Use the following links to get extra practice on what we are learning in class. Comment on your favorites or share other online games you found to extend your learning.
Sale Shopping -Find the discount and sale price, or challenge yourself to figure out the percent off.
Multiplying Fractions - Want to be a Millionaire? Play this game to help you practice multiplying fractions.
Multiplying Fractions Soccer - Play this game to practice your skills (both soccer and math)
Adding Fractions- Shoot the correct fruit to score.
Adjective Adventure -Identify adjectives in this online game.
Parts of Speech -Practice identifying the different parts of speech.
Graphic Source-Interactive Timeline -Practice using a timeline as a graphic source
Where is That? -Graphic Source Game
Interactive Map -Graphic Source Practice
Scientific Method with Inky the Squid -Help Inky find his way by solving clues about the Scientific Method.
Science Lab -A variety of fun activities to review the Scientific Method and test your observation skills.
After participating in the #HourofCode on Khan Academy with the class I created the above Christmas card by coding the functions below! It felt great and was very empowering to create something on the computer. I'm hooked and can't wait to learn more functions.
Try to write your own greeting card below. You can write the functions in the box on the left and they will appear in the box on the right.
How did you like coding? What two descriptive adjectives would you use to describe the #HourofCode? Comment on this post.
Yesterday morning was pretty status quo until I checked my email and instantly my interest was peeked. I received the email below from Khan Academy's creator, Sal.
I immediately thought of you guys, my students! Coding is a skill that kids your age need to learn, and dare I say want to learn? I figure what better way to learn coding than at class with friends you can ask questions to and learn alongside? Starting today we will embark on the Hour of Code. Who knows, you may love it and be hooked, or you may hate it and never want to try again. It's my job as your teacher to expose you to new challenges and help you figure out what you are passionate about.
You can find more information and tools for coding on a new page I created. Go to "Information for Students" at the top of our home page. From there, go to the scroll down "Investigate Menu". Slide your little cursor over to "You Can Code", and you're there. (You can also click this link if you are lazy!)
Today KJ's current event was about RoboRoaches, remote controlled cockroaches. Do you think introducing RoboRoaches in classrooms is a good idea or not? Explain why or why not?
Head on over to the Students' Work page and check out their Glogs. (Click the link in red to take you to see their work.) After viewing the Glogs please leave a comment or compliment for our class to read!
I am so excited to begin a new, individualized way to teach math in the 2013-2014 school year. I have worked hard to create a curriculum and format for math class that will challenge the students and help them become more proficient. This year will be conducted in a new format, which is called a “flipped” classroom. Since this will be new for both the students and parents, I wanted to explain it so I can answer any questions that you might have.
A “flipped” classroom format is defined as a class that does what has been traditionally thought of as classwork as homework, and what has been traditionally thought of as homework as classwork. This is not a new idea, or even my idea. This is being used in many types of classrooms across the world. This summer I was fortunate enough to take classes for my Masters and thoroughly researched the “flipped” classroom and I am confident that this format is going to allow your child to be more successful in math
Students will be able to use computers, iPods, or Smartphones to watch the lectures which I have created. These lectures are given in different formats, for example PowerPoint or Prezi, and will be similar to the style of lectures from a traditional class. This format enables students to watch lectures at their own pace, replay lectures when they need additional help, and helps students that miss class keep up with their classmates.
If I am no longer giving a formal lecture in class, what will be going on in the classroom? During regular class time, students will be completing assigned activities that help them put into practice the concepts that were learned in the lectures at home. Additionally, students will work on real world problem solving, have group discussions to deepening understanding, receive individual help, and creating their own ways to show their understanding in class. Students will be able to work in small groups or individually to accomplish their assigned tasks. Since I am not giving a formal lecture during class time, students will be able to complete more activities to increase their knowledge and challenge themselves with harder material.
In this format, not only will the students be working hard, but I will be too. I will be able to answer more questions during class time and interact more with each student. I will be able to do more checks for comprehension and be able to address any problems that students are having with the material quickly. I will also be able to have more conversations using math vocabulary with students both individually and in small groups, which will increase their math terms.
I introduced this new format to the class and we discussed the benefits and responsibilities. They were excited and eager to begin. Since this is a new format, we will begin slowly and will not be fully “flipped” until all students have shown they can access and watch the videos from home.
I am looking forward to making this school year our best yet at EAC. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year I read Drive by Daniel Pink and my previous ideas regarding motivation were stretched and new ideas were generated. Last year I gave students opportunities to pursue their passions, but only pertaining to math. This year I wanted to expand it allowing for more content and freedom, hence Genius Hour. I searched the internet and put my questions out in the Twitter world and found some great resources and ideas. You may be asking what is this, below is a great explanation I found from Chris Kesler on his website
What is Genius Hour?
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. It’s not easy to determine where the idea was originally created, but there are at least two events that have impacted genius hour.
Genius Hour Origins
The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. The idea is very simple. Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up. Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period. Ever heard of Gmail or Google News? These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their 20-time projects.
Genius Hour in Education
The same genius hour principles apply in the classroom as they do in the corporate environment. The teacher provides a set amount of time for the students to work on their passion projects. Students are then challenged to explore something to do a project over that they want to learn about. They spend several weeks researching the topic before they start creating a product that will be shared with the class/school/world. Deadlines are limited and creativity is encouraged. Throughout the process the teacher facilitates the student projects to ensure that they are on task. A goal of every teacher should be to create lifelong learners. Genius hour projects are a huge step towards that goal.
The students were so delighted to finally find out what Genius Hour is. I gave one clue a day since the least week and allowed students to guess. They were not expecting to get to learn anything they want. We already have some great, creative, and challenging questions to search for. I'm excited to see where students go on this learning journey.
What is your passion? How are you going to find information about your passion?
We LOVE to use technology in our class, not just as a tool, but as an essential part of our learning environment. So far this year we have learned Prezi, Glogster, Weebly, Twitter (with Mrs. K's supervision, stop-motion videos, and of course the basics of Microsoft Office. We have also made connections with classes around the world. Here's a little peek of us immersed in our tech!
After reading our leveled readers students will work in groups to created a Glog persuading readers about either the positive or negative effects of their topic. There will be three topics (kudzu, buffalos, and genetically engineered foods) and each topic will have two Glogs about it, one supporting and on opposing.
Kudzu Positive : Hermanny, Alicia, and Isaak
Kudzu Negative: Luisa, Pedro, and Deborah
Killing Buffalo Positive: Erick, Alex, and Luciano
Killing Buffalo Negative: Jiyoung, Duda, and Jiwon
Genetically Engineered Food Positive: Pablo, Alexandre, James, and Henrique
Genetically Engineered Food Negative: Sofia, Chaeyi, and Leticia
Below is a Glog with the requirements and learning goals, as well as some helpful hints.
As a teacher I have been blessed to work in three different continents and have worked hard to develop a network of teachers to collaborate with. I am always looking for ways to provide authentic learning opportunities for my students that provide them with 21st century skills. I connected with a teacher to create a learning experience using Skype.
We did our first Mystery Skype with another class in a different country. Students did a fabulous job of working together, problem solving, and communicating during the activity. Please check out our video and leave comments and feedback for us.
Welcome to our fifth grade site! We are 5th graders at an international school in Brazil. We use this site as an avenue of communication and to share our learning. Please join us in our learning journey!
Class Instagram: @journeywithmrsk
Our class Social Media Manager takes our Instagram photographs and writes the caption.