Friday, November 30, 2012

Just Dance in the Gym!

The week of Thanksgiving our students participated in a “Just Dance” party in the gym. It was so great to see our Tigers working up such a sweat and showing off their dance moves while getting healthy and having fun!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2nd Grade Science and Techology Day

This year Second Grade had ALL students engaged in technology during our First Annual Science and Technology Day.  Students rotated to different teachers rooms to learn different types of technology to help meet our Science, Math, and Writing TEKS.
  • Mrs. Sheridan taught students how to do a Webquest through Stemscopes.  Students researched rocks on three different websites.  They showed evidence of their work through answering open-ended questions.
  • Mrs. Garrett taught the students how to create a typed document to write about what they are thankful for.  They used clip art to match their words.
  • Mrs. McGhee had all students playing Math games on laptops practicing Place Value, Time, and counting Coins.
We are also using to learn about Famous Americans.  Students are independtly researching their Famous American and writing a research report.

5th Grade Researching Science Fair Info

5th grade has been using the laptops to go online and do background research for the upcoming science fair. They are using the library links for research resources and have been practicing siting sources.


5th Grade is now using Edmodo in their classrooms as a social media tool, and a safe way for students, teachers, and parents to communicate with one another.
Teachers are able to assign tasks to students and students can complete the work and turn it in online all while parents can take a peak at what's going on in class. This is a fantastic way for our students to become modern learners all while in a safe environment.
Nice work 5th Grade! We are looking forward to hearing more about this as it grows.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kindergartners Getting Acquainted with Laptops

Kindergartners here at TVE have been learning how to log on to their laptops. Each student has their own log in card that they practice logging on with. When the students are able to log on successfully by themselves, they are then taught to navigate their way to the online math learning games and Tumblebooks. Student technology leaders are also assigned in the classes. These leaders are in charge of getting the laptops from the cart and returning them to the cart correctly.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Using Digital Magazines to Teach Leveled Questioning

Our 5th grade team's Mrs. Pound is using digital magazines from National Geographic Explorers for student to conduct research and to teach students how to create leveled questions for group discussion. 

Students received a guide to the levels of questions from Blooms Taxonomy to help direct their reading. Now they are each creating questions from their digital magazines for their groups to discus and learn from each other and their reading.

It is nice to see the level of engagement from these students. It is also amazing to see the level of questions that they are writing. Many of her student’s are reaching the “Evaluation” and “Synthesis” level questions.

Mrs. Pound, Nice work! This is engaging and students are learning to solve real world problems. You are taking your students out of the box! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Science and Technology in First Grade

First grade has been studying magnets in science.
To assess the students understanding of attracting and repelling, the students used Kidspiration to demonstrate their knowledge of which poles and attract and repel magnets. While at the same time learning to drag, save and print.
The final product was a poster with their diagram from the computer and a fact that they learned from the unit.