“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver


Thursday, 26 March 2020

How To SAVE Pages from a PDF


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Teachers might want to be able to extract or SAVE pages from PDFS for STUDENT USE in a SECURED format.  Below, I show two ways you can do this. Please ensure that you are adhering to the COPYRIGHT and Terms of Use policies of the things you wish to post.

How to use PRINT to PDF to Save Pages 
 Using Windows 10 (PC Version)

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 Open your PDF using Adobe Reader. 
From there go to PRINT and choose 
PRINT PDF FILE.
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 Select the pages you want to SAVE.
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NAME your pages and SAVE them 
where you will easily find them. 

You can now upload your saved pages to SECURE Student Platforms such as 
Google Classroom.  

How to use PRINT to PDF to Save Pages 
 Using the PREVIEW APP (MAC Version)


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 Open your PDF with the PREVIEW APP.
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 Go to PRINT and CHOOSE PDF from bottom LEFT corner. Select SAVE AS PDF.  Enter the PAGE RANGE that you want to SAVE.
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NAME your file and SAVE it somewhere you will be able to find it easily.

You can now upload your saved pages to SECURE Student Platforms such as 
Google Classroom. 

I use the FREE extension DOCHUB to 
OPEN and WRITE on PDFs. You can add it to 
CHROME easily and it integrates well with 
Google Classroom.
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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Making Science and Tech Accessible for ALL Students!


What do you do when your students have trouble reading and understanding the content for science and technology?

Let's Read! from Grade 2 MOVEMENT 

I have been using Hands-On, Minds-On Science and Technology centres in my classroom for several years now. Each year I have a different group of students who have different needs. When I first started using the centres, my students were mostly gifted and had no issue with reading the materials and responding independently.
Another year, I had a group of high readers and they too were able to complete the activities with a high level of success with very little intervention. Then came my class two years ago. I noticed quite quickly that my students did not have a lot of "prior knowledge" of the subjects we were learning about, and they struggled with the science and technology vocabulary and content. I did not want these things to hold them back, but I also did not want to stop using centres, I know how much the students love them.  

One of the first things I did was start to pre-teach vocabulary that would be encountered during the unit. I created word wall cards for the essential vocabulary/terminology that would be covered as we went through the centres. At first I printed them and posted them and hoped that the students would use them. This didn't really happen, so I started to share the word walls by projecting them and having my students copy down the information into a notebook. I found this VERY time consuming for some students, and it was very frustrating for me to see how long it took to actually cover all the vocabulary.  I realized that I didn't want to just print the cards and give them to my students. I wanted to discuss the vocabulary before we dove into the centres, but I also wanted students to take some responsibility for attending to the words I was presenting. Based on this idea, I created fill-in-the-blanks versions of the word walls for each topic I was teaching. Now at the beginning of a new topic, I project the vocabulary and definitions using my interactive whiteboard and have the students fill in the missing parts on their own personal word wall copies. I also post the word wall cards, and this way anyone who needs to go back and make adjustments can do so later. This has allowed everyone in the class, including those with IEPS and those who are English Language Learners to be successful and have a portable reference of terms at their disposal!

FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS WORD WALL CARDS FROM GRADE 4 ROCKS AND MINERALS


Another schema building approach I have started using is to make the Let's Read! centre a shared reading lesson.  To activate their prior knowledge, I have students complete the "pre-assessment of learning" page in their student booklet prior to the reading lesson.  We then predict what the different pages in the Let's Read! centre might be about. I show them the titles and have them jot down a prediction on a sticky note. We then read the passages together and revisit our predictions.  At the same time, I project the Let's Read! recording page and model to students how to record their point form notes about what they have learned from the text. I use my highlighter tool to emphasize key information and then demonstrate how to summarize and record what has been read. Students follow along and copy into their notes at the same time.

Let's Read! passage from Grade 5 Conservation of Energy Centres

I also have students in my classroom who utilize technology to assist them with reading and writing. I find that uploading the Let's Read! passages, and the recording pages to be very helpful to those who need this access to allow them to experience greater success. I also upload the instruction cards to Google Classroom for all students to access using Read and Write for Google Chrome. This is very helpful for my ELL students, but is a good way to differentiate for all students who might need assistance with reading the content.

Uploading the Centre Instruction cards to Google Classroom via Google Drive allows students to access Google Read and Write for Chrome. This program will read aloud the instructions and allow students to review key words and terms.

At this point we are almost always ready to get started, but I always take time to review each centre with my students and to go over my expectations for each activity. I project the cards one at a time and show the students the materials for that centre. I allow them to ask questions and clarify what they need to do. 

Procedures to Teach and LOTS of other great ideas for getting started with Hands-On, Minds-on Science and Technology Centres can be found in the FREE guide LAUNCHING HANDS-ON, MINDS-ON CENTRES.

One last thing I have created to assist with differentiation are EDITABLE recording pages for the centres. They are available in both half sheet and full page sizes.  This allows teachers to modify the expectations for recording, and also allow them to upload the recording pages for use with assistive technology.  You can download these pages FREE from my TpT store by clicking on the image below.



Sunday, 7 April 2019

Picture of Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT

This spring, I have added some great new products to my store. Science Concepts Posters were inspired by my ILLUSTRATED WORD WALLS. These 8 1/2 by 11 posters help display the essential vocabulary and concepts in a way that will help your students learn and remember.
Below you will find the links to all the 


Picture of Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT
Picture of Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT

Picture of Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT

Picture of Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT


Picture of Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT
Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT
Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT
Grade 6 Ontario Science Concepts Posters Space Flight Biodiversity Electricity from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT


SCIENCE CONCEPTS POSTERS
FOR ALL TOPICS/STRANDS IN GRADES 2-6
YOU CAN VIEW THEM BY CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW.



Monday, 26 November 2018

Great Display and Storage Ideas for Science and Technology Centres


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Wondering how to display and store your Hands On, Minds On Science and Technology Centres?
My friend Tina sent me some great pictures of how she set up the Biodiversity Centres in her classroom. 

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Hanging file container with instruction cards and
materials stored safely inside. Recording booklets displayed
 in bin beside hanging files.
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Biodiversity Word Wall Cards displayed in pocket
folder behind centres storage.



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Everything can be packed up and put away when the unit is finished. It will be ready to go for next year!

Photo of Hands On Minds on Science and Technology Conservation of Energy Ontario Grade 5


Photo of Hands On Minds on Science and Technology Conservation of Energy Ontario Grade 5
IKEA Trofast Storage Container works PERFECTLY for
small spaces and allows students to take the bins to
where ever they are working in the classroom.
Photo of Hands On Minds on Science and Technology Conservation of Energy Ontario Grade 5
I created labels for the front of the bins, printed in colour, laminated and attached them with removable adhesive.


Photo of Hands On Minds on Science and Technology Conservation of Energy Ontario Grade 5
Laminated cards are kept together with shower hooks. I put several sets, along with the materials needed, in each bin so that more than one group of students can work on the same activity at the same time. This also works well for when you students work in pairs.
Photo of Hands On Minds on Science and Technology Conservation of Energy Ontario Grade 5
I take everything out of the bins and store materials and cards in a banker box, and plastic bin. This allows me to change up what is in the bins in the IKEA storage unit.  We're ready to start Matter next week!

Photo of Hands On Minds on Science and Technology Conservation of Energy Ontario Grade 5


Photos of Hands On Minds On Properties of and Changes in Matter Posters
New poster sets available in my store. 


Friday, 24 August 2018

GET ORGANIZED FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

 Back to School Survival Kits for Students and Teachers from Teaching Is A Gift

I am convinced that EVERY teacher needs the new 31Gifts Creative Caddy! Look at how much 
it will hold!  Jen from Organizing Dreamer 
and I have put back a HUGE giveaway for 
one lucky Canadian teacher.  

Enter before Labour Day for your chance to win!
Inside the Creative Caddy is filled with awesome supplies that every teacher can use. 

The lucky winner will also receive two BACK TO SCHOOL SURVIVAL KIT products from Teaching Is A Gift on TpT. 

Teacher Back to School Survival Kit from Teaching Is A Gift

 Back to School Survival Kit for Students from Teaching Is A Gift





Monday, 20 August 2018

Back To School Bonus Sale Giveaway

Just a quick giveaway to help all our teacher friends start to think about getting ready to go back!  
Be sure to enter for a chance to win $20 in resources from our stores AND $20 to give to your teacher bestie!





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