Archive for Second Grade

Designing 3D Characters with Morphi


Here come our crazy 3D Stanley characters!

On Monday, the 2nd graders had their first experience with 3D design for our 3D printer. We used the Morphi Edu app to create our characters.

After drawing and coloring in our characters, students clicked the 3D button which magically converted the drawings into a 3D shape. The files were emailed to Miss Bosch who prepared them and sent them to the 3D printer.

Now our Dremel 3D printers are busy printing the characters out in white filament! (Later we will be coloring in the characters with Sharpie markers.)


Students are also writing stories to go along with our characters. We will be turning our characters and stories into an eBook!

We also are going to be exchanging 3D Stanleys with another school! More details to come when we start our exchange!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school has received the use of a 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  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!

Bethlehem Eyewitnesses Animations


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.


Next, they wrote a short story telling 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 over 30 videos so you will need to click at the bottom to go through the collection if you are looking for a specific one.

Link to Bethlehem Eyewitness Videos

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 $1.99 on the US iTunes store. ChatterPix Kids is a FREE app that lets your record 30 seconds of audio to animate a picture.

Thankful Second Graders using Write About This app

This week the second graders used the Write About This app to write a story about things that they are thankful for. They learned some new tricks about typing on an iPad (which are different typing on the computer keyboard). They also had an opportunity to record themselves reading their story within the app. It was great to see how the students thanked God for their blessings.

Write About This is a wonderful app to encourage student writing and fluency. It has a large collection of pictures with writing prompts to inspire writing (or you can add your own pictures). We love that you can easily record the student reading the story right within the app and then save the finished story/audio to the photo album. It currently is available on the US iTunes store for $2.99.



Second Grade Sentence Stretchers


The second graders have been using KidPix to learn about ways to use computers to edit and erase mistakes. Recently, they made “sentence stretcher” stories. They learned/reviewed how to resize, center, and edit text in a text box. They also were able to use eraser tools to help them as they illustrated their stories. This lesson also supports the second grade Common Core standard:

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 larger size.


Styluses and Sketchnotes with Second Grade


Over the past few weeks, the second students have been learning to use styluses to draw on iPads. We used the Drawing Pad app. Students explored the different drawing tools, while learning to adjust the size of lines and pinching in to add details to their drawings. They made pictures of fall vocabulary words.

The following week students worked on creating sketchnotes over a nonfiction story from their reading book about exploring space.

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In these sketchnotes, the students used words and pictures to visualize the important things you need to explore space based on what they had read. Here are a few examples of their sketchnotes:

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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!


Second Grade KidPix Ocean Reefs

The second graders recently completed ocean reef pictures during 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

Here’s a music video showing their lovely ocean pictures. Enjoy!

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.



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.


3D Character Animation with the Puppet Pals App

3D Character Animation

The second graders have been having fun building animated stories using the 3D Crazy Characters that they created using the Morphi app and printed with our Dremel 3D Ideabuilder printers!

Students used the Puppet Pals app to photograph their crazy characters and backgrounds. Then they recorded an animated story about how their crazy characters met and became friends. Here is a video showing the students busy at work creating their stories:

The students had a lot of fun making their stories! Here are a few examples of their finished “crazy” stories:

[See these previous posts to learn more about how we made our crazy characters and our free eBook on iTunes:]

3D Crazy Characters with Morphi app and the Dremel 3D40 Printer
3D Crazy Characters – Second Grade eBook


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  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!


Comments for First Graders eBook “Snowmen Having Fun 2017”


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!