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!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Seesaw for Apple Tasting

Kindergarteners learn all about apples


Kindergarten  students at Fuller Meadow School learned all about apples today.  They went apple picking in the morning and participated in some exploration activities featuring apples.

Students in Mrs. Halligan's class were given the task of measuring apples, weighing them and seeing if they sink or float.  They even had a taste test between green, yellow and red apples to see which one was their favorite.


Students used the program "Seesaw" to draw their favorite apple.  Check out their work.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Digital Learning in Middleton



The 2017-2018 School Year has begun!  As the Digital Learning Specialist for the Middleton School district, I have the amazing opportunity to work with students and teachers in Pre-K through 6th grade. I serve as the instructional technology coach and information specialist for both Fuller Meadow School and Howe Manning School.  I am looking forward to a great school year!

Watch the video below for a glimpse at Digital Learning in Middleton.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Genius Hour








What is Genius Hour?

Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.  (Source)


Students in 6th grade participated in Genius Hour this term.






Students explored a topic that they were interested in.  They could work independently or with a partner.  The requirement was to choose at least three components on this Hyperdoc.  They had to create a Google Site to put all of their information on.

Click on the image below to see a student's Passion Project for India.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Innovation and Design in 2nd Grade

I had the opportunity to collaborate on a project with our ELA/Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Melissa Bettencourt and second grade teachers Kristen LeVangie and Stacey Begin to plan an “Innovation and Design” project in 2nd Grade Social Studies.  The title of the project is “Mississippi River Flotilla Project”.


Second graders learn world and United States history, geography, economics, and government by studying more about who Americans are and where they came from. They explore their own family’s history and learn about distinctive achievements, customs, events, places, or landmarks from long ago and from around the world. The chief purpose of the grade 2 curriculum is to help students understand that American citizenship embraces all kinds of people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and national origin. American students come from all countries and continents in the world. A history and social science curriculum should help students acquire a common understanding of American history, its political principles, and its system of government in order to prepare them for responsible participation in our schools and civic life.

Assignment to students -

To build a transportation barge that will carry cargo on the Mississippi River. 

You are an engineer that works for a company that makes copper pans. The company makes the copper pans in Minnesota then ships them by barge down the Mississippi to New Orleans, LA where they are loaded onto a ship and shipped to China to be sold. The company wants to be able to put a lot of Copper pans on a barge at the same time. 

Your challenge is going to build a barge that will carry the most copper pans down the flowing Mississippi River without sinking or getting stuck.

Brainstorming and Designing

Students worked in groups to brainstorm different ideas for the design of their boat.  


Building the Boat

Students worked in groups to design and build their  boat.  They stayed within their budget when buying supplies.


Testing the Structure

Each boat was tested by travelling down the “Mississippi River” (in a metal gutter) carrying pennies that represents copper pans. 



Final Videos










Presenting to the Middleton School Committee

Eight students from Mrs. LeVangie's and Mrs. Begin's class had the opportunity to share their experience from this project.  Our superintendent Scott Morrison asked them several questions about the boat building experience.  They had some great answers.









Sunday, June 11, 2017

Butterfly Life Cycle

Students in 2nd grade learned about life cycles by raising their own Painted Lady Butterfly.  They received the eggs and each adopted their own to nurture into an adult butterfly.  They took pictures of each stage and captured it with photography.

While the butterflies cycled through the stages, the students researched the science of metamorphosis.
During this research, students were also learning about nonfiction text features.  They used their nonfiction butterfly books to identify the different features.

After all of the research was completed, students took their information  and wrote their own nonfiction book using the features that they learned about.  They chose to use the iPad app "Book Creator" to create their book.

Cait is recording her book
Releasing the Butterflies



Book Creator project:




Massachusetts Common Core Standards
2nd Grade

RI.2.5  Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

W.2.2  Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

W.2.6  With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

SL.2.5  Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Masconomet Graduation 2017



Every year on the first Friday of June, we educators get to see our hard work and dedication pay off. Tri-town, teachers, principals and superintendent have the amazing opportunity to walk in the graduation of Masconomet High School. This year, our Middleton Masco seniors had their Preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 6th grade, reading teachers and elementary principal there to cheer them on! We get to see how intricate this puzzle of education is. We think about these kids forever! AND, they genuinely feel the same way about us! Here's to the Masconomet Class of 2017!