Monthly Archives: December 2013
Our 5th grade reading group read an old tale by Hans Christian Andersen titled “The Pine Tree.” Students spent a over a week engaged in some in depth reading of the selection focusing on the evolving theme of story, character analysis, vocabulary, and story structure. The culminating activity was to create a video using iMovie on the iPads which represented the story that included free-use photos, story captions, and free-use music. Please take a few moments to view their work.
EY 5th graders have been reading Hans Christian Andersen’s Pine Tree story. Along the way, they have been engaged in close reading activities which require them to preview and predict before reading, actively search for relevant information during reading, and reflect on learning after reading.
The culminating activity is having students construct an iMovie video which represents the story of the Pine Tree through photos, captions, and sound. Students are learning how to search for images that are free for use for education using advanced Google tools and the Wikimedia Commons website. It has been amazing at how quickly our 5th graders have learned how to use the iMovie app and are now showing their teacher all sorts of new tricks!
EY Parent, Brody Anderson, was a guest speaker and teacher in our 4th grade math class today. He shared how he uses math skills such as area and perimeter in his swimming pool construction business, Anderson Poolworks. Students had the opportunity to calculate the area and perimeter of different swimming pool designs including one of their own. Our kids were fascinated and had many questions involving how math is used in pool construction. Thanks, Mr. Anderson, for taking time to meet with us today.