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Comments for First Graders eBook “Snowmen Having Fun 2017”


Second graders, here is the link to where you can read the first graders’ Snowmen Having Fun eBook:

Snowmen Having Fun 2017

When you are done reading the book, we are going to leave comments to let the first graders know what you liked about their book!

“Growth Mindset” Games for Early Elementary


This past week the first graders were introduced to some online games that I call “Don’t Give Up Games.” Each of these games has features that require them to work with perseverance to complete tasks or levels that get progressively harder. Students also continued to refine their mouse skills and their ability to navigate websites during this lesson.


Mouse Control is a game with levels that progressively get harder as students use the mouse to roll over, click, and drag. Students enjoy the funny mouse voice that gives directions for each level.


Pack a Picnic is a Berenstain Bears game from PBS. Students have to search for objects by clicking on doors, drawers, and containers. Sometimes the objects are hard to find. One student could not find where the cookies were hidden. She returned to the game later in the class, and proudly let me know when she found them hidden in a cookie jar!


Ballistic Biscuit has been a favorite game with my students throughout the years. Students need to control their mouse to keep their tube from hitting objects in the water. Students never tire of trying over and over to reach the higher levels and get points.


The Maze game presents the students with harder and harder mazes which they work through by clicking the rocket forward. They have to be very observant and focused to find the correct paths.

This series of online activities is a great way to talk with students about how their skills will grow as they keep practicing and trying. We will be starting to do some keyboarding games next week, and we will draw parallels between these “fun” games and the challenges that beginning keyboarding sometimes presents to early learners.

I keep all of these games and more in this online collection of Learning Links for Early Learners.


Snowmen Having Fun 2017 – First Grade eBook


I’m delighted to share that our first graders’ eBook, “Snowmen Having Fun”, is now available for online viewing. Our writing was inspired by the book Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner. It contains colorful illustrations, stories, and audio narrations done by the students.  Click on this link to read the book online:

Snowmen Having Fun 2017

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“Snowmen Having Fun 2017” also is available for free download on over 50 iTunes stores all over the world! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPad, or Mac computer you can download the book onto your device to keep for viewing anywhere and to save as a memory for the future!

To download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Use this link to download the ebook:

Snowmen Having Fun 2017 iTunes download link

Notes for Educators:  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. We are currently helping to beta test a new feature in Book Creator which allows you to publish your books online. This feature is so easy – simply click a button for publication. I am very excited for teachers to have an opportunity to have a user friendly way to share their students’ work with an online audience.

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 or on Twitter at @karlyb.



Funny Leaf People – 1st Grade 2016

Funny Leaf People

The first graders had a lot of fun recently making these funny leaf people using KidPix software. In this lesson, the students learned how to double click to open a file. They then used text, drawing, stamp, and flip tools to decorate their funny leaf person. Here is a video showing all the pictures from both classes:

Can You Draw? First Grade Mouse Practice

Using a mouse is a challenging skill to learn! Because many families use tablets with young students these days, many students have never used a mouse before coming to the computer lab. We do a variety of “games” to practice using the mouse to improve their fine motor control and to learn to click between buttons on the screen. On Friday the first grade students played the “Can You Draw?” game. (We use KidPix software for many of lessons for early learners.)

Can you draw a red dog with a blue hat?






Can you draw a green cat with a purple umbrella?




Can you draw a yellow car with blue wheels?





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.


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.


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.


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!”


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!




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!

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!