Grades 1 through 5 at ASW will be participating in the Hour of Code Challenge from December 8 through December 16. To learn more about what we have planned for the challenge please go to our Hour of Code Challenge page for all the details and links to resources you can use with your child at home.
Our grade three students have been learning more about informational text and will soon begin writing an informational piece. Third grade is a year when many of our students are beginning to use the internet in addition to books to learn more about a topic. In grade three, we are making this transition to gathering information online with a series of lessons geared to our students. Our first lesson is on reading informational text online. We start with a review of the informational text features they have learned about when reading books. We make that transition to how these text features will look online. Some of the features will look the same like headings, types of print, bulleted and numbered lists, insets and sidebars, captions, labels, images, cutaways, maps, diagrams, and timelines. Some of the features will look different like the table of contents, index, and glossary. Online resources will also offer some features that cannot be obtained through a book like videos, sounds and animations. Once the students have seen some examples of what the text features look like, they go on an online scavenger hunt to find these features in a web site.
In addition to looking at what the online text features look like, the students also brainstorm types of informational sites they can gather information from. At ASW, we have a variety of online databases like PebbleGo and Culture Grmas, we use online magazines and encyclopedias, and video libraries like Brainpop and Brainpop Jr.
Parent Technology Connection - December 2 at 8:45
The iPad is a wonderful tool for kids of all ages to learn and create, but it can be overwhelming to sift through all the apps that are available. Join Bruce Roadside and Kris Sheehan, our elementary school tech coaches, for some ideas on apps for both you and your children. We will share apps the kids are using at school and ones you can use at home that encourage creativity, require critical thinking, and enhance what the teachers are doing in the classroom. You will leave with some ideas of how both you and your children can use the iPad to foster learning and sharing. We will provide iPads, but feel free to bring your own!
Please join us on Tuesday, December 2 from 8:45 to 9:45 in the Multipurpose Room.
Check out our Parent Tech Session page for documents!
Our first grade students are studying communities. To learn more about communities, the students went on a field trip to Wilanow, a community near the school. The students took a bus to the community and walked around and looked at all the different types of buildings that make up a community. While on the field trip, students took pictures of the different buildings they learned about using the class iPads. Students then chose 5 of the pictures that were taken to put into a book so they could share what they learned and what they know about the different locations in their community. Each child made their own book using the iPads and the Book Creator app. The students chose the picture and then recorded what they know about that building straight into the iPad. This was a great way for them to share what they learned!
We had a great turnout at our first PTC of the year. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us. We are looking forward to our next session on December 2. If you missed this session, please take a look at our handout and let us know if you have any questions! Thanks, Bruce and Kris
The fourth graders learned to use an iPad app called Explain Everything to help show what they know in Math. The students were working on number sense in addition and subtraction and were showing how they solved a math problem. They used a tape diagram, solved the problem using an equation, checked their answer, estimated the answer, and wrote a word answer.
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