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Moby Max Winner


Miranda Jackson!  Miranda, you’ve won a brand new Moby Max tablet!  I’ll e-mail you shortly, and Moby Max will be in touch to get your mailing address.

Thanks to all who entered, and check back soon for a new second grade writing unit giveaway!

Moby Max Tablet Giveaway

Moby Max tabletIf you haven’t discovered Moby Max yet, you need to.  I love it for the personalized skills practice I can assign (for math and ELA, no less), the easy-yet-comprehensive reports I can review, and the way the kids love to get on and (ahem) . . . play.  If you want to learn more about the program itself, see my review post here.

So, I was thrilled when the good folks at Moby Max gifted me with one of their tablets!  It came preset with the Moby Max app, so all my kids have to do is click and play work.  If the functionality ended there, I’d love it, but it’s a full-fledged Android tablet!  So, I’ve been able to load apps and homescreen bookmarks for AR, Ticket to Read (the program that comes with our Read Well curriculum), and more.  It works beautifully, and the kids love having a fun new tech “toy” in the room.

Of course, the only problem was how to decide who gets to use it, since anything new and fun immediately becomes a hot commodity.  To solve that, I just created a policy that whoever is my helper of the day gets to the use the tablet that day.  Problem solved!

The price for the Moby Max tablet is only $69, which is crazy affordable, particularly when compared to other pricier tablets.  However, you can’t beat free, so I’m hosting a giveaway!  All you have to do is like my Facebook page to be entered in my Rafflecopter, and I’ll give one tablet away on February 24!  Check back then, when I’ll announce the winner.  Good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Moby Max – and a Giveaway!

If you haven’t heard of Moby Max yet, you are seriously missing out.  My kids have fallen IN LOVE with Moby Max!!  The literally beg to get on and practice when they finish an assignment early, and I’ve made it one of my center rotations for both reading and math.  I mean, how many programs provide targeted practice for both reading AND math?  Love!

Here’s a screen shot of what it looks like when I or the kids log in:

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Let me take you through a few of my favorite things about Moby Max!

1.  The math is fantastic and really comprehensive.  Kids can work on skills that you select by standard, fact fluency, or they can use the really cool Numbers feature to work on number sense.  I use the Numbers icon with my students who need intervention to help fill some number sense gaps, but even my higher achieving kids love to get on and work with the abacus.

2.  State Test Prep is wonderful!  It lets the kids practice test-style questions and problems.

3.  The reading is broken down so that kids can choose exactly what area of reading they want to practice – stories, informational, or fictional.  The language icon is great for grammar practice – something I always struggle to get to – and the vocabulary icon is perfect for test prep.

4.  The writing!  Oh, the writing icon.  I can load a prompt, the kids can write and submit, and then I can assess, provide feedback, and send it back for revision – online!!  They love it, and it sure makes my paper load lighter.

5.  Ease of use.  I can manage most things straight from the Roster icon.  I did watch an introductory tutorial, but most of it is good ole common sense.  It’s easy and doesn’t take much time at all.

6.  It has everything I want!  I mean everything.  The reports are unparalleled.  It’s differentiated – kids take a placement test and then work on targeted standards from there.  Fact fluency is included.  It is seriously my one stop shop.

7.  The kids love it.  As I said before, they beg to get on Moby Max.  They love earning game time and badges, but what I’m hearing from them most often is that if they don’t understand something, there are resources for them to use to understand and practice the skill before they dive back in.  To them, it feels as if they aren’t penalized for wrong answers, but support is provided to help them master the skills.

We are definitely hooked.  I haven’t explored all of the goodies yet – like the Contests feature – but I’m planning on learning more throughout the year.

Since it’s that giving time of the year – and since Moby Max has graciously provided it – I’m giving away one free year-long license!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below, and I’ll announce one winner Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. central.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

enVision SMARTBoard lessons

Last year, our third grade team departmentalized, and I taught reading, so I was able to really dive into our new Read Well curriculum then.  However, departmentalization didn’t work well for us, and we’re moving back to self-contained classrooms this year, and it’s amazing how rusty I feel about teaching math after just one year!

My grade level team has been great about using common planning time to really sit and do some careful math planning, and one of our teachers shared that she planned a PowerPoint for every enVision lesson last year.  She loved because it functioned as a reminder to not leave anything out of her lesson, and it was great prep just in case she had an unannounced evaluation.  I took that idea and I’m planning on creating SMARTBoard lessons for my enVision lessons this year.


Please note – I am NOT a SMARTBoard aficionado.  In fact, I probably know just enough to be dangerous.  So, there aren’t a whole lot of bells and whistles on these first few, but I’m planning on learned and hopefully making them cuter and more interactive as the year progresses.  Also, we are not teaching every lesson in enVision, because we are still treading the water between Tennessee state standards and Common Core standards.  So, we are carefully picking and choosing which lessons to teach as we go.

As of now, I have SMARTBoard lessons available for lessons 1-1 through 1-4, but I’ll continue to upload them to my store as I finish them.  I’ll also make updates to earlier versions as necessary.  So that you can get a feel for the lessons, I’m making the first one, for lesson 1-1, FREE!  Visit my store to get your copy.