Digital Sorts! These are great for classrooms that don’t have a lot of time to spend cutting pictures but still would like to sort and classify things based on similarities and differences. (One of Marzano’s High Yield Strategies). I personally love to do sorts in my classroom; however even with 5th graders, it takes so long for them to cut the sorts out. Currently the alternative to them cutting the cards is if I cut them out. With 28 students per class and cutting multiple sorts out, it still takes way too long and the cards get lost in the shuffle of multiple classes. This is why, for me, I am embracing Digital Sorts.
Digital Sorts use Google Slides which makes it super easy to assign students a sort in Google Classroom. Perfect for a quick check practice or review. You could also use these sorts as a whole group activity, for example, a whole group SMART board or Promethean board activity.
To use, students simply open the sort and use the mouse to drag the cards into the right category. The cards are found on the left side of the sort in a stack. No cutting or paper required and the students are still sorting based on rules, similarities and differences. This takes a fraction of the time that it used to take.
With these being super easy to make (there are lots of “how to” videos out there), I am looking forward to making lots of these this year.
In the images above, I have included two sorts that my husband and I will be using in our classes this year and can both be found on both of our Teachers Pay Teachers and TESS stores. The Living vs Nonliving Sort is a freebie that you can get to test out digital sorts. Students can sort both pictures and words into living and nonliving categories. My husband will be using this with his 2nd graders this year. It can be found on TPT here and on TESS here. The polygon sort has students sorting shapes into polygon and non-polygon categories. It can also be found on both stores (TPT and TESS) for $1.00. With both sorts, I have included links to how to videos if you need help assigning this in Google Classroom or making digital copies.
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This is a neat idea my husband came up with for open house. Parents/caregivers and students can get their picture taken during open house as an introduction to 3rd grade. However, this can be used for any grade.
Frame was bought at Hobby Lobby (clearance aisle, yay!!) for about $4.00 and we used a glue gun and ruler to glue each crayon in a pattern around the frame. We used 9 boxes of crayons!
He used apple clip art to create the apples which he colored and glued on yellow card stock.
The top of the frame was made with items from the Dollar Tree. The cutout designs came in a package and we just added the poster board letters. To hold the signs on, he colored 3 clothes pins with sharpies and glued the pins to the frame. This way he can use it for different events and years just by simply changing the signs.
Overall it turned out really great! Can’t wait to use it for open house!
were created for my husband’s 3rd grade classroom. These are great for when his students are working in small groups or in individual stations around the room.
These task cards are designed to help students practice while he works with small groups in the back of the classroom. Students can complete the work and then use the iPad or Chromebook to scan the QR codes. The QR codes link the students to a picture with the answer. If they make a mistake, they can try to figure out where they went wrong. This provides instant feedback, even though the teacher is not right beside them.
Another good way to use these cards are to tape them around the room. Students can then get up and walk around the room answering questions.
The tasks cards have students performing tasks such as finding:
Place value of a number
Value of a number
A number and using place value to add or subtract to arrive at a new number.
The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional). I went ahead and laminated them so that I can reuse these year after year. If you would like to see them or use them –click here to find them in my store.
This Kahoot was designed by my husband for his 3rd grade class as an introduction to natural disasters.
The quiz features 8 questions with pictures of different disasters. The students have 20 seconds to select the name of the natural disaster in the picture. Some of the kids had never seen the disasters before and were amazed at the volcano and the tsunami. (Their definite favorites!)
His students used their Chromebooks and his partner across the hall used iPads. Both worked wonderfully.
If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about anything. The registration is completely free. Click here to read my blog introduction to Kahoots. My husband even created one for my birthday to test our family’s knowledge! Our students absolutely love them and love competing against each other.
If you would like to check out a few other kahoots, I have several with different topics that I made under menu, Kahoots or just click anything below..