When you first go to Festisite, these are the three pictures you will see. Each one of them tells you what you can do when you visit that section of the website. This is what you will see when you visit the website:
Click the Image to go to the Website
You will have to register and then get a confirmation email before you can get started using the website. It takes about a minute to register and is well worth it. The first part of the website you can use that is fun is the "Poems and Rhyme" section seen below:
In this part of the website you can enter a word under the "Rhyming Dictionary" and find a word that rhymes with the word that you type into the site. You can also see the latest poems submitted and submit a poem if you would like to.
Under the "Instant Creativity" section you can put your face/students faces on the money from just about any country that you want. I created one to show you what it looks like:
For 100 Day you can use this with the one hundred dollar bill for a writing activity:
You can even personalize a set of playing cards with an image or a logo can be personalized as well.
The one you are going to want to do the most is under "Text Layout" in the above image. When you click on "Text Layout" it takes you to a page that looks like this:
Make sure that you have clicked on the icon that the arrow is point to. You should see a box where you can enter text. I have already entered "You are my Valentine repeatedly and you will see why in just a minute. You can change the font, the font size and the paper before you create your layout. Click the "Layout Text" button and download what you have created. On a Mac it goes into your downloads folder. In windows it opens up for you to see what you have created. It should look like this when it is finished:
As you can see there are endless possibilities to use this for a writing activity and there are more activities beyond just Valentine's Day. Explore the website and see what you can come up with. You can create banners with each letter that you typed into the box on a separate page. There is an option for "spiral" writing and it looks like this when it is downloaded:
If you are having a snow day go on over and play with the website for a while and have some fun! I don't know about you, but I have had just about enough of this snow, sleet and ice mix. I am ready to get out and around and it isn't looking good for us until next week some time.
Here's to NO more Snow Days and for MORE Sunshine in all of our lives!