Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Grade 2 has been immersed in the study of biographies.
The Common Core State Standards require students to "describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text"
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3: Informational Text.
One great way to get students to understand historical events in sequence and to see the connection between the events is to have them read biographies.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

"By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range."
Dress Rehearsal for Famous People Performance

Students used the FREE app ChatterPix and took a picture of a drawing they created for their report.  The app allows you to record a 30 second clip.  We then put all the short clips into iMovie.  The links below use SafeShare.TV for us to share the Grade 2  Masterpieces.

Mrs. Madden's Class Video

Mrs. Mack's Class Video

Mrs. Austin's Class Video

Mrs. McCarthy's Class Video

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Where Are You?

"Ms Scott's class in Mystery Skype Action~
Today we went on a trip in the USA but we had to try to find where we were going.  The First clue was that it is west of the Mississippi River and in the Midwest region.  The second clue was the place borders Canada.  It is Minnesota!  Now we tried to find out the town or city.  The next clue was it is northwest of St. Paul and not in a major city.  The county starts with the letter M.  The county is Meeker.  It is a town in Meeker County.  The town is Litchfield!  Now you know where we went today."  Reporter Carissa
What does Mystery Skype look like?  Before and During

Our visit today was to Wagner Elementary School in Litchfield, MN
Thank you to Mrs. Swenson's Fourth Graders for collaborating with us.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Mystery Skype to Illinois

"Today we had a Mystery Skype.  We each tool turns to ask questions about where they might be.  Our class found out what state they were in first:  Illinois.  We found out that they were north of Chicago.  The class is close to Logan Square.  We found out that they were in Oak Park.  We found out that they were in Horace Mann School.  We did it!  Not too long after they found our school:  Proctor School.  This Mystery Skype was a really fun one.  We can't wait to do another one."
Reported by Joe, Mrs. Murphy's Class


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How can you use technology to foster collaboration, generate solutions, and make informed decisions in order to successfully solve aproblem?
Check out the students' responses to this essential question.
Mrs. Murphy's Class Kidblog

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Famous People

Second Grade have been reading in many genres this year.  As part of the Biography unit each student researched a person who has made a difference.  The students then drew a detailed illustration of that person.  Using the camera on the iPad we took a snapshot of the picture.  In the app ChatterPix (FREE) students recorded a 30 second clip speaking from the point of view of their researched person.  All the short videos were imported into iMovie for the finished project. 
How do you make a difference?
Did you learn something new from their video?
A story of a person’s life written by an individual with exceptional knowledge of the subject.

• Accurate history of a person’s life.
• Reflection of the time and place in which a person lived.
• Usually chronological.
• Carefully researched and authentic.
• Subject may be an historical or contemporary figure.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

How Do We Integrate Technology? Student View

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app


Parents and Community Members visited with Proctor School students as they showcased their work and how we integrate technology into our curriculum.  Students very confidently gave examples of projects they have worked on this year.

A Special Thank You For A Job Well Done to Students Who Volunteered
Brendan, Tori, Kate, Caitlin, Kaylee, Cooper, Cally, Maddy, Emma, Molly, Olivia, and Uma
Using Apple TV to display our work on the smartboard.

Molly and Emma talk about Mystery Skype.

Cooper discusses The Hour of Code.

Maddy and Cally explain Pic Collage.

KidBlog is showcased by Olivia and Uma.

Students answer questions and share their knowledge of apps.

Mrs. O'Leary thanks everyone for coming.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mystery Skype

Where Are you?
A Mystery Skype
Written by Reporter Ainsley
"We are ready when you are," typed Mrs. Klipfel.  On March 25, 2014, Mrs. Mehlin's class had their first mystery skype.  The first 10 minutes were mostly region questions, but look!  We have just received a very important piece of information:  They are in the southeast region.  They just asked us if we are in the northeast region.
This just in!
The people that we are skyping are in... North Carolina!  But the other school is getting close too. 
What's this?
We have a hesitation on the other side.  The other class is so close.  We are getting closer.  They are on the ocean, but not on the outer banks.  It's a back and forth battle about who's going to find out who first.  Right now it could be any one's game.
Let's check on our question data:  They have figured out we are in Topsfield!
The battle of the questions is almost over.  Another question bites the dust.  Alert!  5 minutes to go.  The time ticks down and we are buzzing with anticipation.
We discovered the name of their county.  ( They gave us a hint: it has four syllables) New Hanover.
In their own words, the manager said we did well and so did everyone else.
Our class couldn't have done it without everyone's help."
Wilmintgon, North Carolina


Tweeting was going on as we skyped.

We were stumped when asked if white was the background color of our state flag.

Ainsley our Reporter.