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During the month of March, students researched an important woman in history. This person could have be someone from long ago or a woman who is making history today. Below you'll find some of our students' Scratch projects.
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The projects below are links to the Scratch website. If you don't have Scratch Desktop, you'll be able to view these:
This is a recording of a students' project.
Directions: Read through and complete each step before moving on to the next step.
Step 1: Introduction
We all know the word Internet...but what is it really? Can you define it in your own words? Why do we have the Internet? Where and when was it invented? There are so many questions that could be asked but perhaps the most important one is, is the Internet a bad thing? Some governments think it is and they block all or part of it. Some parents block parts of the Internet they think are bad for children to see.
Step 2: Task
You work for the New York Times and recently went on a 14 days trip to North Korea where the Internet is blocked. While there, you get your news from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The KCNA makes sure all the country's television, radio, and newspaper news makes the government look good. This inspired you to investigate whether the Internet is bad, good or somewhere in between. After doing some research, you will publish an option piece in the New York Times telling them about your findings.
Step 3: Process
Research the Internet by exploring the links and videos below. Be sure to take notes.
What is the Internet?
The Internet: Wires, Cables & WIFI
Next, write your article on a word processor such as pages (if you're on a mac) or Microsoft Word. You may use the outline below to guide you:
Step 4: Self Evaluation
Use the checklist below to self assess and make sure you've completed all of the necessary components of the task:
Submit Your Article to the New York Times: You will copy your article and paste it as a comment on this blog post. Be sure to only include your first name and class.
Step 5: Conclusion
Congratulations on writing a successful opinion piece. We're interested in anything well-written with a fact based viewpoint we believe readers will find worthwhile. It has been published in the New York Times!
Have you visited my Educational Websites page?Leave a comment sharing which websites you like the most and why. Are there any websites on the page that you don't like? Tell me about it. Is there a website that you love and I should add to the page? Let me know!
What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?
What is fast, loud and crunchy?
A rocket chip!
why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?
Because she was stuffed!
Why did the student eat their homework?
Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake!
What do kids play when they can't play with a phone?
What did one math book say to the other?
I've got so many problems.
Why wouldn't the shrimp share his treasure?
Because he was a little shellfish!
Why is cinderella bad a soccer?
Because she's always running away from the ball!
Do you have a joke that you love? Share it in the comment section below!
I realize the month of March is almost over, but I just came across this reading challenge and wanted to share it with you. Let's see how many of these challenges we can do while we're doing remote learning. I'm going to do it too!
Since we can't get out to the library, consider using the Libby app. It's a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. Or, see what books you have at home that you can reread.
Once you complete a task, leave a comment telling us about it!
Most people will encounter mean behavior at some point in their lives, both online and in the real world. We can all be superheroes and help others. Watch the video below about being super digital citizens.
One situation a super digital citizen might see online is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when someone uses digital devices, sites, or apps to intimidate, harm, or upset someone.
Cyberbullying can take many forms, including:
Here are some ways that cyberbullying can be addressed:
Doing any of these things makes you an upstander. An upstander is a person who supports and stands up for someone else.
Assignment: Create your own digital citizen superhero, who will help people like Guts to become super digital citizens. You may do this on paper from home. Please take a picture of your superhero and email it to me. Then, leave a comment below!
Comment Prompts: Leave a comment answering at least one of the comment prompts below.
Student Work Samples:
An outbreak of a coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. It was confirmed to be a novel (new) virus on January 7, 2020. Since then, there have been thousands of cases worldwide. The number of cases of the virus increases rapidly day to day.
While this is a serious concern, many people have become scared to the point of extreme anxiety and stress. That's due, in part to misinformation. In an effort to understand this virus and do your part to help it from spreading, please complete this Web Quest.
Students may email their finished podcast to me and I will add them to my website!
If you have any questions, leave a comment below.
Check out Mira's Podcast from class 302 — Submitted on March 19, 2020
There's another student blogging challenge which runs from March 15 for 8 weeks! The goal is to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience.
During week 1 your goal is to get to know each other. When we participated in this challenge earlier this year, we created avatars in school, commented on other blogs around the world and learned how to leave quality comments. This time around, you may continue to leave comments on this blog and others or you have the option of creating your own blog.
If you would like to create your own blog, you can do so using Edublogs.
Your first task is to create an About Me page on your blog.
It's really important to remember, as you're sharing information about yourself, do not share PRIVATE information.
Leave a quality comment below:
In honor of Women's History Month, 3rd and 4th grade students are researching an inspirational woman of their choice and creating a scratch project about that person. The goal with this project is to up the level of the final product. To do this, students have been given a checklist and planning page to use throughout the project. In class, we've also been looking at and discussing projects made by other scratchers. Here are some of them:Leave a quality comment below telling about what you like about a project and/or what you would do to make it even better.
It's only day two of no school and I'm already missing you. I'd like all 3rd and 4th graders to create this project at home. I realize that you'll have to start over but the majority of you were still in the research phase and didn't get too much done on your actually Scratch projects yet. If you were a little further along, I apologize but now you know what to add and it should be relatively quick.
Next, you'll have to do research again on the inspirational woman you chose for this project. You should take notes on a google document and be sure to write down the source.
Finally, you can begin your Scratch project. Be sure to check out the projects at the top of this post to get some ideas and use the checklist and planning page.
Once you are finished, you must submit it to me by filling out this form.
If you have any questions or need help, leave a comment below and I'll get back to you.
3rd and 4th graders are working on creating a Scratch project or digital art project using MicroWorlds JR for the Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. The contest is brought to you by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Second through 12th grade students from New York City and watershed schools are invited to submit artwork (including animations, photos, digital media) and poetry that creatively express knowledge, appreciation and understanding of NY’s shared water resources.
Contest themes include:
• Water: A Precious Resource
• New York City Drinking Water
• New York City Wastewater Treatment
• Harbor Water Quality & Healthy Marine Ecosystems
• Water Stewardship & Climate Change
Entries are judged based on:
• Creativity on interpreting one or more of the contest themes
• Accuracy of information
The timeline is as follows:
• Entries will be accepted through March 6, 2020 however they are due to me by March 1, 2020.
• Principals and teachers will be notified of student winners by the middle of April.
• A celebration will take place in May and winners will be named Water Champions and recognized for their outstanding art and poetry.
CLICK HERE to research water topics and for more information.
Some Work Samples from Our Students
Students have finished their first podcast! According to their Podcast Reflection Sheets, many students enjoyed creating these and learned a lot along the way.
Sophia I. learned that when you're recording, the tone and rhythm of your voice is key. She also noted that it's important to keep your paper quiet as the microphone picks up background noise easily.
Greyson learned that it's difficult but important to stay within the project time limit.
Yihu regrets reading his part of the script so dramatically and learned about the importance of everyone in the group having an equal part.
Enjoy listening to these student podcasts and please leave a comment!
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3rd grade students have been working on creating their very first podcast! It has been a learning experience for both the students and me. We ran in to some difficulties -- the main one being finding a quiet place to record. But overall, we're happy with the end result and are looking forward to creating another podcast and improving them based on what we learned.
Leave a Comment Below
Which podcast did you listen to? What did you think? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts. As always, remember to follow our class guidelines for leaving a comment.
After reading Won Ton A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, students were inspired to write their own haiku poems about technology. Check out their poems below and leave a comment! You could also write your own technology haiku in the comment section.
Typing by Mira, Sarah P. & Nedelya
Making a project.
Typing words on the keyboard.
Pushing the keys down.
Internet Safety by Yihu & Bryce
You can get hacked by hackers.
Things can be a scam.
Phishing by Michael
Give me your email.
Someone hides behind your place.
Trying to fool you.
What is Podcasting?
Which podcasts should I listen to?
There are a TON of podcasts to choose from. It really depends on your likes and interests. Here are some suggestions to help get you started.
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I'm excited to announce that 3rd graders will have a Skype visit from author Lee Wardlaw on November 14, 2019. In preparation for our visit, please check out some of her books from your local library. Students will get to ask Lee questions but in order to do so, questions must be written down and submitted to me ahead of time. It would also be great if students could do some research on the author via her website, blog, Facebook, etc.
For week 1 of the Student Blogging Challenge, 3rd and 4th grade classes created avatars. We have been learning about Internet safety -- specifically the difference between what's OK to hare online (personal information) and what's not (private information). It is never safe to give out private information (such as your picture) to people you don't know. Kids should always ask a trusted adult before they give out private information to anyone. This applies to people you don't know in the physical world and people online.
Please enjoy getting to know some of our students in a way that is safe and secure. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!
Today first grade students got to "meet" author Laura Gehl. She visited our technology lab through a scheduled Skype session and read aloud her new book Juniper Kai: Super Spy. Students had the opportunity to ask her questions at the end. Some questions included:
Be sure to check out some of her books from your local library!
It's week 3 of the Student Blogging Challenge! This post is taken from Kathleen Morris. You can find her original post here.
Images can really jazz up a blog and/or website. Students and teachers also need images when they're making a presentation, video, or other digital creations. But where do we get those images?
Can't we just use Google Images?
No! Most images on Google are protected by copyright. This means, they are not free to use and you can get into trouble if you do use them without permission.
You can use the advanced search filter on Google Images to find images that you are allowed to use but this isn't as simple as it seems. You need to know what the usage rights mean and how to attribute correctly. As a general rule of thumb, unless stated otherwise, everything on the web is protected by copyright.
This week, you'll learn about some easier options.
Make Your Own Images
This can be done either by drawing, taking your own photos, using computer software, or using online tools.
We pay a hairdresser when we get a haircut, pay a baker for a loaf of bread, so why not pay a photographer for their work? This is good to know about as an option but isn't something schools or students would usually do.
Everyone's work is protected by copyright unless stated otherwise. Copyright means the person who took the photo or created the work does not allow anyone to use it.
Many people are happy for others to use their work as long as they give them credit. They give their work a Creative Commons license to tell everyone what they can or cannot do with their image (or text, videos, music, etc). Usually these rules mean saying who created the image/work and where it's from. Sometimes the rules state that you can use the image/work only if you don't change it or sell it. These rules are called licenses.
Here's an example of attributing the author -- or giving the author credit:
By Erik Veland [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Week 3 Tasks
Here are some original works of art from 4th grade students.
Leave a comment below to share something you learned or tell us what you're working on this week.
This post is taken from Week 2 of The Student Blogging Challenge. I've made a few minor changes but you can check out the original post here.
To leave a quality blog comment here are some things you can try:
While you don't always have to include all of these elements, these are the sorts of things you should aim for when writing a comment. Remember that some students are young, learning a language, or just starting out and no one expects students (or teachers!) to be perfect. Please just try your best and proofread your comment before you click submit.
Which blogs have you left a comment on? What is something you like about commenting? What has been a challenge?
Leave me a QUALITY comment below!
Would you like to enter a New York State computer safety contest? The goal is to create posters that will encourage students to use the Internet safely and securely. Winners will be awarded in early 2020. Entries may be used in national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns. If you'd like to submit a poster, I will submit it for you.
The deadline to submit posters is December 9, 2019.
Do you have ideas on what kind of poster you would create? Which topic would you focus on? For example: media balance, privacy and security, digital footprint, cyberbullying, etc. You would make your poster on paper or digitally?
Create Your Own Avatar
You will create your own avatar to represent you. You can choose to make it look like you -- or not! Making a digital avatar is a fun way to create and express yourself online. Click on one of the sites below to get started!
Using Your Avatar in Class
We will use your avatar throughout the year for certain projects. When you create your own blog, you can upload your avatar to display in places where you leave comments and next to posts you publish. Avatars can also be used to develop characters for your writing, to create an image to illustrate a story, song or poem or to help demonstrate learning in a presentation.
Leave A Comment
When you're finished creating your avatar, leave a comment explaining your choice. Why did you create it the way you did? Were there other things you wish you could've added? Make sure you write the computer's number that you worked on.
Which information is okay to share online? Staying safe on the Internet is a lot like staying safe in the real world. There are certain kinds of information you should keep to yourself when you use the Internet -- just like you would if you met a stranger.
Private information is PRIVATE and should only be shared with people you trust, like your parents. If there is someone else you trust like an aunt, uncle or teacher, you should always ask a parent or caregiver before you give out private information.
Private information includes:
Some information is okay to share. Information that teaches people more about you but does not reveal your identity is generally okay. Some examples include:
Can you think of more examples of personal information? If so, leave a comment below sharing personal information about you. What are your likes and interests?
This year I registered our school to participate in the student blogging challenge! What is it you ask?! And why?! The Student Blogging Challenge (STUBC) runs from October 6 until the end of November. It is made up of a series of 8 weekly tasks designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. It's a great way for students to develop their understanding of the world while authentically learning about digital citizenship and how to use technology safely and productively.
The challenge has run twice a year since 2008. It's a safe and fun experience for everyone. The challenge is hosted by Australian educators/bloggers, Kathleen Morris and Sue Waters with support from founding teacher, Sue Wyatt, and Edublogs.
A challenge will be posted each week on the Student Blogging Challenge website. Classes will then publish their responses as a blog post and/or comment. A team of approved commenters who work in education will systematically comment on the students' posts to offer an authentic audience.
We welcome families to get involved. Feel free to read posts and comment.
The Weekly Process Explained
Leave a comment to let me know your thoughts about the STUBC. What are your thoughts about the challenge? Who are you most excited about connecting with?
This year all students and their parents will need to read the technology contract and sign it in order for students to begin working on the computers. A hardcopy will be sent home with students during the week of 9/16-9/20. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.
About this Blog
This blog is used by students in grades 2-4 -- though their families may comment as well.
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