First graders in Ms. Gerrard’s class at Davis Elementary have been studying different types of motion: straight, circular, pushing, pulling, vibrating, and back and forth motions. Animations are a great way to show motion! Today we used ABCYa! Animate to illustrate different motions. I instructed the students to pick a motion and to try to make it unique, something the other students in the class wouldn’t think of doing. Then they started drawing the first scene. I showed them how to duplicate it several times with the Copy Cat button to slow down the animation. Then they changed the image slightly to show the type of motion they were trying to display and duplicated that several times as well. Since it’s a loop, the motion just continues through the two different images and it looks like constant motion. They saved it as a GIF file, and I published them all to a Google Doc that you can see here. As you can see, Ms. Gerrard’s first graders did a great job being creative and sharing unique types of motion!
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Today I tried out two new web tools with Ms. Edmond’s first graders at Holladay Elementary. She’s always willing to try new things! They have been learning about fact families in math (SOL1.5) so we illustrated some fact families with QuikSlides and SketchToy. I like both of these sites a lot because they are easy to use and don’t require a login. QuikSlides is a way to make a simple slideshow. You can change the font and color of the slides and even link to online images and videos. You can also set a password so you can go back and edit your slideshow later. The slideshows can be viewed online with any device including the iPads! The students made a new slide for each of the four members of the fact family that they wanted to show. You can see their slideshows by clicking here. Next we created animated illustrations of those fact families using SketchToy. With SketchToy you can draw pictures and then watch an animated replay of your drawing. The students especially liked how they could adjust the vibration of the lines. The students drew a picture showing the number of objects in their fact families and then wrote out the corresponding addition and subtraction equations. I instructed them to make the color of the objects match the numbers. Most of them did a great job following directions. I put all their links together into a Google doc that you can check out here:
First graders in Ms. Smith’s class at Laburnum Elementary have been learning about poetry in language arts and spring in science, so today they wrote an acrostic poem that spelled out SPRING. They came up with their own words or phrases to go with each letter and typed them on a Pages document. When they were finished, I showed them how to highlight the first letter of each line and change the font, size, and color so it stood out. Next we went online and I showed them how to do a Google image search to find spring pictures that went along with their ideas. They learned how to drag and drop the pictures from the browser onto their document (that took a lot of practice for some of them)! Finally, they saved their acrostic poems, and I combined them together into one document. I exported it as a PDF and uploaded it to another publishing site called Issuu. You can take a look at their finished project by clicking here.
First graders in Ms. Long’s class at Davis Elementary have been learning about flowers and how they grow (SOL1.4) so today we made animations of growing flowers using ABCYa! Animate. I taught a similar lesson last year but I learned a couple of lessons since then. First, I learned a big lesson about modeling. I have found that if I draw a picture while modeling the steps in a process, the majority of students will end up copying my drawing. That’s what happened in my last lesson… almost all of the students’ flowers were red like mine. So this time I purposely drew an ugly grey flower that resembles Medusa. None of the children copied it. Also I learned how to make the animated GIF actually animate in the Google Doc (host the images on another site and link to the URL instead of importing them directly into the Google Doc and then link to the publicly shared Google Doc instead of the published web version). Finally, in order to keep the animations from moving too quickly, we pushed the Copy Cat button a few times for each picture so there were duplicates. You can see their finished projects here.
First graders in Ms. Reese’s class at Laburnum Elementary have been learning how to tell time to the half hour (SOL1.8), and today they used Photo Booth iMovie to create their own videos about time. First we reviewed how to tell time using the model clocks. Then we discussed what students are doing at different times throughout the day because I wanted them to not just tell the time on their clocks, but to also tell what they do at those times. Next we opened up Photo Booth, and I explained how it reverses the image so it will be kind of tricky to tell the time (although Samontey could tell time in the reverse as well!). They recorded themselves holding up the clocks, telling the time, and explaining their activities. This was a great way to assess understanding since we found out that although many students could tell the time, several had difficulty knowing what they do at those times. After that, we imported the videos into iMovie. I showed them how to add titles and music to their video. They loved that part! Finally we exported the videos as QuickTime movies. Take a look at a few student examples: Jarrett, Jakirra, and Noah (he can do a LOT at 9:00!).
First graders in Ms. Edmonds’ class at Holladay Elementary have been reviewing for upcoming tests, so today I showed them how to create their own review questions using two web tools, Padlet and Socrative. First we talked about what makes a good multiple choice question. Most importantly, it should make people think. If the answer is obvious or if some of the choices are ridiculous, then it’s not a good question. Next we discussed topics that they could write questions about: In Social Studies they’ve been studying famous Americans (SOL1.2). In Science they’ve been learning about animals (SOL1.7) and force & motion (SOL1.2). In Math they’ve been adding doubles (SOL1.5). Once they thought of their question, each student went to a wall I created for them in Padlet and posted their question to the wall. Click the link to see their questions. Next they logged into our class on Socrative and I gave them questions to answer from the wall. Socrative is similar to ActivEngage in that questions appear on each student’s screen, they answer them, and the teacher gets instant feedback with a graph that shows how their responses. The students enjoyed answering each others’ questions, and they had a great review through the process.
First graders at Davis Elementary have been learning about Famous Americans including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (SOL1.2). For this project, their teachers divided them into pairs and they used books and websites to research facts about one of these people. They had that part completed by the time I arrived. My job was to work with pairs using the iPads and an app called Videolicious to create short 1-minute videos about their famous Americans. First we searched online for images to use in the movie, and they chose about 4-5 pictures they liked. Next they planned out who would say what for each picture, and we started recording. The app makes it very simple to create a video. It uses the built in camera and shows the pictures you selected in a side bar. So you can combine live video with images and voiceovers. When you want a picture to show up, you just click it. The students enjoyed the final steps of adding visual effects and a soundtrack to their videos. We published their finished movies to the Videolicious website, and I added all the links to a Google Doc. You can take a look at them by clicking here.
We had Monday off for Presidents Day (SOL1.3), so many 1st grade students have been learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (SOL1.2) this week. Today 1st graders in Ms. Reese’s class at Laburnum reviewed facts about the presidents, practiced writing sentences, and learned a new program called Comic Life. I gave them a template with 4 panels that you can download by clicking here. I also gave them a folder of pictures to use that you can download by clicking here. First they chose which president they wanted to write about and typed his name in the title. I showed them how they could change the font and color using the Style button. Next we added some pictures to three of the four panels. There were portraits and photographs of the presidents as well as pictures of money, monuments, and memorials. For each picture they chose, the students had to write a short sentence in the speech bubble. Finally they took their picture with the Capture button and typed a sentence about themselves in their speech bubble. I combined them all together into one PDF document and uploaded it to Flipsnack. You can see their finished comic book online here.
First graders in Ms. Long’s class have been learning how to create and solve one step story and picture problems using basic addition facts (SOL1.6) so today we made animated Keynotes to illustrate an addition problem they created. First we opened a blank Keynote (there’s no template to download) and the students added a title “Addition” and their name. Then I showed them how to create a simple snowman using the Shapes tool. We grouped it together and made copies of it. Next the students added a text box to show the number of snowmen they started out with. We used the Build In animation feature to make the number appear. Then we pasted in more snowmen and added another text box for that number. The students added their numbers together and typed the answer. Finally I showed them how to record their voices as they told their story problem. We exported the Keynotes as videos, and you can take a look at a few student samples here: Eric, Madeline, Natalie, and Tommy.
First graders in Ms. Gerrard’s class at Davis Elementary have been learning about goods & services (SOL1.7) so today we reviewed those concepts with Comic Life. I wanted them to understand that people can provide goods as well as services. So all the pictures I gave them are of people: farmers, builders, cooks, doctors, firemen, and teachers. You can download the folder of pictures here. I also gave them a Comic Life template that you can download by clicking here. We discussed what kinds of goods and services each job provides. You could use this site to help review those ideas. There are four panels on the template, so I instructed them to add two people who provide goods and two people who provide services. Then I taught them how to type a simple sentence in each speech bubble: “I make a good,” or “I do a service.” Next we added a new page and showed them how to take their picture with the built-in camera and how to type their name with the special lettering. We also added a speech bubble for them to type in what kind of job they wanted to do and whether it provided a good or a service, but we ran out of time. You can take a look at a couple of student examples: Connor and Nardeen.