Mrs. Pettipiece used Sock Puppets with students in first grade to have them practice friendship skills (sharing, taking turns, being kind and poilite). Students had to share an iPad with a friend to create a puppet show. In their puppet show, students acted out scenarios, practicing good friendship skills. Here are a few examples of [...]
The teachers at Oak Grove Elementary decided, during a faculty book study meeting, to create a digital archive on their school website to display all the wonderful projects there students were creating for STEM, PBL, and 21st Century Learning. They wanted a way for parents and students to have “copies” of the three dimensional group projects [...]
Students in Mr. Ryder’s class embarked on a project allowing them to explore the world around Oak Grove Elementary, searching for hidden beauty and wonder. It was based on the story Wild Shots, written by Tui De Roy for Ranger Rick magazine. In the article, Tui shared her “Up-Close and Personal” approach to nature photography. During [...]
Kindergarteners have been learning about using their hands for helping while in Guidance class this month. First, Mrs. Pettipiece read them the book, Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi, PhD. Then students practiced identifying positive ways to use their hands. To end the lesson, students use the app, Story Kit, to take their own [...]
Mrs. Chamberland’s Social Studies class is studying Diversity. This past week, they used the iPad app, Pic Collage, to create digital posters showing what diversity in the United States look like. Here was their challenge: Create a Pic Collage that helps show what diversity in Virginia looks like. Include pictures and words. You must have [...]
Students in Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Downey’s class have been studying what it means to be trustworthy. They’ve blogged about it, and created videos (using Videolicious) to describe their understanding of trustworthiness. Here is one of my favorites! The Meanings of Trusthworthy Check out all the videos and blog posts by visiting their class blog, [...]
Mrs. Chamberland’s class participated in the great O.R.E.O. Project this year! These second graders used their estimation, counting, and graphing skills during this project. They submitted their results online, and compared the number of oreos they stacked with people all over the world! Take a look at an example graph they made in Excel!
Need a fun, cross curricular way to introduce Latitude and Longitude to your students? Here’s a Math/Social Studies Lesson using spies, secret codes, and google earth. What can be better than that? It addresses Math SOL 4.15, 5.14 and Global Studies SOL GS.1. First, make sure students understand how to use Google Earth to find [...]