New Case Studies Published on Ed Surge: Dreambox and Learn with Homer

half_size_S_Cool_Tools__1_-1462551027EdSurge is my go-to resource to all things ed Tech/Teacher News.  They’re teacher-nerd heaven when it comes to digital resources and e-learning ideas.  I told you all about how I use the EdSurge product index a few weeks back.

I am excited to be able to share my professional insights with them and their SCool Tools section.  They published two case studies I wrote on my experiences using two of my favourite tools -Dreambox and Learn with Homer. I have written about Learn with Homer before and it’s power to sequentially skill build early reading skills. The program starts with basic phonology and works up to train young readers how to understand and comprehend short texts. What Learn with Homer is to reading, Dreambox is to math. It too discerns a learners math gaps and systematically works to close them and skill build using engaging, fun games. So head over to Ed Surge’s SCool Tools to check our my case studies on Learn with Homer and Dreambox.

Shape Hunt Math Game and Lesson Plan

As a classroom teacher I fully believed in crafting high quality, experiential learning experiences for my students. I tried my best regardless of the curricular area to get my students outside the four walls of my classroom and exploring their environment. Furthermore, I truly believe in authentic learning experiences where a teacher helps the students connect their textbook learning to its real world applications. It was this ideology that help inspire me to create, Shape Hunt, an interactive math game that gets students out of their seats and hunting for math concepts in their everyday lives.Shape Hunt Pic

As you will remember, showcased some other math games from my geometry unit such, Quadrilateral Find Five. and Shape Bingo.  I have also shared some of my favourite math apps for building spatial reasoning. Shape Hunt is yet another activity in that same geometry unit on shape identification. In this activity I also review skills from my measurement unit by having students practice finding the area and perimeter of each shape. Therefore, it is a multifaceted activity that infuses geometry, measurement and calculation into one lesson. I have adapted this game for different grades by choosing age-appropriate shapes for my students to find. For example, for the younger grades you could ask them to hunt squares, triangles, circles and rectangles.

Shape Hunt requires students to search their surroundings to locate different and identify shapes, then measure and calculate the area and perimeter. I often assigned this activity in pairs to encourage mathematical talk. If it is a nice day I would take the kids outside to the playground to hunt for shapes. This activity is a break from math drills and work sheets, and allows students to get hands on and engage with the geometric concepts.

A PDF of this game can be downloaded for free at on my Teachers pay Teachers store 🙂 Continue reading