I hope you have had a chance to look at Tumblebooks! We have used it almost every day. The children loved the Purple Yellow Green story that I read by Robert Munsch and asked if it was on Tumble books too. Luckily for us it was! This is a screen shot of our screen!
Last Friday we learned about ants! Ants are one of my favourite insects. Can you guess why? We read a few nonfiction books about ants and tried to make a list of some of the different kinds of ants. I have to admit I learned about a few new ones today. For instance, did you know that there is an exploding ant. Seriously, there is an ant the explodes when it senses that its colony is in danger! There is a pink-faced green ant too! The children thought that the honeypot ant was hilarious. I was checking on the species names when the children were at music and found some awesome videos of fire ants and leaf-cutter ants on the National Geographic Site. It was really neat to be able to share this with the children so easily today. Without the new equipment this would have been very tricky… but with the touch of a button I had pictures and videos of real ants. Take a look! Just search the National Geographic Kids website for the leaf cutter ants video. Here are some screen shots of the video site.
I love the way the leaf-cutter ants scurry along! My favourite part of the video is the sight of all those caterpillars chewing on the same leaf! Here is just one of them!
September is about new beginnings! A new start to a school year, a new grade, new school supplies, new shoes, and so on! That’s one of the reasons it is TOO MUCH FUN! But today it was two much fun times TWO!
The first reason happened when I arrived at school to find that our projector had been installed! We are very lucky at our school because our parent group has provided us with some new technology to use with our students in our classroom! The projector and computer allows us to present the material in a really accessible way that the children really enjoy! So, you can see why I was so excited! Today at lunchtime I was able to use the online reading program TumbleBooks to show some Robert Munsch titles. We enjoyed Moira’s Birthday! It is a really fun story about how a little girl invites the whole school to her birthday party… EVEN the kindergartens! It was so nice to have the pictures up on the big screen with no one saying that they couldn’t see the pictures! I think Robert Munsch himself narrated the story! TumbleBooks is a really awesome website with a huge inventory of stories! The stories are leveled to grade level and have a variety of activities attached! There is a link to their website on our WIKI page! Check it out! It is really worth the time!
We also looked at some of the neat material on the BrainPopJr. website. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!
The second reason is a publication I picked up tonight called iPads for Kids! It is probably going to be a dangerous acquisition! It has a ton of apps that I can’t wait to try and share with the kids!
It is really going to be TOO MUCH FUN!
Today we had a lot of fun doing “fishy” things! We have been working on a seashore/ocean theme and today we put together our Rainbow Fish. The children worked on symmetrical printmaking on a fish shape and today we stuffed the fish and added the shiny scales to make our Rainbow fish. We watched the video based on the cool book called The Rainbow Fish. It is a great book about sharing. We hung our fish from the ceiling and of course the room is now filled with water for our swimming fish! Hence the signs on both of our doors!
We also had some fun with the iPad writing a little poem about the ocean using Doodle Buddy. First, we brainstormed words to go with the ocean stamps in Doodle Buddy. Then the children chose three stamps to make a short poem. Using the text boxes they put in their choices of ocean animals with a describing word. Then they illustrated their poem using the stamps. I found this cool idea on a really neat blog called ilive2learnilove2grow. I even like the name of the blog! Sounds like a great way to look at learning.
Yesterday I added a new link to the WIKI. We now have access to the site TumbleBooks. It is a really awesome site of excellent reading material. Make sure to check it out!