Today’s Contributor: Caroline Wieland
I’m Caroline Wieland, a third-year Kindergarten teacher & CIC at Brentwood Elementary. I love spending every day being inspired by the academic, technological, and social/emotional capabilities of my tiny kinders!
Technology in the primary classroom often looks very different than it does in the upper grades. While our little learners are highly capable with devices from use at home, we frequently see technology implementation with younger students from more of a consuming perspective rather than a producing one (think: games and videos vs creating products). One question I often hear from teachers who are eager to try blended learning in the primary grades: HOW?
I’m here today to show you some of my all-time favorite uses for blended learning in my classroom in hopes that you, too, may find some of these activities engaging, meaningful, and easy to use in your classroom. All of the strategies you see below can be completed by students independently using the app “Seesaw.”
This first strategy is a great way for students to practice reading fluency. I simply snapped a picture of a fluency passage then had the student make a copy in their profile, record themselves reading the passage, then draw a picture to match the paragraph. With the student remaining completely independent, I’m able to look back and assess so many TEKs without losing instructional time through 1-1 testing.
Writing is the most intuitive subject I’ve found to use blended learning with— especially with emerging writers. Here my students are again copying a photo to their profile then correcting the grammatical errors. Super easy, copy-free practice for writing conventions!
Another easy yet powerful strategy is simply having students record their writing pieces. This gives students voice, an audience, and a way to remember what they had written the day before— saving you both headaches!
To the left, my student has used manipulatives to show her thinking in an addition problem, captured a photo, then marked it up to model her strategy.
This math activity is bound to be a hit with any age! I started with an about-to-be recycled scholastic catalogue and had students find a page that has two books they would like to “purchase”. They snapped a picture of the page, circled the two prices, and added them together while showing their number sentence. On this specific day we were showcasing how we can start with the bigger number and count on to find the answer.
For this one you could generate a the number line for students to fill in yourself or you can give them the cards to put in order (blanks included) for more of a challenge as pictured. Here, my student put the cards in numerical order and wrote in the missing numerals. If desired, you could also have your students record their voice counting for a bigger picture of their ability.