Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nonfiction Text Features

Nonfiction books often fascinate students. They love learning new interesting facts and get excited to share them.
Text features help us to learn more from the text.
Mrs. Corliss' Class jumped right into their nonfiction books both literally and figuratively with the help of the app GreenScreen by Doink.

Click on the video below to learn more about nonfiction text features.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Students in Mrs. Surprise's Class have been busy studying and writing poetry this month.
After researching a famous person they took these new facts and wrote Bio Poems from the point of view of the person they researched.
Their artistic ability was evident as students drew a detailed picture to represent the famous profile.
Using the chatterpix app, students recorded these poems from the first person of the famous person.

Mrs. Surprise helps prepare chatterpix recording.

I have 30 seconds to fluently read my poem.

I took a picture and now I am ready to record my poem.
Click on the video below to hear all these famous people.

Tech Tips:
Use a template of a BioPoem to help students prepare their poem.
Having students practice reading fluently before the recording makes the final product better.
Students record on individual iPads and airdrop to the one iPad for the final compilation in iMovie.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to Everyone!

Students in Mrs. Ford's Class had some fun celebrating their mothers this week.
The task was to use FlipGrid to record all the ways Mom is special. The challenge was to get Mom to take a selfie at the end.

The next step was to take these lovely touching videos and add them to Book Creator to create a class Mother Memory book.
Click on the link below to find out how special these Moms are.
Grade 3 students shared their reasons to FlipGrid about their special mothers as well.
When added to Book Creator you also have the ability to share as a video to Google Drive.
Click below to see Kailyn's Mother's Day Card.

Tech Tip:
In FlipGrid Admin page you have the ability to download individual videos. 
These were added to Google Drive.
On the iPad open Drive click the 3 dots and open in Book Creator.
Open Book Creator. Click the + find shared media to add.
Add background color, pictures and videos.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Grid Pals

First Graders in Mrs. Dunn's and Mrs. Pickul's Classes from Topsfield have been writing to the First Graders in Miss Klipfel's and Mrs. Higgins' Classes from Middleton.
The students have shared letters, cards and notes all throughout the year. These students are excited to meet one another in June for the first time.

These pen pals have now become FlipGrid #GridPals. This is a fun way for the students to connect with one another digitally.

Click on the FlipGrids below to see their video notes to one another.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mystery Skype

We love Mystery Skype!

Team Gibbas had the fun experience of visiting another school using skype. Mystery skype is a problem solving activity played much like 20 questions.
Materials ready for our skype visit
Students ask questions that begin with the Big Idea first. Are you in North America? Is your state east of the Mississippi River? Then as we narrow it done we become more specific. Does your state border Canada?

We traveled 1,473 miles from Proctor Elementary School in Massachusetts. to Mize Elementary School in Kansas.

Everyone has a job to make help solve the mystery
Students are also planning on sharing their experience on the FlipGrid below. Check out their questions and reponses
How can you use technology to foster collaboration, generate solutions and make informed decisions in order to successfully solve a problem?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I "Mustache" You a Question

As part of our Math in Focus Curriculum and the Common Core State Standards, students learned how to organize, represent and interpret data. After learning about picture graphs, Mrs. Ragan's Second graders put these skills to the test and created their own Google Form. We discussed what a good survey question looks like and what kind of data we wanted to collect. Our first step was to create a question to ask peers and the Steward School Community. Students came up with everything from favorite flavor ice cream, sport, places to visit and even if you were superintendent.

Students (with mustaches on) walked around the school and asked school members to answer their survey and help them collect data.

Once data was collected, students opened their Google Forms and instantly turned their data into pie charts. Afterwards, we analyzed and interpreted our information and added it to a shared google slides presentation.
Click below to see our work.

And the Survey Says...

Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.

Tech Tip;
After creating the google form have students go to settings and allow others to answer the form by unchecking restricted to students from your domain.
Create a QR code for access on the iPad without log in.
Create a shared google slides for all students to access and analyze their data.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dr. Seuss World Read Aloud

I was fortunate enough to take part in a shared global read aloud of Dr. Seuss' book Oh, the Places You'll Go

To enjoy new friends from around the world and the pages from the story, click the video link below. Distance traveled from cover to last page:  1,187,708 km or 738,007.536 miles!!

SafeShare.tv - Flipgrid #WORLDReadAlouds: Oh, the Place...