November brings the usual Thanksgiving reading and activities, but I decided to celebrate with three different bitmoji rooms to spread out the theme goodness. This week is Polar Bear Week, so first a Polar Bear reading room! (http://bit.ly/bgsbpolar) There are even polar bear noises, which may be my favorite part of the room. I also made a room to celebrate CANDY because who doesn’t have buckets of the stuff the week after Halloween? And then there’s the Thanksgiving and friendship reading room (bit.ly/bgbsthanks). I always include both because some families don’t have big Thanksgiving celebrations.
I have to admit I wasn’t super excited about building the actual classrooms until I found the subject I wanted to celebrate. I really am more about finding the books and the activities, I get lost in that and then am impatient with the room building! But so many generous teachers are sharing furniture and background clipart it made it easy to pull together a dino room for my #1 dino fan (my own child). If you’d like a copy click here.
I have added songs, poems, and how to draw activities along with books read aloud on youtube and some from GetEpic.com. I LOVE Epic books because there are so many to choose from on all levels and even read alouds for students who need support. If you have a free account as a teacher you can link directly to titles, your student will just need to log in with the class code to go directly to the books.
Copy of keep label slides here, make your own!
I often extoll the virtues of google keep for those who haven’t dedicated far too much time included keep in their daily or weekly routines. I use keep professionally and personally for to-do lists, collaborative notes, bookmarking important things on the go, grocery lists, and notes from my son. I’ve seen some great googley ideas about adding headers to keep notes to further organize and teacherfy the whole thing. They certainly have their appeal- but ultimately for me the power of keep is the labels and color categorization I have done for a few years. I did however delve into some labels today encouraged by two of my favorite things to waste time play with, Harry Potter and bitmojis.
I added headers to my pinned keep notes with a few Harry Potter faves. It was important to me to have a clear, easy to read font. I know many times we love an interesting, swirly cursive to change things up, but if I am in a hurry I want my images to be read easily. If I choose to share a note with a student, as I was thinking about with some of my bimoji templates, I must have a simple print. Here are some examples I might share with a student or colleague- unless they are a Potterhead, too. I’ll share one of my Mad-Eye Moody versions. To create a “header” just format the slides and save as an image. Upload to your keep as an image, and you can still add notes or a checklist at the bottom. Adding other images will shrink your header, so these are for text keep notes.