Friday, January 5, 2018


What does a No School Day look like for teachers and students?
As the weather was full of snow and messy roads, teachers were comfortable at home but were still busy creating assignments and engaging their students.

Click below to hear my weather report.

Mrs. Ragan's 2nd-grade students reported out on the Nor'Ester 2018. Click on their  FlipGrid link to hear about the weather.

Miss Reid created a padlet for her students so that they could share what they were doing on the snow day.

Made with Padlet

The day before the Big Storm, Mrs. Murphy had students create a vocabulary list of related words that might be used in a weather report. Mrs. Murphy had her students use their science knowledge to become Meteorologists during their day off. Click on the videos in her FlipGrid to hear these future TV weather reporters.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Boucher Recipe Book 2017

A tradition in Mrs. Boucher's class in the month of December is to gather holiday family favorite recipes.
Around Thanksgiving, the students are asked to find a favorite recipe when their family is gathered together. They then create a google doc and add a picture of that food. After editing and editing, they are then ready to enter their recipe in the shared google slide project.
Click on the pages below to find a new recipe to add to your holiday meal.

Happy Baking

Tech Tip:
Begin a google slide template and share with the class. Students duplicate the template slide and copy and paste from their doc.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Friends of ISHI

Happiness Ambassadors
What started out as the reading of a simple book titled ISHI turned into a mindfulness project filled with deep thoughts on how to make the world a better place.

Students in Mrs. Boucher's fifth-grade class each brought in their own rock. The new friends were created and named.

We are ready to spread happiness and kindness.

Picture on the green screen ready for the final project.

Students had one slide on a shared google slide project to add their own thoughts. Click through the book below and help us spread the word.

Tech Tip:
We used a shared google doc to select our emotion before we completed the book.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hours of Code 2017

In early December students began exploring coding skills. We utilized the site and learned to code with millions of people around the globe. It was a busy week filled with new discoveries, problem-solving, creating, and confidence building as problems were solved. Tere also was a lot of FUN!

"Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science,"

Click on the video below for a wrap up of our learning.

Here is a hyperdoc students in grade 4-6 used. This year we called it Hours of Code because so many students continued beyond the one hour.
My google doodle

Grade 4 Projects
Grade 5 Projects
Grade 6 Projects

Technology Essential Questions:
What are the fundamentals of computer programming?
How are algorithms used in coding?
How can you use computer programming to complete a task?
How is computer programming useful in real life?
How might you use computer programming in your future career?

2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework:
3-5.CT.b; 3-5.CT.d

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Google My Map

A part of the Grade 4 Social Studies curriculum is the study of the United States. Students learn the states and capitals as well as the regions. Mrs. Gibbas introduced the idea of collecting data from her students and families about where they have lived and visited in the United States. They then used Google My Maps to add their own pins to represent the data.

Mrs. Gibbas is sharing her locations.

Take a look at Team Gibbas Map
Use the + and - to adjust the size.
Click on an icon to learn more.
Click on the map and slide it to a new spot.

Taking a closer look at the class map.
I was so inspired by their work I had to create my own map.
Tech Tip:
Try creating your own map.

My Maps 

Template of Data Document

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Disguise a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
It is always an exciting experience when students work together, share their creativity and produce a new project as a class.

First, students listened to the story Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano.
Click on the picture to hear the story.

Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten students worked collaboratively and helped disguise a turkey and then wrote a story about their new turkey friend.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Class also worked as a group to design a new turkey and write a shared story.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Dunn's First Grade had so many ideas while writing their shared story I am certain there will be another chapter soon.
Click below to see their story.
Tech Tip:
Use the shortcuts for copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v).

Try one on your own.

Disguise a Turkey Template

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A New Twist on Reading Logs

A big part of students' homework is to read at home. Teachers want to encourage all readers to discover the Love of Reading.
While talking with teachers, I discovered there are many varied homework assignments for reading homework. This got me thinking: How can we encourage reading while also fostering creativity? The answer is in something called a HyperDoc.  Students are still reading but they are now given choices on how to share their reading. The Reading Response HyperDoc is set up in grid form where students may select the ones that interest them. Click on the image below to view the November Reading Board.

The collaboration, refection, and sharing are all embedded in many of the student choices. The other documents are view only to classmates.
Here are a few examples: