Valentine’s Day Activities

Third graders in Ms. Lehman’s class chose between two digital activities related to Valentine’s Day. Templates for these activities were found at: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2018/02/valentine-activities.html
I copied the links for the Rebus Story activity and the Magnetic Poetry into the Server Shortcuts folder. From there, students made a copy of the activity they chose which deposited it into the Google Drive account. I then showed students how to copy and paste emojis for their rebus story and drag the tiles into the work space for the magnetic poetry. After students are finished with their Valentine’s Day activity, they are going to share it with their penpals at Kaechele Elementary.

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Learning about Clean Water with Digital Tools

Mrs. Abban’s 3rd graders have been researching about the importance of clean water. Part of the research process included a Google Hangout with the founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation, Ryan Hreljac. This is a “Canadian charitable organization providing effective and sustainable solutions to the water crisis in the poorest regions of the worlds’ developing countries.” https://www.ryanswell.ca/
During the Google Hangout, students had an opportunity to ask Ryan questions about water and his organization and showed him the filtration systems they created in small groups so they could get feedback from him.
Additionally, the students are creating digital products to showcase their knowledge. A Google Slides presentation and video game using Game Star Mechanic are currently being created by the groups.
The students gained a lot of knowledge during the Google Hangout session and it was a great experience to be able to talk to the actual founder of the organization!



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Newspaper Templates

5th graders in Ms. Hughes’s class are creating newspapers as part of a class assignment. Ms. Hughes wanted students to have options in choosing a template so that students didn’t have to create one on their own. Fellow ITRT, Karen Hues shared this link with me that contains a wide selection of newspaper templates which students can make a copy of and use in their Google Drive: https://wghstechwizard.weebly.com/blog/google-docs-newspaper-templates
I dropped the link into the school’s server shortcuts folder. After students logged into their Drive accounts, they accessed the link and selected the template they wanted to use. After they made a copy of the newspaper template, they dragged it into the shared folder we created in their Drive so their teacher would have access to their finished product.

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Cells with ClassFlow

The students in Mrs. Elsea’s 5th grade class used ClassFlow to review the parts of plant and animal cells. ClassFlow is similar to Nearpod in that I can send my slides to the students computer and receive student feedback. We began with a Bill Nye video. The video opened on all student laptops so they could use their headphones and listen to the short clip.

Next I shared information slides with the students about the parts of a cell. After each cell part, students had to determine if this cell part was found in both the plant and animal cells. If the organelle was only found in one type of cell, they used the text response to explain.

The students really enjoyed the diagram activity in which they labeled the diagram to show where the different parts of the plant and animal cell were located.


We ended this lesson with a matching activity with the cell vocabulary.

Throughout the lesson, I used the polling and text features to get student’s feedback on how well they liked this lesson in ClassFlow. If you are interested in trying this lesson with your class, create a free account on classflow.com and then click on this link to add the lesson to your resources.

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Guess the Main Idea

Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Gerrard’s 1st graders have been practicing with main idea. Today they used Seesaw to draw pictures that would give clues to the main idea. They also recorded their voice to accompany their drawings and asked their classmates to guess their main idea.

The finished pictures and recordings were uploaded to the student folder in Seesaw.



Then the students looked and listened to the clues their classmates had posted and used the comment feature to guess the main idea of their picture.

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Lunch Waste Data Collection

The students in Mrs. Wilson’s class have noticed that quite a bit of unopened food items are being thrown away at lunch. Students collected data on the iPads by observing what items were thrown away during lunch and tallying them on a template in Seesaw. After tallying, students recorded their voice explaining what they observed during their time in the cafeteria.

Next the students looked through all of their classmates tally sheets and added up the amount of each item that was thrown out during lunch. They used Google Sheets to enter the data and create a bar graph. The finished bar graphs were saved as images and uploaded to Seesaw.

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Animal Books in Book Creator

The students in Mr. Jones’s 1st grade class at Greenwood conducted research on an animal of their choice using books from the library and PebbleGo. Today they published the information they found by writing a book in Book Creator. Using the app on the iPads students typed their information and added pictures/illustrations to their story. Next they used the voice recording feature to read the text on each page.

The finished stories were exported as a video file and transferred to the teacher computer using SendAnywhere. Take a look at couple of their finished stories.

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Butterfly Life Cycle with WeVideo

The 3rd grade students have been learning about life cycles. In extended day at Glen Lea, Fair Oaks, and Montrose students learned how to make their own movie using pictures from Britannica Image Quest and adding a voice over. They first selected pictures to show the different stages of the butterfly life cycle. Then they uploaded the images into WeVideo and recorded their voice explaining the life cycle. Take a look at this finished movie.

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Phases of the Moon in Scratch

Mrs. Baum’s 4th grade science students have been learning about the phases of the moon. We began by looking at a document that showed the phases of the moon for January 2018. Students referred back to this page while they coded their projects.

To demonstrate their understanding, students created an animation in Scratch to label the moon phases. They started by finding a picture of the moon phases in Britannica Image Quest. They upload that image as a background in Scratch. Next students selected a sprite and programmed their character to glide to each phase of the moon and use the say block to identify each moon phase.

Take a look at this finished work sample!

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Phases of the Moon in Scratch

Mrs. Baum’s 4th grade science students have been learning about the phases of the moon. We began by looking at a document that showed the phases of the moon for January 2018. Students referred back to this page while they coded their projects.

To demonstrate their understanding, students created an animation in Scratch to label the moon phases. They started by finding a picture of the moon phases in Britannica Image Quest. They upload that image as a background in Scratch. Next students selected a sprite and programmed their character to glide to each phase of the moon and use the say block to identify each moon phase.

Take a look at this finished work sample!

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