Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 32 - Going to the Zoo - Mrs. Sheehan - Francis Wyman Kindergarten

The class made monkey and crocodile puppets to sing "Going to the Zoo." We had lots of fun acting out this song.

We had a beautiful day to go to the Zoo.  We were lucky to see so many animals.  The class was most excited to see the family of giraffes. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Day 31 - They all want to be....Scientists!! - Mrs. Pangiotopoulos - Memorial School Grade 1

This post first appeared on Mrs. Panagiotopoulos' Blog
We are having a fantastic learning experience studying our new science topic Plant Parts and Functions. Yesterday, the students led discussions about what parts are and which living and nonliving things have parts.

Then , our budding scientists observed and dissected a flower. They used iPads to take photos and science journals to draw their observations, take notes, and write any ideas or questions down. Can't wait to meet tomorrow and have a group talk about what everyone noticed.

Stay tuned to see what other amazing learning experiences and experiments we will be doing in the next few days and upcoming weeks! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 30 - How to Create a Top-Down Web - Dan, Malachi, and Sam - MSMS Help Desk

This post originally appeared on the MSMS Help Desk Blog

For the past few weeks, Helpdesk students Dan, Malachi, and Sam reviewed different ways to make Top-Down Webs in Google Slides and Inspiration Maps. Check out their tutorials below!

Google Suite (Google Drive)

To start, go into a Google app such as Slides. To insert a shape, hit the “+” button in top right-hand corner. Go into the “Shapes” tab, and select a shape.

To change the width and height of the shape, use the 6 blue dots to adjust the shape. To rotate the shape, use the round blue dot. To center something, use the red line in the middle, and it will snap the shape into place.
You can change the color of the shape by hitting the paint bucket to change the inside color, to change the outline color, hit the pencil. In these interfaces, there will be multiple options for colors. In the “Theme” tab, there will be multiple colors that work well together. In the “Basic” tab, there are many different shades of the rainbow, that you can use to your liking. An example of a basic top-down web can be seen below.

Inspiration Maps™

Inspiration Maps is a graphic organizer maker that is very easy to use. It is an electronic web maker, that can be downloaded on student’s iPads. To create a web, enter the app, and hit the “+” button in the top left corner.

To insert a shape, or change a shape, hit the painting/canvas button, and double tap the shape you want. If you want to change a shape, select it first by hitting the shape you want to change.

To create a branch, select the shape you want to use, and drag the arrow to wherever you want it, and a new shape will pop up. Voila! To change its shape, refer to the paragraph above.

To change its color, select the shape/bubble you want to change, hit the “i” button in the top right corner, and select the “Fill” button in the menu and then select the color you want. If you prefer a different outline color, select the “Line” button in the same menu, and then select the color you would like.
To type, double tap the shape that you want to type in, and start typing on the keyboard. If you wish to make a shape wider, pinch in or out depending on how wide you want it.
An example of a top-down web made in Inspiration Maps is shown below, using every feature shown above, besides the different background color. To change the background color, go into the “i’ and go into the “Diagram” tab, and go into the the “Background” tab, and select the color you want.
Good Luck!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Day 29 - Pine Glen Science Night 2016 - Mr. Musseleman - Burlington Science Center

This post first appeared on the Burlington Science Center Blog
Edison takes in the Science Night crowd from his perch on Miss P.
Last week, Science Center staff and volunteers welcomed students and their families to Science Night inside the Pine Glen gymnasium. The Science Night proved to be the best yet, with several takeaways including oobleck, straw rockets, and “sound sandwiches” as well as guided tours of the StarLab!
Students also explored the spectrum of invisible, “infrared light” with the help of the Science Center’s infrared camera! Many students danced and played, watching their colorful outlines projected on the gymnasium wall while Mr. Musselman presented heat energy experiments to them through the use of ice cubes and students’ own insulating jackets!
As always Miss Pavlicek and her incredible cadre of Science Center volunteers were sharing fascinating nocturnal animals with those willing to get up close in the live animal exhibit! Mrs. Hogan, pre-service teachers from Cambridge College and former Science Center Director, John Papadonis also facilitated several learning stations.
Pine Glen Science Night was proudly sponsored by the Pine Glen PTO and marks the fifth Science Night hosted by the Burlington Science Center. Miss Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman intend bring Science Night to a new school every year with Memorial up next in the four year rotation! Thanks to Linda McNamee and Principal Lyons for sharing their photos with us.
See you next year, Memorial!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Day 28 - Apples, Apples, Apples - Mrs. Bennett - Fox Hill Kindergarten

What a beautiful day for apple picking! 
We had a blast of our first field trip to Parlee Farms.  The students went on a hay ride to the apple trees and picked 5 apples.  Then off to the pumpkin patch we went! Some students selected large orange pumpkins, while others wanted a smaller white pumpkin.  I hope you and your family enjoy displaying them in your home. After lunch we fed the goats, bunnies, and chickens. Finally, we explored the hay maze. The kids had a blast! Thank you to our chaperones and those of you who volunteered. These trips are not possible without your help. 

Check out some photos from our trip: 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Day 27 - Kindergarten and First Grade Learning - Deb Dressler - Memorial School Principal

Five Terrific Kindergartners shared their writing journals with me this morning.

Thank you to Audrey, Amy, Kiera, Deacon and Matthew!

Then it was into Mrs. Blois's first grade classroom where students 
dissected a plant during science!

Thank you to Mrs. Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman for designing new science lessons
that support the new Massachusetts Science Standards and makes learning fun!