This month, first graders have been working on a few different computer skills. They learned some very basic research skills, practiced troubleshooting common computer problems, and worked on their typing! Students had the opportunity to learn about an interesting animal by watching videos on National Geographic. They summarized the information they heard, and made sure to write down where they found their information in order to give proper credit. First graders also learned how to turn on and off their computers, how to log in with ctrl+alt+del and the computer lab passwords, and how to change the volume on their computers. It's great for students to learn these things early, so that they're able to be self-sufficient as they get older!
Students have also been working on typing practice using a number of different games and activities found on Ms. Schmitt's Website (https://miss-schmitts-website.weebly.com/1st-grade-typing.html).
Kindergartners at Mason Road also spent a lot of time this month practicing their keyboarding. Students have been using the website TypeTastic (www.typetastic.com) to learn where the letters are on the keyboard. Kindergarten has been working on the first five levels, which start off just with matching letters using the mouse, then progress to finding letters on the keyboard. These games are fun and engaging for students, and still give them the right amount of challenge they need. Once students finish all of the levels, they will get a reward for all of their hard work!
During our STEAM Special this month, first graders became archaeologists and used science tools like pipettes to help crack the egg and figure out what was inside. They learned the science word hypothesis, and were able to make their own educated guesses about what would happen during their experiment. Ask your first grader what they discovered!
First Grade scientists at work!
This month, fourth graders wrapped up their mini-unit on coding. They learned some valuable concepts that they'll be able to bring with them to the middle school! After coding, students were able to explore and start working on their end of year projects. Students got to choose from different technology projects that will allow them to work with a partner to create something of their very own - some of the projects are creating a own website (don't worry - everything is kept private!), making stop motion videos, using Makey Makey to turn just about anything into a computer, and making video games using Scratch or Bloxels! Students are very passionate about what they'll be working on, and it will be amazing to see what they are able to create over the next few weeks!
Third graders learned about different types of Simulations in April. They looked at simulations of different places with Google Earth, and science simulations with Discover! Science. After exploring these simulations, students were challenged to come up with ways the simulation could be improved for the future. It's good to get these kids thinking about the potential with technology - maybe these students will be the Steve Jobs of their generation!
Second graders spent the month learning more about computer science principles through the game Zoombinis. They really enjoy this game, and it challenges them to think very logically about how to solve different problems.
Looking forward, fourth graders will continue to work on their projects, third graders will start their coding unit, and second graders will start learning how to use Google!