Nov. 8-Nov.14

Fourth graders will be starting a research paper the next few weeks in their ELA and Science classes.   To prepare for this, students learned searching vs. researching, how to identify a credible website, and how databases are a perfect choice for researching.  We will continue our discussion and learn more next week.

Fifth graders are finishing up their work with the biome projects.  Finishing touches are being added, and they are filling out Google Forms which will be shared with their science teacher for the whole class to view.  Next up, commercials for their Math Money Madness project!

Oct. 31-Nov.7

Fifth graders are closing in on the due date for their biome project.  They are learning a lot about working in groups, their researched biome, as all the technology that is used for this project.  I can’t wait to see finished products!

Our Fourth Graders learned how to clear out e-mail, how to change the theme in their e-mail, and a few other tips and tricks as they cleaned up their inboxes.  They also began a project in a web based program, Storyboard That.  This will be a fun way for early finishers to produce fun comic strips, timelines, chapter summaries, and more!

Oct. 24-Oct. 30

KIS 4th graders completed a Google Drawing activity placing stars in correct places for where the Federal Government, State Government, and Local Government offices reside.  In addition, the toured Mt. Vernon and the White House, and explored a government website.

Our 5th graders filmed their green screen productions this week!  Many groups also started and finished their food web creation in LucidChart Diagrams.  Only two more weeks for this project to be completed!

Oct. 17- Oct. 23

Fourth graders explored scanning QR codes leading to different websites and Google Map locations to make an informed decision with level and branch of government was being featured.  Along with this activity, students were able to create a decorated pumpkin using Google Slides and write about it.  Lastly, all landform dictionary URLs were distributed so all students were able to view all 4th grade work.

Fifth graders are continuing work on the Biome project.  This week, students planned scripts and props to bring for filming next week.  Many groups finished mapping their biomes in Google My Maps, copied the image on a slide, and linked the image to the live map.

Oct.9-Oct. 13

KIS 4th graders are finishing up their Landform Visual Dictionaries this week.  Along with all of the inserting of images and videos, they were introduced to animating images and slide transitions.  They are getting really creative!

Our 5th graders are beginning a longer project on land biomes.  Within this project, students are asked to use Google Slides, but not in the traditional “presentation” method.  They have choices to create a Jeopardy board, Choose Your Own Adventure Story, Interactive Quiz, to name a few.  Students will map their biome of study in Google My Maps and embed it on the slide of choice.  A food web will be created using Lucid Chart Diagrams.  The Green Screen will also be a choice to show knowledge of biome characteristics as well.   All of these standards fit with science and technology courses of study and sure to pack a lot of fun!

Oct. 2-Oct. 6

Fourth grade students began a “Landform Visual Dictionary” collaborative project using Google Slides.  In science classes, students are studying different landforms, so they are using videos and images to create visuals to help with understanding while in a collaborative manner.

Fifth graders are finishing up their StoryBoard That projects!  I can’t wait to see what they come up with!


Our 4th graders are finishing up map skills in their S.S. classes, so in Integrated Technology, students explored many different features of Google Maps.  This lesson is a preview of another Google Map lesson students will learn about when they read, George Washignton’s Socks in their ELA classes.  They also got to hear a special read aloud of the book, The Scrambled States of America by Deborah Short.

Fifth graders are exploring a new web-based production program called StoryBoard That.  They have a choice to create a storyboard: web, comic strip, t-chart, etc… based on the content of their choice: (Chapter summary of a book they are reading, current science content such as food webs, current S.S. content etc.)  Students are really enjoying this program and are even asking if they can create their own at home.  I can’t wait to see the finished products!

Sept. 18-Sept. 22

Our 4th Graders are learning some INFOhio resources this week!  This includes, Storia, Book Nook, and a review of BookFLIX.  Students have been given a username and a password to be able to add to their “bookshelf” in Storia.  Many students are also interested in creating their own book trailer, as kids across the state of Ohio have in Book Nook.  It was fun exploring!

Fifth Graders have been reading, “The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe” by Loree Griffin Burns, and learning how to decipher non-fiction text.  In Integrated Technology, students were reminded of INFOhio resources and other new current event .org resources.  Combined with the study of the book, students researched this bee catastrophe to create a poster in Google Drawings to educate and persuade the world to help save the bees and why we need to do so!

Sept. 11-Sept. 15

This is our last week of Internet Safety as our focus.  We will be visiting this topic throughout the year and discussing safety measures in each class, but this week ends our formal focus on safety.  Fourth Graders finished up their poster, meme, or own design, while then working on a PBS webonauts safety training.  Students also had an opportunity to collaborative with another student to create a second poster, meme. or design.

Fifth Grade Students spent a few minutes tightening up their collaborative slideshows.  They then critiqued each slideshow using a rotation schedule.  They wrote down evaluations for each group to improve.  After book check, groups got back together to make changes based on peer review before submitting.  It was a great activity for everyone!

Sept. 5-Sept. 8

Internet Safety continues to be our focus.  Fourth graders are learning how to use Google Drawings.  They have a choice of creating a safety poster, safety meme, or something of their own design.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Fifth Graders are creating safety slideshows collaboratively at the different collaboration/presentation stations.  They are very engaged in this project, and everyone has a role.