What an amazing day we had today. We started off this morning by mentoring Mrs. Whelen's Kinder class on how to use the Chromebooks and code. What an amazing group of kid's we have! Afterwards, we begin working on some "Offline" coding adventures. Working on writing algorithms and programs. We would check the accuracy of our programs, by having a classmate try to follow the algorithms within each program. It was neat to see the kids realize how specific directions need to be for a program to be successful.
I wanted to share some information about coding and another short video.
Google - Made with Code Series
Google is making a push to encourage more girls to work with code. On their Madewithcode.com site they have a group of mentors talking about how code has impacted their lives. When we have been talking about computer science and coding in class, I try to make sure the kids realize that it is not just programing a video game. Here is one of these amazing woman talking about how she has used code in her world.
This week our homework is going to be based on the Hour of Code. Since the beginning of school we have coding. This week I want you to practice this at home. Visit code.org, sign in and keep working on our 20 hours. Feel free to try any of the other courses available on their site. Now remember that during the week, the site might be a little slow because of the number of people using it. Be patient. :)
If you want to try something a little different and you have your parent's permissions here are a couple of apps that you can download which help get you in a coding mind. :)
Tynker - Free
CargoBot - Free: First app writing completely on an iPad.
Lightbot - $2.99
Move the Turtle - $2.99
I will also be adding videos each day to show how coding is impacting the world. This first one is a cool device whose possibilities are only limited by your imagination. For all of you girls - it was created by a girl! :)
More on Littlebits below. Check out their website here!
Today in the computer lab we are going to work on learning and creating a PowToon. Please click on this link www.powtoon.com/edu/join-group/XDkR/ and use your Google account to sign up.
1. Create a presentation about Fact and Opinion.
2. Create at least 5 slides.
3. Slide 1: Title Slide
4. Slide 2: What is a fact?
5. Slide 3: Give some FACT examples
6. Slide 4: What is an opinion?
7. Slide 5: Give some examples.
I cannot wait to see what y'all are able to create.
It was nice to see all of the smiling faces today and hear about the wonderful things that everyone did on their break. On three more weeks till we have our next break!
Santa's Workshop is going on all week. Students can visit during lunch and after school.
Each week you need to visit Study Island and complete the activities that are assigned. These assignments are based on the things that we are learning in class, so it will be tied directly to our instruction.
Some of the topics from this week will continue to be review. I know they are very repetitive, but keep practicing it will pay off.
1. Factors and Multiples Standard
2. Place Value Standard
3. Expanded Notation Standard
4. Addition and Subtraction Standard
5. Multiplication Standard
6. Perimeter and Area Standard
1. Drawing Inferences Standard
2. Summarizing Texts Standard
3. Academic Language Standard
4. Conjunctions Standard
5. Context Clues Standard
6. Synonyms and Antonyms Standard
We started looking at some early California explorers today and the students worked to complete their Explorer Data Disk. These are due WEDNESDAY 12/3/14.
Click here for information about the Data Disks - Let me know if you do not remember the password.
We were finishing up our bird feeder construction project, so we did not make it through the entire math lesson. Since we did not make it through the entire lesson, I did not assign any homework. So enjoy a math free night. Remember to practice your spelling words and read. Have a great night.
I cannot believe that we are already to Thanksgiving! Just like one of the kids said, "This year is going way too fast!"
Homework will be slightly different this week.
Math: Each night they will have a Chapter 6 (Multiplication and Division) worksheet.
Spelling: We will be having a spelling test this week.
The words are:
brush, juice, fruit, tube, lunch, crumb, few, true, truth, done, suit, pump, due, dull, tune, blew, trunk, sum, glue, threw, newscast, commute, continue, attitude, lumber
That is it for homework this week. There are objectives on StudyIsland that are open if you would like some extra practice.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Two weeks in a row. Sorry. I wrote up this weeks homework, but forgot to publish it. This week we are working in StudyIsland only. I have updated the homework assigned their because of the shortened time to complete it. Again, sorry about the mistake. There is always next week.