Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Card Games in the Classroom

Last week I talked about using board games in the classroom. You can also use a deck of playing cards to help students show skills they know and have learned related to IEP goal and objectives or state academic standards. Here are 16 Card Games That Will Turn Your Students Into Math Aces  (https://www.weareteachers.com/math-card-games/) and that you can use to test math skills in your classroom.

You can also check out 18 Fifth Grade Math Games for Teaching Fractions, Decimals, and More  (https://www.weareteachers.com/fifth-grade-math-games/) which can be used for teaching and assessment as well.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Board Games in the Elementary Classroom

Board games can be a great way for a student to show skills related to IEP goal and objectives or state academic standards.  For these reasons board games are great items for your classroom.  Here is a list of 21 of the Best Board Games for the Elementary Classroom  (https://www.weareteachers.com/best-board-games-for-elementary/).

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Free Audio Books

Overdrive has paired with SYNC to offer 13 weeks of Free Audiobooks aimed at teens 13+!
You can download 2 FREE audiobooks each week, starting April 30th and running through July 29th!
Register and sign up for e-mail reminders or text reminders at http://www.audiobooksync.com/.

Listen to the books by downloading the Overdrive app (https://rebrand.ly/overdrive).  The app is available for iPhone®, iPad®, Android, Chromebook, Windows 8 & 10 and Kindle Fire HD.

Check out the SUMMER 2020 SYNC TITLE PAIRINGS (https://www.audiobooksync.com/2020-sync-titles/) page for the list of available books this summer.

For younger students, check out the audio book options I discussed in a previous blog post,
Audio books (https://at-udl.blogspot.com/2016/12/audio-books.html)

As an update to this list, NighlightStories.net has begun adding new stories that you need to check out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


ModMath is a free iPad app that helps kids with dyslexia and dysgraphia do math.

ModMath assists students who struggle with Mathematical notation. The app lets you write and solve math problems on the iPad using the custom keypad.  You can also print, email, or save to cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox.

ModMath lets you:

  • Write and solve equations with a piece of virtual graph paper, greatly improving speed and legibility.
  • Solve basic math problems and more complex algebraic equations, all without ever picking up a pencil.
  • Print assignments, email them directly to the teacher or save to cloud storage.

You can visit http://www.modmath.com/ to see a short video of the app in action and to learn more about the app and the family that created it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Rewordify.com is a powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can:
  • Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension
  • Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary
  • Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons
  • Help improve learning outcomes
Rewordify.com is free and child-safe. The online demo offers some great tips for using the site in your classroom and with your students.  The first-time user guide contains text and images for an easy learning experience. It helps teachers create lessons and allows you to print free, full-color literature.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

20 Quotes From Children's Books Every Adult Should Know

It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully appreciate and understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment.

For Spring Break I wanted to share with you:

20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know (https://tinyurl.com/u55wxyl)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


LitCharts: From the creators of SparkNotes.  
Check them out at  https://www.litcharts.com/

LitCharts provides Side-by-Side Summary, Analysis, and Themes of a variety of literature.  
LitCharts is similar to SparkNotes or CliffsNotes except that LitCharts broke that mold in several ways. LitCharts is more of a bulleted-list-style summary of every single plot point in the book.  It offers side-by-side analysis and color-coded themes throughout the book.

The LitCharts Library has over:

  • 1230 Literature Guides
  • 187 Poetry Guides
  • 136 Literary Devices and Terms
  • Shakescleare Translations of every Shakespeare play

LitCharts offers online access as well as a mobile app for both Android and iOS.  The mobile app contains every word of content from the website, optimized for reading and reviewing on your phone.

If you are interested you can also subscribe to LitCharts A+.  They offer options for month to month as well as annual subscription rates. 
Check out https://www.litcharts.com/mrs-dalloway-sample.pdf to view all of the great features LitCharts A+ has to offer.