Category Archives: How To

How tos for technology integration in the classroom.

Starting Out With iPads: The First Weeks

Starting Out With iPads: The First Weeks

Lately I’ve had several people ask me about how I get started with iPads in my classroom each year. Specifically, about the first week. So I thought I’d write about some procedures and activities that I find work really well to get our 1st grade classroom started creating and collaborating. Please remember though, when you plan,… Continue Reading




Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Breaking down and understanding informational text features is crucial to a reader’s and writer’s understanding. So, this past year as we dug deeper and deeper into informational texts, we used Explain Everything to help us remember what each feature was, why it might be included in a book, and how it could help us as readers… Continue Reading




How To Writing

How To Writing

Just as important as reading and using informational text, is writing it! How To stories are one of my favorite types of informational texts for first graders to write. These step by step stories lend themselves to all sorts of creativity. As usually, we started How To writing collaboratively. What could be more perfect than… Continue Reading




The Pigeon Stories: Part 2 Video Editing

The Pigeon Stories: Part 2 Video Editing

My incredible first graders wrote stories starring Mo Willems’ Pigeon character, read about our process here, and decided to publish them a bit differently from our normal method. Usually we use the Book Creator App to publish our writing, and some of my early finishers wanted to do just that. Here’s one … While we… Continue Reading




The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

If you teach in the primary grades, you either know all about The Pigeon, or you must learn about Mo Willems, and all his hilarious characters, immediately! With that said … We use Lucy Calkins writing curriculum as our primary resource for writing in the early grades. Her unit on “Authors As Mentors” has always been one… Continue Reading




Pic Collage: Quick & Beautiful Graphs

Pic Collage: Quick & Beautiful Graphs

Looking for a quick way to create a graph in your classroom? I’ve written about using Haiku Deck to create graphs before (see that post here), but if your looking to make a picture type graph, Pic Collage is a great tool! We’ve made sevearl graphs with it, and it’s so much fun to pass… Continue Reading