Friday, December 2, 2016

And.. December Arrives


 Working Together as a Community




As we ended the programming portion of the Village Activities Center, we were so proud of what the students could do. There was no roadblock too powerful to stop them! They worked through every challenge successfully. How did we get such awesome students??

We are now on to their next project - recreating their community. To add to the community we have been creating our characters and practicing our storytelling about the characters in the Lego kits.  We are getting ready to use the story Visualizer to introduce our characters and begin our stories.  The community theme will be a school year project.   We can’t wait to see how it evolves!!

We have the groups busily planning how they would build their community with the Lego Kits we received from the grant. First, they were architects, brainstorming their community and what should be included. And next, they will be the builders… we did tell them they have a budget that they must live within, which is in other words – the materials in each kit!

We have been absolutely astounded at how wonderfully they work together as a team; asking each other’s opinions, taking turns, voting for what they would do… this is with the adults providing minimal guidance. As we step back and watch, it warms our hearts.

Along with the Village and Classroom activities, the students also built cardboard robots in their art classes. We are taking pictures of these wonderful creations so the images can be uploaded to the Story Visualizer software. The students will then create stories about their robot friends. Definitely wonderful learning times.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Learning Software... Programming Robots


29 October

And they did it! The students have finished their veterans letters and they are amazing – so thoughtful and kind. This past week each student also used their BeeBots to get to all the great places in our community. It is awesome as you stand back and watch them figure out how to program those robots. They worked together as a team, tried everyone’s ideas and came up with strategies that got them to their place in the community. Wow!  

We have also  been getting ready for our group work and learning about building together.  We have our Village Building Work rules and we have practiced building and story telling with our emotion Duploblocks.  We are ready to begin to create!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Projects

16 October


The students have been learning about their community in the classroom. They have gone from the planet Earth to our very own little community right here in the Mount Washington Valley so the next grant block will be connecting to community. (Their morning blocks were on hold the past few weeks as they did NWEA testing. That is now behind everyone and we are ready for a new project!)


Taking what they are learning in the classroom to the Village Activities Center, they will begin working with our BeeBots robots. These wonderful little robots are great to start students into the world of programming. They simply have four directional buttons (left, right, forwards, backwards), a go button and a pause and delete. The students will program their BeeBots to go to places in their community like their school, library, our Town Gazebo park and many others. So how will this work? The students will be given a question. For instance, as a starter something very simple like, "Where do you check out a great book to read that you can take home with you?" The students would then find the word library on a grid mat. The robot would then need to be programmed to reach that block.


Students are also learning about the Story Vizualizer software we received as a part of our Legos sets. In the lab, they spent an introduction block where they learned the tools they would be using. What is great about this software is we can take pictures of their creations, upload them to a folder then the students can insert them into their stories. Way cool! As they are still doing some classroom activities before they begin writing, they are using the software to create thank you letters to our local veterans. The letters will be included in the school newspaper, which will be given to the veterans when they attend the annual Veterans Day assembly. The newspaper is also online so many others can enjoy the letters. So far the students have been super psyched!


As we start implementing these next projects, 
we'll keep you posted :-)

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Open House




Yesterday, we had our Open House which was very well attended - especially for our first and second graders. During that time, we had one of the grant team members manning a room to share the story of our grant, the training and letting the kids show everyone their final project.


Each group had their kindness sign marquee set up and ready to go. As the students visited, they would show their family members their message and then turned it on. Also in the room with us was their What a Scientist Does booklet; the certificate the trainer left for them; anchor charts; posters; thank you cards they are making for our trainer; signs showing the curriculum connections; and that we received funding for our project
through the Chris Nelson Memorial Grant.
It was an awesome evening!




 



Friday, September 2, 2016

Training Begins