The 2nd graders used a poem generator to create a Thanksgiving poem entitled, If I Were a Thanksgiving Turkey. Then they copied and pasted the poem to Microsoft Word and used what they learned in Media about borders, fonts, and inserting text and clip art to design their poem.
Using iMovie, I recorded them reading their poem aloud. Now for the bad news...somehow all of their hard work was deleted from the iMovie app and because we didn't have time to record again, I'm just displaying the pictures of their poetry for you to see. However, they did a fabulous job on this assignment and learned a lot about Microsoft Word.
Take a look at their Thanksgiving poems below:
The 1st graders have been doing a unit on folktales and fables. We read The Little Red Hen, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs. We discussed the characteristics of these genres and compared and contrasted them to one another and to other versions of the same stories, such as Jan Brett's, The Three Snow Bears.
Each first grade class then chose a folktale or fable to retell in their own words. After dividing the story into pages, they worked in partners to illustrate their assigned page. Finally, I used iMovie to record each group reading their page aloud and to put them together into a "book."
Take a look at Mrs. Ureel's 1st grade class' version of The Three Little Pigs:
This year, I am working with the third grade team on their math goal, which involves increasing achievement in 3-digit subtraction. To accomplish this goal, as well as my personal goal of teaching students to become more proficient with Google Apps for Education, the third graders used Google Slides to create a subtraction game using 3-digit numbers.
Each third grade student worked with a partner during their Media time to come up with a problem, offer 3 possible answers (one of which was the correct answer), and create three slides in Google Slides: the “problem" slide, the “incorrect answer” slide, and the “correct answer” slide. By learning how to link, we put all the slides together to design a flashcard-type game. This game will be available on my website for the third graders, as well as anyone else, to practice their 3-digit subtraction. Go ahead and test your knowledge below! Open the full screen mode and be careful where you click. Good luck!
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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