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Skype with Sharks4Kids

December 10, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

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!

Skype with Sharks4Kids from Tina Schmidt on Vimeo.


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Mystery Number Skype

December 9, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

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.

Mystery Number Skype December 2014 from Tina Schmidt on Vimeo.



November Door Decorating Contest

November 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment · 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