Category Archives: Wired Wednesday

Every Gingerbread Man Has a Story!

We hope everyone snagged some great deals from TpT during the Cyber Monday + Bonus Tuesday Sale! It certainly has been excited reading about all the great finds and successful shopping the past few days.

Before we get on to the Gingerbread Men… we are humbled that we have been nominated for a Liebster Award, not once, not twice, but FIVE times!! How exciting to be part of such a wonderful blogging community. We will be looking for some great blogs to spread this kindness to over the next few days. In the mean time…

We are working on our Gingerbread Man Unit for TpT. We’ve already posted our Gingerbread Baby unit, but we are also working on:

  • Gingerbread Friends
  • The Library Gingerbread Man
  • The Jalapeno Man
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Gingerbread Superhero! 
  • The Sourdough Man

These books are so fun and we know your students will love this unit. Throughout the week, we will be posting about each book individually to help you decide which ones will fit with your students and curriculum. If there is one thing we’ve learned by reading all these gingerbread stories, it’s that every Gingerbread Man has his own story!

Don’t forget to enter in our giveaway (ending tomorrow) for a chance to win our Jan Brett Winter Book Units!


Fun Newspaper Generator

Our friends over at Teaching & Learning Collaborative shared a fun website on their Facebook page, and we couldn’t wait to show you! This is a Newspaper Clipping Image Generator…. rather than tell you about it, we’ve made up a quick sample for you.

How awesome is that?! As the newspaper says, you’ve got a few more days to enter in our giveaway. Click on the picture below to enter.

P is for Paid App

Last week, we showed you a couple of free apps to use in the classroom. This time around we are going to introduce you to some awesome paid apps.

abc PocketPhonics

This app is only $2.99, but there is also a “lite” version for free. The developers claim the app was designed with and tested by teachers – while we can’t prove that, they do have a solid understanding of teaching letters.

The app covers letter sounds, letter writing, and beginning words. You can choose for students to learn uppercase, lowercase, or even cursive writing. They cover more than just letter sounds (moving into blends), and even have an accuracy check on the letter writing.

Reading Raven

This cute app, available for $3.99, take students on a reading adventure from pre-reading to reading sentences. The game provides self-paced lessons for ages 3-7. Another bonus is this app has no third party ads!

Stack the States

This awesome app would be great for learning about states. A few pluses..
1. It is only $0.99
2. It is 5 games in 1
3. Students will learn state names, shapes, location on the map, capitals, flags, and much more!
{It has great reviews too… definitely worth checking out!}


We all know and love Starfall. They have five paid apps for the iPad. The prices range from $0.99-$2.99. They have two seasonal games (gingerbread and snowman) and three ABC/reading games. If your students can’t get enough of Starfall, here is another way to integrate into their learning!

Super Why ABC Adventures

And that brings us to Super Why! We just love this PBS show and think their $3.99 app is totally worth it. Their characters are fun and bright. Kids love the show and don’t even realize they are learning. Students will learn letters and sounds… and even get to do a few sing-alongs!

What do your students most enjoy about iPads? Or how often would you use iPads if you had them?

A is for App

More and more schools are starting to implement iPads into the classroom. This week we have compiled a list of 5 FREE apps to use with your iPad.

1. Spelling City – much like the popular website this app has games to help students learn spelling and increase vocabulary. There are tons of word lists available on various levels (beginner – high school)

2.  PBS Kids Video – videos from PBS kids TV series with new videos added every week. Some shows included: Sesame Street, Curious George, Super Why (Only available in the US)
3. Brain Quest – curriculum based questions, like all other Brain Quest products. The free version only allows you to use 100 questions from each grade level. Test it out with your students and see if it is worth it to buy the upgrades.
4. The Opposites – antonym practice. Free for a limited time only.
5. Play 123 – shapes, colors, and numbers
Check back with us next week for some great paid apps. Do you have a favorite app for your classroom?

Wired Wednesday ~ ABCya!

Wired Wednesday!

For our first “Wired Wednesday”, we are introducing you to This website is a great resource for younger kiddos or Pre-K/K classrooms. They offer a variety of services and best of all it’s free!

As you can see, this site is very kid-friendly. The design is bright and colorful, but also makes it simple for little ones to navigate and interact on their own. The site is comprised of learning games, stories, videos, worksheets, and color pages. While the story and video sections are wonderful, they are also relatively new, so there is a very limited number of options to choose from. The games section however is packed full of learning opportunities!

The games are divided by content area: Math Games, Language (ESL/EFL) Lessons, Kid’s Puzzles, Fun Games, and Science Lessons. There are 90 games to choose from.

Check out this site if you are looking for something new to use during centers, free time, or for students to use at home!

We’re also linking up with Farley at Oh Boy, 4th Grade this week for our first ever Linky!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Thursday Tales – we’ll be talking about a great book to use for Grandparent’s Day {September 9th}!