Monday, February 20, 2017

Original Colonies

Fifth grade students have been studying the original colonies. As a way to stretch their thinking Mrs. Ellis gave the assignment to use their text books and notes to create their own quiz. Boy were they excited!
Working in small groups, students added their own questions to a shared google document. Each group also needed to add not only the correct answer but 3 plausible wrong answers as well.

Here is the Shared Google Doc Questions and Answers:
Use the side scroll bar to view the entire document.

Using the google sheets add-on flippity, flashcards were created using students' questions. Click on the down arrow to check your answers. Try all the options at the top for more practice.

Try the test yourself! Good Luck. Did you read our notes?
Use the side scroll bar to see all the questions.
Thank you for learning with us.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Grade 2 Polar Animals

Second Grade has enjoyed their research on polar animals. Their nonfiction reading helped with their writing and then all this was turned into an iPad project using the app chatterkid.

Here are their final projects.
Click on each picture below. Did you know all those facts?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

World Read Aloud Day 2017

"Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories."

Click on the picture below to learn more about WRAD17

Students at Steward School had the exciting opportunity to visit via skype with an author to help celebrate World Read Aloud Day 2017.

Kindergarten students enjoyed the stories of Sue Fliess from North Carolina. Sue read her new and funny rhyming book titled How to Trap a Leprechaun. The students enjoyed listening for the rhymes. Sue told the boys and girls that she got the idea for this book from when her own children were small and loved to build traps. The boys and girls asked very thoughtful questions and learned that Sue has written over 20 books.

First Graders visited with Michelle Edwards in Iowa who read her book, A Hat For Mrs. Goldman. We had a wonderful time talking about the characters. Michelle shared her writing room with the students and told them about her love of knitting. She even put on one of her own hats that she made for this book.

Second Graders had the pleasure of listening to author Denis Markell. After signing Hush, Little Baby to his son for years he decided to write Hush, Little Monster. He even sang this book to the students. Denis shared the fact that his wife Melissa is the illustrator for his book. she works upstairs and he works downstairs.

Third Grade students had a visit with Lauren Magaziner from Brooklyn, New York.  Lauren enthusiastically read chapter 2 from her newest book Pilfer Academy.  She explained to the students about the writing process and even shared the story of having to remove a character from her book after the publisher read the draft of the story. One student asked her how she found her funny words. Lauren answered that she pays attention to new words and even writes them down in a notebook. Her favorite funny word is "collywobble".

Thank you all the authors who shared their time with students for World Read Aloud Day. 
You have inspired us all!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Tour the Midwest

How familiar with the Midwest region of the United States are you?
Students in Mrs. Murphy's fourth grade would like to share their knowledge with you.
Using the app explain everything students created an engaging final product after their research was completed.

Click on the video below to learn more.
How many of the locations have you visited?
The Mall of America is definitely on my To Do List.
Tech Tip:
Each student used their own iPad and the app explain everything to create their individual slide. Once completed the slides were exported to google drive in a project format.
On the teacher's iPad explain everything was opened and all the individual slides were imported to the final project.
The final project was then saved as a video and again exported to google drive.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Google Read&Write

Mrs. DeFrank has been introducing all Proctor students to the wonders of Google Read&Write during library class. Using Google classroom she created an assignment to have students explore the tools available in this Google extension.
Students watched this short video before they explored all the features. Click below to view the video.

The students were given the task of reflecting in a google doc on each feature in Google Read&Write as they became familiar with the various features. Using a Read&Write Guide students were overheard saying, "This is so cool!", "I love the speech to text feature.", "My computer can read to me!", "Mrs. DeFrank my computer typed what you just said."

Sample Student Reflections:

"In this new update, Read and Write, I do look forward to using it more to help me with my vocabulary, speech, facts, and when I come across interesting words that I need to highlight or that I don’t understand yet. Read and Write is a tremendous new way to help you with your school work, reading a book, and writing a paper. I absolutely do look forward to using this new update with my work to help me focus, and learn more."

"I think that Read & Write is a great idea and is a very useful Google Application. I am probably going to use it often when typing my Reading Journal and other class work."

"This would be something that help me work faster and better than before so I would love to have this at Proctor School. This would be a great help."

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Build a Snowman

We haven't had a lot of snow outside this year so the Second Graders had a lot of fun building digital snowmen.
Using a template in google slides the students learned the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste as they added numerous features to their new friends.
Click below to see Mrs. Ragan's Class of Snow People.

Click below to see Miss Reid's Class of Snow People.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Google Read and Write

The students in Topsfield have access to the Google Read and Write feature.
The students in the Help Desk were the first to try it out.

Click below to view their first impressions.

To use Read&Write for Google:

  • Open any Google Document and you will now see a pull down tab at the top of the screen.
  • Click on that pull down tab and the Read&Write toolbar will appear.
  • There are many features included with Read&Write for Google including word prediction, dictionary, highlighting, and more. The feature we will focus on is the text to speech tool.
  • To have your document read to you simply click the Play button in the Read&Write toolbar. You can likewise use the Pause and Stop buttons as needed.
  • If you only want certain text read, select the text first and then click the Play button.
  • If you want to change the speed or accent of the voice, click the Settings button on the right of the Read&Write toolbar.

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