Students in Mrs. Schirmer’s Fourth Grade reading class have been learning about the Iditarod. While the event started on Saturday, they’ve spent the past few weeks reading books and researching information about it. As part of their research, they created Musher Trading Cards using the Trading Cards iPad app by Read, Write, Think (you could […]
I had the opportunity to give two different presentation at the Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference. I was lucky enough to team with three other fabulous individuals, Alisa Downey, Julie Mulvaney, and Meg Swecker. You can check out our presentations below.
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Students in Ms. Barger’s fourth grade class just finished a huge unit on Famous Americans. As part of a STEM activity, students were responsible for writing a speech about a Famous American. They also had to create a poster to use in their speech with a pop-up and movable part.
As students were given speeches, I filmed them (on their assigned iPad). Students took notes when other students gave speeches. Then students watched their own speech and used a self-evaluation sheet to foster self-reflection. They used their notes and each other’s posters to create a Pic Collage containing three facts they learned from listening to other classmates’ speeches.
Students enjoyed the project, and it really gave ownership to giving speeches and listening to others. Both these skills are important Fourth Grade English SOLs.
As students in Mrs. Grave’s Science class studied force and motion, they created Kicking Machines to move a ping pong ball into a cup 12 inches away. They started with the idea from the Design Squad but added a technology twist. Once students created their machines, they used an app called VideoPix to film their Kicking Machine in action. This app allowed students to slow down their videos. Then, they were able to capture images from the video showing the machine and ball in action. Using these pictures, they created a Pic Collage showing potential and kinetic energy.
Finally, using an Aurasma app, the slow motion videos were imposed on the Pic Collage. Now, when someone scans the Pic Collage with the Aurasma app, a video will pop up and play. It’s hard to explain without seeing the posters in action, but here are a few examples. If you follow the Clearbrook channel on the Aurasma app, you can scan and see their videos.
They students absolutely loved this project and were amazed at the final product. And by the time the project concluded, students were very clear on Potential and Kinetic energy. If you’d like to try to scan the posters and see the videos, the directions are below:
Students in Mrs. Clapper’s class used the Pic Collage app on the iPads to create an ABC book. They were each assigned a letter (a few did two), and then they took pictures of things in the classroom that started with that letter. They were so cute! Here’s a few examples.
I can’t post them all because most had students names and pictures on them. If you want to see all the letters, though, check with Mrs. Clapper or I. We’d love to show you!
Students in Mrs. Moretz’ class made coin creations to practice counting money in a very creative way. Their task was to create a picture using three of each type of coin (penny, nickel, dime, quarter). The total of the coins in their picture had to be more than $1.99 and less than $4.99. Here are some examples:
We gave the students an Inspiration file with the coins they needed to help make the process go faster. It could also be down with a Word Template.
Third Grade went Geocaching in Mrs. Weikle’s room during their study of Greece and Rome! Using GPS units, students worked in teams to locate hidden boxes outside the school. The boxes contained clues about either Greece or Rome or neither. Students had to figure out which! It was cold, but everyone had a blast!
There are two versions of the activity–one that uses GPS units (Geocaching), and one that uses iPads or iPods with QR code readers.
1. Print the cards on different colored tagboard (blue, red, yellow). Use the Answer Sheet to divide the cards between 6 boxes.
4. Have students find the boxes in the order on the strip. When they find the box, they read the clues and determine which color card matches which civilization. They record colors on their answer sheets.
1. QR cards on tagboard. Divide them between 6 boxes.
Mrs. Downey’s and Mrs. Corbett’s class completed a S.T.E.A.M project centered on a beloved children’s story, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Mrs. Coffey and Mrs. Pettipiece helped too!
After discussing and analyzing the story, and comparing and contrasting it to the real Three Little Pigs story, students spent the next week delving into the world of engineers, architects, construction workers, realtors, consumers, and presenters. Each group of students planned, drew blueprint, tested and revised a house for the Fourth Little Pig. Each house was created to withstand gusts of wind from The Big Bad Wolf. They even completed a purchase order and shopped on a budget for the materials to use to construct their house. They also used the app Pic Collage to create a real estate listing to market their house to potential pig buyers.
To see their pic collages and read more about the project, please visit Mrs. Downey’s blog post about it! You can find it here.
Students in Mrs. Becker’s Class created Virtual Posters after Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins. I absolutely love how these turned out. Students drew pictures, and then used the Pic Collage app on the iPads to take pictures of their illustrations. They layered them on top of each other, added the text, and added the background. It’s a great mix of student art work and digital work. I love them!
Students even posted them to their blogs. Take a look the link below, and leave them a comment or two on their great work!