Friday, July 12, 2013

Embed your Pins and Ten Pin Linky

I'm not going to re-invent the wheel.  I found out how to embed my Pinterest pins by reading the directions by Michelle at The Vintage Apple.

I would add the following though- which I discovered through trial and error.
First - in number 4 of her directions, she's talking about the pin widget button.  Sometimes, I've noticed that Pinterest does not automatically put my pin's URL address in that line bar there.

It'll do it right for my first one, but then all the rest it makes this t-shirt thing.  So what I have to do is on the page where I choose embed- I copy the URL code first, click embed, and then paste that url code into that pin URL line.
Now the right picture pops up and I'm good to go:

In step nine, she says to wait until you've embedded all your pins before you put in that Java Code at the bottom of your post.  I found that I have to do this from the beginning so that I can see my pins in the preview mode.

To make it easier for me to find where I want to paste my pin link code in html mode, I do go ahead and type out numbers 1 through 10 in compose mode so I can find my place in html.  I also type out my last line of text before my signature, leave two line breaks, so I can find the spot to put the Java Code when I'm in HTML.

And her tip for writing <center> and </center> before and after the pin code is a good one.  I like the look better than having it all the way left.

When you embed the pin to your blog post, folks can click the pin it button straight form your page and add it to their own boards.

With all that being said, let's get into the Ten Pin Linky from  Ashley at Just Reed.

I start my year with a social studies unit, so that's where I'll start my pins.  I have my pinterest boards separated by the titles of my PYP units.  How We Organize Ourselves covers Economics, Who We Are in Time and Place is my famous Americans, Where We Are in Time and Place are my Native Americans, and How We Express Ourselves are my ancient Egypt and China boards.  We also have a stand alone unit for maps, and I have Teaching Social Studies for fun stuff I find that don't really fit anywhere else. 

1. I had a great time making a town with my kids this past year.  And I want to do it again this coming year, but I'm looking at how to make it a bit smaller so it doesn't take up as much space.  I had four table tops covered a the end of the year, and was overwhelmed by it.  I'm thinking of maybe making the buildings the size of a child's alphabet block.

2. I had loved this blog- but I don't think she's writing anymore.  She had great ideas for all sorts of fun stuff. I especially loved her continent bags.  She has multiple posts and goes into detail for what you can put into each bag.

3. One of my more sparse boards- so I can see where I need to go a-hunting.  But I would like to try this game out with the kids.  I like it that it uses natural items, which they would have used.  And that ties in nicely to natural resources and how we use what we have available to meet our needs, whether they be of the life and death sort, or that of entertainment.

4. Barbara at Grade ONEderful did a review of this book.  It really got me thinking about our famous Americans unit and a connection to Helen Keller.  The kids were really into her this past year, and this book would be a great connection without it really being ABOUT Helen Keller.  How do you describe a color to someone who can't see it?

5.  I teach both Ancient China and Ancient Egypt.  Both a super packed with fun- this is a great freebie find for paper doll forms.

My Science Boards are also named differently.  How the World Works and HTWW covers Weather and Matter, and Sharing the Planet covers animal habitats, adaptations, lifecycles and plants.  Wooo- it's a doozy.  We also have a stand alone unit for magnets.  And just like before, Teaching Science has all the little extra bits and bods that don't fit anywhere.  I've also started a board called Engineering, to help with those new STEM standards.

6. This is what I want to do this year as a culminating activity about the states of matter.  I'll have the kids attention for sure as we mix solids and liquids to make the ice cream - and if you time it right you can see the chilly water vapor rise out of the bag when you open it for the gas part.

7. Part of our weather curriculum is about having them actually gather weather data- I really want to either have an already made kid's weather station outside our classroom window- or I am digging on this idea of having them make their own weather instruments.  E is for Explore has extraordinary ideas on a daily basis.

8. Magnets is kind of a weird unit in second grade. They already pretty much know the gist of magnetism.  There's not a lot of new discoveries to be made, as they've already covered it in K and First.  But in our state standards here in Virginia, there's this whole other tag line about how they are supposed to CREATE a item that uses magnetism.  Oh?  Don't believe me, eh?

So what they hey am I supposed to do with that?  This pin above was my first little inkling.  And I'll be on the lookout for more.  What are things they can get a magnet to do?

9. Everybody loves animals- so there are always tons of pins out there to get your animal and plants teaching done.  The stink bomb of this unit though is the weathering and erosion part.  And I've got lots of work to do in this area- but I am happy to find this freebie by the wonderful Laura Candler.  She has tons of excellent resources as always.

10. With the new STEM standards out there, I'm starting to pay a lot more attention to engineering ideas.  This site here offers some design briefs to get your head around the idea of just how much fun it can be.

What have you been pinning?


1 comment:

  1. Hi! I teach Ancient Egypt and Ancient China too! I have found some great things on pinterest. I am your newest follower. I would love for you to follow me too. On my blog, there is a link to my pinterest page where you will find a page for Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. I can't wait to see you future Make-It Mondays :0)
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