Jan. 10 – Jan. 15

3rd Grade – Students learned about copyright and how it affects them by watching the two videos below.  Students then took a short quiz to indicate their level of understanding.

4th Grade – Students continued to work on their animated snowman gif in preparation of turning it in to a GIF at TallTweets.com.

5th Grade – Students continued working through the assignments in Typing Club.

Jan. 4 -Jan. 7

3rd Grade – Students practiced copying (Command C) and pasting (Command V) by creating a snowman using the slideshow created by Eric Curts.  You can find a great list of resources on his blog here.  To get a copy of his Build a Snowman slideshow, click here. Below is a sample of student creations.

4th Grade – Students are using the same basic slideshow as 3rd graders to create an animated GIF of their snowman.  I also came across this idea from Eric Curts’ blog.  Click here to see his post.  This process involves having students create their snowman using the slides provided.  Once they have their snowman created, students duplicate the slide and make a small change.  They continue the process to create an animation.  Students will delete the slides that contained the items and then go to http://talltweets.com to insert their slideshow.  This website turns the slideshow into an animated gif students can download.  Students will post the gif to their blog when the project is completed. Here is an example of what it might look like:


5th Grade – Students continued working through the lessons in Typing Club.  Our goal is to complete the first 125 lessons in the program.

Dec. 6-Dec. 10

Grade 5 – Students went to the gym to practice for their Christmas Musical.

Grades 3-4 Students participated in Hour of Code.  Students clicked on the link and filtered the activities by choosing Grades 2-5.  When the time was up, students screen captured the activity and turned it to Google Classroom.  If students completed an activity, they received a certificate of completion.  Below are just a few of the screen shots turned in.

Nov. 29-Dec. 3

4th and 5th Grade-Students completed any assignments  that had not been turned in or the class engaged in Makerspace if they had less than 3 strikes.

3rd Grade-Students posted the It’s Not All True vocabulary activity from last week to their blog.

Nov. 15-Nov. 19

4th and 5th Grade-Students completed and turned in their Countdown to Christmas keynote slide.  Now the hard task of choosing 15 to feature in Morning Announcements begins.  You can see them by watching the December Morning Announcements on the homepage of Morning Announcements of the Archived Page of the same blog.

3rd Grade-Students understand that one way to stay safe online is to realize It’s Not All True.  Students reviewed the website “Save the Northwest Pacific Tree Octopus” to see that just because it looks like the truth, does not make it true. Click on the image below to view the website.


Students then watched a video from BrainPop called “Online Sources”  to understand where and what to look for to validate information posted online.  Students learned five vocabulary terms to help them get a better understanding.  Students then completed an activity where they matched the term to its definition. The slide will be posted to their blog the week we return from Thanksgiving break.

Nov. 8-Nov. 12

4th and 5th Grade-Students opened Keynote on the dock of their computer and began work on their Countdown to Christmas slide.  Students added the Tuxpaint drawing from last week as the background and then created three text boxes.  One with a number between 1 and 24, one that said “days until” and one that said “Christmas.”  Students then adjusted the font style, color and size to compliment their background image.  Finally, students added a Build In animation to the text boxes.  Thirteen submissions will be chosen to be featured in Morning Announcements for the month of December.

3rd Grade-Students posted their Leave and Tell slides to their blog.

Nov. 1-Nov. 5

4th and 5th Grade-Students began working on their animated slide to count down the days until Christmas.  Students use a program called Tuxpaint to create a unique background image for their slide.  Next week, students will use the image they created as the background to a Keynote slide where they will animate the countdown to Christmas.  The best 13 animations will be used in Morning Announcements during the month of December.

3rd Grade-Students are continuing to learn about Digital Citizenship.  Today they discovered what their response should be when they come across something online that is not appropriate.  LEAVE AND TELL!  After watching the video below, students decorated a google slide with the words Leave and Tell.  They were able to choose the font, color, and size of the words, change the background, and add images.  Next week students will post the image to their blog.  Below are a few examples of student creations.


Oct. 25-Oct. 29

This is a make-up work/makerspace week.  Classrooms that had less than three strikes (a class receives a strike when someone fails to sign out of Google Classroom or put their screen shot in the trash) participated in Makerspace where they engaged with hot wheels tracks, puppets, playdoh, paper crafts like origami, and legos.  The remaining classes finished any make up work and then had free time on their computer.