What a great year we have had! The Henrico 21 submissions this year were incredible! I am happy to announce that the Henrico Hometown Heroes project from Springfield Park is a Henrico 21 Finalist in the Project category! Way to go 5th grade team! You can learn more about their project on the Henrico 21 Site.
In addition, 3 students from Springfield Park will be recognized for their outstanding work! Ravi has been working on computer programming using SCRATCH. Check out his winning project here!
The students in Mrs. Nowicki’s 5th grade class created memorials for someone they thought was deserving. These students finished products went above and beyond the project expectations and have earned these students recognition at the Henrico 21 ceremony. Check out their work here: Katie & Gwen
Congratulations to these student winners and teacher finalists! You can see more innovative lessons and student products at the Henrico 21 Ceremony, Thursday, May 30th at Glen Allen High School. The student fair will take place from 5:30-6:30 and the ceremony will begin shortly after that. I hope to see you there!
The students in Mrs. Pierce’s 5th Grade class at Springfield Park have been working on researching and sharing the many steps that go into publishing a book. They brainstormed the different jobs that are a part of publishing and selling a book and split into teams to conduct research on that topic. Then they collaborated on a class Prezi to explain how a book on the bookshelf is just the tip of the iceberg. In their presentation, they explain the roles and responsibilities of each person/group involved in publishing a book. Here is what they have so far:
After working on their Prezi, invited a local author to come into their classroom and discuss the steps involved in publishing a book. Information they gained from interviewing Ellery Adams will help them to edit their Prezi. Next, they would like to Skype with a publisher or someone who works at a publishing company to check their facts and edit their Prezi even further. It’s a work in progress, but they are learning a lot of skills from this experience.
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During spring Reflective Friends observations, I saw a teacher who had some great ideas for probability stations. The students were recording their results on a worksheet, but I thought it will be really neat to gather results on a Google Form, so I gave it a try with a class this week. I tried this activity with 4 different stations. The students scanned the QR code to the form on the iPad and then completed the activity. Students took turns filling out and submitting the form until everyone had a turn.
Heads or Tails
Roll the Dice
Choose a Block
Afterwards, we were able to view and analyze the data as a class by opening the spreadsheet to the form. If you click on form, you can get a summary of the results, which pulled up as either a pie or a bar graph for the multiple choice question I asked.
Following the lesson, the teacher and I reflected and decided it could be better if we had a spinner with uneven color spaces, so that one would be more likely to occur than another. The same would work for the choose a block station. If the entire bag consisted of red and blue blocks, the students would have much different data than if the bag had one of each color. I can’t wait to try this again with another class.
After learning the basics using the SCRATCH task cards provided on scratch.mit.edu, the students were eager to create their own projects. Ravi, a student in Mrs. Moore’s 4th grade class at Springfield Park, decided to create a review game on force and motion, since they had just finished learning about this topic in science class. In his design, the player has to correctly answer the question in order for the roller coaster cart to move down the track. Ravi published his completed game to the Scratch website and then posted a link on the Edmodo Scratch group so that his peers could try his game and leave feedback.
Force & Motion Review Game
I am so very proud of two wonderful teachers from my schools, Jan Locher, 1st Grade Teacher at Maybeury and Elizabeth Lacy, 5th Grade Teacher at Baker. They were featured at the school board meeting for their work with STEM. Jan Locher’s students designed a cup to keep the hot chocolate hot for a longer period of time. They tested the hot chocolate’s temperature using the GoTemps and were successful at creating a better insulated container. Elizabeth Lacy mentors a First Lego Leaugue Robotics Team at Baker Elementary where they use computer programming to program their robots to complete a specific task. Way to go ladies! You can check out their highlights on this STEM video that was shared at the last school board meeting:
HCPS TV – STEM Highlight
This is just a reminder that the students should be practicing for the upcoming direct writing test by using the writing practice tool provide by the VDOE. Directions for how to go about conducting a practice session are provided below. If you need assistance implementing this with your students, sign up on my calendar and sign ups tab.
It’s been about 2 weeks since I first introduced Scratch at Springfield Park and some of the kids are really enjoying using it at school and at home. Check out this student sample from Mrs. Moore’s 4th grade class. This is the first of many projects that this student is working on. I will post more as they become available!
I’ve also created a group on Edmodo for students to share their projects as well as tips and tricks. The group code is nbl7rw if you want to check it out! I will be introducing this to some classes at Glen Allen this week. I can’t wait to see what else the students will create! Keep up the great work!!