Monday, 21 May 2012

Riddle of the Week

A man was outside taking a walk, when it started to rain. The man didn't have an umbrella and he wasn't wearing a hat. His clothes got soaked, yet not a single hair on his head got wet. How could this happen?

Student of the Week - Alena

Alena is our student of the week for her incredible running. Each week she is one of the fastest Grade Fours in our "Run Club" running circuit, and she constantly pushes herself to improve. Way to go, Alena!

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Technology Adventures

We have been very fortunate to have some terrific technology in our classroom over the last few weeks.  The first thing we received was an interactive whiteboard (called a Smartboard), along with the projection device and laptop that go with it.  We can project images from the laptop onto the whiteboard, then touch the whiteboard to move the images on the screen.  You can also write directly on the screen using the special pens that come with the board.  For our first lesson using the Smartboard, Ms. Birdsall created an interactive Jeopardy game board for us to review for our Science test on habitats and adaptations.  Below, you can see the game board and the teams lined up behind their buzzers.  The game was a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to using the Smartboard often.  It will be in our room for the rest of the year.

 The second technology guest star in our room last week was a set of iPads.  Our school district has a cart of iPads that schools can borrow, and our school has them for three weeks.  On Friday it was our turn to use them and we incorporated them into our Health and Career Education unit on friendship.  In partners, we wrote scripts showing how to resolve a fight with a friend.  Then we used the app Puppet Pals to create animations of our scripts.  Puppet Pals allows you to choose characters and backgrounds for your stories.  You can then record your voice and move the characters on the screen to create a digital puppet show.  We loved using the iPads and the end results were impressive.  Here are some photos of us working.

Here is an example of the types of videos the students made.  This one was created by Alta and Madison.

You can find some of the other videos on our Kidblog site.  Unfortunately, when some of the videos were uploaded to YouTube, they suddenly had no sound, so those videos aren't posted on Kidblog.  Ms. Birdsall is hoping to discover and fix the glitch this week, so stay tuned.  Division 9 loves technology!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Riddle of the Week

I'm sorry for the short hiatus on riddle of the week. The good news is we're back now with another riddle to tickle your brain. As always, you can post questions or guesses in the comments section.

How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it come back to you, even if it doesn't bounce off anything? There is nothing attached to it, and no one else catches or throws it back to you.

Happy guessing!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Student of the Week - Navi

Navi is this week's "student of the week" for showing responsibility.  Navi often volunteers for classroom jobs, and always does a great job making sure that these jobs are completed well.  Thanks for being such a great citizen of division 9, Navi!

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