GoTemp! = Go Fun!

Happy Friday! Second graders at Longdale are studying temperature changes, so this was a perfect opportunity to experiment with the GoTemps! With the changing weather temperatures, we were able to talk about hot vs. cold and how it feels when the temperature outside changes.

Next up, it was time for a little experiment. The classes have been discussing the differences between Fahrenheit and Celsius as well as boiling and freezing points of water. To practice our observation skills, we set up three glasses of water: hot, room temperature, and ice cold.
Second graders made predictions about the temperature of the water and recorded. Then, we plugged in the GoTemps and started collecting data! It was so cool to see how the temperatures of the water glasses changed and we were even able to see the temps on the same graph.


For the second part of the lesson, we broke into groups and tested the temperatures of our hands. Again, second graders made predictions, keeping in mind that normal body temperature is about 98*. These results were even more fun to see!

GoTemps are a great way to see temperature changes in real life. This lesson can be used with animal adaptations and even graphing!

#TechTakeout Storms Shady Grove!

Last Friday at Shady Grove the Tech Takeout Crew went to Shady Grove to work with around 160 4th grade students for our first Tech Takeout of the 2016-2017 school year! Tech Takeout is when a group of ITRTs travel to different elementary schools once a month to teach a technology infused lesson. This group was born from the guiding principle that we become better educators working together rather than being alone.

We take a concept of the teacher’s choosing. We then design 4 stations that use 21st century skills and technology to teach the material in a meaningful way. #TechTakeout takes the fear out of new technology and empowers teachers.

We had a blast talking about text features, summarizing, vocabulary and context clues. Tech takeout sessions were started with a Nearpod on Main idea

Mrs. Browne and Mrs. Robinson’s groups worked on summarizing and finding the main idea. Students started by reading a short passage about astronauts in space. After summarizing and identifying the main idea students accessed StoryBoard That from their school’s server shortcuts. Students worked to create a 3 panel comic strip about the main idea. They then used the snipping tool to take a screenshot of their comic. Finally, they uploaded their finished product to a Padlet wall so they could see each other’s work.

Mr. Covais and Ms. Aquilina worked with students to make trailers for popular picture books. Students read a book then made a short video explaining the main idea of the book, using Dell Webcam Central. The students then took the video and uploaded it to a shared Google Folder. Now students from all over the school can watch the book trailers and see if they want to read the book! This is such an easy way to not only work on main idea, but to also connect with other grade levels.

Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Caratachea worked with National Geographic and Google Slides today at Shady Grove! The students accessed the Google Slides Template through the student server. The first slide on the Google Slides had a link to National Geographic which the students clicked to access a magazine. The students worked in pairs after signing into Google to work collaboratively on their Google Slide. Each group worked together to track down the different text features such as Headings, Title, Bold Words, and so much more!

Mrs. Green and Mr. Favale had a great time teaching students how to understand unfamiliar vocabulary words. We started off by giving students an appropriate grade level article obtained from Newsela about using drones to understand tornadoes. The students chose a word in the article that they felt was important to the story and they didn’t hear very often. The students used context clues to first write the word to be defined. Next they listed some characteristics and provided some examples and non-examples that corresponded with the main word. If we had more time we would use Popplet, but unfortunately we were stretched for time and skipped this step. The students then showcased their work by creating an awesome short movie using a movie web tool called Wevideo. Students clicked the Google button on Wevideo then signed into Google and away they went to create. Students are able to save their work in Wevideo and continue editing at a later date. Here is an awesome example completed in a very short amount of time.

Student Logins Got You Down? I’ve Got Your Back!

Having students login for the first time on the computers can seem like an impossible task, especially in the younger grades. You find yourself running from one side of the room to the next making sure everyone is together. Then after 45 minutes of getting students to type in their username and password, everyone clicks login. That’s when you find out about half the students typed in the wrong combination and you have to start all over again.

Here are 5 tips to getting your students logged in for the first time with no tears (from the teacher).

1.Use the login templates that Christina Aquilina made. Click here for that blog post!

2. Highlight the username in green and the password in yellow. This way you can say, “Look at the username it’s in green.” Or you can say, “Type in the password it’s in yellow.”

3. Break it down! Break the username into three parts.

  1. Have all the students type hcps first.
  2. Then have all the students press the dash, and show them where it is on the keyboard.
  3. Finally have the students type in the rest of their username.

4. Explain to the students that the password is their first initial, last initial, and lunch number.

5. Repeat! Once the students are logged in have them shut down and repeat. Have your students do this process over again 2 more times. By the end most will feel comfortable about logging in.

This will take about 45 minutes, but 45 minutes of time well spent. This will help students login fast during station time, or whenever else you use the computers in your classroom..

Have Fun!

First Week – DONE!

The first week of school is over. All the kids got home on the right bus and most of the students remember their lunch number. You’re like 94% sure that you have the right seating arrangement for students to stay focused. Now you feel like you can dive into the curriculum and start planning out some great lessons.

Well, you felt that way until you realized that most of your afternoons are tied up in meetings. When you’re not in meetings you’re gathering data to reviewed by the administration. In addition you have to have time plan out high quality lessons so you students can perform well on the SOL test at the end of the year. This can seem overwhelming as a classroom teacher and almost impossible to get everything done. This is where I come in.

I can sit down with you and plan these high quality lessons, during a time that is most convenient for you. We’ll unpack the curriculum together and make cross curricular connections. When we plan together I use the TIP-Chart as a guide for our lessons. If you haven’t seen the TIP-Chart check it out, it can really help improve your lessons. We can even look at some past lessons against the TIP-Chart and see what we can do to bring your lessons to a higher level.

I know what you’re thinking, yeah that’s great and all but I really need a second set of hands to help teach this lesson. Well good news! I can also co-teach with you. After we plan out the lesson we can co-teach or I can just be a second set of hands to help you out.

Bottom line I’m here to help you.

When you’re ready to get planning sign up for me. I can’t wait to start working with you!

Student Passwords – YOU CAN DO IT!

You no longer need your ITRT to get your student password information! This means you can get all of your student passwords without having to wait for me. Just follow the directions below from Matt Caratachea, Kelley Taylor, and Christina Aquilina.

**In order to follow these directions correctly you MUST be in PowerSchool ONLINE.