Addition Adventures

When teaching students addition, these forms can help guide their learning experience. The pre-assessment can show which students may need more support and potentially help show which strategies may help each student succeed in addition. The branching assessment can help students explore the different addition strategies and teach them multiple ways to approach an addition problem.

Unsung Stories of WWII: A Google Sites Lesson

Lesson Title: Unsung Stories of WWII

Target Student Group: 9th Grade Modern World History class

Lesson Context: This lesson was taught in the middle of a unit about World War II in order to illustrate the key concepts they learned in the previous lessons, such as the alliances of the war, Pearl Harbor and Japanese internment.

Objectives for this Lesson:

  • Students will be able to describe the stories of underrepresented groups in WWII history and explain why they are significant.
  • Students will be able to read and summarize text relating to each story’s article.

Google Sites helps me to achieve these objectives because it provides one key place for the many different types of resources I need to give to my students. Especially because each group is working on a different story, it would be very confusing and difficult to send so many links in the chat function of our online classes. This site allows me to just send one link to my students for all the resources they need.

Click on the image below to view the lesson on my Google Site:

The Legend of Naupaka

This video is about the Hawaiian legend of the naupaka flower. There are two kinds of this flower, naupaka kahakai (which grows by the ocean) and naupaka kauhiwi (which grows in the mountains). Each plant’s flower blooms only in half, watch the video to learn about the legend.

I designed this video with all grades in mind. Sometimes it is hard to find books designed for children that focus on Hawaiian legends, but by using AdobeSpark video it can make these legends easier to access. I think this could be a cool introduction to Hawaiian myths and legends to an upper elementary class. The unit would be a intersection between language arts and social studies. With the students later on researching their own myth/legend and then creating their own video rewriting the myth/legend that they had researched. This idea could even be used with myths/legends of different cultures, but have the same central theme; which could be used to illustrate how some stories told in cultures are similar.

The Writing Process

I used Adobe Spark Video to create a writing video lesson. Adobe Spark Video was very easy to navigate and could serve as a useful tool for many teachers. My video lesson includes each step of the writing process along with questions that students can ask themselves while writing. The video is fun and engaging, and was created for students to refer to on multiple occasions. This video lesson could be used for second to fourth grade students and is a great resource to add to a classroom website or student’s “toolbox.”

Video created by: Braelyn Higdon

Introduction to Penguin Lesson

I created a video through Adobe Spark to introduce the topic of penguins to my first grade class. I would use this video at the beginning of the unit. I enjoyed making this video because it was easy to use and had a simple layout. I can definitely see myself incorporating this into the classroom.

Hand Washing

Hands together in huddle

I made this video to talk about the basic reasons we wash our hands. I liked this app in the way it is interactive and pretty easy to use. The characters on screen make it more fun and entertaining.

Toontastic Story

For this week’s assignment, I created a mini science experiment using Toontastic. I liked this software but I wish there was more customizability with how the characters faced and showed up on the screen. Overall, I think that kids would really like to use these for school assignments and would have a lot of fun creating movies.

Save Our Planet: Video Recap!

I have create a video through Adobe Spark to help 3rd graders learn more about saving the environment. I would ideally use this as a summary video after the main lesson. It would help students remember the main points of what they can do to help the environment. I would even post this on the classroom website for parents to see what their child has been learning in class.

I thoroughly enjoyed making my video on Adobe Spark because of the simple layout and easy tools. However, because it has such a simple layout, it can be tricky to make the video more personal and customizable. You would really need to play around with the different formats of each clip to make it look more unique. I did enjoy that Adobe Spark has copyright free images that you can import into the video, it makes it much easier than finding your own images.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

“The 5Ws of 5th Grade” Informational Video

What Who How Why Where When bookshelf image

I used Adobe Spark to create a welcome video for the students who would be entering my class the next year. This video provides them with not only an introduction to who I am as their teacher, but also provides the students and the parents with important information that they will want to know before the first day of school (such as where the classroom is, and what they will be learning over the course of the year). I enjoyed this app and think it is extremely user friendly. I appreciated how the site pre-generates the credits at the end, so you don’t have to worry about citations. The templates can be a little restrictive, but I think they also helped to create a nice “look” for the video. I think teachers could use it as a resource for a lot of different activities, and could even encourage students to make one on a certain topic to demonstrate their learning.

Featured Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The Planets in Our Solar System

Using Adobe Spark I have created a mini lesson about the planets in our solar system. I think Adobe Spark is a cool tool to use when creating a lesson because it easily allows the teacher to easily create visuals for the lesson and shows the information in a fun way. I liked using Adobe Spark because of how easy it made everything, but I feel like it could include some more ways to really personalize the video you are trying to make.

Featured image by 024-657-834 on Pixabay

Why Are Schools Closing?

A room full of empty brown tables and chairs

I wanted to use this assignment as an opportunity to tackle current events. Recently, schools all over the world are closing for a few weeks to practice social distancing amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. I would imagine this is a very confusing time for children as it is also very confusing for adults. I made this video to talk about the closures in a child-friendly way.

I really loved using the Toontastic App. It was easy, fun, and I really liked how customizable it is. There are so many things this could be used for in the classroom, such as making a book report, history lesson, science experiment report, or telling a creative narrative. Kids will have no troubles using it and they could even work together to make content.

Photo by Akshay Chauhan on Unsplash