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!
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Holly Moore, Educational Technologist, and Melania Ionescu, Instructional Partner, share student learning here, in our Cardinal Community Blog.