If you didn't make it in for conferences, here is my Winter Newsletter:
Students are currently working on their December projects. First graders are making a special picture in the program Kid Pix. Third grade students are also using Kid Pix but their pictures will have a surprise twist. Second graders are writing a letter and fourth graders are making a year end newsletter. Both of these grades are using Microsoft Word for their projects.
This winter, students will continue to explore the drawing program Kid Pix. Be on the lookout for printouts of their creations. The kindergarten curriculum will be reinforced through math and alphabet programs, too.
Students will continue practicing using the keyboard and even learn how to type certain letters with their hands on the home row. Many of our upcoming lesson plans will revolve around literature. Miss Frank will read a story and the class will do a computer activity related to it.
A big part of Second grade is practicing keyboarding. Each week the students type for ten minutes on the web site Dance Mat Typing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ It is a free site and if you have Internet, students can practice at home, too. Second grade students will also be participating in literature based activities. In addition, keep an eye out for a slide show telling about Charlevoix landmarks.
Soon after the New Year, third graders will be making a slide show about the planets. We will also practice reading and math skills with various Internet web sites. These sites and others can be accessed at www.rayder.net/ces/kidlink.htm.
With the start of the New Year, fourth grade students will begin researching and planning their web pages. You can check out pages from past years at http://missfrankcomputers.blogspot.com/search/label/Projects . Keep an eye out for this year’s pages near the end of February.