Category: Technology

Malapropism Definition, Examples, and Lesson

This figurative language lesson on malapropism includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will love these fun activities. This lesson covers the definition with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

A malaprop is a mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with an amusing effect. The term came from the eighteenth-century play The Rivals by Richard Sheridan. Throughout the play, Mrs. Malaprop purposely made blunders by mixing up similar sounding words for humor. From this came the new words: Malaprop and malapropism.

Over time the definition of Malaprop has been refined. A Malaprop must contain three features: Continue Reading

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Free Digital Games

Free Digital Games using Google Slides

During this stressful time make distance learning fun with these free digital games created in Google Slides. Everything you need is on the slides. This includes the dice and movable playing pieces. 

Digital Bump

If you haven’t used the educational game BUMP in your classroom, you are in for a real treat. I’m turned the board game into an interactive Google Slides game. Everything students need is on the slide. The rules are basically the same. Continue Reading

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From Secured PDF Files to Interactive Google Slides

28 Distance Learning

Teachers are trying to figure out how to take materials they already own and use them for distance learning. One question that I have seen repeatedly is, “How they can pull out single pages from a secured PDF file to assign to my students?” Even though the file is a secured PDF, there is a workaround to get individual pages to add to Google Slides.

Teachers are also looking for ways to make these PDFs interactive in Google Drive. This post will walk you through using the Windows Snipping Tools to capture screen shots of the secured PDF pages. It will also show you how to turn these screen shot images into interactive Google Slides. Continue Reading

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9 Websites with Free eBooks

28 Free Resources for Distance Learning

During this time of social distancing, how do I get novels to my students? The challenges of distance learning are immense. As teachers dive into a plethora of new computer programs and resources that haven’t been tried in the past, frustration builds. One question that comes up repeatedly is…how do I get novels for distance learning? Students can’t run out to the shops and purchase them. The answer is free eBooks.

Won’t purchasing eBooks be expensive? No, several websites provide eBooks that are completely FREE. So, take a deep breath and see if any of these sites will work for you. Continue Reading

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Distance Learning with Google Apps

Distance Learning with Google

OVERWHELMED…FRUSTRATED…READY TO SIT DOWN AND CRY…These are just a few of the emotions teachers are feeling. With distance learning, teachers don’t have to learn one new program, but dozens. To help I am going to provide a few answers to questions I see repeatedly about Google Apps including Google Slides, Docs, and Forms. For each question, I will provide the “Give it to Me Fast” answer and “I Need to Know More” answer.

Question #1 – Why can’t I edit this Google Slide or Doc?

Fast Answer

If you want to make edits to files you do not own, you need to make a copy of the file to your Google Drive. Once the copy is saved, you own it and can make edits. Remember this is also true when you assign Google Slides to your students. They must save files to their Google Drives before they edit; otherwise, all the students are making changes to your originals. Continue Reading

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Writing for an Audience

Writing for a Specific Audience - Free Mini Lesson

Most students can grasp the concept of changing the way they write or speak depending on whom they are addressing in just a small mini lesson. This post offers free materials to teach the lesson. Included is a PowerPoint, card activity, Boom Learning Deck. You will also find foldable organizer. In no time your students will be able to write and speak to a specific audience. This includes using both formal and informal speech.

Teaching this lesson is super important as it is addressed in a large number of Common Core State Standards. Continue Reading

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Teaching with Animated Shorts Coin Operated

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short Coin Operated spans 70 years in a man’s life in which he never gives up his dream to fly to the moon.

Coin Operated Story

A young boy wearing an astronaut’s helmet and jet pack on his back plays with his toy rocket ship as he and his mother walk down the street. The boy spots a coin operated rocket ship ride in front of the grocery store. The boy’s eyes widen with anticipation. His mother tries to pull him away, but the boy pulls out his own nickel, and his mom relents. Continue Reading

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