Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Doodle4Google Doodlers

A wonderful fourth teacher, Mrs. Scott, encouraged some 4th and 5th grade Blackland Prairie students to enter the annual Doodle 4 Google program. This program invites K-12 students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign the homepage logo for millions to see.

Students were required to use their creative imaginations while focusing on the theme, “My Best Day Ever…”

The Blackland Prairie students did an amazing job capturing the theme through their illustrations.

One talented student artist in the United States will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school along with some other cool prizes!

Check the Google homepage on May 1st to see if any Blackland Prairie students’ entries are selected for voting. 
Here are our Doodles!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mrs. Fuch's Class Presents the Life Cycle of the Frog - Rivet, Rivet!

First graders from Mrs. Fuch's class have been studying the life cycles. All students worked in groups to produce a video illustrating the life cycle of the frog. Here are some examples from her class.

Life Cycle of the Frog - Lauren, Emily, Aranza, and Kyra

The Frog's Life Cycle - Alina, Cade, Nicholas, and Gavin

Frog Life Cycle - Ashley, Anna, Jenna, Kiera, Celeste

Life Cycle - Frog - Logan and Samuel

Frogs R Us - Rene, Brock, Landon, Ryan

We're Frogs Now! - Anthony, Camron, William, and Carson

Students used the document camera, microphone, and the camera software to make their production.  They did a "Toad-ally" awesome job! 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Students in Mrs. Patterson's first grade class have been working on Paper Slides. Using the document camera and a microphone, they make a movie. Topics range from King Cobras to fish to drawing a basketball player.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blackland Prairie students in Grades 3-5 have been putting in countless hours of work on the comprehensive computer based program Istation Reading. The state of Texas has purchased this program to maximize students’ reading fluency and comprehension. The students each took a small assessment, and then were given a customized program for their needs.

For homework students are working regularly as teachers can monitor their progress in the program. The “work” is in a very attractive format, more like a game. Students are highly motivated to complete these modules. The parents are able to access online reports and suggested activities to reinforce their child’s learning.

Currently the state of Texas has funded Texas SUCCESS through August 31, 2013, so iStation will be available all summer.