Jamestown QR Codes at Clearbrook

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!

STEM in 4th Grade Virginia Studies at Clearbrook

Students at Clearbrook in Mrs. Schlosser’s class participated in a STEM project to learn more about the Regions of Virginia.  Students were divided into groups and given boxes and various art supplies (paper, Q-tips, playdough, puff balls, yard, beads, and a few other supplies).  Using the materials they had and research materials (textbooks and various websites), their task was to create a Mystery box full of clues about the region of Virginia their group was assigned.

They needed to have at least 14 clues, including clues about products, industries, land forms, water features, animals, renewable and non-renewable resources. At least four of the items had to be 3-dimensional, and one clue could be a written word.

At the very end, students created a QR code to place on their box with the answer to the “Mystery Region.”  Other students can now use the clues in the box to guess what region the box represents, and then check their answer by scanning the QR code.  They also wrote each day in their journals to describe what they had learned during their work that day.

Not only did students learn about the Regions of Virginia with this project, they used the 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Problem Solving.

I can’t take credit for writing this activity.  It was written by a group of us during a STEM committee meeting.  Here are the handouts if you want a look!

It’s a Mystery Design Brief

It’s a Mystery Student Checklist

It’s a Mystery Journal Prompt

Famous People Glogs

Mrs. McGee’s class has been working hard on Glog using Glogster EDU to demonstrate their understanding of the famous people they have studied.  After a quick tutorial on how to use the programs, Mrs. McGee and her students were off and running.  Here are a few examples of their hard work.  Click on the top right corner icon to see them full size.
http://edu.glogengine.com/view/465JqtEmfYQjM34LaCMv:6ksobb0s6ukrk6mvn7toia0http://edu.glogengine.com/view/hmZbGuuCruVtV4eOTWe0:6ksahe1s980frfndq68fka0http://edu.glogengine.com/view/n388nyskdPYFyxWvYd1Y:6kslld9brbc8vjokp53t0a0http://edu.glogengine.com/view/n388nyskdPYFyxWvYd1Y:6ksobb36egu7sn53mfdpba0

You can see all the class’ glogs on this wiki: McGee’s Class

Stacking Oreos! (and graphing them too)

OreosA few weeks ago, students at Oak Grove and Clearbrook went Oreo crazy!  They brought in packages of the yummy cookies and tried to stack the tallest towers.  But it wasn’t just for fun…it was part of a global project with students all over the world participating!  You can learn more about the Oreo Project on Jen Wagner’s website.  This was the 12th year of the project, and this time 15,501 students participated from 719 different classes. 

 

 

 

IMG_0803After stacking oreos, different grade levels participated in different activities with the oreos, from science to math to writing.  Many classes created Excel Spreadsheets showing the average cookie stack, or the mode, median, mean, and range of the stacks.  They even used excel formulas for their calculations!  

 

 

 

 A few examples of their spreadsheets are shown below!

Mrs. Beir’s Class (Clearbrook — 3rd Grade)

http://www.box.net/embed/jbvts7i9vv0drnk.swf

Mrs. Hushour’s Class (Clearbrook — 3rd Grade)

http://www.box.net/embed/8uxgefi4fhqylcz.swf

Mrs. Bralley’s Class (Oak Grove — 3rd Grade)

http://www.box.net/embed/ffvtfngm36n4soa.swf
 

Mrs. Sharp’s Block 1 Class (Oak Grove — 5th Grade)

 http://www.box.net/embed/m0584jah192g8es.swf

 

Mrs. Sharp’s Block 2 Class (Oak Grove — 5th Grade)
http://www.box.net/embed/20veykortu0qnde.swf

 

Mrs. Mortez’s Block 1 Class (Oak Grove –5th Grade)
http://www.box.net/embed/5dzx3hzj54xmkji.swf

Mrs. Mortez’s Block 2 Class (Oak Grove — 5th Grade)
http://www.box.net/embed/ufijsvnfudk2xjp.swf

Mrs. Grave’s Class (Clearbrook — 5th Grade)
http://www.box.net/embed/x5aloxuaova6kua.swf

Mrs. Hudson’s Class (Clearbrook — 5th Grade)
http://www.box.net/embed/v8rmj830gq6q0jo.swf

Exciting News: ActivExpressions!!

ExpressionsA set of ActivExpressions will be arriving at Oak Grove, Clearbrook, and Glenvar Elementary.  I’m so excited for you and your students!!  The ActivExpressions work much like the ActiVotes, BUT they also include features that allow you to ask more than just multiple choice questions.  Now, using the Expressions, students can “text” in answers…and do things like put a series of items in order, or rate something on a Likert scale.  The kids are going to love them!

I have a flipchart which I’ve altered (Debbie Dawson created the orginal form) that we can use to introduce both you and your students to the ActivExpressions.  After you get an idea of how they work, I also have directions for creating your own activities!!  If you are interested in having me come into your room with the Expressions, just send me an email and let me know.