Olympians Who Persevered Playlist

The third playlist in our Olympic Games series focuses on assignments that teach students about perseverance! Students will learn about Olympians who faced great obstacles but never gave up. These are the perfect assignments to give as the school year closes and the Rio Olympics approach. Also, in case you missed our first two Olympics playlists, you can check them out here and here.

Never Give Up (2)

Elementary

  Lower Elementary: “Olympian Never Gives Up

In this assignment, students will watch a heartwarming video and answer interactive math, science, social studies, and ELA questions.

Lower Elementary: Kerri Strug and the Vault

In this assignment,  students will watch a video about an unforgettable moment in Olympic history and answer interactive math, science, social studies, and ELA questions.

Middle School

ELA: “Olympic Hero Jesse Owens

In this assignment, students will analyze an ESPN article about obstacles Olympian Jesse Owens faced in 1936.

Math: “MS Math Olympics Assignment – Perseverance

Students will analyze Jesse Owens’ amazing performances and solve problems related to speed and distance.

High School

ELA: “Understanding the Power of the Paralympic Movement”

After watching a video and reading two articles, students will summarize the Paralympic movement and analyze the way in which the athletic events are impacting society at large.

Math:HS Math Olympics Assignment – Will It Happen Again?

Students will analyze probability questions about how likely it is to win a gold medal at the Olympics.  

shutterstock_371636536Pass the torch! Did one of our Olympics assignments catch your eye? Share one with a fellow teacher by sending them the link!

 

History of the Olympics Playlist

Our Olympic Games series is continuing, and this time around we have fantastic formative assessments related to the history of the Olympics! In case you missed our first Olympics post, you can check out our playlist here. Be sure to stay tuned for more when our Olympics series continues next month!

Elementary

In this assignment, students will watch a video and answer interactive ELA and math questions related to how the Olympics began.

In this assignment, students will watch a video about Olympic high jumping and answer interactive math and ELA questions.

Middle School

In this assignment, students will analyze a news article about sports eliminated over the years by the International Olympic Committee.

Students will watch videos and work with word problems to answer, “How fast are Olympic athletes moving in their events?”

High School

Students will analyze two texts about the return of the modern-day Olympics and will then write a speech, giving opening statements on the first day of the Games.

Students will watch videos and work with interactive math questions.


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Women of the Summer Olympics Playlist

Women’s History Month is in full-swing, and you may be looking for assignments to use in your classroom. Your students may also be talking about the upcoming Olympic Games, which makes this the perfect time to share Edcite’s formative assessments focused on women of the Summer Olympics! In fact, we think these assessments deserve gold medals!

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Elementary

In this interdisciplinary assignment, students will learn about Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt and will answer a geography, ELA, math, and science question.

Students will read and watch a video about U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and answer questions related to ELA, math, geography and science.

Middle School

Students will analyze videos and text to learn about the first time women competed in the Summer Olympics (1900), ran in an Olympic marathon (1984), and participated in Olympic boxing (2012).

These questions give students the new and old scoring systems and ask them to calculate scores using the systems. It starts with simple decimal operations and moves to cover mean, and finishes with an open-ended question asking students to choose a strategy weighing the new system.

High School

Students first break down a scholarly article about gender schema theory, read the 1928 depiction of the race, watch the video of the race, and then respond to the NYT depiction with a tweet and letter to the editor.

This assignment starts off simple with mean and median calculations as well as testing student knowledge of what constitutes a statistical question. It then has students analyze multiple data sets with videos and come to their own conclusions.

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Do stay tuned for more Olympics-themed blog posts, with relevant Edcite assignments, over the next few months. You can also create your own Olympics-related assignments on Edcite and share these with other teachers in our Library. And, if you tell us, we may just feature your assignment in our next blog post!

 

Teacher of the Month: Carol Raff

Each month we honor an exceptional teacher from our Edcite community, and we are proud to honor our January Teacher of the Month, Carol Raff, a middle school teacher in Ohio! According to the teacher who nominated her, “Carol not only uses Edcite to prepare her students for a digital world, she has also energized the entire staff of Oakwood Middle School to use Edcite in their classrooms. Carol provides support for beginners like me as well as those veteran users who need a refresher. Carol has made me an Edcite believer.”

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Read more about Carol and her use of Edcite below.

Tell us a bit about yourself.Carol Raff 1
I am currently in my 18th year of teaching and have spent all of my years in the Plain Local School District in Canton, Ohio. I have 3 awesome children and one beautiful daughter in law. I enjoy traveling with my fiance, Mike and visiting warm tropical places. Summers (when I am not in classes! ) I enjoy poolside with my little dog Sadie.

What do you teach?
I currently am teaching Informational Technology 2.0. I am excited about this class because it is a class that I have developed. I also help with tech integration at our school. This is the first year that we have a 1:1 initiative.

Carol Raff 2Why did you become a teacher?
I originally got into the field of education because I loved little kids. However, all of my years have been spent at the Middle School level. I enjoy this age because they are a good mix of independent and inquisitive learners.

How did you hear about Edcite?
I first began using Edcite last year. I was looking for an assessment program that utilized the same tools as the PARCC Assessment. I was very fortunate to have other teachers in the building who were looking for the same type of Assessments so we became an Edcite Team!

What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?
I like Edcite because the tech team is so very helpful. I was first introduced to Talia and without her help I would have really struggled. As time went on creating and using questions and assessments became much easier. I love that the Edcite Team is always looking for suggestions to improve. They really do listen and make requested changes and additions.

How do you use Edcite in the classroom?
I use Edcite in my classroom in a variety of ways. At the beginning of lessons to get an idea of where my students are with the new concept,  in the middle to see if learning targets are being reached, and at the end to see what I need to do to make sure all students have achieved the learning target.

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Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? 🙂
I have found the more I use Edcite the better I get! Making assessments no longer takes as long as it did when I first began. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the Edcite Team as they are so willing to talk you through any questions you might have!

Best Digital Assignments of 2015

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With over 11,000 assignments in Edcite’s assignments library, it can be difficult choosing which ones to use with your students. We decided to chip in, and analyzed which assignments were most popular this last year. Check out the assignments below, and please share them with the other educators you know!

English 

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL

(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)

K Long vowels vs. short vowels https://edcite.com/14yvzm
1 Penguin Babies https://edcite.com/14tygi
2 Baby Bao Bao https://edcite.com/18zfzl
3 Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and the Mouse https://edcite.com/1qyeck
4 Excerpt From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer https://edcite.com/125×19
5 Too Much Soda https://edcite.com/1ll40n
6 Figurative Language Practice https://edcite.com/19r8m5
7 Nonfiction Article — the Kudzu Plant https://edcite.com/1o640l
8 The Black Pearl https://edcite.com/1pnryx
9-12 Batman Begins Learning Parallel Structure https://edcite.com/11swia
Maya Angelou — Reading Informational Text https://edcite.com/1t0b3u
The Tell-Tale Heart Part 1 https://edcite.com/1wm4ir

Social Studies

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL

(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)

4 Archaeology Pair — Grade 4 https://edcite.com/1k3614
5 Sequencing Lesson — Multiple Passages — Segregation + Civil Rights https://edcite.com/19yja4
6 Timelines https://edcite.com/177z41
7 Democracy in America: the Women’s Rights Movement https://edcite.com/11cfzv
8 Patrick Henry https://edcite.com/1y2fj4
9-12 Gettysburg Address https://edcite.com/1ukmq1
Kennedy Space Speech https://edcite.com/177l0k
Gains of the Great Depression https://edcite.com/1zczoc

 

Math

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL

(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)

K Sorting and Counting https://edcite.com/1grjav
1 Reading Graphs — Measurement and Data https://edcite.com/1pw9d0
2 Number Sentences https://edcite.com/1h79vx
3 SBAC Practice Test https://edcite.com/1m42ht
4 Basic Fractions Formative #1 https://edcite.com/1ta22y
5 Performance Task — Fractions — Grade 5 — Numbers and Operations https://edcite.com/1crgkb
6 SBAC Practice Test https://edcite.com/19ytlk
7 SBAC Practice Test https://edcite.com/1hbsvr
8 Math 8 Slope + Linear Equations https://edcite.com/113eqr
9-12 Exponential Functions https://edcite.com/11v5a5
Int Math 1 https://edcite.com/1yyyhr
Working With Slope https://edcite.com/1oyslu

Science

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL
3 Respiratory System — Speaking + Listening https://edcite.com/111gtb
4 Grade 4 Force and Motion Unit Assessment https://edcite.com/1ebxbh
5 Ecosystem Review https://edcite.com/1hfggh
6 – 8 Volcanoes https://edcite.com/1cc9an
Universe & Space Quiz https://edcite.com/1d026p
Cell Diagrams https://edcite.com/10ebqp
9-12 Early Stage of Automobiles https://edcite.com/1is79n
Sickle Cell Anemia + Evolution https://edcite.com/1xzi4h
Photosynthesis https://edcite.com/1mrlsa

Exemplar Assignments from 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to highlight the most outstanding and popular assignments from this past year. Please share these outstanding resources with your friends, your students, and your personal learning network (PLN)!

English Language Arts:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
K Long Vowel or Short Vowel? edcite.com/1ddmyj
1 Penguin Babies edcite.com/1aj6af
2 Baby Bao Bao edcite.com/19b2x9
3 Grade 3 Fable: the Lion and the Mouse edcite.com/1obbao
4 Grade 4 Fable: The Story That Has No End edcite.com/1quqqq
5 The Black Pearl
6 Short Story Practice edcite.com/10ljly
7 Freedom Riders
8 Patrick Henry edcite.com/1gbwz7
9 9th Grade Writing Practice edcite.com/1lxbcq
10 Frederick Douglass
11 The Crucible
12 Nonfiction Reading Comprehension – John Wilkes Booth edcite.com/14jkhr

Math:

Grade

Assignment Name

Short URL

K Sorting and Counting — Kindergarten — Measurement and Data edcite.com/10zie2
1 Pre-assessment, all standards edcite.com/1sdxwy
2 Number Sentences edcite.com/1sp540
3 Rounding Numbers to 100s and 10s edcite.com/1vx7k9
4 Factoring and Multiples edcite.com/1k33sm
5 Rounding Decimals edcite.com/1odtz2
6 6.RP.A.3a Ratios and Proportions edcite.com/1eefu3
7 7th Grade Ratios Homework edcite.com/1lat57
8 Opportunity Gap Performance Task edcite.com/1jx4gr
Geometry Point, Line, Arc Definitions edcite.com/1q59v9
Algebra I Working With Slope edcite.com/1bys8i
Algebra II Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Polynomials
Statistics High School Data Modeling edcite.com/1hx3b5
Pre-Calculus Complex Numbers Review edcite.com/1uok1k
Gaeilge Math! Ag Sórtáil edcite.com/18ey9v

 History:

Grade

Assignment Name

Short URL

Middle School Woman’s Suffrage
High School Gains of the Great Depression edcite.com/1nrhb7
High School Dissecting a momentous speech in US History edcite.com/1xuc41

Science:

Grade

Assignment Name

Short URL

Middle School Biotic and Abiotic Factors edcite.com/1n5re4
Middle School The Coriolis Effect edcite.com/16jns6
Middle School Nutrition in Animals edcite.com/1lkkl1
Biology Mitosis Review
Chemistry Ionization Energy edcite.com/1l2d5v
Physics Electricity Review Assignment

 

We’re Better Together: Whole-Class Instruction

There are so many ways to use technology in the classroom, but we want to highlight three ways that teachers used Edcite whole-class. One reason whole class is a great option to consider is that it doesn’t require a ton of tech resources! If you have a projector, you are good to go! Smart board? Great! And, after you do some work together, you can send additional work to students for them to do in a computer lab, on a tablet or ipad, on a laptop, or even on their smartphone!

Today we are going to explore how teachers use whole group instruction (1) to introduce new material, (2) to engage students with game-style learning, and (3) in their morning routines and reviews.

Introducing new material

Graeme Higgins is a primary school teacher in Dublin, Ireland. He teaches Senior Infants (the American equivalent of Kindergarten) and is beginning this year with some basic maths (“math” for our US teachers :)). Their workbook starts by having students count and label the number of flowers in different boxes.  This is a question that appears in their book.

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“Cé mhéad?” translates to “How many?”

He created this assignment to completely align with their practice, so they could go through it whole class. Here is an adapted version in English.

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The first question in his digitized resource!

Before sending students off to complete their practice in the books, he modeled how they should use the skill of counting to complete the work. He then invited students up to the board to try it out. This can build excitement while also checking for understanding!

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Graeme’s students do the work on the board.

According to Graeme, this is really helpful because he can be intentional with the questions he puts into the whole class practice. Calling different students up for questions that appropriately match their ability and confidence.

Edcite allows a teacher to create questions that cater to the different learning styles and levels in his/her classroom.” -Graeme Higgins

Interactive Game Style Questions

I worked this summer as a school manager at an elementary school. When a teacher needed to step out of the classroom for a moment, I had to step up and cover the class for twenty minutes.

I called all of the students to the carpet in front of our smart board as I pulled up a question-type on Edcite that could be used for some interactive and fun math practice.

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Within thirty seconds I had a math game created–tailored to the skill and level I chose. Because it was an entering second grade class, we worked with addition of numbers 1-20.

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You can watch this short clip, if you’d like to watch how we used this to push our understanding of addition. I focused on using the strategy no-opt out–every kid would participate and we wouldn’t let any kid fall behind with the wrong answer.

Having interactive questions is great for building investment in the lesson. So many of the question types on Edcite are conducive to whole-class learning in an engaging way. For me, I love when kids have fun in my class–but fun is not the goal. The goal is the learning, so I love that the question types can feel as fun as games…but ultimately focus on the learning I’m targeting.

Morning Meeting

Ana Bermudez used Edcite in her first grade classroom during her morning review. Many primary and elementary teachers will start the mornings off with a routine. Edcite can complement a regular whole-class routine or review because it is so customizable. If you want to have the students select the weather each day or identify the date each morning, you can quickly create those questions daily.

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Ana used it to review short and long vowels in the morning. Check out the question she created before (left) and after (right) it is answered shown below. 

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There are so many ways to use Edcite in the classroom, and these three teachers only highlight some of the ways it can be used whole group!  If you have more ways that you use Edcite whole class, email me at Julia@edcite.com and maybe we can feature you and your class in our next blog post!