Monday, November 11, 2013

Standard and Metric Measurement

Learn How to Read a Ruler~ Watch, Learn, and Practice

After watching the video, click on the link below to play the ruler game:

*Start with reading the ruler part #1.  Watch the short video and then play the ruler game.

*Once you have mastered part #1, move on to ruler part #2.  Watch the short video and then play the ruler game.

*Finally, finish string with ruler part #3.  Watch the short video and then play the ruler game.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pictures~ Team 16 Exploring Scratch


Exploring with Scratch~ Imagine, Program, Share

Team 16 had a lively morning of exploration!  Students had a chance to explore Scratch, a tile- based visual programming environment and toolkit.  Using Scratch, students can make games, animated stories, interactive art, and so much more.

Learn about Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.  Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.
Students are learning with Scratch at all levels (from elementary school to college) and across disciplines (such as math, computer science, language arts, social studies). 
If you would like to learn more about Scratch, click on the link below:

I created a class Scratch account where students can save all their projects.  The link is below as well as our class username and password:

Username: create16
Password: school

Students can create new projects, as well as edit any projects they've already saved to our class account. As students finish their projects, they can include directions on how to play or move so other students from our class can play! 

Our exploration morning was a hit.  I was impressed by students creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and engagement.  

Pictures of today's exploration will be coming soon as well as 2 short videos created by Favour.  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Team 16's New Learning Additions

Power My Learning- Online games, videos, and interactives aligned with the Common Core standards.

I have added 2 new playlists to Power My Learning.  Students have access now to 5 playlists.

1. Math Facts
2. Place Value
3. Decimal Practice
4. Writing- Persuasive*
5. Social Studies- Native Americans*

That Quiz- Online Math Fact Practice- Goal= Solve 50 math facts in 3 minutes or less with no more than 3 errors.

*I added new practice links on the blog.  If you scroll down past this post, you will find the new links. 

Optional Enrichment/ Bonus Math- New Additions- Students can also find these links on the bottom of the homework page of our classroom blog.  

Dragon Box Apps

DragonBox Algebra 5+ - The educational game that secretly teaches young kids the basics of algebra. It’s perfect for giving your child a head start in mathematics and algebra. Children as young as 4 have solved equations meant for a 12 year old! (This app is $5.99)

DragonBox Algebra 12+ is a must-have tool for students so they can earn better grades and gain confidence in algebra and mathematics. It is based on the award winning game DragonBox Algebra 5+, but covers more advanced topics in mathematics and algebra. (This app costs $9.99, they do offer a 7-day free trial.  Sometimes, you can get this app on sale.)

Math Mania App- How fast does your brain process? Do you think you can handle basic math? Think again. Math Mania will put you to the test by throwing randomized math questions at you one after another. Blaze through enough questions correctly in a row and watch your multiplier increase and your score skyrocket! Think you got a good score? Prove it by submitting it to the site and see if it holds up against the best of the best. (This app costs $.99)

Click Here to Learn More About the Math Mania App

Spelling/ Vocabulary Groups- Starting this week!

*There will be some students working on spelling and others will be working on vocabulary.* 

Spelling Groups will get their words on Monday.  Students will work in small groups with a teacher to read the words together and discuss the type of words they are.  For example, spelling words may all have long vowels, suffixes, prefixes, more than one syllable, etc...Students will write their words in a blue spelling book and take the book home for practice.  For homework twice a week, students can pick from a menu of options to practice.  They can complete the spelling homework on paper or they can create a new Google Doc.  For students who choose the Google Doc, create a new document and rename it Spelling Homework.  Remember to share this with me.  All spelling homework is due on Friday.  Please make sure to bring the blue spelling book back to school on Friday for the spelling test. 

*Students will now have 2 days of spelling and 2 days of writing homework.*

Vocabulary Groups will get their vocabulary books on Monday.  The students take the books home on Monday.  For homework, students will read the words and their meanings.  They will complete lessons 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D.  Students will bring their vocabulary books back to school on Friday.  Students will do lesson 1E in school working on reading comprehension and writing complete sentences.  

*Students will now have 2 days of vocabulary and 2 days of writing homework.*

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Team 16 Math Update~ Math Facts, Place Value, Powers of 10, Math Pickle, and Timez Attack

Hello Team 16 Families!

We had a very busy math week in school.  Students worked on math facts using That Quiz.  They seemed to enjoy the challenge of trying to answer 50 facts in 3-minutes or less with no more than 3 errors.  Please make sure your child is practicing their math facts at home every night.  Students should explore several practice options and find one that works the best for them.  

Here are some suggestions:
Xtra Math, That Quiz, Sumdog, Flash Cards, Games, Fact Triangles, Timez Attack, etc…

We also worked on place value focusing on the powers of 10 in math. Have your child teach you what they learned about the powers of 10. In addition, some students have been exploring and working on challenges from the site Math Pickle, Please Click on This Link to Bring You to Math Pickle. Math Pickle has fun, engaging, math activities ranging from K-12. Check out the $1,000,000 unsolvable math problems several students are working on. Encourage your child to figure out these unsolvable math challenges. Imagine what Team 16 could do with $1,000,000!!!

I have enjoyed meeting with families during the fall conferences and I am looking forward to meeting with all families. During the several conferences I have already had, I recommended an engaging, online video game for students to master their facts. If your child loves to play video games, I highly recommend the game, Timez Attack. Families can download at home for free. There is a paid version also that offers children more entertainment value while mastering their facts. Please click on the link below to learn more.

Timez Attack started out creating a virtual math video game for multiplication and division.  Addition and subtraction have been added and are currently in Beta version.  I have had success using this program with a 5th grade student whom I tutored.  Due to the engagement level, Timez Attack is a game for students to become math fact masters.  This is a "video game" that most children will play over and over again forgetting they are learning math.  

Directly from the site: "Massive research has already demonstrated all over the world that our multiplication games teach absolute mastery--blazing fast. Our newest products, division, addition and subtraction, are equally effective. Welcome to the next generation of truly cool math games!"

Check out Timez Attack yourself and decide if it is a good fit for your child.  I would love to hear feedback from any families who do try it.

Enjoy Learning,

Just Like Me Pictures

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy Smiling Faces

Check out pictures of us with our 2nd grade buddies!  Please click on the link below to view.

Click Here to see Photos of our Buddies


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Addition and Subtraction Facts Practice Links

Team 16,

Let's practice our addition facts. Please click on the link below to start.

Click Here for Addition Math Fact Practice

Let's try Subtraction.  Please click on the link below to start.

Click Here for Subtraction Fact Practice

Are you ready to practice multiplication?  Please click on the link below to start.

Click Here to Practice Multiplication Facts

Division comes next.  Please click on the link below to start.

Click Here for Division Fact Practice

Happy Math Practice!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Powers of 10 Place Value Movie~ Watch and Learn!

New Desks Groups and Names

Team 16 has changed seats.  Students had a great time today coming up with a desk group name that fit everyone.  New desk group names: Effort, Thinkers, Imagination, Creators, and Fun!  See photos below.  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Scientists in Action~ Picture Album of Drumlin Farm

We went to Drumlin Farm today on a field trip.  4th graders were scientists in the field today.  We got to experience a day in the life of a scientist!  Click on the link below to view photos!


Click Here to View Photos of Field Trip

Monday, September 16, 2013

Joshua's Slideshow~ Silly, Silly Mouse Jamie Book 1

Click on the link above to learn more about Joshua's book!!!!  Team 16 is reading the book this week during our interactive read aloud!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Power My Learning~ A Groundbreaking Learning Innovation~ Join our class today!

PowerMyLearning is a free digital learning platform for K-12 students, parents, and educators, developed by the national nonprofit CFY. PowerMyLearning makes thousands of the most compelling publicly available digital learning activities from across the web easily accessible and usable, creating an unbiased, go-to destination.


"Now there’s one trusted place to find and use carefully curated academic games, videos, and interactives aligned to the Common Core State Standards and across a range of subjects like math, English Language Arts, science, social studies, technology and more! And it’s all completely free thanks to generous support from funders including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

"With PowerMyLearning, families can discover stimulating activities to reinforce classroom learning and spark new areas of interests. Educators can take advantage of a set of powerful tools for individualizing learning and supporting instruction in the classroom and beyond."

Throughout the year, I will create playlists for all the content areas where students can play while learning in an engaging way.  We are starting the year off in math with addition with regrouping and place value so 2 playlists are up and ready to go.  
How to join our class:
Please click on the link below:
1. Find the Students in Green and Click Join Now
2. Students will create usernames and passwords (please write down somewhere so you remember them).  They will enter the town Wayland and Happy Hollow Elementary School.  Then Click Sign-Up to Play. It will bring you to a welcome page.
3. Click on the join classes link in blue.
4. Click on the classes tab at the top.
5. Enter our class code which is 830907 (you should see my name as the teacher appear after typing the class code) and then enter your first name.
6. Click Join Class!
You will see the 2 playlists.  Both of them have 4 different games to play.  Try some if you wish!
Friday, we will be joining at school and exploring the site.  If you have extra time and you want to check it out before Friday, simply follow the instructions above and join Team 16!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Setting up an organized homework station at home = successful school year

Parents and students should work together to set-up an organized homework station at home. Homework stations should include all supplies/ materials needed.  Ideally, all supplies should have a home and everything should be labeled.  This gives students a place to complete their homework in an efficient and organized way.  At the end of each homework session, students should clean-up and remember to put back all the supplies they used in the labeled spot.  This will ensure students don't misplace supplies and spend extra time looking for things they need.  

If space is a concern at home, homework stations can be hung on the back of a closet door and a designated spot should be chosen where students complete their homework.  Students will learn where all supplies and assignments are.  Every night, they gather all the materials needed, go to their designated homework spot, complete their homework, and then immediately return all materials back to their original spot at the homework station.  

Students who have desks at home can create an organized homework station right at their desks.  The station above could be used for 1- 2 students.  If you notice in the picture, all of the supplies/ materials are organized and everything has a home.  There is also plenty of open space on the desk where students can work on homework.  Students can even personalize their homework stations to help them really feel like the space is theirs. 

For families who have several children at home, they may want to organize each child's homework and schedule similar to the picture above.  In the picture, there are 4 children and each child has a whiteboard, calendar, and a hook to hang a backpack.  This way helps keep the entire family stay organized and up- to- date with what's going on.  

The most important thing to think about is how you can create an organized homework station that will work for your family.  All families are unique and have to figure out what works best for them to have a successful school year!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Makey Makey Invention Kit ~ An Invention Kit for Everyone

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween: 

Please click on the link below to go directly to the site:

Are you inspired to create and invent now?

Makey Makey Invention Kit ~ Watch and Be Inspired

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summer Reading Videos and Songs~ Watch and Be Inspired to Read

Great Article~ 10 Fun Indoor Summer Learning Projects

Sneak Preview:

"Summer’s here and along with valuable time spent outdoors learning and embarking on adventures, kids can use downtime at home to keep those brain circuits exercising indoor, too. To that end, here are 10 ideas for indoor learning opportunities."

2. PLAN A MISSION. Dream up a LEGO Technic engineering mission and work with friends on completing the mission using the LEGO Technic building system. Kids can find ideas for missions at MY LEGO Network, a new social networking site built especially for children. They can build a LEGO page on MY LEGO network to show off their team’s work.
4. AUTHOR A WRITING PROJECT. Budding writers can start a week-long writing project focused on a specific theme. Write about animal skeletons and types of clouds; or invent TV cartoon characters based on exotic animals, or spend the week writing about magic or food or chocolate. Re-imagine your favorite fairytales with your chosen theme. Write and draw short stories, poems, or illustrations inspired by the subject you’ve chosen. Turn the storytelling process upside down by using pictures and math equations to tell a story, or describe a classroom through a teacher’s eyes, or describe the days of the week as if they were people. Find hundreds of writing prompts on this Tumblr blog.

8. MAKE A FILM. The next Steven Spielberg might emerge from a summer movie-making project. Kids can exercise their writing, creativity, organization, and artistic skills by making their own movies, just as any director does: writing scripts, choosing actors, practicing lines, not to mention actually filming and editing. For those who own an Apple computer, iMovie makes the process very simple. YouTube also offers free editing, and you can find other editing software online.

To read the complete article, please click on the link below:
Click Here to Read the full article~ 10 fun indoor summer learning projects

*Team 16, please share your indoor learning adventures with us!*

Great Summer Article ~ 10 Awesome Outdoor Summer Learning Ideas

Sneak Preview:

"Summer can be a mixed bag, a combination of relief from the stress of school, followed by boredom, the bugaboo of a creative mind. The break from school offers a chance to carve out enriching, fun projects and beat the doldrums brought about by summer loafing. The warm weather is a great invitation to enjoy and learn about the outdoors during this time off. Here are 10  learning opportunities for kids to come away from the summer months invigorated with fresh skills."

1. EMBARK ON BIRDWATCHING ADVENTURES. Local chapters of the Audubon Societyhost birdwatching outings, where those new to birding can benefit from the expertise of the pros. Kids can learn about the local ecosystem, as well as wildlife adaptability and habitat preservation. If birding catches their fancy, they can keep the adventures going with YardMap, a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat. The YardMap network lets you draw your landscapes with a beautiful online mapping tool and connect to other citizen scientists, solve problems, share maps and ideas, all while helping to build database of habitat data for Cornell Lab of Ornithology Scientists.
3. HANG A ROPE SWING. With about 10 feet of rope and a buntline hitch knot, it’s easy to build a tree swing. Kids can learn knotting and building skills and do the math to determine attachment points and rope lengths. If the backyard won’t work, there’s always the nearest park.

7. ACTIVELY LISTEN. The Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford is building a sound map of the world as part of a new study into how sounds in our everyday environment make us feel. Kids can use a mobile phone to record 10 to 15 second clips from different soundscapes, upload the clips to our virtual map, along with opinions and ideas about the recorded sounds.

To read the complete article, please click on the link below:
Click here to read the full article full of awesome outdoor summer learning ideas

*If you choose to do any of the awesome outdoor learning ideas, please share with Team 16!  You can write a story using Storybird or you can email me a story with pictures and I can share on the class blog.  I hope everyone has a fun and enriching summer filled with many learning adventures!*

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Storybird ~ Storytelling tool

"Storybird is a collaborative storytelling tool. Students use collections of art to be inspired to write stories. One the art is chosen, students are able to build their story by dragging and dropping pictures and creating a story to match. It’s great for teachers because they’re able to easily create student accounts and assignments for students. It’s also simple to collaborate with others whether it’s another student in class or someone from another country! Storybird is an extremely engaging site that allows students to focus more on the content of their writing rather than drawing pictures!"

Click Here to go directly to the Storybird website

Click Here to go directly to Team Curiosity's Storybird page

Click Here to Read a Storybird created by Ms. Cherwinski