Monday, June 23, 2014

More Technology Camp + an Updated Freebie!

My "Science Sentence Starter" freebie is one of my most downloaded products. Wellllllll, since it is so popular, I decided that it deserved a facelift and an update! (And don't worry, it is still free!) Here it is:

At least the cover is much cuter, right?? ;)

I updated the fonts and even added a little bonus activity.

Whenever I teach Technology Camp, I want the kids to have fun but I also want them to learn and have a great educational experience. On the first day, we discuss how we are all scientists and talk a lot about what scientists do. We also discuss how scientists share their findings with others. To introduce how scientists can speak with others, I use one of my favorite things--QR CODES!!

I made each sentence starter a QR code. The students use an iPad to scan each code and then record the sentence (if you use the recording sheet on the left) or a missing word from the sentence (if you use the recording sheet on the right).

(This also introduces the kids to using QR codes because most of them have not had experience with them before they come to camp.) They always LOVE this activity and it is WAY more fun that just reading the sentences together, one by one. After everyone has had a chance to scan and record, we then discuss each sentence starter and when/how we can use them. I print and laminate a copy of the sentence starters and display them for the rest of the week. We use the sentence starters in our discussions about our experiments/investigations and in our class discussions. Love them. Here are two examples of how students use them in their camp science journal:

Don't you just love "a little less than medium"??! Lol. Anywho, the sentences can really help scaffold their thinking and explain just what they are trying to say. Click below to download your free copy: 



  1. Love the way you are using QR codes! I'm sharing your post with some K-1 friends and (hopefully you don't mind) linking it up with a linky of mine of iPad integrations. Thank you for sharing!!

    Christy Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  2. Thanks so much for the freebie! It looks great!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  3. Looks like a fun time at camp! The new cover is super cute!

    The Math Maniac

  4. That is one of my favorite beginning of the year things I have my kids put in their notebooks! Love the new update, and I can't wait to use it again this year! Thanks!

  5. I love the sentence starters since we are embracing writing in science. THANK YOU for doing this and sharing. Is there a way to get a page of each so I can cut them out and glue just the sentence starter to the top of their science journal page? I love the cute outlines and would hate to loose them. I wanted to start out with the training wheels of these and then let them get used to writing it on their own. Thanks!