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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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss FUN continues at Steward School.  Working collaboratively, the teachers at Steward School read the book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and using iMovie we recorded the story.  Can you guess which teacher is reading?  Click on the book below to hear the story.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Visit the Midwest with Mrs. Kelleher's Class

Mrs. Kelleher had her class work on learning new facts about the Midwest Region.  The small groups of students researched their selected topic using the text book and iPad.  Finished projects were completed in iMovie Trailer.  

Click on the pictures below to view the Midwest Trailers.
Midwest States and Capitals by Maddie, Piper, and Maya

Midwest Agriculture by Justin, Kate, and Matthew

Midwest Famous Site Seeings by Stella, Maggie, and Riley

Midwest’s Best Three Landmarks by Kai, Tom and Will

The Sports of the Midwest by Chris, Max, Grady, Sean, and Colin

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Which Teacher Do You See?

The sun did not shine
It was too snowy to play
So we sat at school
All that cold, cold, cold day.

I sat there with Mrs. De Frank,
We sat there, we two,
And I said, "How I wish we had something to do!"

And then
Something went BUMP!
How that bump made us jump!

We looked!
Then we saw them appear at our door!
We looked!
And we saw them begin to come, more and more.

We will let the things out of the box.
The game will begin ready or not.

The question will be...
Which Teacher Do You see?

Tech Tip:
The app Green Screen by Doink was used to create these pictures.

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