Friday, December 19, 2014

Persuasive Text and the LifeCards App - A Perfect Marriage

Utilizing the app, LifeCards, 5th grade students created postcards defending/supporting their position of becoming a Patriot or remaining a Loyalist due to the events leading to and during the American Revolutionary War.

Below are a few examples as well as an interactive flipbook depicting their finished work:


Peace,
Kiki



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Document Student Learning with Stop Motion Studio

Create Stop Motion videos on your iPad.  Easy to do in your classroom.  Suggestions from Raki's Rad Resources 

Lego animation, claymation, stop motion animation.  These all seem like complex types of movies that we shouldn’t attempt in a classroom.  In an after school club, maybe, but definitely not in a classroom.  However, I recently discovered that these types of videos can be created quite simply with an iPad, using the app Stop Motion Studio.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources – to find out how my children documented the creation of their sculptures with this app.

 Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gingerbread Brain Break and YouTube Compare

                              
I don't know about you, but I even have a hard time concentrating the week before Christmas! Last week, I planned to keep our week as normal as possible, but last night this MAN changed my mind! 
 
We usually compare and contrast many of these books, but.......
this year... let's work in groups to compare and contrast Gingerbread Man YouTube Videos on our Chromebooks!
  

   http://youtu.be/SR1Z0-RwpA8

  
            There are so many videos to pick from!

                

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

There are so many ways to compare! 
Here are just a few:
You can compare a BOOK vs. VIDEO.

Compare 2 Videos!

Compare 3 Videos!

Compare 4 Videos!

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.1
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because,and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Let students form an opinion and write about it! Students use evidence from the videos to support their opinions!


             
                                So now what? 
                    Let's GET UP AND MOVE 
                     like a gingerbread man!!!!

I love this CD!

Gingerbread Man

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.






CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.2
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#HourOfCode

If you ever need a reminder of why we do what we do each day, take a look at this:



I captured this amazing moment as students were doing the Hour of Code to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. We have been having SO much fun in the computer lab! :-)


There are many, many resources out there to get kids interested in programming. From apps to games and robotic kits, anyone really can learn! 

We started each day with a special message from President Obama:


And then, various grade levels did different programming activities. 

1st grade used an app called Kodable last week to get ready for the Hour of Code, and this week transferred that knowledge to Google's Code Lab in Santa's Village. (If you check out Santa's Village, Google posts a new game or activity each day for kids! Today's is a map puzzle if you need a geography idea to use!)


2nd grade used a couple different sites: Tynker's Candy Quest and last year's version of the Hour of Code, which has students program Angry Birds to get to the pig.


3rd and 4th graders did the activities for this year's Hour of Code - with Anna and Elsa from Frozen! Students programmed Anna and Elsa to make snowflakes by moving a certain number of pixels and angles of different degrees to create the patterns. 


If you have students who are interested in computer science, like I said, there are SO many awesome resources to help them learn more. 

These are all FREE apps (some of which we have on our iPads at school):


This Google Doc has several resources for Coding with Elementary Students (thanks to my friends on the #ElemTechCoach Twitter chat!)


One of my favorites is MadeWithCode.com, which is intended to inspire more females to get interested in Computer Science. 


One of the projects they have right now is to "code the holidays" - each tree that is coded will actually light up one of the trees on the White House lawn! 4th graders have been making them as they finish the Hour of Code - maybe make one together with your class on the SmartBoard!


Happy Coding!!
-Lauren


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Landforms and Animoto

3rd grade students created Animotos on various landforms. With each landform, students were required to write characteristics then compare and contrast the following two landforms; hills and mountains / valleys and plains. Below is a video depicting a few student projects. 



Peace,
Kiki




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Friday, December 5, 2014

Rules for Using Translation Applications in the Classroom

rules for using translation applications in the classroom.  Great tool for ESL students, but needs to be used moderately and responsibly.  Rule suggestions from Raki's Rad Resources.

Technology can be extremely helpful when you are learning or practicing another language.  The translating apps alone are worth their weight in gold, but as with all technology, students must be taught limits and procedures when using translating apps in the classroom.  Stop by my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources, for some suggestions on rules to use when allowing students to use translation applications in the classroom.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

 

 

 

 

 

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