Mystery Matter

The students in Mrs. Waters first grade class at Springfield Park traveled to “The Cave” (their 21st Century Learning Lab) to experiment with matter. Students in Mrs. McGrath’s class at Glen Lea tried the same experiment. They were provided with 13 different substances and had to determine what the substance was by it’s properties. The students identified that state of matter (solid or liquid), conducted a test to determine if the matter dissolved or not, and then properly identified the color of the substance in order to determine the name of the mystery matter. Prior to testing, students had to make their prediction on the Mystery Matter Recording Sheet.

Students then used the iPad to scan this QR Code using the QR Code Reader App:

This QR Code quickly links the students to the Mystery Matter Website that I created in iWeb to use with this activity.

From here, I showed the students the video of salt dissolving (this is flash based & will not show on the iPad). Then the students clicked to go to the experiment. As they identified the mystery substance, they recorded it next to their prediction on the recording sheet. Check out some photos of the students experimenting.

Click Here for the lesson plan & supporting documents.

SCA Voting Using a Blog

Mrs. Neely, 4th grade teacher at Glen Lea, wanted to have a way that students could listen to their peers speeches and then vote for the SCA officers of their choice.  Together we set up a blog for the Glen Lea Election!

On the blog you will find a tab for a page with a drop-down list for the speeches recorded by the students running for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  After viewing the speeches, students then click on the tab for the page where they can cast their vote.  On this page, a Google Form was embedded.  Students selected the four candidates that they thought would best represent their school on the SCA.  We set up the form so that students could only select one person in each category.

Mrs. Neely did not open the form up for voting until that morning and then closed it down again that afternoon.  Once all votes are in, they automatically compile into a spreadsheet complete with graphs and percentages, so it is easy to see who the winners are!


Skittles Graphing Activity

The students in Mrs. Lundy’s 1st grade class collected data and graphed it using Pixie.  They began the lesson with a snack size bag of Skittles.  The students had to open their bag and sort the Skittles by color.  Next they used a tally sheet to record their data.  Finally, they displayed their data in a Pixie graph using the paint bucket to fill the graph to the correct amount.  Mrs. Lundy created the template and dropped it into her students folders on Volume 2 so they could edit using their own data.  The teacher followed up by having the class analyze one of the student’s graphs.

Library Lesson using Document Camera & ActiVotes

Ms. King, the librarian at Glen Lea, did a fantastic job incorporating technology into her first grade lessons today.  To engage the students, she read “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” using the Ken-A-Vision document camera to project the pages of the story.  The students were excited to get such a great view of the story while Ms. King was reading.  After the story, they answered comprehension questions that were created on Pixie.  The students submitted their answers using the ActiVotes and the results were fantastic!  You could tell that the students had payed really close attention to the book and were excited to share what they knew.  Way to go Ms. King!

Reading "A Sick Day for Amos McGee"

Students vote on their favorite character from the story

Students answer comprehension questions about the story

Studying Plants with the ProScope

The students in Ms. Lacy’s 4th grade class have been studying the parts of a plant, especially the flowers.  In order to see the parts of the plant/flowers close up, we used the ProScopes to capture some really neat images.  Take a look at some of the awesome pictures they took:

Pollen Grains on a Flower


Sticky Stigma

Eggs in the Ovary of a Flower

Simple Machine Comic Life

Third grade students have been studying simple machines in science class.  To show their understanding of simple machines, the students browsed though a file of picture and had to find one example of each type of simple machine.  We chose a Comic Life template that had 6 spaces for our 6 simple machines.  The students drag and dropped one photo into each box and then added a speech/thought bubble or text box to explain each type of machine.  Want to take this lesson a step further?  Take a screen shot of each Comic Life and set up a VoiceThread.  Then you can really get your students talking about simple machines!  You could then share your VoiceThread link with the 4th & 5th Grade teachers to use as they start reviewing for the upcoming SOL tests.


The 3rd grade students have been studying the European Explorers.  The teachers were looking for a new, fun way to reinforce these concepts, so I used the “Facebook” template from Virtual Share and updated it to fit the needs of the 3rd grade students.  There were 8 slides altogether in this Keynote;  4 for each of the explorers information and another 4 for photos of each explorer.

The hyperlinks allow the students to navigate Explorerbook when in play mode.  If they click on the explorers friends, it will take them to another explorers information page.  If they click on the Photos tab, it will take them to a page with pictures and captions for each explorer.  To exit they click on the log out tab and it takes them back to the editing mode in Keynote.  What a fun way to review these important people in history!

Probability in Pixie

The 3rd grade student’s in Mrs. Knox’s class at Glen Lea really enjoyed representing probability problems by using stickers in Pixie.  After showing all of the possible outcomes, the students then filled in a probability sentence and used the words unlikely, likely, impossible, certain, or equally likely to describe the results.  This activity could easily be adapted for 4th & 5th grade as well.  They could write their own probability situation and create a similar Pixie from scratch for their classmates to solve.

Phases of the Moon

The 3rd Grade student’s in Ms. Knox’s class at Glen Lea amazed themselves, and their teacher, when they created a movie in Pixie to show the phases of the moon.  The students added their picture to the astronaut on the title page as well as a title and their name.  Next, they filled in each of the 8 slides with the names of the 8 phases of the moon and a picture of that phase.  When all slides were created, the students clicked on the “Share” tab.  We had each slide last for 3 seconds, added a blend transition so it would move nicely from one phase to the next, and we added “Nightwatch” as our background music.  After the settings were complete, the students clicked “Create” and saved the video to their student folder on Volume 2.  We were able to accomplished all of this in one class period and the students LOVED their final product!

Telling Time Pixies

The 3rd Grade students in Ms. McGirt and Ms. Knox’s class enjoyed practicing their time skills using Pixie.  In the first part of our lesson, students had to look at the hands on a clock and determine the time.

In the next set of slides, students were given the time and had to practice adding the hour and minute hands to a blank clock.

Finally, in the last few slides, the students had to read the 2 analog clocks and record the times in the digital clocks.  Next, I showed them a strategy for drawing with the paint tool on the clock to jump from one hour to the next and figure out the elapsed time.