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  • Getting Creative with Clicker at Thanksgiving Time


    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your classroom activities. Clicker 7 has you covered with activities ranging from pre-writing to independent writing. More and more, classroom teachers are having to support a wide-range of learners in the same setting. Differentiating in a timely manner can be a difficult task…

    Time to visit LearningGrids!

    Searching “Thanksgiving” in LearningGrids gives me 36 results. Let’s get to planning!

    This is a Thanksgiving Dinner Matching Set.

     

    This set helps students to identify different foods associated with Thanksgiving – it’s a great activity for learners working at a pre-reading/writing level. We can also make this a bit more challenging for the same student who has progressed, or for a student working at a higher reading level. Through Edit View, I can change the choice from “picture” to “word.”

     

    Clicker Books, created from scratch or downloaded from LearningGrids, provide word prediction, speech feedback, and writing support grids . The "Thanksgiving Traditions" Set provides both Picture and Word Banks to help students create their own book on this popular holiday topic.

     

    For students working at an independent writing level, we have a Thanksgiving Haiku Word Bank, which provides 1, 2, and 3 syllable words related to Thanksgiving.

     

    These are just 3 of the 36 Thanksgiving resources available for download. Make sure to look through the other Clicker Sets related to Thanksgiving and see if they will be a good fit for the students in your classroom!

    If you have any questions about finding, downloading, or editing Clicker Sets in LearningGrids, please email us at USinfo@cricksoft.com.

  • O Canada!


    We have recently published a group of Canadian Clicker Sets that were made in collaboration with Special Education Technology – British Columbia. SET-BC is a BC Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program established to assist school districts in utilizing technology with students with diverse needs whose access to the curriculum is restricted.

    Over the summer, SET-BC held a maker session for teachers to create Clicker resources to share with other colleagues through the SET-BC site and on LearningGrids. We worked with them to provide some custom graphics for their sets and the result is a wonderful collection of resources focused on the official emblems of the Canadian provinces and territories.

     

    Students can read about the flowers of Canada, write about the provincial and territorial flags, and talk about the birds of the different regions. There are matching activities, as well as picture banks to support their writing about Canada.

     

    In addition to the emblem resources, SET-BC also created a word bank to support writing about the Levels of Canadian Government and a sentence building set for writing the national anthem, O Canada.

     

    SET-BC will continue building Clicker sets in their upcoming maker sessions and we hope to be able to share more resources in the new year.

  • Clicker Sentences Sets on LearningGrids


    Sentence building activities support students in their first steps of writing in meaningful, cohesive units of text. They help to develop important literacy skills such as left to right directionality and the accurate use of capital letters and periods.

    On LearningGrids, we have lots of these early writing activities across a wide range of curriculum areas and themes. The activities offer customizable levels of structured support to provide appropriate prompting and reinforcement as students develop their writing skills. These activities are particularly useful for emergent writers and English language learners.

    Each grid in a Sentence Set contains all the words you need to build a target sentence. A picture can also be used to support the sentence. A model sentence can be shown on the grid, in a pop-up, or aurally to provide the appropriate level of support. You can adjust the model in any Sentence Set, adapting to the needs of your students as they become more confident. You may also choose to provide no model at all. Simply go to Edit View to change the model for the set (or even for individual sentences within the set).

    Model on the Grid

    This level of support is particularly helpful for children who are at the early sentence building stage – they can look at the model and click on the words in the grid to match the target sentence.

     

    Pop-up Model

    Offering a visual model, which pops up as required, subtly reduces the level of support. This time, the child can see the model but must close it before building the sentence – therefore encouraging independence and less reliance on the model.

     

    Spoken Model

    The spoken model really encourages children to focus – listening and processing the accuracy and meaning of the sentence internally before building it. It’s a great task for building cognitive skills, making the link between the spoken and written words.

     

    Word Order

    Another differentiation variable we can add is that of word order. In many instances, offering the words of the target sentence in a jumbled, random order is appropriately challenging. For some children at earlier stages, however, this may be a step too far. To provide more structured support for these children, we can set the words in the grid to “Sentence Order” (so they can simply click on the words in order from left to right and build the sentence), or even “Guided Order” (which forces the child to click on the words in the correct sequence).

     

    There are certainly many options to explore and use with the children in your classroom – it’s amazing how much scope such a simple activity can offer. Head over to LearningGrids and discover all these great sentence building activities and more for yourself!


  • On LearningGrids, we have created three different types of Clicker Communicator sets with different color-coding systems.

    The majority of our Clicker Communicator sets use a modified Fitzgerald color-coding system with people and pronouns in yellow, verbs in green, nouns in orange, places in purple, adjectives in blue, prepositions and social words in pink, and conjunctions and other miscellaneous words in white. This type of set includes our topic vocabulary resources which provide the opportunity for focused “scaffolded talk” in a curriculum context. With Materials and Properties for example, students can respond to questions about the materials that objects are made from. Guess the Shape allows students to play a shape guessing game by asking questions about the number and type of sides that a shape has.

     

    Some of our other Clicker Communicator sets using the modified Fitzgerald color-coding system include resources which are designed to support students as they retell a familiar story such as The Tortoise and the Hare or Jack and the Beanstalk.

     

    Our colorful semantics sets use a different color-coding system. These sets help students learn the important elements of a sentence and how to join these elements together in the correct order. Students learn to associate different “types” of words with different colors to help them to gradually build sentences in stages, adding increasing detail (who/orange, what doing/yellow, what/green, and where/red) as their confidence and competence grows.

     

    Clicker Communicator sets such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and One Two Buckle My Shoe are designed for children to join in and recite nursery rhymes. Each line of the rhymes is divided into color-coded sections. Children choose from the colored cells to recite each line. With these sets, each cell speaks as they tap so that they hear the rhyme as they go. They can then listen to the entire rhyme by tapping the message area.

     

    With all Clicker Communicator sets on LearningGrids, the color-coding, as well as the content, can be changed to match your own school’s system or to provide different support for your students.

  • Electrical Circuits and Clicker


    If you are teaching electrical circuits, have a look at the Clicker 7 resources on LearningGrids.

    Use the Talk Sets for children to show their understanding of how circuits work. For example, in the set Will the Circuit Work, they explain whether or not a bulb will light in different configurations of a simple series circuit. In the set Change the Circuit, they explain how changes to a circuit, such as adding an extra battery, will affect how the bulb functions.

     

    Use Clicker Talk sets to show understanding of how circuits work.

    For writing, see the word bank Electrical Circuits, which provides the key topic vocabulary to describe how a circuit works. Alternatively, see the set Electrical Circuit Investigation, which offers a frame for writing a science report.

     

    Use word banks and writing frames for writing about electrical circuits.

    And for learning and revising the symbols for circuit diagrams, see the Electrical Circuit Symbols sets which offer differentiated levels and content for children to become familiar with the symbols.

     

    Use differentiated sets to become familiar with electrical symbols.

  • Clicker Matching Sets on LearningGrids


    Matching activities help to develop visual discrimination and language acquisition, as well as problem-solving skills. They also help to improve concentration and memory, and of course all of these are important pre-reading skills. Making links between words, pictures, or sounds, and explaining why they go together, is important for cognitive skills and ability.

    They can be used to support children of different ages and abilities, but are particularly useful for emergent readers and those learning English as an additional language. On LearningGrids, we have lots of different types of matching activities across a wide range of curriculum areas and themes. The activities may focus on matching pictures, words, or sounds, so students are supported as they progress in their learning.

    With many of our Matching resources, we try to provide two versions of the same activity. The first is designed so that students will achieve success, as they can continue to try until they find the correct match. In the second, however, students can choose any match and their choices are summarized on the final page, offering an assessment of their performance.

    Matching Pictures


    Clicker 7 - Pirates – Picture Pairs Clicker 7 - At the Seaside – Picture Pairs  Clicker 7 - Football – Picture Pairs 
    Pirates – Picture Pairs At the Beach – Picture Pairs Soccer – Picture Pairs

    Matching Words

    These activities can often be used for introducing or reinforcing new topic vocabulary, so are suitable for all ages.

    Clicker 7 - Electrical Circuit Symbols – Look and Read Clicker 7 - Animal Skeletons – Look and Read
    Electrical Circuit Symbols – Look and Read Animal Skeletons – Look and Read
    Clicker 7 - In the Town – Read and Find clicker 7 - Pets Matching
    In the Town – Read and Find Pets Matching

    Sounds

    In these activities, students match words, sentences, or spoken descriptions to pictures or words.

    Clicker 7 - Animal Groups Matching Clicker 7 - Getting Dressed for Snow – Listen and Find
    Animal Groups Matching Getting Dressed for Snow – Listen and Find

    Association Matching

    In some matching activities, students use cognitive skills to make links between pictures by matching associated words or images.

    Clicker 7 - Animals and Their Young – Make the Link Clicker 7 - Food and Parts of Plants – Make the Link 
    Animals and Their Young – Make the Link Food and Parts of Plants – Make the Link

    There’s certainly lots more to explore … so why not get over to LearningGrids and discover all these great matching activities and more for yourself!

  • Clicker Books on LearningGrids


    One of the great things about being a Clicker 7 user is having access to hundreds of ready-made resources. All professionally-made and designed to support elementary learners of all abilities, our resources are updated regularly and can be downloaded FREE on our LearningGrids site. We carefully design our Clicker sets to fit in with your curriculum themes, so you get instant, ready-to-use resources. And if you’re feeling inspired, all of our resources can be personalized – they are incredibly easy to edit, enabling you to tailor activities to your exact requirements.

    In a series of blogposts over the next few months, we will be exploring different types of resources we have on LearningGrids, and taking a look at some examples to help you see just how these might support you and your students in your classroom.

    Clicker Books are a great way of engaging children of all ages, combining captivating illustrations with lively or informative text. Students can read, listen to, or even make their own versions of a range of different books, covering an array of both fiction and nonfiction topics and themes. Take a look at some of the examples below … we’re sure you will find something you and you’re children will love!

    Stories

       

    A Trip to the Park - Read a Book

    A Perfect Pet - Read a Book

    Rosie's Busy Day - Read

    Information/Nonfiction Topics – Science, History, Geography … and more!

     

    Parts of a Tree - Read a Book

    Animal Growth - Read a Book

    Owl Life Cycle - Read

     

    Old and New Toys - Read a Book

    Coastal Landforms - Read a Book

    Symbols of Ancient Egypt - Read a Book

     

    Brazil - Read a Book

    Weather - Read a Book

    The Ancient Olympics - Read a Book

    Make a Book – create written or spoken (text-free) versions of our reading books

      

    Toys and Materials - Make a Book One

    A Perfect Pet - Make a Book

    Animals in Their Habitats - Make a Book One

    As you can probably tell, there are far too many to show you them all … so why not get over to LearningGrids and discover all these and more for yourself! We hope this quick snapshot has inspired you to explore these fantastic resources further!

    And don’t forget, our Clicker Books are often complemented by Sentence, Connect, Talk, and Matching Sets, as well as Word Banks and Clicker Boards. Keep an eye out for future blog posts where we’ll be taking a closer look at each of these activity types.

  • Ask and Answer


    On LearningGrids, we have recently published the Custom Clicker Set, Ask and Answer. This set is a content-free template and has been designed for students and teachers to easily create question-and-answer activities on any topic. 

     

    To use the set, click on Ask to go to the first recording page. On this page, you can record up to six questions by simply clicking on each of the microphone buttons. You can re-record any question as many times as you want. The final recordings will automatically transfer to the Answer page.

    Back on the Start page, click on Answer and then click on any of the question mark buttons to hear the questions. Use the microphone and speech bubble buttons to record and listen to the responses.

     

    The Ask and Answer set is ideal for speaking and listening tasks for a range of different contexts. The template could be used as part of a research project – students record questions they want to find out about and then record their answers after they have completed their research.  It could also be used as an oral reflection on a piece of text – the teacher or student records questions about a book or informational text. Or it could be used to explore a fictional or historical character. One student could ask the character questions and another student could answer, taking on the role of the character.

    There really are so many ways to use this set - and it is so quick and easy to customize. Shift-click the Topic cell to change the text to match the activity. You can also go into Edit View to add pictures to any of the cells – always a great way to motivate your students.

     

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids for many more speaking and listening activities and ideas.

  • Winter and Christmas


    It’s that time of year again when many of us are thinking about Christmas, and the cold weather has truly settled in. Head to LearningGrids, where you’ll find lots of ideas to keep your students busy reading, writing, and talking about festive activities! 

    Check out our Getting Ready for Christmas sets. The book focuses on a group of children and their preparations for Christmas, like wrapping presents, mailing Christmas cards, and putting up decorations. The engaging pictures and simple text will help to get your students thinking and talking about their own experiences and preparations for Christmas too. They can listen to the story – and even record their own version or write their own Christmas book. Other resources linked to the story offer lots of opportunities for children to practice and develop their language skills.

     

    Some of your more independent writers might enjoy using our supportive Christmas word banks. We’ve got a topic tabbed word bank for those students who need a little more guidance and an alphabetic word bank for more confident writers. Both resources are great for encouraging students to use a wider and more interesting vocabulary – and, of course, you can add your own words too.

    If you’re working with older students, you might be interested in the WriteOnline word bank sets based on Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. After all, you’re never too old for Christmas!

    If the chilly weather is your focus, get your students to read and write about winter and the associated weather, traditions, and changes associated with this time of year. We have a brand new, beautifully-illustrated range of resources all about this season. For older students, there are winter-themed word banks to support their extended and descriptive writing.

     

    We hope you and your students enjoy what’s left of this busy semester, and have a wonderful holiday (and well-deserved rest). We will be busy planning some great new content for LearningGrids in the New Year – as usual, keep your eye on the website to see what’s new. Best wishes from us all in the Curriculum Team and at Crick.

  • Clicker Books


    On LearningGrids, we have published Clicker Books that cover a variety of curriculum areas for a wide age range. There are Clicker Books for older students to cover topics such as animal life cycles, coastal landforms, the Olympics, and the water cycle. 

    And we have also created lots of Clicker Books for younger readers – books that explore materials, the weather, the five senses, and colors, just to name a few.

    In addition to providing you with content to use in your classroom, we also try to publish resources on LearningGrids that demonstrate different ways that you can use Clicker Books.  As seen in the examples above, Clicker reading books can be designed with different layouts to match the needs of your students and to best fit the content.

    There are also many ways to design activities for students to make their own books using Clicker Books. Word banks to support their writing can range from a single tab which includes all of the words or phrases needed to write sentences to multiple tabs providing only the key vocabulary.

    Some of the Make a Book activities on LearningGrids include text already in place, allowing students to add illustrations or photos to match the text in order to demonstrate their understanding of important concepts. Other Clicker Books have been designed as speaking activities without any text. Students record information about the pictures that are showcased in the book. These resources can be used as pre-writing activities or as part of presentations on a topic.

    Be sure to visit LearningGrids to access almost 200 Clicker Books – with more resources added every month!

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