December was short but fun! Across all grades, we kicked off the month with the Hour of Code - at DES, 4th and 2nd graders chose an activity from code.org to complete, and 3rd grade made their own versions of the popular game Flappy Bird! These activities were so engaging and fun for the students to try. It was wonderful to see everything they were able to create! At MRS, students learned about Computer Programming with engaging games from CodeSpark that had students orchestrating a snowball fight!
The rest of the month we spent doing fun winter activities! At DES, 4th and 3rd graders were able to use Google Apps to write a friendly letter to someone of their choice - a favorite teacher or family member, Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, or a friend! Everyone's typing and computer skills are really improving as students are becoming more and more familiar with Google! Second graders used a program called Stationery Studio to write their friendly letters. Hopefully you got a chance to see what your child made!
DES students also were able to practice their keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste (CRTL+C and CRTL+V) by making a snowman or gingerbread man in Google Slides!
At MRS, Kindergartners practiced their computer skills with various activities to build snowmen or gingerbread houses. These games incorporate many things Kindergartners are working on in computer class - click and drag, opening and closing websites and other programs, and using tools such as save and print. Our K students also used the program TuxPaint to make their own snowmen using different shape tools! Hopefully you were able to see their wonderful artwork.
First graders spent the rest of December making their own interpretations of artwork from the book "Snowmen at Night". Students recreated a page from the book, glued the words onto the pages, and we were able to laminate and bind each class's own version of the story! Each class chose who to dedicate and give the book to. It was a great activity that really allowed students' creativity to shine!
Enjoy your break, and check back soon for January updates!