December Learning Commons News

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President Obama asks America to learn computer science

Hour of Code

For the whole month of December, GPS Scouts will be learning to code. We have signed up with the national hour of code through We will be using an app on the iPad with Kindergarten and First grade called Kodable. Second grade will participate in a tutorial through the hour of code site. They will have a choice of Angry Birds and Frozen characters to work with as they code.

The second phase of our coding activities will be for the children to work with the Bee Bots that our PTO purchased for us. The Bee Bots are programmable robots in the shape of bees. The children will work in teams on a grid with pictures. They will be asked to program the Bee Bot to go to the pictures in a particular order. They will need to program the Bee Bot to accomplish this activity.

Why teach programming to young children? Below is a link to some information on why it is important for us to teach computer programming to our children. Look for pictures and videos as we explore this exciting world!

November Recap

Research in the Learning Commons!

We had many exciting events in the Learning Commons during November. Many first and second grade classes began working on research. We are using the Super 3 Research model this year at GPS. The three steps are Plan, Do, Review! The children have used books and internet sources for their research needs.

First and second grade classes used the project lab to type their writing to publish class books.

Peter Reynolds Author Study - Global Read Aloud

Second graders competed the Peter Reynolds's author study through the Global Read Aloud by reading his book, Going Places. Students used their creativity to build an object that would move.

Turkey QR codes

Second grade worked with the iPads using QR codes to learn about turkeys. Do you know what the red flap of skin under the turkey's beak is called?