Monday, April 23, 2012

Poetry and QR Codes

Throughout the month of April we have been writing, reading, and interpreting poetry.  Lately I have tried to find a way to incorporate the use of QR codes in the classroom, and finally did so.  If you are unsure what a QR code is read here, to find out how to use them in the classroom read here and here.
Today the students used their iphones, itouch, or android device to read poems written by their classmates.  It all started last week when we spent a day discussing how to interpret poetry, and how difficult that can be.  After working as a class, students individually wrote poetic riddles.  These riddles were then turned into QR codes using Kaywa code generator.  The process of turning a poem into a code took less than 10 minutes!  Once all of the codes were created they were placed around the outside wall of our cafeteria.
Students then got in to groups of 2-3 and began to scan the codes.  Poems began popping up on devices.  The students had a lot of fun trying to guess the answer to each riddle.

Space Science and Board Games

As promised here are the pictures of the students and their board games.  These pictures refer back to a post from April 16th.  Directions for the assignment and a rubric are included in that post. Students have a great time with this assignment every year.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

3D Roman Structures

To bring our Ancient Rome unit to an end the students formed small groups to create 3D Roman structures. Students were given a list of possibilities and a rubric.  We spent about 4 class periods creating them. The kids did a great job!

 Roman Fort

The Colosseum 

Roman Warship

Monday, April 16, 2012

Space Science...and board games?

The students continue to work on their project based assessment from chapters 1 and 3 in our Space Science unit.  Student were given directions, shown below.  Before students were able to start on creating their actual game, they had to research and answer a series of questions based on the information in their text and beyond.
Pictures of the games to come in the near future!