Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ladybug Life Cycles and Learning About Ozobots

During May and June our first graders visited #OurSTEAMCafe. Mrs. Shields shared photographs of ladybugs from Discovery Education and Archive.org. This gave our students a context for comparing the various stages of the ladybug's life cycle. We watched a video segment from Discovery Education that helped students visualize the process of changing from the eggs stage to the adult stage.

Mrs. Shields then shared her Ozobot robots with the students. We practiced following a black line with the sensors in Ozobots. Then students participated in an inquiry activity that helped them discover how color codes function. Students tried several of the known color codes.

The last few days (and this continues) Mrs. Shields has been visiting the first grade classrooms to let students further explore the Ozobots. We are having collaborative explorations and inquiry experiences discussing line thickness and code colors. Students have been thoroughly enjoying our visits. Their questions and observations have been just wonderful.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Organizing our minds and backpacks

One of our third grade teachers had a friend that is a productivity specialist. She provided a wonderful distance learning experience focused on "Clutter-free Connection." She shared the concept with our students of holding onto negativity and worry. They discussed how to let such thoughts go so that our minds are not cluttered. Then students emptied ALL items from their backpacks. They had such fun participating in this portion of the program. Watching them dump out all items and the dimples of laughter emerged. Students then drew a backpack map to help organize their thoughts as to which pocket to best support which items that needed to be returned to their backpacks.

Zoom software helped us connect virtually to our "visiting" specialist. Mrs. Shield's equipment helped us have both audio, visuals, and discussions. The students seem to warm up to the concept of both being heard and seen as well as hearing and seeing our presenter.