Digital Resources to use With G-Suite and Google Classroom

As many teachers begin their journeys using digital tools like Google Classroom and the rest of the G-Suite tools, it's great to have a few "go to" resources to help you get started. I have been creating digital resources for use with G-Suite for a few years now and have developed resources across several grades and subject/content areas. Below I have a brief description of the most popular of these resources along with direct links to each one. These resources can be used on a chromebook, laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Distance Learning Resources for Teachers and Parents

We are living through an unprecedented time right now as we all scramble to figure out our new normal (at least the new normal for now). Distance Learning or Learn at home initiatives are popping up all over the place. I'm compiling a list here of various options that teachers or parents can use while we muddle our way through distance learning and homeschooling during this period of self-isolation. Many of the resources are ones that I use even when not living through a pandemic so you might find some things that you will continue to utilize when life and learning returns to what it once was.

Distance Learning Resources for Teachers and Parents:

Some of the resources listed may be more for teachers who are in a situation where they have to distance teach but others are also good for parents who find themselves suddenly as homeschool instructors.

-Google classroom is probably one of the best ways for educators to keep in touch with students and to assign any distance learning assignments for at home learning. I did a tutorial on this in my Facebook Group for grades 3-6 educators but if you teach any other grade and want to join an watch the tutorial you can.

-Zoom is a video conferencing tool that educators can use to meet with their whole class or just a few students. You can also use Google Hangouts but Zoom is arguably a better tool for this purpose.

-Flipgrid is a great tool for sharing video snippets for your students but also for having students share video responses. You could or example, use it for a show and tell type activity.

-The Secret Door - Click on the door and it takes you to a new location via Google Maps. Students can click on the door and write a short description of where it takes them OR they can do some creative writing about the location. They can also use clues in the pictures to try to infer where the location is. It's kind of addictive, I may have visited 25 places just now.

-University of Waterloo Math Problem of the Week

-Scholastic is offering a great Learn at Home option for grade K-9. I have already used some of the resources with own kids and they are pretty good.

-Prodigy is a fun math game and you can create a free account. There are paid option as well but the free account is good. Teachers can create assignments for their students.

-Knowledgehook is really great because students can take pictures of their work and attach it to some of the questions that teachers have assigned. They get assigned "missions" and teachers can also host "game shows" which are like Kahoot. Teachers get free premium access during the Covid-19 related schools closures.

-Virtual Field trips are a fabulous ideas well that you could assign through something like google classroom, you could even create a scavenger hunt or something for students to complete or have some follow up questions. Parents can also do these with their kids. Discovery Education is one site that offers some but there are many museums and Zoos that are also offering this.

-Many teachers have created Google Classroom and G-Suite ready resources that students can work on at home. I have a ton of these in my TPT store like my newly created digital Grammar word work. It includes a video for students to watch and then 12-15 follow up questions. I also have self-grading math work and many literacy and science resources as well that are perfect for students to work on at home.

-A digital reader's notebook so students can keep track of their thinking when reading independently.

-Epic has online books that you can assign to students and create response questions for them based on the book or series of books that you assign. It is currently free for teachers and they can give access to parents.

-Kahn Academy is a website with instructional videos for preschool to grade 8 and includes questions for students to respond to.

-The Starfall app and website is good for young learners from K-3 for math and literacy.

-Coding assignments are a great way for kids to introduced into the world of computer programming. is a great website with lessons that you can assign for students to complete.

-List of children's authors doing online read alouds as well as Storyline Online which is celebrities reading children's books.

-Go Noodle for fun indoor physical activity.

-Free Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

-Audible has Free audio books.

I will add to this list as I find more resources. If you have more ideas please leave them in the comments.

Digital Grammar Word Work: Save Yourself Time!

Once I finished creating my self-grading digital math bell work, I knew that I wanted something similar for grammar. I teach grammar twice per week in a classroom that has 12 chromebooks (approximately 1 chromebook per 2 students). My school has been looking for ways to trim the paper and copying budget and printing out grammar worksheets for 30 kids twice per week was adding up. I needed a solution that met my needs but it didn't exist. So I created one!

Novel Study and Lesson Ideas for The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is a fabulous book for a class read aloud OR for literature circles and independent reading as well. If you haven't read this book already with your students, I highly recommend it! There are a few parts that are a bit mature so I would recommend this book for grades 5 and up.

This book is about a middle school aged girl named Aven who was born without arms and was adopted by a nice couple. The story is written from Aven's perspective and follows along with her as she moves to Arizona and has to overcome the regular challenges of moving and making new friends but all without having arms. It's a story of resilience and determination that will also help readers to develop more compassion and understanding for those that are different.