Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's Share!

Fourth graders have had a lot of practice sharing this Google, that is.  They started the year becoming familiar with Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and all it can do.  Once they mastered the creation of products (docs and presentations for example) of their own, they began sharing documents with their teachers, a small group and even their whole class!

In Mrs. Scott's class, a group of students used the comments feature in to peer edit their writing.  This allowed them to type their writing assignment in a Google Doc, share it with the teacher and another student, then have a running copy of comments on the writing.  A couple of students even shared it with their parents who then gave their input as well.

Example of Narrative by S. Ganesh

Another example of sharing came from the writing classes as students were asked to read a play and a non-fiction text then use a Venn Diagram (again in Google) to compare/contrast them.

Literary and Information Texts
Venn Diagram

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Showing Equal Parts in First Grade

Mrs. Fuchs' first graders incorporated math, writing and technology into one lesson when they created shapes with equal parts in MS Word then described them in writing.  Well done, first grade!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Google it up!

In second grade, students study communities.  They learn about the wants/needs, producers/consumers and goods/services that go into building a successful community for people to work in, live in and enjoy.  After learning and discussing, students were asked to put their knowledge to use by working in a small group to create their own community.

Once they had decided on what would be a part of their community, they drew it out then used their information to create a Google Presentation to promote their community.  Here are a couple of examples from Mrs. Reyes' class:

Tell Me About Texas

Students in Mrs. Fuchs' first grade class combined research with media literacy when they created a brochure in MS Publisher to tell folks about how great Texas is.  Here are a couple of examples:

Let's Learn About Native Americans

Students spent two weeks researching five of the different Native American regions in groups.  They researched information and created craft projects that depicted the Native Americans in their region of study.  As a final produce, students worked with their teachers to record a final research report using a program called PhotoStory.  Here are finished products from Mrs. Young's and Mrs. Bond's classes:

Mrs. Young

Mrs. Bond