1 - This week I introduced the idea of 1/2 of the time working on language arts games, and 1/2 the time working on math games. I've noticed in the past that if a student is good at one or the other subject they ignore the other. This makes them explore both sides. I makes sure the games reflect the curriculum that is going on in the classroom. So this week it was WHO AM I, the letter a & it's sounds and on the science side healthy food choices as well as ordering numbers to 100 in Math. I always have an area where they can listen and follow along with stories being read.
2 - This week I put up games having to do with story sequencing (Arthur, Enormous Turnip, Brushing Teeth & Garfield Sequencing), working with number lines (line jumper and target subtraction), and Base10 and 100s chart (100 number grid, base 10 counting up to 999, base 10 number line, math match, hundreds chart game, and bear bars). We also had to login again and do 5 mins of keyboarding games.
3 - This week I traveled to the 3rd grade classrooms and did a lesson on how to use the laptops. The kids did great! Each student had a laptop, knows now how to login, find the homepage and the Gullett shortcut. They also got to try out the new typing game we've decided to use in 2nd and 3rd grade - typing club. They liked it!!! They might be getting homework in this so stay tuned.
4 - This week 4th grade did their usual keyboarding time (15 mins of typing club). We explained that we want them to do 5 mins a day for 5 days a week. We've put a form on the web that they can fill out telling us what they did. This is very important! The middle school would love it if they came in typing 24 words a minute! That can't be done with just 15 mins of lab time. Also in 4th grade we did a review of word processing. We are working in google docs. The students learned a lot of this last year but this year we will be creating a lot of documents so they really need to know how this works. I'm teaching them how to get onto the AISD cloud with hopes of having them login from home in a couple months (we want to make sure they are mature enough first). They are doing great!
5 - Fifth grade first did their 15 mins. of typing. They will be learning a new typing program next week so this week they did their old programs. We've told them that we (and Lamar) would like them typing 24 words a minute by the end of the year. After keyboarding the students learned how to make a google form. This is how they will collect data on how fast they are typing each week. They will take a typing test and record it in this form. The chose a theme for their form, made a field for date and word per minute. Then they learned how to make a shortcut for their desktop to the form. We will see how this goes! Fifth grade was such good listeners and could follow my verbal instructions so well. Is that because this is the first group who has had Ms. JArriel for all 6 years?!