Updates about ALPHA from Mrs. Casey
News for 3rd-5th Grade ALPHA Students
Also discuss in most classes (sorry, but Scarborough 3rd graders did not see this feature due to Town Hall meeting), was Google Docs and Classroom. All students in NISD have been given a Google account. Their user name is their lunch account number proceeded by a letter "s" and their password is their 4x4--first 4 of their last name and last 4 of their Social Security number. Example: user name--s123456 password: case1234. The cool feature of the Google Docs is that students are able to access their research notes from any device and it automatically updates. There is also a research tool that provides a smart search for their topic.
Next week, we will begin creating smart questions to guide their research. It is the expectation that 3rd graders will use 3 resources, 4th grade 4 resources, and 5th grade will use 5 resources to locate their answers. One resource must come from printed material and one must come from an Internet database. Any combination will work. Students will be guided on how to locate information. Also, if students would like to take the initiative and collect research at home, they may do so and add information to their Google Doc.
Please let me know if you have any questions about our projects.