Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Wonder" project in 4th Grade

Students in Mrs. Deeley's 4th grade class showed their learning about the book Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio.  Mrs. Deeley read the book aloud to her students and some amazing discussions.  I had the pleasure of working with the students to create a book trailer in iMovie.

Students chose a section of the book that they wanted to tell about, then created a storyboard drawing to depict their scene.

They worked together to pick the action, background, and visual that they wanted to convey.  We used a green screen and the app "Do Ink" for some of the scenes.  We added all of the pictures and videos to iMovie to create the trailer.

Watch our Wonder movie trailer...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving in 1st Grade

It was a digital day in Mrs. Scharffenberg's 1st grade class.

To start the day off, students listened to a book digitally - Turkey Trouble by Wendi J Silvano.  Afterward, they discussed main character, setting, and conflict.

Digital book
Then, the students played a Kahoot! game with questions about Turkey Trouble by Wendi J Silvano.  They worked in partners and learned the importance of working together.


The Kindergarten students in our school worked with their family to create a "Turkey in Disguise" project.  These disguises ranged from a princess turkey to a Tom Brady turkey.  Students in Mrs. Scharffenberg took a "Turkey Walk" to view the projects and get some ideas for their project.

Turkey Walk

After the Turkey Walk, students worked on an activity in Seesaw Digital Portfolio.  Mrs. Scharffenberg shared a picture of a turkey and students used the drawing tool to disguise their turkey.  They recorded their voice on their turkey to explain the disguise.  These projects will be shared with their family.

Seesaw Digital Portfolio

Sample of the Seesaw activity

What a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving vacation. Students were engaged, collaborated, created and played!  Thank you Mrs. Scharffenberg for making learning fun!

Thank you to Sara Malchow for creating this lesson for our students to enjoy! (Source)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Turkey disguises using Seesaw

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Halligan's class had fun with turkeys this holiday season.  They worked at home with their family to create a disguise for their turkey.  They ranged from a princess to Tom Brady.

Students took a picture of their turkey, then recorded their voice to tell us what the disguise is.  They loved sharing their turkey.  Parents now have the opportunity to listen to their child as they share their turkey disguise.

Mrs. Halligan works with students on Seesaw

I love working with students!

Tom Brady Turkey

Dinosaur Turkey

Click HERE for link.

Friday, November 17, 2017

STEAM - Geometric String Art Installation

Fourth grade students recently took part in an exciting extension of a string art project they did in Artovation Class with their amazing art teacher Catie Nasser. Each class worked to create a giant geometric string art installation outside on the ground of the Howe Manning School.

Mrs. Nasser - Artovation Teacher

Two classes started the installation by measuring a diameter of 24ft. and created a circle. Each stake that they pounded into the ground was measured accurately from the center of the circle and the radius was 12ft.  Every student had the opportunity to do the measuring and to pound in the wooden stakes.

Four classes worked on adding the string to the circumference of the circle.  Each class added a different color string.  They collaborated on the stringing and worked together by passing the string to each other in "bucket brigade" style.

Day 1 Tape - Pink Tape

Day 2 Tape - Orange Tape

Day 3 Tape - Blue Tape

Day 4 Tape - Green Tape

Watch the progress...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google Hangout in 1st Grade

Students in Mrs. Scharffenberg's 1st grade class had a chance to meet students in Dyersberg, Tennessee.  Through Google Hangouts, two teachers were able to break down their classroom walls to have their students meet each other.  These teachers and students are participating in "The Global Read Aloud" where they read the same book and discuss it with each other.  The book that they discussed was "Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox.

Before the Hangout, Mrs. Scharffenberg read the book aloud to her students.  They discussed the similarities and differences in the book, then the things that we all in common and those things that make us different.

At the beginning of the Google Hangout, students went back and forth asking each other questions about their school, town and state.  Then, they asked each other questions about the book.

What is the Global Read Aloud?
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year. (Source)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Breakout EDU

Students in 6th grade had a special visitor last week.  Dr. Carreiro came to their classroom to help them with with a great game called "Breakout EDU."

What is BreakoutEDU?

BreakoutEDU is a game that will have your students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, working collaboratively and having so much fun they won't even realize how much they are using their brains!  (Source)

To begin, Dr. Carreiro spoke with the students to interest them in the activity.  She had them discussing the tasks and the expected behavior during the game.

Then, students began the game "Weather Wizard".  Their tasks included math with temperature, finding clues with hidden messages on snowflakes, solving a puzzle on an iPad, figuring out a pattern, finding a missing word in a poem, using a QR code for seasons, and finding a key in severe weather images.

The best part of Breakout EDU is that students work collaboratively to solve the activities.  Each student had a strength and they used those strengths to unlock each key to get to the box.

After the students unlocked all of the keys and got their prizes, they debriefed with me and Dr. Carreiro.  We discussed the tasks, their difficulties, strengths and weaknesses, and the need for rules.  The students are excited to create their own Breakout EDU.

Thank you Dr. Carreiro for joining us at Howe Manning and bringing Breakout EDU!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chromebooks in 2nd Grade

Second grade students are very fortunate to have access to Chromebooks in their classroom.  Our lessons are infused with technological programs for every subject.  Students are even adding their work to a digital portfolio for parents to see.

Chromebooks for math - 
Students practice math skills with the program iXL and they reach further with TenMarks where they can receive tips and video tutorials.

Chromebooks for reading - 
Students use the program "Raz Kids" to access books on their personal reading level. As their reading level increases, they are able to access more books.

Chromebooks for their digital portfolio to capture student learning in any form - 

The program "Seesaw" empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.

Students can also import directly from most popular apps, including Google apps like Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawing and more! (Source)

Second graders are practicing, extending, sharing, problem solving, collaborating, searching, learning, and reaching beyond their classroom walls and Chromebooks make this all possible.

Thank you to everyone who makes having technology in our classrooms possible!