Small Group Center Ideas

Our division has really been talking hard about small groups.  Our literacy plan requires small groups in Language Arts, but teachers are also asked to come up with ideas for Math, Science and Social Studies — even cross-circular activities.  Here are some ideas for using Technology in small groups.

 Minecraft Edu (Use Prompts to match your content – area, perimeter, models of science or social studies concepts, novel settings, etc.)  — All Roanoke County teachers and students have accounts.

Breakout Edu (Digital Breakouts) ; Create a free teacher account to find the free games; Example: Finding Frosty –

Formative (Game Based) Assessment Websites





Are there any other ideas or resources that you use in your classroom?

Minecraft Edu

Did you know Roanoke Country provides Minecraft Edu to students and teachers?  Here are some resources you might find helpful as you explore the ways you can incorporate this engaging game into your classroom.

Support Links:

Lessons, Worlds, and Educational Community

A huge thanks to JT Thompson from Microsoft for many of the above resources.

Here’s one more great resource:

Ben Kelley’s Minecraft Resources


Office 365 Handouts

Access the Roanoke County Office 365 Portal here: 

Looking for Office 365 Handouts?  Here are ones that we have set up so far:

Accessing Office 365

One Drive – Shared Files

SharePoint – Accessing Share Fair Resources


Office 365 – Changing Email Format Settings

Office 365-Contact Group

Office 365-Distribution List

Outlook 2016-Contact Group



Download Handouts

There are handouts for most of the programs we use at school (and some websites too) available in the blue box to the right. Here’s how you find them:

Use the arrow at the bottom of the box to scroll though the list of handouts. When you find one you want, click on it.bluebox1

Then click on DOWNLOAD.


Choose a place to save the handout on your computer so you can find it. Then click save.


Making Your Own Activities for the Smartboard

Once you have the SmartBoard Notebook Software on your computer, I highly recommend that you download and check out the  Lesson Activity Toolkit.  It contains interactive templates for different games and lessons.  It contains fun ways to practice things like:

  • Category sort – Organize key words into two categories
  • Key word matching – Match key words to their definitions
  • Multiple choice – Create up to 10 multiple choice questions
  • Text reveal – Reveal 5 lines of text in your preferred order
  • Word guess – Guess the letters of a key word up to 15 characters

All you have to do is add your content!  Download it here.   Don’t forget to take a look at the Quick Reference Guide they provide.

Assigning Students Fast Math

  1. Log into your teacher account.
  2. Click on the settings tab.
  3. Select all your students by clicking on the first person, holding down the shift key, then clicking on last person.
  4. Left click on the small triangle under “program assignment.”
  5. Choose what problems to assign.
  6. Green circles will appear by each child’s name. This means they are ready to start!

For full color directions (and pictures), please find the Fast Math handout in the blue box.