Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Computer Center


Computer center is a staple in my weekly literacy center rotation.  It is also a favorite of my students.  I utilize the following wonderful and FREE sites: www.Spellingcity.com and www.Starfall.com.  I have the students go to theses sites each week during center time and while we are at the computer lab.  To make sure my students are participating in a worthwhile learning experience, I created direction sheets.  By using the direction sheets, I am able to ensure that my students are focusing on a specific phonic element and are reviewing their weekly spelling words.  So even though, they are visiting the same web sites each week, they are playing different games and/or focusing on a different spelling or phonetic skill.  *I use wikki sticks or highlight tape on my laminated direction sheets to tell the students where to go on Starfall.com. 

Click on the pictures below to download your own set of directions!  I have the premium membership and it is amazing!  I love to have my students use their personal passwords and go onto SpellingCity.com as a an alternative to doing written spelling homework.  They love it, too!







Thanks for stopping by!



20 comments:

  1. These are super!! I am a kindergarten teacher and we have a new website that our school pays for.http://www.studyisland.com/.im not saying it great by any means but we have to use it:) its a little and by a little i mean diffcult for kids to log on to and go to assignmenta....I am very curious as to how you made these instructions?!? I know you are busy but any help would be so awesome!

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    1. Jessica, I took screen shots of the web page and inserted them into a Word document just as you would a graphic.

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  2. OH... I am all about the membership giveaway!!! This is awesome. I use the site in class, but do not have a membership.
    -Lauren
    www.weeklyhive.blogspot.com
    THANKS!

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  3. You are fabulous! That must have taken some time to compile these directions! Thanks for sharing them!

    Ashley
    Live2Learn

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  4. I saw these ideas on Pinterest and they were on my {long} to do list tonight! Thank you so much for making exactly what I needed! I love following your blog and seeing all of your amazing ideas.

    Amanda

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  5. You have a wonderful site! I love it, thanks for sharing!! How do we enter to win?

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  6. Have you hear of Professor Garfield or pbskids? Those are two great free sites!

    firstgradesmartcookies.blogspot.com

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  7. Thank you . I use starfall with my K kids and they love it. This will help them go where I want them to work.

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  8. Super!! These will be great for our computer lab! =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing! They will certainly be useful for the younger students in my school.

    Cara
    Teaching...My Calling

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  10. Thanks for sharing this! I will be using it with my students! They LOVE spelling city!
    Rambling About Reading

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  11. Oh good, we use the same series, so this is a great help!


    Jennifer

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  12. Thanks for sharing this. I love it! My kids love starfall and I would love to be more intentional with what I ask them to do on there. I appreciate the directions you shared as well. Now I might be able to let them use some different sites that they needed more explicit directions for.
    http://mskerriandherkrazykindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  13. wow! Awesome! I love it.

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  14. Erica your blog and TpT store are awesome! Thanks for sharing your ideas! You have been a great help in a new grade and new school this year!

    Ashley

    firstgradesmartcookies.blogspot.com

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  15. thanks for this download! I've working on creating something like this! I love when I just have to work smarter not harder :)

    kim @ mrshsresourceroom.blogspot.com
    new follower!!

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing these! They will come in handy next year.

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  17. Thank you for this, it's great! Also, have you tried a site called xtramath? It's also free and provides wonderful practice for math fact fluency.

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