Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Day with my SMART board

The other day I showed off one of my favorite places in my classroom.
I love my SMART board.  I've had it for 4 years now and have worked hard to integrate it into EVERYTHING we do.  Not to toot my own horn, but I won an award this year for my seamless integration of my SMART board into our day to enhance instruction.

I am lost without it.  Two years ago I allegedly, might have, maybe shot a can of air into it when it was on to clean the filter and a giant fireball came out (DON'T try it!  Turn it off first!)  .  I lost it for two weeks and it was pitiful.

Anyway, I had a question on how I use my board so I thought I would give a run down of how it is used throughout my day.

Morning Message

This is my message for tomorrow this week.  The weather symbols are infinitely cloned so students simple drag their answer to their box.
Each day my students answer a question on our board after doing their other morning jobs (lunch choice, empty folder, etc.).  I follow this schedule for what type of question they get...
Marvelous Math (adding, subtractions, shapes, number writing)
Terrific Topics (yes or no question based on the theme of the week)
Words Wednesday (write the sight words I introduced that week)
Thoughtful Thursday (usual four choices based on a thematic question)
Fun Phonics Friday (letters and sounds & rhyming)

I love giving them their own box AND it helps with attendance.

Later, during our Morning Meeting we do through the results and talk about what we notice.

I found the schedule several years ago online....I can't remember where.  It works really well though.

I also use my board to link to YouTube.  We start our Morning Meeting with this song.
 Or, this one
Or, this one
Lucky Duck
I've never been a job board fan.  It just isn't my cup of tea (too much work!).  My solution is to pick one student to be the Lucky Duck.  That person gets to do everything that day.  I don't pick who it is...I let the board!  There are many different possibilities.
Random Image Chooser
Random Name Chooser (first & last names)
Name reveal
Right now we're doing this one.
It is like hang man except you shoot a soccer ball in the net.  
The Lucky Duck also gets to choose their Brain Breaks for the day.  Over the years we've made 3 of these Jukeboxes.
 Each record links to the song or video of their choosing.  These Brain Breaks are so nice when the kids are bouncing off the walls!
Daily Five Check In
Right after we pick the Lucky Duck and do a Brain Break, we start our first round of Daily Five.
I have a file that has one of these for each round on each day.  It tells kids what round we are on, who I'm meeting with for Book Clubs (guided reading).  Yes, this group named themselves Cash Money.  :)  It also has the timer for stamina and it tells kids how many places are available for Listen to Reading and Word Work (Read to Self is on an infinite cloner again since they all have their own book box).
They Lucky Duck always gets to choose where they want to go first.  Then I quick pull sticks from my Pick Me Cup.
The last person in line starts the timer.  Meanwhile I'm already over at my Book Club table and have started working with my small group.  At the end of the round, they Lucky Duck hits the little picture on the bottom and it links to this song
Literacy Skills
After our first round of Daily Five, we have Literacy Skills time.  That's when I introduce letters, sounds, phonemic awareness and words. 
I made a file for the words I introduce during the year.
The star links us to a song on YouTube on the word red.  The little crayons link us to more.Starfall to learn about the color red.
I can also scroll through the words quickly to review.
I made files for each letter we introduce as well with lots of links to Starfall, ABC.ya & Have Fun
I also show Prezis for each word family from Jessica at A Turn to Learn.   They are FABULOUS!
I also created another Jukebox focusing on letters and sounds.  This is one of fives pages I made.
Again, each circle links to the song on YouTube.
Poetry (Shared Reading)
After our next round of Daily Five, I have shared reading time.  Each week we focus on a different nursery rhyme.  This is one from a couple months ago. 
I follow a schedule again (I'm a LITTLE type A!).
Monday-Read the poem and create actions as a group
Tuesday-Rhymin' Lime-Highlight rhyming words with the lime green highlighter
Wednesday-Words-"Butter" popcorn words with the yellow highlighter.  Later we "ketchup" fry words with red.
Thursday-Focus Question of the Week 
My kinders have their own copy that they work on.
The crown is linked to the song.
Author Study
After our last round of Daily Five we have Author Study time.  I love to go on the author's webpage because a lot of times there are fun games and good info on them.  My favorite is Mo Willems' Page.
Quiet Time
After the kids come in from recess, our school has a mandatory 10 minute quiet time (K-5).  They are expected to do a quiet activity to help calm bodies down before more learning.  I take the time to show a Tumblebooks or BrainPopJr.
I also use MeMoves
If you've never heard of Me Moves, you should check it out.
I start writing be showing these videos...
I've written about my SMART calendar before here but I didn't show you my actual calendar.
 I wish I could find where I got the template.  I changed it so it would work for me, but it was a great start.
The flowers on the bottom link to a Days of the Week song and a Months of the Year song.  The cupcake and tooth on the side link to a Birthday Song and a Lost Tooth song.
The rest of the pages go through number of days we've been in school, counting songs, the weather and then my calendar pages are at the end.
Theme Time
To remember all of the wonderful videos and online resources that can be used for each theme, I made a file.  For example, here is a peek at my Planting file.
I linked all the resources so finding what I want to use for teaching is easy peasy!
That's about it!  Like I said, I rarely turn it off.  My students are experts at navigating the board, too.
Do you have a SMART board?  How do you use it?
I'd love to hear all about it!
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  1. I feel the same way about my Smart board!!! I have a Smart notebook for EVERYTHING! Now that I've become a clipart hoarder, my notebooks look even better!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

    1. I love making my SMART files pretty with all my new clip art :)

  2. WOW! Do I need HELP! I want to do this! I have a SMARTBOARD but so far ( 1 year) I have only used it with doc camera. I am afraid! Help! I LOVE the Jukebox & lettersound videos. Maybe a little tutoring ? :) This summer it is on my bucketlist! How to use it better! wendy

    1. I'm thinking about doing a SMART board on Sunday feature on my blog. Stayed tuned!

  3. I am so jealous! I got my smartboard in september and use it frequently but not nearly as often or well as you do!
    Kari :)

    1. Would it help to have a regular feature about the SMART board? Maybe SMART board Sunday or something??

    2. I would love SMART board Sunday! I already love your blog but this would make it even more helpful to me! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  4. I LOVE my SMART board too! We use it all day long. I stepped out of my comfort zone and did a presentation at our district technology fair on how to use the SMART board this year. I'm so excited to get more awesome ideas from you, so I'm pinning this to refer back to this summer when I revamp my files! :) Thanks!!

    Kinder Krazy

    1. Thanks for pinning! How cool that you were able to share with your district. I'm thinking of doing a linky party/SMART board on Sunday feature on the SMART board. Maybe we could start it together?? Let me know what you think.

  5. I love this post! You have so many great ideas! I pinned it too. :)

  6. I love that you have posted all this. I use my smart board a lot too, but mostly for the internet link. I need to spend more time creating files like you have. How do you organize all your links on your computer?

    1. I have a file for each theme. I keep them all in folder on my desktop. I also have a file for each portion of my day. It works pretty well :)

  7. Oh my goodness, your post is so inspiring. I thought I used my SmartBoard a lot, but after seeing all your awesome ideas, I think I'll be using it even more. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Carolina Teacher

    1. You are welcome! I'd love to see how others use their boards, too!