Archive for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade President Search Links 2017

What are interesting quick facts to research about a president?

Hockenbrocht Answer Garden Link

Voytal Answer Garden Link

 

Use this link to view the PBS 60 Seconds Presidents Videos

Link to 2015 President wiki: http://presidents2015.wikispaces.com/

Link to 2016 President Wiki: http://presidents2016.wikispaces.com/

World Book Encyclopedia Loginsee your teacher for the login and password if needed, then click STUDENT

 

Use these links as part of our assignment:

The White House

George W. Bush wiki page

georgewbush.com

Wikipedia George W. Bush

“Shine” Candle Holders

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This year our elementary school has adopted the theme “Shine” (based on Philippians 2:15) for our school year. To go along with this theme, our fifth graders have been designing candle holders in TinkerCAD which we are printing with our Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer. Students will give their candleholders to another person as a Christmas gift. In English class, students will write a letter to go along with their gift.

DESIGNING USING TINKERCAD

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For this project, we used a shared account in the TinkerCAD app in Google Chrome and created a project file for each student. During the first week, students had some “playground” time to explore TinkerCAD and learn how to navigate and design with shapes. Then during the following two weeks, students followed teacher created video tutorials to help them independently design their candle holders. (Here is the link to our TinkerCAD tutorials.)

Designing in Tinkercad

The fifth graders started their designs by using precise measurements to create a cylinder and a hole. After designing the candle holder, students imported a shape to use as a decoration on the side or on the base. (I used the FlatIcon website to find .svg files which could be imported into Tinkercad and had these available for students to use for their designs.) Finally, students grouped all the elements together into one shape and saved it in Tinkercad.

PRINTING THE CANDLE HOLDERS

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Over the past week, we have been busily printing the candle holders using our Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer. As a teacher, I downloaded the files and prepared them in groups of 2 or 3 at a time for printing. Printing is a time consuming process and we are only able to complete about 5 candle holders each day.

FINISHED PROJECTS

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Students are very excited to see how professional their printed designs look. Currently, we have about 2/3 of our 50 projects printed. Our students are very impatient to see their finished result! I am very proud that students did a great job with sizing the elements correctly and we only have a few designs with minor decorating flaws that we will need to reprint.

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This project has been a great way to introduce students to 3D Design. Even though students had some basic guidelines to help them produce a successful first design, they also had many creative options which allowed each product to be unique!



Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

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Resources for TinkerCAD “Shine” Candle Holder

Here is the link for the Intro to Building with Shapes in TinkerCAD tutorial:

 

 

 

 

Osmo with Mrs. Garner’s First Graders

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At the beginning of this school year, we were blessed with a donation of an Osmo interactive learning system for our iPads. Today I stopped in Mrs. Garner’s class to see the first graders using the Osmo in one of their learning stations to practice short vowel sounds. This amazing tool uses a camera to read the letter tiles that are placed in front of it. Activities include letters, numbers, tangrams, and more! I can tell OSMO is going to be a favorite center for the students and will be a great way to practice their skills!

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More information on OSMO is here: http://amzn.to/2cFeorH

Parents, note, this might be a great Christmas present for your child!

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Comic Life Goals – Fifth Grade

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Our fifth graders always enjoy using the webcam to take photos! They dropped the pictures into Comic Life and added cool filters to their faces. Finally, they added speech bubbles sharing some of their goals and hopes for the new school year. Skills covered in this lesson included opening and saving files, using the undo command, working between two windows/applications, adding and editing text, and creative use of filters. Here are a few examples of their work!

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Back to School Tech Review with Quizizz and Recap

Welcome back to tech class! This week we used 2 new fun activities with 4th and 5th grade to review our technology policy with students.

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We began class with an exciting review game using Quizizz. Quizizz is similar to Kahoot. You can build multiple choice review games for student use. Students enjoyed the self paced game and the funny animal memes in between questions that told them if they were right or wrong.

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Quizizz is a free platform for educational use. It can be used on a computer or any mobile device – you do not need to download an app, just connect to the Quizizz login webpage and type in a game code supplied by the teacher. I liked that the answer choices to each question are written on the choice buttons (different than Kahoot) and the ability to set up memes in between questions. Scores for the games are recorded for the teacher. Since the game was self paced, we were not able to discuss each question individually, but at the end of the game we looked at the questions where there were a number of errors and discussed the answers. There may be a way to run the game one question at a time (similar to Kahoot), but I did not find that option.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 10.43.31 AM 8-27-16When we finished our Quizizz game, we tried out another new app called Recap to use for setting a technology goal for the school year. Recap is a free app on the iPad. Teachers can set up a free account and use their computer to record a text/video prompt for students’ responses. Students use the app (or online login) by adding a pin code, tapping on their name, listening to the prompt, and then recording a short video response. Students also can use a thumbs up system at the end of the video as an exit ticket for the teacher to show if they “get it!”

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I was very impressed with how easy this app was to set up and use.  I did have to enter each student name for each class into my account, but I was able to do that quickly. I found that the Chrome browser worked best on the Mac for recording the teacher video, but that may just be due to some settings on my laptop. It only took about 10 minutes to get the entire class logged into Recap on their iPads and record the videos. I am able to view their videos on my laptop in my account. I can see this app being very effective for reflection questions, prediction, retelling, and exit tickets.

Thanks fourth and fifth graders for a great start to Tech Class!

 

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Fifth Grade Technology Reflection

Think back over all things you have done with computers or iPads during the time you have been at SCS Elementary School. Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences reflecting on the following questions:

What was your favorite project or activity in technology class?

What was the most valuable/helpful thing that you learned in technology class?

What is one thing you would like to learn to do using technology in the future?

When you are done with your commnet, you may have your choice of these activities:

  • Work on your wiki (not required)
  • Garageband
  • Learning Links – only do games that are specifically named
  • Kidpix or Print Shop (print one thing)

 

 

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

Creating A Digital Tattoo with the SketchbookX app

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This year we used the term “digital tattoo” rather than digital footprint when talking about cyber safety issues with the 5th graders. I wanted to emphasize that whatever you do on the internet is permanent just like a tattoo – it is hard to make it go away. To emphasize the point, students created a drawing of their hand and arm and created their own digital tattoo to represent how they would like people to recognize them from the things they do online.

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Students viewed a video tutorial that I created that outlined the steps for tracing their hand and then adding drawings for their tattoo using an iPad. (NOTE: I did discover that many students struggled with getting the hand traced properly without any gaps so the paint bucket fill tool would work. I ended up going around the room and helping many of the students trace their hands. Maybe next time we might photograph their hand and wrist and then do our drawing over top of the photo!) We used the free Sketchbook X app to do this project. Here is the tutorial:

Not everyone was able to complete their drawings during class. Here are a few examples, I will try to add more as they become available!

A few students were able to post their tattoo into our Edmodo community where we have been practicing our digital citizenship while discussing our Christian faith. Here are a few examples and their explanations of their tattoos:

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The fifth graders have done a great job putting their faith and digital citizenship into action over the past few weeks while using Edmodo and I am proud of their work!

Native American Twitter Pages

This week Mrs. Smith brought the fifth graders into the computer lab to make these cool “Twitter” pages based on research that they had done about different Native American groups. They had to invent a character and turn their research into tweets written in first person about activities that they might be doing. I just had to share a few examples of the projects below. They use such clever writing and look really awesome!
  
  

Teacher note: This lesson was based on an activity that I did about 5 years ago when I was teaching fifth grade. Here is a link to the original template from Tony Cassidy which I adapted for  this project:

http://www.slideshare.net/TonyCassidy/student-twitter-template

There are a number of online sources that allow you to generate fake “tweets” that could be adapted for this lesson:

http://www.classtools.net/twister/

http://simitator.com/generator/twitter/tweet