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Tips for 1:1 iPad Integration - March 24, 2015

Spring into STEM

It's time for our next monthly STEM day. Spring into STEM is scheduled for this Friday, March 27 (the last Friday of the month). I know last month's STEM day was skipped by many because of all of the days we missed for snow, so let's all try to get back on track this month.

I am once again attaching a link to my Dropbox folder below that has several lesson ideas - bird feeders, butterflies, greenhouses, color exploration. I am also attaching a link to my STEM page on Pinterest for other ideas - Peeps science.

Remember that I am always willing to help plan or carry out STEM lessons - just let me know what I can do!

For our STEM Day in April, I am planning to focus around Earth Day. Start thinking now about STEM projects using all recycled materials. Keep an eye on the Pinterest page - I am collecting ideas there.

An App and a Snack

An App & A Snack will return after Spring Break - Enjoy your time off!!

First in Math Team of the Week

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We are back to our usual class winner this week - Congratulations once again to Mrs. Falk's class with 2,022 stars earned.

The top earners for each grade level were:

  • Ethan Morgan in 1st grade (184 stars)
  • Aaliyah Hinson-Catoe in 2nd grade (121 stars)
  • Maria Fajardo in 3rd grade (357 stars)
  • Keylan Pitts in 4th grade (138 stars)
  • Anthony Stallworth in 5th grade (221 stars)

Continue to remind your students that they can work on this at home if they have internet. That means they could work during Spring Break is they wanted to. Be sure and tell them all I will announce class and student of the week after Spring Break just like usual!

Teachers, please return the medals to my box on Friday afternoons. The students get a certificate to keep, but the medal will pass to the next weekly winner.

Digital Citizenship

As we get closer and closer to the end of the year, let's not forget our commitment to teaching our students to be good digital citizens. I know it gets busy and we all have lots of content left to teach, but this content is very important!

Remember that as soon as you have taught your 5th lesson, you are ready to apply to be certified. Also remember that even after you have taught your 5th lesson, we still want you to keep teaching at least one lesson a month! Congrats go out to Mrs. Karban, Mrs. Andrews, and Mrs, Falk who all got their certifications this week.

This month we are focusing on a topic we can all learn from - Is everything we read on the internet really true?. Here are a couple of suggested lessons: K-2 - Sites I Like, 3-5 - How to Cite a Site, 6-8 (you could use it for 3-5) - Identifying High Quality Sites. I am also attaching a link below to another site that addresses website validity. I will add one more suggested lesson after Spring Break which should bring your yearly total to 8 lessons!

Useful Links and Articles

Seven Shares

I have heard that 3rd and 5th grade teachers are talking about topics to present. What about the rest of you?? Everyone in this building has something worthwhile to share!! You can present as an individual or as a grade level. Think about what your grade level does best. Then get busy and get that proposal in!

Proposals are not due until April 25 so you have plenty of time to decide on a topic!!

Chapman Elementary

As always, I am here to help you integrate technology into your lessons. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.