We’ve been using our awesome Easi-Speak Microphone in our classrooms.
It has been so much fun! Listen in on some of our students as they practiced their reading fluency, spelling words, and math facts.
Click on each of the links to listen.
Aimee Skip Counting by 2′s
Cierra & Maria Spelling
Connor, Evan, Kaylah, and Lauren Reading
Their favorite part was being able to listen to it right away from the built in speakers. We also imported these recordings using the built-in USB, into Audacity to practice editing the audio files and using them in other applications like Photo Story 3 and Windows Movie Maker.
We are so thankful that Learning Resources has given us this helpful technology! It’s been easy to put it to good use in our regular classroom settings, even for our not-so-tech-savvy teachers. It’s a valuable addition to our daily activities.
We are so thankful!
Learning Resources is allowing us to give away one of these microphones. Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a chance to win your own Easi-Speak Microphone. Please leave an email that you’d like me to contact you at.
***Winner will be announced Tuesday, June 12, 2012.***
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Our classes have been loving a new piece of technology in our lab.
Learning Resources has given us a Luna Interactive Projection Camera and we have found so many ways to put it to good use! Take a look…
We’ve used our Luna for choral reading,
Peeks in our World Atlas,
It was so nice to share something small with the whole group at the same time. Instead of repeating the information 30 times with each student standing next to the camera, we can share close up directions of each camera’s features all at once.
This device can also record video. Here’s a short recording made special for our Kindergarten Techie Kids.
We are so thankful!
Learning Resources is allowing us to give away one of these cameras. Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a chance to win your own Luna Interactive Document Camera. Please leave an email that you’d like me to contact you at.
***Winner will be announced Monday, May 14, 2012.***
Another one of our special projects over the past 2 months has been writing songs to familiar tunes. We were inspired by Mrs. McKenzie’s B4 Class when they posted songs to help them with their Daily 5 program. Check for Understanding, The Cross-Checking Song, and Back Up and Re-Read It. Click on each title to hear their songs.
Our goal is to put lessons we are learning in class to music. Many of us found out that music can help us remember important words or ideas. The second grade Techie Kids learned about the parts of plants and how they grow. We wrote the words that were most important and set them to music. We hope you enjoy listening and learning with us!
Here are the lyrics we sang:
Have you ever written a song?
Can you share a song with us that has helped you remember something you learned in school?
We have all been working very hard in our Technology classes. One of our focuses have been the digital cameras. We have talked about the parts of the camera and its proper care. The children are working on focusing and quality photo composition. This is a project that our third graders are working on now. Play our game to find out how we are learning to see everyday objects from a new perspective.
How many did you figure out?
Tell us about one of your favorite pictures and what makes it so special.
We sure do love to read! Here’s a peek at some long overdue slideshows that we made showing how much fun we can have with reading. Enjoy!
Can you tell us about your favorite book or series?
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Fox in Socks. I just love the silly tongue twister tales. Let’s have some fun in the style of this awesome author by writing and reading some of our own. Many tongue twisters use alliteration. Alliteration is repeating a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words or phrases. Try this strategy. Choose a letter to focus on for your alliteration. Brainstorm a list of 10-12 adjectives, nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech that begin with this letter. Try to create a short story using these words in a combination of simple and complex sentences. Share your tongue twister in a comment so we can try out your tricky tale.
Here are 2 that Mrs. Moore tried.
The bright, blue balloon broke loose from boy’s box.
Boy used broom to bring bright, blue balloon back to box.
Silly boy. Bright, blue balloons don’t go back in box.
Skunk skipped to the Slippers and Shiny Shoes Store.
Skunk shouted when she spotted six, slick, slimy shoes.
Should she show the shoes to the shoppers or
Should she stop and sling the shoes into the sink?
She should stop.
Some shoes slipping. Some shoes sliding.
Skunk shook the slimy shoes ’til the strings swung into the sink
Slowly she stood on a stool, scooped up the shoes, and shoved them onto the shelf.
She began to shout and spout , “Now she can show me the shiny shoes!”
Share one of your own tongue twister tales.
What’s a strategy we should use when writing with alliteration?
The Techie Kids love celebrating March is Reading Month. We always begin by wishing Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday! Our students (and teachers) enjoy dressing up in our beloved character gear and reading our favorite rhyming texts.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! on PhotoPeach
Visit Seussville to find out more about Theodor Seuss Geisel and find some fun games to play.
Here’s a recipe you can try at home with your family.
Click below to listen to our fantastic 1st graders sing a song about Dr. Seuss. Enjoy!
Today we were able to connect with Mr. Kruger’s 3rd grade class in Minnesota.
It is always fun to meet new friends. Both of our classes were ready to talk about our communities. Here is some of what we learned.
They visit the Minnesota Zoo or the Como Zoo. The Como Zoo is free!
The 3rd graders can go to the Mall of America, but this isn’t just any mall. It’s the biggest mall in the United States. They even have roller coasters inside called Nickelodeon Universe! Mrs. Moore has actually been there and can verify that it would take a long time to visit all of the stores and see everything there is to see.
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Many students visit their cabins on the weekends.
Their community has the largest free fair in the state. It is held in August.
Several of the students shared about some special jobs that their families have.
Gopher Sport makes athletic and fitness equipment.
Viracon-This company makes the glass and tints for windows. Their glass is being used in the new World Trade Center building in New York.
Construction and Insurance- This area provides insurance to many large companies.
Josten’s- They created the designs for the Super Bowl rings.
Mayo Clinic- This is a very special, well-known medical center that helps to diagnose and treat patients.
Their community has about 25,000 people.
We discovered that our temperatures are very similar, which makes sense because we are very close in location. They are hoping to get some snow tonight!
Thank you for helping us learn more about our world!
Do you have any questions you did not have time to ask?
Tell us a fun fact about the area you live in.