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Remote Learning - 3 Little Pigs Assignment

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Web Based Drawing Site

Last week I wrote about an "If I Ran the Zoo" project. It was a project that I collaborated with an elementary art teacher to complete. 

Our big takeaway during our debriefing was the fact that the iPad app was too complicated for our second grade group and we wished we had something web based that would work for our upper elementary students.

Imagine my surprise the very same week to come across Canvas, a web based drawing app that allows user to either draw freehand or upload a picture to trace around. The website seemed to indicate it was for Chromebook users but I tested it on a student HP device and it worked just fine. I created a video overview, which I have embedded above if you are interested in checking it out. 

The art teacher and I were thrilled with the possibility of extending similar projects to our upper elementary students. I can't wait to see what ideas she comes up with!

Sensory Summary - St. Patrick's Day Activity

This activity draws upon an earlier post I made about creating sensory figures for Black History Month using Google Drawings.

This activity is a little less "techy" but still a fun way to teach, or reinforce, summary skills from the perspective of the main character (in this case a leprechaun).

I used the book "How to Catch a Leprechaun" by Adam Wallace. Epic has the book, which you can read whole group...or assign to students. Epic offers a free educators account so definitely check them out! The book can also be found as a read aloud on YouTube.

There are some directed drawing videos on YouTube that I used to complete the drawing.

- How to Draw a Cartoon Leprechaun
- How to Draw a Pot of Gold

This activity can be done whole group, or assigned through Google Classroom for students to do independently.

If done whole group I would read the book twice, once for fun, and once to find the "sensory" sentences. You can have students pair up to fill in the grap…

World War 2 Style Radio Broadcast

Today I worked with a group of two fifth grade classes recording and editing a breaking news radio broadcast about the attack on Pearl Harbor. We used Audacity to record and edit. The students had some experience back in December when I worked with them introducing them to the tool. I wrote about my experience in a previous blog post. The December activity was designed to be fun and show them the basic tools they would need in the program to record and add sound effects. 
The activity today was designed to show them the structure of a "breaking news story" on the radio in the context of their Social Studies curriculum. Each group will be working on their own scripts within the next two weeks with their final project due March 24. 
I worked with the teacher Mrs. Gannon with our sample recording, as a way of walking through what we thought might work with students. We decided to use the Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How structure to collect data from from a Pearl Harbor ar…

If I Ran The Zoo - Book Covers

Today's is Dr. Seuss' birthday and the kick off of Read Across America Week. In the past I have done some cute book covers with teachers and students but this year I wanted to try something new (to me). 
I follow art teacher Tricia Fuglestad on Twitter and I love how she integrates art and technology. I got the idea for book covers from her last year so I went back to her blog looking for more Seuss related ideas. She had done an "If I Ran the Zoo" project with students and I thought it would be fun to try this year. 
I worked with an art teacher (Ms. Peterlin) at Beaufort Elementary School and, because the app was new to us, we decided to do the project with one of  the second grade classes. The app, Brushes Redux, is only available for the iPad (it is FREE) and only our K-2 students have iPads so that limited us somewhat grade wise. Tricia used a different app in her blog write up but I could seem to find it so I found a substitute.
This took two 55 minute class p…

Google Classroom Headers - March Edition

Last month I wrote that I like to spruce up my Google Classroom headers once a month. My "classroom" is mainly populated with teachers attending training but I'd like to think one creative soul in the room might think changing out headers routinely would be fun for students and give them something to look forward to. 

I wish Google didn't put a dark overlay on the original picture. Sigh. One teacher on Twitter did remind me that I can leave feedback about Google Classroom using the question mark icon. She said if maybe enough people suggested that the dark overlay be removed they (Google) might listen. So every time I go into my classroom I suggest it. Please help me out, if you think of it, and make a similar suggestion in order to bounce the request up the line. 
If you like this March/St. Patrick's Day template you can find it linked HERE. It comes complete with instructions so you can just replace my image with yours. I cut off the "Happy St. Paddy's D…

Student Sensory Posters

Earlier in the month I wrote about making Black History Month Sensory Poster with Google Drawings. I did the activity with third grade students and they did such a good job (a few of their projects are featured above).

The students were able to follow along with my video tutorial and the teacher and I were just there for technical help. My favorite part of the day was one of the students, when packing up, said "That was way more fun than we normally have in ELA." 🤣

To be clear, I think he was talking about putting the project together tech wise and not the researching and writing part.

The hardest part, obviously, was getting the students to put in quality facts in their graphic organizers. Like most student projects some were good and some needed extra help and guidance.

Another teacher, also third grade, tried it on his own with his student and they did it together as a group and he had them put in three sensory facts vs. the five or six on the graphic organizer and that…