We will then start working on the 3rd Grade literary magazine. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create your pages. Make sure the pages are in portrait mode (vertical)!
How do you make a Sprite roll across the stage?
bonus: Can you make the Sprite roll - following the cursor?
bonus bonus: Can you make the Sprite roll in different directions based on keyboard keys (e.g. L for left, R for right)?
Today we start a new project where we blend the old and the new. The students have been learning about Jamestown and writing a fictitious journal. But what-if the early settlers had access to computers and could blog instead? What would it look like? Let's see what the students come up with.
Today we're going to talk a little about "blogs" and how they are different than "websites". We will use the Sports Illustrated for Kids website as an example. It is both a website & a blog. Then I will show them how to start their own blog using Weebly. They will learn how to add text and photos (from the field trip).
Some of the students have completed their Shapes books and everyone should be done by the end of class today. I'll post them in the gallery as they are finished. I am also going to show the students how they can copy and paste "audio", the same way they copy and paste pictures and text.
Today the students will finish adding pages to their Powerpoint Shapes Book and then add the hyperlinks to make the book "interactive". The students learned how to:
The third grade is making Shapes Books using Microsoft Powerpoint for the Jr Kindergarteners and Kindergarteners. Today, they will learn how to:
They must include:
The following is an example of what the book might look like after the second class:
Once you are done, you can try some other Word Cloud generators. You can enter any words you choose.
We looked at some more features of the file system including: how to navigate the file system, get different views of the folders and files and how to sort files by file name, date, etc. Then we practiced by doing a Spanish Word Hunt. I added folders and files to their personal folders. As they open the appropriate file such as El Gato.doc, they are given their next word to search for. The file El Gato.doc says "El Gato is a Cat. Now go to the file Ears in the Body Part directory." Below you will find the Spanish Word Hunt Worksheet.
We started the class off by discussing how computers store information using storage devices such as a hard drive, memory stick, and/or memory card. Then I showed them the hard drive inside a computer.
The students told me how they store their homework papers. We talked about how confusing it would be if you put your math homework in your writing folder and your science homework in your social studies folder. The same thing is true for the computer. You need to store the files in an organized manner to make it easy to find it again. I had a "small paper filing cabinet" and explained that the computer uses a similar system. There are folders and inside the folders you could have more folders. In my example, I had folders for each grade and then inside the third grade folder there was a folder for each student. I showed them that computer folders could hold the same kind of things as a paper folder. We looked a documents, listened to an MP3 song, watched a quick video, etc.
I used the "filing cabinet" and "folders" to demonstrate the difference between using "save"and "save as". The students learned that once you save a file and then start editing it again, you are working on a "copy" of the original. If you decide to "save" the file, then you are overwriting the original (in other words you are discarding the original and keeping the new version). But if you use "save as" and give the file a new name, then you are keeping the original file and keeping the current version.
Then we looked at the "file system". Many students save use "My Documents" or "Documents" at home. That saves the file to the hard drive of your local computer. At school we use "My Computer" and find the network drive. The students save their files to the "Network Server", that way they can access their file from any computer in the school. I showed them the network cable that connects each computer to the school "Local Area Network (or LAN)" and how the computer runs up the wall into the ceiling. Then we went on a field trip around the school to see where the wires went. First we saw the room behind the library where the wires connect into a network hub. Then we went down to the copier/mail room to see the Network Server. The students were surprised that the files they saved were all the way down there. One student said "saving a file" is so much faster than walking down the hall to the server. The network must be really fast."
We finished the class by starting Pixie and creating a drawing for Haley (she was sick). They "saved" the file in their own personal folder and then saved a copy into Haley's folder (to practice "saved as"). Now she'll have a lot of well wishes from her classmates when she gets back!
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