Distance Learning: Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade

Week One:

Link: https://ourfamilycode.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Binary-Code-Challenge.pdf

Everything you read on the computer is made up of different combinations of 0’s and 1’s. This is called “binary code”, and it is how computers talk and represent information.

In the attached link, you will find a “Crack the Code Binary Challenge”. This challenge gives you five different riddles. It is your job to use the attached alphabet reference (page 2) to decode the riddle answers. 

For example, wherever you see the digits “00001”, it represents an A.

If you have free time, try writing your own name in binary code. If you want to challenge yourself even further, write a secret message and put it into binary code. Then, you can ask a family member to decode your secret message.

 

Week Two:

Link: https://www.typingclub.com/

After pressing “Get Started”, please start with the first square underneath Home Row Keys. Please complete as many of these lessons as time allows. After every few lessons, there is a typing game that will help break the monotony of keyboarding. Please try to practice keyboarding for at least 15 minutes every day.

Notes:

  • The most important thing to remember is to keep your fingers on the Home Row Keys throughout your lessons. You are training your muscles to return to their “home keys”, just like you train your muscles when you learn to ride a bike.
  • Remember to stand up and stretch every 30 minutes.
  • It is important to have both legs in front of you, while you are sitting up with good posture. It is proven that good posture leads to faster typing speeds!

Distance Learning: Third Grade and Fourth Grade

Week One:

In class, we have completed a Pie Project that combines our Microsoft Word skills with our Microsoft Excel skills. For this lesson, I have changed the numbers slightly.

Imagine that you sell pies every weekend at a farmer’s market. Today, your project is to represent your sales from February in a pie chart.

February Sales

Chocolate: 201 pies

Apple: 618 pies

Peach: 732 pies

Cherry: 321 pies

Blackberry: 99 pies

Pumpkin: 217 pies

Notes:

  • You need to START in Microsoft Word. Select “Insert”, then “Chart”, then “Pie Chart”. That will immediately open up Microsoft Excel for you.
  • Remember to drag the blue box down in Excel to allow for more lines to enter additional pie flavors.
  • Each section of your pie chart should be reflective of the pie type it is representing. Hint: colors and textures
  • To change the color of a specific slice, you need to right click on that slice only. Then change fill color.
  • Your pie chart needs to have an informative
  • Always double check your numbers!

 

Week Two:

Link: https://www.typingclub.com/

After pressing “Get Started”, please start with the first square underneath Home Row Keys. Please complete as many of these lessons as time allows. After every few lessons, there is a typing game that will help break the monotony of keyboarding. Please try to practice keyboarding for at least 15 minutes every day.

Notes:

  • The most important thing to remember is to keep your fingers on the Home Row Keys throughout your lessons. You are training your muscles to return to their “home keys”, just like you train your muscles when you learn to ride a bike.
  • Remember to stand up and stretch every 30 minutes.
  • It is important to have both legs in front of you, while you are sitting up with good posture. It is proven that good posture leads to faster typing speeds!

Distance Learning: First Grade and Second Grade

Week One:

Link: https://www.abcya.com/games/find_the_tech

First, select “review”. Go through the images to see the definitions for each technological device:

Camera

Computer

Device Charging Station

Drone

Headphones

Keyboard

Laptop

Modem and Router

Monitor

Computer Mouse

Printer

LCD Projector

Smartphone

Smart Speaker

Smart Watch

Smart Board

Speakers

Tablet

USB Flash Drive

Video Game Console

Next, go back to the main menu and select “search”. The box at the top center will indicate which device you should be searching for.  You should be able to find all 21 objects in the room.

 

Week Two:

This is an enrichment activity that will sharpen your specific clicking skills (right clicking, left clicking, double clicking, and drag-and-drop).

Link: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/

In Chrome Music Lab, please select the tile that reads “Kandinsky”. Using your mouse, draw your name in the white area. When you press play, you will be able to hear different sounds for each letter of your name. Next, experiment by drawing different shapes to discover new sounds. Each shape will create a different sound (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, etc.) This tool was named after a famous Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He was an abstract artist most famous for comparing painting to making music.

After using the Kandinsky tool, you may select any of the other tiles on Chrome Music Lab. My recommendations are “Rhythm” and “Song Maker”.

Distance Learning: K4 and K5

Week One:

This is an enrichment activity that will sharpen your specific clicking skills (right clicking, left clicking, double clicking, and drag-and-drop).

Link: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/

In Chrome Music Lab, please select the tile that reads “Kandinsky”. Using your mouse, draw your name in the white area. When you press play, you will be able to hear different sounds for each letter of your name. Next, experiment by drawing different shapes to discover new sounds. Each shape will create a different sound (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, etc.) This tool was named after a famous Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He was an abstract artist most famous for comparing painting to making music.

After using the Kandinsky tool, you may select any of the other tiles on Chrome Music Lab. My recommendations are “Rhythm” and “Song Maker”.

 

Week Two:

This is an enrichment activity that will sharpen your clicking skills and your letter recognition skills.

Link: https://www.abcya.com/games/kindergarten_alphabet_bingo

During Alphabet Bingo, you will need to listen to the letter being called. You may wear headphones if you have them. If you need the letter repeated, that option is at the top of the screen. I would recommend starting out with “Letter Name”, and then moving on to “Letter Sound”.

 

Technology: October

K4: Mouse control, right-clicking, double-clicking

K5: Computer parts, double-clicking, mouse accuracy/precision, Halloween activities

First Grade: Keyboarding introduction, mouse accuracy, Microsoft Word

Second Grade: Microsoft Word, keyboarding, making shapes with Microsoft

Third Grade: Tech Titans Review/Game, graphic organizers (Fruit of the Spirit), .org vs. .com

Fourth Grade: Tech Titans Review/Game, graphic organizers (Fruit of the Spirit), .org vs. .com

Fifth/Sixth Grade: Tech Titans Review/Game, Microsoft Publisher, Operating Systems

Please visit our Technology class blog: www.stpeterstech.edublogs.org

Technology September

K4: Desktop/Mouse Introduction, Mouse Control, Drag and Drop Skills

K5: Drag and Drop Skills, Right/Left Click, Mouse Speed

First Grade: Mouse Accuracy, Computer Parts Review, Home Row Keys

Second Grade: Mouse Accuracy, Computer Parts Review, Search Engines

Third Grade: Hardware vs. Software, What is WiFi?, Keyboarding Practice

Fourth Grade: Hardware vs. Software, What is WiFi?, Internet Browsers

Fifth/Sixth Grades: Hardware vs. Software, What is WiFi?, Operating Systems, Difference Between .org and .com

Please visit our Technology class blog: http://www.stpeterstech.edublogs.org

Tech Titans (for grades 3, 4, 5, and 6): Tim Cook, Hedy Lamarr, Marissa Mayer, Alan Turing, and Linus Torvalds

Technology: April

First Grade: Kodable Logins/Accounts, Tynker

Second Grade: Kodable Logins/Accounts, Formatting in Microsoft Word

Third Grade: Kodable Logins/Accounts, Multiplication Resources

Fourth Grade: Monty Hall Dilemma, Microsoft Publisher

Fifth Grade: Microsoft Publisher, Graphics

Sixth Grade: Scratch Project, Graphics

 

Link to St. Peter’s Technology Blog: http://www.stpeterstech.edublogs.org

Technology: February

St. Peter’s Technology Class Blog: www.stpeterstech.edublogs.org

First Grade: Sight Word Recognition Activities, Typing Valentines Letters, Tangrams

Second Grade: Learning Coins Activities, Computer Vocabulary, Robot Islands

Third Grade: Google Earth, States of Matter, Typing Rocket

Fourth Grade: Excel Pixel Art, Letter Creator

Fifth Grade: Google Sheets Pixel Art, Ghost Typing, Hydro Logic

Sixth Grade: Google Sheets Pixel Art, Input vs. Output Devices, Storage vs. Processing in Computers

Technology: January

Here is the link to our Technology Class Blog: www.stpeterstech.edublogs.org

First Grade: Dragging/Dropping Review, Story Maker, Google Earth

Second Grade: Microsoft PowerPoint: Clip Art, Text Box, Animation

Third Grade: The Technology in a GPS, Satellites

Fourth Grade: Typing Test #3, How Technology is used in Meteorology

Fifth Grade: Isaac Newton Interactive Activity, How Technology is used in Meteorology, Weather Project

Sixth Grade: Typing Test #3, Weather Project, Graphic Organizers using Google Classroom

We are excited to have a new HP Sprout computer in the library this month! Here is a description of the computer from the HP Website: “Spark creativity and heighten hands-on experiences with an immersive learning station that integrates a PC, dual multi-touch work areas and 2D and 3D scanning. It enables students and educators to reimagine collaboration, communication and learning.”

Technology: November

On our St. Peter’s Technology blog, you can find details about our lessons and direct links to the websites we use in class: Tech Blog

First Grade: These students are working to combine their computer skills such as typing, mouse control, and website navigation. In November, they will be writing their own stories using a beginning, middle, and end. We will also complete a Thanksgiving Project using a search engine. Half of this project will be done in Library, and the other half will be done during Technology. Each student will search for details (housing, food, etc.) about a different tribe.

Second Grade: The second grade is getting better at their mouse control skills each week. In the beginning of class, we do a short activity that practices their double clicking, dragging and dropping, highlighting text, and right-clicking. Students are encouraged to practice these skills at home if possible. This past week, students were introduced to “Chrome Music Lab”. This tool is created by Google, and must be used with the Google Chrome web browser. In using this website, students are able to create their own rhythms, melodies, and even use voice control. While using this musical tool, students are also practicing double-clicking, dragging and dropping, and the aforementioned mouse skills that we are working on.

Third Grade: This group is learning how to use the computer to help them with other subjects. For example, as they begin studying multiplication, I showed them a few online tools that will help them review their multiplication facts. All of these links can be found on our class blog, and the students know where to find them. Several of these links can also be used to review addition and subtraction as well. In addition, each week we are typing a different list using new bullet points in Microsoft Word. They know that this would be a good way to type their spelling words at home for practice. Today, the each typed a bulleted list of ten things they are thankful for.

Fourth Grade: The fourth graders are very focused on improving their keyboarding skills. We begin each class with a three-minute activity: I choose one letter, and they type as many words beginning with that letter that they can. They are improving each week! It is important for them to remember to use their “Home Row Keys” while practicing keyboarding at home, so they can develop a muscle memory while keyboarding. We have also been learning about the different Microsoft Office programs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. Last week, they worked in groups to create a graphic organizer in Publisher. They did a great job!

Fifth Grade: These students are very excited to be using their individual Google Accounts in Google Classroom. I am so impressed by how quickly they caught on to the process and navigation through the Google Classroom. Since we have been using Google Classroom, our class activities have become much more collaborative and efficient. Students are able to submit their work directly to me on Google Classroom, which saves time. They are also able to view documents that I post, edit them, and submit them to me. It has been a great tool during class!

Sixth Grade: Using Google Classroom, the sixth grade class projects are able to be completed in one class period. We have been able to get so much done in such a short time. On All Saints Day, each sixth grader chose a saint and completed one slide about their chosen saint. They were all working in the same “Slides” presentation on Google, so we were able to quickly combine the slides and create one presentation. This group loves to see how their individual work can combine with their classmates’ work to create a collaborative project. Yesterday, they began their Resume Project. Each student is writing a resume for a job they hope to have, pretending they are 10 years in the future. I am really impressed with their work thus far!