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: 

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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

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"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.

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

Great Summer Article ~ 10 Awesome Outdoor Summer Learning Ideas

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"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.

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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

XtraMath~ Help Kids Master Basic Math Facts

Click Here to Visit the Xtramath site

SumDog~ Fun way to improve math skills~ Play and learn

SumDog~ "Sumdog adapts its questions to each student's ability. The range of questions asked depends on the 'standards' set for your school and on the 'default skills' set for individual students."

If you have time this summer, have your child go on SumDog several days a week.  It is a fun, educational site where students improve math skills.  The math games also include a logic piece which adds an enriching level.  I have had great success using SumDog this year with my class.  Try it!  Let me know what you think!

Click the link below to log-in:

Families~ If you misplaced the log-in information for your child, please email me at and I will email you your child's username and password.

Thank you!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Welcome to Team 16

Welcome 4th grade students and families!  Fourth grade is an exciting and enriching year.  I look forward to learning and growing with each and every one of you.  Please check back frequently over the summer as I will update the blog and post helpful and informational links.

Please click on the link below to view the 2013-2014 welcome letter and supply list:

Please Click Here to View Welcome Letter and Supply List

Welcome to Team 16!  We have an exciting and engaging learning adventure ahead of us.  Enjoy your summer vacation and I can't wait to see all of your happy, smiling faces come September!