MRC News

Week of December 14th - December 18th

Weekly Prep - PERIOD 4 (50 min after recess)

The MRC will be open for all regularly scheduled classes but closed for individual students (without teacher supervision) to come down and exchange books.

THE MRC IS OPEN FOR STUDENTS AT FIRST RECESS WITH AN MRC PASS

Resources

Microsoft Office - FREE FOR YRDSB STAFF AND STUDENTS

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Follow the links below to download Microsoft office:


https://products.office.com/en-ca/student - for students

https://products.office.com/en-ca/student?tab=teachers - for teachers

Scholastic Book Wizard - Teacher and Student Resource

http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

Scholastics offers an online tool called The Book Wizard. This tool allows you to find and level books.
Plus, on this page you will find booktalks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.

The Book Wizard allows you to search for books by….
ALL BOOKS – using author, title, keywords (and by selecting Grade Level Equivalent, Guided Reading Level, and DRA level).
SIMILAR BOOKS (VERY COOL!!) If your students like a particular book you can look up similar books e.g. If your students like the book HOLES by Louis Sachar it will give you a list of similar books.
READING LEVEL - Grade Level Equivalent (1.0 to 12.9), Guided Reading (A-Z), and DRA (A,1-80).

HOUR OF CODE THIS WEEK IN THE MRC

What is Hour of Code?

A one-hour activity. Students of all ages can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, for kindergarten and up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.

Code.org’s own tutorials feature Disney’s Frozen, Scrat from Ice Age, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies.

New tutorials are coming to kick off the 2015 Hour of Code!


Visit the site : https://hourofcode.com/ca

UNPLUGGED HOUR OF CODE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

Teacher Hour of Code- Lesson Plans Ready to go

https://code.org/educate/teacher-led


Some examples below.....


My Robotic Friend
Ages 5-18, Sequence, Algorithms, Programming, unplugged. Students use paper and pencils to create programs to teach their "Robotic Friends" how to stack plastic cups into a specific design.

Conditionals with Cards
Ages 8-12, Sequence, Algorithms, Condtionals, unplugged. Use playing cards (or dice, or sheets of paper...anything with the ability to randomize) to create a program on paper for the class to follow. This program will utilize the randomization, along with "if" and "else" statements, to add uncertainty to your game's outcome.

Binary Baubles
Ages 8-18, Sequence, Algorithms, Programming, unplugged. Make fun take-home items that "store" students' initials using only two colors.

Bomberbot Hour of Code Activities
Ages 8-12, Sequence, Algorithms, Programming, unplugged or web-based. Students will learn a series of programming concepts and apply them to programming a robot.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Ages 10-15, Science (Biology), unplugged. This activity builds off of the classic game of Rock/Paper/Scissors, known to most students, and relates it to a phenomenon seen in biology.

PBS KIDS ScratchJr - Interactive Characters
Ages 5-9, Art, Storytelling, Events, unplugged. Students create their own interactive PBS KIDS characters.

PBS Kids ScratchJr - Animated Scenes
Ages 5-9, Art, Storytelling, Sequence, unplugged. Students create their own animated scenes featuring popular PBS KIDS characters.