Monday, November 26, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Earlier this week, I was chatting with a group of educators on Skype Instant Messaging, and we came up with idea of creating a place where teachers can sign up to make connections. Teachers who are new to global collaboration and Skyping will be able to find contacts who are located world-wide. The list also includes experienced teachers who are willing to share their expertise.
This project is a collaboration between members of The Global Classroom Project, Hello Little World Skypers, and the Global Virtual Classroom. Please complete the form on any of these sites.
The Prefect Christmas Gift for the Special Teacher in Your Life!
It's really easy to use too. Here is a how-to video:
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Susan Oxnevad created this turkey using ThingLink. This site allows you to make pictures interactive by adding links to pictures, videos, websites and more! Just click on the dots and you will be taken to Thanksgiving links!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Today we spent some time in the science lab exploring magnets by making predictions, testing, and playing with magnets! We used ring, horseshoe, and several bar magnets of different strengths.
I love this science unit because magnets are so fun and engaging. The students were especially fascinated by the compasses and how they changed direction depending on where they put the magnet.
I haven't used our science books for the past few years since our district adopted C-Scope. The exemplary lessons and resources are such and improvement over our 10 year old textbooks! There is nothing better than hands-on learning!
Station 1: Predict how many paper clips a magnet will pick up. Test the actual amount of paper clips a magnet will pick up.
Station 2: Predict which items will or will not attract a magnet. Test which items will or will not attract a magnet.
Station 3: Experience "Attract" and "Repel" by placing same and opposite poles together on different types of magnets. It was fun to watch the ring magnets dance!
Station 4: Guide a paper clip through a maze using a magnet under the table. Only the strongest magnets worked for this one.
Station 5: Explore magnets using manipulatives: Soda bottle filled with cut-up pipe cleaners, a sealed plastic container filled with sand and iron filings, and compasses.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Looking for a cute and easy craft for Thanksgiving? I have 2 wonderful friends that came and did a craft with my students today. The idea came from a t-shirt on Pinterest. It was an easy craft for my 2nd graders to do too!
1: Trace the parts using pre-cut templates made out of heavy cardstock
T is for Turkey! on PhotoPeach
Monday, November 12, 2012
I was just finishing up a session on GlobalEdCon and contemplating going to bed, when I got a message from one of my Skype contacts in Indonesia. It was morning there and her class wanted to Mystery Skype! I started out by giving them the clue that I was located in the Western Hemisphere. They quickly guessed Europe and Africa, but when I told them to go west, they guessed America! Unfortunately, they were unable to locate my state because they ran out of time. Hopefully, we will be able to finish our session later this week!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
In second grade, we learn about maps by using worksheets with maps of neighborhoods, states, and countries. We also learn to use a map key and compass rose. This year, I am taking this a step further by doing Mystery Skype sessions with classrooms around the world.
During a Mystery Skype, students will ask questions and try to figure out the location of the mystery skyper. Mystery Skype requires students to use their map skills to quickly locate areas on the map. We use an atlas and start on the page with whole world. Once we have pinpointed the continent, we turn to the page where that map is located. Some classrooms, who have access to iPads or laptops, can find the location using Google Maps.
After we find the mystery location, I put the school address in Google Maps and we zoom in and take a look at the street view of the location. This helps the students generate questions about the other school and extends the conversation.
To find classes to connect with, just use the #mysteryskype hashtag on Twitter and you will find many educators who are looking for classrooms to connect with. You can also join in on the Global Classroom Mystery Skype Project. Educators around the world are seeing the value of this simple but powerful learning activity!
Here is a typical Mystery Skype session:
Clue: We are north of Texas
Q: are you in Oklahoma?
Q: Are you in Kansas?
Q: Are you in S. Dakota?
Q: Are you in the United States?
A: no. Great question!
Q: Are you in Canada?
Clue: We are East of Alberta
Q: Are you in Saskatchewan?
A: No, we are further east.
Q: Are you in Quebec?
A: No, we are west of Quebec.
Q: Are you near Hudson Bay?
A: Our province touches Hudson Bay
Q: Are you in Ontario?
Class Response: WooHoo!
If you have further questions, please leave comment!