Archive for First Grade

Fourth Grade Thanksgiving Raps with Apps 2018

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The fourth graders recently created thanksgiving “Raps with Apps” on the iPads. They began using the Smart Drums feature in GarageBand app to develop a pattern of beats. Then they wrote their rap to go along to the beats. Then they used a second iPad with the iTalk app to record their rap with the beats playing in the background. The final step was to email their completed file to Miss Bosch.

Students had a lot of fun and did a great job being creative with music tools while praising God. Here are a few examples of their raps:

Caramia and Alysia Rap

Kayla and Destiny Rap

Ella and Saniya Rap

 

First Grade Selfie Stories

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The first graders recently used KidPix to create a “selfie story.” This project required the students to type several sentences using the caps lock, letter, and punctuation keys. They also needed to follow multiple steps using pencil, shape, paint, and stamp tools to create their self-portraits. Finally, they had to use the save button to save their pictures. I was pleased to see the students’ growth as they worked through complex directions to make their stories and pictures. Here is a gallery showing their stories (click to enlarge):

 

Snowmen Having Fun 2018 – First Grade eBook

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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 2018 Link

 

“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!

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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 2018 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. Book Creator now allows you to publish your books directly 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 Chrome.

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 or on Twitter at @karlyb.

First Grade Christmas Trees

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The first graders recently used KidPix as a way to review a number of skills they had been learning. They had to follow these multiple steps to complete their Christmas trees:

  • Draw with straight and freeform lines, shapes, and textures
  • Use the paint bucket to fill a shape
  • Switch between tools independently
  • Add stamps
  • Add, resize, and move stickers
  • Create and type in a text box

I put together a video in Animoto showing their Christmas trees. (Note: if you don’t see your child’s picture, they may have been absent when we did this project.)

May you have a most blessed Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus!

 

First Grade Funny Leaf People Fall 2017

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The funny leaf people are back! In this KidPix lesson, the first graders learned to double click to open a file. They created and typed their name in a text box. Finally, they followed 4 steps to decorate their leaf person using stamps, flipped stamps, lines, and paint brush tools! Here is a video sharing all of their leaf people! Enjoy!

 

Spirit Week 2017

The elementary students had a great time dressing up for Spirit Week! Miss Bosch took some photos for the yearbook and decided to post some of them here so everyone could enjoy them!

Wednesday was Super Hero Day!

Thursday was Celebrations Day – Holidays and Special Days!

And of course, Friday was SCS Spirit Day!

After school, the students had a great time at the fun fair!

 

First Grade Tech Skills using KidPix

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We are off to a great start in our first grade technology classes. We are using KidPix software to help students learn and practice some basic skills including creating and using logins, controlling the mouse, and clicking back and forth between multiple tools.

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Here are a few photos showing the students doing some “Draw a _______ with a _______” challenges!

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Back to School 2017

We’ve had a busy few weeks getting started with our technology classes!

Miss Bosch brought iPads into PreK (Thursdays) and Kindergarten (Fridays) classes for tech instruction.

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First graders used the Smartboard to review the things to do/not do in the computer lab, then made some “rainbow spaghetti” in Kidpix to practice using the mouse.

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Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders used Kahoot to play a game to review Technology Expectations. The game was filled with crazy gifs to remind the students about the rules. (Sorry, forgot to take photos while we were playing the game!) Over the next week, they will be designing their own nametag to use in the computer lab.

 

Comments for First Graders eBook “Snowmen Having Fun 2017”

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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