For Dr. Seuss week, I wanted to share some technology activities you could implement whole class or have your students work on independently:
-Dr. Seuss Digital Breakout for Grades K-2 (click on the “Holidays” tab and scroll to the bottom for the Dr. Seuss Breakout): https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/digitalbreakout/home
-One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Venn Diagram Sorting: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/02/one-fish-two-fish-sort.html#comment-form
–https://quizizz.com/ (similar to Kahoot except students answer questions at their own pace). If you create a teacher account using your Google login and then search “Dr. Suess” there are a bunch of premade quizzes students can take and race each other
-Nearpod activity using story The Sneetches to promote treating people fairly: https://nearpod.com/s/social-studies/kindergarten/antiracism-with-the-sneetches-L37165209
–https://classflow.com/ (formerly Promethean Planet) login to your Classflow account using your Google login and then search “Dr. Seuss” under “Marketplace”. There are many flipcharts and interactive Promethean board lessons you and your student can use.
2nd graders in Mrs. Robertson’s class are learning about two digit addition and subtraction. First, students chose two word problems provided by Mrs. Robertson. Using the iPad Seesaw app, students scanned their class QR code to connect to Mrs. Robertson’s class. They then used the Drawing Tool to write out their problems. Afterwards, they used the Record Tool to record their voices explaining their thought processes. Finally, they submitted their work to Mrs. Robertson for approval. The second graders did a great job using the app for the first time!
5th Graders in Mrs. Gilliam’s class are reviewing for their science benchmarks. As part of the review process, students created books on various science topics using the computer version of Book Creator. They accessed Book Creator through Clever. Prior to the lesson, I helped Mrs. Gilliam create a class library so she could share a code with her students to link them into her class.
After students logged in to Book Creator using their Google sign ins, they entered the class code and started creating their review books. I showed students how to use the text tool, how to search images, record their voices, change background colors, change fonts, and use the drawing tool. Students also had the chance to choose between a traditional book theme or a comic theme. After they are finished, students have the ability to review each other’s books since they are all housed under Mrs. Gilliam’s class library.
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.
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!
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.
With the Hour of Code week approaching, teachers have been reaching out to me to introduce their students to the basics of coding. I worked with Ms. Munro’s first grade class and introduced them to the website code.org.
There are interactive activities for students as young as preschool. The children do not have to know how to read to navigate the tutorials. I worked with Ms. Munro’s students and walked them through part one of the Pre-Reader Express tutorial. A lot of drag and drop and ordering activities were involved in the tutorial to introduce the students to basic skills needed to be successful coders.
Next week, I will work with Ms. Munro’s class again to complete the second part of the Pre-Reader Express tutorial.
A couple of weeks ago, students in Ms. Brennan’s class had an introductory Ozobot lesson. During this time, I introduced the Ozobots and showed them how the color coding works with white paper and markers. The students had an opportunity to explore with a partner and design their own paths/ code for the Ozobots to follow. This exploration time allowed them to see how the Ozobots work in preparation for the more involved lesson regarding a road trip consisting of landmarks across the United States.
Today, students were provided a large map of the United States. Working in small groups, students coded the Ozobots so it traveled to the following locations: Atlantic Ocean, Richmond, VA (on the James River), Appalachian Mountains, Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Rocky Mountains, Rio Grande, Powhatan Trive, Lakota Sioux Tribe, Pueblo Tribe, and Texas. They worked as group to decide which color codes they had the Ozobot use to make the journey to visit all locations. We video recorded the Ozobots making the trip to all of the locations and during our next lesson, we will turn it into a QR code to affix to the map so others can scan the QR code and see the Ozobots in action.
During a later lesson, students will video themselves providing a fact about each of the locations they visit on the map. We will turn these videos into QR codes and attach it to the map next to each location.
Fifth graders in Mrs. Gilliam’s class created their own decimal word problems. Mrs. Gilliam shared a Google slides template in Schoology that she wanted her students to use to create their word problem to share with classmates. To do this, she created an assignment in Schoology which allows students to create a copy of the Google slide.
After typing their word problem and submitting the assignment to Mrs. Gilliam, students took a screenshot of their word problem. They saved the screenshot to their desktop and then uploaded it to a media album in Schoology. This allowed students to see each other’s word problems. They then solved each other’s problems by typing answers in the comment box and posting it in Schoology.
I shared a template with teachers in Google Slides that I found from the website “Control Alt Achieve”. Here is the link to the article where I found the template.
Mrs. Rogers, a first grade teacher wanted to use the template with her students. However, the trick was that first graders usually have difficulty logging into their Google Drive accounts due to the difficulty of typing their Google username and password.
As a workaround, I made a copy of the Google Slides template in ActivInspire. I then created a public Google Drive folder and placed both items in the student share folder. The students could now access the template and save their work in the folder without having to sign into their Drive accounts.
During the lesson, the first graders impressed me with their skills! They learned how to use the scroll bar to select the slide they wanted to use. They learned how to copy an item and scroll back up to the turkey slide and paste the item and move it to the correct location on the turkey. Finally, they learned how to create a text box to type a sentence about their turkey. Great job first graders!