This is a cool video I found (it’s from 2011), all about the amusement park where we spent our summers when I was a kid. The students and I are celebrating Oregon’s State Birthday by talking about this, and other interesting stories about our state.
Did you already catch that one? All I can say is: Cool!
The students and I watched this one this week. We (heart) pandas.
Then we checked out some of my favorite nature/animal websites and wrote about animals. We use Google docs at our school, and I must say, it’s handy for those times when you would like to get going on notes and research for a project and tuck it away. The students also like the e-mail and file-sharing features. Please take a look at National Geo Kids, Smithsonian, the San Diego Zoo (their game page is very fun, too), the National Zoo and the Oregon Zoo.
It’s Hour of Code week, people. Let’s have some fun. Today the third-graders at our school rocked the coding. The kindergarten students come in right after, and they had a good time touring the computer lab and seeing what the big kids were working on. When the third grade students left, some of the littles jumped onto the computers and picked up right where the big kids left off! A few of the fifth graders dropped by and took a look at the coding, too. I love when kids of all different ages help each other, and give each other tips and compliments. I always love teaching, but when we have multi-age groups working together like that? I love teaching just a little bit extra.
Fun, fun and more fun.
The tutorials are easy to use, and the kids liked designing their own stuff. They jumped around between Hour of Code and Scratch, and when the fifth graders came in for class, they did the same. For Scratch, a good place to start is by clicking on the orange kitty and going from there. Drag blocks to the right-hand side of the screen and have fun.
This month in technology, we’re also checking in on the zoo cams. The National Zoo’s cam is popular, and we’re all fond of the animal cams and videos from the San Diego Zoo. (Look for the panda birthday videos… very sweet.)
It’s been snowing in the Portland, Ore. area, so some of our classes have watched “Brave Irene” by William Steig on Storyline Online. It’s one of my favorites.
Enjoy your week. Learn a lot, play hard, have fun,