Just Dance Fun!

We have been having a great time this year dancing to a variety of dance videos.  One of our favourites is this one from Go Noodle!  The Go Noodle website has quite a few good brain break videos!

We can’t keep our bodies still when this music is on!


Sometimes our buddy class come by and joins us!  Here we are dancing to the YMCA!


You can find a few more on our WIKI site! Kinderchat created a Symbaloo  of the best Just Dance Kids videos.  They are easy to find in this format.  Take a look!  Just scroll down the page on our WIKI until you reach the Dance Videos and click on the icons.  It will take you to the Kinderchat Symbaloo site.

Try the videos!  I bet you won’t be able to keep still!

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Coding Fun with Scratch Jr.


We have had a lot of fun this year learning to code with the Scratch Jr. app.  This app uses a coding language called Blockly.  The children can create a series of commands by manipulating the blockly codes to move the characters they have chosen to complete a variety of activites.


The children experimented with the variety of coding commands.  First they choose their characters and backgrounds and then choose how to move their characters within the space.  They could create more than one page and then link each page together.  Whenever they figured out a really cool action or how to use a command we shared their ideas on our lovely Promethean Board.  We are very lucky in our classroom because we can take the individual iPads and plug them into the board and let the children demonstrate whichever strategy they have learned for their classmates.  The children were super excited to share their ideas.


The yellow blocks show the starting spot.  One of the ways you can trigger the code is by touching the character on the screen.  You can add speech and create a dialogue for your character.  The blue blocks direct the motion. The final red blocks are the end point and can direct the action to another page if coded to do so.


The children have had a lot of fun exploring this app and learning how to code using the Blockly blocks.

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Can you figure out what the Cat will do by looking at the code?  You can see that this is the second page of the coding project.


It has been awesome to see the children figuring out how to manipulate the code and sharing their new expertise with their classmates!  Really fun to watch!


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Can you read the code to figure out what this cat will do?

We took screen shots of the code the children created to send home via SeeSaw as this is the only way we can share the projects at this time.   SeeSaw is a digital portfolio app that allows us to share our projects with our families.  We love it because the students can easily share their work with their families all by themselves!

It is way more fun to see the characters actually do the actions the children have programmed them to do!  The children love to share their work with their classmates.


I really love this app as it gets the children thinking about what they want their characters to do and how to achieve that action!  Everyone gets to create their own actions and everyone’s work is unique!  Love to see all the collaboration between the students! Way too much fun!


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Penguin Fun!


We had a lot of fun learning about penguins!  We enjoyed watching them in real time on the live penguin webcam at the Vancouver Aquarium.


Then we created these penguin research reports.  The children read a variety of facts about penguins and sorted them into four different categories.  The categories were What They Look Like, What They Eat, About the Babies, and Cool Facts!


We created a QR code for the Vancouver Aquarium webcam and added  them to the reports.  By using a QR code reader as the Scan app you can view the penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium at any time.


The children can access the webcam by holding their iPad over the above QR code using the Scan app.  Try it! It seems like magic!

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Fun with Dinosaurs!

We have been having a lot of fun creating books about dinosaurs!  We used a combination of two apps and “smashed” them together to create our dinosaur books.  It is called app smashing when you use several apps together to create a project.  Click on the play button to see two of the books that were created!


One of the apps we used is an augmented reality app called Walking with Dinosaurs.  We use the photo booth option in the app to create pictures that add an augmented image of a dinosaur to a photo!  We had a lot of fun creating photos in which we posed with an augmented image of a dinosaur!  We will be using these pictures for a creative writing exercise.


The children used the app themselves to take pictures with their favourite dinosaur in various settings in the classroom.  The children had to take about ten different pictures of their dinosaurs super imposed on a variety of settings.  They had to resize their dinosaur and figure out how to pose it and then take the picture. They saved their favourite efforts to the camera roll.


Then they imported their pictures to another app called My Story.  The children have to create the pages and then import their pictures to each page on their iPads.  They add text to the picture and create a story!


I am very proud of the students because it takes quite a bit of thinking to take pictures using the iPads and add an augmented image that they need to resize.  Then they had to save it to the camera roll, open another app, open a new story within the app, go to the camera roll, import the pictures, resize the pictures, add text, and use the text prompt to check for spelling.  Then they repeated the process to make the required number of pages.  Pretty good for six year olds!



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Word Work Fun!


We have been having fun creating sentences using our word banks.  The children work together or by themselves to create sentences using the words in their word banks.


We have been challenging ourselves to make longer sentences!


They love to work with partners to create sentences.  Then we do a sharing session where the children move around the room to read each other’s sentences!



The children were very clever and figured out how to make their sentences really long by adding a connecting word like “and”!  They grabbed a scrap piece of paper and wrote the word “and” on a piece of paper and added it to their sentence all by themselves!  Then they made a really long sentence.


The children have been having fun creating words using linking cubes and magnetic letters during word work time.



They love to use the app on the iPads called Word Bingo to practice their Dolch words!  Really fun app!  You can also find it on the ABC Yah web site.


I love listening to them read their words and the sentences they create!  Too much fun!



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Fun Firsts!

We are starting a new year and so we have created our first digital book about our school this year!  We read a story in one of our books about a school.  We decided to create our own version using the iPad.  First, we decided which places we needed to have in our book.   Then, we went around the school and took pictures with an iPad of the places in our school the children thought were important.  The Big Rock and Chester were key items on our list!

The next step was to take the pictures and import them into a neat app called Strip Designer that lets us add captions to our pictures.  We saved those pages to the camera roll and then imported them into another app called Explain Everything which lets us create a book!  We imported each page onto its own page in Explain Everything and then recorded our voices saying the words on each page.

After we finished recording, we saved our book as a movie.  Then we watched and listened to the book we created about our school.  We hope you enjoy it! You may recognize a voice or two!

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Fun with Coding!


We have been having a lot of fun recently learning how to code!  One of our favourite coding apps is called Daisy the Dinosaur.  It is a perfect app for our age group!


The children have to use a code called Blockly to make Daisy the Dinosaur move.  They join pieces of code together to get Daisy to move forward, spin, grow and shrink.  It is a great app to introduce coding.


We have also tried Scratch Jr.  The children really like working with this app.  Once they were familiar with how Blockly works they were right at home with Scratch Jr.


In this shot, one of our students is sharing her expertise  on how to add words to their page.


Each block of code makes the kitty do an action.


The students like to create their own pages with the characters and backgrounds available within the app.  They can program the characters to do a variety of actions on each page.  Way too much fun!


We also experimented with the Tynker app.  The children have a variety of different options with this app. It also uses Blockly which the children are starting to feel quite comfortable with!


These three apps have rapidly become favourites!  I love the thinking they inspire!

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