Grades 3-4

Digital Citizenship

  • Interland - Google has designed this gamified learning enviroment to teach students about online safety, phishing, false content in media, behaving wisely on technology, and other great tech-safe strategies.
  • Common Sense - Teachers, you will find a host of fantastic resources here for yourself, your students, and your parents. Check out the correct tabs and maneuver around to find some pretty awesome stuff.

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 Hangout - Interview a famous person using this tool. Have the children turn into journalists. They can come up with the questions. We all need to improve our listening and speaking skills, don't we?
  • 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:

*johnsmith001@my.cusd.com

*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.

Geography

  • 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.
  • Space Hopper - This is a trivia tool where you look at an image and then try to locate where it is on the map. You may need to use highly-detailed problem solving skills to locate things: license plates, phone numbers, billboards, traffic signals. Who can get the most questions correct? Have your students work on teams; brainstorm together.
  • GeoGuessr - This one is similar to Space Hopper. It is actually harder because you don't have access to the Google Maps link.
  • 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.

ELA

  • Britannica - You can find this button in Clever. The children have an account. Fantastic resource!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CommonLit - This tool is FREE. I like free. It works well with Google Classroom. I am thankful for sites that work well with Google Classroom.
  • DOGOnews - Articles that are kid-friendly.
  • Kids Discover - Quick reads. Useful when you are incorporating Google Slides or Google Docs.
  • Smithsonian Tween Tribune - Articles that are accessible for young readers.
  • 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.

Podcasts

Are you in search of audio files? Want to increase listening skills? Want free content? Have you ever thought of podcasts? There are thousands of free, online audio files. And they update frequently. Here are a few sites to consider. Those files can be downloaded, you can utilize them in lessons in a variety of ways (Google Slides, Google Docs, Flipgrid, Discussion Groups, Apple Clips, etc.). Be sure to vet all the material before you share it.

Math

  • Freckle Education 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.
  • PhET Simulations - This free tool is perfect for students. You certainly don't have money to purchase manipulates for every math relationship. So, how do you help kids understand equations, graphs, or area models? Full experiments. Interactive. Kid-friendly. Use the search bar on the left to locate specific tools. Use in a 1:1 setting or in a group setting.

Science

  • Britannica - You can find this button in Clever. The children have an account. Fantastic resource! Sign in and save those articles to favorites.
  • 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.
  • Generation Genius - There's a free trial window, then you have to pay for this tool. Effective teaching videos for young learners.
  • PhET Simulations - This free tool is perfect for students. You certainly don't have money to purchase manipulates for each experiment. So, how do you help kids understand magnetic relationships, gravity, planetary routes, or the ph balance of chicken broth and water? Full experiments. Interactive. Kid-friendly. Use the search bar on the left to locate specific tools. Use in a 1:1 setting or in a group setting.
  • Twig Science Reporter
  • Twig Science Tools

Social Studies

  • Britannica - You can find this button in Clever. The children have an account. Fantastic resource!
  • 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 articles, but you have to pay for it. There is a trial period. Feel free to try it out, if you wish. Read the material (as you would with anything) before you assign it. They favor particular political topics -- sift through to find something that works for you.
  • 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.

Multi-Discipline Resources

Graphic Design, Creativity, and Music

  • Paint & 3D Paint are available on some computers. For any of our Chromebooks, you cannot access these tools.
  • Word Cloud - Use this tool to design a Word Cloud.
  • 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 "@my.cusd.com" at the end of their username. No password is needed.
  • 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.

Coding & CS

  • code.org - Log in using Clever. You have a pre-loaded class ready to go. Just assign a course to your students. They will have access to the entire unit all year long.
  • MakeCode.com - Have the children sign in using their Microsoft accounts. This way their hard work will be saved.
  • 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.
  • Code Monkey - I recommend that the children access this via Clever. They will have access to a few free lessons. AFter that, a fee will be required. If your school can write a coding grant, this would be a spectacular tool! I really like this one.
  • Scratch - This resource grants students more creative liberties. Less do-what-I-say and more do-what-you-want. Lots of creative possibilities.
  • Code Combat - I have wonderful things to say about this resource! I really, really like it. There are a whole host of lessons to challenge students in the area of Computer Science. This is primarily for grades 3 and above. It is very teacher-friendly. You don't have to be an expert in Computer Science to push this out. I use THIS INTRO VIDEO when I teach my lessons.

3D Printing

  • Tinkercad - If your team plans to work with 3D printers at some point, this is the software I recommend. It has a simple entry point with easy-to-use tools. Kids dig it. And, if they aren't printing in your classroom, they can still learn how to use the software. Maybe they will print next year or the following year, feel free to introduce them to 3D design software. Kids are awesome, they'll figure it out.

Audio & Video

  • Screencastify - This tool can be added to Google Chrome from the Google Chrome Store. Children can take video of what they are doing on screen and share this with you via Google Classroom. Metacognition? Other strategies? Alternative ways of thinking of something? The children can explain to you, step-by-step how this happened. Their own work. Not something copied.
  • 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.
  • Do you have an iPad? Use iMovie for video production. VIDEO TUTORIAL. These projects can be shared with you via Google Classroom. If you already have the Google Classroom app, that makes it even easier for students to share work of this kiind with you.
  • Do you have an iPad? Use Clips for video production. These projects can be shared with you via Google Classroom. If you already have the Google Classroom app, that makes it even easier for students to share work of this kiind with you. VIDEO TUTORIAL.