April 10, 2013 · 9:48 pm
The students are having a great time exploring our new app called Letter School! Really popular app!
The great thing is that the animations are fabulous. As the children work through several repeats the animations keep changing! Very cool!
I have added a few new pages to the blog. We now have our very own gallery of the wonderful snowmen. If you check at the top of the blog you will find the Snowmen Gallery.
I think I have almost all of them. The missing ones should be there shortly! I thought that the snowmen were just awesome and wanted to display all of them. I hope you approve!
I am also planning to start our spelling tests. I have created a new page and joined a website called Spelling City. You should see the page at the top of the blog.
If you click on the link on the page it will take you to our class home page on their site. The first list is posted on the site. The children can practise the words and there are some games such as word searches that they can do to help them practise. This is new for me and I am excited about the possibilities for the children to practise their words online!
Please make sure that you check in on the student blog site. This week our big buddies helped up personalize their sites. The children got to pick their own template and avatar! I know they are very proud of them. You will need to ask them for the password to view the contents of their sites. We posted a new entry about Twin Day this week. The Kid Blog site graciously increased our storage space! We had run out! We kept trying to post entries with pictures that refused to load until I realized that we had a storage problem. The people at Kid Blog were very helpful and we are very appreciative!
I would like to thank Courtlynd, one of our Grade Four big buddies, for her help with our student blogs on the Kid Blog site! She has become quite a blogging expert and was an invaluable help to me when we were trying to figure out how to get the permissions set so the children could personalize their blogs! Nice to know I have an expert to consult with about blogging!
Filed under Blogging, iPads, KidBlog, Letter School, Snowman Project, Spelling City, Student Blogs
Tagged as Kid Blog, Letter School, Snowmen Gallery, Spelling City, winter
February 3, 2013 · 6:19 pm
The snowman project is my favourite project of the year! The snowmen are absolutely fantastic! Thank you for supporting this project with such enthusiasm!
They are all so different and it looks like you had some fun making them! These are just a few of them. I hope to create a gallery online of all of them!
We are using the snowmen as a jumping off point for some writing we will be doing. We are compiling some pages together to make each snowman’s story!
We will be using My Story and Doodle Buddy to create the pages for the books!
We have already made the diagram page using Doodle Buddy! I love the detail and the colours! The children just love drawing using the iPads.
We have also been working on a small mini unit about penguins. After reading several books about penguins and watching the penguin video on Tumblebooks we working on a penguin research project.
We sorted a set of facts that I have compiled for them into four different groups. Then the children cut them out and glued them to the appropriate category page. This is the result! The children are quite proud of them!
We are starting to work on place value. We used the iPads and the app Doodle Buddy to learn about making 100 things. The children had to make ten sets of ten different stamps using the stamp tool.
They had a lot of fun and it was a great way of reinforcing the idea of ten sets of ten!
We have been learning a lot of different strategies to use to add. The most recent strategy has been using the number line. The children have learned to count on from the biggest number with counters and now they are using the number line to count on. They like that it is much quicker! I have introduced the app Math Bingo.
It is a great app that allows them to practise their number facts in a fun way. So far, we have only used the addition facts. However this app lets them practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. So this app could be good for big brother or sister too! You can also find it on ABCYah! You can see that they use their number line to help them figure out the answers! Eventually, they will know them by memory with enough practise!
We have also been working with some fun new counters playing Add It Up! Everyone makes a story on their workspace and then they go around and solve their friend’s stories.
Here’s another one of the snowmen! Aren’t they great!