Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Projects

Happy Halloween!  For the month of October I always love to read books about Fall, Halloween and pumpkins, especially my favorite square pumpkin, Spookley.

The 1st graders listened to The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and colored sequence pictures to match the story.  They pasted them into a book and colored their own designs on the books as well.  Thanks for the great Halloween decorations, 1st graders!

The 2nd graders created one slide of a PowerPoint presentation, with text and pictures creating an acrostic poem using the words Fall, Moon, or Leaf.  I put all the slides together to make a PowerPoint presentation for them.

The 3rd graders finished their PowerPoint presentations about Grace Lin and the summer reading book.  Great job learning PowerPoint.  The PowerPoints can be viewed from my wiki, and clicking on the 3rd grade PowerPoint project links.

The 4th graders are starting a program called Scratch. Scratch is a programming language that allows the user to create animation. We will be creating a small animation about Halloween next week.

The 5th graders are learning another presentation software called Animoto.  It is a quick and easy way to create a presentation using pictures, text, video and music.  They will be creating a short Animoto project about Halloween, Fall or an interest.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The first graders are continuing to learn more about MS-Word.  In their own words, it is a great place to put "WORDS!"  They learned about clipart (a fun new experience), and added their names with changes to font (we call it style), color and size.  Great job 1st graders!

The 2nd graders created one slide of a PowerPoint.  It was an acrostic poem about the word MOON.  They created the poem and added clipart, and I created a PowerPoint of all the slides. 
Give this link a click to visit my website and view Mrs. Rafferty's class' PowerPoints.

Be sure to check out the newly designed Center School Website that I just finished, along with all the teacher websites, including mine!  
Center School Website 

The 4th and 5th graders have been experimenting with creating QR (quick response) codes.  We went to Wikipedia and learned what they were and then we had fun creating them on the Dell computers and reading them with the Scan app on the iPad.  Here is a fun one to scan, give it a try!
 Leave me a comment about where this qrcode takes you!  Is it a teacher site, a student site, or video or words????  Let me know.....

Here are some videos from library and technology: