Grades 1-2

Intro to Keyboarding & Computers

Google Suite

  • Google Drive - This is a digital folder space where students store their work.
  • Google Classroom - Some teaches are slightly confused by this product. They aren't quite sure what it is or how it's used. This is a space where you share assignments with your students. This is not a space for parent communication. It's solely for students.
  • Google Docs - This is the equivalent to Microsoft Word. It's online. It's the Google version.
  • Google Sheets - If you want your students to explore graphs, charts, and data analysis. This is one great tool to use. The children can learn how to use spreadsheets and construct their own graphs and charts. You can integrate more than one tool and have them import these graphs into Docs to summarize their thoughts on a particular investigation/theme/idea.

OFFICE 365 - Head HERE to sign into your account.

The children use this login strategy to get in:


*standard password for everything they use in CUSD

  • Word - word processing
  • Excel - data sheets
  • PowerPoint - slide tool for presentations
  • SharePoint - website development tool
  • Teams is similar to Google Classroom. However, at this time (May 2018) Teams does not play nicely with Mac computers. It offers more features than Google Classroom. More interactive.
  • Forms is just like Google Forms: survey tool, data collection tool, volunteer form, etc.
  • Sway is a dynamic tool for presentations. More fluid than PowerPoint. Used for the same purpose.
  • OneNote - This can revolutionize communication in a group. It is a digital, live-all-the-time binder/notebook. Add sections. Add pages. Grab a clip from a website. Share out lesson plans. Departmentalize - use this to connect with your team members. You can also use it as a tool to communicate with your students.
  • Class Notebook - Students can use this instead of a standard spiral notebook. Draw and take notes all in one place. Never lost. Easy to find.

Multi-Discipline Resources


  • Freckle is also available on Clever. This is also a great ELA tool as well. The children can login using a QR code. They won't need to type anything. Just print out those login cards for them. The camera on the computer will get them in.
  • Prodigy - This tool has a very game-like feel to it. The children enter a virtual word where they battle other characters. In order to "win" those battles, they must answer math questions correctly. You may push out assignments and assessments in this platform. The kids don't know. Those questions show up when they battle other students/characters.
  • ReadyMath is our pilot tool. It has embedded learning resources to work with.
  • Zearn - You can find this in Clever.
  • IXL - This tool is not free, but it has some quality learning aspects.
  • MobyMax - This tool is not free, it too has quality learning strategies.


  • Professor Garfield's Farm - Here, children can explore a variety of phonemic ideas (letters, sounds, blends, etc.).
  • Freckle Education is available on Clever. This is also a great Math tool as well. The children can login using a QR code. They won't need to type anything. Just print out those login cards for them. The camera on the computer will get them in.
  • Edulastic - This is a quality testing and assignment-based tool. A library of questions are waiting for you. Test out the quality of the questions. Not all of them are exceptional. Search through the library of pre-made assignments/assessments. Tweak/adjust them if you wish to make them better. Minute-by-minute results are available on your dashboard.
  • - You can push out content that is specific to a lexile, theme, or genre.
  • Time for Kids - Some articles are free. Not all tools on this site are free. A number of articles also have an attached audio tool.
  • Wonderopolis - Quick, ready-to-go content for kids. Vocabulary. Attached video (sometimes) Audio tool.
  • Storyline Online - What if Brad Pit could come to your class and read a book to your students? He can! Not really, but you can find a host of videos where famous people read a short story. Captivate your students with art of a story. Have them follow along.
  • Read Works - You can print or push out articles digitally. Comprehension questions are attached. Great for comprehension, annotation, author's message, theme, point of view, and textual analysis.
  • NewsELA - This resource is not free. You will have a trial period. Then after that, a fee is required. This source uses ONE-SIDED journalism techniques and my not be helpful for your students.


  • Freckle Education also has Science content built into it.
  • Mystery Science - Step-by-step, this tool will walk you through every bit of the process. It's like having a co-teacher in the room with you.
  • Mystery Doug - This is made by the same people who made Mystery Science. Doug puts out one video each week. Once the 5-minute video is done, children can write about that same very topic. Great ELA extension. Every week.
  • Twig Science Reporter
  • Twig Science Tools

Social Studies

  • I mention other sites on this page where you can locate great Social Studies content: Front Row, Read Works, Time for Kids, and Wonderopolis. Below, you can find a few more.
  • NewsELA comes at a cost. Lots of great articles, but you have to pay for it. There is a trial period. Feel free to try it out, if you wish.
  • Time for Kids - Some articles are free. Not all tools on this site are free. A number of articles also have an attached audio tool.
  • Wonderopolis - Quick, ready-to-go content for kids. Vocabulary. Attached video (sometimes) Audio tool.


  • Google My Maps - The children can easily explore the world using this tool. Use this as a whole-class lesson strategy, or ask the children to build their own. Explore one continent or multiple continents. Change the color of the pin. Change the icon of that pin, if you wish. Develop your travel plan. Evaluate the total mileage of your travel. Name that adventure. Share with others. Open the Google Maps link and explore images and panoramic tools on that adjacent website.
  • MAPfrappe - Which one is larger: California or Italy? This tool will show you the relative size of teach geographic location so that you can see just how large or small another place is. Sample Map HERE.
  • Antipodes Map - This will show you the opposite side of the world from any location you find.

Graphic Design, Creativity, and Music

  • Adobe Spark - You can find this in Clever. The children can create posters, graphics, and collages with only a few clicks. Simple and easy to use. Have the children use the Interface on the right. Have them use "" at the end of their username. No password is needed.
  • Word Cloud - Use this tool to design a Word Cloud.
  • Adobe Color Wheel - Use this tool to teach things like monochromatic, complementary, compound, triad, and shades. Save these color schemes and use them in future design projects. This tool is compatible with other Adobe tools like Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign.
  • Chrome Music Lab - Want to explore sound? Use this tool to explore beat, rhythm, sound wave, compatible tones, and volume.
  • Sketch - Head here for a super-simple art tool that is free.

Audio & Video

  • BigVU - This tool is a great app tool. Kids can write their script and have it scroll as they read it while the video (the same app) is recording them. You can save to Drive and publish to Google Classroom.
  • Flipgrid - Children have a voice and they want to share that voice. Want to give them a safe platform to do so? Try Flipgrid. Check out the VIDEO TUTORIAL here. Check out their WEBSITE here.

Coding & Apps

  • Lightbot - Your students can partner up if they aren't ready to work on a computer independently. You know best how to pair your students.
  • Hour of Code - Search through the tools that will work best for your learners.
  • Tynker - Thirty FREE hours of coding lessons for your students each year. You can upgrade for a cost to get more awesome. But, this is a lovely start, AND you can sync your class with Google Classroom. Send out a link and a special code and you are ready to go.
  • SpriteBox Coding - Simple coding strategies. But, this will require reading. Start with the arrow keys on the keyboard. A bit tricky at first, but kids can work in pairs or small groups for this resource.


  • Lightbot - You can download this on your iPad to use in class.
  • Code Karts - This is a great problem-solving tool. Children learn the thought process needed to solve code-oriented sequences.
  • Kodable - Elementary coding tools.
  • Coding Games for Kids - You will find several tools in this resource. Perfect for K and 1 learners.