Monday, December 28, 2015

Asa's tractor project

Asa was the first second grader to complete his Genius Hour project. He researched the difference between wheel tractors and crawlers and decided to share his findings through a class presentation. Asa made tractor cookies to demonstrate what a wheel tractor looks like versus a crawler (tracks). You can see his presentation in the video below. Needless to say, his project was extremely popular with the students especially when the cookies were handed out and gobbled up.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

We are on our way!

This week the second graders were introduced to two new apps on the i-Pad, ChatterKid and Tellagami, that can be exciting ways to share information they've gathered throughout the research process.  We emphasized that these are only options included in a variety of ways to share information.

Students are no longer in the same steps of the Genius Hour process at the same time.  This week, some students were collecting more information and notes from books and computers, while other students were organizing the notes they've collected for presentations.  One student was viewing the video clip we filmed during our school ice skating trip this week, while another was already beginning work on his final product.

The children are continuing to use their red and blue cups to let us know when they need assistance.  Students were proactive in helping each other navigate search engines for research.  We are well on our way and eager to see where our projects lead us.  Thanks for following along in our journey!