As part of the Grade 5’s UOI on persuasion, students designed their own logos, using a free app called ‘LogoBuildingKit’. Students also tested their knowledge of commercial logos using ‘PicLogos’, ‘Neon Logo’ and ‘Logo400’.
We used ‘Airserver’ to share the student’s creations as a class. For their assessment task, students will be creating an advertisement using apps on the iPads. Watch this space!
Reader’s Workshop has been launched in Grade 4. Students came to the library to choose three books following a mini-lesson on how to choose ‘just right books’. This week, both classes started looking at questioning and inferring as strategies for comprehension. Shaun Tan is our feature author for this month in Grade 4, so 4M used ‘Rules of Summer’ and 4A used ‘The Red Tree’ as a stimulus for their questions and inferences during the mini-lesson. Students then used their own ‘just right books’ to practice making their own questions and inferences.
Earlier this year 4A started using their ‘genius hour’ to pilot a coding programme in the Elementary School. Learning how to code is now recognized as a crucial skill we need to arm students with, as 21st Century learners. Some students have been so excited about learning to code that they have continued to use the online coding curriculum (http://www.code.org) from home. We have also used apps such as ‘A.L.E.X’ (which is a particular 4A favourite!) and ‘Scratch’ to support their learning. These are free apps and students who have access to devices at home are working on these at home, too.
Grade 3 have started a unit on body systems. Following a number of lessons on how to navigate the Library OPAC, students used the iPads to find and gather books for their classroom to help with their research.
This week students also used the ‘ScienceHero’ app to learn about digestive systems and the ‘Build a Body’ app to, quite literally, try piecing the human body together!
Grade 2 have been using ‘Symbaloo’ as a pathfinder to help them learn new information about China. In the coming weeks, the students will be using ‘Puppet Edu’ to create their own slideshow presentation of their thinking and learning.
This week, Grade 1 started looking at how to choose just right books. We made an anchor chart of the student’s thinking:
Kindergarten tried out a new and fun app called ‘Sock Puppets’. This app allows students to manipulate puppets and record their voices at the same time. The students really enjoyed creating their own story.