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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!

3D Crazy Characters with Apple Pencils and the Morphi app

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Over the past few weeks, our second graders have been working on our “Crazy Characters” project. Students used the Morphi Edu app to draw a crazy character, then simply tapped a button in the app to turn their character into 3D. The completed files were emailed to Miss Bosch to print on our Dremel 3D printers. Above you can see the students working on their designs.

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The characters were printed on our Dremel 3040 and 3D20 printers using white filament.

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The students used Sharpie markers to color in the characters. You can see lots of details and personality in their characters. They gave their characters a name and have written stories about them. During the next few weeks, we will be publishing a Book Creator eBook with all the pictures and stories of the Crazy Characters!

Bethlehem Eyewitness Drawings and Animations 2019

Our second graders recently completed this inspiring Christmas project in technology class. They began by using the Drawing Pad app to draw a portrait of one of the people who were present at Christmas: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, or the angels.

Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their portraits. They used our new Apple Pencils to draw! They enjoyed being able to draw easily with detail – much better than using a finger or a stylus!

Next, they wrote a short story that told the first-person account of what that person saw and heard on Christmas day. Finally, they used the ChatterPix Kids app to record the story and make their drawing talk!!!

The videos of their talking Christmas characters are uploaded into this gallery in Vimeo linked below. There are 44 videos so you will need to click the arrows at the bottom to go through the pages of the collection if you are looking for a specific video.

Bethlehem Eyewitness Video Gallery

We hope these videos help remind you of the special message of the Christmas season that Jesus is born.

Teacher note: Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps for kids, currently $5.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets you record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

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.

Second Grade Drawings with Apple Pencils

The second-grade students were very excited to use our new Apple Pencils to learn to draw on our iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools in the app, while learning to pinch in and out to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words. Here are a few photo I took of the students while they were working.

Second Grade Sentence Stretchers 2019

The second graders have been using KidPix to learn about ways to use computers to type, edit, illustrate, and erase. Recently, they made “sentence stretcher” stories. They learned/reviewed how to type, resize, center, and edit text in a text box. They chose between a variety of drawing and stamp tools to illustrate their sentences. They also were able to use eraser/undo tools to help them as they illustrated their stories.

This lesson supports the second grade Common Core standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.f
Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

The second graders did a great job working on these stories. Click on each image to see it in a larger size.

Here is a gallery showing their stories. (Note: a few students were absent when we worked on this project, so their stories might be missing.)

2nd Grade KidPix Ocean Reefs 2019

The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during our technology class. We first viewed a video about coral reefs before starting our pictures.

In this assignment students learned/reviewed how to:

  • save and open files
  • use paint, fill, and drawing tools
  • use, resize, and edit stamps
  • make and type in a text box
  • use the caps lock and delete keys

The student pictures are very colorful and turned out great. Here is a gallery showing their pictures – you can click on an image to see a larger view. (Note: if you child was absent on Monday when we completed this project their picture will be missing.)

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: