Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Create your own color palette (that looks good!)

WEBSITE  ColorSpace

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & older students

CONTENT art & design

GRADE LEVELS  teachers, all grades; students (5 & up)

I have a deep love of color. Ask just about anyone who knows me. I came across this website and found such value in it. If you've ever wanted to be able to put several colors together - and make it look good - this site is for you!

It's super easy to generate multiple color palettes, too. Just click on the current hex number, choose a new color, and click generate! Be sure to scroll down the page to see the numerous color combinations. Older students can definitely use this to help create visually appealing projects. 

Art teachers rejoice! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Common Lit

WEBSITE  Common Lit

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ ELA specifically, but some content supports all content areas

GRADE LEVELS  grades 3 & up

CommonLit is a FREE collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter the collection by Lexile level, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard. You definitely need to check out the paired texts, too. 

A great place to start is either on the Library (you can use their filtering ability to dig for what you want) OR on their FAQ page (it's packed with quick start guides & how to's). They also have a Spanish library!

I also noticed a mention of a completely FREE curriculum for grades 6-12 in ELA coming this fall! Woot! I'm excited to see what it offers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021



AUDIENCE ↬ teachers & students

CONTENT any/all

GRADE LEVELS  grades 3 & up

I listen to several podcasts and one of my favorites is Shukes & Giff. They share out several tools and cool things each episode. I definitely recommend you add it to your playlist!

On episode 4, Jen Conti (https://twitter.com/Conti_jen) joined and shared an awesome website: www.Cooltext.com ! I love fonts and this website will only increase that love! There is no other way to explain it than it is awesome! Over 100 different font styles; you can customize the color; AND then drag it to your Google Slide (or other product you are working on) and voilá! I made the image for this blog with this website. You can be sure I'll find many more places to use it.

2 warnings ... it can be addictive! Also, you ARE inserting an image, not actual text, once you put it in the Slide or Doc, etc, it's not editable. You would have to go back to the website and change it and reimport it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


WEBSITE  Educandy

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT any/all

GRADE LEVELS  grades preK - 4

Educandy is a cute little site that allows teachers to create review games and share them with their students. When you refresh the link, a new version appears, allowing for endless practice & fun. I do feel it is geared - visually - toward younger students, I do believe you could use it with older students but you'd have to prep them to know it will look more juvenile.

There are several different games to play and each has a demo you can try out - I had fun checking them out. (I struggled on the one with the French animal crossword puzzle!) I did create a word search with a student for a project of hers and it not only gave her a crossword, but after adding in her words, it created several puzzles based on those words. Excellent!

Thursday, March 18, 2021


WEBSITE  ReadingVine

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers


GRADE LEVELS  grades K & up

I came across this site and knew I had to share it. First, it's free. Second, you can search in various ways - grade level, skill, genre, Lexile range, and more. And third, an account is possible, but not required. The passages also come with questions & an answer key.

Being able to search by skill and grade level really seem the most helpful.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021


WEBSITE  99math

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ math

GRADE LEVELS  grades 1-8

I know timed tests aren't everyones favorite thing, and in no way am I saying they are always appropriate, but some students do like them and thrive with them (I can say this because I was one of those students - but I have 2 daughters who were utterly miserable when they had to take them.)

Gamification is a great element for any classroom to incorporate when done correctly. Healthy competition. This site allows teachers to quickly create games where students can practice and improve on their math skills. And it doesn't have to be all done IN class ... there is the ability to assign it and students can complete it in their own time. Teachers can get some pretty nice data from it.

Did I mention it's free? Yep!

There are so many topics to choose from - it's not just adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing. You can also choose from:
  • percentages
  • rounding
  • number lines
  • order of operations
  • conversion
  • comparing decimals
  • conversion of fractions
  • ... and more!
AND then you have options after you make your selection. WoW!

If you like this resource, be sure to check out the other resources like it tagged below.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ohio Ed Techs

WEBSITE  Ohio Ed Techs

AUDIENCE ↬ teachers

CONTENT ↬ professional learning

GRADE LEVELS  all grades

I came across this website and thought - jackpot! Ohio EdTechs is a website built just for teachers. They share out short professional learning videos to support teachers. 

Be sure to check them out & then bookmark their site & come back often.

If you like this resource, be sure to check out the other resources like it tagged below.