First graders at Laburnum Elementary have been learning how to find the value of coins up to $1.00 (SOL1.7b) and understand picture graphs (SOL1.14). Today students in Ms. Wingfield’s class practiced these skills using Google docs. First, to review the values of the coins and picture graphs I gave them a spreadsheet that you can copy here. Students can enter a number of coins (less than 10) in the colored squares, and the spreadsheet automatically generates a picture graph and provides the value. You can see a sample here. Once the students had experimented with the spreadsheet, they opened a Google slideshow template that I posted to Google classroom (you can make a copy here). They typed their name on the first slide, and on the second slide they had to type an equivalent coins statement (like “5 pennies = 1 nickel”). Then they could make copies of the coin images they needed to show their equivalence, and they could delete the ones they didn’t need. You can see a sample here.
Category: 1st Grade
First graders at Holladay Elementary have been learning how to tell time using analog and digital clocks (SOL1.8). Today, we practiced telling time with analog clocks in Ms. French’s class. I gave each student a Google slideshow template that you can copy here. On the first slide, the students typed their names and we discussed what time was shown on the clock. On the other slides they clicked and dragged the correct clock hands to show the times. They could delete the unused hands by clicking on them and pressing the Backspace button (optional). Then they typed a sentence about an activity they would do at that time. I pointed out that the times were all PM so they were in the afternoon or night. I also showed them how to click the image button and search for a picture of the activity by typing it in the box (words like eating, playing, sleeping, etc). After adding photos to each slide, we went back to the first slide and I showed them how to watch their presentation by clicking the “Present” button. You can see a sample slideshow here. UPDATE 3/16/2016 I taught a similar lesson in Ms. Pope’s 1st grade class at Laburnum, except this time we used Storymaker. You can see those samples here.
First graders at Davis Elementary have been learning about famous Americans including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, and Benjamin Franklin (SOL1.2). Today students in Ms. Gerrard’s class used ABCYa! Storymaker to draw and write about a famous American of their choice. This easy-to-use webtool is a great way to give your younger students an opportunity to practice drawing and writing with a computer. First we logged into Google classroom where I posted the link. Once students opened the website, they used the paint bucket tool to fill the background with their favorite color. Then we looked at pictures of the famous Americans to be sure we painted them correctly. We used the paint brush tool to draw a circle for the face and filled it in with the paint bucket tool. I showed them how to use the roller brush to paint two white eyes. Then they added pupils, a mouth, and hair with the paint brush tool. We kept the drawings simple so they could start writing their sentences. To type, students click the “Aa” button on the right side. The paper is similar to the lined paper they use in class and the font is developmentally appropriate. I explained how to use shift to make capital letters and wrote a word bank on the board for them to use. The students typed two complete sentences about their famous American, then we clicked the download button. Ms. Gerrard and I helped them upload their files to Google classroom so everyone could see and read them. You can take a look at them here.
First graders at Holladay Elementary have been learning about the Earth and the sun in science (SOL1.6), and they have been learning how to write complete sentences in English (SOL1.13d), so today they wrote Earth & Sun stories with Storymaker. Storymaker gives students a fun way to write and illustrate stories on the computer. First we illustrated the picture. Students used the paint bucket to fill in the background with black. Then we discussed the relative sizes of the sun, Earth, and moon, and they painted them as realistically as possible. Some students even included the moon’s craters! Next we worked on the writing part. I instructed the students to write facts about the Earth, sun, and moon in complete sentences. They used phonetic spelling (SOL1.12c) for words they didn’t know, and they used capitals and periods (SOL1.13e). Finally we saved our stories and published them to Google classroom. I put them all on a Google doc so you can read them here.
First graders at Holladay Elementary are learning about winter in science (SOL1.7) and compound words in Language Arts (SOL1.6g), so today students in Ms. Schemmel’s class wrote and illustrated sentences with winter compound words. We used ABCYa! Storymaker, which is a great site for writing in the lower grades. First we brainstormed a list of winter compound words: snowman, earmuffs, overcoat, wintertime, snowball, gingerbread, fireplace, snowflake, iceberg, frostbite, evergreen, peppermint, sweatshirt, turtleneck, pullover, snowplow, etc. Next students typed a sentence or two about winter using some of the compound words we discussed. I explained how to start each sentence with a capital using Shift, put a space between each word with the space bar, and end each sentence with a period. It’s also important to explain to first graders that when they get to the end of the line, it will automatically go to the next line if they just keep typing. When they finished their sentences, they used the painting tools to paint a winter picture. I showed them how to use the paint bucket to fill in the sky and the spray can to make snowflakes. When they were finished, we saved them, and I uploaded them to CoMemories. You can see them all here.
First graders at Davis Elementary have been reviewing needs and wants (SOL1.8), so today students in Ms. Gerrard’s class created needs and wants slideshows using a webtool called Qwikslides. Qwikslides has many great features: there’s no login, it’s fairly easy to use, and the finished slideshows work great on the iPads and laptops. First the students deleted the default text and typed their names. Then they went to the next line and typed “Needs.” They opened a new tab and used Google image search to find pictures of needs (food, water, shelter, clothing, etc). The students copied the links to the photos and pasted them into Qwikslides. Next they wrote “Wants,” and repeated the process to add pictures of wants. Finally, they customized the fonts and colors of the slideshow. We posted the links to our slideshows on Google classroom, but you can see them all here.
First graders at Holladay Elementary have been learning about patterns in math (SOL1.17) and how to find one more or one less than a given number (SOL1.2). So today students in Ms. Schemmel’s class reviewed these skills with Pixie. This was their first lesson with Pixie, so we started by learning how to make a text box and type their names. Next I showed them how to use the stickers to create a pattern. Since they were learning about animals in Science (SOL1.5), we make patterns with the animal stickers. Then I showed them how to use the paint brush tool to draw their own animal. This time we made copies of the animal (by selecting it and using the copy and paste buttons). The students added a text box and wrote a sentence stating how many animals there were. Some students even included words like “hibernating” and “migrating” (SOL1.7a). Then they wrote a question for their classmates: “What is one more?” or “What is one less?” We exported their pictures at JPG files and uploaded them to Comemories so they could solve each others’ problems. You can see them all here.
First graders at Davis Elementary have been studying past and present (SOL1.1), so today students in Ms. Long’s class created past/present comics using StoryboardThat. First we helped them log into Google classroom where I posted the link. Then I showed them how to search for a background from the past and a background from the present. Next we added a person from the past and a person from the present to the correct background. We discussed the differences in clothing, buildings, and technology. I showed the students how they could customize the colors of the characters. Finally we added speech bubbles (called textables) and wrote complete sentences with the characters telling whether they were from the past or the present. I helped them take screenshots of their finished comics, and we posted them to Google classroom. You can take a look at some students samples here.
It’s getting close to the end of the year, so many classes are recalling the good times they’ve had together. Today First graders at Holladay Elementary created memory walls using Padlet. Padlet is an online bulletin board where students can post notes, pictures, videos, and files. Teachers create accounts, but students don’t need to sign in or anything, so it’s very easy for them to use. We gave the students a link to their teacher’s boards, and all they had to do was double click on the board to create a new post. They typed their name at the top, then they typed a sentence or two about their favorite memory of first grade. Next they used the webcam to take a snapshot of themselves and added that to the note. With Padlet, posts appear on the board immediately, so students can see each other’s work, and even offer helpful suggestions. You can take a look at their memory walls here: Valvoda, French, and Schemmel.
First graders at Laburnum have been learning about spring (Science SOL1.7) and fractions (Math SOL1.3). So today students in Ms. Wingfield’s class made spring flower fraction graphs. First we helped them log into Google classroom where I gave them a Google spreadsheet template that you can copy here (File > Make a Copy). The students had a choice of four flower bouquets photos. They picked one and deleted the others. Then they counted the number of flowers for each color. They typed the color and the number into the correct columns on the spreadsheet and a graph was automatically generated. Below the graph, you can see the fractions of the group. Click the sample tab at the bottom of the template to see a finished product. You can also take a look at the student samples here.