Second grade scholars are currently learning how to identify various landmarks in the United States, like the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, Hawaiian Islands, and many more. We borrowed tablets from 3rd grade so scholars could "visit" these different locations from the comfort of their classroom. We used the Sphere 360 app, which allows the viewer to see a 360 view of a particular location. Scholars were able to swim with the turtles, see Skull Rock in the Mojave desert, and much more!
Kindergarten and 1st grade scholars recently gained gmail accounts same as their older counterparts. Kinder scholars have gotten really good at logging into the computer, so the email login was a piece of cake! For their first lesson, we made bookmarks of their favorite websites. Next, we're going to send emails to our teachers. You ROCK Kinder!!
Kindergarten used the ActiVoters to vote for their favorite American Symbol. They could vote for the Liberty Bell, Uncle Sam, the White House, Mount Rushmore, bald eagle, or the Lincoln Memorial. We're waiting for a couple more classes to vote to get the final count.
Today, scholars that had read a minimum of 10 of the 20 Bluebonnet books participated in the Battle of the Bluebonnets. Scholars had to answer 41 questions about ALL the books. We used Kahoot for the quiz and they loved it! The top 5 participants will go onto the district Battle of the Bluebonnets that will be held at Chandler Oaks Elementary on March, 12th.
On the 100th day of school, our 1st grade scholars used the "Aging Booth" app (available for both Android and Iphone) to take pictures and see what they would look like in 100. Scholars then wrote about what they would be doing when they were 100 years old.
Yea!! We're SO PROUD! Our Kinder Dillos are able to log into their accounts all by themselves! They're now starting to use the laptops during their independent time to work on their ABCs, spelling, letter sounds, etc. Way to go Kinder!!
ALL of our 3rd grade scholars got to practice addition and subtraction facts today by participating in a Kahoot quiz using the tablets!! Not only were scholars able to see their individual responses, but they were able to celebrate as a group when everyone (or almost everyone) got the correct answer. Questions where we had mixed results we had conversations about various strategies used to solve and/or misconceptions. Scholars recorded the answers to the questions that had a star picture so they could then decode the hidden message, "I Believe in ME." Scholars will have continued opportunities in their classes to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through Kahoot quizzes and discover more hidden, motivational messages.
This semester, 4th graders had the opportunity to participate in the Robotics after school club. Scholars learned how to apply math skills, like measurement and algebraic thinking, to developing programs that will make a robot complete a particular task. They learned how to use the light sensor and the ultrasonic sensor. Below are pictures of their culminating activity- SUMO BOT. Scholars had to build a robot that could battle the other robots. They had free choice over the sensors they used, or choose not to use, the program that ran the robot and the design. Can't wait to see what 5th grade comes up with in the Spring!
Last week was the national Hour of Code and AME scholars from Kinder to 5th grade participated! Scholars learned how to program various video games, like Angry Birds. There were MILLIONS of students participating around the US and it was super exciting to be part of it.
Scholars in first grade used the app PicCollage to make collages of their knowledge of two-digit numbers. Scholars were creating models of their numbers with coins, base 10 blocks, and uni-fix cubes. They also decomposed the number in various ways and wrote it in words. Scholars then used the tablets to take pictures of their work and make a collage. These will be printed and posted in their classrooms as well as in the 1st grade hall.