Archive for Fourth Grade

Online Learning Week 3 (4/6) for K – 5: Virtual Vacation

Hello Everyone! I have missed you and am praying for you every day!

NOTE TO PARENTS: you will need to help your child find an appropriate tool that matches your available technology for the project for this week.

I hope everyone had a good break last week. Since we were not able to go on a trip, this week’s assignment is to create a “Virtual Vacation” to go anywhere in the world! Use an iPad, phone, or computer to draw, type, build, or make a video about an imaginary vacation you wish you could take. Suggested apps, software, or websites are listed below by grade level, but any digital option that you have available is fine!

K – 1st Drawing Apps:

  • Hello Crayon ( was used with K students)
  • Draw and Tell( was used with K students)
  • KidPix5(NOTE: this is a paid app. It is the same as the software that we use in technology class. If you have an iPad, it might be worth the cost as a familiar way for students to do technology activities at home.)

K – 2nd Drawing Websites: (NOTE: drawing with a mouse might be tricky for kindergarten students)

2nd – 5th Drawing Apps:

  • Sketches School
  • Drawing Box Free
  • Drawing Pad (NOTE: this is a paid app that was used in 2nd grade, so students would be familiar with using it.)
  • KidPix5(NOTE: this is a paid app, it is the same as the software that we use in technology class, so would be familiar for students to use.)

3rd – 5th Drawing Websites:

1ST – 2ND TYPE A STORY (NOTE: 1st grade was just starting to work on keyboarding, so this might be a bit tricky for them.)

  • My Storybook – create a book online
  • KidPix5(NOTE: this is a paid app, it is the same as the software that we use in technology class, so would be familiar for students to use.)
  • You could also type a story using any word processing program.

3RD – 5TH TYPE A STORY/BOOK:

  • Use Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Google Docs on a computer or iPad (see an adult for help to find these tools to use)
  • My Storybook – create a book online
  • Book Creator App(NOTE: this is a paid app – wonderful options for book building and creativity!)

BUILD: If you use Minecraft or Roblox, build the place you would like to go on vacation!

VIDEO: Work with your parents or brothers and sisters to make a video pretending you are on a vacation. Use a phone or iPad. If you want, use iMovie or a similar app to edit your clips together. Here are a few funny examples that some other people have made about an imaginary trip to Disney World:

When you finish your project, leave a comment telling me what project you did and how you made it.

OPTIONAL: Your parents may email the project or a photo of it to me if they wish! I would love to see what you did! Send your email to kbosch@southfieldchristian.org.

Good luck and have fun! Let me know if you have any questions!

Online Learning Week 2: Stories, Activities, and Magazines

Hi Students! Your assignment this week is to use one of these online links to read a story or magazine or do a reading activity. They are grouped by the suggested grade level but you may do any link that as long as you understand what you are doing. If they don’t work, you may use any website or app that lets you do a reading activity.

NOTE: MANY OF THESE LINKS WILL NOT WORK ON AN IPAD OR PHONE, YOU MUST USE A COMPUTER!

PreK – 1st

Unite for Literacy Books
Pinky Dinky Doo Storybox – create your own story
Rivet – books on a variety of levels, click your level at the top corner
Teach Your Monster to Read 1, 2, and 3 (note: parents can create an account to save student progress)
Scholastic Learn at Home – find the activities for your grade level

2nd and 3rd Grades:

DIGGER AND THE GANGclick on An Invitation to start the story
Big Escape Mysteries – can you solve them?
Rivet – books on a variety of levels, click level at the top corner
Scholastic Learn at Home – find the activities for your grade level

4th and 5th Grades:

Scholastic Learn at Home – find the activities for your grade level
Bible Gateway – spend some time reading God’s word
Big Escape Mysteries – can you solve them?
SCIENCE DETECTIVE – TRAINING ROOM ESCAPE
NEW! Total Darkness – another mystery to solve!

SCS Student Created eBooks (from previous years):

Snowmen Having Fun eBook 2019
3D Crazy Characters eBook 2019
Snowmen Having Fun eBook 2018
3D Crazy Characters eBook 2018
Snowmen Having Fun eBook 2017
3D Crazy Characters eBook 2017

LEAVE A COMMENT WHEN DONE: Older students, when you are done, I would love it if you would leave a comment for me. (You might need to ask a parent or grown-up to help you.) Look up in the top right corner by the title of this post and click on the comments button. Use your FIRST NAME only – no last names, email, or website. Tell me what story/activity you read/did or how you are using technology to help you learn (or just say hello)!

Finally, here is a funny video for you! I was trying to make a video for Reading Month where I was a mystery reader behind a “mask.” It didn’t quite work out like I planned! Enjoy!

I miss you all and I am praying for you! Take care! Miss Bosch

Online Learning 1: Learning Links

Greetings from Miss Bosch (and her cat)!
(NOTE: many of these Learning Links will NOT work on an iPad or iPhone.)

Technology Class Activity: Use our Learning Links Page and a computer to do some of our Learning Links on a computer (if you can, they might not work on your iPad or phone). Here are the links to some pages at our Learning Links Page:

Learning Links Main Page

Early Learning Links – good for grades K – 2, note kindergarten has only done Dragging 1 – 6 in class.

Math Links – lots of games to practice math facts and more!

Games for Fun – a good place to take a break after working hard!

Also, here is the iReady link: iReady Student Login

Students, know that I am thinking of you and praying for you every day! Check back here – I will try to post a new video and some new technology activity ideas in a few days!

Three Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote

I am looking forward to presenting with Mrs. Nesbitt in March at the MACUL conference about “Eight Great Elementary Learning Strategies using Keynote.” The goal of this session will be to share ways that Keynote can be used for learning that go beyond simply making a presentation. Here are a few simple examples of ways that our students have been using some of these Keynote strategies in our technology classes.

NARRATION

The ability to easily record audio is a valuable Keynote feature for the elementary classroom. It allows students to record themselves reading text or explaining ideas and solutions. Before Thanksgiving, I created a simple template where our second graders could share some things that they were thankful for. Students learned to use the iPad keyboard to type their ideas and then recorded themselves reading their stories. If time, some students used the Keynote shapes to illustrate their stories. Here are a few examples of this project.

ILLUSTRATION

We were blessed to receive a grant from MACUL to purchase Apple Pencils for our students to use with our iPads. Before Christmas, our third graders used them to draw an illustration of “My Best Gift.” It was interesting to view the different ways that students interpreted this idea prompt. We saved their drawings into the camera roll, then loaded them into iMovie and stretched the image out to play for 30 seconds. Then students inserted a green screen video clip of a package being unwrapped that I had created. The students thought it was pretty cool to see their picture being “unwrapped!” One class had time to add some music to the background of their movie. If we had had more time, I would have had students record audio explaining why this was their best gift. (If you didn’t want to use the green screen in iMovie, the recording could have easily be done right in Keynote.) Here are a few examples of their recordings.

ANNOTATION

Keynote is a perfect app to use when you want students to annotate text. Our fourth graders used a simple Keynote template that I made to create a “Book Snap” where they annotated a text from a story. They used a series of video tutorials that I created so they could independently guide themselves through the project. Students were asked to use different colors to show an important idea, a vocabulary word, and something they had a question about or were curious about. Then they used the Keynote shapes and emojis to help visualize the text. Here are a few examples of their Book Snaps.

4th Grade Thanksgiving Raps with Apps

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 and used the Voice Memos 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. I have posted some examples of their raps. (Note: not all students completed completed and/or emailed their raps to Miss Bosch, so are missing. A few were emailed without names and were not posted.)

I am working on adding the raps. More are coming.

Selah and Imani Rap
Baron and Cory Rap
Reagan and Carrington Rap
Qarli and Nyla Rap
Aiden and Jeremy Rap
Kyla and Lucia Rap
Antwon Rap
Bennett and Matthew Rap
Daniel and Teefy Rap
Isaac and Donovan Rap
Jaydyn and Nailah Rap
Jude and Eddie Rap
Langston and Matthew Rap
Lawrence and Mehki Rap
Lewis and Luke Rap
Liam Rap
London G and Kristy Rap
Paris Rap
Selena and Anna Rap

Welcome to Technology Class 2019

Hello students! Welcome to technology class!

Here is the link to the online Quizziz game that we are going to play to review computer lab rules:

https://quizizz.com/join/

Your teacher will give you the code to join the game.

If we have time: leave a comment telling me:

  • Something you like to do using technology (either at school or at home).
  • Something you would like to learn or improve in your technology skills.
  • Something interesting you would like me to know about yourself.

When you are done, you may look through the blog at the projects from last year. Or you may watch the video again:

3D Printing Custom Cookie Cutters for Mother’s Day 2019

The fourth graders have been keeping a big secret! Over a month ago they used the free Cookiecaster website to custom draw and design a cookie cutter to give as a gift on Mother’s Day! The students came up with a wide variety of design ideas that would be perfect for mom including animals, clothes, states, and hobbies.

The Cookiecaster website is very easy to use – simply draw or trace a shape and it will convert it into a 3D cookie cutter file which can be downloaded and printed. Here is a tutorial that students used to help them design the cookie cutters:

Our Dremel 3D20 and 3D40 printers did a great job printing the cookie cutters! We hope mom enjoys her new cookie cutter! (Note: the plastic used to print the cookie cutters may not be food safe, so it is suggested that you wrap the cookie cutter in foil or plastic wrap when using.)

4th Grade Print Shop Christmas Card Tutorials 2018

Fourth graders, please use these tutorials AND the worksheet to guide you through the steps for creating the inside and the outside of your card.

Welcome Back 2018!

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Hello students! Welcome back to technology class!

Here is the link to the online Nearpod game that we are going to play to review computer lab rules:

https://nearpod.com/student/

 

Your teacher will give you the code to join the game.

Custom Game Piece Design

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This group of fourth-grade girls has been working during recesses to create their own math game. They designed their own custom game pieces using the Morphi app that will be used with the game. We printed the pieces on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers. They are very proud of how the pieces turned out!

game pieces

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received a 3D40 printer. 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!