Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Last week, I introduced students to a great program available on many computers at UMS called Kidspiration. This software allows students to create graphic organizers of many types. We explored using a web diagram to create an "I am thankful for..." page. Students learned important technology skills and seemed to enjoy the process! Students finished their documents today, and I promised them I would put them on the blog ASAP. Check out the documents we made in the slideshow below.
Note: You may have to ask your child to explain what some of the symbols represent as far as thankfulness. ;-) I think "I am thankful..." started to become "I like..." or "I think _____ is cool!". In any case, it was a fun learning experience!
Here's a "virtual book," another way to view the Kidspiration projects. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Today, the purpose of our science experiment was to test the strength of magnets through five different materials: paper, cloth, aluminum foil, cardboard, and plastic wrap. Ask your child if any of these materials shielded the power of the magnet. Students are learning to make a prediction and then test their predictions. It can be hard not to change the prediction when the result is different, but I keep telling students that scientists often make incorrect predictions and it's how they learn. :-)