Wednesday Website: The Budget Game & Be Well reminders

Lots going on at Centennial for this week’s Wednesday Websites!

Caitie Lyons, our very own Middle School Coordinator, reminded the staff of Lehigh’s Be Well program. This healthy habits program is geared toward Lehigh employees. You can earn points to save up for prizes, including a $20 wellness credit or even save up for larger appliances. Head to this link to get signed up now!

Conversely, Kristin Smith, an elementary lead teacher, shared out the website called The Budget Game. Although you may have to make your budget in Pounds (British currency), it’s a helpful tool in practicing making budgets for elementary schoolers who are learning about money or even high schoolers who have might have budgeting needs. (A transition grid activity?!)

Stop, Think & Breathe

Last week, we featured Calm as a tool to practice mindfulness with students. For students across grade levels, educators can apply for a free premium membership to Stop, Think & Breathe. There are hundreds of sessions grouped by topic and labeled with the amount of time for each activity. These sessions are only available through the app, there is not a web version. If you are using this with a group of students, consider projecting your mobile device so that all students can view the session. Be sure to checkout the educator guide on the Stop, Think & Breathe website for ideas of how you might incorporate mindfulness into your lessons.

Another mindfulness tools for students and adults is Mindyeti. The free version includes 15 sessions. While this beta version is designed for students in the elementary levels, the exercises can be modified and used with older learners.

Working with secondary students? This blog post highlights how to use mindfulness with older learners.

Mindfulness with Calm

Mindfulness is a prevalent topic many schools are choosing to address in the classroom. Whether it be through deep breathing, meditation, or slow movements, students benefit from the quiet time in contrast to their fast-moving, digital world. A common app for meditation, Calm, is offering schools free access to Calm’s paid subscription service. These mediations and mindfulness exercises are designed for students pre-K through high school.

Looking for more information on mindfulness? Attend this upcoming free webinar on March 18th, 2019 through PAECT. If you are not already a PAECT member, you can join for free.

Wednesday Website: StoryboardThat

This week’s Wednesday Website was shared by high school teacher Lydia Hess. StoryboardThat is a great website to allow students to design visually what they know. The student account is free, and teachers can export students’ storyboards. She shared that students can choose from dozens of scenes to illustrate their own story. In addition, there are a wide variety of characters that can be edited to appear as if they are in motion. Each of the aspects of the story can be labeled, and characters can each have their own speech bubbles. Check out the website for more!