Kindergarten students were introduced to QR codes (Quick Response) during their recent breakout. Now that we know what they are and how to use them, we offered them as one of our technology choices this week. Needless to say, they were a bit hit! We also continued to research topics of interest using a fantastic and safe database for young learners called Pebble Go. More information coming in a future post!
Oh no! The gingerbread man needed our help. He locked himself inside our BreakoutEDU box. It was up to the Kindergarten classes to help him out and boy were they up for the challenge! To open up all the locks, students had to work together, find, and solve the clues to help him escape. We were a little disappointed that the gingerbread was no longer inside but thrilled to make our own version of him.
We made our first of many green green videos of the year. This was the first time for both myself and my second grade super star to ever make one. We used an app called Green Screen by Do Ink. It was super simple for him to navigate and he did everything on his own from writing the script, taking the picture of a book, and adding all the elements together. This student really is a super star!
Our first grade students proudly brought home their latest project from the LRC. In this mini unit, we focused on how readers use the author's words to visualize. This skill was taught inside the classroom and reinforced in the LRC. We practiced this skill with the Emberly's book called "Little Green Monster." Students listened to the text carefully. The author uses simple, yet specific descriptions that the students tried to capture in the creation of the own monster. I think they turned our GREAT!
Who can code? We CAN! Today many students from many classes participated in a global event called Hour of Code. Over 100,000 educators signed up to participate. Coding is a language that we believe everyone should speak!
As part of second grade's culminating research project about the first thanksgiving, students experienced the design process as they were challenged to make their own version of the Mayflower. If successful, students added pennies and counted how many "pilgrims" their ship held before sinking. All I can say is that we had some AMAZING ships designed! Way to go Second!