Brilliant Book Reviews
Our Grade 2’s presented an Oral on their favourite book. For Creative Writing, they had a chance to create their own Book Review on Book Creator. This is a pretty amazing app, Common Sense Media describes it as follows:
Book Creator (called Book Creator for iPad for iOS) is an app where kids and grown-ups alike can create their own e-books. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors for assembling their book. Images are brought in from your device’s camera roll, and text is typed in the app itself. Images can be resized and repositioned, and text attributes can be changed. Books can have as many pages as needed and are saved as you go.
iPad and Google – a lethal combination!
This week our wonderful Grade 2’s had the chance to complete a Cooperative Bird Activity on the iPads, using Google Forms.
The learners had to log onto their very safe myelkanah domain. The link to the Google form was emailed to them.
So basically, it is a listening activity and here is how the Cooperative Bird Activity works:
4 learners are chosen and they each receive a reading piece about the penguin, ostrich, owl or flamingo. They go home and practice the reading piece.
The following day, we divide the class into small groups. Our ‘readers’ find a comfy spot to sit and the groups rotate between the ‘readers’ until they have all learnt all about the 4 birds. As you can imagine, it is a great responsibility to be a ‘reader’ as you need to explain difficult vocabulary to the rest of the class. Also, you need to read in such a way that the other kids remember all the detail about the various birds
The learners are then given the iPad and they had to complete 20 questions about the birds. I downloaded the ‘Add On’ Flubaroo and in the blink of an eye our assessments were exported to an Excel Doc in Google Drive and marked by Flubaroo. Can you say it with me: “We LOVE Google Apps!”
The Grade 2’s are learning all about Direct and Indirect Speech. After listening to a story about ‘The Wind and the Sun’ the learners had the chance to write their own stories.
iPadding Maths Club
Wordle and Thrass
Economic Giants of the future
Our Flat Stanleys have travelled from Cape Town to Denmark!
The Grade 2 Technoboffins learned about the food pyramid and how healthy eating can help them to look after their bodies. They all had a chance to implement their new knowledge by completing their own food pyramid on Word: Food pyramid worksheet
Then they visited two pages on an exciting, interactive website. The one explained more about the food pyramid and the other one helped them to plan their meals in a healthy way:
Afrikaans lesson on “seediere”
The Grade 2 Technoboffins learned the names of different “seediere” this term. I wrote this story about a crab looking for his friend Nemo and on his adventure he comes across lots of sea animals. The story and wordsearch activity aims at consolidating the new vocabulary.
Create a Wordle
The Grade 2’s recently created their own Wordles with phonics words. A Wordle is a wordcloud created on the internet and it can be printed. It was a fun and creative way to prepare for their phonics/spelling test the next day.
T create a wordle, go to www.wordle.net. There’s no need to register, just click on CREATE and away you go! Type the words with a space inbetween. Words typed more than once will display bigger. Then there are some buttons to play with the font. colour and layout.
The Grade 2 Technoboffins’ slideshows: http://housesslideshows.wikispaces.com
In class the Grade 2’s have learned all about the different kinds of houses people live in. They read about the different houses on a slideshow and also watched some Youtube clips. Now they know how hard it is to build an igloo and how challenging it can be to live in an informal settlement. They also know all about the world’s most expensive home. When they had gathered all this information, they created their own slideshows on Powerpoint. Use these links to view the resources and student work:
The information slideshow: http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/410599/Different-types-of-houses
The Youtube clips:
The Grade 2’s really enjoyed listening to these Afrikaans stories on www.littlebirdtales.com! The stories are easily created by the teacher, so they only contain the necessary vocabulary. One simply registers on the site, upload pictures, type the words and record your voice. These two stories focused on familiename, kleure and klere.