Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Big Thank You!

This is the photo we recieved from the students that got our delivery in New Jersey. What a great opportuinty to help others. Thank you for sending in items to fill the truck.

Beautiful Video of the Power of a Yellow Lab!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Math App and Article

Melissa is in Mrs. Whitner's 4th Grade. Mr. Lammers was nice enough to donate his apps for our IPads here in class and present them to both of our classes. Information to download his apps are in the article below. We appreciate the Lammer family supporting us!

By Meagan McGone
BREVARD -- Indialantic resident Jeff Lammers has a daughter who is in the fourth grade.
And, like many other students, she sometimes has trouble paying attention to lectures in class.
"She's a tactile person and learns from doing, more than listening," Mr. Lammers said.
Knowing that children are often drawn to the interactive components of technology, Mr. Lammers searched Apple's App Store for educational apps that could help her.
"None (of the apps) actually taught the skills she missed in class," he said. "It seemed amazing to me that most, if not all, early app developers just throw together quizzes and games to make apps with no thought to their effectiveness as real teaching tools."
Mr. Lammers, a mechanical engineer, author and previously successful app launcher, saw the lack of beneficial educational apps as a great opportunity.
"I felt that if there were grade- and subject-specific apps that could teach, and re-teach, the subjects that my daughter was learning in school, then she and other children could learn the subject at their own pace, in their own way," he said.
Mr. Lammers gathered an experienced "dream team," consisting of a tech-savvy teacher, an app programmer, a graphic designer and himself as the lead designer.
This year, they launched AppTutor, an interactive educational tool to teach, coach and cover the curriculums that are found in schools, under the publishing name of PadStar.
Currently, there are three AppTutor apps that can be found in the App Store: kindergarten- to third-grade addition, second- to fifth-grade multiplication, and place value and rounding for second- to fifth-grade.
"We sincerely believe that any student using the correct grade-level AppTutor app could go through the app in just a few hours and have a mastered understanding of that particular subject," Mr. Lammers said.
He said ultimately, he would like to see tools like AppTutor creating reform in the classroom.
"(America's educational system) is a very complicated system of information and politics, and I certainly don't claim to grasp all the variables," he said. "The one aspect I do understand is that a publisher like PadStar can take all the information in a $100 textbook and make it come to life for a fraction of the cost."
To download the app, visit Apple's App Store on a compatible device and search "AppTutor."

Spelling Bee List

Dear Parents,
After the winter break we will be having our Spelling Bee. The list of words are located on the link below. Study all of the words for grades 4 please. Thanks...I will notify you the date we will have the spelling bee in class.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Free Rice Game Please Help Us!

Dear Parents, Please take a minute to watch the videos below. Our class will be using the website FREE RICE to improve not only our vocabulary but feed the hungry.

Summarizing Strategies

We did a fun lesson on SUMMARIZING in class. We made a video to share!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 Elements of a Story Rap Song!

This week we've been focused on learning the 5 elements of every story. I wanted to post the rap song from our lesson today. Practice it so you can perform it for extra credit with your classmates. I'm offering 5 tickets to students who are willing to perform it for us. This can be in a group or by yourself.

Don't forget that I also expect to see all 5 of the elements mentioned in your your own narrative stories. Have fun!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Science Fair Lunch Celebration

We had a great time celebrating our Science Fair participants at a celebration lunch. Pizza was delivered and students enjoyed cookies, chips and juice. Both of our classes had a total of 26 students enter the fair. We appreciate your support and we know the students will be prepared next year when they're required to do a project. Nice job to all of our amazing students.

Today's Math Topic 7 SSHHHHHHH!

Yes, we're writing on our desks. It all cleaned up just fine, and we had fun while we were at it. Here is a short video the kids wanted to share. Math Topic 6 tests will be sent home next week in the Monday folders and uploaded in Edline later this week.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Eagles Basketball Game!

Thank you for your support last night as we took on Gemini Elementary in the basketball. It was great to see the students there cheering us on.