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November Door Decorating Contest

November 26, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

This year our school had a door decorating contest with a fall theme. We choose to go with an American Indian theme. The students worked hard to add many details to our door. We were very happy to learn that we were one of the winners!


QR Codes Math

November 4, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today we had a good time using QR codes in math class to practice our subtraction skills. Each student wrote their own problem and Mrs. Schmidt turned the answers into a QR code. The class then walked around and solved each problem using devices to check their answers. What a fun way to do math!











Kahoot – Fun Way to Review Material

October 23, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Last week my students and I had a great time using Kahoot to review for our Religion test.  Kahoot is a game show type of site where teachers can create sets of questions.  Teachers create the question sets at  When you are ready to use Kahoot in class, start the Kahoot from the teacher home page.  The children then use their computers, phones, iPads or other devices to go to and login with the Game Pin that the teacher projects on the screen.  As each question is asked, the children try to choose the correct answer as quickly as they can.

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The children will need to sit close to the screen though, because the questions and answers are only displayed on the screen.  Their device only shows the color choices that match the answers on the screen.

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At the end of each question, the leaders are shown which adds to the excitement.  At the end of the question set, the teacher can download an excel spreadsheet with data showing how each student answered each question.

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Kahoot also uses fun music in the background to really make it seem like a game show.  This is a very easy and fun way to review any kind of material in class.  Click the link below to see some video from our recent Kahoot review.

Kahoot Movie


Learning About Properties in Science

October 1, 2014 by · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Last week we learned about properties in Science class.  To practice listing the properties of an object, I made oobleck.  Check out these photos to see how much fun we had!

Name the Properties of Oobleck on PhotoPeach


Busy Times in Grade 3 – Skype and Peace Day

September 24, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

The third grade students have been busy lately!  Last week we had our first mystery Skype with Mrs. Fenton’s thrid grade students from Providence Town School in Utah.  We took turns asking only Yes and No questions to determine the other school’s location.  Unfortunately, we had a bad connection and the call kept dropping but we still had a fun time.  After we got the correct location, we talked about our experience with the Oreo stacking and we also asked some questions to get to know them better.  Their school has about 800 students compared to only about 300 in our school.  They wear uniforms too and study the same subjects as we do.  Thanks for a great first Skype!

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On Monday we celebrated International Peace Day.  Each student in the school decorated a crane with words of peace and drawings.  Then we had a school wide prayer service.  We will be mailing our cranes to Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu Nigeria and we hope to get some back from them too.

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We took part in the Sing a Long run by Armed with the Arts  We sent them our song and they are going to put it together with others from around the world to make a group song.  Here is our submission.

St. Ignatius School Peace Day 2014 from Tina Schmidt on Vimeo.

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Celebrating Dot Day

September 16, 2014 by · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Yesterday we had a fun time in 3rd grade celebrating International Dot Day.  We read the book by Peter H. Reynolds which encourages us to try our best and to be proud of our accomplishments.   Our next step was to create our own dots.  Then we used the coLAR app to make our dots 3D.  Watch this video to see photos.

Celebrating Dot Day 2014 from Tina Schmidt on Vimeo.



OREO Stacking Contest

September 10, 2014 by · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Every year my students and I LOVE taking part in the O.R.E.O. Project run by Jen Wagner as a part of her Projects by Jen.  First we made a prediction about how many Oreos we thought we could stack, then we got to work stacking.  Once a cookie was placed, it could not be moved.  The stack could not be straighten during the stacking either.  Each child tried once and then we stopped to chat about what strategies we used to get a high stack.  Then the children tried a second time.  Congrats to Anna with the highest stack – 29 cookies!!  After 2 tries, we calculated the average of our highest stacks – 20 cookies.  We submitted our average and look forward to seeing what averages other classrooms get.  We are also hoping to Skype with another class to talk about our stacking experience.  Hope you enjoy seeing these photos! [Read more →]


Summer Time Fun

July 29, 2014 by · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

Hi Boys and Girls!  I hope you are having a fantastic summer so far!  Doesn’t it seem like it’s just flying by?  I wanted to share with you some of the fun things I am doing this summer.

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In June I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend ISTE which is a huge conference all about using technology in the classroom.  This is a photo of me with teachers from around the world that I work with on projects throughout the school year.  Besides being from several different states, there are teachers from Canada, South Africa and Australia too!  The teacher on the far right is Mrs. Photakis from Australia.  Her school received all of the peace cranes that we made for International Peace Day last year.  It was a lot of fun to meet all of these teachers in person!  I also learned some new fun ways to use technology in our classroom this coming year.


Over the 4th of July weekend, my family and I traveled to Bethany Beach, DE.  I love sitting on the beach and reading, riding bikes on the boardwalk and eating ice cream at the shore!  This is my family: Mr. Schmidt, Deanna (on my left) and Rebecca (on my right).  Deanna is 19 and she attends Cabrini College.  Rebecca is 16 and she attends Archbishop Wood High School.


The other day I took my daughters and my nephew, Danny to visit Hershey Park.  My favorite part is always the ride through Chocolate World to learn about how Hershey’s Chocolate is made.  I love the free candy treat that they give you at the end.


I’ve also been to Sesame Place a few times this year because both of my daughters are working there this summer.  Here we are on a rainy day with Zoe.

I’d love to hear about what you have been doing this summer.  Please share your summer time fun by leaving a comment on this post.  Make sure you have Mom or Dad help you.  Click on the word “Comments” under the title of the post (Summer Time Fun) and scroll down the bottom to write a new comment.  There are more instructions and a video showing how to do it on the Blogging Guidelines/Commenting Page.  Look for that tab at the top of this website above the Welcome banner.  Special thanks to Nicholas for leaving the first comment.  Enjoy the rest of the summer and I’ll see you soon!

Mrs. Schmidt

Field Day 2014

June 10, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized




Check out more photos in the movie below!

Field Day 2014 on PhotoPeach

Global Collaborations in our Classroom

March 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Photo attribution Fredrik Alpstedt

Photo attribution: Fredrik Alpstedt


My students and I love making connections with other students around the world.  Our big focus this year in Social Studies is community.   By taking part in these global project, the children are able to share information about our community and country with other students and to learn more about theirs first hand.  Here is a quick overview of 3 projects that we are currently working on.

The first one is called the Edmodo Pen Pal Project and it is one that I designed and lead.  We use a social network called Edmodo which allows teachers to create a private group that is closed to the public.  Within that group, the children are put into smaller sub-groups and each week they chat about an assigned topic with their team members to learn more about them.  We are currently doing this project with 3 other schools located in Washington State, Minnesota, and South Africa.  Some of the topics we discuss include school life, favorite books, favorite games, foods, holidays, weather, etc.  This is a fun way for the students to work on the Common Core Standard for Listening and Speaking which focuses on effectively engaging in collaborative discussions with diverse partners on age appropriate topics, building on others ideas and expressing their own clearly.  At the end of the project, the children will create an “Eye Opening” digital display to share what they have learned from this experience.

We love using our Kidblogs to connect with other students and the Student Blogging Challenge is the prefect way to do that.  This challenge runs twice a year (starting in September and March) and lasts for 10 weeks.  Each week Miss W, a retired teacher from Tasmania, will give the students 8-10 different choices of blog posts that they can write around a specific topic.  These posts help them learn to be better bloggers and to connect with other students.  There are over 1,000 students registered at the present time from USA, Canada, Russia, Australia and China.  Teachers volunteer to mentor the children which means they will leave comments a few times to guide the children in this process.  The children are also encouraged to visit the blogs of other students in the challenge to leave comments and start conversations to foster learning.  Last week our challenge was to write a post listing great places to visit in our state or country.  My students chose a topic and then used Power Point to create a slide with a few facts and photos of those places.  We saved the slide as a photo and then turned it into an online jigsaw puzzle using Jigsaw Planet  Here’s a link to those puzzles if you’d like to try them.  Jigsaw Puzzles about State and Country   Not only did we have fun and learn more about the places in our area, we also talked about Creative Commons and how we can’t just take photos off of the internet and call them our own.  Mrs. Yollis in California did a great experiment with her students that helped us learn more about why Creative Commons is so important.  You can view that here:  Creative Commons Video  If the children wanted to use photos from the  internet for this project, they used FlickrCC and gave attribution by listing the name of the person who took those photos on their blog.

Our last and longest global project is the Flat Connections project called “A Week in the Life.”  In this project, we are connected with about 300 students from USA, China, Nepal, Thailand, and India.  Students will be working in small groups on Edmodo to discuss one of these topics: school, leisure, language, clothing, environment, food, celebrations, housing, and transportation.  The children will discuss and then take photos and video about that one topic to share with their group members from the other schools.  They will collaborate to create one final digital project in VoiceThread showing images and facts about this topic and how it plays out around the world.  All teams will upload their VoiceThreads to a project wiki (link in the beginning of this paragraph) so it can be viewed by all members of the project.

All of these global projects help my students and I learn first hand about the world around us.  Places like South Africa, China, and India that were once just dots on a map, are now real people that they talk to and learn about.  The children love seeing both our similarities and differences.  These projects also help the children learn to respect and appreciate the customs, cultures and opinions of others.