Both grade levels got some time with Google Earth this week. We discussed the voyager tool, and looked at some pretty amazing sights! While 4th grade focused on landforms and 5th grade choice, all students had a chance to complete the game, “Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego!”
This week, our 4th Graders began researching their landform. They learned how to use databases in INFOhio like: Kids InfoBits, World Book Kids, and World Book Student. They learned how to save files to their drives to print out and use for their research. They also learned a bit about citation.
Our 5th Grade students are working through a Google Maps and Google Earth discovery. They are using different coordinates to find amazing places in the world with different pictures: ie. a flock of flamingos, a herd of camels, and different land markers.
All KIS students are in the last part of finding solutions for their problem. They learned the difference between patents, logos, slogans, and got to try an activity recognizing these different ideas in their every day lives. Students used Google Patents to search their solution to be sure it did not already exist.
This week, all students at KIS are working though the solution portion of Invention Convention. Students brainstorm their 3 solutions to the one problem they have chosen to solve. We also learned of the SCAMPER model of solving problems.
Our 4th Grade Students are finishing up their landform visual dictionaries this week. They are adding all the “bells and whistles” such as transitions and animations.
Fifth grade students are working through the SCAMPER process and reviewing this from last year. They are working on finding solutions for their problems for Invention Convention.
Our 4th Grade Students learned the problem solving model of SCAMPER to help decide solutions for the problems for Invention Convention. Students viewed videos, took a white sheet a paper through the process, and used Padlet to share their responses. All students will work on the 3 solutions to find the one solution that fits their needs. We will then do a patent search next week.
Fifth grade students are working on creating Persuasive and Informative Bee posters to complement the book: Hive Detectives, that they are reading in ELA. Students are using Google Drawings to design a poster to show information as to why the bees are so important to our every day lives.
KIS 4th graders are working on a collaborative visual dictionary on landforms. They are using a template to add photos, videos, and other media to describe landforms. There are 6 groups in each class to work together and distribute the work.
Our 5th graders are working in an “Unplugged” lesson on Perseverance, Determination, and Grit. They work together to build a structure from marshmallows and toothpicks strong enough to build a tower. While frustration may happen, we discuss that it is ok to take a break, but keep on going!
Our 4th graders are working this week on learning the difference between searching and researching. They should be able to tell you what a database is, and what databases are available to them as students at Kenston. We also are talking about 7 characteristics to look for in fake websites vs. real sites and trusted content.
Fifth grade students are working through a Google Applied Skills Module on creating quizzes in Google Forms. This tool can be used to create quizzes on many topics: math problems, book talks, science, and s.s. content to name a few topics. Students are sharing their quizzes with peers (and myself!) to gain data and learn how the questions were responded to.
Happy New Year!
Our 4th grade students are focusing on a review of Figurative Language. With this, all students have access to one Google Slideshow that will become a Figurative Language Book for each class. Students will choose or write one example of figurative language from either a: simile, methaphor, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, or onomatopoeia. They will write one sentence, choose images to represent it, explain its meaning, and design his/her slide for the book. A lot of collaboration goes into this project too!
Our 5th grade students are finishing work in the Digital Passport, an Internet Safety Game Module. After they complete all the modules, they are continuing work through the Code.org Computer Science Module.
Both grade levels are working through a “catch up” week to finish any work that had not been completed. When students finish, they have a winter choice board with many activities related to winter: rebus writing, magnetic poetry, and much more!
Happy Holidays, everyone~