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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Building Ginger Bread Houses with Dad

The challenge...

 Scholars had a great time working with their dads to design and build gingerbread Houses.

















Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Felt Board in Math Class

Today scholars worked with partners using the Felt Board app to model and create examples of addition. The app also has numbers so they were able to record equations to match their examples.

I love this app for Math! It's like having hundreds of story mats and a whole toolbox of manipulatives. The scholars love it too - they were totally engaged!





Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Power of Twitter and Skype in Kindergarten

Our campus-wide community service project was a huge success. Cannon Cubs raised over $1000.00 for Habitat for Humanity by selling home themed ornaments. A variety of home themed ornaments from across grade levels were available for a $2.00 donation.
After learning about Habitat for Humanity and their mission, kindergarten chose a gingerbread house theme for our ornaments. The ornaments were created as part of a design challenge.
In our class, we decided to share our design challenge with our Twitter Friends from Mrs. Hill's kindergarten class at HES.  Both classes planned and designed ornaments according to the challenge criteria. On Thursday morning, we Skyped in order to share our final products. Scholars loved communicating live with their Twitter Friends and were so engaged in observing everyone's ornaments.
At the end of our Skype session, Mrs. Hill's class had a special surprise for us. After learning that we were making our ornaments available for donations as part of a service project to benefit Habitat for Humanity, they wanted to help too. They collected money and made a very generous donation to Habitat for Humanity to support our service project here at Cannon.
This experience illustrates the power of communicating outside our classroom walls through platforms like Twitter and Skype. Scholars learned about community needs, community outreach programs, and the generosity of others.





Saturday, December 7, 2013

Snow Day Video Using 30 Hands App

Yesterday we did not have school because it was a snow day. I emailed my scholars and asked them to download the app 30 Hands and investigate how to use it by making a video about their day. 
Check out Bradlee's video about his snow day!
Way to go Bradlee!

And Brynn's video about her snow day!
Awesome, Brynn!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kinders Use Educreations to Practice Retelling

Retelling is an important and foundational reading skill. To successfully retell a story, a reader must remember the story and its details, determine what is important, be able to paraphrase, and tell the story in sequence. This skill requires practice over time. To scaffold the retelling of stories, I like to use a 3 box flowmap. The first box represents the beginning of the story; who is in the story and what the character wants or is doing. The second box represents the middle of the story; the problem or the sequence of events that build the story. The third box represents the end of the story; how the story ends and how the character feels.
After listening to the story, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, scholars drew pictures of each part of the story then used the app Educreations to retell the story.