First Grade Teacher Appreciation eMails


This week was filled with treats and surprises for the teachers. During technology class today, the first-graders wrote email messages to their teachers on our iPads. They told their teachers thank you for all the things that they appreciated about them. For many students this was the first time ever sending an email. The teachers were really surprised to get their messages!

First Faces 2016

The first graders recently created self portraits and stories about themselves. In this project, they needed to use multiple tools to create their pictures and needed to create and format a text box to type in. Here is a gallery of their portraits. Click on an image to view it full sized!

Fourth Grade Short Stories Collections Now on iTunes

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I’m delighted to share that the story collections, created by our fourth grade students in Mrs. Swanson’s language arts classes, are now available for free download on 51 iTunes stores all over the world! Each student wrote and typed a story, created illustrations, and recorded the audio narrations. The stories are combined together into a separate volume for each class. This was a major project and required many days of work by each student to create a professional looking story for our collection. I am so proud of the students’ amazing work!

For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here are the links to download the books:

Swanson Story Collection

Steer Story Collection

For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:

Swanson Story Collection epub file

Steer Story Collection epub file

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT:

Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their colorful illustrations. Drawing Pad is one of my favorite apps for students to use to create digital drawings. It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store.

After creating the pictures, students added them into the wonderful Book Creator app and then typed the text of each story. When the writing and illustrations were combined and completed, each student made an audio recording of their story using the recording tools in Book Creator.

Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!

 

 

Sphero Problem Solving – Reflect

Here is the data from the spreadsheets showing how accurately you were able to steer your Sphero:

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Students, I want you to leave a comment on our blog reflecting on the Sphero activity. Remember, no last names. Write several sentences telling me:

1. What did you like about using the Spheros? What did you learn about using them?

2. What things were tricky about using the Spheros? How did you solve your problems with using them?

3. How did you have to use math while you did the Target Practice activity?

4. What is an idea of something you would like to learn how to do using the Sphero (a trick you would like to make it do)? Be creative!

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)

Kindergarten KidPix Flowers

This week the kindergarten students learned how to use textured brushes in KidPix. Here is a video showing some of the flowers they drew using the brush tools:

Comments for the 2nd Grade Guppy Bowl Book

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The first graders enjoyed reading and listening to the second graders Guppy Bowl book! After reading the books, they left some comments for the second graders!

Here is another comment that the book received from another teacher:

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Comments for the First Grade Snowmen Books 2016

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The second graders enjoyed reading and listening to the first graders snowmen books! After reading the books, they left some comments for the first graders!

Sphero Target Practice 2016

Here are the Sphero tasks for you to complete today (in this order):

1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)  Here is the video if you forgot how to pair or set up the Sphero using the Drive app.

2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.

3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score.  To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.

4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.

5. When you are done, you may try either the Sphero app or the Drive and Draw app.

6. IF TIME: Put the Sphero and the measuring tape in the boxes on the back row.  Take the iPad back to your chairs (if people are still doing the target practice, you may sit on the floor) and with your partner/partners work on one of these Coding Apps:

Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles

Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates

Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch

Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)

 

5th Grade – Presidents Evaluating Webpages Resources

Use these links to brainstorm research ideas:

Smith Answer Garden – brainstorming

Voytal Answer Garden – brainstorming

 

Use this link to view the PBS 60 Seconds Presidents Videos

 

Use these links about George W. Bush as part of our assignment:

The White House

Meet the Presidents

Decision Points

Wikipedia George W. Bush

2nd Grade Guppy Bowl eBook

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I’m delighted to share that our second graders’ eBook, “The Guppy Bowl”, is now available for free download on 50 iTunes stores all over the world!

The “Guppy Bowl” was inspired by the Shark Tank TV show. Students were challenged to identify a problem that a second grader might have, then design and write about an invention (realistic or imaginary) that would solve the problem.

For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here is the link to download the book: The Guppy Bowl iTunes version

For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:  The Guppy Bowl ePub version

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Our stories were made in computer lab using KidPix software. Miss Bosch printed and scanned all the stories and put them into the wonderful Book Creator app where each student made an audio recording of their story.

Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!

If you have a class that has created an eBook, we would love to do a book exchange with you! Please leave a comment with a link to the book file or contact Miss Bosch via email at kbosch@southfieldchristian.org