Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Writing Activity with QR Codes

Are you in need of one more activity to help fill the week before the holiday break? 
Here is a super fun free writing activity.  

For this writing activity, students take on the role of a judge. They must analyze 2 pictures and pick a winner. The "judge" must justify the decision.

Students scan each QR code to reveal an image of the two competitors . . . houses decorated with tons of Christmas lights, gingerbread houses, snowmen, and snow sculptures. 

If you want your students to complete 2 out of the 4 judging,  print two writing sheets to a page. 

As a class, have students fill in the graph to show the class winner.

Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hour of Code! Dec. 8-12th

The Hour of Code is almost here!
On December 8-12th, all across the world, students will take part in this global initiative.
The Hour of Code encourages students to learn computer programming. Coding can sound a bit daunting, but there are many great tutorials to get you and your class started. 
You can participate as an individual, with your class, or get your whole school involved. 

"The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104."

Last year I worked with students in kinder through fifth grade as well as our Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) club.

How do you get started? Click {here} for some great resources . . . videos/handouts/posters/banners . . .

New this year! Coding with Anna and Elsa

Tynker has some great resources to use.
Puppy Adventure was a huge hit with the kinders!
I'm excited to try Candy Quest!

Give it a try!
Share the experience on Twitter using the hashtag #HourofCode!