Wonder Grove Kids: Educational Animated Videos for PK-2nd

Wonder Grove Kid’s is a website dedicated to areas of learning that are not always supported, such as citizenship, fitness, health, home skills, nutrition, and safety. Their YouTube channel contains numerous videos on these learning areas and feature cute animated characters and stories. 

Wonder Grove Kids YouTube

Here is their YouTube channel trailer:

Minecraft Community Project (3rd Grade Social Studies)

Special thanks to Jon Barry, Annette Welpman, Katherine Fleetwood, and Rebecca Mitchell!

Korea International School Standards/Benchmarks

Standard 1- Culture: Knowledge Benchmarks
A – “Culture” refers to the behaviours beliefs, values, traditions, institutions, and ways of living together of a group of people;
C – How cultural beliefs, behaviours, and values allow human groups to solve the problems of daily living;
D – How culture may change in response to changing needs and concerns;
2 – Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways various cultural groups meet similar needs and concerns
Standard 3 – People, Places, and Environments: Knowledge Benchmarks
A – The theme of people, places, and environments involves the study of location, place, and the interactions of people with their surroundings;
D – Factors influencing various community, state, and regional patterns of human settlement, such as the availability of land and water, and places for people to live;
G – Benefits and problems resulting from the discovery and use of resources;
Standard 4 – Individual Development and Identity: Knowledge Benchmarks
D – Individuals bring specific abilities, interests, and talents in working with others to make decisions and solve problems;
Standard 5 – Individuals, Groups, and Institutions: Knowledge Benchmarks
B – Concepts such as: community, culture, role, competition, cooperation, rules, and norms;
F – How the rules and norms of groups to which they belong impact their lives;
Standard 6 – Power, Authority and Governance: Knowledge Benchmarks
E – The ways in which governments meet the needs and wants of citizens.
Standard 7 – Production, Distribution and Consumption: Knowledge Benchmarks
C – What people and communities gain and give up when they make a decision;
Standard 9 – Global Connections: Knowledge Benchmarks
D – All cultures have similar needs, but meet those needs in different ways that may influence or be influenced by global connections

3rd Grade Architects Using Room Styler & Google Spreadsheet (Measurements & Data)

Mrs. Mitchell’s (goo.gl/EtZmWM) 3rd graders took on the role of architects and designed their own dream house. They were required to create a floor plan, find the perimeter and area of each room, and find the total cost of their house. Students used Room Styler (roomstyler.com) to create their house and choose the materials they wanted for their rooms (wall trim and floor material). Students also created a Google Spreadsheet to organize their measurement and budget data.

Music by Only1dob (Drowning To Succeed) https://soundcloud.com/only1dob

2nd Grade World’s Deserts Graphs & Charts (Google Spreadsheet)


Incorporating Graphs/Charts (Math) with Biomes (Science)

My second grade class has been learning about biomes for the last month. I decided to have my students create a graph or chart that compares the number of deserts in each continent. I shared a Google document that stated two objectives: 


The Google document also had a link to the Survival World website that listed all the deserts in each continent. 


Steps in Creating Their Graphs or Charts:

  1. Open the Google document and visit the Survival World website to find out how many deserts there are in each continent
  2. Create a Google spreadsheet 
  3. Create a table that lists the continents and the number of deserts in the continent
  4. Go to ‘Insert’ then ‘Chart’
  5. Open Google Earth and search for 5 deserts
  6. Take a screenshot of one desert (command+shift+4 for the Mac) and insert it into a cell on the spreadsheet
  7. Open Google Earth and find 

Example of Student Work 

Here is what one of my students created.




1st Grade Geography Lesson with Google Earth


Lesson Objective

Students will be able to compare the size of different geographical locations (ex. continent, country, state/province, city, etc.) with a 3D mapping tool (Google Earth).

Content Standards of Lesson (California)

1.2 Students compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of places and people and describe the physical and/or human characteristics of places.

  1. Compare the information that can be derived from a three-dimensional model to the information that can be derived from a picture of the same location.

Learning Activities

1. As a class, we started a K-W-L chart (what they know, what they want to know).

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2. I presented my Geographical Location Presentation while students filled out their graphic organizer. The presentation helped explain the different location categories, and presented the challenge: Find where Mr. Lee lives!

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3. Students opened Google Earth and searched for specific locations in order to find my home (continent, country, state, city, and street). Google Earth’s zooming feature demonstrated the scale of these locations compared to one another.


4. Students also found their school and home.

5. We completed the K-W-L chart (what they learned) and reviewed the learning objective.

Instashare: Best Way to Transfer Files Between iPad and MacBook

This app will allow you to easily transfer files between your iPad and Macbook. According to the Instashare website, you can transfer any file type by dragging and dropping in 5 seconds! Your students can also easily share photos, documents, presentations, and PDFs with you on a whim.

Here are the steps you will need to take:

  1. Download Instashare on your Macbook from the app store.
  2. Download Instashare on your iPad.
  3. Drag a file into the devices that shows up in your Instashare app.
  4. Click on ‘Allow’ to complete the transfer.


Day 3-5 of Minecraft Club

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Objective: Develop Civic Competence

  1. Create a culture for their community
  2. Adapt to environment
  3. Experience interactions among other individuals and groups (communication/collaborative skills)
  4. Develop structures of governing power and authority
  5. Understand the interdependence of communities
  6. Develop ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship

Here is what happened during the last three days of Minecraft club:

Community 1:
  • The community improved their tools for more efficient and productive work. 
  • The blacksmith created full sets of armor for their soldiers.
  • They moved their farm to a larger and safer area to produce more food (2).
  • A member from the other community came their base to ask if he could join them. The majority of the community voted for him to be accepted into the community (3, 4).
Community 2:
  • Members mentioned that the commands given were not productive (3).
  • Advanced players were always separate from the rest of the group. This led the weaker members vulnerable to danger (3).
  • One member was removed from the community because of his lack of teamwork (3, 6).
  • The productivity of the community (mining, construction, farming, etc.) improved due to the removal of the member. There was a focus on community instead of individual gain (1, 6).
  • Teams of two were assigned to complete specific tasks. The two community members worked together and protected one another from danger (1, 3, 6).