Every week I borrow the laptop cart for my little resource room. I've tried to inspire my developing readers to dabble in technology. We've used KidBlog.org, looked up author websites, and spent time using the student interactives on ReadWriteThink.org. (We really love the Stapleless book!)
Last week, the 5th graders were losing steam as they tried to write blog posts. Student J put it this way, "I can't possibly think about writing. My teacher worked my brain too hard today."
Great. Now what?
Then I remembered FreeRice.com. Aha! Vocabulary development in disguise! (Mwah-haa-haa!)
Student K jumped on the site, and two others looked over her shoulder. We soon learned that she is a vocabulary whiz. The other two had trouble reading some words, but when they heard the word, they knew the meaning.
Fast forward to yesterday... the computer cart is in my room. J is the first one at the door. "You'll let us on FreeRice, right?"
"Of course," I answered.
The students spent over 30 minutes sharpening their vocabulary skills. Their goal was 1,000 grains of rice (100 correct answers). They achieved it!!! Now, Student A is still randomly clicking on answers before J can help, but J was adamant that A should "slow down, or people will starve!" (He does crack me up!)
On their way out of class, J asked A for her phone number. My ears perked up at this request.
"I'll call you later so we can log in to FreeRice and donate more grains of rice!" stated J.
It's a full-out, FreeRice frenzy!