7/13/2017

Digital Classroom: Interactive PowerPoint Lessons



Are you looking for a way to spice up your ELA grammar lessons? Instead of just writing on a whiteboard and handing out worksheets, I began to create PowerPoint lessons to see if I could spike my students' interest during grammar time. Very quickly, I learned that I was spending less time writing on the board and focusing more on their engagement. 




With just ​the click of a button, I was able to get the next point up on the slide using animations and was able to check their understanding. I began to add interactive slides that required their participation, such as clicking for the right answers, matching, drawing and writing on their mini whiteboard. This made lessons SO much more fun for both me and the students! 




For many years, I have used my hands-on grammar activities and practice pages for classwork and homework, but the PowerPoint lessons really changed the game. The PowerPoint lessons are great to introduce a new concept, and the activities and practice pages are good tools to use after the lesson. I promise you that having this digital aid​ will ​definitely enhance your teaching and student participation. :)




What skills are included in the first grade grammar interactive PowerPoint lessons bundle?
• Nouns: common, proper, possessive • Singular and Plural Nouns: -s, -es, and -ies endings • Verbs: present, past, future tenses • Pronouns: personal, possessive, and indefinite • Subject-Verb Agreement: linking verbs and action verbs that follow after singular or plural nouns • Conjunctions: and, so, but, or, because • Prepositions • Types of Sentences: statement, question, command, exclamation (option 2: declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory) • Capitalization: dates, first letter, names of people, pronoun "I" • Commas: in dates and in a series • Inflectional Endings: -s, -es, -d, -ed, -ied, -ing • Determiners: articles and demonstratives • Homophones • Multiple Meaning Words • ABC ORder • Base Words and Affixes: prefixes and suffixes • Sort into Categories • Shades of Meaning • Adjectives • Synonyms and Antonyms


Another amazing digital tool that I recently fell in love with is Boom Learning. On this platform, you can make or purchase self-checking digital task cards and assign them to your students to complete. Students will get immediate feedback and teachers will get full reports on the decks their students complete. The best part about this is that kids find them enjoyable and don't realize that they are actually doing work! If you’d like to learn more about it, please click here. Our world is changing rapidly, and technology is becoming ​a ​more and more integral part of our lives, therefore, children these days will need to be digitally literate. It’s time to embrace technology and take advantage of it!  ​Also, less paper means ​a happier Earth, right? See what other teachers had to say about these PowerPoint lessons! :)


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