- Lit Mag - We finalized the Lit Mag and made sure everyone's pieces were included and what we wanted on the cover.
- Templates - I reviewed with them the value of using templates and planted the seed that they can use "report" templates as they move up into higher grades.
- Internet - We did a wrap up about websites and the Internet. They watched an awesome video about how the Internet works. You can find it on this website under "How Does It Work".
- XtraMath - We looked at the XtraMath math website and students learned how to use it. This is the "summer math work" site.
Today was the last computer class of the year and we covered a number of topics...
Today we'll finish the Imaginary Gods project. The students will post their project on their website by using the embed code provided by Blabberize. I'll show them a couple of videos about how web browsers and html work. You can click here to learn more about how the Internet works.
We will then start working on the 5th Grade literary magazine. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create your pages. Make sure the pages are vertical!
Most of the students have either finished or are finishing up their Travel Into History project. Most of them have finished researching their selected Greek god or goddess (e.g. Zeus, Hera, etc.). The purpose of this step is for them to understand how Greek gods and goddesses are described (e.g. family, special powers, etc.) and Greek myths. Once they understand, then they can create their own Greek god or goddess. They will write a narrative about their god/goddess and record it. The narrative will include the following types of information:
They will use Audacity to change the way their voice sounds. And finally, they will use Blabberize to bring their god to life. Here is an example I created:
All the student should be working on their Travel Into History project. They will pick a topic from History class and superimpose an image of themselves using Paint.NET visiting that location (or thing). They will then do research and write-up a fictitious visit using Microsoft Word. Once reviewed by Mr. Pitera, the students will post the picture and the article on their personal website. If they are done, they can work on their personal websites. Click on the image below if you have questions on how to use Paint.NET. There are three instructional videos at the bottom of the site that show you how to Chroma Key the background, superimpose and layer images, crop, and save files using Paint.NET.
Starting this week each half of the fifth grade will come to computer class for half a period twice a week. This will give students time to practice keyboarding every day - twice a week in computer class and 3 days a week using the NEOs in the classroom with Mr. Pitera.
Keyboarding is a skill that will help the students as they enter the upper school and beyond. The rest of the marking period students will be practicing this skill. As this is their 3rd year, many students will be focusing on increasing their speed and accuracy. The goal for 5th grade is 20 WPM with 3 or less errors. Students will use Type 2 Learn in computer class and NEOs in the class room to practice. Since most students have some proficiency in keyboarding, I have setup Type 2 Learn in the following way:
Students must use the cover for the final challenge for each lesson and assessment. When students pass the final keyboarding test (with the keyboard cover on) with at least 20 WPM and 3 or less errors, they will be able to do some fun computer activities (instead of practicing their keyboarding).
proper fingering, not looking down at your hands, and then speed (in that order!)
Mystery Partner Day is this Friday, so the students need to finish their letters.