Kahoot Review, Symmetry, and the Gift of Reading

Students will be working on these assignments for the week ending January 17th:

3rd Grade – Students will review for their web license test by playing Kahoot.  There are 20 questions on the test, so the review will be broken down in to 10 questions per session to allow time for discussion and clarification.  Students LOVE reviewing this way.

4th Grade – Several years ago, the 4th grade teachers requested I cover some math vocabulary if time permitted.  This week, students will understand what symmetry means.  They will watch this video before doing an assignment to demonstrate their understanding:

For the activity, students will access a copy of a google sheet that shows the alphabet.  Students will determine if the letter is vertically symmetrical and/or horizontally symmetry by placing an X in the cell.  If the answer is incorrect, the cell will turn red.  If the answer is correct, the cell will turn green.  As a final self check, students will count the letters that are asymmetrical and type the number in the cell provided that is colored red.  When the answer is correct, the cell will turn green.  Students will not submit (or TURN IN) their sheet if there are any red cells. The google sheet was made using conditional formatting.  I learned this trick from Alice Keeler.  Click on the image below to get a link to force a copy of the google sheet I assigned:

5th Grade: 5th graders created Christmas alphabet books and Christmas counting books to gift to our PreK students before Christmas.  Students were assigned groups where they created couplets and illustrated the pages.  There were 15 counting books and 15 alphabet books.  Students will access the images shared with their group of the pages they created.  They will create a google slideshow displaying one image per page.  Next week, students will share their creations with the world by posting them to their blog.  Here is just one example:


Welcome Back!

This week students will only be in the lab for enhancements on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Monday was a student holiday and Thursday and Friday all intermediate students will be completing benchmark tests in math and reading.  Students will post the following image on their blog and describe which saying represents how they feel about coming back to school and why.

Countdown to Christmas

The fourth and fifth grade students did a fantastic job on creating their Countdown to Christmas videos.  Students used Tuxpaint to create their own background image for the animation.  Below is a compilation of their images made into a Christmas quilt to decorate the computer lab door.

Students inserted the image in a Keynote slide and created 3 textboxes: a number, days until, and Christmas.  Students then used the Build In animation tool to animate the countdown.  The 15 best animations were chosen to be featured in our Morning Announcements.  You can see them by looking on this page or by checking them out on the Morning Announcements youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MorningAnnouncement/videos.  Embedded below are two examples of the student created count downs.

My students and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.  Below are images of the decorations from the computer lab.

The Power of Words

The Power of Words is the last lesson in the Digital Citizenship unit from Common Sense Media for third graders.  This lesson focuses on what I call digital conduct.  Students understand that words matter.  After watching the video below, students discuss how words can hurt.  I tell students this can be a hard lesson to talk about, because the subject of cyberbullying and its effects have to be addressed.  Students have to understand that using the internet to bully someone is now considered a criminal offense and can result in students being confined to a juvenile detention facility.

Fourth graders finished their digital citizenship review by completing Commons Sense Media’s Digital Passport module called Search Shark.  In this module, students learned how to receive more productive search results by using specific words or phrases.

The fifth graders continued working through the first 126 lessons in Typing Club.

Creator’s Rights and Responsibilities

Third graders will be understanding the terms copyright law, fair use, public domain, Creative Commons, and why knowing those terms are important to them this week in the computer lab.  Students will watch Common Sense Media‘s video on Copyright and Fair Use posted below.

Then they will watch the video to help them understand how the Creative Commons license allows creators to release their work to the public but still retain certain rights like not being able to change it in anyway, not being able to profit off of it, requiring attribution be given, and/or requiring the user also share with the same kind of license their work.

Finally, students understand their need to follow the steps represented in the acronym HPCF: Harry Potter Can Fly.  This poster was created by Wes Fryer‘s daughter.  I use it every year to help students understand the concept.

H – Homemade
P – Public Domain
C – Creative Commons
F – Fair Use

Finally, students will log in to Google Classroom and take the quiz included in the Common Sense Media lesson called Creator’s Rights and Responsibilities.

Even though copyright can be a difficult subject for even adults to grasp, I am always amazed at how quickly these young students get the concept of copyright.

Amazing Creation

This was created by a 5th grader during Makerspace today.  He created this from his own imagination, not a pattern.  I am encouraging him to create Lego patterns for others to follow.

Rings of Responsibility and Countdown to Christmas

This week, third graders will understand Rings of Responsibility in regards to their behavior online and offline.  This lesson comes from Common Sense for Education.  Students will watch this video:

After discussing the lesson, students will post this image to their blog.

They will complete the lesson by taking the quiz included in the Common Sense curriculum.

Fourth and fifth graders will begin creating an animated slide using Keynote on their macbook to help count down the days until Christmas.  The first step will be to create their own Christmas scene in Tuxpaint to use as a background in Keynote.  The best countdowns will be featured in Morning Announcements during the month of December. Below is an example:

The Rings of Responsibility lesson from Common Sense Media was a perfect opportunity to explain to students how their actions not only affect themselves, but their community and possibly the world.  I shared the story of the two young women who posted a picture of themselves on social media at the tomb of the unknown soldier while making an obscene jester.  Those young women did not THINK about how that picture would go viral and affect all the millions of people on social media who had a lost a loved one fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.  That one simple action caused a major backlash from the “world” and almost ruined one young ladies’ life!  I believe students understand now how vitally important it is to consider the Rings of Responsibility before they post anything online.

Makerspace and Blogging

This week and next, students will be creating in the Makerspace.  Now that third graders know how to post images to their blog, students will be encouraged to share their creative genius with the world by snapping a picture of their creations and posting them.  Next Tuesday, October 29th is Global Maker Day.  Students that have technology that day will create while watching the stream from the Global Maker Day website. We will share our creations here and on Twitter.

The Global Maker Day was a great experience.  Students enjoyed making while being able to experience what other classrooms were doing.  Here are just some examples of their activity.

DigCit Family Night

Parents, students and teachers, on Thursday, October 17 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the elementary cafeteria, Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran will inspire and challenge us to become mentors and not just monitors of our children’s online behavior.  Dr. Curran is an internationally known author and speaker on digital citizenship and is the founder and executive director of The Digital Citizenship Institute. Dr. Curran believes in a community approach towards digital citizenship. Please join us for this important event.

More Typing Club, Evolve, and Blogging

This week 5th graders will continue their progress in Typing Club.  Their goal is to complete through lesson 34 which will include the home row keys of a,s,d,f,j,k,l,; and the top letters of r,u,e, and i.  The 4th graders will complete the Evolve module in Digital Passport.  In this module, students are presented with situations where they need to stand up to bullying online. The 3rd graders will learn how to access their blog, log in and create their first post.  Students will post an image of the activity they completed in Google Classroom last week where they moved images of personal information into the proper column of safe to share or not safe to share.

Some 4th graders had a more difficult time with the Digital Passport Evolve lesson than previous lessons because it was language intensive.  The module presented different scenes where students had to choose the best response.  Fortunately, a student discovered an audio component.  When a students clicks on the flower in the graphic, the passage and answer choices is read for them!  I so appreciate Common Sense Media for including this great help.