Category Archives: technology

Listening to Reading

IMG_5790 IMG_5789 IMG_5793 IMG_5791One thing we really enjoy is using our iPods for Listening to Reading. We have four folders of great stories on our iPod to listen to every day.

We have learned to wind up and store our ear buds properly to prevent tangles. We have learned how to listen safely, with the volume down. And we have learned how to place our hands on our throats when we’re singing along with our stories to check for vibrations. If our throat is vibrating, we might be disturbing our friends! It’s hard to tell when we’re wearing our ear buds!

Here are some of the 40 stories that we have on our iPods.

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We practice Listening to Reading

Did you know that Listening to Reading is a way to become a better reader and writer? When we listen to a fluent reader, we learn how to read more fluently ourselves!

We keep our eyes on text while we Listen to Reading and try to match the words we see with the words that we are hearing. This helps us learn and it is fun!

We get to use a lot of technology with Listen to Reading. We have our iPods that are filled with fun books to read. We also have about 100  books on CDs that have been put on our iPods as music files. We keep the books that go with those in the Tiger basket.

We can also use our desktop computers or the mini computers for Listening to Reading. We have a Sqworl that holds all our favorite sites. Check it out!

Happy Blogoversary!

It’s our blog’s anniversary – our blogoversary!

Sing the song!

Light the candles!

We have a lot to celebrate.



We have had 14, 609 visitors to our blog since it started in November 2008. All 50 states have visited our blog as well as visitors from 106 other countries.

Here are some screen shots of our Clustr Maps. I love the flags from the countries!

 We have had over 350 posts and 893 comments. Wow!

Keep up the great work, Wonderful Ones! I have a stack of great stories ready for publishing on the blog. Be ready to read and comment!





Sqworl for math

Sqworl for math

We have a few favorite sqworls in our classroom already: our sqworl for listening to reading, and our sqworl for exploration and fun.

I am working to build a math sqworl that would give some practice on some essential skills for math if you are a new first grader, or a former Wonderful One looking to practice your skills.

Try out some of the activities by clicking on the squirrel… he will take you there!

QR Code Poetry

Our latest QR Code project involved some poetry activities. Reading a spring poem, listening to a spring song, then arranging poetry magnets to make our own poems.
We tried to take screen shots of our poems – this is hard! Our spring poems are on our wiki portfolio page, but a few are on display here.

Raegan’s poem:  Spring

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Zaina’s spring poem:
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Brian’s poem:

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QR code project – part 2

Today we used the Mac Books for exploring different sites with the goal of creating an avatar for our wiki pages.


This was our qr code to get to my sqworl explore page. Try it out if you have a reader on your phone!

Students quickly remembered how to open the finder, search through applications, and to scroll down to find the QRreader.


Here are some of our avatars:







QR Code Magical Mystery Tour

This was our Smart Board background for the past week. We had been waiting to go on our Magical Mystery Tour with QR Codes and Friday was the big day!


We brought in the new carts of Mac Books. No one in the school had used them yet – how exciting!


After a brief lesson on the track pad and cheers of amazement after discovering the two finger swipe to scroll, we were ready to go.


We opened the QRreader, which connects to the camera of the Mac Book. It will be reading the codes on the cards I had prepared.


We had to spend a few moments looking into the QRreader – because in first grade it is fun to see yourself!

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Then we were ready to tour! Everyone selected a card and successfully opened their first QR code. No typing in a long URL, no trying to find the correct website in a list on Portaportal, just point and play!

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Now  watch the fun as we put it all together in our latest video!