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.
Archive for Fourth Grade
Over the past few weeks in Technology Class, the 4th graders have been using the Pic Collage app on their iPads to create “Book Snaps.” To make a BookSnap, take a photo of a page in a book, then use an app like Pic Collage or Book Creatorto add lines, text, images, and emojis to dive deep to annotate and visualize the text. Students used these video tutorials to independently work through the steps involved with using the app for this project.
Our Book Snaps were created about the play called “Stage Two” which the 4th graders read in their reading textbook. We used the PicCollage Kids app. The drawing tool (which was recently added to PicCollage) works perfectly for this strategy. I asked students to use red to show an important idea, green to show something they had a question about, and blue to mark a vocabulary word. Students added text boxes to tell about their annotations. They also used the photo search feature to add pictures that illustrated parts of the story. Finally, some emoji’s were added to show their emotional reactions to parts of the text. Here is a gallery showing the BookSnaps that they made. (Click on an image to see it full view):
We love using the Pic Collage Kids app for everything! It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store. There also is a free version of Pic Collage, but be aware that it contains ads and social media features that may not be appropriate for students.
Here is an example of what a Book Snap looks like. You are going to be using the Pic Collage app and the video tutorials below to make your project.
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!
Fourth and Fifth grade classes have been using webcams and PhotoBooth software to take some fun and wacky pictures of themselves that can be used in a Comic Life project. Here are a few photos of the students taking their photos:
After the students took their photos, we opened Comic Life. Students learned how to drag and drop the photos between two windows. We also reviewed how to save files, use the undo command, and we are now exploring ways to add effects and text into their comics.
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.
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.
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.
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 a with wide variety of design ideas that would be perfect for mom including animals, shoes, states, and a Wonder Woman symbol. One lucky mom is even going to get a Death Star cookie cutter!
The 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 video that was featured by Dremel that shares our process of designing and making the cookie cutters:
Our Dremel Ideabuilder printers were very busy printing out all the cookie cutters to get them ready for Mother’s Day. Check out this U of M cookie cutter being printed!
Mrs. Swanson also came into the computer lab and had the students type poems that could be given to the moms along with the cookie cutters. The poems are very clever and creative! Here’s a couple of examples of their poems.
And here are all the poems and cookie cutters, packaged and ready for delivery!
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.)
Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 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!
This week Mrs. Swanson had her students create Word Cloud Poems about themselves on our iPads. We used the Word Cloud app by ABCYa (which is currently free on the US iTunes store). Their word clouds look amazing and I wanted to show them off here!
The fourth graders had a blast this week working with our Sphero robotic balls! We were blessed with a set of 10 Spheros a few years ago through a grant we received through Sphero and the Apple Distinguished Educator program.
Step one of this lesson was learning to drive the Sphero using the Drive app on an iPad. Students had to use their problem solving skills to carefully orient the Sphero and to adjust the speed so they could steer it accurately.
Step two of this lesson was “Target Practice.” Students stood on a launch line and had 8 seconds to try to steer the Sphero to a target. They measured the distance from the target and collected the data about their accuracy on a worksheet. We will be finishing our data collection in the coming week and will add the information to a spreadsheet for further analysis.
TASKS FOR WEEK 2 SPHERO
1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)
2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.
3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score. To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.
4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.
WHEN COMPLETED: Use one of the following Coding apps on your iPad to do more problem solving activities.
Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles
Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates
Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch
Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding
Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)
Second, third, and fourth grades have been spending time during technology class to work on improving their keyboarding skills.
Second graders recently started going through the online lessons from Dance Mat Typing. They are starting to learn to use two hands and all their fingers to type. The lessons include crazy characters and silly songs.
The third graders completed several months of working through lessons using the Type to Learn 4 keyboarding program. TTL4 runs on our network, tracks student progress, lets students work at their own pace, and customizes the lessons to meet their needs. The program helps the students learn to use the home row as they type.
The fourth graders have continued to work in Type to Learn this winter. We have seen good progress with their skills. Several students tested out the “Bandana Challenge” by trying to type with a bandana covering their hands.
Parents, if your children are typing, please try to encourage them to use both hands and all their fingers!