Reading Intervention on the SMART Board

Screen shot 2010-10-07 at 8.28.11 PMI came across these wonderful notebook files created by Amber Coggin. She created these to help students with specific reading skills. These might be skills addressed as a part of a reading intervention program, or used as a part of a reading center or workshop. No matter how you may choose to use them, they are an invaluable resource for any student. They are fun, interactive games where students won’t even realize that they are gaining valuable skills while playing. There’s a file for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5. Thank you, Amber!

K-2 Reading

3-5 Reading

Halloween and the SMART Board

Picture 1Thanks to one of my favorite sites,Teachers Love SMART Boards, you have access to a host of Halloween goodies all in one place.  There is a Halloween Resource page that lists Halloween clip art, games, puzzles, informational activities, create your own activities, Notebook resources and sound files. It is filled with lots activities that are ready to use. Be sure to check it out.

Groundhog Day

Here we are at Groundhog Day and thanks to the site “Teachers Love SMARTBoards“, here are two SMART notebook files about Groundhog Day that can be used as is or revised and customized. This is a great example of how a little searching found something close to what I want but not exactly. Instead of starting from scratch, all I have to do is edit the file and save it for my own use. One of them has a great page on having the students predict whether he will see his shadow or not.

Here they are:




SMART Board Templates

For those of you who are just starting to create new lessons on your SMART Board…here’s a gift. I always advise people to search for lessons that may already be created. They may meet all your needs or may need to be tweaked slightly and then will be just what you’re looking for. Here are two notebook files for your SMART Board, ready to go. One for grades K-2 on counting change and one for grades 3-4 on multiplication practice.

Counting Change notebook file

Multiplication Wheel notebook file

And here’s the site they came from with many, many more.

SMART Board Resources

Our school is lucky enough to have SMART Boards in almost every classroom. Today, we held a training session for beginning SMART Board users. As the instructor showed the teachers the gallery section and all the different ways you can create lessons, I saw that overwhelming look come over their eyes. When do any of us have enough time to create lessons while getting to know our SMART Boards? The trainer had some very effective strategies such as dividing up curriculum areas among teachers in a grade level and sharing newly found or created lessons or taking 10-15 minutes a day to use a new tool or downloading the software and “playing” with the notebook when you are relaxed and in the comfort of your own home where you can experiment and make mistakes privately.

I want to take these strategies one step further and offer what I have learned while creating many, many lessons. I always begin by searching for lessons that may have been created already. I am compiling a list of websites where you can start your searching:

Websites with SMART Board Resources

(thank you Barry Williams, Diigo)

I also discovered that many of our teachers have already created outstanding lessons that can be shared. I am in search of a web based presence where teachers can upload, categorize, tag, search and also rate these notebook files. Any ideas?