First Grade Detectives give up Badge to become INVENTORS
Second Grade Explorers Focus on One Endangered Animal
What's this...no Wikipedia? No typing questions in the search bar? No using copyrighted images? It's not too early to learn best practices in research!
If your child would like to share his/her presentation with you, it can be viewed at prezi.com using my school email address as the user name, plus gtrocks as the password. Some of my students have asked to continue research at home, which is fine. However, hopefully I don't need to create another sign saying No Parent Help. They're doing a great job on their own! Once Prezi presentations are finished, we'll use the dongle to connect the iPad to the projector, and watch 'em all in class. I'm so proud of their engagement in the research and preparation of presentation process (don't say that three times quickly)!
Third Grade Adventurers Continue Preparation to Visit Land of Ancestors
* EXCEL LIBRARY
Future travelers used technology to select and research tourist attractions in their destination city. Once the itinerary is complete, numerous financial vocabulary words were sorted and matched with definitions, before heading to the bank.
* BANK OF EXCEL
Money is always needed, so paychecks were cashed by the teller, with proper ID of course (student name tags). Each customer received a personalized wallet (envelope) to hold cash and a balance sheet to keep track of expenditures.
* EXCEL HOME
Before booking the trip, each traveler needed to pay for expenses, including pet-sitters, utilities, and more. Every expense is paid to the bank officer who made a house call, and balance sheets are updated.
* DOCTOR'S OFFICE
It's important to get a health check before journeying to a foreign country. Even more important is understanding what immunizations might be needed. Research at the cdc cite gives students information on recommended vaccines, and travelers must decide if they wish to pay their hard-earned money for any pre-travel shots. A medical questionnaire is completed, along with an eye exam. (I'm not sharing this yet, as not all students have visited their doctor's office.
* POST OFFICE
Passport photos have been taken, in preparation for completion of an official Passport.
* TRAVEL AGENCY
Options for lodging and transportation will be shared. When students book flight and hotel, travel insurance will be an option.
Fourth Grade Engineers Test Construction Materials
Check out this historical video clip of Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFzu6CNtqec. Future bridge engineers researched not only the various types of bridges, they selected one bridge to pursue. What amazing quick presentations were created by each student, in a variety of formats, to share research with the class!This week, groups of 4th grade engineers tested the ability of four different types of materials to withstand three forces - tension, compression, torsion. Since bridges are generally not made from straws, plastic blocks, popsicle sticks or aluminum foil, more testing is being done online at the PBS Building Big website. Here students are able to test a variety of materials, how the forces affect each one, and more. Next stop - bridge challenge (at the same site) where they must select the best type of bridge for various locations. Learning is FUN!
Wait - I'm not telling. You might accidentally tell your child, and I don't want to give them any information yet about the exciting, brain-challenging project.
WSES - Can you read this?
If you can't, ask your child!
KHES - Can you read this?
If you struggle, ask your child!
Do you have any extras?
Not the chair, but the TIE-ON CUSHIONS. I have found that sitting on cushions helps some of my active students stay focused. If you have extras stuck in a closet that you no longer need, my students would love to use them. (It would be best if they are pet dander free - I can clean them if you let me know pets have enjoyed lounging on them.)
Do you have any extras?
Coming soon...HOUR OF CODE
I am thankful for the opportunity to challenge your amazing child in Excel classes. My heart is full!
Gayle Barron | GT Specialist
Keller ISD Advanced Academics
Keller-Harvel Elementary School
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Woodland Springs Elementary School
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