4th Grade has been working on using Google Slides in GAFE to create a Dewey Decimal Presentation. This complemented our Author in April read-aloud, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, perfectly! The students will now be able to solve Dewey clues from the book with their new knowledge of each category. Take a look below at their fabulous products; we will use these to teach other students about the Dewey Decimal System!
Kindergarten has been doing an author study on Jan Brett during the month of December. We have read The Gingerbread Baby, The Mitten, and The Hat. They have really been enjoying these stories as well as Jan Brett's wonderful website. They particularly loved making masks of the characters from The Gingerbread Baby; these templates are available on her website along with videos, coloring pages, and much more. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the students with their masks on, but they were quite a sight to see!
Today we watched the video below of Jan Brett teaching us how to draw a hedgehog. Then the kindergarten students became illustrators and created their own hedgehogs using Tux Paint. This was not an easy feat for them and it required very fine motor skills to control the mouse. They have come a long way since the beginning of the year. Take a look at some of their illustrations below!
Kindergarten also designed and created their own mittens which are hanging on the clothesline in the media center. Be sure to stop by and see them - they are very colorful. We just hope there aren't any bears or foxes stuffed in them!
It was close, but GLOVES was the winner with 33 votes compared to MITTENS with 27.
Students in grades K-5 have been engaged all week in Hour of Code during their media time. Even Kindergarten spent time learning the basics of code! During Hour of Code, we used the Frozen activity, Flappy Bird, Scratch, Angry Birds, Tynker, and many more. The most popular this year overall was clearly Flappy Bird, although I think the 4th and 5th graders started to see the potential of Scratch and the many ways you can use code to create with this program.
I loved seeing the collaborating they were doing with one another and the problem-solving skills they used during their Hour of Code. I hope they continue to use it in their free time; I would love for them to share their projects with me if they do. I have created a page on my website dedicated strictly to coding. Keep it up!
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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