Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First Grade Hibernation

Thanks to fiber-optic camera technology, the first graders watched real-time footage of a black bear named Lugnut as she hibernates in a den beneath an upturned sugar maple in northern Maine.  The 8 year old Lugnut gave birth to two cubs while in hibernation.  The camera is a project of the Wildlife Research Foundation in Maine.

Upon completion the first graders used their iPads to research many animals that hibernate, become dormant or go into diapause over the winter.  Enjoy the pictures of the various animals they discovered!






Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Kindergarten!

The kindergarteners created a green screen video today of a song they learned for Thanksgiving.  They did an impressive job, some remarking they would like to be on camera when they grow up!  Enjoy our future actors and actresses in their movie debut!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wampanoag People

In third grade, the students are learning everything they can about the Wampanoag people.  Using an interactive site:  http://www.plimoth.org/media/olc/intro.html (click to view and learn for yourself!), the third graders recorded facts they found interesting in their study of this tribe.  They became true historians!

4th Graders Teach Mini Lessons

On the day before their clay topographical map activity,  the fourth grade took to teaching mini lessons on their assigned states.  They identified cardinal directions, lines of longitude and latitude, plus the lowlands, hills and mountains.  Check out the screen casting these students made as they are quite impressive. Special thanks to Mrs. Scott for sharing this lesson idea!







Landmarks and Symbols of Our Nation

The second graders learned what landmarks are and discovered many United States landmarks and symbols in many areas of our great country.  Take a look at their creative collages showcasing what they've learned.  Job well done!



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Interactive Learning!

Our new Smart Board was installed Friday and as a result student learning is becoming even more interactive!  So far, the first grade categorized animals and learned names of animals' adults and young.  The third grade sorted characteristics of deciduous trees and coniferous trees.  The fourth graders mapped coordinates using degrees of latitude and longitude.  Being able to manipulate objects on the board accommodates different learning styles, increases motivation, and encourages involvement in learning.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Integrating Technology on Election Day!

Students took to the polls to vote electronically this year!  A special thanks to Mrs. O'Shea and the fifth graders who ran the polls while I was attending an iPad convention in Boston.  I was able to track the results all day, 100 miles away!  President Barack Obama won our Center election and our nation's election.