January has certainly been a busy month for students! At DES, we started the month with different activities in Google. 4th and 3rd grade used Google Slides to make a 2018 mini flip-book. With this activity, they practiced adding text boxes, searching for and adding images, and changing the print settings! 2nd grade also created something in Google - this was the first time all of second grade logged into their Google accounts! Definitely a big achievement. We will continue to practice logging into Google so that students become more and more familiar. Hopefully you saw the All About Me in 2018 pages they took home!
For 4th and 2nd grade, January also kicked off our research unit! 4th graders are using various kid-friendly search engines and encyclopedias to conduct research on the Northeast Region of the US. They're learning the importance of choosing relevant and specific keywords, and how to determine whether or not a website gives correct and informative info! Once all the research is collected, students will work to collaboratively make a presentation in Google Slides. 4th grade is definitely learning a lot of new skills this month!
Second graders used WorldBook, an online encyclopedia, to collect information on an animal. They turned the information they found into an animal riddle, which they will then publish into a flip-book using Google Drawings! Check out one of the amazing first drafts, written by Ryan in Mrs. McElroy's class:
I have eight arms connected by webbing.
Third Graders have been learning all about robots and computer programming using Ozobots! An Ozobot is a small robot that reads colors and can follow a path drawn for it on paper. Students are working in small groups to learn all of the different capabilities an Ozobot has. Third graders are also continuing to practice their word processing skills using Google Docs - this month, they wrote a 5 sentence paragraph where they imagined what an Ozobot might do if it woke up on its own one day! It was great to see how imaginative some students were!
At Mason Road, first graders were introduced to a fun technology tool - Digital Breakouts. A Digital Breakout is one big puzzle that consists of many little puzzles. These little puzzles ask students to do simple math problems, match pictures to words, put words in ABC order, and other important skills they are learning in their classrooms. Each puzzle has a code that is revealed if the answer is correct, and students get a prize if they get all of the codes correct! First graders used Google Forms to input and check their answers.
For Kindergarten, January has been all about typing! Students have been working their way through different levels on the website TypeTastic. The different games on this website teach students where the letters are on the keyboard, and progresses slowly into typing. Soon, students will be introduced to the Home Row!
Check back soon for our February updates!