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From TCEA (http://www.tcea.org/)
Want to have your students working at the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy this school year on their iPads? The apps below allow for content creation, come highly recommended from TCEA, and are all FREE!

CloudOn brings Microsoft Office to your iPad and links it to your Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive accounts. Create, review, and edit documents; add charts; change formatting; track changes; and more.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese “Dinner, Not Art” is a fun app that takes you back to when you made art with noodles as a child (or an elementary teacher!). Now you can use digital macaroni to create masterpieces. And for every noodle used, Kraft will donate 10 real noodles to Feeding America.

Create your own animated shows with a Western theme using Puppet Pals HD. Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap “Record.” Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. Additional theme packs are available as an in-app purchase.

Scribble Press is a book creation platform that allows kids to imagine, create, and share their own stories, and it includes great drawing and writing tools. Completed books can be instantly sent to their iBooks library. Students may either write their own story or use one of over 50 story templates.

A great app for elementary students to use in creating stories is Story Kit. The app includes four public domain children’s books that can be rewritten and rearranged into a new story. Take “The Three Bears” and make them four. Rewrite “The Three Little Pigs” with the wolf as the victim. Or start with a blank book and write whatever story is on your mind. Students may draw their own illustrations or include photos they’ve taken.


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You know how I love Family Fun online, here are some more ideas for afterschool/summer activities: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-material/recyclable-projects/recyclable-crafts-859956/?CMP=NLC-NL_Wkdr_060910_recyclable-crafts

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Heidi Spietz from American Montessori Consulting has a blog with great ideas for activities


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Family Fun has out-done themselves with these healthy and fun snacks!

Click here to see all of them – After-School Snacks Photo Gallery – View All

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From meatloaf cupcakes to candy fish sticks, this collection of funny food fake-outs will delight your family on April Fools’ Day. Be careful, because like the easy-to-make fakin’ and eggs, it may not be what you think it is.

visit FamilyFun.com for all kinds of practical jokes and pranks!

Rice Cereal Meat Loaf

Meatloaf for dinner? Wait, it’s a rice krispy cake instead.

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The After-School Corporation recently released a series of short videos that make the case for doing science after school. The videos are each 1-2 minutes in length, and show kids and their group leaders engaging in lively hands-on science activities in after-school programs.

Why Do Science After School?
Engaging in science after school is not a substitute for having kids acquire basic math/science skills and knowledge at school. It’s a way to excite kids about acquiring that knowledge, to involve them in tactile, surprising, real-world applications. See the telescope build by Harlem third graders in this video:

 Science Training for After-School Educators
Programs don’t need science or math experts to lead activities. Well-trained after-school educators are in some ways better prepared to model the inquiry process, given that they discover the answers to science inquiries alongside kids. See the difference training can make:

Oobleck is a hands-on science activity that introduces kids to inquiry, observation and states of matter. Here’s one after-school educator trying Oobleck for the first time with her kids:

Who Does Science?
At the beginning of the After-School Science PLUS curriculum, after-school educators ask kids to draw pictures of scientists. After several months of science programming, the kids do the “Who Does Science?” activity again. This time, the results are very different:

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Edible Indian Corn and Foliage Friends, click on the pictures to get the instructions at FamilyFun.com:

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