March 27-March 31

Fourth grade students are working with the Quiver App from http://www.quivervision.com/ to learn some augmented reality!  They got to choose a a picture to color (coloring is a stress relief!) and scanned it with the Quiver App on the iPad to see their colors come to life!

Fifth graders made a short slideshow and created a QR (Quick Response) code to place on their trifold boards to WOW the judges for the Invention Convention.

March 20-March 24

Students are finishing up and reviewing their scavenger hunts for the testing tools.  We are also going through a simulated test session so all students are ready and know what to expect on testing day!  They are prepared and ready to go!

March 6-March 17

Students are preparing to take the AIR tests coming soon.  Fourth graders will take ELA, math, and social studies.  Fifth graders will take ELA, math, and science.  This will be the first time KIS students are taking these tests online.  To learn the different tools available, students are completing a scavenger hunt using an online practice test provided by the Ohio Department of Education.  Teachers have been instructing students on the new format as well.

*Check out my Twitter post of an example of a hunt!

February 21-March 3

Invention Convention work is here!  All students are learning the design process to come up with an invention.  Fourth graders are completing this as a class, and are learning a shortened version.  Our 5th graders, who learned this process last year, are designing and creating either independently or as a pair.  In Integrated Technology for two weeks, students are learning the SCAMPER process to have a strategy to solve problems.  After this lesson, students apply this knowledge to their own problem and come up with solutions.  From here, students search Google Patents and other sites to be sure their solution does not exist.  After March 3, the students will sketch their prototypes and be on their way!

February 6-February 17

Fourth Grade Students are finalizing the mission patch assignment.  Students had to either CREATE a mission and patch from scratch (fiction) or REDESIGN a mission patch and provide evidence of research of a previous mission.  Students who are finished are working on a Neil Armstrong web quest and filling out dialogue, thought, and fact bubbles about our amazing Ohio astronaut.

Our 5th graders have been SO creative making props for their iMovies on the Inca, Aztec, and Maya people and the characteristics of a civilization.  They have been up to the task for this Design Challenge! I don’t think they want this project to end!

January 30-February 3

Fourth Graders are starting a four week project aligned with the book they are reading in their ELA classes, Who was Neil Armstrong?  They will be either creating a new mission from NASA and designing a mission patch, or redesigning a mission patch from an already existing mission.  They are viewing videos to learn about the meanings of patches, researching the NASA website for missions, filling out a graphic organizer in Google Drawings, and then creating or redesigning the patch in Google Drawings.

The Fifth Grade Classes are off an running with their iMovie projects.  Students started saving images, shooting video, and capturing pictures to insert into their movies.  Some have even brought in props to help with the pictures.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

January 23-January 27

Growth Mindset was the topic this week for students.  They completed a Google Doc with videos and response questions relating to growth mindset vs. fixed mindset.  It is good practice also for them to turn in assignments to the Google Classroom.

Our 5th graders had a planning week for the iMovie trailers on the 8 characteristics of a civilization.  They were given the paper copy of their templates, and were to plan out the text boxes, and photo/video/image boxes for their trailer.  Students are encouraged to be creative and even bring in props for the project.

January 16-January 20

Fourth Grade students worked collaboratively on ONE Google Slideshow presentation that was a template for a book.  The title was, Figurative Language.  Each student was given one page of this book template to choose one form of Figurative Language, find a picture illustration, write a sentence, and explain what it means.  The final copies were printed out and given to ELA teachers.

Fifth Grade students did coding activities this week.  They chose between Kodable, Code Combat, and CODE.org activities.

January 9-January 13

CODING is the skill for our 4th Graders this week.  Students completed coding activities in Kodable, Code Combat, and CODE.org.  Students were able to choose which platform suited them best.

The 5th Grade students were introduced to the iMovie project that will be taking place in a couple weeks.  They viewed different templates in order to choose one for the trailer they will complete on the 8 characteristics of the Maya, Inca, or Aztec cultures.  Students filled out a Google Form to let me know their preference.

January 3-January 6

Happy New Year!

All students this week are working within the Learning.com platform in different modules dealing specifically with Computational Algorithms, Modeling, Simulations, and Problem Solving.  This is to prepare students for a stronger background for some computer activities which will take place next week.