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Hi Everyone, I am a first grade teacher and I am looking for more tools and ideas for how to incorporate using the Smartboard more effectively. This my first year working with a Smartboard in my classroom. The students love working with the it and I enjoy using it as well. Also, this year is the first year our school is implementing a new approach to reading and literacy called "The Daily Five" written by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.I teach first grade and for our reading PLC we are working on ways to incorporate using the Smartboard during "The Daily Five?" Does anyone have any suggestions of how to incorporate the Smartboard when implementing "The Daily Five,"or any suggestions of what they do during the "The Daily Five" in their classroom? Thanks!

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Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

Mrs. Smiles,

Could you elaborate on the Daily 5 concept? All the information gathered online mentioned that it was a strategy much like learning centers where students get to choose to read to themselves, to others, and work on writing among other literacy skills. If this is the concept behind the daily five then here are my suggestions:

1. Use digital/e-books. Have students choose or create their own e-book that they can read the whole class or a small group using the smartboard. A good place to look for or start your own is:

2. You can also look at the Digital Story book Guide to help you. It can be downloaded at http://is.gd/bkhpX

3. You might want to check out the Amazing Web 2.0 Projects. Download it for free at

I hope these resources help.


Carol Rountree's picture

I am a resource teacher working in small group settings for reading and math interventions using Lindamood-Bell(LiPS, Seeing Stars, On Cloud Nine) and Wilson Reading and Spelling. Has anyone used the SmartBoard subscription version of Wilson? I have created a few LiPS activities for Mimio use, but would love to hear about others trying to incorporate technology into the intervention scenario.

CeciliaZ's picture

I would love to hear what you came up with. I have one of their books to read this summer and last year was the first year I had an interactive white board. I have some ideas but haven't tried any in the classroom. I like the idea of one of the small groups using the board. I was thinking of using some of the free, interactive books on scholastic.com. Do you have the RM Easiteach software? In the language arts toolbar there is one option that allows you to build words. You choose a puzzle piece depending on whether it is a beginning, middle or ending part of a word. They can practice each part of the word and then drag the pieces toward each other and they snap together to make a word. It's a great visual to help separate phonemes and then blend them into a word.

Debbie Roberts-Sorg's picture

I do not have a smart board but I have been using the Daily 5 this year. I love it! You might want to look at their website and ask your question to the "Two Sisters" who wrote the book.

Johnny Hamilton's picture
Johnny Hamilton
Ed Tech Consultant, SMART Board Trainer, Author of Online CEU Courses

A great place to not only get ideas, but to earn inservice and CEU course credit is http://www.2ites.com. There are 5 accredited online courses in 4 subject areas including English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The courses cover skills and curricular integration and feature hours of video and 1 on 1 moderation.

A place to to get some more ideas for free is http://www.2itEducationSolutions.com. There, you can find a lot of videos that show how you can integrate SMART boards with other tools such as document cameras, MS Word and more into 8 curricular areas.

Good luck!

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher



Thanks for sharing this ning. I just recently joined and am looking forward to sharing some great ideas with other foreign language teachers.



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