Fish by L.S. Matthews was my pick for the Global Read Aloud. We are only a chapter and a half in, but so far, so good.
I’ve been making some vocabulary squares for my 7th and 8th graders and thought I would post them here in case anyone else could use them. Even if you aren’t reading Fish now as part of the GRA, maybe you will in the future.
At this time, I have three sets you can download. I’ve also linked my Quizlets for each set.
Please leave a comment if you are doing the GRA! I would love to connect with others who are participating!
It’s almost the end of the 1st nine weeks and I am wrapping up our first novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, and moving into an informational text unit.
I wanted to do a review game/activity on the iPads but couldn’t choose an app. I decided this was a good time to try Quizlet, which has been on my “Want to Learn About” list since July.
I created these two set of cards this morning:
I haven’t upgraded to the $15/year or the $25/year option yet. I want to see how it goes with the class week, but I am optimistic.
First impression: I love how easy Quizlet is to use.
- You type in the terms and choose from a list of “auto-definitions” or type your own. I am a very fast typist so I had them done in no time. Actually, after I got started, I realized I could copy and paste from the PDFs I already have.
- You can switch the terms and the definitions with one click. Sometimes it is better to present the definition first and ask students to recall the term. Other times, it’s more appropriate to do it the other way around. I
- Quizlet has a “Speak Text” option, which will be great for my class. (I just picked up cheap headphones for the iPads. I have issues with a lot of noise and this should help. A few students also have ear buds of their own.)
- There are hundreds/thousands of sets already created on Quizlet and I spent some time a few weeks ago searching for something that would work.
Now that I’ve realized Quizlet is so easy to use, I shouldn’t have wasted my time searching for an almost-perfect fit, and should have gone this route. Now I have exactly what I want for my class based on what we have studied. (I used the exact definitions we used in our Interactive Notebooks to be consistent)
I was able to quickly link the two card sets to my Schoology course and I will introduce Quizlet tomorrow after our reading quiz (also on Schoology).
The real trick will be if the kids can remember their logins for Schoology!!
What are your thoughts on Quizlet?
How do you use Quizlet in your classroom?
Would you/Did you pay the extra $15 or $25 to upgrade?
Maybe most importantly, how do you get kids to learn their usernames and passwords to multiple online accounts? Our students building-wide are dealing with our new g-mail, Schoology, Chrome books, Khan academy and online text books and it’s been quite a challenge!