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4th Grade Digital ELA Activities

4th Grade Digital ELA Activities


If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

What is a Digital Resource Library?

In my Google Drive I have folders with the language and reading activities. I'm calling it a digital resource library because all of the resources are digital, and they are arranged for you to be able to quickly choose which topic you want to look at and use. 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

All you have to do is make a copy of each file in the folder (there's a google extension that makes this really easy) and then they are yours to use with your students.

Are they Common Core Aligned?

Yes, I used the common core standards as a guide when creating these activities and graphic organizers. There is an alignment guide in each folder. That being said, there are no CCSS indicators in the actual google slides files, so if you don't use the CCSS you can still use these activities. 

Along with this topic, they also don't have 4th grade anywhere on them except in the file title. If you rename it you can use it as differentiation for any grade level student(s). 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

Do I have to have Google Classroom to use this?

No! The folders are on my Google Drive, but the actual activities are in Google Slides, which can easily be downloaded as a PowerPoint file and it doesn't lose any functionality. All you have to take care of is a way to share the files with your students. Sure, Google Classroom makes it a bit easier to share a file, but there are plenty of other ways. You can even upload them to a password protected page on your class website, or into a learning management system like Schoology or Sharepoint in order for your students to access the files. If you have any questions about this, please ask. 

So these are like Interactive Notebooks, but Digital?

Yes, exactly! The Language activities have click and drag, typing, and related online games. The Reading activities are graphic organizers that can be used with ANY text. The best part is that each file has an anchor chart so you could even assign these as homework and the parents would be able to help based on the anchor charts! 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.

So, do you think your students would like to complete their ELA work digitally?

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If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 4th grade students.


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5th Grade Digital ELA Activities

5th Grade Digital ELA Activities


If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

What is a Digital Resource Library?

In my Google Drive I have folders with the language and reading activities. I'm calling it a digital resource library because all of the resources are digital, and they are arranged for you to be able to quickly choose which topic you want to look at and use. 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

All you have to do is make a copy of each file in the folder (there's a google extension that makes this really easy) and then they are yours to use with your students.

Are they Common Core Aligned?

Yes, I used the common core standards as a guide when creating these activities and graphic organizers. There is an alignment guide in each folder. That being said, there are no CCSS indicators in the actual google slides files, so if you don't use the CCSS you can still use these activities. 

Along with this topic, they also don't have 5th grade anywhere on them except in the file title. If you rename it you can use it as differentiation for any grade level student(s). 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

Do I have to have Google Classroom to use this?

No! The folders are on my Google Drive, but the actual activities are in Google Slides, which can easily be downloaded as a PowerPoint file and it doesn't lose any functionality. All you have to take care of is a way to share the files with your students. Sure, Google Classroom makes it a bit easier to share a file, but there are plenty of other ways. You can even upload them to a password protected page on your class website, or into a learning management system like Schoology or Sharepoint in order for your students to access the files. If you have any questions about this, please ask. 

So these are like Interactive Notebooks, but Digital?

Yes, exactly! The Language activities have click and drag, typing, and related online games. The Reading activities are graphic organizers that can be used with ANY text. The best part is that each file has an anchor chart so you could even assign these as homework and the parents would be able to help based on the anchor charts! 
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

So, do you think your students would like to complete their ELA work digitally?

Pin this post to get back to later:
If you're sick of cleaning up after doing interactive notebook pages (paper scraps, glue sticks, missing pieces, etc.) then you are going to love these DIGITAL ELA reading and language activities for your 5th grade students.

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Brittany Washburn
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ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom Integrating technology into your English Language Arts curriculum has never been easier with all the digital tools available for low or no cost. Go beyond substitution (just typing text or reading ebooks) with these highly interactive tools that will redefine learning in your ELA classroom this fall!

Primary Grades

Write About This 

 Write About This is a platform that generates visual writing prompts and allows students to create their own prompts or respond to generated prompts on the site or app. There are 375 prompts, and students can create even more to inspire creative writers in their class. Photographs are used as a way to inspire writing, and students will love to take their own pictures to create custom photo prompts for the class. Use as a full assignment or as a quick write bellringer to start the class or inspire discussion. The app is perfect for primary grades and beginning writers. Available on GooglePlay and the App Store for $2.99-$3.99, there is also a free version that works well and allows students to use most features.

 Try some Thanksgiving writing prompts for November to write about gratitude or acts of kindness. These are perfect to share with parents and the school community.

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Reading Rainbow Skybrary 

 Share the magic of Reading Rainbow with your students that we had as children. Video field trips with Levar Burton, hundreds of digital books to read (which students can hear read by fluent readers or read on their own), games, animations, lesson plans, and parent or teacher dashboards to track student reading make this app an A+ for students in grades K-3. Subscriptions are $4.99 a month or $39.99 per year, but Skybrary does offer a Title One program. Schools that qualify can receive a free classroom subscription. Check out a title like Thank You, Miss Doover where Jack’s teacher instructs the children on how to write thank you notes.

Incorporate into a Thanksgiving or gratitude lesson this month.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Storybird 

 Art inspires writing with this amazing digital platform. Students view gorgeous illustrations and can pull them into their own digital books as they write their own powerful stories filled with voice. Created books are also housed online to allow students to read and explore beautifully illustrated writing. Students are encouraged to share their own stories on this safe, unique platform. Storybird is also free, so you can view, create, and assign online. In addition, Storybird also uses its platform to allow users to create bound books, journals, and even phone cases of their creations (for a cost).

 November 4th is Book Lovers’ Day! Although this little known National holiday falls on a Saturday, your students can create and share their love of reading and books all month long.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Seesaw 

 Seesaw can be used in all content areas, but in this student-driven portfolio is particularly powerful in Language Arts. Students (and teachers) can upload student video to show reading fluency and even story creation. Parents gain access and can see what’s happening in class via videos and pictures. Teachers will love the conversations Seesaw will facilitate with parents. Knowing what their child is learning and watching their growth via video in an easy, safe format (parents must have codes to view their child’s class) is the next best thing to being there.

 Try this: Have your students write gratitude poems for their parents or loved ones and record videos of their presentations before Thanksgiving break.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


Intermediate Grades

Kahoot 

 Kahoot is an online quiz platform where students reply in real-time in a competitive environment. Responses are coded by hitting the correct answer (colored shape that corresponds to the answer on a large screen) on the device. Faster, correct responses earn more points. Create your own Kahoot quizzes or use some of the thousands already created and shared by other educators. It’s all free! Check out quizzes to review grammar, common core or state tests, figurative language, root words, and more. Perhaps you’ve used Kahoot to review with students in the classroom, but have you tried letting students create their own quizzes with Kahoot? Creation is such a powerful part of this platform. Allowing students to review by asking questions and presenting them in groups or to the entire class can help facilitate deeper learning.

 Read some articles about Veterans and patriotism during the month of November for Veteran’s Day. Have the students create their own Kahoots to review the concepts and vocabulary in their reading.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

 EasyBib 

 Teaching our students to avoid plagiarism and cite all sources becomes even more imperative in intermediate grades. Gone are the days, however, of memorizing punctuation marks and spaces for various types of citations. EasyBib makes it simple to generate bibliography or works cited pages for any format. Traditionally, most intermediate grades use MLA citation. Type in a website, book, or database (among dozens of other options), and the citation is generated automatically. Make sure to let your students know how difficult this was 15 years ago!

 Celebrate November 15, National Philanthropy Day, by having students research charitable causes, and practice citing their resources using EasyBib for a short, mini research project.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

 DebateGraph 

 Collaboration, speaking, and sharing viewpoints are standards in ELA. DebateGraph is an online tool that helps students contribute to and create maps on virtually any topic imaginable. Pose a question for your students from literature or have them dissect articles involving current events. Maps can be embedded into websites, and many organizations such as CNN, the White House, and the UK Prime Minister’s Office use and create DebateGraphs to collect resources and opinions. This unique tool can be used in English or Debate classes to formulate arguments.

Check out current events this November and incorporate the tools into debate lessons. 
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


There are so many ELA digital tools to use in the classroom from writing to reading and collaboration. Many sites and applications also give a parental component to bridge the gap from the classroom to the home. Try some of these ELA digital tools to enhance your curriculum this month and challenge your students to redefine their learning.

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

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iTECH Model Lessons for Innovative Project Based Technology Lessons

iTECH Model Lessons for Innovative Project Based Technology Lessons


Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom. 


What is iTECH and why should I be interested?


iTECH is an acornym for a 5 part model (much like the design process for STEM teachers or the 5E method for science) that walks through learning and using any new technology tool in a way that enhances learning for students and takes the responsibility off of the teacher to explicitly teach.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

This model is research-based and classroom-tested by media specialists, technology teachers, technology facilitators, and classroom teachers at the elementary level. We all saw remarkable results and came to the same conclusions- students using the iTECH model are engaged and creating amazing final products with little to no formal technology instruction. You won't find this information anywhere else because it is brand new. 
To learn more about the WHY of iTECH, including the research study that I completed with this model, click here. 

Overview of an iTECH Model Lesson

In the following 12 pictures, I'm going to show you a peek into an iTECH lesson for science. 
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
I Can Statements, Standards, and the Rubric
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
The end goal

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
The first introduction to the tool
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Make a plan
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Now it is time to work
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Share and get feedback
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Make another something with the tool
As you can see, the lesson walks students through the steps in iTECH while learning both content area and technology skills. It is engaging and real to them because they are exploring and learning at the same time. This will change the way you teach!

I have 2 full units prepared for you to try with your students. The best part is, these lessons are totally editable, so with the templates provided in these units, you could make more of your own!




Thanks for reading. Do you have any units you'd like to request? Let me know in the comments.

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

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