Students in Mrs. Sharp’s and Mrs. Downey’s Math and Writing classes used Legos to practice skills! First, they created lego houses based on a STEM activity created by Mrs. Downey. They found the area and perimeter of each of the rooms in their houses, and made sure to include at least one simple machine and working light.
Then, in writing class, they created Lego video trailers using the iMovie app. I created templates for them to use here:
But there are many iMovie Trailer templates out there! Here’s a few more I’m considering using next time:
Here’s what the students created. They only had one class period to write and film their trailers!
This is a great video on how to create a QR code with QRStuff.com.
And here’s a great one for the QR Scavenger Hunt Creator on Classtools.net.
Students in Ms. Barger’s fourth grade class just finished a huge unit on Famous Americans. As part of a STEM activity, students were responsible for writing a speech about a Famous American. They also had to create a poster to use in their speech with a pop-up and movable part.
As students were given speeches, I filmed them (on their assigned iPad). Students took notes when other students gave speeches. Then students watched their own speech and used a self-evaluation sheet to foster self-reflection. They used their notes and each other’s posters to create a Pic Collage containing three facts they learned from listening to other classmates’ speeches.
Students enjoyed the project, and it really gave ownership to giving speeches and listening to others. Both these skills are important Fourth Grade English SOLs.
Students in Mrs. Schlosser’s class used QR codes, iPads, and videos to explore Jamestown! It was an adaptation of the geocaching activity I did with students last year. This time, instead of finding boxes in the school yard with questions in them (it was way too cold), students scanned QR codes placed in the halls of the school. The QR codes asked questions, and students used videos loaded on the iPads from HistoryIsFun.org to answer them. We did learn it was important to spread the QR codes far enough a part so that student groups didn’t feel crowded by other groups. They all had fun and learned about Jamestown too!