We were fortunate to have Mr. Scheu the Poetry Guy visit our school all the way from Vermont! He skyped with a class earlier this year, and helped kick off our celebration for National Poetry Month!
Mrs. Stirewalt's 5th grade and Mrs. Burleson's 4th grade participated in the Discovery Education Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip. Madden, the video game developers of the popular NFL game, shared "behind the scenes" of how the game is developed, and all the different roles that go into developing the game.
The developers shared how artists, coders, designers, and actual players work together to make the game as close to real life as possible. It can take up to 5 days to develop a new player to be added to the game!
Because there are so many people involved, collaboration is a key component of a successful game. Students were surprised to hear that team work matters in the real world too!
Developers went on to share all the science and math that goes into the players moves and motions.
Mr. Safrit and Mrs. Shoop's students have had fun reading books and sharing them! Students were encouraged to complete a Book Bite form after reading their book and then record a video sharing about their video! Students had to be sure they didn't give away the ending of the book or any surprising parts!
Student videos were posted to our Book Bites website for the world to see! What has made this even more fun is our friends in New Mexico have been posting their own Book Bites so we can learn about even more books!
Check out our book bites here!
Mrs. Caton's class practiced their retelling skills with a book from their independent reading book bucket using the app Chatterkid! Students practiced telling the characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, problem and solution while making their book cover talk in the app!
Students posted their Chatterkids to this padlet to share with our new friends in Mrs. Cucchiarelli's first class in Wisconsin! We are so excited to watch each other's videos to learn about new books to find next time we go to the library!
Mrs. Eagle's class participated in a Mystery Skype with a STEM class in Maryland. The students were 5th graders and did an awesome job of leading the Skype on their own.
The Skype began with a clever game...paper rock scissors to see who gets to ask the first question!
Mrs. Cunningham rummaged through the workroom and found some awesome placemat maps to repurpose and use for the Skype. While we did not guess the location first, it was still a fun experience.