Reading

  1. The Great Kapok Tree Students read the story by Lynne Cherry. For language study, students looked for past tense verbs. Next, they used an online encyclopedia to research a rain forest animal. Finally, students wrote a comment as if they were that rain forest animals. Great mix of fact and fantasy. Most students used html code to bold the factual information in their creative comment.

  2. Biographical Bonanza During our unit on biographies, student used an online encyclopedia to research a famous person. Students then left a comment as if there were that person. "Famous people" were having conversations with one another in the comment section! Fun!

  3. Please Share a Tradition This post introduces a reading unit in the anthology called Celebrating Traditions. The post summarizes the first story in the unit, The Keeping Quilt, and gives the definition of the word tradition. For homework, students were asked to write a comment about a tradition celebrated by their family. The comment section is filled with outstanding student writing and even includes several comments written by parents.

  4. Are You an Expert? This post follows another story in our Celebrating Traditions unit. After reading Anthony Reynoso, Born to Rope, I published a summary of the story about this expert Mexican Rodeo roping family. For homework, students were asked to write a comment about a skill they have mastered. The comment section is fantastic, and even some parents wrote about being an expert in something.

  5. Dazzling Dioramas Students presented their book report dioramas on video. Students commented about the presentations.

  6. Meet Louis Braille Student biography report with video presentation. Students commented about the presentation.

  7. Meet Senator Feinstein Student biography report with video presentation. Students commented about the presentation.


Writing

  1. How to Write a Quality Paragraph This lesson documents the district's Step-Up-to Writing program. The color coded images help students and parents learn about this writing program.

  2. Halloween, Who Are You? This project combined creating an appropriate online image and writing. Student submitted a picture of themselves in their Halloween costume. The idea was to create an image the "told a story" without revealing too much personal information. Students then used the images to write a creative story or poem.

  3. How to Write a Compound Sentence Turn a classroom lesson into a blog post!

  4. Halloween Stories Each student wrote a Halloween story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Students commented to each other about high-level vocabulary words they noticed were used in a story and the story elements they enjoyed.

  5. Collectors' Collections This post follows another story in our Celebrating Traditions unit called The Keeping Quilt. I wrote a summary of the story about Aunt Phoebe, a collector of life. She has a wonderful collection of souvenirs from her travels. For this post, each student took a photograph of their collection and sent it to me via email. (Many placed their collection in an array, a math word we recently learned!) In class, students wrote about their collection on their wireless AlphaSmart computers. Students commented to each other about which collection they liked reading about.

Digital Literacy

  1. Winter Break Fun This post won a Digital Voice Award. Students created photos that told a story, yet did not reveal too much personal information. Students wrote a descriptive paragraph using high level verbs.

  2. Halloween, Who Are You? Students created photos that told a story, yet did not reveal too much personal information. Students wrote a descriptive paragraph using high level verbs.

  3. Explore Galore! Let's Get Commenting! I joined an international blogging challenge to help students learn about other educational blogs. We focused on writing quality comments. Learning to navigate and participate in an online community is important.


Math

  1. A New Shiny Penny Students asked to research and write about the new Lincoln coins.

  2. New Presidential Dollar Coin Students asked to research and write about the new dollar coins.

  3. Hip Hip Array! Students located arrays on campus. Digital photos and multiplication equations.

  4. Multiplication Game Student explained the rules for a multiplication game and took digital photos to enhance the text.

  5. Quadrilateral Queries Students made video tutorials about parallelograms, rectangles, rhombi, and square.

  6. Space Figures Student created 3-d figures using clay and toothpicks.

  7. Fractional Fun We used our Flag Counter Gadget for a lesson on fractions.

  8. Circular Circles Documented a circle lesson and then used PhotoPeach to add a quiz to the post. Students can revisit the learning and review the concepts via the quiz.

  9. Google Earth Geometry Students look for 2 and 3-dimensional figures while touring Washington, D.C. on Google Earth.

  10. Angle Quiz: Acute, Obtuse, or Right?


    11. Reasonable Estimates

    Check out the comments! Second and third graders have been challenging each other with some very creative questions using the concept of reasonable estimate.

Social Studies

  1. Native American Presentations Student created posters and wrote reports about Native American tribes. Student wrote comments comparing and contrasting the tribes.

  2. National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of Asia Video

  3. Cheerful Chumash Assembly

  4. Our New Global Friends

  5. Mystery Skype CallStudents ask yes or no questions to determine a mystery location. Excellent geography lesson!

Science

  1. Animals, Announce Your Adaptation! The class was studying about animal adaptations. Each student used our online encyclopedia to research an animal. Next, they submitted a comment as if they were that animal. Great mix of creative writing and factual research. Many students used html code to make the factual information stand out from the fantasy.

  2. Circling the Sun Student asked to research and write about the sun.

  3. Lovely Light Students reported about translucent, transparent, and opaque. Digital photos enhanced the text.

  4. See a Turkey Vulture and a Salamander

  5. Mobile Marine Lab

  6. VoiceThread Ocelots Excellent use of VoiceThread by students from Mr. Salsich's Class

7. Science Stop: Matter Matters High school students from Mr. JR's (@gochemonline) class teach my elementary students about math. GoogleHangout used.

Music

  1. The Hello Song Students recorded this song for our new blogging buddies in Australia.

  2. Happy Valentine's Day Students recorded a Valentine's Day song.

  3. Chay Chay Koo Lay Students share a new song. Lyrics published so anyone could sing along!

  4. New School Spirit Song Students recorded the new school song.


Internet Projects

  1. World Math Day

  2. Internet Weather Project


Student Generated Projects

  1. Water Cycle Sculpture A student created this water cycle sculpture after a science lesson. The student took the photo and wrote the text.

  2. Visit - Washington, D. C. Educational travel post about our nation's capital.

  3. Visit - Lake Tahoe Educational travel post about Lake Tahoe.

  4. Visit - Palm Springs, California Educational travel post and video created by a student and his father.

  5. Community Service Project This is a post by by one of my students about a group of boys who do community service outside of school.