One fun activity to get students up and moving is an activity called "Selfie Social Studies!" I typically use this for a chapter or unit review in Social Studies. For this activity, students work in pairs. The first thing I do is take the review questions and turn them into QR codes. I use classtools.net to create these. I print these and place them on one side of the hallway in our school. On the other side of the hallway, I place pictures of possible answers to the questions. I take up then entire length of the hallway to make sure the students have plenty of space and get plenty of movement. When a student finds the answer to a question, they have their partner take a photo them holding up the question number on their fingers by the picture. Students them submit the pictures to me using Showbie. The students love the activity. It gets them up and moving, plus it is fun!
Today we celebrated International Dot Day. After reading the book by Peter Reynolds, the students created their own dot artwork with inspiring messages. The students then went around the school and "made their mark!" To learn more about Dot Day, click here!
After spreading joy around the school, students came back and created some dot art using Drawing Desk on their iPads.
This past week in Science, the students have been exploring and researching trying to answer the following question: What makes bridges so strong? Students learned about bridge design and with their knowledge of forces, they engineered bridges made of paper. Today, we tested the each strength of each bridge by adding pennies until the bridge collapsed. It was a fun and very educational activity!
Today, we connected with students from Lyford, Texas. We love to Mystery Skype!
This summer, we were blessed to get a Donors Choose grant to purchase yoga mats for the classroom. The students have been using them to sit or lay on while they work around the classroom. However, these mats are not just for working on. They are also for yoga! This week, the students did their first Cosmic Kids Yoga session. It was a Star Wars themed episode that was really fun! Movement in the classroom helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day.
Genius Hour s a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. To kick off Genius Hour, we had Shark Tank Day. Students planned their Genius Hour projects. Then, they wrote a persuasive speech to explain why their project is a great Genius Hour project. We even played the Shark Tank theme song as the students walked up to the stage. The shark (aka Mr. Vesco) asked questions after each speech. I am happy to say that all Genius Hour projects were approved! Scroll through the photos to see what everyone will doing during Genius Hour.
Our third Mystery Skype took us to Cincinnati, Ohio. We connected with Mrs. Murphy's Third Grade Minions. They taught us a lot about their city and state. Mystery Skype is a great way to connect our classroom with the world!
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