Below are books we created about our trip to the Science Center. Each child reported on a specific exhibit that he/she visited. To create these videos, we used the iPad camera, a drawing program called PaintSparkle, and Book Creator for iPad. These videos are slow to load, so please be patient.
Friday is usually a happy day in school. This past Friday was exceptionally happy because we were hosts to some of our favorite people in the world - our grandparents or special friends. Our classroom was so crowded that the students had to sit on the floor! Our project gave us the opportunity to talk and compare our childhoods in 2015 with those of our special people. We wrote about and illustrated specific parts of our lives and created Life Ropes, hanging mobiles. The life ropes will be hanging in front of the second grade classrooms this week. Check them out if you're in our part of the hallway! Below are some pictures of the students working head-to-head with their special people and one picture of the silliness that usually occurs in our class at the end of the day on Fridays. Thank you to all the special people who spent their Friday with our class. We had a great time showing off to you!
Stay tuned, more pictures are on their way!
As you know, we have been studying adjectives this week. To complete this project, we brainstormed adjectives to describe our favorite food. Then we created a life-sized Venn diagram using hula hoops and compared our favorite foods. After we took a picture of our Venn diagrams, we explained the process and included sentences using comparative adjectives. Enjoy!
What do you get when you put a topic sentence, two explanatory sentences and a closing sentence together? That's right, a perfect paragraph! We have been practicing paragraph writing in class and are getting pretty good at it.
During reading, we each read a biography and wrote paragraphs about the famous person described in our books. The paragraphs had to explain the person's great accomplishment and find events from his/her life that connected to the accomplishment. Then we practiced reading our paragraphs aloud with a friend until we could each read our paragraphs fluently.
Finally, we learned how to use a new app on the iPads called Telestory. Telestory is essentially a video camera that allows students to create news stories with awesome special effects built in. As you watch our Telestories, you will get the idea. This is our first time using this app, so please excuse anything that seems unpolished. The added benefit of this activity is that we had to work together to create our videos. Each team figured out how to cooperate with each other to create the best news story possible.
I am headed back to my roots this year. I'll be teaching 4th grade again. Of my 18 years in the classroom, 12 of them have been have been in 4th grade. Now I'm back.