Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thanks for another great year! It was an exciting year filled with great books and fabulous projects. For the Integrated Technology students' last project, they made vokis for next year's fifth grade students. They shared their tips for success and advice for easing into a new school year in a new building. Listen to some examples below. Have a great summer!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Skype 2 with Ty Allan Jackson

On World Read Aloud Day (March 7), students in Mrs. Young's Day 2 sixth hour Integrated Technology class met author Ty Allan Jackson over Skype to listen to him read from his book When I Close My Eyes. The students enjoyed the Skype so much and were so interested in reading his book Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade that they decided as a class to read the book together and Skype back with Ty after their reading. On May 23, the students had the chance to talk to Ty about Danny Dollar and hear more about his new books and life as a writer.  The students had a wonderful time (despite some minor technical issues) talking with Ty and are now so excited to read his new book (due out in July): The Superdupa Kid.  They would like to give Ty a special thank you for so graciously taking his time to talk to them.  The students at New London Intermediate School are now big fans!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Meeting our Tech Pals in Maryland

The fifth graders in Mrs. Young's Integrated Technology classes connected with other fifth graders in Baltimore, Maryland this semester and worked together as Tech Pals.  They used Edmodo to discuss various topics, wrote letters introducing themselves, and exchanged videos about each others' schools.  Today they met one another through Skype.  They took turns asking questions about their favorite things and what life is like in each school and state.  It was amazing how much they had in common!  View pictures of our Skype event in the below slideshow.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's the end of the year!

Can you believe that the end of the year is here!  What a fun, exciting year we had!  I enjoyed working on many different projects and research activities with all of you.  Now begins our collection of library materials.  Here are some important dates to remember:

May 18- last day to check out books
May 25- all library materials due

We appreciate your help in returning everything to the library as soon as possible.  It takes a lot of time to get everything shelved and ready for the summer.  You can also take care of replacement costs for missing materials in the library before the end of the year as well.

Thanks for another great year!  Keep reading this summer!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Animoto Booktrailers

All 6th grade students used Animoto to create booktrailers in their Language Arts classes.  Check out some of their productions below.  Additional booktrailers will be posted on our library website:

Cyberbullying Comics

The students in Mrs. Young's Integrated Technology classes are working on comics featuring cyberbullying using Bitstrips for Schools. Their creativity is truly amazing! See their gallery of work below.