Let It Go! Don’t Stress on the Test

Are you feeling anxiety over state testing? Don’t Stress on the Test, just Let It Go!

Let It Go

We began our state, M-STEP, testing this week. Our class is doing a great job trying to show the best of what they’ve learned. Since they’ve been working so hard, I wanted to make a fun parody video to make our students smile and encourage them. Inspired by my students and my own little “Elsa” and “Anna” at home, here is what we came up with.
(The cutie little dancers you’ll see are my two punkins!)
Enjoy!

Let It Go ~ Don't Stress on the Test from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

Kindergarten Alphabet

Wowie! Our Kindergarteners have been working hard this year. They have learned so much!

They strengthened their fine motor skills while they practiced using the mouse. They learned how to double-click,Click-Click!They practiced using different menus and icons.  We made shapes in the drawing programs,Click it, Hold it, Drag it out!They learned how to make a small window bigger,maximize.” We learned how to navigate websites, choosing games, videos, and stories that interested us. Kindergarteners scrolled their Internet window down and exited programs when they were done. They practiced finding letters on the keyboard and they even learned how to unlock the login screen,Control, Alt, Delete,” then type in their username and password. 

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For some summertime fun, we wanted to share our super cool version of the alphabet with you.

We hope it makes you smile, too!

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Kindergarten Alphabet from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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 Have a wonderful summer!

How to Travel on Google Earth

This is a student post by Mikayla and Amy.

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We learned a lot of new skills in Technology class this year.

In this project, we learned how to use Movie Maker and Photo Story 3. We learned how to go on Google Earth and travel to faraway places while staying in our classroom. We learned how to take screenshots and use them in our presentations. We learned how to make music on UJAM.com and Photo Story 3. We recorded our voices and learned how to put it in our movie.

We also learned how to type in step by step directions for you! Enjoy our tutorial of how to travel on Google Earth.

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How To Use Google Earth from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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Have you made a movie before?

 

Where in the world would you like to visit?

 

 

How To Draw an Airplane

This is a student post by Nathan, Jacob, and Nolan.

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We are going to show you how to draw an airplane. The illustration is accompanied by a rap with the step by step directions. We learned how to increase the speed of a video using Windows Movie Maker. We also remixed music using UJAM.

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How-To: Draw an Airplane from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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Have you ever created a rap before? If not, what would your rap be about?

Tell us about your favorite thing to draw.

What is your favorite place to create music?

 

How-To Videos: Math

Here are a few more of our class’ first How-To Videos. There are many things we have learned through the making of these videos. We hope to build on these skills and make improvements.

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The Distributive Property

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Adding Fractions

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Our music was remixed using the awesome website, UJAM!

Watch for us to share more about this great website in the future.

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What strategies do you use when preparing to make a movie?

Do you have suggestions for how we can improve our videos?

The Genre Song

Don’t you know that it’s all about the genres? The Techie Kids do. Here’s a project that we started back during “March Is Reading Month.” After seeing what Amy Burvall creates for her high school History students, Mrs. Moore was inspired to try a small scale version with our elementary classes. We hope you are inspired to try something new too!

The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

…Now let’s go and get a good book, baby!

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Tell us about your favorite genre and a few books to go along with it.

Can you share an elementary topic that we could make another music video for?

The Plant Song

 

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!

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Here are the lyrics we sang:

 

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Have you ever written a song?

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Can you share a song with us that has helped you remember something you learned in school?