Friday, April 10, 2015

A Snapshot of the Day - Science, Poetry, and Technology

Here's a brief look at what's happening at Pine Glen today.
Grade 3
Students in Mrs. Lynch's science class have been researching their animals for several classes.  Today, they used the website Read Write Think to create four graphic organizers to prepare for their final project using Google Slides.

Students in Mrs. Cunha's science class have also been researching their animals and associated habitats for several classes.  They have used informational text and well as electronic sources.  As a conclusion, they are using the app, Explain Everything to design slides that will teach others about their topics using images and their recorded voices.

Grade 2
Students in Miss Anderson's science class are also studying animals and today had a lesson on using the Google Slides App on their iPads.  Students will be working in groups to create a Google Slide presentation highlighting their animals facts.

Grade 1
First graders from Miss Mills' homeroom were treated to an acrostic poetry story, Spring, An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur, read by Miss Carney.  Today they began brainstorming ideas in preparation for writing their own Spring acrostic poem.  Stay tuned as they will be publishing their poetry on their iPads later this month.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book of the Week: 3/30/2015

Last week’s book of the week really got us talking! We read Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, a 2015 Caldecott Honor book. The story follows Sam and Dave as they dig a hole and try to find “something spectacular.” The story and pictures are great, but it was the way the story ends that got us talking and speculating, and the students had many great ideas about what happened to the main characters! Give this story a try and see what you think happened to Sam and Dave!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

5th Grade Research Turning Into Magazines via Book Creator

Mrs. Fitzpatrick's ELA class has been working diligently on their projects! The process began with a student choice of a research topic.  From there, students narrowed their research to small areas of focus or subtopics, that relate back to their main topic.  Students are now in the process of taking their research, images, and text and creating their own magazine using the app, Book Creator.  Students will be incorporating text features, such as photos, captions, glossary, and varying types of print.  Book Creator easily allows students the ability to create, design, re-create, and re-design as needed, thereby giving students a route to success.  Here's a look at students' magazines so far.