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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Moon Videos for 3rd Grade

Here are some helpful videos to use during the 3rd grade mon journal project:

Answer these questions as comments:

  • What new things you learned from these videos?
  • What things did these video talk about that you already knew?
  • Anything else you would like to add?

Write your comment in full and complete sentences, comment as "Name/URL" with first name only.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3rd Grade Information Books 2016 - Mrs. Conklin

The following items are animated books created using Google Slides with Ms. Conklin's class:

The third graders created Information Books as a part of our non-fiction reading and writing units.  They started with an "expert" topic, one they already knew a lot about. This topic required little to no research, simply background knowledge.  After the students chose a topic they began developing chapter ideas, elaborating on those ideas and accompanying them with non-fiction text features. The kids worked on several drafts making edits and revisions. Each chapter was placed in a logical order, for some students paragraphs were developed and for all students the writing was organized with topic sentences and supporting details. 

Next came the publishing portion of the project. With support from Mr. Casal, the students used Google Presentation to create slides to display their information. This was a wonderful learning experience. Everything from typing text to inserting photographs to creating transitions was taught and then put to practice.  In the end the third graders created a comprehensive non-fiction information book that can be enjoyed for years to come and across the globe because of its final form, Google Presentation. 

Please note: Scarsdale's Google Drive sharing is limited to users with @scarsdaleschools.org accounts. If you are unable to see the books please have your child log in to their Scarsdale account to view them. Thanks!

The Books:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Koko's Kitten by 2H and 2O

Recently, two Second Grade classes, Ms. Higgins and Ms. Onofri, read Koko's Kitten by Dr. Francine Patterson. 

To extend the experiences and add a technology component we decided to let both classes work in layered partnerships to create their own reflections on Koko's Kitten as a group book. Students worked in teams of two to create a "page" of this new book. Both classes came to the lab simultaneously and each student partnership worked on a single computer, using a single Google Slide. Once each student partnership was finished with their page they were all printed out and the class partnership built an amazing bulletin board to showcase this collaborative reflection on Koko's Kitten.

The board looks amazing...