We have been having a lot of fun with our Space theme! We created this movie trailer in iMovie using the pictures we created using a green screen app called Green Screen by Do Ink and the NASA 3D Spacecraft app. We took all the pictures we created and popped them into the storyboard in the iMovie app and then worked together to add the captions! We LOVE our movie trailer. We have watched it numerous times! We hope you will watch it too!
We used the movie trailer to get our imaginations going. We brainstormed together and talked about the things we had learned about space. Then I encouraged the children to write a story about their adventure in outer space. I printed off a colour print of the picture we created for each child and added it to a writing frame. The children seemed to find it very easy to imagine themselves in the story when they saw themselves in outer space. They wrote and wrote and wrote!
The stories are amazing. I have put them up in the hallway. Please come and have a look!
I attached the movie trailer to the creative writing using the Aurasma app. The rocket ship picture is the trigger picture for our movie trailer.
If you have the Aurasma app loaded on your idevice and you follow our channel you will be able to activate the movie trailer! Our channel is called mrsantonsclass.
The stories are amazing and a lot of fun to read!
Come and take a trip with our Mountain View Astronauts!
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 been working on a space theme this month. The children have been using the iPads to create these awesome pages about space.
We have been learning about the moon and the sun. We watched a few cool videos on Brain Pop Jr. about the phases of the moon.
I downloaded some neat space images from the internet onto the camera roll of the iPads. Then I showed the children how to import the pictures from the camera roll into an app called Strip Designer. It is one of my favorite apps.
After that short demonstration I handed the iPads over to the children.
They worked as partners and chose the pictures they wanted and placed them in the cells on the page. Then, with a little help, they added a text box describing the image.
The children are fearless. They pop in and out of the camera roll, sizing and re-sizing their pictures to fit the spaces and then deciding on the various options for captions and the accompanying text with ease.
I think the product looks amazing! Grade One students can do a lot, can’t they?
We also found an really neat math app called Fetch! Lunch Rush.
It uses augmented reality in a really neat way to help the students practice their adding skills.
You need to download some pages with the number trigger images and cut them out first. The students have to help find the correct amount of sushi to complete the addition sentence.
The funny little dog talks them through the process. Several children can play at the same time. They choose the player they would like to be and then take turns solving the problems. When they aim the iPad at the correct answer the sushi rolls appear in 3 D! It keeps score and there is a bit of a time element! Very popular!
Don’t you want to play too?