Our fifth graders are beginning their unit on informational text and I had the opportunity to work with 5M to look at searching for and evaluating information we find on the web. I have worked with this group of students since grade 3 and it was rewarding to see how much they know and understand about searching and evaluating online information. We started with learning about the advanced search features, specifically looking at using quotation marks, sorting sites by date, and filtering by copyright features. After a discussion on searching, we reviewed what to look for in a web site to determine its validity. I was amazed at what these kids know and remember from past years. Below is a Padlet the kids contributed to showing what they look for on a web site to determine its validity.
At the elementary school we had a great time participating in the World Math Day event during UN Week. Our focus for this event was not only to improve our fluency skills in math, but also to have fun competing with students around the world. Throughout the week, our students competed against children from over 80 countries. Flags from each of these countries were displayed on the tower windows in the elementary school entrance. These flags will stay up for the next two weeks, so come by and take a look!
To celebrate UN Week the elementary school will be participating in the World Math Day event organized by Mathletics. This event takes place from Tuesday, October 13 - Thursday, October 15. We will be celebrating math on Wednesday, October 14th as part of UN Week. You will receive login information for your child to access this event. With this login information, your child can participate in the math, spelling or science activities for this event. We will be focusing mostly on math for our celebration and asking our students to record the countries of the children they have competed against. Forms to record this information will come home on Monday. Please return these forms as soon as your child completes it during UN Week.
The World Education Games team is recording scores from the first 20 games each child participates in.
Enjoy the week!
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Our grade one students are learning about communities so we decided to use our iPads to document our learning while on our recent field trip to the local community of Wilanow. On this trip, we visited and learned about many important places in our community and we also learned that in Wilanow, we have a very special place that not everyone has - a palace! During the field trip, each student took a picture of one place in the community using one of the class iPads. We had a checklist for each of the important locations. We put these images in the dropbox so we could easily access each image.
The day after we returned from our field trip, the students came to the Digital Creation Studio and used Book Creator to create a simple movie about what they had learned about the places in our community. Each student selected between 3-5 pictures from the dropbox and added them to the photos folder on their iPads. They then used Book Creator and made a simple title page, added the photos and recorded what they had learned on the field trip about the different locations. These books were recorded as videos so we could share them with our parents.
This was a very simple way for our young students to share what they learned while on their community field trip.
Take a look at the final products
Watch our grade 1 students create their books
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