Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Stars of Forest North

Teachers like third grade teacher, Mrs. Rhea, are trying innovative ways to prepare students for the annual STAAR Testing. Using Educanplay, Mrs. Rhea has developed a variety of matching games for students to take at their own pace. Likewise, she is using StudyJams to help students "jam" to math and science.

Check out more updates from STAAR tactics!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Planetarium visits Forest North!

On April 8 and April 9, the Austin Planetarium visited students in grades PK-5 and our FCC classrooms!

Classes explored the following topics:

Grades 2 - 5: Earth, Sun, and Moon: An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring physical differences between the Earth, Sun and Moon, plus phases of the Moon. May include hands-on activities to help the students visualize how the Earth-Sun-Moon system moves, plus information on eclipses. Program begins with information on constellations visible tonight and daily star motion.

Grades Pre-K - 1: One World, One Sky: Join Big Bird, Elmo and their Muppet friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Moon. Use your imagination to travel with Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu from Sesame Street to the moon, and discover how different it is from Earth.

Grades pre K-5: The Sky Tonight: An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring the stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky tonight. Demonstrates daily motion of stars and planets, plus constellation stories.

Stay tuned for pictures of this awesome and authentic learning experience!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's been a Spring of Change

Special Education teacher, Lalitha Shetty, has embarked on a spring of change and growth with her students.

After attending a Tech Thursdays in November, she began using Padlet with her fifth graders to brainstorm and organize thoughts.

This month, they have watched short educational videos on various topics including robots, animals, etc. on YouTube for 'response writing.' Students watch the video, are encouraged to make inferences, draw conclusions, and write about them in journals on Google Docs.

Students have also learned to publish Google docs with the following features: 'create'; change font style, color, and size,; insert pictures and resize them; print

And, currently, students are competing for 'Top Typist' , where they practice on Dance Mat typing.

In Mrs. Stewart's fifth grade reading class, students used the Curriculet app in Edmodo to document readings and increase fluency.

Stay tuned for more updates on our Spring of Change!