Thursday, May 14, 2015

How to...

Students have been busy writing Informational/Explanatory: Factual Reports and Procedural Writing (How-to) during the month of May. Classes have explored multiple ways to address this type of writing.

In some rooms you will see students filling in graphic organizers before they begin their final drafts.

You may even see How to Poetry being composed on the computer.

A group of first graders decided to showcase their work in a green screen video format. Click on the picture below. Warning: You will be hungry at the end!

The children in second grade have been reading procedural text and learning how to write procedural text incorporating transition words (i.e., first, next, then, finally). The children chose a topic of interest and created their own “How To” books on Book Creator. The children learned how to add their own voice to their books allowing them to practice their reading fluency skills. The children also learned how to add and import photographs into their completed books. Needless to say they are very proud of their “How to Books.”

Option 1 digital device:
Click on the title, download, and Open either in Book Creator or iBooks on a digital device.  Be sure to click on the speech bubble to hear the text.

Option 2 PDF for a computer:

Click on PDF.  Read the pages of the story.

Option 3 Book Read Aloud:  Listen to the story being read by the author.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tech Talk 2014-2015

The energetic group of teachers that I have the pleasure of working with every day have proven again and again their commitment to integrating technology in their daily practice.  Every Wednesday, teachers met after school for a one hour workshop on a new facet of technology.  During the 2014-2015 school year 60 workshops were offered.  As a conclusion to Tech Talk 14-15 we held a SmackDown as our last workshop! Teachers reflected, shared best practices and came away inspired with new ideas.  Of course we also held a raffle with some fun donated prizes!
Enjoy the slideshow created by Mrs. Elliott our curriculum director who was inspired by the workshop on FlipAGram.

A new addition to Tech Talk 14-15 was the introduction of Challenges.  Teachers were given the opportunity to expand their new skills by creating a digital piece of student work.  In the Blendspace below you will see the outstanding submissions.

Stay tuned!  Summer Tech Talk 15-16 begins August 19, 2015!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Diary of a...

Mrs. Kelleher's class had an exciting time during their writing period. Students modeled their own writing after reading the book Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.

The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; students specifically worked on putting learned facts into their own words as they created their own diary entries. The support trait in this assignment is voice.

Diary of a Fish by Will    PDF

The Great and Powerful Brutus by  Maddie     PDF

Diary of an Ape     PDF

Option 1 digital device:
Click on the title, download, and Open either in Book Creator or iBooks on a digital device.

Option 2 PDF:
Click on the title.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Written and Illustrated by...

Guest Blogger:  Mrs. Matthews

"My students have explored non-fiction text features (labels, maps, table of contents, glossary, etc.). They have learned the purposes of the various non-fiction text features and have applied them to their non-fiction reading to locate information with efficiency. The children have internalized that non-fiction reading is reading to learn and nonfiction writing is writing to teach. The children learned that non-fiction writers are passionate about their subjects. They also learned non-fiction writing contains accurate information. In addition, the students learned that non-fiction writers are specialists in their subject areas. The boys and girls created their own specialist topic lists and from their lists they decided on the topic they were most passionate about. They then created their own specialist topic books and incorporated non-fiction text features. The children enjoyed publishing their books on the app Book Creator. We hope you enjoy reading their books!"
Mrs. Matthews

All About Ballet       PDF

Surfing     PDF

All About Cheerleading      PDF

Option 1: Click on the title, download, and Open either in Book Creator or iBooks on a digital device.

Option 2: Click on PDF and Open as a pdf.  The sound will not work in a pdf format.

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Famous People

A Second Grade reading and writing curriculum area is the study of biographies. Students read and research about a Famous Person who has made a difference.
The project begins during library class where Mrs. DeFrank displays all the biographies for the students.  It is an exciting time watching the selection process.
This year Mrs. Madden's Class decided to take their new knowledge and create a digital project to share. After researching and writing their report, students then wrote a short script from the first person perspective of their famous person. Costumes were discussed and students practiced and practiced before filming in front of the big green screen.
Famous People from Mrs. Klipfel on Vimeo.
Mrs. McCarthy's Class also added a digital component to their learning.  Her students created a paper version of their famous person.  Each student then wrote a first person script for their famous person and practiced for fluency.
This is also a green screen project but this time the paper famous person was in front to the green screen.  Can you see the green stick holding him in place?  Do you know why it is green?
Using the app Green Screen by Doink the paper version was transported to a different time and place.

Can you guess why this famous person was recorded in front of a red screen?
Hint:  Look at the color of her dress.

Mrs McCarthy Presents Famous People from Mrs. McCarthy on Vimeo.

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What is Your Super Power?

What will a cape and mask bring out in you?
First Graders in Mrs. Dunn's Class discovered their inner Super Powers.  As part of the first grade writing curriculum in April students are working on opinion writing pieces.  We then took this super writing and first turned it into a Movie Trailer and then an iMovie.
Here is the iMovie Trailer for Mrs. Dunn's Super Class!
Super Class from Mrs. Klipfel on Vimeo.

This is the full length version of Supper Class!

My Superpower from Mrs. Klipfel on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Touring the Midwest with Team Murphy

I took a trip on the Team Murphy bus this week.  We traveled from the Northeast region of the United States to the Midwest region.

Here is how we planned for this trip:
It all began with an email from Mrs. Murphy inviting me to take a trip with her class.  I love to travel so of course I agreed.
Before we packed our bags, students used the iPads and their text books to research facts about the state they were assigned.  

Using these notes the students then wrote their scripts.

Conferencing with Mrs. Murphy helped to narrow down which facts to include in the final script.

Working with their partner it was time to practice.  Students were challenged to memorize their script for the final production.

On Filming Day the big green screen was set up. "Quiet on the Set!"

Mrs. Klipfel and Mrs. Murphy having fun filming.

After the recording we used the app Green Screen by Doink.
Students sat and discussed which pictures worked for their backgrounds.  These images were saved to the camera roll before adding them to Green screen.

Click the picture below and come along on Team Murphy's bus as we take a vacation to the Midwest.

4.18. Learning Standards: Regions of the United States: Identify the states, state capitals, and major cities in each region. (G) 60 

4.19. Learning Standards: Regions of the United States: Describe the climate, major physical features, and major natural resources in each region. (G) 60 

4.20. Learning Standards: Regions of the United States: Identify and describe unique features of the United States (e.g., the Everglades, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the Redwood Forest, Yellowstone National Park, and Yosemite National Park). (G) 16 

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