Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Kerpoof Scholastics, is an online multimedia software in which students can create original artwork, animated movies, stories and more. Geared toward elementary and middle school aged children, Kerpoof offers teacher accounts so you can manage your class. Its free and the students don't need an email address to log in.

Kerpoof has some great lessons and is aligned with some states' frameworks (not MA yet, but it is aligned with ISTE)

The lessons included are as follows (or make your own)

Master Artist Series
  • Impressionist Art (grades 4-8) (PDF)
  • M.C. Escher's Relativity (grades 4-8)
  • Pablo Picasso and Cubism (grades 3-6)
    • Lesson Plan (PDF)
    • Worksheet (PDF)
  • Surrealist Art of Salvador Dali and Friends (grades 4-6) (PDF)
  • The Color Wheel (grades 4-8) (PDF)

Math and Science

  • The Planets (grades 3-6) (PDF)
  • Programming Wizards (grades 5-8)
  • Movie Math Madness (grades 3-5) (PDF)
  • Life Cycle of a Butterfly (PDF)
  • Nocturnal vs. Diurnal Animals (grades 4-6) (PDF)
  • Celebrate the Seasons (pre-K - grade 2)
    • Lesson Plan (PDF)
    • Color the Seasons (PDF)
    • Write about the Seasons (PDF)

Language Arts

  • Visual Thesaurus (grades 4-6) (PDF)
  • Fairy Tale Reporter (grades 3-5) (PDF)
  • French Fairy Tales (grades 5 and up)
    • Lesson Plan (PDF)
    • Le Petit Chaperon Rouge Packet (PDF)
    • Le Petit Chaperon Rouge Vocabulary (PDF)
    • Les Fees Packet (PDF)
    • Les Fees Vocabulary (PDF)
  • Henohenomoheji (grades 3-6) (PDF)
  • Exploring the Polar Regions (grades 6-8) (PDF)
  • Metaphors in Fairy Tales (grades 7-9)
  • Fairy Tales with a Twist (grades 3-6) (PDF)
  • Haiku for You (grades 4-6) (PDF)
  • Writing a Persuasive Advertisement (grades 3-5) (PDF)
  • Celebrate Sport (grades 2-8)
    • Lesson Plan (PDF)
    • Activity Scripts (PDF)
    • Worksheets (PDF)
    • Vocabulary (PDF)
  • Making New Year's Resolutions (grades 4-8)
    • Lesson Plan (PDF)
    • Worksheet (PDF)
  • Spanish Fairy Tales (grades 5 and up)
    This lesson plan guides beginning Spanish-speakers in the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs using Kerpoof's Make a Movie. Present and past tense verb worksheets are also provided.
    • Lesson Plan (PDF)
    • Vocabulary (PDF)
    • Links to Fairy Tales in Spanish (PDF)
    • Assignment Worksheet (PDF)
    • Present Tense Verb Worksheet - The Three Pigs (PDF)
    • Past Tense Verb Worksheet - The Three Pigs (PDF)
    • Present Tense Verb Worksheet - Red Riding Hood (PDF)
    • Past Tense Verb Worksheet - Red Riding Hood (PDF)
    • Worksheet Answer Key (PDF)

Social Studies

  • Thanksgiving (grades 2-4, 5-8)
    • Grades 2-4 (PDF)
    • Grades 5-8 (PDF)

TenMarks Online Math Tool is now free!

TenMarks is now free for teachers. As seen on Fox 25 Boston (see video below)

From the Publisher: TenMarks is the only online math program that helps students refresh, learn, and master math concepts - in their own time, at their own pace. Each child receives a personalized curriculum to help them master the concepts quickly
Starting at grade 3, the teacher can set up a classroom and import in skills based on the state's curriculum frameworks.

This online software allows students to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom. Great for a struggling student, fun review or summer homework.

I actually am setting this up to use with my own daughter, so I will let you know how it goes.

As always, email me if you would like help setting this up
sarahkyriazis @ wbschools .com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Digital Story Making/Telling

I came across some great FREE resources for writing children's stories. These would be great for all ages

Story Bird: collaborative storytelling, Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. FYI- there is no sound, but students can write a story and select some beautiful images to add. The finished project turns like a book. The education account is free and you can create a class account so that students don't need an email address or any private information to log in.

StoryJumper: publish your own children's book. This site has a great 7 step quick start. Children can write a story using preloaded images or their own art. Teacher can create their own classroom so it is safe and easy for children to create their own writing projects. The books can be shared online for free or printed professionally for a fee. In StoryJumper there are a lot of options to add multiple images of characters, scenes, props etc... It would require more time in the classroom than Story Bird.

Tikatok: This website is actually owned by Barnes & Noble. On the homepage, there are 3 options 1. Memory book which is for all ages 2. Story Sparks which is for ages 8+ and 3. Start from Scratch for ages 10+. On the teachers page, teachers can register for a free account and have students login and create their stories olnline. They can publish the books for a fee. I really like how Tikatok automatically creates the book so that the copyright information and author's name, dedication etc... are already in there so students can see how they are truly the author. You can create a class account and then give out an information sheet to parents (that tikatok provides) so that they can log in and see their child's book and order it if they want. *Because it is a Barnes & Noble site, it is a little heavy on the 'buy now', but I wouldn't let this discourage you.

**I have signed up for all of these services so if you would like to preview it before you sign up, I can show you the site. Contact me at sarahkyriazis @ wbschools .com

Collaborize Classroom Free if you sign up by November 15

There was a post about Collaborize Classroom on my google homepage today so I decided to check it out. If you have been thinking about starting a blog or online discussion, this would be great for you to check out. Even if you are thinking about doing it in the future, sign up before the 15th to have it for free.

From the Publisher:
Collaborize Classroom™ is an online learning platform that allows your students to engage and discuss topics and ideas, by adding structure to their conversations that drives to better participation and engagement inside and outside the classroom.

In partnership with Democrasoft®, The Kids In Need Foundation is providing the Collaborize Classroom™ product at no-cost to teachers for the 2010-2011 school year if you sign up before November 15, 2010.

Please note that there is not an automatic renewal process at the end of the school year.

Watch the video about an English teacher talking about this online tool.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Reminder: The middle/high school has a 30 day free trial of EasyBib, automatic bibliography and citation maker. The free trial started Monday, November 1st.

Monday, November 1, 2010

21st Century Learners

Faculty Meeting
Monday, November 1, 2010

Tools used in this presentation
In student's presenation