Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Students are challenged to create a launch pod for and egg to be propelled across the football field.  Using a giant slingshot the pods must fly through the uprights and land safely protecting their egg passenger.  Supplies are limited to challenge the students to build and create structure with supporting pieces that absorb and deflect force from the crash.  Prior to this project students studied crumple zone physics and used the same concepts to design a car.


Materials:
  • 50x- Popsicle Sticks
  • 1x- cup of Foam Peanuts
  • 2x- rubber bands
  • 2x- note cards
  • 1x- 5”x7” piece of cardboard


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Thursday, April 13, 2017


Grade 5 students explore coding and making using our BeeBots.  Students used their Chromebooks to write a retelling of a classic fairytale.  They created scenery and costumes for their BeeBots.  The students then programmed their Beebots to retell their assigned fairy tale.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grade 5 students read a fiction article in StoryWorks about a poisonous duck. In this article the duck was not real but have very realistic characteristics.  The students were given the task of creating a fiction animal that could be real.  They worked together to research animals (habitat, food, characteristics, etc) using their Chromebooks. Using their research, the students created a realistic but fictional animal.




Thursday, April 6, 2017

You're never too early to start coding. Mr. Harkins visits Shawsheen preschool with beebots.  The students practice and letter recognition counting colors all while doing basic coding skills. And having fun. 


Thursday, March 23, 2017


Ms. Siviski’s class have been learning about degrees and how they are used to measure angles in math. To help them further understand these concepts, the students are programming robots! The robots they are using are called Spheros. They are small spherical balls that can be programmed with a Chromebook or an iPad using a block programming language. After a brief introduction on how to program the Spheros the students started to use their math skills to move Sphero! Working in small groups, students were given different challenges for Sphero to complete.  In order to complete the challenge Sphero must be programmed correctly using commands the robot understands (Roll, Change Speed, Heading, Degrees, Spin, etc.). Each of the commands has additional variables that must be programmed properly, such as, the correct number of degrees when turning. The final challenge will be for students to figure out how to “go bowling” with Sphero. The catch? Sphero will not be able to go down a traditional straight lane, it will have to navigate an obstacle course to knock down the pins!




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Whether you are using Google Docs or Google Slides both teachers and students can easily insert images into their work. Instead of sending students out on a Google Image Search or uploading pictures from another device, students can stay within their documents to find media that adds to their creation. From slide-based presentations on sustainable fishing to feature articles that use maps to complement their writing, the easy image insert option will come in handy when exploring any topic.

How-To Insert Images in Google Docs and Google Slides

In the screenshot below you’ll see the menu bar in a Google Doc. At the top of the screen you have the option to Insert and choose to add an image to your page.
There are lots of options for bringing images into your document. The last option on the right-hand side of the screen says “Search.” With the Search option you can find images that are labeled for reuse with modification. When you click on the image it will add it to your document.

I hope this quick tip will come in handy next time you are creating a template to share with students in Google Classroom or sending students off to create a product that demonstrates their understanding.