Monday, December 16, 2013

Math Excels with Excel

A trip to the computer lab, made math a bit easier for fifth graders as they learned that understanding formulas can allow spreadsheet programs like Excel to do the math work for them. Fifth graders were given the following situation:
*Your boss has given you two choices of salary schemes. You have to decide which of the choices will permit you to reach your goal of $1000 the fastest. These are the two choices:
1.Your salary will be doubled each day. You will earn $1 the first day $2 the second day, $4 the
third day and so on. OR
2. Your salary will increase $3 each day. You will make $3 the first day, $6 the second day, $9 the third day and so on.
The students completed this assignment on paper. They used problem-solving skills to identify the patterns and create the formulas needed to determine how to reach their goal the fastest. Then the classes went to computer lab and learned how spreadsheets can help manage data. They also learned how to create a line graph with date after completing their table. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Stop Motion Fun

Fourth grade used stop-motion animation to create short videos.  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.  Then the students use Windows Movie Maker to create their animations. The results were moving!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Egg-citing Predictions

First graders in Mrs. Riggin's class are making predictions, taking surveys and creating graphs with their findings.  Each student created three questions and surveyed others.  With the results, they used a template created in Excel to create a simple bar graph. A lot of learning is predicted for these first graders!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pebble Go

First Graders in Mrs. Flott's class learn how to use Pebble Go for their research projects.  Pebble Go is a database provided by the Canyon Creek Library that is specifically designed for your beginning researchers.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cultural Clouds

Chao! Tagxedo is a program used to create word clouds.  Students in third grade used Tagxedo to create word clouds of common words in the language of the culture they studied for their project. Adios!



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Traditional Literature Adaptations

Fourth graders have been busy learning about various traditional literature stories.  After studying several different forms: fables, myths, legends, and fairy tales, the students selected a story to adapt into a drama.  While working in groups, students retold, directed, and crafted all the stories.   Then each group used the document camera to record and share their adaptions of the literature. Click on the videos below to enjoy the adaptations of your favorite traditional literature stories!

Mrs. Mitchell's Class

Mrs. Blaschke's Class

Mrs. Bigger's Class

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Round Rock ISD!

Students rose the Centennial flag at Canyon Creek Elementary this month to kick off the celebration of RRISD 100 years of excellence  Fifth Grade Safely Patrol had the honor to participate in raising the flags.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

And the Survey Says...

Fourth Graders learned about solving problems by collecting, organizing, displaying, and interpreting sets of data. To enhance their learning each student created and collected the data for a survey.  The students used Excel to chart and graph their data.  Next, they entered their survey data into Family Feud PowerPoint template. Then the real fun began as they played their classroom interactive version of the Family Feud!   And the survey makes learning fun!