Rainforest Alliance Website: Kid's Corner

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization that focus efforts on conserving biodiversity sustainable living.  They work in countries around the world with farmers and businesses to create a "world where people can thrive and prosper in harmony wit the land."  You can visit their site, Rainforest Alliance.

Included in their site is a cool feature called the Kids' Corner that's filled with all things conservation, rainforests, and learning in between for kids of ALL AGES.

There's a collection of lesson plans for grades K-8, with each focusing on a different forest/country around the world.  There's also online games, an app ($0.99), and printables for teachers to grab and go.  They've even aligned their lessons to CCSS and NGSS (and have pdfs of it all).

Kid's Corner has a large selection of animal facts, research elements, virtual storybooks, and simple activities.  My favorite is their large selection of coloring pages featuring unique hand drawn animals and plants from the jungles.


Found the Gold Freebie Hop

Welcome!  You have Found the Gold.  Unlike the old Irish tale of the unicorns missing Noah's boat because they were playing--you, my friend, did not play around.  Now--you are getting paid (in the form of freebies). 

Some freebies are limited, others are not.  It would behoove you to run through this entire hop and pick everything up.  Be fast.  Be furious.  Or be fast and furious.  Just don't be too fast, too furious.

There's almost twenty blogs great blogs along this hop and I'd even suggest following every single one for classroom ideas, innovative ideas, technology features, organizing, and engaging your kids. Hopefully we can give you a little spark of inspiration.

So go ahead, start moving right along.  After all, what is better than free?

Kids catch a leprechaun, make wishes, and then write about it.
St. Pat's might be over, but we've got a whole week's worth of activities to celebrate.

For your next stop head over to Angie at Lucky Little Learners


Legend App: Animate Your Text

Legend is a cool little app that just popped onto the market.  It will immediately turn your text into an animated video/gif/Instagram post.  It debuted a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to catch it during a free period (now it is $1.99) but I would recommend it for anyone who wants a simple and effective way to share animated text.  If you like little pretty moving text images--this is for you (and me).

This one above is in gif form and works a little better for importing them within a blog post like this, much faster--but the quality s a little smaller.  Below you'll find a video that's I've uploaded to Instagram.  Again, I apologize for using comic sans.  It works well too, but you've got to fool around the embedding (I'd love to make it a little smaller).

The current offering they have are a bit limited, but you do have the ability to mix and match color, patterns, and movements.  I'm guessing since this is still so new there will be more and more updates-but I got it for free so I really can't complain.  This app is basically build for Instagram.  There's a choice to move you videos straight there (which is a nice feature).  Check it out in the App Store here.

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