I have created a new page on the blog to showcase our Snowman project! At the top of this blog you should find a new page called Snowman iPad Project Movies! This is where I hope to post all the movies we have created of our wonderful snowmen. I will try to get them all posted soon! Enjoy!
The snowmen project is one of my favorite projects. Thank you for making such wonderful snowmen as a starting point for our project!
This year we have turned our iPad project into movies of each book which we have uploaded to our Youtube channel. We hope you enjoy them!
The children used a variety of apps to create their project based on the wonderful snowmen they created with their families at home! We used a combination of Doodle Buddy, using the camera on the iPad, and Explain Everything to create our projects!
They worked very hard on them!
You can hear how proud they are in their voices!
More coming soon!
We have been having a lot of fun creating a lot of cool things on the iPads! We are working on an augmented reality alphabet book! Each of the students has chosen a letter of the alphabet and have collected a variety of things found in our classroom that begin with their letter. Then we put the collection together with the trigger picture from the AR Alphabet app. Once the trigger is activated we take the picture of the collection!
We are then taking the pictures and importing them into Strip Designer to create a page for our alphabet book!
The children are also creating a page with text using Strip Designer. The children are importing pictures they created using Doodle Buddy. AR Flashcards, and taking actual pictures using the iPads for their letter.
Some students created more than one page about their letter!
We can’t wait to share them with you! We are hoping to compile all the pages into a book with audio using the Explain Everything app! Stay tuned!
Last week we had a wonderful field trip to the vet clinic! We got a tour of the vet clinic and even got to listen to this dog’s heart beat!
This lovely dog let everyone listen to her heartbeat.
Sometimes two students at a time! So gentle!
This is the outfit you need to put on before you can take an x-ray of your pet! It was surprisingly heavy!
Looking at the x-rays of the animals was really interesting.
We even had one student get suited up for surgery! Can you guess who?
This teddy bear is laying on a special pad that keeps it warm during surgery!
When I asked the children to tell me their favorite part of the trip most of them said, “All of it!”
Last week the district set of iPads was delivered to our school and we have been having a great time creating books and pictures with them. We have also been practicing a variety of math and reading skills with some really neat apps.
Montesorri Words is a great app that works on spelling words. It begins with simple three and four letter words and progresses to more difficult words and crossword activities. After each correct answer the student is rewarded with an interesting animation. They love it!
We have also played Chicktionary. The students are given 8 letters and encouraged to see how many words they can create using the letters. You gain points for each word you find! We played this game with our Big Buddies on Friday! I think one group got 7200 points!
We also had some fun creating space pictures using Doodle Buddy!
Doodle Buddy is an awesome little app and we have also been using it and Strip Designer to make math stories! More on that next post! Here is a sneak peak!
We have had lots of fun learning last week!
We started off with our buddies working on our Five Little Pumpkin books!
Our buddies helped us make the fancy pop up covers! Then they helped us read the book!
We also made a Five Little Pumpkins snack with them! That’s the same as ants on a log but we used carrot rounds to pretend they were pumpkins instead!
We had an absolutely great day on our field trip to Brannen Lake for our hayride. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thank you to everyone who was able to help us!
More about that trip later this week! Watch for it!
We had a great day on Halloween! We had fun making a variety of crafts in the morning!
We made five little pumpkin puppets!
We made some mummy cans. We learned how to make them do a special trick to make them sound like Dracula. I hope everyone remembered their promise! They promised to stop making their cans make the funny noise when they Moms told them too! Hope you are all still talking to me!
We had a wonderful afternoon on Thursday doing centers with the other Grade One and Kindergarten students. Thank you to everyone that came to help!
We had a great time looking at all the doors in the annual Halloween Door decorating contest! This is our door!
We also make this funky Halloween quilt using squares and triangles!
We ended up our week working on addition stories.
And we worked some more with the Augmented Reality apps!
It all added up to a lot of learning fun!
We have been having a bit of fun with ghosts! We have a little ghost named Gus who likes to write to us in the morning! He is very good at hiding Mrs. Anton’s stapler and playing tricks on her! We like to read stories about ghosts for him. Recently we read a story about a little white ghost who changes colour depending on the food he has eaten!
After we read the story, we brainstormed a list of foods that would turn the ghost different colors! Then the children made their own stories and illustrated them!
The children have been having a great time reading each other’s books!
We also made the pictures with the iPads. I took a picture of the ghost using the iPad camera and we used that as a new background in Doodle Buddy! The children then used the stamps to choose the object that turns the ghost a new colour. Then they used the glitter pen to fill in the ghost to his new colour!
I had to try it too!
Welcome to the 2013/14 school year! This is our classroom blog! I use this blog to share what we are working on in the classroom with you! I will share the various projects we are working on and post some of our projects online throughout the year. Please check back for further details!
We are starting off this year working with patterns! Patterns are everywhere! We need to be able to recognize patterns in a variety of settings. We will be looking for patterns in math and reading quite a bit this year! The children are taking turns creating patterns on the iPad using an app called Doodle Buddy!
This is a really neat app that allows the children to use a variety of different tools to create some really cool pictures and projects.
We also used a variety of manipulatives to create patterns. Here are a few of patterns created!
Today we made our first visit to the computer lab and I introduced the class to our blog. They know how to find the WIKI page. This is the page made especially for them! It has quick links to websites that they will find useful and fun this year! Take a look! You can find the WIKI at the top of the blog! It is called Mrs Anton’s WIKI page. Have fun!
One of the final projects we worked on with the iPads was a math book. The children used a combination of apps to create their math books. They really loved this project and worked on it for a long time very happily! I found the beginning of the idea on a neat website called Journey with an iPad by Kate Lechleiter. She had a post about using Doodle Buddy and ten frames to represent numbers. She took a picture of the ten frame and used it as a background on Doodle Buddy. Then the children used the stamps to represent numbers.
I thought that I would like to see the children take this idea and create addition stories with it. I took a picture of a ten frame on each iPad so that it was in the camera roll. The children then used that picture as their background and used the stamp feature in Doodle Buddy to create their own addition stories. Then they recorded the addition stories underneath them.
Then we took our stories and imported them into Strip Designer to create our math books. They turned out great! The children had such a good time creating them that they wanted to make even bigger stories. So I took pictures of two ten frames together so that the students who wanted a bigger challenge could create even bigger stories.
The children made up to four or five pages of addition stories in Strip Designer. I discovered that I could save the work as a PDF file and save it in iBooks. Then I was able to email it to myself and then forward on a copy of the book to their homes! I also printed off a hard copy of the book. It is in black and white. I like the digital version better!
The last day with the iPads we decided to create an alphabet book with the iPads. We used a combination of photographs of things in the classroom. pictures of the children, and drawings done in Doodle Buddy. We took these images from the camera roll and imported them into Strip Designer to create our pages.
We have the whole alphabet done! They turned out great! I am hoping to collate them into a Photostory which I will upload to a cloud so everyone can download a copy!
Yesterday, the iPads were picked up. We decided to use them until they came to pick them up! I let the children choose to work with any app that they wanted to for the last time. We had some student teachers visiting and it was fun to see the children sharing their favourite apps with these teachers. I know the teachers were impressed with how comfortable they were navigating around the various apps creating their last projects.
We really loved our iPad project!
Last week I discovered a new app that we had not worked with before on the iPads. It is called Strip Designer and lets the students create their own stories in a comic book style. I wish I had found it sooner! We have been having a lot of fun with it. It has a lot of potential for storytelling.
If I had more time with the iPads I can think of some really cool projects we could do! Take a look at what we have managed to do in just a few sessions.
The children have become masters at navigating around to create their masterpieces. They jump from app to app, importing files from the camera roll, recording their voices, etc with ease. Things that I would have really hesitated about introducing don’t even faze them! They find things that they can do and teach me and their classmates as we go! Today we were playing with the Strip Designer app and they were showing me how to do things! “Oh, you just do this, Mrs. Anton!”
The children created these comics with Doodle Buddy, made screen shots of their work, and then imported them from the camera roll into the comic format. They choose a balloon style and added the text to the balloon. Then they can add the Word stamps to accentuate their work. Needless to say a very popular app! If we had more time I think I would like to create multiple page comics.
The first day with this app we used just the pictures that were on the camera roll to tell a story! That worked great too!
Last Friday we did a story map. We read the story The Mitten by Jan Brett and then the children retold the story by creating a story map. They seemed to really enjoy putting it all together. I think they especially liked licking the envelope , sealing it, and then cutting it open at the end to make the secret compartment for the animals to disappear into behind the mitten picture! Hopefully, they shared it with you.
We also worked on Kid Blog during our computer time. We have been running into some glitches adding the pictures so it hasn’t worked as smoothly as I had hoped. Today we managed to get some posts up with pictures! We had some really great help from three of our Big Buddies. Thank you, Courtlynd, Emily, and Karli! We couldn’t have got in done in half an hour without you! You can find the new posts on the Kid Blog page at the top of this page. Please remember that the blogs are password protected. Your child knows their secret password! If you don’t see a new post for today, we probably had some problem with the picture. I am working on it! The children can also post from home if you like! Or you can add a comment! Please take a minute to review the procedure on the Kid Blog page. The posts are previewed by me before they go “live” ! The website sends me an email whenever there is a post or comment that needed to be previewed. I have to go into each one to approve them so it is a bit time consuming…. Thank you for your patience!
I have also added some new links on the WIKI page. There are some more links for Dolch word practise. Take a look! The ever popular Word Bingo is there! The Popcorn words are fun, too!
The weeks have been flying by! Why does December go so fast when you are an adult and so slow when you are a kid?
The elf and Gus have been surprising us each day in a different spot! Here are just a few of their antics! They have been leaving us books to read and puzzles to do!
We have been working on the iPads and we have used them quite a bit for silent reading time. By adding the headphones to the iPads the children can listen to the stories without distraction. I bought a neat accessory that lets me have several children at a time listen to one iPad using their headphones!
We have been doing lots of things with the iPads and with Christmas. We have been drawing gingerbread men and making patterns. We hope to incorporate these into a little book!
We made Christmas poems using Doodle Buddy. The children had to create text boxes and add them to the screen and then add the pictures. Doesn’t sound like much but when you are six it is a big deal!
They also had to change colors and use different sizes of stamps. Lots of fun!
Really looking forward to all the neat things we can try!