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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Technology Tuesday

Timetoast

A group of my fourth graders just got done making a timeline on Timetoast! It was the first time I've used this site, and I will definitely use it again!! A little backround, in reading, we have been learning about text structure, more specifically, sequencing. A small group had just finished reading Antarctic Adventures, a book about 6 different Antarctic expeditions. I had them make a timeline of the important events from the book. They really enjoyed this, especially getting to add pictures to the timeline, but do this last, as kids will get caught up in searching for the pics rather than typing the information. Timetoast worked great for this reading activity. Here are more activities I am envisioning trying with my class (that go beyond the obvious History related timeline.)


Math

-Using the timelines already on timetoast, or their own, to create a math activity where students have to do calculations to answer questions about the timeline.

ex. How many years before Scott arrived at the South Pole, did Shackleton reach the Pole?


Science

-Observe change Plant Growing (Great for primary, let them each take a day to describe their observations and take a picture with a digital camera) Caterpillar to Butterfly Bread Mold/Bacteria Growth/etc. Seasons Changing -Famous Inventor/Inventions Writing

-Students can create a timeline of their most important moments in their lives-upload their own pictures from home : ) FUN -Teach time/order transition words using timeline and plot -Have students write instructions or plans, then share pictures of themselves doing these things.

eg. (How to Get Organized, Workout Plan, Baseball Training Activities, Summer Activities to Stay Busy) You could even have them look at some examples from magazines like Self or Shape, or maybe even from a kids magazine. I love American Girl!

General

-We are in the middle of BIG research projects. I was thinking of using Timetoast to create a timeline of important deadlines.

-Timeline of important school days to remember

-Timeline of memorable events from our school year to share on the last day of school! (I have to remember to keep my camera handy!) ***I would love to do this one! There have been so many memorable things that have happened-- broken arms, a visit from a famous football player, making a class video, Wii Just Dance Party, field trips, etc.***

-Timeline of losing teeth (Primary) CUTE!!!!


I plan to put all of our timelines on our class website to share with students, parents, grandparents, etc.


If our timeline doesn't show up, click here to see A History of Antarctic Adventures!

3 comments:

Ms. Metevia

We're about to start the Revolutionary War in 5th grade and I think I'll try this program to make a timeline of events... Thanks for sharing!

-Kristen
Technology, Teaching, and Talking

Jayme

Great idea! Timetoast is supper easy for teachers and students to use, and can be a great representation for visual learners! One other thing-it's very easy to embed into your blog or website! Have fun!

Julie

I love the Timetoast site!! I taught fourth grade for four years before moving to third this year. I love both grades!! I'm glad I found you!

Julie
Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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