First Grade

1st Grade

Locate the task cards for First Grade by category.

Under each category is a link to the task card and its description of the activity. Cards may be in multiple categories to assist you in locating an activity to use with your students. 

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Math

These task cards focus on math activities. 



seesawAdding Three Numbers With SeeSaw
In this activity, students will solve a math problem with three integers and explain their thinking using SeeSaw.



Base 10 Subtraction and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will solve a subtraction problem with Base 10 blocks and post their work to SeeSaw.



It's About Time To Use Doodle Buddy
Teaching young students how to tell time? Why not practice with Doodle Buddy?



Number Pieces and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will show their understanding of making numbers using base 10 blocks. 



 Paint it! Shape Recognition
 Students love to paint and draw. Using Paint Online, students can practice their shapes. Teachers can assign certain shapes and the students will create pictures with those shapes in them. 



Visnos Virtual Math Manipulatives
Visnos is an interactive math website that provides many different math tools to allow teachers to show math visually and allow students to explore with the tools.



 Wiggle Wiggle Worm
 Willie Worm is an enjoyable and challenging visual-spatial problem,   which encourages persistence in problem-solving, as well as providing students with a purposeful reason for practicing counting and writing numbers from 1-25.



Girl in front of ComputerZearning With Math
Zearn is a math website that is directly connected to the Common Core Standards.

Reading, Writing and Research

These task cards focus on letter and word recognition, reading activities and writing improvement and research projects. 



Developing Word Processing Skills
Students need to learn how to create spaces between their words, type capital and lower case letters, delete text, save and print a document.



First Grade Reading Fluency and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will read a piece that is uploaded to SeeSaw by the teacher. 



Garfield Comic Creator
Garfield Comic Strip is an online tool or app where students can create a one or three-panel comic strip based on the Garfield Comic.


 
Guess Who
Students will use Google Slides to play a Guess Who game. The teacher will share one Google Slide presentation to all students. Each student will create one slide, and type two sentences describing themselves on that slide.



Reading Make it Epic!
Need an engaging reading assignment for students? Use Epic to guide students to learn what a biography is, and have them find information about a specific person.



Sequencing Stories
Sequencing events in a text is a key comprehension tool, especially for narrative texts. Students will learn the ability to retell the events within a given text in the order that they occurred.



Word Processing Skills
In first grade, students will start learning basic keyboarding and word processing skills. Students should be able to take their weekly spelling words and create two-three sentences as well as add provided images. 



Writing How To's For an Audience
In this activity, students will create a “How To” piece of writing and read it to their audience on SeeSaw.

Science

These task cards focus on science topics in the classroom. 



Build Your Wild Self
Students will create an imaginary human/animal with the program Build Your Wild Self. Through the body parts, they will learn about their animal adaptations and how they are used to survive. 



Make Me Genius
Make Me Genius is a website that provides short videos on science topics. 

 

Social Studies & Geography

These task cards focus on social science topics, geography, mapping and historical events.



Make Your Ideas Pop!
Popplet is a web-based and app-based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively. Students learn about United States symbols. 



Map Making With Cat in the Hat
Do you think you can make a map of your classroom? It’s easy with The Cat in The Hat This and That Map-Making tool.



Talking Heads
Students will use the ios app Chatterpix to make a person they are learning about in social studies “speak.”  Students will upload a picture of a famous person and record a voiceover.

Basic Skills

These task cards cover the basic skills a first grader should know from mousing to keyboarding to learning how to treat technology devices. 



100's Day the Techie Way
Celebrate 100’s day with a bit of technology. These free online tools allow students extra enrichment when celebrating the 100th day of 
                      school.



Basic Mouse Skills
It is important that they learn how to use a mouse as many of the educational games they play will require mousing skills.



Beginning Keyboard Recognition
Students will need to be introduced first to lowercase, the space bar, enter/return. Most importantly they learn letter and number location first.



Bees and Honey
Bees and Honey is an interactive mousing game. Students will have fun with counting and also with 1:1 correspondence. 



devicesCare For Your Device
It is very important early on that students learn how to care for their device whether it be their mobile device, their laptop, or a desktop.



Earth Day Fun With Michael Recycle
Students have some Earth Day fun with Michael Recycle learning about recycling and sorting while reviewing important Internet browser components and keyboard keys. 



Parts of a computerIntro to a Computer
Students will learn about input and output devices. 
 



Paint a Pattern
Students will use Paint, a Microsoft Windows Desktop app, to practice mouse skills, paint shapes, fill shapes using paint bucket as well as identify and create a pattern.



Student Made Laptops
As students are becoming more exposed to computers/laptops and beginning to learn proper finger placement on the keys a cardboard replica is a great way to reinforce this information when students are away from the real item. 

Classroom Tools

These task cards cover apps and programs that can be used across multiple age levels and curriculums. They are primarily how-to task cards on how to use the application in the classroom. 



Can your Hear Me Now - Introduction to SeeSaw
Students will use Seesaw's built-in audio recording, drawing and caption tools to reflect on what they've learned or explained how they got their answer.



        Classroom Screen Tools
        ClassroomScreen is a free digital tool that displays a variety of     
        widgets to help students focus. 



Easy Video - Don't Flip Out
Need your students to have a voice? Let them record their authentic learning digitally and share with others. Social interactions and learning are amplified when using Flipgrid. 



Get Epic!
Epic! is a free online library for educators. Students are able to select from a vast selection of books, audiobooks and videos.



Hooray! Go Formative!
Go Formative! is a web-based tool that allows teachers to formatively assess students on the fly, or at the beginning and end of a lesson. Teachers create the assessment, and students complete the assessment online. 



Make Your Ideas Pop!
Popplet is a web-based and app-based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively. Students learn about United States symbols. 



Mystery Doug
Mystery Doug is a FREE weekly video series where students ask questions. The videos are short, approximately five minutes long. 



Storybots
StoryBots Classroom is a resource for educators that includes unlimited access to hundreds of videos, books, games and activities for use on interactive whiteboards, tablets and laptops in the classroom.



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read the text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player. 

Coding and Computational Skills

Students will learn more about coding and maker resources. There are activities to better understand computational thinking and how it can be applied when working on projects. 



Adding Three Numbers With SeeSaw
In this activity, students will solve a math problem with three integers and explain their thinking using SeeSaw.



Base 10 Subtraction and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will solve a subtraction problem with Base 10 blocks and post their work to SeeSaw. The Number Pieces App allows students to manipulate base 10 blocks electronically to show their understanding of counting concepts.



Code and Go Robot Mouse
The students will learn coding skills with Colby, the programmable robot mouse. The students build a maze with the 16 maze grids, a  20" x 20" maze board, 22 maze wall and three tunnels that are provided in the kit.



Coding With Pixel the Puppy
Coding is a skill that all students need for 21st-century careers. Students will play Tynker's Puppy's Adventure. Students will learn sequencing and loops. 



Number Pieces and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will show their understanding of making numbers using base 10 blocks. The Number Pieces App allows students to manipulate base 10 blocks electronically to show their understanding of counting concepts.



Ozo Pathways
Did you know that kids can program Ozobots with markers? Guide them through this fun discovery while reviewing geometric shapes!



Squishy Circuits
Squishy Circuits are fun for all ages!  Students can use conductive dough and insulating dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way.

Collaboration and Communication

These task cards are activities to assist the student to creatively communicate and present in different ways. 


Community Garden
In first grade, students begin learning about basic nutrition and how to grow plants in a cup or small planter. In this lesson, the students will take it a step further and students learn how to create a community garden and share the food. The students will use brainstorming apps to plan the garden and create a poster to advertise the garden. 



Create Your Own Sound Recording
Thomas Edison is a famous inventor. His work with the telegraph and the telephone led him to invent the phonograph, which recorded sound as indentations on a sheet of paraffin-coated paper. Students will learn how to create their own recordings at the Online Voice Recorder. 



Garfield Comic Creator
Garfield Comic Strip is an online tool or app where students can create a one or three-panel comic strip based on the Garfield Comic. 
 

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process that teachers use to take a structured approach to generate and develop ideas. The task cards in this area help teach the design process. 



Designing Solutions
In this activity, students will take a common problem and use the design process to come up with a solution.



Engineers, Don't Flood the Fidgets
Students will design a city for the Fidgits to protect them against flooding. Students have a budget to purchase materials with and select from a variety of housing options and community features.



Tinkering Station
There is nothing more fun than tinkering and taking apart old and broken equipment and toys and creating something from them. Give a student an old phone or toy and have them take it apart.

Digital Arts

These task cards teach students about art, photography, videography, music, etc. 



snowmanAutodraw
Autodraw is a new Artificial Intelligence program from Google Labs
Students will love the ability to doodle and then pick the shape the program thought they were drawing. 



Bringing Art to Life
Disney’s Color and Play App allows students to color their favorite Disney characters and animate them or make them 3D and have them pop off their page.



Draw it Up
Just like in real life, we can also create our own digital pictures and artwork for a variety of purposes. Using Abcya!Paint, and NickJr. Free Draw, students will become digital artists as they create artifacts, using web-based painting tools.



Paint a Pattern
Students will use Paint, a Microsoft Windows Desktop app, to practice mouse skills, paint shapes, fill shapes using paint bucket as well as identify and create a pattern.



 Paint it! Shape Recognition
 Students love to paint and draw. Using Paint Online, students can practice their shapes. Teachers can assign certain shapes and the students will create pictures with those shapes in them. 



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.
 

Digital Citizen and Internet Safety

These task cards have activities to teach students about how to be a good citizen, stay safe on the Internet and prevent bullying. 



Being Responsible
It is very important that students learn early on to respect the device they are working on as well as be safe when they are using it. 



Cyber Five Staying Safe on the Internet
First graders whether at home or school will be online using the Internet and need to know the basic rules of staying safe. ABYCA has a very good age-appropriate video to share with young students on five rules to stay safe.



Special OfferNews or Ads?
In the first grade, students will be visiting approved sites that most likely will still have advertisements. The students will learn how to distinguish between the advertisements and the actual content they are supposed to be using.



Selfie Stickers
Selfie Stickers is an online tool or app where students can modify their favorite photos. They will have fun using the stickers to make hilarious creations by adding them to their selfies.
 



Stay Safe From the Bad Guy on the Internet
Students need to learn how to engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices. 

MITECS & ISTE Standards

MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students): Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

 

MITECS

To learn more about MITECS, visit the State of Michigan's TechPlan website for definitions and support documents to assist you in the classroom. 

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