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Please note that this website will no longer be updated, as I (Aviva) have moved from a Grade 1/2 teacher to a Grade 6 teacher for next year. I hope that you like all that is shared here though.


Favourite Links
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Below is a compilation of some of our favourite websites. These websites are great for both Grade 1 and Grade 2 students. Throughout the year, we will add websites to this list. At any time, you can e-mail us for a more extensive list of academic websites, and we are happy to share them with you. Here is a GoogleDoc link with all of the websites and iPod Touch and iPad apps that we shared last year (2010-2011 school year). Enjoy!

School/Board Information Websites
School Year Calendar For Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - This is a link to the 2011-2012 School Year Calendar.
Transportation Department For Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board -This is a link to the Transportation Department Website. By clicking on this link, you will be able to find the phone number of the Transportation Department as well as the e-mail addresses of different people at the department. Please pose all bussing questions directly to this department.
Ancaster Meadow Website - This is a link to our new school website. Check back here regularly for updates.
Curriculum Documents - Here is a link to the Ontario Government Website. From here, you can download the curriculum expectations for all subject areas from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

iPod Touch and iPad Apps

AudioMemos - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Some students used this app to record their predictions for FLAT STANLEY. This app could be used in the same way as QuickVoice too, but you can also email yourself a .wav file, which is much easier to share with others.
AudioBoo - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can easily record and share their reading and thoughts. You need to register for a free account to save recordings though.
Butterfly HD - This $1.99 app for the iPad includes videos, photographs, and lots of information about the butterfly. It matches perfectly to the Grade 1 and Grade 2 Science units on living things (in Grade 1) and animals (in Grade 2). I love how the app reads the information to the children if they need it. Students can also take quizzes on what they learned, and the quiz slowly increases in difficulty according to the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Differentiation is worked right into the app.
Cake DIY - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students were using this app to practice writing number words and to develop one-to-one correspondence skills (in Grade 1). You could also use this app for counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, as students make cakes with various groups of treats on them, and then they count the treats. To review fractions, use this app to make fraction cakes. Students need to cut their cakes into different amounts (e.g., halves, thirds, or quarters). For another extension, take the jpeg images that your child saves and turn them into an ebook (with pictures and words) that your child can then read later too. The possibilities are endless!
Camera - The camera is on the new iPod Touches and the iPad 2's and 3's. We use the camera a lot in class for students to take photographs of their work, record videos of their thinking, or even record their own oral stories. This is a free app that comes pre-installed on all applicable devices. It definitely has a lot of potential! Students can even upload their photographs and videos to their blogs. Email me if you want more information on how to do this.
DoodleBuddy - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. The Grade 2 students are using the stamping feature on this app to make groups of tens and represent numbers from 10-100. This is also helping them as they learn to count by tens. Soon the Grade 2 students will learn how to count by 10's right up to 200!
Draw and Tell - This app is a $1.99 app for the iPod Touch or iPad. Students can draw their own pictures or write their own stories. They can also orally record information about what they drew or wrote. This is a great way to reinforce the literacy, math, science, and social studies skills learned in class!
Glow Draw - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can use this app for drawing and for writing. We use this app in class for different word work activities. Students write individual words on here as well as sentences and stories.
iMovie - This is a $4.99 app for the iPod Touch or iPad where students can create their own movies. When doing Claymation in my (Aviva's) classroom, we used this app to add music and sound effects to the final movies.
iStopMotion - This is a $9.99 app for the iPad 2 or above where students can take photographs to create stop motion animation movies in any subject area. My (Aviva's) class did this with the help of Jared Bennett, our 21st Century Fluencies consultant. Here's the link to the finished movies.
Math Drills Lite (Free App) or Math Drills ($1.99) - Your child can practice his/her addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills using this app. I love the visual of the number line too!
Math Tappers -- ClockMaster (Free App) - Your child can practice telling time to the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour (Grade 2) using this app. The Easy Level allows your child to practice all of this in a fun way too!
My Story App (Usually $4.99, but free for March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) - Students can create their own eBooks on this app. They can draw pictures, write text, and even record themselves telling the story. The app is definitely worth the regular price, but is a fantastic deal now that it's free for the weekend!
Pages App - This app is $9.99, and it works on the iPod Touch and iPad. It's great for word processing, but also allows students to easily create posters on their mobile devices. This is a wonderful option for media literacy.
PhotoCard Lite - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can write their own postcards and send them off through email. This is a great way for students to work on their letter writing skills, which corresponds to our current TLCP.
Pizza Fractions - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can practice fractions by identifying how much of a pizza is left in a pan. This is a great fraction review for Grades 1 and 2 students.
Play-Doh Play Dates - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can read the instructions for creating different play-doh objects and then make them. This is a great reading extension for our Grade 2 TLCP on procedural writing.
Pocket Zoo With Live Animal Cams - This app is $1.99, and works on both the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can learn about animals through text, videos, and live webcam feeds too. This was great for the Grade 1 research project on living things and the Grade 2 research project on animals.
PopMath - This iPod Touch and iPad app has a free version, but for addition only. I purchased the $0.99 Pop Math Maths Plus app. Students can then choose between addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They often play this game in partners, so that they can not only practice their math facts, but also discuss with their partner how they solved each problem.
Puppet Pals - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Your child can create puppet shows using this app. If using an iPod Touch, you can upload these puppet shows to YouTube if you want. Please note that while this is a free app, you can pay to download additional characters and settings.
QuickVoice - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can record their reading using this app. They can also listen to what they recorded and reflect on their reading. How did they do? How was their pace? Did they know most of the words?
Rory's Story Cubes - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. Students can use the pictures to create their own stories. They can record their stories using AudioMemos or QuickVoice, or they can write their stories.
Sock Puppets - This is a free app that is very similar to Puppet Pals. Students can retell stories and even make up stories of their own using this app.
Screen Chomp - This is a free app, but only works on the iPad. It's very similar to Show Me, but it's a little easier to upload completed screencasts with this app. Students can use this app to retell a story that they read (drawing pictures as they discuss the events), make predictions about a story that they are going to read (again drawing pictures to accompany their oral predictions), and even create their own story (drawing pictures as they tell their oral story).
Show Me - This is a free app, but only works on the iPad. Students can record their work using pictures, words, and audio too. These recordings can then be saved and uploaded in either a private or a public format. Students loved using this app for our FLAT STANLEY predictions.
Snakes and Ladders Lite HD - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. The Grade 1 students used it during math centres. Snakes and Ladders is a great way to have students develop their one-to-one correspondence skills, as well as their number recognition and counting skills too.
Toontastic - This is a $1.99 app for the iPad. Students loved using this app in class for Halloween to create their own animated cartoons. This is a great way for students to develop their oral language skills and their drama skills too.
Top It: Addition - This is a $1.99 app for the iPod Touch or iPad. The Grade 2 students are using this app to practice their mental math skills. They are working on "counting on."
Tric-Trac - This is a $1.99 app for the iPod Touch or iPad. The Grade 1 and 2 students are using this app to review the concept of a number, while also learning about different combinations of 10. They can practice their addition skills with this app too.
Word Overflow - This is a free app for the iPod Touch and iPad. You can pay for an upgraded version though if you want. Students make various words with the letters that fall down. The more letters in the words, the more points they get. This is a great way to practice word wall and word family words. Thanks to Mr. Trikoupis for sharing this app with us!
Word Wizard - This app is $2.99, and there is both an iPod Touch and an iPad version. This is a great app for word work activities. Students can using spelling patterns to spell various words (i.e., using "at" to spell both "cat" and "flat"). The words can vary depending on the needs of the individual students. This app is definitely worth the price!
WritePad - This app is $3.99 for the iPod Touch and $9.99 for the iPad. It's great for writing activities, as the students can write using a keyboard or they can actually print on it instead. There are many sharing options too: from emailing out your work to tweeting it out.

Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies Websites
100 Number Grid - The Grade 2 students are using this website in class as an application to different counting activities (i.e., counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's). Students have to use number patterns to find various numerals in a hundreds chart.
Bitstrips For Schools - Students started using this website to create their own comics. Making comics is great way to experiment with a new writing form, as well as with word choice and point of view. Email me if you want your child's class code and password.
BookFlix - This website pairs fiction and non-fiction books. Students can listen to the stories and read along with them. There's then a variety of comprehension activities that they can complete -- called "Puzzlers" -- on the left-hand side of the stories. Students can also choose to write or blog about the similarities and differences between the stories. Here's the link to the Virtual Library through which you can click on "Databases" and access BookFlix. The sign-in information for the Virtual Library is near the bottom of the Ancaster Meadow Library Page. If you have any questions about this, please just email me, and I'm happy to help.
Bunny Balance - This measurement activity is good for Grade 1 and Grade 2. See if your child can balance the scale. Discuss the results.
Coin Combo - This game is great for helping the Grade 1 and Grade 2 students make different money amounts. Level 1 is best for Grade 1's, but all three levels are great for Grade 2's.
Commons Blog - Use this link to login to Miss Dunsiger's group blog. Students are really enjoying posting at home as well as at school, and I just love seeing them writing. Students each have their own username and password, but if you have any questions about logging in, please just email me.
Crazy Cones Addition - Grade 2 students are using this website to practice solving addition problems using mental math strategies. There are three different levels of difficulty, so students can choose the hardest level for them. This website is a lot of fun and a great way to work on addition too!
Crazy Cones Subtraction - Grade 1 and 2 students are using this app to help them practice their subtraction skills. Grade 1 students are using a number line or counters to help them count back, while Grade 2 students are using mental math strategies to solve each problem. There are three different levels of difficulty, so students can choose the hardest level for them. This website is a lot of fun and a great way to work on subtraction too!
Edmodo - Aviva's Grade 1 and 2 students are using Edmodo for a variety of writing activities. They are using this website to work with words, write sentences, and create stories. They are also learning how to reply to the comments made by others, which allows them to practice their reading skills too. Students can use Edmodo at home as well. Email Aviva for login information.
Energy Hogs - This website matches up to the Grade 1 Science Expectations on Energy, and there's lots of great reading involved too for Grade 1 students. Children also enjoy this activity.
Gamestar Mechanic - Students in Aviva's Grade 1/2 class and in Mrs. Ryan's and Mrs. Lucarelli's Grade 2 classes will be using this website to create their own video game as part of a social studies unit on community and mapping. Students will be creating their accounts at school and can then use them at home too. If students in Aviva's class want to create their account before Monday, February 6th, they can make one at home using their Commons login information.
GeoGreeting - A parent in Aviva's Grade 1/2 class knew that we were working on mapping, so he sent the class a GeoGreeting. The students enjoyed it so much that they sent him one back too. Not only can students work on their writing skills here, as they send each other secret messages, but they can also review some components of a map while touring the world.
GoogleDocs - Students have been using GoogleDocs in class for a number of different writing activities. They have also been using it in math to make presentations about three-dimensional solids. We have a class account that the students can use at home too. If your child doesn't remember the username and password, just email me, and I'm happy to send it to you.
Hundred Hunt - The Grade 1 students are using this website in class as they continue to recognize numerals up to 100 and practice their counting skills too.
Hundred Hunt Plus 10 - The Grade 2 students are using this website in class as they continue to learn about number patterns and about counting by 10 starting at different numerals.
IXL - This math website is good for Grade 1 and Grade 2. There's lots of different math topics included as part of this website. Please note that you can only do so many free questions a day though.
Kerpoof - The Grade 1 and Grade 2 students have been using Kerpoof to share their learning on different Science topics. They use a combination of pictures and words to brainstorm ideas for further writing activities. Each student in Aviva's class has his/her own username and password. If you want this information, please email me (Aviva), and I'm happy to send it to you.
London Olympics - Aviva's class has been using information from the Summer Olympics as part of a media literacy project. Here's the official Olympic website, with lots of interesting information for the students to read, discuss, and write about.
National Geographic Young Explorers - Students can read on their own or read along with a variety of magazine articles all on animals and living things. These articles fit perfectly with the Grade 1 Science Unit on Living Things and the Grade 2 Science Unit on Animals.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Base Blocks Addition - The Grade 2 students are using this website to help them with addition with regrouping. We decrease the columns to two, and then they can work through the problem on their own and check their answer as well.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Base Blocks Subtraction - The Grade 2 students are using this website to help them with subtraction with regrouping. We decrease the columns to two, and then they can work through the problem on their own and check their answer as well.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Isometric Geoboard - The Grade 1 and 2 students are using this website in class to make different shapes. They can discuss the properties of the shapes they make.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Sorting Activity - The Grade 1 students are using this website in class as they work on sorting rules. They are sorting different objects and discussing the various sorting rules.
Pan Balance - Shapes - This measurement activity is good for Grade 1 and Grade 2. See if your child can balance the scale. Discuss the results.

Pebble Go - This website is great for the Grade 2 students, as they can learn about the different animal groups that we are studying in science. The Grade 1 students are now (November) learning about seasons in science, and PebbleGo has some great seasons information too. You can get to this website through our school website. Here's the Library link with all of the sign-in information that you'll require.
Professor Garfield - On the Professor Garfield Website, students can read different comics. Read these comics with your child and discuss what's happening in them too. This can be a great decoding and comprehension activity!
Scholastic Community Club - Students can listen to stories about community helpers (for Grade 1) and different communities (for Grade 2). They can read along to these stories as well. This is a great way for students to practice their decoding skills while developing their understanding of our current social studies unit.
Sprint Sweets - Students can make their own gingerbread man. They can write about this gingerbread man, or even write the procedure (steps) for making one.
Storyline Online - This website is full of wonderful stories that famous people read aloud to your child. Each story begins with an introduction, in many of which the online reader makes some of his/her own connections to the book. You can choose to have the story read with captions so that your child can read along and/or find some familiar words in the book. This is one of the most incredible websites that we have ever seen!
TumbleBook Library - Ms. Laporte gave us this website information. This website has many interesting links on it, but we think that the link that you'll find most useful is the "Story Books" link. Click "Check Out The TumbleBook Library" and then click on the "Story Books" link that appears. Choose from a variety of story books for the computer to read to your children. There are numerous ones written here by Robert Munsch, and he is actually the one reading the books too. There are also multicultural books on this website and high-interest books as well. The computer also tracks the print for your children as it is reading to them, which allows your children to read along with the computer. We hope that you enjoy this website as much as we do!
Wordle - Students can make word clouds on a variety of topics, from what they're learning in science or social studies to different word family and word wall words that they know. They can embed their Wordles on our Commons Blog too. Email me if you want instructions on how to do this.
Zimmer Twins - Students in Aviva's (my) class have used this website to make movies on a variety of topics. Email Aviva for the class username and password if your child would like to use the website at home.