We had a fun time doing Math on St. Valentine’s Day this year by adding in some music and dancing! I used Laura Candler’s ideas from her free February Activities and we played Mix it up Math. The students were given word problems to work on with a partner. When the music was playing, they danced around the room. When the music stopped, they found a partner to do the problem with. Each time the music stopped, they had to find a new partner. Because some teams finished before others, I put Laura’s Valentine’s Day Word Challenge on the back for them to do while waiting for the music to begin again (also in the free February Activities). It was the perfect activity to do on this winter day when we were stuck inside and a little antsy due to the holiday. Watch this video to see how much the students enjoyed it.
My school had a great time participating in the Armed with the Arts International Peace Day for September 2014. Besides making peace cranes to exchange with another country and having a prayer service, we also took part in their “Right to Peace” sing-a-long along with thousands of others from 154 countries. What a fun experience! Hope you enjoy the video!
Last week we had our first Mystery Skype with clues for this school year! Each class asked and answered the same 10 questions. Questions 1-9 gave clues about our area like weather, crops, famous and people and places in the state, landmark clues, etc. Question 10 gave information about the school environment. The children worked hard to keep track of our clues and take our best guess as to where they were located.
The class we Skyped with was Ms. Wilcox’s 6th grade from Jefferson School in Conception Junction, Missouri. They only had 9 students in the 6th grade and only about 130 students in the whole school from PreK-12th grade! And we thought our school was small with only 275 students from PreK-8th grade. We learned that they live in a rural area with 3 small towns that are close together and have a strong Catholic influence with a Monastery, a Seminary and a Convent nearby. We talked about their experiences with tornadoes and our experiences with hurricanes. Some people born in their state are Jesse James and Brad Pitt. Famous places from Missouri include the Gateway Arch and the Busch Stadium. Thanks so much for a fun learning experience!
Today we had a fantastic time Skyping with Jillian Morris from Sharks4Kids. Jillian is a marine biologist working with sharks on the island of Bimini. She founded Sharks4Kids as a way to create a new generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure. She showed us photos and told us all about sharks’ bodies, where they live, the different kinds and more. Her enthusiasm really made the Skype fun and it excited the students about this topic. Below is a movie showing just a little of what we learned today. The children also made movies showing what they learned using the app called Educreations. You can view those on our Kidblog. Thanks again Jillian for a great Skype today!
This week and last week we had the pleasure of Skyping with 2 third grade classes from St. Joseph School in York, PA. We played 2 games each week with 2 different teams. The children could only ask Yes and No questions to gather clues and try to guess the Mystery Number of the other team. Some examples were: Is your number even? Is your number higher then 50? Is your number a multiple of 5? We used a hundreds chart to keep track of the clues we were gathering. Then we narrowed it down until we could take a guess. We lost the first 2 rounds last week and then learned from our mistakes so we were able to win the last 2 rounds this week. We had to stay on our toes and think carefully to ask a good question. Watch this movie to see some photos and videos from the Skype.
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!
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!
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 GetKahoot.com. 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 Kahoot.it 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.
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.
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.
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.