Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2nd Graders Mathematicians Communicate Understanding Digitally

Second graders navigated between four different apps, Skitch, Pattern Shapes, Adobe Spark Video, and Seesaw to communicate their mathematical thinking. Within Skitch they labeled the geometrical terms faces, edges, and vertices. In Pattern Shapes students created arrays to show the solutions to their rectangular riddles and modeled fractions like 1/2, 1/3, & 1/4 with different geometrical shapes. For example, one trapezoid is half of one hexagon. After creating visual representations in Skitch and Pattern Shapes, 2nd graders used Adobe Spark Video to add their own verbal explanations of each math concept. Completed presentations were then shared on Seesaw.
Please see a sample project below!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

1st Grade Readers Share Thinking Digitally

First grade readers used SonicPics to capture their thinking as they read nonfiction texts. After recording their questions, connections, and new learnings they posted their work on Seesaw's blog. By doing so they were able to access a greater audience and share their thinking/teach ALL first graders about their nonfiction topic.

As first graders listened to peer SonicPics projects they left comments for the reader using sentence stems like:
* I am also wondering...
* This fact reminds me of...
* I learned from you that...
* I think I know the answer to one of your questions...

See below for a 1st grade sample project.

Friday, November 3, 2017

3rd Graders Collect & Analyze Data using Google Forms

In third grade we connected their study of data collection to the creation and analysis of Google Forms. Third grade teams crafted different question types to gather lots of information about their topic. Once they looked at their results, groups had to revise the way their question was asked in order to get the specific type of data they were hoping for. In addition, when looking at their results, students analyzed how the data could be represented in different graph types and how to interpret/draw conclusions about the data once it is collected.

The sample below is a video recording, so you can press the play button to hear the audio and press the arrows to navigate through the pictures she is describing.

4th Graders Examine Digital Literacy Resources

Fourth grade students explored digital literacy. They built schema about different groups of people in Colorado through digital resources and a digital version of Stephanie Harvey's Fact, Question, and Responses. Students annotated video clips in Discovery Education, articles, maps, and interactive websites.

Please take a few minutes to watch the incredible synopsis of our work by two 4th graders. The video is too large to imbed in Blogger, so you may have to download it in order to view it.

Video Synopsis Click Here

5th Graders Create Teaching Infographics

Students created an infographic using piktochart to synthesize their work around "What do you do with a question?" Digitally students recorded questions, categorized questions, researched questions using keywords using Discovery EducationPebbleGoChildren's Britannica, and www.kidrex.orgHERE is a google document template that has the resources hyperlinked that you can use in your classroom.

Kindergartners Describe Civic Responsibilities

Kindergartners explored the app ChatterPix to record their thinking on top of pictures. We practiced on items within the classrooms and concluded our week by teaching others what it means to be a good citizen at Gold Rush.

1st Grade Writers Revise Collaboratively

1st Grade CoTeaching
Everyone knows one of the hardest parts of the writing process is revising. First graderstackled this hard work of writing using Seesaw. After individual students recorded their story onto Seesaw, peer revisors went to work! Students learned how to comment on Seesaw by leaving meaningful feedback for their fellow writers. First graders left questions for the author so the author knew what kind of information they should go back and add to their story. Then each student listened was able to take the feedback they received, revise their writing, and publish their newly revised work on to Seesaw.

Peer Revisor Comment & Self Analysis: Which comments did you use to revise your writing?