Tuesday, November 20, 2012

First Thanksgiving Facts

Mrs. Flott's, Mrs. Ogle's and Mrs. Riggin's students have been learning all about the first Thanksgiving.  They were so excited to share what they learned with others that they decided to create their own paper slide videos.  Each teacher used the document cameras in their classrooms.  The students took turns presenting their art work and sharing their information about Native Americans and Pilgrims.  Thank you, First Graders for sharing your awesome learning!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Retelling of Molly's Pilgrim

Mrs. Greiner' s class enjoyed making their first slide show on owls that they couldn't wait to do another.  This week the class did a retelling of Molly's Pilgrim.  Each student was assigned a section of the book to illustrated and summarize.  The students took turns using the document camera to record their part.  The recordings were put together to make the final product.  The students were practicing retelling story, summarizing, sequencing and their speaking skills in addition to creating a wondering video!

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Whooo" Wants to Learn More About Owls?

Second graders in Mrs. Greiner's class culminated their unit on Owls with a paper slide video.   The students presented their facts on Owls and created a class video.  Each student shared their art work on their owl and one fact about owls.  It was a great way to practice their speaking skills and the students loved watching their finished product!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mice Invade First Grade

With the help of a wireless mouse, first graders practiced identifying a number based on the value of the tens place and ones place.  Students in Mrs. Flott's, Mrs. Ogle's and Mrs. Riggin's class played Lilypad Hide and Seek, a game from Learning.com. Learning.com is an online resource provided by the district that supports technology, math and science. The wireless mouse made the activity interactive and each student got the chance to participate in the lesson.  The students had a great time while learning about place values.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Character Word Clouds

Mrs. Montgomery’s fifth grade class has been studying literary elements. Two elements are featured each week. This week the class studied character and setting. One activity was to create a word cloud using descriptive words to show character. Each student put their name on a piece of paper. The papers were passed around the room and the students were to write a descriptive word about their each classmate. These words were then typed into wordle.com to create their word cloud. The students really enjoyed seeing the list of positive affirmations written by their classmates and learned more about descriptive words as well!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Stop Motion Geometry

Mrs. Mitchell's class used stop-motion animation to to demonstrate their understanding of translation, rotation and slide.  The students collaborated with partners to create their videos.  One student held the camera and the other moved the object in small increments to create movement when turned into a video.  The photographs were moving!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hatchet Retold Using Paper Slides

Fourth graders in Mrs. Mitchell's class worked together to create a retelling of the novel Hatchet.  The student's worked in small groups and each group was assigned chapters. After creating a storyboard of the events, the students created the script, background slides and papers figures to go along with their chapters. The students then used the document camera to video their slides.  The class loved their final product!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Paper Slide Shows

Paper slide shows are an easy and fun way for students to demonstrate knowledge and integrate technology into a subject.  Second Graders at Canyon Creek used paper slide shows to retell stories,  explain the energy cycle and more. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Voki Book Reports

Voki's are personalized speaking avatars and are fun way to present a book report!  Fifth graders used Voki's to share information about books that they read.  The students really enjoyed personalizing their Voki's.  They were also challenged to limit their report to under 600 characters.  

         Mrs. Bate's Voki's                                                                     Mrs. Montgomery's Voki's

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Water Cycle

The new netbooks in fourth graded are being used and enjoyed in a variety of ways at Canyon Creek.  Mrs. Mitchell's class used PowerPoint to show the steps of water cycle.  Her students were thrilled to have their projects posted on YouTube.  The projects can be view here:  Mrs. Mitchell's YouTube Channel                        

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Keeping Warm with Animal Adaptations

Objective:  To explore how structures and functions of animals allow them to survive in a particular environment

Third Graders learned about animal adaptions with the use ofGO Temp thermometer probes.  Discovery Go Temps are USB thermometers that collect data and display a temperature graph plotted in real time. After learning about animal adaptions, students investigated to see how structures help mammals survive in their particular environments.  The students used 2 soda cans. One was with material "fur".  Water was heated and poured into each can.  The Go Temps were place in the cans and the students were able to monitor the temperature graph on the digital projector.  The temperatures were viewed every 10 minutes for 30 minutes.  The students were able to see that "fur" helps an animal stay warmer than one with out fur

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Warm-Up Right!

Morning warm-up in Mrs. Jordan's room has gone high tech with the use of TurningPoint NXT responsecards. The students start their morning completing a math warm-up on paper which allows them to show their work and use their testing strategies. When they have finished their work they use the responsecards to input their answers at their own pace. Mrs. Jordan is able to see their answers choices as she monitors their results on her computer. After the students submit their answers on the responsecard, they are given their score. If they missed any questions they know they have to see Mrs. Jordan immediately to get assistance with the questions they missed. The students say that it is fun to input their answers and they like being able to see their scores on the spot. Mrs. Jordan likes that she is able to see and address the students that need assistance immediately.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Handy Scanner

Art and technology went hand and hand in Mrs. Preston's room when the students used scanners to create their work. First, students learned about Mehndi, the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration from India. Then they scanned their hands using a flatbead scanner. After printing out their handprints, the students used them to create their own Mehndi art. A high five to Mrs Preston and her fifth grade artists!