Sunday, March 15, 2015

Teaching Figurative Language

Figurative Language is one of my favorite things to teach! There are so many fun ways to teach this skill and the kids always seem to enjoy it. I wanted to share a fun little presentation that I created with a site called Nearpod. Have y'all ever heard of this site? It's a wonderful FREE presentation tool. You can check it out here. There are tons of free, already created presentations that you have access to. You can also purchase presentations or create your own. I decided to make my own so I can put in exactly what I wanted for my lesson on figurative language. You can use it too! I made a definition slide for each type of figurative language and them provided a video clip that showed an example of each type. This was their favorite part of the entire lesson and it really helped them see how that type was used in context. They were constantly referring back to the videos. You can check out my Nearpod below.

After we viewed the Nearpod presentation, we made this little foldable, which served as a study guide for the test. 







I also made these posters that serve as a visual aid and reminder. 


You can grab my figurative language foldable and posters here :)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Powtoon: My New Favorite Thing

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share with y'all my newest favorite web discovery: Powtoon. I may be late to the party and living under a rock, but I still wanted to share in case some of y'all were like me and had never used this fun site.

Basically, Powtoon is a free animated presentation site that you can use in your classroom. I'm not gonna lie. When I first starting trying to create an animated presentation, I almost gave up. It was hard. Creating the slide wasn't hard, but getting the timing right was! I abandoned my project and began working on something else. I came back to it a few days later and something clicked. Suddenly the program didn't seem that tricky.

The free version comes with 30 student accounts. While you can create your own presentations like I did, there are also premade ones that you can use. This site would be perfect for having your students create a presentation on a novel or topic. Since I have 70 kids, I'm having a trickier time figuring out how to get the program in the kids' hands but for now, it's fab to use as a presentation tool. 
I created 5 short presentations to show meanings of idioms that we will be discussing next week. Come check them out and then be sure and create your free account on Powtoon :) I promise you'll love it!