Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gearing Up For Lego Engineering!

In the months to come students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 will be starting Lego Engineering units in the Technology Lab. They follow the Lego Engineering Design Cycle to solve Lego Engineering Challenges. Challenges include building a sturdy wall, designing and building a chair for Mr. Bear, programming a Lego car to move forward and backward 10 feet, hypothesizing, programming and measuring the distance of a Lego car at multiple speeds and building and programming a Lego Alligator to move with sound.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Use Your Netsmartz-Brought To You By Grade 3

Students in Grade 3 want you to know how to use your NetSmartz! Each student in third grade created a poster in Microsoft Word that illustrated a specific Internet Safety Skill. Using Microsoft Word they learned how to import pictures, manipulate them, create shapes, change text and colors to illustrate one of the five basic Internet Safety Rules.

1. Don’t give out personal information
2. Be nice online
3. Be extra careful with strangers-Make sure your parents know who you talk to online
4. Protect your passwords
5. Tell an adult


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Research Across America!

Fourth graders have been "traveling" the country collecting information on particular United States as part of a collaborative research project involving library research skills, technology and the Social Studies curriculum. Each student has been assigned one of the 50 states to research.  They are using online encyclopedias, travel and state websites and old fashioned books to find everything from State Bird to Famous Residents to  Landmarks, Monuments and other Places of Interest.    The research portion of the project is being done under the guidance of Ms. Silag in the Library and this week students began working with Mrs. Seymour in the Tech Lab to learn how to put together a Power Point slide presentation on the PCs.  Students will design a presentation about their state using the facts they've collected and ultimately share their learnings with their classmates during an oral presentation in future Library and Technology classes.
Frank W. finds lots of cool facts about
the state of New Jersey!
Tatum comments: "Who knew Alaska was so big?"

Lily and Hannah review their research
notes as they get their Power Point
presentation started.
Grayson starts her Power Point Presentation
on hot, happening Florida!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

YouTube Safe Share

Have you ever wanted to watch or share a YouTube video but are afraid of the content on the rest of the page? Well, there is a simple way! Safe Share- http://www.safeshare.tv . Paste your YouTube link and then generate a video! The video below is brought to you via Safe Share!


Thursday, February 7, 2013


The 3rd Grade Book Club met this week to discuss LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech.
The story written completely in verse introduced us to the work of poet Walter Dean Myers
 and got us reading the poems aloud during our meeting and even taking
notes on the poets mentioned in the story!
LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech? 
We LOVE THAT BOOK - and highly recommend it!