Friday, November 21, 2014

Travel Blogs

Fifth Grade TAG students have spent the past three months blogging about the imaginary vacations they took for their Independent Study Project, Travel Passport. Students traveled everywhere from Miami, Florida to Cardiff, Whales to Sydney, Australia! Each student was allotted $10,000 for their adventure. Students had to blog about different aspects of their journey on Kidblog.

Kidblog is a free and secure blogging site. Students have their individual blogs that are housed under the teacher's original blog. Only teachers and students can view and comment on class blog posts. Parents are given a unique code that grants them access to their child's blog.

Enjoy some of the highlights from individual student blogs.

Electronic Glyphs

Third Grade TAG Math students put their multiplication and technology skills to work creating their Turkey Glyphs in Paint.  After solving a collection of multiplication word problems with self-selecting factor pairs, the kids received a mini-lesson on the basics of Paint. The kids used the glyph key to create a turkey in Paint. Each product provided one required element of the turkey. Once they had completed their five required elements, (number of feathers, head shape, body shape, head/body color, and feather colors), the kids got to add their own creative flair. 

Feathers the Turkey
A Turkey Named Pumpkin

Tappy the Turkey


Yolo Turkey

Friday, November 14, 2014

First Graders Start

Quinn  practices adding shapes supports our districts digital learning initiatives with award-winning content, tools, and services. 

The lessons the kids are working on in November are:

  • Select, Drag and Double Click
  • Brushes and Lines
  • Shapes and Fills
  • A,B,C,D,E
  • F,G,H,I,J

The first grade students can go through the lessons at their own pace and must earn at least a 70% in order to continue though the lessons. They can work on this at both home and school.

Mrs. Macias' Class working on lessons
Rebecca in Miss Allen's Class is working on clicking skills.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First Graders Learn to Format

First Graders Used Word to Create Products for Halloween and Red Ribbon Week
Today the students learned to:
  • use capital letters when they type 
  • only use one space between words
  • highlight text '
  • change the font size, bold and underline words
  • use the undo and redo button
  • insert clipart into a document

 They also learned which fingers to put on the keys so they can find the letters quickly. The more they practice this skill, the better they will become at typing and finding the letters they need on the keyboard.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mrs.Johnson's Kinder Class

During our second computer lesson I used three former students (first graders now) to assist me during our laptop time. 

They helped any student who needed help with "control, alt, delete" and logging in.

It was awesome to have some extra hands in the room. My kids had extra assistance and my 3 former students were able to be leaders to their younger peers. It was a win-win for everyone!:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Research in Second Grade

Our 2nd grade students are using Pebble Go and other online research sites to find facts about their famous American for our Living Museum project.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

See You In the Funny Papers

Fifth Grade TAG Math students have been busy creating ratio comic strips using Bitstrips for Schools. Bitstips is user friendly educational tool. My students had a blast creating their avatars and getting creative with equivalent ratios. The link below will take you to our classroom gallery. Enjoy!

Bitstrips Ratio Comics

It's a Small World After All...

Yes, it's a small world, but small things can be seen bigger through the eyes of the MicroViewer!

Students in Mrs. Collin's Third Grade class got a "close up" view of various items, using the MicroViewer USB Microscope. Using a laptop and this hand-held microviewer, the students were able to make some keen observations. 

Looking up close at items like a rock, feather, circuit board, piece of cloth, or any other item takes on a whole new perspective.

Using the laptop software and the MicroViewer, one can also take pictures and videos of the various items.

Great job, scientists! Keep on making those observations. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

First Grade Publishes Stories

Mrs. Riley's first grade class is doing an awesome job with their composition writing. After they composed an essay on paper, they then went to the laptops, logged in, and began transcribing their work into Microsoft Word. 

They have "mastered" the shift key to put in capital letters - and are punctuating to perfection! What an accomplishment! It's amazing to see how hard they work! 

Here are a few pictures of them as they worked. Great job, First Grade!