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March 27, 2011

Great Student Centered Activities (Grades K - 1)


I hope you are having a great day. Today I am sharing with you a great web site with free student centered activities for grades K – 5.  This one of the best web sites I have found with hundreds of great student centered activities that you can make.  You will want to save the books that I will be sharing with you.  Once you save them, then you can print them in color and cut them out to use in centers or a small group setting.

According to the Florida Center Reading for Research (FCRR), “The Student Center Activities were created over a three year period. Student Center Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade were published in 2005, Second and Third Grade were published in 2006, and Fourth and Fifth Grade were published in 2007. The activities are formatted in the following manner.”

This week I will be sharing with you the free resources for grades K – 1: These resources include games and activities that students can play in reading centers. If you look down below, you can download all the resources for free.

Kindergarten and First Grade Student Center Activities:

Kindergarten and First Grade Professional Development DVD (6 Parts)

Teacher Resource Guide

Part 1: Five Components of Reading, Frequently Asked Questions, Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom, Interpretation and Implementation of Activity Plans (50 page PDF)

Part 2: Crosswalks (Sorted By Activity Number and Subcomponent), Kindergarten and First Grade Benchmarks (28 page PDF)

Part 3: K-1 Glossary of Reading Terms, References (14 page PDF)

Book 1: Phonological Awareness and Phonics Student Center Activities Introduction & Contents (5 page PDF)

A. Phonological Awareness

Part 1: Rhyme & Alliteration (82 page PDF)

Part 2: Sentence Segmentation, Syllables & Onset Rhyme (54 page PDF)

Part 3: Phoneme Matching (56 page PDF)

Part 4: Phoneme Isolating & Phoneme Segmenting (55 page PDF)

Part 5: Phoneme Segmenting and Blending & Phoneme Manipulating (36 page PDF)

B. Phonics

Part 1: Letter Recognition (43 page PDF)

Part 2: Letter-Sound Correspondence (115 page PDF)

Part 3: Onset and Rime (43 page PDF)

Part 4: Encoding and Decoding (37 page PDF)

Part 5: High Frequency Words (71 page PDF)

Part 6: Variant Correspondences (59 page PDF)

Part 7: Syllable Patterns & Morpheme Structures (46 page PDF)

Book Two: Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension Introduction and Contents (6 page PDF)

A. Fluency

All Parts: Letter Recognition, Letter Sound Correspondence, High Frequency Words, Oral Reading (83 page PDF)

B. Vocabulary

All Parts: Word Identification/Words in Context, Words that Describe/Word Meaning, Word Categorization/Word Knowledge, Word Structure/Word Analysis (135 page PDF)

C. Comprehension

All Parts: Sentence Structure & Meaning, Monitoring for Meaning, Story Structure, Narrative Text Structure, Expository Text Structure, Text Analysis, Main Idea/Summarizing (79 page PDF)

To download all the resources and to view the DVD parts for FREE, click here.

Ok, next week I will be sharing with you the grades 2 - 3 reading resources.  I hope you have a great week.  Take care.

March 20, 2011

How to Promote Your Animoto Video: Part 4 of 4


I hope you had a great Spring Break 2011.  Today I am sharing with you how to promote your video using the animoto features. I will also be sharing with you additional video hosting sites you may want to use. Alright let's get started on how to promote your animoto video.

As you can see in the picture below, you want to click on your My Videos tab at the top left of the screen and it will take you to your videos page.  You will need to click on the Green Actions button and you will see the following choices listed in the picture below.

 Once you click on the Download button you will be taken to the following screen below.  Now you are ready to save your video to your computer.
 Your video will be saved as a MPEG movie that can be played using Quicktime or any type of software that allows you to play MPEG files.  Choose Save and select a a location you want to save it to.

 You can also choose to share your video.  Look at the picture below and select the Share option.

 After you click Share, you will see the following screen.  This will give you the choice to post your video to many video sharing web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Blogger and many more.  You can also choose to share your video link via Email.

 You can also chose to Export your video to additional video sharing sites.

Down below you will see two video sharing options that you can select from to share your video.

 You can also post your video in your blog or another web site by choosing the Embed option.

 To embed the video, you will need to copy and paste the code into your site or blog that accepts HTML

Other ways to promote your video include posting to the following video hosting sites:,,,,  These are just a few sites that you can use to share your video. I hope you enjoyed the four part series on Animoto.  We will see you next week with another exciting topic.  Take care.

March 13, 2011

How to Create and Produce an Amimoto Video: Part 3 of 4


Hope you are having a great Spring Break.  Today I will be sharing with you the video I created in animoto.  I will also be sharing with you the various steps in creating the video.  So let's get started.  When going through this tutorial I would recommend pulling up this blog article side by side on your computer screen as you follow the various steps.  You can also print it out and follow along if you choose to.

The first thing you want to do is pick a video style.  The video style will add a theme to your slides and will have an impact on the movement of your slides.  You can also preview your slides to see the various themes that will be in your video.

After you have selected your theme, you will need to upload or add pictures or videos you want to put into your movie.  You will need to select Upload to add your pictures to your project from your computer.

In the picture below you will see the pictures I selected to use in my video.  Once the pictures are ready you will have several options to select from.  You will be able to Add More Pictures, Add Text, Spotlight, Rotate the Pictures, Duplicate, Delete and Shuffle the Pictures.  After you are satisfied with your choices, click on the Done button.

If you choose not to use your pictures on your computer, animoto gives you the option to use their pictures and videos in your video.  Listed below are the various themed pictures that animoto will allow you to use in your video.

Here are the video themes you can add to your video if you wish.

You can even choose to add pictures form a photo hosting web site from the following accounts listed below.

Once you have assembled the pictures the way you want them and the order you want them to play, you will go to Step 2: Music.  Listed below you will see the second option with the plus sign and it is the Upload button.  This feature will allow you to add your own music from your own computer.  Animoto also has a range of music to choose from, if you want to use their music.

Listed below are the different types of genres of music you can choose from to add to your video.

After you have added the music you want, then you can move to Step 3: Customize your video.  You will be given the choice of Image Pacing, Video Length, Video Style and various other Options.  After you have selected your preferences, simply click on the blue Continue button.

Now you are ready to add your title to your video and description.  There is also a place to put your name as the Producer.  How cool is that?  When you are done with filling in this information, you are ready to create your video. Just click on Continue.

Now you will see the animoto production screen.  This process will go through the following stages: Processing, Composing and finally Producing.  For a 30 second vide, it may take anywhere from 3 - 5 minutes to go through the three stages of video production.  Remember the various stages are all done on the computer and automatically.

When your video is finally finished, you will see a screen like the one below.  You will have the option to re-mix up the images again to produce another movie if you wish.  You can also download it to your computer or share it using Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or even email it to all your family and friends. 

If you click on the My Videos tab on the top of the screen it will take you to where all your videos are stored.  You will also see Untitled Projects, these are projects that were not completed.  If you click on the Edit Project button you will be given several choices such as Edit, Create New Video, Rename and Delete.  If you chose to click on Delete, you will not be able to get the video or project back.

If I move the mouse over the light blue are under the title of my Video "Majestic Places of the World", it will show the following details about the video:

1. Length of the Video
2. The type of Style
3. The Description of the Video
4. The Number of Views
5. The Music you selected.

Here is my final 30 second video that I created with my pictures and the music I selected. Click on the play button to see it.

I hope you enjoyed the detailed tutorials with screen shots.  Next week I will be sharing with you Part 4: How to Promote your Video.  See you next week.  

March 6, 2011

How to Sign up for a Free Animoto Account: Part 2 of 4


I hope you had a great weekend.  Today I am continuing my blog on Animoto on how to sign up for a free account.  To sign up for a free account simply go to  When you get to the web site you will see the following down below.  Follow the instructions in the red box.

Once you click on the blue Sign Up button it will take you to the following page below.

Simply choose the Free one on the far left hand side.  It is called the lite.  Once you click on the Try Now button it will take you to the following page below and you will need to fill out the information to register for a free account.

Once you complete the information, click on the blue Sign Up button and you will be able to log into Animoto.  You will also get a welcome email from Animoto giving your additional instructions on how to use the program.  You may want to review the terms of service and the privacy policy, but this is standard procedure.

Next week I will be discussing Part 3: How to Create a Video.  I hope you have a great week.  I will see you next week.  Take care.