Sunday, 20 July 2014

Running Record Apps for the Classroom

Running Record Apps for the Classroom Android and Apple IOS


When I first started teaching, there was no such thing as an app, let alone a guided reading app. Aren't we lucky to be living in a time where things are made easier with technology. 

Reading is still reading though and Dr. Seuss summed it up perfectly.

Dr. Seuss Reading Quote plus Running Record apps for the classroom

Sometimes it's easy to get overwhelmed with the fast pace of technology as well as the fast pace of the classroom and the every growing requirements. Guided reading is a vital part of the classroom and one that the classroom teacher must master on the go.

This list of running record apps for both Mac IOS and Android (scroll down) might help you in during your guided reading sessions. 


Mac IOS Apple Apps

Free:


Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

The app provides embedded formulas for the accuracy and self-correction rate (no need for a calculator!), but of course, the teacher does all the coding and analysis. Once the running record is complete, it can be saved in a file or emailed. In addition, the app records the student’s voice while the teacher simultaneously takes the record. 

A great feature is that version 2.5 is integrated with Dropbox. 

Record of Reading free app for Apple IOS: Running Record Apps for the Classroom




Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

The Running Records Calculator helps you calculate student Accuracy % and self correct ratio. Just input the number of words, errors and self corrections and your scores will be calculated for your automatically.

Running Record Calculator FREE for Apple IOS: Running Record Apps for the Classroom



For Purchase:


Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Simply enter the number of words read, number of errors and the number of self corrections. 

RR will then feedback to you the error rate, percentage rate, self correction rate, and whether the text read is 'easy', 'instructional' or 'hard'. 

RR App for Apple Running Record Apps for the Classroom




Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. 
The running record calculator will help you take the guesswork out of these questions. Simply punch in how many total words, errors and self-corrections your student made and press CALCULATE. An accuracy percent, error ratio and self-correction ratio will be instantly displayed!

Running Record Tool Box app for Apple IOS: Running Record Apps for the Classroom




Andriod

Free 


This free version allows teachers to enter the total number of words read, and the number of errors and self-corrections made, then calculates the error ratio, reading accuracy, self-correction ratio, and instructional level.

A PRO version is in development which will allow teachers to populate and manage a database of students, track students' scores over time, and customize settings, including the instructional levels and thresholds.

Running record Free for Android: Running Record Apps for the Classroom



his App combines all the standard running record calculator and stopwatch functions. Flagging lets you quickly refer back to the audio of difficult sections of the reading for more accurate scoring. With the push of a button, you will be able to see students’ reading rate, percentage of accuracy, and self-correction ratio. Running Records Calculator is designed to be used by any teacher who assesses students using running records.

Running Record Calculator for Android: Running Record Apps for the Classroom


For Purchase:




Punch in how many total words, errors and self-corrections your student made and press CALCULATE. An accuracy percent, error ratio and self-correction ratio will be instantly displayed! Let the app do all the pesky math for you! You've got enough on your mind already with all of those hard to remember recording conventions (symbols). Use our symbol cheat sheet to remind yourself how to record exactly what each of your readers is doing! We've included the marking conventions for all of the most common reader behaviors that you may need to record. Using the correct symbols will help you and future teachers read the running record without any problems.


Running Record Toolbox app for android: Running Record Apps for the Classroom



A basic app with few features. 
Quickly get the accuracy percentage, error ratio, and self-correction for your running record.

Running Record Calculator app for android: Running Record Apps for the Classroom


I would love to read about your experience with the apps. Feel free to leave a comment below.


I will add any new guided reading apps to this post as they are made available. 


You may also like our Guided Reading Reminder Slips. Print the slips and give to students during your guided reading sessions. They are great if you want to make that home-school connection. Read more via our blog post here. Or click on the image to se the preview file, feedback and description. 

Guided Reading Reminder Slips Clever Classroom



Friday, 11 July 2014

Interactive Tic-Tac-Toe Center for any Word List

Interactive Tic-Tac-Toe Center for any Word List

Are you looking for a cheap, no fuss center activity that you can use with any word list and that your children will love?

This center idea is so easy to make, run and play.

Simply laminate nine sheets of paper and provide students with a list of words that they are working on. 

You could use any word list like your sight word lists HFW lists, spelling words, topic words and other vocabulary children might be focusing on. 


Interactive Tic-Tac-Toe Center for any Word List


Lay out the laminated pages in a grid pattern of 3 x 3 on the floor. 

Invite children to choose a word each and they will read and then write that word with a dry erase (whiteboard) marker, instead of an x or o.

The first one to make a line of three words in any direction is the winner. Students can then play again with two new words. 

Children can rub off their word with an eraser. I also like to use some kitchen spray (leave on for 30 seconds) and wipe off after students have played. Baby wipes also work well.



This could be a fun game for children to play at home.

N.B If you don't have access to a laminator you can place some paper inside a binder plastic sleeve and use a dry erase (whiteboard) marker to write on the plastic.


This could also be a great homework alternative for children who learn better with hands-on games. 




If you're looking for Dolch or Fry Word Lists (all lists), we have them listed for FREE on another post. 

Click here (or the image below) to view them (scroll most of the way down the post for the freebie).


PDF Free Dolch and Fry Word Lists Clever Classroom blog



Have you downloaded our FREE 'Printables for any Word List sample file for Facebook fans? The freebie is ideal for K-1 students. 

FREE Printables for any Word List Sample Clever Classroom


 Read more here


Monday, 7 July 2014

First Day of School Photo Posters Freebie

First Day of School Photo Posters Freebie

Making memories for your child or student's first day back at school will last for years to come, so to help, I thought you might like these.

Have you ever taken a photo of your child or your students' first day of the school year? Gosh don't they look different from our first day photos all those years ago! 

I love the idea of having a record of their first day. Teachers, you could place your photos in a PowerPoint file and give it as a gift. Your students and parents will love them. 



There are six different designs this year each for grades K-6.

Here is a sneak peek.

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015


Click here or on any of the images to download the freebie from our TpT store. 

FREE First Day of School Picture Posters 2014-2015



Back to School Memory Book



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Non-Traditional Homework Ideas

Non Traditional Homework Ideas and a FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

I don't know about you but I really don't like the idea of homework for children in grades K-4. Yes, children should take home their readers (as long as they are level or two below their instructional reading level) and read for fluency, meaning and enjoyment. This is the only homework that I see as beneficial, just saying.

As an experienced Pre-K to 2 teacher, I know that if a child is interested in something specific, I would provide them with individualized homework. I also think that homework could be a bit more engaging for our little ones who are probably very tired and unmotivated to practice spelling words. I do also think that at times, homework can be like pulling teeth for parents who are also tired and busy. This can create unwanted consequences for relationships and routines. 

I believe that explicit, instructional learning should primarily be implemented in the classroom. I do not feel that homework should be compulsory. It should be optional and teachers can provide those options if that is what the child and parent(s) need or are interested in. 

I have always worked at schools where homework is compulsory and the school policy doesn't leave much space for anything else. Until school policy changes, let's shake things up a bit. 


If you're like me and also dislike planning for traditional homework, then you might find this post helpful!

When I taught first grade, I always gave my students homework that was a bit different. I aimed to make it child friendly motivating, engaging and fun. You might say my homework assignments were a bit non-traditional in nature. 

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

Here are some ideas that you could incorporate into your homework program. Parents can also use this list to help their children engage with sight word, spelling words and reading each week. 


Click on any of the image to download the free file. 

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog

Click here to download your free non-traditional homework ideas. 

Non Traditional Homework Ideas FREE Handout from Clever Classroom's blog


If you have any non-traditional homework ideas, please leave a comment below. I would love to read about how your school approaches homework and your philosophy regarding homework for K-4 students. 


You may also like our Top Shelf Books post with a free list of popular books.

 Top Shelf Books: a list of classics, favorites and most loved children's books

Or our I Spy Words post which would be ideal as a fresh homework idea.

I Spy Words Center Activity from Clever Classroom






Sunday, 29 June 2014

Jumping into Classroom Jobs with Job Hats

Jumping into Classroom Jobs with Job Hats

Allocating jobs in any classroom helps students work on responsibilities, working as a team, looking after their belongings and the shared space as well as teaching them the vital skill of helping. 

I have always used a chart to display my jobs but then I came up with this idea.

I picked up a few packets of children's birthday party hats from the supermarket. You can also find them at any dollar store. Print out the jobs that are applicable for your classroom and paste onto each hat... easy!

Jumping into Classroom Jobs with Job Hats


Placing job cards onto hats is a fun and easy way to carry out each task, each week or when you decide. 

Jumping into Classroom Jobs with Job Hats


There are so many advantages to implementing this system in your classroom.

You can stack the hats one on top of the other to save space.

Jumping into Classroom Jobs with Job Hats

Change up the roles quickly and easily.
Students can decide on their responsibility.
Children can choose their job title as a reward.
You can use them year after year.
It is so quick and easy to set up. 
Children find it fun to wear different hats.


You can download the file I made for classroom responsibilities in my TpT store. Our Jumping into Jobs Cards have 70 different cards to choose from. 

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities


You can also have your students fill in this job description should you want to integrate writing. You will find it in our file; Jumping into Job Cards - Classroom Responsibilities.  

Jumping into Jobs Cards - Classroom Responsibilities


At the beginning of the year, I like to read my all time favorite story, The Little Red Hen.



I emphasis the moral(s) of the story being that we all must contribute, work as a team and help each other to achieve a common goal. I relate it to the classroom, highlighting that we must work together to look after our things, the space and each other by contributing to the classroom. 


What books do you read to teach your children about working as a team and helping each other meet a common goal or set of goals?



You might also like our free desk strips.

Free PDF file Polka Dot Desk Stips
Click on the image to go to the freebie via our BTS post.


Font in header image by Graphics From the Pond.