Monday, November 23, 2015

Look At The Weather In Iowa With These Ms. Walker's 2nd Graders & Their Song "We Win In Winter"

This afternoon my friend Lynn Kleinmeyer who is the teacher librarian at Titan Hill Intermediate in Council Bluffs, Iowa sent me a very special message on Twitter.

She has been working on a winter song with the 2nd graders in Nancy Walker's classroom for the Winter Around The World project.  They used the Cantata Learning Winter...The Coldest Season of All book as their inspiration to write their very own winter song called We Win In Winter with Nancy.
Today they brought in our amazing friend Josh Allen to help them with the green screen recording so they could put a snowy scene in the background as they sang.
It sure looks like these three teachers had a wonderful time collaborating and working together on this project.

Way to go Ms. Walker and all of your amazing 2nd graders!  This is one of the best winter songs and it will be so fun for other children around the world to see what winter it is like in Iowa.
I love how the 2nd graders were dressed in their winter gear to make us feel like we were part of the snowy scene as they sang.

And just wait until you hear We Win In Winter from these 2nd graders in Iowa.  I hope they will inspire you to be part of our Winter Around The World project too.
This will be part of the Winter Around The World collaborative eBook that we are putting together for this project.  You can see it here

Thankful For All Of The Thanksgiving Activities That Can Be Created With Storyboard That!

One of the digital tools that I am most thankful for is Storyboard That.                    
And this Thanksgiving they have given us several wonderful activities that you will be thankful for too.  

As the website states, 

Sometimes we use the seasons and holidays around us to engage our students.  Whether you want to use these activities just for fun, or if you have lesson plans around Thanksgiving, Storyboard That is an excellent resource.  Check out some of the great things your students can do!      

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones above! 

There are five different Thanksgiving activities including...
The Story of Thanksgiving....
(within each activity, students can create a new Storyboard or make a copy; print, embed; download images;
 make a folding card;
and download as a Powerpoint)
What Thanksgiving Means to Me....
I Am Thankful For....
Symbols of Thanksgiving...
and Thanksgiving Cards
There is something for everyone within Storyboard and our young people can individualize each Thanksgiving activity to fit their interests and needs.

Not only are these wonderful Thanksgiving activities to share at school with your students, Storyboard can also be shared with families to create while home and on holiday break too.

Have fun with all of the Thanksgiving activities....We cannot wait to see the Storyboards that your students create too.

GoNoodle Will Get You & Your Students Moving Through This Holiday Season!

This morning I visited one of my favorite teachers and classroom full of kids.  It is Tracy Ferguson's and her 25 amazing 2nd graders at Van Meter!
Being one of the GoNoodle Ambassadors I am always excited to share fun things they send my way.....especially when I find something fun and new of the GoNoodle website!  

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I found something perfect to share with my 2nd grade friends.  
When Exploring on the GoNoodle website looking for a few ones to share with the kids, I was super excited to see the heading Happy Thanksgiving...Do the moves with thanks and gratitude!  

How awesome are these and just in time to share before we celebrate the holiday with family and friends. 
There are four that you can find from the Explore page including a Guided Dancing one called We're Thankful For You! 
To start the second graders out on GoNoodle, I showed Maraca Turkey from Awesome Sauce.  I knew they would think this was super fun to dance, wiggle and shake just like the turkey.  

And look what they thought....
As you can, I was right!  
Just like all of the GoNoodle videos....
they get our young people so excited....
and bring tons of happiness, energy and fun to any classroom, library or home.  
And sending a few special treats home with my friends will bring GoNoodle to their homes and families too.  
To make it very easy to share during this busy week at school, Tracy can go to the GoNoodle Dashboard...
click on Invite Parents to find this....
Parent GoNoodle PDF to email, print or even attach to different social network messages.  

Happy Thanksgiving and have fun moving through this holiday season!