I do love a good educational video to teach me (or remind me) of something cool in social studies or science. Author John Green, his brother Hank Green, Phil Plait and Craig Benzine teach us some cool things on this YouTube Channel Crash Course.
Through my work as a Common Sense teacher for 2014-2015, students are learning about digital citizenship. Connected with 2nd grade lessons on community, we are learning how to be positive community members even when the community is virtual or online. A great way to demonstrate kid friendly sites, is to allow students to visit the San Diego Zoo kids site at http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/.
Why do I love this site so much? There are great kid friendly videos, lessons, activities and live cams of animals. What is not to love? Here is the video that students watch before our virtual trip.
This week I created my first stop animation movie with Legos. Since I want to teach students to share, I thought I would send my creation out into the world. So here it is… a Swim in the Pool.
Stop animation with an iPad / iPhone for beginners is here. Recently I downloaded the Lego Movie Maker App and made my first short film using a Lego set I conveniently had in my dining room. The process was fun and the result was funny (at least for me!) Here are some screenshots of the iPad version that we will be using this year at school with kids.
Clinton Elementary School has signed on to support the international initiative called Hour of Code. If you are not familiar with it, please watch this 5 minute intro.
Are you excited? If so, visit www.code.org let’s get excited about computer science.
Kids Discover magazine has some really informative information on a variety of topics and if interested, you can subscribe to get a free monthly newsletter. This month there is an article on biomes of the world with great photos of animals and their environments. Find the link here …
Want to learn more about an animal, but can’t get to the zoo? The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has many animal cams set up so that you can peek in and learn about animals. Just today I watched a panda take resting on Panda Cam 1. Perhaps it wasn’t the most exciting video, but it is summer and even pandas deserve a nap!
The zoo does warn you that you can’t always see the animals since they might be sleeping or playing out of sight.
This month my classes will again be traveling to Paris to compare our neighborhoods with those in other cities. We have been inspired to visit the Eiffel Tower after reading Madlenka’s Dog by Peter Sis. Madlenka lives in New York City where she dreams of having a dog of her own. With her imaginary dog she walks around her block meeting neighbors. Each neighbor imagines what her dog looks like and fondly remembers their own childhood dog.
As we wait for power to return to our area, I wanted to announce that author Dan Gutman will be visiting Words Bookstore on December 14th. He will be speaking about his My Weirder School series.
I hope to see you there.
Perfect Common Craft video on the electoral college this election season.