3rd Grade Simple Machines with Prezi

Screen shot 2014-03-25 at 11.21.24 AMThird graders at Holladay Elementary have been learning about simple machines (SOL3.2) so today I showed two classes (Ms. Marion’s & Ms. Cowart’s) how to make an interactive presentation about the simple machines using Prezi. First they selected a theme and wrote the title. We did the first slide together for the lever. I showed them how to make a picture of a lever using the shapes tool. For each subsequent slide they wrote the name of the simple machine, a brief description of how it helped make work easier, and added a picture. I showed them 3 ways to add pictures: they could draw it with the shapes, they could use the built-in clip art, or they could search online for a picture. On the last slide I showed them how they could upload their own picture from Photo Booth. Their final presentations look great! Take a look at a couple of student examples: Gavin’s from Ms. Marion’s class and Omayma’s from Ms. Cowart’s class. I posted all of the presentations to a Google Doc that you can also check out: Ms. Marion’s class and Ms. Cowart’s class.

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02 2014

3rd Grade Synonyms & Antonyms with Prezi

Screen shot 2014-03-25 at 10.36.59 AMMs. Wells at Varina Elementary has been teaching her third grade class about synonyms and antonyms. So today I showed them how to use Prezi to make a cool interactive presentation about the words they have been studying. First we logged into our Prezi account and I told them to pick a word and think of synonyms and antonyms for that word. We discussed what resource would help us if we couldn’t think of many words, and most of the students knew that a thesaurus would be helpful. A good site to use is thesaurus.com. Once they selected their word, we picked a theme in Prezi and typed some synonyms for that word in the first slide. I also showed them how to add a picture from the built in clip art or with a Google image search. On the next slide they typed antonyms for their word and added a picture. For the last slide, I showed the students that they could upload their own picture from Photo Booth. Finally we published our Prezi presentations and I posted all the links to a Google Doc that you can see here. Take a look at a couple of student examples: Kahmauri (synonyms and antonyms for “big”) and Jonathan (synonyms and antonyms for “fast”).

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02 2014

Kindergarten More & Less Comics

ZoeyKindergarten students in Ms. Miller’s class at Holladay Elementary have been learning how to calculate 1 more and 1 less (SOLK.4b), so today I showed them how to demonstrate their math skills by using Comic Life. I gave them a 4 square template that you can download by clicking here. First we changed the title to say “More Less” to practice typing those words. Then I showed them how to use the “Capture” button to turn on the built-in camera. For the first square, they took pictures of themselves and wrote their names in the speech bubble. Next I told them to collect a certain number (less than 10) of an object. Some got 8 crayons, others got 5 pairs of scissors, and some got 7 erasers. It was their choice. Once they gathered the objects they took a picture of them for the second panel of the comic and wrote the number in the speech bubble. Finally they figured out how to show 1 more and 1 less of their original number, took those pictures, and completed the speech bubbles with the new number. For example, if they started with 6 paint brushes, they took a photo of 5 and wrote “1 less is 5.” Take a look at a few student samples: Zoey, William, and Stephanie.

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01 2014

5th Grade Video Book Reviews

Screen shot 2014-03-25 at 9.35.55 AMFifth graders at Holladay Elementary have been writing reviews for books and posting them to their Edmodo page. The media specialist, Ms. Teague, and the 5th grade reading teacher, Ms. Harris, wanted to expand their audience. Their idea was to publish short student videos of the book reviews that could be linked to each book on the library’s Reading Olympics website. I also suggested linking them with a QR code on each book. Then other students in the school could scan the QR code with a mobile device and watch the book review before deciding whether or not to read the book. So today we had students from each of the three fifth grade classes working with partners to create their videos in Photo Booth. We discussed the importance of showing the book and speaking in a lively manner. One problem with recording in Photo Booth is that the image is backwards so it reverses the words on the book. You can fix it by importing the videos into iMovie, clicking the Crop tool, and flipping the video. However, we didn’t have time to do that today. You can see some of their videos by clicking here or on the school’s Reading Olympics page. There are many free sites for easily generating QR codes: Site1, Site2, Site3, Site4. You could place QR codes around your room for students to scan to visit websites, view presentations, or watch videos. They can even be dynamic where the code stays the same but the link changes weekly (so you don’t have to generate and print a new code). Let me know if you’d like me to help you with a similar project.

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01 2014

1st Grade Addition Animations

Screen shot 2014-03-21 at 12.49.11 PMFirst 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.

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01 2014

3rd Grade Google Research Tools

Screen shot 2014-03-21 at 12.22.46 PMAll Henrico students now have their own Google accounts, so I’ve been going to different classes, showing them how to log in and use the research tools. There are two really nice features that stand out. The first feature is the sharing feature, where you can share your document with others, facilitating collaboration. The other is the research tool that lets you find information and photos right in the same window where you are typing. If you include a fact or photo in your document, Google creates an automatic citation. Today I was showing Ms. Remley’s 3rd graders at Davis Elementary how to use their new accounts. They chose a famous American they have been learning about and created a short “report.” I showed them how to change the font, size, and color of the text, how to check their spelling, how to add photos, and how to use the citation feature. I also showed them how to share their documents with Ms. Remley and how to publish them as a webpage. I uploaded all the links to one Google Doc that you can check out here. If you’d like me to help your class get set up with their new Google accounts, let me know!

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01 2014

3rd Grade Create-Your-Own Calculator

Screen shot 2014-03-21 at 11.09.28 AMThe Mac spreadsheet program, Numbers, is most often used by students to make graphs, but it’s also a great program to teach students how to create formulas to solve problems. As students troubleshoot their formulas, they gain a better understanding of the underlying math concepts and practice logical thinking. Third graders in Ms. Middleton’s class at Holladay have been learning about multiplication and division (SOL3.5) so today I showed them how to create their own calculators with Numbers. First I gave them a template that you can download by clicking here. I told them that these calculators were going to be a little different. Instead of giving the right answer, they would let you know if your answer is correct. So we made two columns for the factors or divisors and a column for people to write their answers. In the fourth column we wrote our formulas. I showed them how to write the first formula for checking multiplication and I let them write the division formulas on their own. Spreadsheet formulas are also helpful for reviewing map grids (SOL3.5e) since they use the same basic principle of identification. You can see all the formulas in the sample that comes with the template, but here’s the multiplication formula: =IF(D2=B2*C2,”Right!”,”Wrong!”). It checks if the answer in cell D2 equals the product of the numbers in B2 and C2, and let’s the user know if they are correct. The students wrote their own feedback messages (and some were rather creative :) After writing the formulas, students switched seats and tested each others’ calculators. Similar formulas can be written for almost every mathematical concept you teach. Go ahead and try it with your class!

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01 2014

1st Grade Goods & Services Comic

Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 11.29.06 PMFirst 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.

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01 2014

Kindergarten Measurement

Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 7.34.08 PMKindergarten students in Ms. Dunkum’s class at Davis Elementary have been learning how to measure and compare objects using nonstandard units (K.10) so today we practiced those skills using digital tools. I tried this lesson with another class previously where they found a picture of an object online and measured it using shapes in Keynote, however, it took too long to get the picture, and we didn’t have time to write the unit of measurement. So many students ended up saying “inches” or “feet” even though we weren’t using those units. You can see a couple of those student examples here: Belladona and JR. Since I wanted them to have time to include the correct unit of measurement in their presentation, I decided to give the students a quicker way to make a variable picture. I gave them some shapes and told them to build a snowman out of them. You can download the template by clicking here. Next the students selected a shape from the Shapes tool and measured their snowmen with the shapes. Last, they added a text box with the nonstandard unit of measurement such as “5 stars” or “4 triangles.” I showed them how to add animated builds to the shapes and text box, and then they recorded a voiceover narration. Here are some student examples: Mackenzie, Ryan, and Wyatt.

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01 2014

Kindergarten Needs & Wants Comic

Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 7.24.37 PMKindergarten students in Ms. Fennell’s class at Laburnum Elementary have been learning about needs and wants (SOLK.7) so today I taught them how to make a needs and wants comic using the program, Comic Life. They started out with a template that you can download by clicking here and a folder of pictures that you can download by clicking here. On the first page it says “I have needs and wants.” I showed the students how to take their photo using the built-in camera and type their name in the speech bubble. The next page says “Needs” and has four boxes. I taught them how to use the Finder button in Comic Life to find the folder of pictures I gave them. They had to look at the pictures, identify four examples of needs, and drag them into the boxes. Most of the students did a great job identifying food, clothing, water, and shelter as needs. But pizza presented a bit of a dilemma. Was it a need (food) or a want? I let them think about that, then we went to the last page, titled “Wants.” They had to drag in four pictures of wants. Finally, I showed them how to change the style of the pictures and text using the Style button in Comic Life. You can see some student examples of this project here: Josiah, Markiya, and Alejandro.

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01 2014