Saturday, February 14, 2015

Homophones, QR Codes and Valentine's Day

Each year my class creates an interactive, 21st century Valentine card and this year was no exception!
Everyone worked with a partner using the free iPad app, Split Lens 2 to create a twin image of themselves. 
Students had a lot of fun getting creative with poses and props!
Students added a filter and text and emailed the image to themselves.
Then, they took their cloned image and uploaded it to Canva. They created a digital Valentine card using their cool double image. They saved and exported their Canva image and imported it into Google slides. Students made the slide public and created a QR Code leading to it. 
 Using Google docs, students inserted the QR Code and some text to print and physically glue to the front of their handmade Valentine card. 
We have been learning about homophones this week so I encouraged a pun using the word "two" since we had created a double image. 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Noetic Math Winners

Congrats To Our Honor Roll Awardees!
Earlier this year my class competed in The Noetic Learning Math Contest, which is an advanced, biannual, national math competition for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students to be interested in math, developing problem solving skills and inspire young learners to excel in math! My class did very well and we had nine students finish in the top 10% nationally, earning a spot on the Noetic Honor Roll. Wow! These students were awarded math medals. We also had many students place in the top 50% nationally, and these students received an Honorable Mention.
For the first time, Noetic also awarded Team Achievement Awards for this competition. My class tied for first place with another class in Georgia. Congrats to all students for being a part of this honor!
Finally, we had the top scorer nationally with a perfect score! We will be participating in the Noetic Math Competition again this Spring. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Phoenix Symphony

Last week, my class had the pleasure of enjoying a private concert from some members of the Phoenix Symphony! Our room parent, Mrs. Clarke is on the board of many wonderful organizations including the Phoenix Symphony, so she graciously arranged this assembly with the woodwind ensemble. Click here for more information on what the students learned and experienced.

Thanks again to Mrs. Clarke for this amazing presentation!