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  • Building Bridges- STEAM Activity

    Posted Feb 8, 2019, 11:14 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Sorting Monsters into a Venn Diagram- Stop Motion

    Posted Feb 8, 2019, 10:58 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Our Collaborative Book about Seahorses!

    Posted Jan 11, 2019, 11:10 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Students Building Strong Structures out of Paper
    Students were given up to 30 pieces of paper and tape. Their challenge was to build a structure that could support a pile of books.

    Posted Jan 11, 2019, 11:04 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating A Virtual Toy Store- Counting and Representing Money
    Students created their own virtual toy store in Google Slides!

    First students explored the toy section of Walmart. The section they explored was already filtered for toys for ages 8 to 11 years old as well as prices that were less than $10.00. 

    Next, students picked 6 toys from Walmart to include in their Google Slides toy store. Students copied and pasted the image into the slide. They then decided on a price for the toy (they could use the Walmart price as a guideline but ultimately it was their decision). They were told the price needed to be less than $10.00 and could not end in a 0. 

    Then students copied and pasted coins into the slide to show the coins needed to make the price of the toy.

    Later on in the day we revisited the activity. This time I printed off a variety of student generated toy price pages from the above activity. I spread the sheets around the classroom and we created a Class Holiday Store. Students needed to purchase 6 items. To purchase an item, students counted the coins on the toy sheet to make sure it matched the price. Then they made the price using a different combination of coins.

    Below are examples from our math activity:

    Posted Dec 4, 2018, 11:45 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • What I Like About Me
    Today we read the picture book What I Like About Me. We discussed accepting and being respectful  of each other's differences. 

    Posted Nov 28, 2018, 10:55 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Coding a Catapult!
    Today students participated in another coding activity with our robot Dash. This time, a ball launcher was mounted on top of Dash. Dash and the launcher can both be coded on the iPad using the Blocky App. The goal was to code Dash to navigate around obstacles on a hundred's mat and then fire the launcher towards a stack of cups.

    Students were given the task below:

    Students were also given a grid to help plan out their code. They were told that each square corresponded to 20 cm of movement in the Blocky Coding App. Students then tested their code using Dash and the launcher. They were given up to 3 attempts to try their code. Between each attempt students modified their code based on their observations from the previous test. 

    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 2:05 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Finding How Many Times a Pattern Needs to Repeat to Reach 1 Metre

    Posted Nov 23, 2018, 7:30 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Students Using Cuisenaire Rods to Measure objects in cm

    Posted Nov 23, 2018, 6:03 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Rapping Poetry with Chrome Music Maker
    Today in library, students were using Google Music Maker to make music to rap poetry to! What a terrific idea from our librarian Mrs. Swift!

    Posted Nov 15, 2018, 11:17 AM by Patrick Johnson
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