Thursday, November 19, 2009

ABC Books of Living and Non-Living Things

Students in Grade 1 completed their class ABC books on Living and Non-Living Things. Each student was assigned a letter of the alphabet for which they drew a living or non-living thing using the program Tux Paint. Here is their work:

Hilsen's class book

Kluch's class book

Gonzalez's class book

Chiaro's class book

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Senses Charts Created with Drawing for Children

Students in Grade 1 were introduced to a program called "Drawing For Children". While using this program, students were able to practice a number of important technology skills. Some of the skills practiced were double clicking, opening and closing files, saving, choosing different tools such as stamps, painting tools, using the Shift key to modify text, importing pictures and much more. Students used the "Drawing For Children" program to work on a project that was directly related to their Science unit on "the Five Senses". As part of the project, students worked on completing a graphic organizer in which they used stamps to indicate what could be seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled. In addition to the many computer skills practiced through this project, students had an opportunity to reinforce classroom learning.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Digital Stories and Claymation

create animated gifSecond grade students have been busy getting familiar with using the laptops. Mr. Serafin's class created Powerpoint presentations to showcase their knowledge of animals. Mrs. Nieto/Gordon's participated in a digital storytelling project in which they wrote, illustrated and narrated text to make their stories "come alive". Completed projects were displayed at Open House and enthusiastically received by parents. Click here to view one of the student created digital story projects. Students in Mrs. Nieto/Gordon's class will be experimenting with claymation during the last week of school. The claymation project with culminate a writing project on animals.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Grade 3 Explorations in Symmetry

Students in Grade 3 explored the concept of symmetry by using the online paint program Sumo Paint ( Students created beautiful designs that had anywhere from 6 to over 50 points of symmetry.

Explorations in Symmetry

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Grade 3 States Trading Cards

Students in Grade 3 created trading cards on states they had studied in class. Trading cards were created in Microsoft Word. To create the cards, students inserted a table, changed the layout of the table, then inserted shapes, pictures and text. Students looked up information about their states on World Book Student Research site.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

4th Grade Explorers Webpages

Students in Grade 4 created webpages using the online webpage creator site, "Web Poster Wizard". Webpages were created on Hernan Cortes, Gaspar de Portola, Sebastian Vizcaino and Juan Cabrillo. Students were required to research their explorer, add in text, images and links to create their webpages. Completed webpages can be viewed by at the Web Poster Wizard site. Once on the site, proceed to the bottom of the page and search by Teacher Name. The teacher name to use in the search is "tpeslajolla".

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

5th Grade Podcasts

Students learned about the world of podcasting by creating their own podcasts using Audacity software. After recording podcasts, students had a chance to mix in an intro soundclip. Students enjoyed exploring the different effects that could be added to make their productions sound professional such as fading out the intro music. Listen to the 5th grade podcasts, by clicking on the 5th grade podcast listening link. Completed podcasts are also available for download from the 5th grade dropio site:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Grade 5 Adopt An Element Project

For the Adopt An Element Project, students adopted an element from the periodic table. Students researched their element and created birth certificates as well as pictures of their element using Microsoft Paint. For the birth certificates, students listed the element name, the element nickname (symbol), weight (atomic weight), birthdate (date discovered), future career (uses of the element) and other details. For the drawings of elements, students used the number of protons, neutrons and electrons for the numbers of arms, legs and heads.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

4th Magnets and Electricity Powerpoint Quizzes

Students in Grade 4 did an amazing job creating their Magnets and Electricity quizzes using Microsoft Powerpoint. They really enjoyed this project and loved sharing their quizzes with the rest of the class.