Archive for Fourth Grade

Mother’s Day 3D Printed Cookie Cutters

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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!

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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.

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And here are all the poems and cookie cutters, packaged and ready for delivery!

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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.)

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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!

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Fourth Grade Biography Word Cloud Poems

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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!

 

“On a Roll” with Sphero Data Collection

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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.

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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.

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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.)

Keyboarding Kids!

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.

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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!

Fourth Grade Digital Sketchnotes

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The fourth graders just completed a unit on creating digital sketchnotes as a technique to help them document and recall things they are learning. They used a story from their reading textbook called “The Bison of Caprock Canyons” to practice this skill. Using the FlipInk app on their iPads, they created a sketchnote that shared important ideas that they had learned in the story. (Sadly, the FlipInk app is not currently available on the iTunes app store.)

Here are the sketchnotes that the students created. (A few may have not been finished or saved and may be missing.) Click on any note to see it full screen.

Fourth graders, please leave a comment of 2 or 3 sentences. Tell about what you learned about creating sketchnotes, how sketchnotes might help you with your learning, and what you liked or didn’t like about this activity.

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Fourth Grade Sketchnote Resources

Fourth graders, first watch this video. It will give you background on the different elements that are a part of a sketchnote:

Then open the Flipink app. Watch this video that shows you how to use the Flipink app. You may pause the video and test out the app while you watch.

When you are done, go back and watch the first video again. Use Flipink and try to make examples of the following sketchnote elements:

  • Structure
  • Text – try thin, thick, and fancy text
  • Simple drawings
  • Containers
  • Lines – especially arrows

If you finish, you may practice drawing anything you want using the Flipink app. Next week, we will be creating a sketchnote from a story from your reading book.

 

 

4th Grade Tutorials for Print Shop Cards

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.

Thanksgiving Raps with Apps

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The fourth graders recently finished creating 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.

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Students had a lot of fun and did a great job being creative with music tools while praising God. The music files are posted below. (Note that we had technical problems with transferring a few of the files. If they are missing, we will try to get them posted once fixed!)

Kennedy, Korinne, Laurice:

Alex, Parker:

Anne Fleur:

Avery, Jordan:

Julius, Chloe P.:

Hope, Chloe S.:

Gabby, Taniya:

Jackson, Jaylan, Emmanuel:

Josee, Charles:

Joshua, Jacob, Jeremy:

Julie, Emma Jean

Justin, Ryan:

Kaitlin: (sorry, this one is a bit hard to hear)

Katherine, Jada:

Kyle, Seth, Camari:

Matthew, Peter:

Preston, Malik:

Sophia, Zion:

Will, Justin, Robert:

Avery and Jordan

Jayda and Kaylyn

Eden (sorry, this one is a little hard to hear)

 

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Fourth Grade Word Processing Unit

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Over the past five weeks, our fourth graders have been doing a unit covering word processing skills. We have practiced many skills in Microsoft Word including opening/saving files, inserting text, spelling check, formatting text, adding clipart, text wrap, and copy/paste. To conclude the unit, students used these skills to type a personal narrative about a trip.

Fourth Grade Short Stories Collections Now on iTunes

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I’m delighted to share that the story collections, created by our fourth grade students in Mrs. Swanson’s language arts classes, are now available for free download on 51 iTunes stores all over the world! Each student wrote and typed a story, created illustrations, and recorded the audio narrations. The stories are combined together into a separate volume for each class. This was a major project and required many days of work by each student to create a professional looking story for our collection. I am so proud of the students’ amazing work!

For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here are the links to download the books:

Swanson Story Collection

Steer Story Collection

For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:

Swanson Story Collection epub file

Steer Story Collection epub file

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT:

Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their colorful illustrations. Drawing Pad is one of my favorite apps for students to use to create digital drawings. It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store.

After creating the pictures, students added them into the wonderful Book Creator app and then typed the text of each story. When the writing and illustrations were combined and completed, each student made an audio recording of their story using the recording tools in Book Creator.

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!