Comments for the 1st Grade Snowmen Books


snowmancover2The second graders enjoyed reading and listening to the first graders snowmen books! Here are some of the comments that the second graders had about the book.

Comments for the 2nd Grade Playground Books

The preschoolers and the first-graders have enjoyed reading the playground book created by the second graders. Here are some comments that the first-graders had about the book.



First and Second Grade eBooks on iTunes!

Our first and second graders recently published eBooks in iTunes for free download! To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it. Here are the links to the books in iTunes where they may be downloaded for FREE!


“Do You Want to Build a Playground” by the second graders contains their imaginative stories, illustrations, and audio narrations of playgrounds for people, for animals, under the sea, in outer space, and more! We are hoping that people who download our book will use the link contained in the book to donate towards our new elementary playground fund. Here is the link to download the book:  Do You Want to Build a Playground?
















“Snowmen Having Fun” by the first graders contains colorful illustrations, stories, and audio narrations done by the students. Our writing was inspired by the book Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner. Here is the link to download the book:  Snowmen Having Fun 2015

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 Mac computer the book can be opened using iBooks software.  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.)

Do You Want to Build a Playground ePub file

Snowmen Having Fun ePub file

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 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.

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

Fifth Grade President Search Activity15

Use these links to brainstorm research ideas:

Answer Garden Quick Facts

Tricider Quick Facts


Use this link to view the PBS 60 Seconds Presidents Videos


Use these links as part of our assignment:

The White House

Meet the Presidents

Decision Points

Wikipedia George W. Bush


A Tour of My Life – getting feedback

Fifth-grade classes finished their Hyperstudio Tour of their Life project today. When students were done, they went around the room and left comments for other students about their projects. They left both complements and suggestions of things that could be improved. It was a great way to learn and grow from their peers.





Snowman Stories by the First Grade

The first-graders recently finished these snowman stories created in KidPix. Last week we recorded the audio portion of each story in the Book Creator. app. Our snowman book will be available soon for download and we are planning to publish it to iTunes.







Third Grade Keyboarding with Type to Learn


The third-grade classes have begun their first lessons in keyboarding using the Type to Learn program. They are off to a good start using the home row position on the keyboard. Please remind students to use the home row when they do any typing at school or at home.






Matching and Exploring on the iPads

Today the PreK students used 2 apps. We did the Preschool Memory Match game (currently $0.99 US) which is the best matching app I have found. Love that it uses pictures, text, and audio and helps to stretch students’ vocabulary as they play. The sound effects are realistic, and there are fun little touch widgets in between each game that students can touch and manipulate.


We also played the Toca House app (currently $2.99 US) which is a touch and explore game. I like how students just have use some problem solving skills to get the various elements to work by touching, swiping, and dragging. Good fun as the help clean the virtual house!
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Minecraft Animal Habitat Reports using Explain Everything


Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 7.54.41 AM  1-2-15The third graders recently finished their Minecraft Animal Habitats. They took screenshots of their habitats and then used the Explain Everything app to record a report where they told about their habitat.  This was the students’ first time using Explain Everything, and unfortunately we ran into some issues with the audio recording with technical errors, being too soft, or having lots of background noise.  Therefore I selected a few of the reports to publish as examples of the students’ work in this project.

This was a long project with many parts, but I am very proud of the great work that the students did throughout the process!


Teacher Notes – Here is an overview of the project and some of my thoughts about what I would do differently next time. Click on the link to read the post about each part of the project:

Inquiry and Research – we used Padlet to collect questions before researching an animal’s habitat.

(I loved using Padlet to collect student questions. I did find that some students struggled a bit to generate questions that directly addressed things they needed to know to build the habitat and sometimes their research did not relate to this task. Next time I would look for new ways to focus the inquiry and research process, perhaps trying to do more of the research while they are building the habitat.)

Building in Minecraft – students worked either individually or with a partner to build an animal habitat.

(The students knew much more about Minecraft than I did, and that was great! If someone got stuck, I would just shout out “Who knows how to….” and someone would jump up and help! They did a great job teaching each other, and me! Now I know how to fly and grow trees – bonemeal, who knew? Those who had done a lot of Minecraft definitely came up with the most creative solutions. A few students who had never used Minecraft struggled throughout the MInecraft part of the project – they never could quite find a good location or build a structure, but they accomplished enough that they could at least explain what they were trying to do.)

Recording a Report - using video tutorials about how to use Explain Everything.

(Having the video tutorials for Explain Everything worked great! Students watched them when they were ready for each part and could rewatch as needed. It really made the process of follwing the steps easier.  However, next time I think I would simply record a video of the student showing their habitat in Minecraft and talking about it.  I think it would give a better overview of the habitat and students could more thoroughly explain their design and thinking, plus it would be much faster than using Explain Everything.)

Fun with the VidRhythm App


So it is the day before vacation, and the computer lab is being used for testing. A perfect excuse to have tech class using iPads in the fifth grade classrooms and have a little fun using the VidRhythm app to create music videos!  Here are a few shots of the students in action. Scroll down to the bottom where I have posted a few examples of the fun videos that they created!  Enjoy!

VidRhythm is currently available on iTunes for $1.99 (used to free, sorry, but offers a lot of fun for a small price!).