Sunday, May 26, 2013


With summer quickly approaching, I was on the hunt for ideas for summer practice for my kiddos. My best friend, Christy (who happens to be a third grade teacher), recommend the website Sumdog.  I had never heard about it before so I decided to check it out and see what it's all about.

Here's what I've found:

  1. It offers fun and exciting games that kids across the world or within your school can play together.
  2. The questions that are offered are geared specifically for a students to improve on weakness areas.
  3. As the teacher, you can set goals for students by choosing from specific grade leveled skills aligned to the Common Core.
  4. They can earn coins that will allow them to dress up their uniquely created avatar in the Sumdog store.
Now, this is only what I've found out from my first time exploring, but I'm sure that the website has way more to offer.  It appears that most of their math games are free, but some also require a subscription.  They do offer a language arts and a writing component (available soon), but I believe that these areas may also only be available through a subscription. 

I'm planning to introduce my students to this website this week and let the exploring and practice begin!  I'll keep you posted and hopefully this will be a HUGE SUCCESS!
Ps...Click under the teacher tab and you'll be provided with a video and more information about what they have to offer.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of it being Mother's Day, I have a special video that I'd like to share.  On Friday, I shared this video with my class and they loved it.  I heard about Kid President from my teammate's maternity sub.  She had originally introduced me to the Kid President Pep Talk video, which is also fantastic and great to share with kids (see below).

Kid President- An Open Letter to Moms

Kid President- Pep Talk