Fifth graders have been researching about fossil fuels and working to create informational stories about them using Explain Everything. Because writing is most meaningful when we have a real audience with whom to share our thinking, fifth graders were excited to share their stories with buddies from first grade. Cardinal first graders were eager to spend time with their favorite fifth grade pals and to learn more about fossil fuels in the process. What stories can YOU share using Explain Everything, and who will you share them with?
Ms. Darling has been sharing the book "Laugh with the Moon" by Shana Burg during her weekly read-alouds. The book is set in Malawi, Africa and Ms. Darling wanted her students to know more about the country and continent. So she created a Nearpod that allowed students to explore different countries, languages, flags, and facts as well as a virtual reality component exploring a rural dwelling and a countryside setting. Burg paints beautiful descriptions of main character Clare's new home, and Ms. Darling's Nearpod helped each student hold real-life images in her/his mind's eye as all listen and share the story together.
Ms. Moore visited each fourth grade class and collaborated with Ms. Darling, Ms. Hebert, Ms. Peterson, Ms. Hargis, and Ms. Ionescu to provide centers for students to explore design and building using items from our district STEAM carts. Students joined a Showbie class which included instructions on what to do in each center. Learners then explored with materials for the entire session. The following morning, students posted photos and written responses to Showbie. Ms. Moore is in the process of responding to each student so as to help students extend their understanding when they move on to the subsequent center the following week. We look forward to seeing how our thinking evolves over time!
This week's hAPPy Friday app is Puppet Pals 2 School Edition. It is an app that allows users to create narrative and record their voices and animated characters. You can learn more through the app integration handout here. While there are some existing characters, it would be more meaningful and appropriate for students to create their own characters with camera images. Let the show begin!
Kindergarteners have been exploring things that go. Ms. Mireles, Ms. Parolini, Ms. Gardiner, and Mr. Peña designed centers for children to explore. Kindergarteners used many kinds of force and explored how the different types of force set objects in motion. Later, Ms. Moore shared the Path and Go apps with students so they could start coding Dash robots to move too. Go, Kinder, go!
Fifth graders had the opportunity to explore design challenges and coding the day before Spring Break in all three class rotations. Ms. Moore and Ms. Douglas designed 4 centers -- coding with Dash and the Blockly app; coding with Apple's SWIFT playgrounds; creating tall towers to help little leprechauns watch for gold monsters using Straws & Connectors; and building structures (using Keva Planks) to store water safely from the water dragons. Students came up with lots of creative designs and codes, and we had fun in the process. Play can foster learning!
Valley View Cardinals spent a day filled with messy, playful, hands-on learning last Friday, and joyfully engaged in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) activities. VVE parents Ryan Herrman and Barbara Paier assembled an army of volunteers, including VVE parents, Westridge Middle School students, Westlake High School students, and even local and national talent to share so many exciting learning activities. We began the day together with bird expert Kevin Gaines from Sky Kings, who brought some very special guests to fly through the cafeteria! Cardinals watched, laughed, and learned alongside a hawk, owl, vulture, and even a kookaburra! Students then went back to their classrooms for rotations through multiple centers. We concluded the day with younger students attending a chemistry demonstration and older students observing the physics of flying through BMX biking experts. Check out a newsteam video here and see the photos below.
hAPPy Friday! Adobe Spark Video, formerly Adobe Voice, is a simplified video editing tool that can include pictures, up to 30 seconds of video, narration and a soundtrack. You can trim clips easily and add several themes. Check out Ed Tech Marianna Ricketson's blog on this app here and view her app integration handout here.
Several grade levels have been conducting research across our school. In fifth grade during library time, students have picked an animal, conducted research using library databases, composed keynote slides, and then presented their findings to the class while Ms. Iles videotaped their presentations. At the end of their presentations, students answered questions from the audience and gathered feedback including both positive comments and suggestions on what they could do to continue strengthening their presentations.
In fourth grade during library time, students have been working on their National Parks research. Each student picked a national park, conducted research using their iPads and National Park websites, took notes, and over the past days they have been creating Google Slides in a shared Slides presentation. It took us a while to navigate the best procedures for all working on a shared slide show at the same time, but students persevered and figured it out! When they have completed their slides, Ms. Iles will print the slides so students can practice using editing marks they have been learning about in their homerooms. After editing on paper, they will make their final edits and share with the class. Ms. Iles will eventually make a book of their work that can be checked out by other students in the school.
Finally, in Ms. Abell's class, 5th graders have been working on "Be the Change" research projects, in which they have each selected an issue in which they see a need for change, defined a problem statement around that issue, and then they collected information from multiple resources including Ebsco Databases, Encyclopedia Britannica, Discovery Education, National Geographic for Kids, and Kids Infobits. As they finish gathering their facts, students are creating their own Weebly websites with information to share about their selected topics. Creativity abounds as they make choices about how to represent the information in multimodal ways.
Way to go, Cardinal Researchers!
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Holly Moore, Educational Technologist, and Melania Ionescu, Instructional Partner, share student learning here, in our Cardinal Community Blog.