Interactive Activities in Smart Notebook

imageThere are some fabulous tools in the Smart Notebook Gallery  Lesson Activity toolkit 2.0.  To find them use the gallery tab of Smart Notebook, and either search for the name of the activity or look in the Activities folder.

If you don’t have the Lesson Activity Toolkit 2.0 installed – Check out Tip #5 in the Blog Post – 5 Cool Tricks on the Smartboard

There are 14 really useful interactives described below (previously blogged about here) – but I’ve also complied them into a PDF handout for you to share!

Downloadable PDF: Interactive Lesson Activities in Smart Notebook





1) Crossword – the crossword is a click-able, type-able, or writable interactive puzzle. You enter the words and the clues that fit your lesson and topic and it creates the puzzle for you. I often create them as part of a station in language arts to practice vocabulary words. The students work together on the puzzle in a small group.
2) Random Word Picker – I use this as a way to select students. No cup of popsicle sticks for me, I keep a file with all of my students’ names on my desktop and whenever I need a student for a task I have the file randomly choose one for me. A great classroom management tool. There is also a random image chooser that would work with student photos, but they are small and not very clear.
3) Random Group Generator – Another great classroom management tool. You enter all of your students’ names, select the size of groups and it creates them for you. You can use the arrow key to send them out of the flash program to insert or modify them. You can also just hit recreate if you are unhappy with the results.

The original 14!

1) Vortex – The vortex is a fancy sorting tool – the answers will only go into the correct vortex, and spin out of the incorrect choice. There are both text and image options.
2) Image Match – match the picture with the correct labels.
3) Pairs – just like classic memory – works with both text and images, just drag and drop images on to the tiles in the setup. You can change and modify the number of tile pairs.
4) Category Sort – Drag and drop the words or images into the correct category. Self checking!
5) Tiles – This application reveals what is behind it, one square at a time. You can select how many squares you want. You can put text, an image, or multiple images behind the tiles. I like it to interrogate a historical picture, breaking down a photo or painting into pieces, then looking at is as a whole.
6) Word Guess – Very fun! It’s just like hangman, with the choices of soccer, basketball, or my favorite the tomato splat. Choose the letters to try to guess the missing word. Fun vocabulary practice.
7) Anagram – Rearrange the letters to unscramble the words. It allows for hints, and even hints with a picture to help.
8 ) Multiple Choice – a simple multiple choice question option. You can add up to 10 questions to the same set.
9) Image Arrange – put the pictures in order. This one is great for sorting, ordering, or patterns.
10) Image Select – allows you to import up to 18 images. The images appear in a large box and the students have to select or write in the correct label.
11) Hot Spot – You place dots in a background based on the instructions in the top red bar. The background can be a grid, human body, map, or other custom image.
12) Word Biz – Spell out the answer to the question in the box.
13) Sentence Arrange – drag and drop the sentences (or single words) to put them in order.
14) Timeline reveal – click on a labelled dot to reveal information. Great for dates on a timeline, but the interval between dots is fixed. With some creativity it can be used for more than just time.
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Interactive Tools in the Smart Notebook Lesson Activity Toolkit