Monday, October 31, 2016

Coding Challenge!

Below is a one-minute snapshot of the fourth graders start into an extensive coding unit.  Code is one of the world's most widely used languages, and our students need to be literate in its language.   In addition, coding helps teach problem solving, computational thinking skills, critical thought, creates a way of thinking that applies to many domains, unleashes creativity, empowers kids and teaches the skills of effective collaboration. This is a critical step in preparing children for their future.
Enjoy our one-minute snapshot!  If you have any ideas for further coding applications, please feel free to contact me! Laura Giuggio - Technology Integration Specialist

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Second Grade White House Correspondents!

These second graders are amazing!  First, they took a field trip to Washington D.C. (virtually of course!) and viewed all of the rooms in the White House.  In preparation for this project, the students reviewed how to project their voices, speak slowly and clearly plus add enthusiasm (pizzazz!).  They practiced their lines over and over at home and in their classrooms (thank you parents and teachers!).  They did a truly sensational job delivering their lines - an exemplar for all!  What a great social studies, reading and public speaking project to integrate with what they are learning in their classrooms.  So much to learn from these smart second graders! 

Enjoy!!  Click here to go on your own virtual tour: White House Virtual Tour

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall into First Grade!

The most beautiful season is upon us.  Using the Pic Collage App, the first graders followed multi-step directions, researching seasonal words to find wonderful pictures for their posters.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fourth Grade Creates "Name that State" Gameshow!

The fourth graders are studying the New England states in social studies class and created this awesome game from start to finish: they researched the states, wrote their scripts, rehearsed and performed.  It also gave them practice projecting their voices, talking slowly, enunciating and adding expression - great public speaking practice!

The students learned about green screen editing - choosing their own background for their scene by collaborating in their groups.

Now, how well do YOU know your New England states?  Let the games begin!!