I think the chill in the air created a time warp, because I simply cannot believe that October has come and gone. With end of quarter assessments and a variety of school activities, time was cut somewhat short for some grade levels and classes. Many teachers had their students take the STAR and/or SRI so they could present your child’s current reading level at your conference. We had the FUNDRUN, CogAT and ITBS testing and early release for conferences, as well.
To begin with, I would like to thank the Tritt Tiger Foundation for sponsoring me so that I could attend a technology seminar last week. At the Outstanding Technology Projects to Enhance Content Learning, I received a plethora of quality information that I am excited to integrate into class lessons. There are so many creative, relevant and appropriate technological activities for our students to be engaged in.
Pre-K: Mrs. Lide’s Pre-K came into the lab and worked individually at computer stations with MegaMath. Lessons included patterning and numbers from 1-10.
Kindergarten: Kindergarten students explored KidPix, learning to identify icons and the tools they represent. Students used the text tool to “stamp” the letters of their name on their paper. Kindergartners also utilized KidPix to stamp letters for words with missing consonants.
1st grade: First Grade continued their lessons with Kidpix, correlating it with a science lesson on weather. MegaMath continued to reinforce math skills.
2nd grade: Second grade classes were introduced to Microsoft Word, Kidspiration (for webbing and generating writing ideas for personal narratives as well as social studies integration) and MegaMath. Mrs. Benson’s class used In the Book, an online tool designed to help with reading strategies.
3rd grade: Third grade really benefitted from MegaMath because of the extra lessons on money and making change. Some third graders also used Type to Learn to improve keyboarding skills.
4th grade: Fourth grade created Powerpoints, used appropriate search engines to conduct research and MegaMath to improve math skills.
5th grade: Fifth grade teachers further integrated their social studies, science and language arts units by making use of Microsoft Publisher, Word Perfect and PowerPoint. Skills were enriched with the online system Skillstutor, and the keyboarding software Type to Learn.
Enjoy the cooler temps, beautiful seasonal colors and Fall Break in November!