Sunday, February 26, 2012

To Pin or Not To Pin?

If you're like me, you've fallen in love with Pinterest, right?  It's a wonderful, collaborative, wealth of information site where you can find just about anything. Well, be advised that when you signed up for Pinterest you agreed, like I did, to the following terms:
  • We own the rights to images we are pinning. 
  • We grant full rights to Pinterest to use those images in any fashion! 
In my mind this changes how I will "pin" in the future!  I'm not going to remove my boards or any information and resources, I'm just moving forward a little more cautiously. If you are still unsure and want to really understand and see what you've agreed to (I really suggest you do), read on: Pinterest Terms!
After reading,  Pinterest Users Need to Read the Fine Print, I know that I can no longer pin articles, images, or resources directly from someone's site unless they've given me their permission.  So I will be looking for that on all of the sites that I visit.  I've learned that you need to educate yourself when using the internet, in this case it will serve you well.  I've learned that collaboration is a key component in education and Pinterest made this very easy in an exciting new form.  Pinterest is a wonderful tool that many of us are addicted too.  No need to change your habits, just look for that little red 'P' before you pin away.

Yes, you have my permission to pin! You may pin any image from Globicate, or from my store. Please follow my Pinterest boards and repin anything you like to your own boards!

Thank you to Laura Candler at Teaching Resources and Corkboard Connections for making sure we all collaborate according to the "terms", and Angela Watson at the Cornerstone For Teachers for sharing the article.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Limerick Links

Looking for a fun way to introduce your students to limerick writing and celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  Well, check out my Limerick Links Game. They are sure to howl with delight as they try to finish the limerick and pass the card.  The game is a great way to introduce your students to figurative language, including puns, onomatopoeia, and hyperbole. Enjoy the fun as the students write and share limericks in a whole new way!
Limericks, games, St. Patricks Day, Globicate, Heidi Befort

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Picture Writing Prompts

Nothing like a linky party to make everyone smile.  This linky party is being put on by The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher and Classroom Magic, so please check out their blogs for more great picture writing prompts at the above links.

I love writing with my students.  The kind of writing where you give them a prompt or a picture or topic and just let them write.  I’m never less than amazed when they share their writing pieces.  Many times we share out loud, and they beg to hear what I’ve written.  Most of my writing is from the heart and I never mind sharing what I’ve written about my family. 

I love reading any of the Ralph Fletcher books out loud before we start writing. These books are a wonderful way to introduce writing and authors to your students and give the students great ideas for writing.

My students know how much I adore being outside.  They frequently call me a “tree-hugger”, and I often give them pictures like the ones below to write about.  My daily glow is a form of picture prompts that you could use each day, weekly, or monthly to write about the world.

What do you think this structure use to be? What time period might it be from?  Could the location of the structure give you an idea of what it was used for? Why aren't there any other structures around?

If you could pick all of these dandelions and blow them, what would you wish for? What would it be like to run through a field of dandelions?

What type of climate might create a scene like this? Where might you find cliffs or rocks like these?  What would you have to know to survive in a climate like this? What might cause an outcropping of rocks like this?

Enjoy these picture prompts...I would love to see your students writing when you're done.  Don't forget to check out  these Ralph Fletcher books for more ideas!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FREE Ireland Interactive SMART board File

Heidi (the author of this blog, GLOBICATE G.L.O.W) and I (Carolyn from The Wise Owl Factory) thought it would be fun to have a little information about Ireland available with St. Patrick's Day coming up.  So here is a free SMART board lesson for school and home use.
Title slide for Ireland Snapshot SMART board file
a little information about sports in Ireland
Dublin, Ireland, a few highlights
Note:  This file has a very short YouTube video of nature scenes in Ireland with the song about Molly Malone.  Be sure to use YouTube on SAFE mode in the classroom.  Thanks!
Carolyn from The Wise Owl Factory

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Global Look of the World, global, geography, resoures, teaching, Globicate, Heidi Befort
I hope you've been enjoying my Daily G.L.O.W.. To help you expand your students global awareness and geographic skills, I've added a new activity that you can use either weekly or more often if you choose to go along with the visuals that I post.  It's the G.L.O.W. or Global Learning of the World.  It's a little more in depth and extensive than the daily version, but is meant to extend your students understanding of our world.  This activity would be a great extension activity for those students who finish early or can be used as a center activity to reinforce both geography and map skills, in addition to technology and research skills.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Daily Glow, Globicate, resources, geography, Heidi Befort
The Daily G.L.O.W. hails from a country which boasts many green views such as this one. It's temperate climate and mild moist air encourage the greenery.

What part of the world might have weather that would encourage such growth of the surrounding landscape?

What might the weather be like?

Do you think it would be a good place to grow crops?

It is surrounded by water, has peat covered valleys, and craggy mountain peaks. What hemisphere do you think it is in?

Have you figured out what continent it is on?

What other questions do you have about this picture?

(Spoiler:  This country is an island. It once was inhabited by Celtic tribes between 600-150 B.C. It has been invaded by the Norsemen, Danes, and English starting in the late 8th century.)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Free Books, reading, links, Globicate, Heidi Befort
I have a secret...I try to keep it hidden, but sometimes it creeps up on me and I just have to let it out. I know, I know, everyone has them. Some hide them better, others don't. I'm afraid I fall in the latter category, but I just can't help myself sometimes. Here secret is I love books! I want to shout it from the roof tops. I want to change our current form of money and currency to books. A sort of barter system, food for books! Can you imagine a world where everyone had a book in their hand? Well, guess what? Most of do have books right in the palm of our hand, you're right, your cell phone, your computer, your Ipod Touch, your IPad. And the best part is, there are so many free sites out there for you to download that special book and get reading. You can learn about another country, take a mind vacation to that special spot, improve your math or knowledge of history, or start a new business. Check out some of these free sites out there right now:

Project Gutenberg
I love this site and everything about it...check it out!

Google Books
Everything Google, what can I say!

"Library to the World"

Free author exposure and ebooks

Download free ebooks, no catch!

These are just a couple of sites that I found where you to can go to get rich.  That is rich in the mind, the heart, and the soul.  Just think of all the things you can share with a book in hand! And best part, it's easy on the wallet during this challenging economic times.  Check out some other sites at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.  They've compiled a terrific list of some amazing sites too! 

So now you know my secret...what is yours?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cowboys and Cactuses

Arizona, cactuses, cowboys, centennial, resources, Globicate, Heidi Befort
As most of the classrooms in America are celebrating cupid and his hearts, the folks out west celebrate another special day on February 14...the admission of the State of Arizona into the United States of America.  It makes it very easy for Arizona teachers to remember this day with the influx of candies and cards.  Arizona is a special state with special characters hanging around us on a daily basis.  So, if you're looking for a way to help your students know the facts about Arizona, check out my Arizona Centennial Unit which is free partner!  It's full of writing prompts, facts, and a fun game to reinforce vocabulary.  So, round up your horse Cowboy, saunter over to TeachersPayTeachers or my resource page, and lasso yourself some freebies!

Check out this fun book to use with my Arizona unit. You'll learn all about Arizona from A to Z!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Greatest Skating Race!

Well, if you've guessed about the Daily G.L.O.W. and picture, and checked out Carolyn's post and smartboard unit, you may want to pair all three with this fabulous book.  Set in 1941, an escape to freedom will be dangerous for the characters.  Check out The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands, your students will love the suspense!

The Netherlands

This post is to accompany a daily G.L.O.W for the answer: "The Netherlands."  

This shoe must be for a Dutch Cinderella, why else would it be about 20 inches long?
This shoe was made in Best, The Netherlands, and was purchased about 1984.  It really isn't a lost Cinderella slipper, but is intended for use as household decor.  

Big shoes, small houses?  These houses are smaller than coffee pots!  
Why do you think that is?
Actually, these houses are historic replicas of actual houses that you can see today along the canal in Amsterdam.  Each year a set of 6 Delft home replicas was released for interested collectors.  Historic details are provided for each home carefully crafted by the Royal Goedewaagen "Blue Delft" and painted by hand.  One home's information includes:  
" . . . (built in) in 1752 by Jan Langerak.  This warehouse was 5.74 meters in breadth, with a broad Bell gable, cushions and fronton, ornamented with garleands and crest.  Under the cushions can be read 'Anno 1753'.  Further there is a facade with three entrances, and above the  entral entrace a wrought iron ornamental fence with the word 'Gouda' . . . "

Here are some actual homes along a canal in Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands:

Tulips are so important to the economy of The Netherlands that they are very carefully tended and selected as the bulbs are sold the world over:

Here is a free SMART board lesson about The Netherlands.  This presentation includes two parts:  first, about the country, and secondly about St. Nick Day, so be sure to save this presentation. 

We hope you enjoy this lesson!  Heidi and Carolyn

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Daily Glow, geography, global, Netherlands, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Daily G.L.O.W.
With the big push for alternative forms of energy, did you realize that these have been around for a long time.
Do you know what the name of this structure is?

Do you know what country or hemisphere of the world where you might find one?

Have you heard tales or stories about these structures?

What type of climate might you find in this country?

What function does this structure perform or how is it used?

Remember, you can download the Daily G.L.O.W. worksheet to use with these images!

(Spoiler:  This picture is part of a Kingdom, and can be found in Western Europe.)

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