pack that you can view HERE

this Western themed No Lost or Overdue Books Bulletin Board set that you can view HERE.

I am working on a Library/Media Center pack to go with this theme, but it takes a while to put those packs together, so it's not quite finished.  If you'd like to be notified when it is finished, just follow my TpT store.  Click HERE to go there now.

Now I can't promise that I will have them done anytime soon, but if you have a suggestion for a library/media center pack theme, leave me a comment.  I am always up for suggestions. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Free Author Poster

This month's spotlight author is Dan Gutman.

To download the free poster, click on the picture above or click here.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What a Month!

September has been a whirlwind of a month and ended the same way.

I started the month by presenting at the 2014 Instructional Technology Conference presented by our local area RESA.  Another local media specialist and I presented about our new favorite app, Aurasma.

I organized everything into a LiveBinder for the presentation to make it easy for everyone to follow. Of course the LiveBinder would only work if the wifi did and as most technology conferences go, the wifi had its issues.  But all in all, I think it went well.  If you would like to view the LiveBinder, you can find it HERE.

While at the Conference, I picked up a lot of great information about some new web 2.0 tools and apps that would be great to use in the classroom or school library media center.  I made a couple of Symbaloos to keep up with all the tools shared.  Click HERE to view the web 2.0 tools Symbaloo. Click HERE to view the app Symbaloo.

I had a great time at the conference. It was fun to get away for a little bit.  I am looking forward to next year, although I hope it doesn't fall around the same time as our book fair like it did this year.  It was a bit stressful getting ready for both at the same time.

After the conference came the Book Fair, Grandparents' Week, Picture Day, and a visit from the State School Superintendent all in one wonder I am wiped out.

The fall book fair theme this year, as set by Scholastic, was a "renaissance" theme.  The decorating kit made it easy.  I highly recommend spending the $50 for it...well worth the price.  The kids loved the theme, too.

This year, I decided to try doing the book fair during Grandparents' Week.  While we had a great fair because of it, the week we picked was a little chaotic.

Right in the middle of the week was fall picture day and we ended the week with a visit from our state school superintendent who came to present our school with a special award that only 4 other schools in the state received.

It was a great honor and the welcome mat looks great in front of the school.

It was a day that even the little ones will remember, if only because Dr. Barge arrived and left in a helicopter.  LOL

Although September was a fun and busy month , I really hope that October won't be quite as exciting, even though I know it will be busy as I have a ton of new books to process from the book fair.  But  I am ready for a little bit of calm.  Of course, it is the month of spooks so, yeah, that probably won't be the case.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Parts of a Book Aurasma Style!

So, I've been playing around with Aurasma and finally figured out how to do multiple overlays for one trigger image.  It's a super neat feature that only Aurasma Studio offers.  The Aurasma app is much more limited comparatively.

I've created a fun labeling activity using Aurasma to check the answers.


First students label the parts of a book using paper pieces.  Once finished, they scan their work to check to see if they are correct.  Super easy and super fun!

And you can get this fun activity now on my TpT store for just $3.00.  Just click here or on the picture above to check it out.

If you purchase this item, I'd love to read your feedback on it.  Hope you enjoy!  =)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Aurasma Book Hunt

In my last post I told you that I was doing some Aurasma activities with my kiddos.  A few weeks ago, I did a Book Hunt with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to help them review the different fiction sections of the Media Center and I used Aurasma to make it more fun.  It was a BIG hit!  I wanted a new way to teach the fiction sections of the media center and this was it.

For the Book Hunt clues I created, I used Aurasma Studio rather than the Aurasma app.  Aurasma Studio is the online version of the app and it offers tons more options for what you can creating an aura with multiple overlays and actions.  I had not used Aurasma Studio before. I did all my previous auras with the Aurasma app, but I found Aurasma Studio much easier to use for what I was doing.

BTW, you can learn all about using Aursma with my free Aurasma How To Guide.  Just click on the picture or click here to download your copy.

For the Book Hunt lesson, I first reviewed the different sections of the Media Center, how to read a call number and how to look up books in our online catalog, Destiny.  Then we started our Book Hunt.   I used book covers as the trigger images.  I gave the students their first clue printed out.  They did not have to scan it.   It looked something like this:

They would then go and locate that book on the shelf, practicing their skills in reading call numbers and locating materials.  Once they found the book, they would scan the book cover with the Aurasma app and their next clue would appear as an aura.  They would then go and find the next book shown in that clue, repeating the process until they found all 4 or 5 books.

Their final clue looked like this:

I created six groups for this Book Hunt with 4 or 5 books to be found per group.  (Each group had a different color frame around their clue.)  Third grade had 4 books to find and fourth and fifth grade had five books to find.  Below are some pictures of the books they had to locate.  If you follow my Aurasma channel you can scan each book separately to see the clues that the students saw when they scanned the book covers. (To follow my Aurasma channel, type in this URL in the browser of your device that has the Aurasma app on it:  Once you are following my Aurasma channel, you will be able to scan the books below and see the auras I've created.)

They had such a great time on this Book Hunt.

I am hoping to use Aurasma with my first grade classes this week...but that is for another post.  Stay tuned!

Do you have any great ideas for using Aurasma in the classroom or media center?