Open The Eyes of My Heart sung in Kreyol.
A few phrases in Kreyol.
Fourth Graders in Ms Steimle and Ms. DeLuca's class shrunk a distance of over 1800 miles today as they connected with a group of students from Neply, Haiti using Skype. Our fourth graders began their study of Haitian culture from a connection with their classmate Kade, whose father has established a medical clinic in Haiti to serve the pediatric medical needs of the community. With his father's work in Haiti, his family established a friendship with a program in Haiti called My Life Speaks. Kade and his family presented to us a Power Point that taught us about the geography, lifestyle and customs of Haiti. Working with Missy Wilson of My Life Speaks, our students and their students came up with a list of things to share.
Once the children connected via Skype, they swapped info about school days, summer activities, favorite foods and much more. Who'd of guessed everyone's favorite thing to do in summer was to go to camp! They taught each other how to sing the Happy Birthday song in English and in Haitian Kreyol. They taught us some common phrases their language and we reciprocated in English. The most important thing we learned is that we share many more similarities than differences. It sure is a small world after all!
Ms. Skonieczny's BPE ABC book arrived today hot of the presses from Shutterfly. Ms. Skonieczny's kinders were bubbling over with pride as Ms. Skonieczny, Ms. McLaughlin, Ms. Husain and Ms. Medina unveiled their beautifully written and photographed hardbound ABC book. Like real writers, we celebrated their writing and photography with a book signing complete with alphabet cookies, yum!
This week's hAPPy Friday APP is Popplet
, the paid version. This version is on all of our elementary student iPads. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in real time. Students can plan their writing and organize their thoughts using this colorful mind-mapping app. The paid version also allows them to create more than one Popplet at a time. Check out the App Integration Snapshot
from Margie Brown, VVE's EdTech.
Ms. Plevich really makes science come a live in her classroom. From taking care of class pets to dissecting bones, her students learn in active and meaningful ways. Students use iPads to reinforce new science vocabulary. Using the free app Skitch
students draw arrows and type labels on their own photos of actual plants. Want to learn more about Skitch? Take a look at last hAPPy Friday's app integration snapshot
and you too can get "Skitchy" with it!
For each donation we will make a paper crane.
From BPE's Student Council members Landry, Alex, and Madelene:This is Rex Ryan, he will be turning two years old and is very sick. He is part of the Eanes ISD Family and both his parents are administrators, his mother is the assistant principal at Eanes Elementary. His father, a former WRMS teacher, is an AP at Gorzycki middle school. Schools all over Austin are supporting Rex and his fight against cancer. It costs a lot of money to stay in the hospital and we want to help them pay for it. Student Council will be collecting orders for Rex Strong t-shirts, hoodies, and bracelets. Or you can do chores around the house to earn some extra money to donate. We will be taking orders or monetary donations starting tomorrow until Winter Break. For each donation students will have a crane hung in your honor and our goal is to get 1,000 cranes (We learned about this from BPE ARTS day) for a wish for Rex. Stay Calm and Rex Strong
Yellow collection boxes for the RexStrong fundraiser are located in Ms. J. King's Kinder classroom, Ms. Iles' 1st grade, Ms. C. King's 2nd grade, Ms. Crowley's 3rd grade, Ms. Joseph's 4th grade and Ms. Mojica's 5th grade classroom. THANKS!!
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Collection of noticing charts
Watch our Animoto to see the process in action
See our finished product with audio recordings
It takes a village to write and publish a book, but we did it! It all started with a genre study of ABC books. Ms. Skonieczny's kindergartners learned that authors make lots of decisions when creating a book. We chronicled our journey through the genre study by creating noticing charts for several ABC books. These charts helped kids identify important parts of books or ways authors use illustrations, rhyming, color, bold text, or alliteration to tell a story. Tracing a hidden E
On the hunt for more hidden letters
One of the books we studied was Alphabet City
by Stephen Johnson. This book inspired us to create our own environmental ABC book. To practice finding letters, Ms. Husain, Ms. Medina and Ms. McLaughlin took a few sample photos and organized them into a Notebook 11 file
for kids to find hidden letters as a group.
Using their iPads, the kindergartners searched high and low hunting for hidden ABCs on our school grounds. While encouraged to find as many letters as they could, each child was assigned (by taping a card to their iPad) one particular letter to showcase. Using the free Shutterfly Photostory App
, we created an ABC book using the student photos and sentences they created for their assigned letter...can you find alliteration, rhyming and patterns in our book? We had more letters than students, so we also included a few teachers and one special guest too! We hope you enjoy our book
, BPE ABC,
as much as we enjoyed creating it!
4th grade bloggers Justin and Jack write about FaceTime with Jordan Allen, author of a short story personal narrative, that was read by the class prior to connecting over the web:
We read a passage from one of Mr. Root's friends, Jordan Allen, the next day we had a FaceTime chat with him. During the FaceTime, he told us useful tips for writing. He also told us about the background information about what he wrote. Then he told us about the parts he didn't put in the book. He told us not to use every single detail. To paint a picture in the reader's mind. To use multiple drafts. It was easier meeting Jordan on FaceTime than reading from some worksheets. It was a great information and the story was thrilling. You should read it.
4th grade bloggers Ally, Jordan, and Gabrielle write about Learning Outside of the Textbook with Dr. Taliferro in Boston, MA:
So you want to know what life is like in Stratford, Texas? Well we know what it is like, we got to talk with Mr. Root's friend, Professor Taliaferro on FaceTime. We picked up a lot of cool facts.
Do you want to know about animals in Stratford, Texas? There are lots to learn about. Here we go! There are mostly prairie dogs, ground chipmunks, and snakes. There are a tiny amount of deer and coyotes. The weather in Stratford, Texas is very humid in the summer and very cold in the winter. It can reach down to seven degrees Fahrenheit, and can snow up to two to three feet.
Now for some stuff you cannot find in a textbook. We have to drive two minutes to get to a mall, but in Stratford you have to go to another city to get to a mall. You have to drive thirty to forty miles to get to the nearest red, green, and yellow stoplight. That is far!
Do you like living in the Hill Country? Well if you do, you would really notice a difference in Stratford, Texas. It is very flat with hardly any trees. Dust storms form all the time because there are no trees to block the wind.
Do you like huge schools? Well then, Stratford, Texas would be a huge change for you because only twenty six people are in one grade! That's small and they only have one water source, the Ogallala Aquifer.
November's Lifeskill is Citizenship
By BPE's 3rd Grade
Today's hAPPy Friday comes from Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology. Want to know some of the cool new features of iOS7 and how to use them in your classroom? Check out the App
Integration Snapshot and enjoy Apple's newest update!
Often students struggle with comprehending nonfiction text and read it like they would fiction. In this lesson, Ms. McLaughlin, our Instructional Partner extraordinaire, turned Ms. Cimino's third graders into first class sleuths by helping them recognize nonfiction by its features. Just like a detective who looks at clues to solve a mystery, Ms. McLaughlin explained strategies to help students attack text for understanding, making the process a whole lot less mysterious! Super sleuths take good notes, so students were encouraged to explore all kinds of nonfiction text and record their findings with a variety of apps like Draw Free
, and Keynote
. Using Chirp
, the students received a picture of the "Noticing" chart for their notes. On their own, students took pictures of the text and used various apps to draw notes on their pictures, add their own thoughts, and even record their findings using the audio feature on Notability. Got a serious case of the non-fiction blues? We've got the gumshoes for you!
On Monday, November 4th, BPE hosted Dr. Dieter Breithecker, an authority on ergonomics for children from the Federal Institute on the Development of Posture and Exercise in Wiesbaden, Germany. Dr. Breithecker spoke to teachers, parents, and community members about his research on movement and brain activity. His research indicates that there is a positive correlation between an active environment with natural stimulation and the ability to pay attention. Having flexible furniture and spontaneously incorporating "brain breaks" are a great way to energize the mind. Check out these quick brain break energizers
you can use in your classroom. The Third Teacher
, a book on which Dr. Breithecker consulted, talks about transforming teaching and learning by incorporating basic design elements and intuitive movement into the everyday classroom. From Node
rolling chairs and Hokki
stools to high-top standing tables, Bridge Point's two newly redesigned classrooms embrace the idea that bodies in motion equal brains in motion. Check out our ThingLink below for information about one of our redesigned rooms.
Dr. Breithecker's presentation can be found online
and more information on his research can be found on his site
Ms. Cowan's Redesigned Classroom ThingLink
Below you will find panoramic pictures of Ms. Cowan's 3rd grade classroom. If you mouse over the image or press on the image you will find interactive nubbins that tell you more about the space.
No doubt about it, even the youngest Bobcats here at Bridge Point are working hard to become great writers and even publishers! After studying the five senses, kinders in Ms. Skonieczny's class put their learning to task and created their very own books using their iPads and the Scribble Press App
. Learn about what our kinders love to smell, touch, taste, feel and see in their online class gallery
. Great writing, thinking and publishing!
Subtext is a free iPad app on all of our 3-5 student iPads that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up almost limitless opportunities to engage students and foster analysis and writing skills. Check out the Subtext App Integration Snapshot
, Content Guide
and a short overview video
or this tutorial
. Thanks to Janet Couvillion at Forest Trail for this week's hAPPy Friday!
Ms. Koller's second graders used Popplet to record some major events in their young lives. When it came time to send their finished work to their teacher, they used a newly adopted system called eBackpack. eBackpack gives our students a way to digitally submit work through the cloud from their iPads. Teachers can grade the submitted work through the iPad app or through their computer's browser and return the graded work digitally. Cool! eBackpack Resources can be found here: http://www.bobcatblog.com/ebackpack.html
hAPPy Friday from West Ridge's Ed Tech, Greg Garner. Everybody loves word processing especially on a mobile platform! Take a look at his App Integration Snapshot
for tutorials and inspiration. Thanks, Greg!
This week's hAPPy Friday app is Ask3
, a free app that is on our student iPads for grades 3-5.
Ask3 is a TechSmith experiment in turning a class of individuals into a high-performing team. Ask3 turns classroom iPads into recordable whiteboards enabling peer-to-peer teaching and collaboration, focused on team-building and student collaboration. Check out the App Integration Snapshot
that Juan Orozco from Barton Creek Elementary created for this app as well as his quick video tutorial
. hAPPy Friday!
hAPPy Friday! ABC Magnets HD is a digital version of the age old favorite alphabet fridge magnets. This paid version is on our elementary iPads and includes upper case, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and 3 sets of icons. Each magnet comes in 6 different colors (e.g. red, green, blue, azure, pink, and yellow). Magnet size and sound effects can be managed in the settings. Multiple backgrounds are available as well. For tutorials and ideas for integrating ABC Magnets into your curriculum checkout the App Integration Snapshot. Thanks Lisa!
Ms. O's class caught up with our globetrotting friend once again this week. He helped Ms. O's class learn more about France and even sang Happy Birthday in French to one of our friends! As a class, Ms. O's second graders worked to share this reflection with us:
FACETIME with Our Friend
Face Timing with our friend is fun because we get to learn more about what he is doing in Paris. For example, once he went to an animal show and he told us about it during our Face Time session.
It is educational because we get to learn about what he's doing and he gets to learn about us and what we're doing.
We are learning that life in Paris is different than America. School schedules are different and time is different too. We have learned that in Paris they call apartments flats. The language they speak is French and we get to hear a lot of it when we do Face Time.
It makes us think about how his town works and how different it is from our town. It makes us think about how some people do cool traditions there that we don't do.
It makes us wonder what he does in Paris and we want to know more about what he is doing every day.
Today we celebrated our new playground with a special assembly that included special guests who worked on our new playground project. We learned from our guests that it took a dedicated team of teachers, students, architects, civil engineers, project managers, maintenance workers and administrators to design, finance, build, and maintain our beautiful new playground. To thank all of those people, Ms. Williamson, Mr. Mancuso, and Ms. Murphy (with the help of a lot of other Bridge Pointers) created this video to honor our old playground and celebrate our lovely new play space. Thank you very much! Below are the reports that aired on KXAN.
This week's hAPPy Friday app is Bookabi
. Bookabi is an app that lets children of all ages write and illustrate stories. Check out the App Integration Snapshot
that Debbie Smith from Eanes Elementary created for this app. Included in this snapshot, you will find links to a video tutorial and to a List.ly list of Bookabi resources that Debbie has accumulated for you. Have a GREAT Friday!!