Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bookflix and Mapping

Mrs. Thomas’s class did a fantastic activity with maps comparing two bookflix stories. They navigated our school website, went to our Library pages and under “Online Resources” found Bookflix. They choose "Earth and Sky" and selected two stories, "Hansel and Gretel" (fiction) and "We Need Directions" After listening to both stories they used the program kidspiration to build a compare/contrast web. This project helped them illustrate their understanding of how the mapping in the two stories were alike and different. Great idea Mrs. Thomas!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Turtle Pond

Ms. Carlson’s Second Grade class worked with Ms. Hintz our ITS in the computer lab to get turtles to the pond! This was a super fun way to explore math and social studies TEKS that align with the Second Grade Curriculum in mapping and plotting a course through measurement. Students navigated to our School Website and the “for Students” page where Ms Hintz hid a turtle. If you want to go directly to the pond yourself, go to: Once on the site, students came up with navigating directions to send their turtle to the pond. Those that dared tried to do it without the grid and added obstacles. Many want to challenge their parents to see if they can do it. Most think their parents will their need help! So parents, can you get the turtle in the pond?

Thank you to Sommer Elementary ITS, Jen Freeman, for sharing this activity!