Mrs. Shoop's 5th grade class participated in a different version of Mystery Skype. Rather than asking questions "live", the classes exchanged voice messages using Voxer.
Each morning students would ask the other class a question; and send a response to the question that was asked of them. The students anxiously awaited a response each day from the other class; and were excited to discover their mystery location first...ARKANSAS!!
Mrs. Moir's 2nd grade class participated in a Mystery Number Skype...our first at Knollwood this year! Each student had a 100 chart and a dry erase marker to mark out numbers as clues are given.
We brainstormed questions before the Skype using our math vocabulary such as even, odd, greater than, less than. Our Skype partner was a 2nd grade class in Spring Creek, Nevada.
The students did a great job of asking questions and marking off numbers to guess the other class's number, 65, first!
Mrs. Nulty's 2nd grade class joined the fun collaborative project #epicpals after Mrs. Crilley and Mrs. Cunningham connected with Sara Malchow, a 1st grade teacher in Wisconsin that has started this fun challenge.
The challenge is simple: each month Mrs. Malchow chooses books from Epic! and creates a Padlet to go along with them. She shares the QRs codes to the Padlet boards, and asks students from classes all over the country to add their reviews and recommendations.
During library time Mrs. Nulty's class read Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach together, and added their posts to the board. It was fun to read responses from classes in Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin and then add our North Carolina posts!
The class is excited to read more #epicpals books and add to other boards!
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.