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.