The fourth grade is starting the keyboarding unit. Today we'll do an introduction to keyboarding and how to use Typing Agent. Typing Agent is a web based typing tutor that we are evaluating. Because it is web based, students can practice keyboarding from school, home, or any device that's connected to the Internet. Click on the image to the right to access Typing Agent:
This is a fun little project to teach kids about how to work with objects at different layers in Microsoft PowerPoint. They learned about the terms objects and layers. They learned how to bring an object forward and to the front, as well as move an object backwards or to the back. Students were asked to recreate the image in the upper left hand corner on the first two activities and create a face for the third. Then they were asked to save it in their personal folders under the name "layers" and their name.
NOTE: The concept of layers and bringing objects forwards and sending them backwards is transferable to many other applications.
The last couple of weeks we've been working on an Appalachian Trail project. Each student selected a state along the Appalachian Trail. In the classroom, they did research (click here for a link to the research site) and wrote a news report about visiting the parks in their state. We videotaped their news reports in front of a "green screen". I added a background scene and created a ThingLink for the website with all the videos. I also created an Aurasma (augmented reality) for each student which you can see outside the 4th grade classroom. Please click below to view:
Today we will make a trifold brochure that you can give your family with all the details of your trip. I'll show you how I found the template, but for this project I've placed the exact brochure template in your personal folder. The file is called "Boston Example". I'll show you how to:
Today, students will learn how to make corrections based on teacher suggested edit marks. Students will learn common edit marks, how to edit text in Microsoft Word, and how to systematically approach making changes to ensure they are all fixed. This lesson is adapted from Really Good Stuff Editing Marks. If students have been diligent, they can have the last 10 minutes of class for free time. Otherwise they will work on their math facts.
The 4th grade did a wonderful job on their Great Explorers project. I took their PowerPoint and converted it to a PDF file and then uploaded it to issuu. They each presented their explorer to the class.
All students who have not finished will come to class to finish their Great Explorer project.
Today the students will continue to work on the Great Explorers project. If students are finished they should: