Kindergarten Robots



If you have never used TuxPaint before you are missing out!  TuxPaint is free, hackable, and open to a million possibilities.  You can find TuxPaint at www.tuxpaint.org and don't forget to download the program as well as the stamps.  You can also create stamps of your own if you choose, and maybe someday I will write a short tutorial on that, but for not just download it anyway and turn the kids loose.

Right now kindergarten is working on a flip book using a Robot that I created and loaded into TuxPaint.  Each students gets to create a robot using any of the tools found in TuxPaint and make it their own.  Once they are are all completed, we will print them out and make a flip book where the students can mix and match robot parts with their classmates.



Monster Skypes


I love Twitter!  It's amazing to see a random tweet that a teacher sends out that highlights a great project done by their students.  It's even better when you read what happened and think "Yes, we can do that and the kids would love it!"

I stumbled across a tweet by Craig Badura @mrbadura about a "Monster Creation" project involving drawing, creative writing and skyping too! Talk about a gold mine for getting several levels of interaction into a project!  The students created a monster on paper and then wrote a very detailed description of what their monster looked like.  Once the students have their monster created and instructions written, we will ship them off to a partner school to see how they do with our instructions and they will send them to us as well so we can see how well we can follow directions.  

Once both schools have had a chance to draw the monsters we will meet up on Skype so the students can meet their drawing partner and compare the pictures they drew.

Since this was our first foray into this, I created a monster and had the students try to create my monster based on my instructions.  I left out a lot of detail and was glad to have my students wanting to know more and we were able to discuss the importance of details such as shape, color, size and location.

I dove in and found a video too about a school that had done a similar project to help the students understand a little more about how things could look.  https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/3rd-grade-descriptive-writing

We hope to start drawing soon and we are anxious to hear back from our partner schools.  Keep tuned for more posts as we get information back.



Monster Skypes


I love Twitter!  It's amazing to see a random tweet that a teacher sends out that highlights a great project done by their students.  It's even better when you read what happened and think "Yes, we can do that and the kids would love it!"

I stumbled across a tweet by Craig Badura @mrbadura about a "Monster Creation" project involving drawing, creative writing and skyping too! Talk about a gold mine for getting several levels of interaction into a project!  The students created a monster on paper and then wrote a very detailed description of what their monster looked like.  Once the students have their monster created and instructions written, we will ship them off to a partner school to see how they do with our instructions and they will send them to us as well so we can see how well we can follow directions.  

Once both schools have had a chance to draw the monsters we will meet up on Skype so the students can meet their drawing partner and compare the pictures they drew.

Since this was our first foray into this, I created a monster and had the students try to create my monster based on my instructions.  I left out a lot of detail and was glad to have my students wanting to know more and we were able to discuss the importance of details such as shape, color, size and location.

I dove in and found a video too about a school that had done a similar project to help the students understand a little more about how things could look.  https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/3rd-grade-descriptive-writing

We hope to start drawing soon and we are anxious to hear back from our partner schools.  Keep tuned for more posts as we get information back.