Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break! We spent ours relaxing at home crafting, reading and having a Harry Potter marathon! We also enjoyed the trampoline park in Fort Collins and saw the new Marvel movie, Black Panther! So I am well rested and ready for the home stretch! Can you believe we only have 10 weeks of school left!?! I bet the kids are counting the days :)
We've had a very busy March so far! First we celebrated Read Across America Day which is on March 2nd (and also happens to be Dr. Seuss's Birthday)! During library time, the 2/3 class enjoyed trying to read Fox in Socks as fast as they could without making any mistakes! (The "Sue sews" page really stumped several of them..hahahah). We also enjoyed another visit from Grandmother Spider, who shared more tales from her web with each classroom!
We started a new chapter book with the K/1 and 2/3 classroom,
"8 Class Pets + 1 squirrel *1 dog = chaos" by Vivian Vande Velde. The kids are really enjoying this book about classroom pets and each animal tells one chapter of the story...funny stuff!
I also took a cool training from the PSD Ed Tech team on Pixton.com. Its a fun website where you can create comic strips or do storyboarding to share your stories. This program can be used to teach and learn all kinds of subjects, including literacy, math, science and history! Imagine...instead of doing a paper on the pilgrims at plymouth rock, you make a comic strip instead. The site is free for folks to check out, so have some fun playing around with it if you get the chance. We will be creating our own comics next month after our 3D design is complete.
And speaking of 3D design, isn't this interesting! I thought the kids could appreciate how this ties in with what they are doing in technology right now! We are all engineers after all!
I have a 3D printer checked out from the district, and it should arrive in a couple of weeks, so the kids are excited to see their designs come alive on the printer!
Remember the 4/5 class Olympic Athletes link I shared with you last post? Well the Livermore kids created some Olympic videos to share on flipgrid too, so our students got to watch their videos and comment on their work with their own videos. The Livermore kids will be watching and commenting on our videos as well, so its fun to see the kids collaborating throughout the mountain schools!
Meanwhile the 2/3 class was feeling left out since they didn't get to do an Olympic interview, so they shared their plans with us for Spring Break! Check it out....flipgrid.com/6ff68c A couple of the kids didn't realize their headphones were affecting their sound, so Natalie let them know in the comments section! :) hahahhahah!
And finally, I'm thrilled to announce we have two new sewing machines added to our growing Makers Space in the Library! These sewing machines were donated to our school from my cousins Greg and Christy Wolfe, who are the designers of Inertia II, a centrifugal pumpkin launcher, that has won first place at the World Punkin Chunkin Championship two years in a row. They think sewing is an important skill and want kids to continue to follow their passions and dreams through hard work and creativity! Thank you for your very generous donation Greg and Christy!
I will be blogging about our weekly adventures in Media and Technology, so be sure to visit often! We're always doing something cool! :)