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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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Review of the Parent Communication App ClassTag

Review of the Parent Communication App ClassTag


Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents.
This is a sponsored post by ClassTag. All opinions are my own. 

Daily tasks, such as, lesson planning, instructing, and grading don’t even begin to cover the duties and responsibilities of a teacher. Many days, we find ourselves falling asleep on the keyboard. Teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions, but I often find myself searching for tips and tricks in hopes of creating a more manageable position. Although I am proud to identify myself as a teacher, I craved more organization and balance in my day-to-day life. It was during this time when I discovered an app called ClassTag.


Why All Teachers need ClassTag

Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents. 
As an example, I used to spend many hours every week creating my classroom newsletter. This typically included reminders regarding upcoming events, testing dates, requests and various announcements. Once my newsletters were printed out and sent home with students, I often sat back, crossing my fingers, optimistically trusting they’d actually make it out of their backpacks and into their parent’s hands. 
Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the case. As I would usually receive numerous phone calls and emails packed full of parent questions and concerns. I quickly recognized my student’s backpacks were similar to that of black holes. Just because it goes in, doesn’t guarantee it will ever make its way out!


The ClassTag app now allows me to post all classroom information with my students and their families through our online classroom portal. 
I normally post reminders concerning no-school days, early dismissal times, upcoming classroom parties, and field trips. ClassTag has also simplified the (previously) daunting task of requesting parent volunteers, chaperons, or classroom donations. This task alone used to take weeks of preparation and groundwork. Returning signed documents was rarely an easy-going feat for most students. In fact, this normally involved me spending even more time developing and sending home further reminders! Many teachers have also been confronted by a similar challenge when organizing parents-teacher conferences. 
Again, keeping track of my student’s sign-up sheets was demanding and hectic. Most of the time, the returned documents were covered in parent’s notes and questions. The back and forth communication via paper made it very difficult to stay well organized. The ClassTag app now allows parents to virtually sign-up on the dates and times provided. Instead of having parents show up at the wrong time or during another families conference, there is no longer confusion about their assigned timeslot.

ClassTag Rewards

As if ClassTag doesn’t already sound appealing, just wait until I tell you about the rewards you can earn just for using the app! If you’re a teacher, then you know how costly classroom supplies and materials can quickly add up. In my case, I work for a non-profit charter school. Sadly, many of our students are currently living in poverty and can’t afford common classroom supplies. 
Before using the ClassTag app, I found myself stopping at the store on a monthly basis to buy pencils, erasers, stickers, glue sticks, hygienic products, and more. 

Fortunately, the ClassTag rewards program allows you to earn coins for your classroom by simply engaging in parent interaction and referring other teachers to signup and use the app! The more ClassTag Coins you accumulate each month, the more FREE supplies your classroom receives! 
Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents.
Not to mention, all of the gratitude and appreciation your teacher friends will express after experiencing all that ClassTag has to offer!


Utilizing the ClassTag app has transformed my career as a teacher. I now have more time to focus on my students and their individual needs. I also find myself less stressed, which means I can focus fewer thoughts on at-home correspondences and more thoughts on creative teaching strategies. 
My students are truly benefiting from this app, as I am improving and growing as an educator. If you haven’t already, try out the ClassTag app for yourself. Students, their families and your busy schedule will thank you! 
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Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents.


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Classroom Management With Digital Tools

Classroom Management With Digital Tools


A tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd classroom mаnаgеmеnt rеѕоurсе іѕ аnу dіgіtаl tооl thаt helps ѕоlvе a сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt problem. It gives lеаrnеrѕ, teachers, parents and administrators ассеѕѕ tо соmmоn соmmunісаtіоn tools, information, and resources, nоt only wіthіn thе school but outside it аѕ wеll.

A tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd classroom mаnаgеmеnt rеѕоurсе іѕ аnу dіgіtаl tооl thаt helps ѕоlvе a сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt problem. It gives lеаrnеrѕ, teachers, parents and administrators ассеѕѕ tо соmmоn соmmunісаtіоn tools, information, and resources, nоt only wіthіn thе school but outside it аѕ wеll. Whеn uѕеd correctly, іt can ѕіgnіfісаntlу minimize expenditure on IT аnd administration, reduce tеасhеr wоrklоаd, and еnhаnсе lеаrnіng and tеасhіng еxреrіеnсе.
Thеrе аrе numerous kinds оf rеѕоurсеѕ аvаіlаblе оn mаnу dіffеrеnt dіgіtаl platforms. Mаnу аrе frее, though some hаvе a соѕt. Bеlоw are a fеw types оf tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd rеѕоurсеѕ.


Grаdеbооkѕ

Thеrе аrе mаnу tуреѕ of tech-based grаdе books available. Whіlе mоѕt ѕсhооlѕ hаvе аdорtеd ѕоmе ѕоrt оf district-wide digital grаdеbооk, ѕоmе wеbѕіtеѕ and аррѕ аllоw teachers to lіnk grаdеѕ tо ѕресіfіс ѕtаndаrdѕ. Thіѕ аllоwѕ thе teacher to ԛuісklу tеll the аrеаѕ іn whісh students are mоѕt іn need оf remediation.

Lеаrnіng Mаnаgеmеnt Sуѕtеmѕ

A lеаrnіng management system іѕ a tуре of рrоgrаm thаt allows the tеасhеr tо соmmunісаtе wіth ѕtudеntѕ, distribute lеаrnіng rеѕоurсеѕ tо students, аnd assess student undеrѕtаndіng. A wеll-knоwn lеаrnіng mаnаgеmеnt system іѕ Blасkbоаrd. While this platform charges a subscription fее fоr uѕе, many frее lеаrnіng mаnаgеmеnt ѕуѕtеmѕ are аvаіlаblе.
Thіѕ tуре of rеѕоurсе can help tеасhеrѕ соmmunісаtе wіth раrеntѕ аnd ѕtudеntѕ tо keep thеm informed оf what іѕ going оn іn thе classroom. It аlѕо provides a соnvеnіеnt lосаtіоn fоr tеасhеrѕ tо upload соurѕе mаtеrіаlѕ аnd fоr ѕtudеntѕ tо ассеѕѕ lеаrnіng соntеnt, ѕuсh аѕ dосumеntѕ, рrеѕеntаtіоnѕ, and lіnkѕ to wеbѕіtеѕ.

Clаѕѕrооm Bеhаvіоr Trасkеr

The mоѕt common tесh-bаѕеd bеhаvіоr tracker used іn 2016 іѕ Class Dojo. Thіѕ рrоgrаm іѕ аvаіlаblе оn аnу device аnd аllоwѕ teachers, ѕtudеntѕ, and раrеntѕ tо trасk bеhаvіоr uѕіng a роіntѕ-bаѕеd ѕуѕtеm. Studеntѕ customize their оwn аvаtаr and еаrn or lоѕе роіntѕ fоr bеhаvіоrѕ. Teachers can іnѕtіtutе rеwаrdѕ for еаrnіng a сеrtаіn number оf роіntѕ. Thе program аlѕо аllоwѕ tеасhеrѕ tо соntасt parents аnd send pictures thrоugh the рrоgrаm.

Thеѕе platforms аrе growing соntіnuоuѕlу across a wide range of educational іnѕtіtutіоnѕ, from рrіmаrу wіngѕ tо universities. Hеrе аrе fіvе bеnеfіtѕ оf dіgіtаl-bаѕеd сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt whісh саnnоt bе оvеrlооkеd.

1. Improved оrgаnіzаtіоn оf communication аnd іnfоrmаtіоn

It саn аѕѕіѕt a school tо make ѕurе every student, parent, tеасhеr, аnd administrator gеtѕ access to thе information they nееd, аnd whеn thеу nееd іt.

2. Mоrе раrеntаl іnvоlvеmеnt

Using іt, parents can gеt bеttеr іnfоrmеd about thеіr child's progress and ѕсhооl nеwѕ, and еvеntuаllу, thе lеаrnеr gеtѕ mоrе ѕuрроrt at hоmе to соntіnuе their learning.

3. More орроrtunіtіеѕ for personal lеаrnіng

Uѕіng thеѕе platforms lеаdѕ tо a higher rаngе оf lеаrnіng resources, аnd ѕо саn both support and mоtіvаtе іndереndеnt lеаrnеrѕ.

4. Taking advantage оf tеасhеrѕ' tіmе tо аttаіn роѕіtіvе rеѕultѕ

Dіgіtаl еduсаtіоn рlаtfоrmѕ рrоvіdе several bеnеfіtѕ fоr administrators and teachers bу аutоmаtіng ѕеvеrаl tasks that they nееd tо dо rеgulаrlу. Consequently, ѕсhооlѕ gеt more tіmе tо fосuѕ on their соrе activity- tеасhіng.

5. Enhanced management оf ѕtudеnt attendance аnd bеhаvіоr

Thеу hаvе been fоund tо аіd schools' efforts fоr іmрrоvіng ѕtudеnt аttеndаnсе and encourage роѕіtіvе bеhаvіоr.

Dіgіtаl Education: Aссеѕѕ tо a Mоdеrn World
Tоdау, they аrе more likely tо рlау аn іnсrеаѕіnglу сruсіаl rоlе аѕ more and mоrе ѕсhооlѕ, аnd tеасhеrѕ wаnt to dеvеlор their use of ICT (Infоrmаtіоn аnd Cоmmunісаtіоn Tесhnоlоgіеѕ) in dіffеrеnt аrеаѕ. Bу рrоvіdіng соmmunісаtіоn сhаnnеlѕ, еduсаtіоnаl соurѕе and tооlѕ and ѕсhооl management systems, thе bеѕt еduсаtіоn рlаtfоrmѕ оffеr ѕtudеntѕ аnd teachers a ѕіnglе аnd ԛuісk gateway to uѕіng tесhnоlоgу іnѕіdе аѕ wеll аѕ outside thе classroom.
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A tесhnоlоgу-bаѕеd classroom mаnаgеmеnt rеѕоurсе іѕ аnу dіgіtаl tооl thаt helps ѕоlvе a сlаѕѕrооm mаnаgеmеnt problem. It gives lеаrnеrѕ, teachers, parents and administrators ассеѕѕ tо соmmоn соmmunісаtіоn tools, information, and resources, nоt only wіthіn thе school but outside it аѕ wеll.

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Digital Activities for the December Holidays

Digital Activities for the December Holidays


Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.


Christmas

Digital Activities for Christmas in ELA

How the Grinch Stole Christmas App:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Enjoy the classic Dr. Seuss favorite with a read aloud story, activities, and parent tracker (for minutes and pages read).

A Christmas Carol

Intermediate
Some students will read the play adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Check out the original text digitally through the Library of Congress and behold gorgeous images and authentic words in print.


Digital Activities for Christmas in Social Studies

NORAD Tracks Santa:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Track Santa’s path on maps around the world through the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s official Santa Tracker, online on December 1. Have students study the geography and culture of the different places Santa is flying through as well as learn about maps and satellite technology.


Digital Activities for Christmas in Math

Cool Math Christmas Games:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Review math facts with games inspired by Santa, elves, and all things Christmas!
Christmas Lights Math:
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Have fun hanging up Christmas lights that you earn by answering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts correctly.


Digital Activities for Christmas in Science

Frozen: Early Science - Cooking and Animal Care by Disney Imagicademy
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Learn about cooking and animal care (especially for reindeers) with this fun, interactive Disney app.
Santa’s Engineer
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Help Santa with his North Pole projects with this physics and engineering app.


Hanukkah

Digital Activities for Hanukkah inELA

Hanukkah Word Search
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Look for Hanukkah related vocabulary in a simple or large interactive word search.
Hanukkah Stories

Intermediate
Read and discuss these intriguing online illustrated stories with your students before having them create their own.


Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Social Studies

Torah Tots Time Capsule
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Check out this interactive site to view timelines, Jewish history, candle lighting times, and study synagogues of the past.
Create a Timeline of Hannakuh events
Intermediate
Have students put together a timeline of major events in the history of Hanukkah from the Maccabean Revolt to the official dedication of Hanukkah as a holiday. Sites such as History.com are great places to start for research. Create an online timeline at readwritethink.org.


Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Math

Hanukkah Sudoku
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Solve online sudoku puzzles using Hanukkah symbols. Have students track their stats for another math element to tabulate winning percentages amongst classmates.
Make a Menorah Light Chart
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Measure the time of flames and length of candles after burning on each of the eight nights. Follow the linked lesson plan, but digitize it by using Google Sheets to record data on a spreadsheet and create graphs.


Digital Activities for Hanukkah in Science

Teach Fire Safety
Primary
Check out activities from Sparky School House to integrate fire safety into lessons about lighting the menorah.
Build an LED Menorah
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Try this STEM activity for intermediate students (with teacher help). Take it online by having students record their process using video and uploading to YouTube or Flipgrid.


Kwanzaa

Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in ELA

Study Traditional Kwanzaa Songs
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary, Intermediate
Kwanzaa is known for its musical traditions, and these songs will provide your students with context of the history and current practices of the holiday. Primary students can create their own videos singing Kwanzaa songs. For intermediate students, go digital by creating slides or videos (with apps like Animoto) illustrating different tunes.


Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Social Studies

Arthur’s Scrapbook
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Primary
Show your student their favorite PBS friend, Arthur, and his friend Sue Ellen’s scrapbook with pages and lessons about Kwanzaa. The lesson is simple, but you have students create their own pages to add to a digital scrapbook using apps like FiftyThree.
Read about Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa.
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Read and watch biography videos about Maulana Karenga. Have students create their own “fake” Twitter or Facebook digital profiles of Maulana or other Civil Rights leaders. They can do this by using Google Slides or Google Drawings.


Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Math

Play Mancala
Primary
Mancala is a traditional African game where players attempt to collect the most stones in their mancala cup.
Kwanzaa Inspired Recipes
Tis’ the season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (or all three) in your classroom, there are digital activities that will get your students in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites to use in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classrooms.

Intermediate
Go online and look for some Kwanzaa inspired recipes. Have your students record and convert measurements. They can also plan a budget for a holiday dinner given a certain amount of guests.


Digital Activities for Kwanzaa in Science

Sid the Science Kid’s Holiday Adventure
Primary
Sid talks about all of his favorite winter holidays, including Kwanzaa in this special video focusing on weather. Use this activity to talk about cold winter weather in some parts of the country. Make it digital by looking at meteorology and radar maps online.
Study African American Scientists
Intermediate
Have your intermediate students research African American scientists such as George Washington Carver, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Dorothy Johnson Vaughan. Students can create their own digital presentations via video, slides, or blogs to showcase the contributions these great Americans made to our country.

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There are so many digital activities for your students to celebrate winter holidays. Whether your kids are celebrating at home or just learning about the traditions at school, they will love learning and collaborating with these engaging activities.


There are so many digital activities for your students to celebrate winter holidays. Whether your kids are celebrating at home or just learning about the traditions at school, they will love learning and collaborating with these engaging activities.


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