I introduced my students to the app Flipgrid this week and they loved it! We wrote a book commercial on the last book we read. We used this commercial to practice writing a summary on a fiction or nonfiction book. These summaries were a great way to check comprehension of the stories and hold students accountable for what they have read. My plan is to turn these book reviews into QR codes so that there can be book reviews around the library. These book reviews could be scanned by any student interested in reading that book! Flipgrid was a great platform for this project - It is easy to use and students liked putting a sticker on their 'cover photo.' Here are some pictures from the experience!
My Kindergarteners and First Graders participated in a Storytime STEM activity this week. We read the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka. Then, we created houses out of toothpicks and gumdrops. Their house had to be sturdy enough to withstand our "big-bad wolf," which was actually a hair blow dryer with a wolf mask on it. If their structure fell down, they had to find a way to make it stronger and more sturdy. Here are some pictures from our fun experiment! The kiddos loved this project and when their structure did not fall down they worked together to make a taller building.
The students at Prairie View and Eagleville have been exploring 3D printing. They started off getting more familiar with the program Tinkercad through mini challenges. We completed these challenges so that students could get a basic understanding of how Tinkercad works before we start on an actual project. Students learned how to drag an object onto their workspace, make an object bigger, make the object taller, put a hole in an object, add text to an object, and group objects together.
Eagleville students are working on creating a gear key chain with their names on it. I am excited to see what other projects we can connect to the curriculum moving forward.