2nd Grade Poster Projects

Once again, Second grade has been partnered up and hard at work these past few months researching animals, creating posters, writing short scripts and recording videos.  They used National Geographic to learn more about their animals and YouTube to find videos that enhanced their posters at the end. The students loved creating their posters and learning more about their animals. We learned how the green screen works and were able to use it to add a little pizazz to our final poster projects.

Partner 1Partner 2Animal NameGroup
SandstromSandstromLink to Poster
RecordedRexRayvenT Rexhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/rex-rayven/2md4i6uegtb1
RecordedDavidDakotaKing Cobrahttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/blank-vertical-glog-5aa6a5387ff09/2uitpx3j2ij4
RecordedKailinhAddisonSnowy owlhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/kailinh-addison/2nvq0t3vstt5
RecordedReidJasonGreat White Sharkhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/blank-vertical-glog-5aa6aab5ddc2f/2kq8pqa8bib6
Needs factsIzaakMorganBald Eaglehttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/izaak-morgan/2kpnme9o9e37
RecordedGianniKendrickADEIIE PENGUINhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/gianni-kendrick/2fqjlw2cpln8
Page-All DonePageLink to Poster
RecordedDanteCarlinMountain Lionhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/ladainian-carlin/2pnmlvvmh8t2
RecordedRJBennettKing Cobrahttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/rj-bennett/2kpmukb4mx93
RecordedMatthewPeytonBurmese Pythonhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/matthew-and-peyton/2ulmd9i6bif5
RecordedAbigailTrinityGray wolfhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/blank-vertical-glog-5aa6b1c7ea4b3/2rb3hoicoo36
RecordedGraycenAveryGray Wolfhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/avery-graycen/2o27q5aw9rl7
RecordedBlakeRaelynnIndian Peafowlhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/blank-vertical-glog/2j480roefi19
Hendrickson-All DoneHendricksonLink to Poster
RecordedDamianKeiganKing Cobrahttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/damian-keigan/2kpmc400pov3
RecordedKarliAddisynBottlenose Dolphinhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/addisyn-karli/2t06x0kc6st6
RecordedJohnathonParkerKomodo Dragonhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/johnathon-and-parker/2hbprxp3hlh8
Cogdill-All DoneCogdillLink to Poster
RecordedHayesHaivenBlue Marlinhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/haiven-hayes/2pkb0al3nc51
RecordedAnabelleRylanGreen Sea Turtlehttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/anabelle-rylan/2r7pu37rurd3
RecordedJayceRyderPrezwalski's Horsehttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/jayce-ryder/2fobhle20qx5
RecordedSamsonBayleeBottlenose Dolphinhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/baylee-samson/2kmb8x0jt2j6
RecordedBriannaJustinBald Eaglehttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/brianna-justin/2hbqde0q8877
RecordedKurtisBraylonTylosaurus Prorigerhttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/kurtis-braylon/2m9q4pla2hr8
RecordedMorganNoneGreen Sea Turtlehttps://edu.glogster.com/glog/morgan/2fxi9xffmdn10

2nd Grade Poster Project

Second grade has been partnered up and hard at work these past few months researching animals, creating posters, writing short scripts and recording videos.  They used National Geographic to learn more about their animals and YouTube to find videos that enhanced their posters at the end.  The students loved creating their posters and learning more about their animals. We learned how the green screen works and were able to use it to add a little pizazz to our final poster projects.

SandstromLink to Poster
AnnicaTatianaHarp sealhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/tatiana-annica/2epmfdjm5sx
KoleVaughnKing Kobrahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/vaughn-kole/2i0i6wr2kpf
MaizeJackKomodo Dragonhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/maize-jack/2i27awjfqnb
IlliasMacyRed Eyed Tree Froghttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/illias-macy/2jnm6p6604j
PageLink to Poster
MatthewZayleiPrezwalski's Horsehttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/matthew-zaylei/2i1paxiilpr
AllisonAudreyGiant Pandahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/audrey-allison/2qa817lo7l5
ShawnRuebenKing Kobrahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/rueben-and-shawn/2tiivvnj62j
BryleeTarynAmerican Bisonhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/brylee-taryn/2s0foobwjud
DraeganJackieKomodo Dragonhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/draegan-jackie/2la0ufc595n
HendricksonLink to Poster
TristanTatiannaGiant Pandahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/tristan-tatianna/2i0jqij962d
SymphanieJoseyGreat Horned Owlhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/josey-symphanie/2gbfqq65qn9
ElizabethPiperPrzewalski's horsehttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/elizabeth-piper/2ok0dmqh7r7
AlexandraHannahIndian Peafowlhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/alexandra-hannah/2onclmb9jmx
JseanAkselGRAY WOLFhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/jsean-aksel/2l9fi3qnkwt
SaraMountain Lionhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/sarano/2s0i8p0jokl
StoneConnorMountain Lionhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/connor-stone/2jm0mb5xdhl
DominicTobinWoolly Mammothhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/tobin-dominic/2ti050d122r
CogdillLink to Poster
KaelTaylorKing cobrahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/taylor-kael/2jpdsic87mb
CarsonTysonKing Cobrahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/carson-tyson/2qchjmbtfb1
JoveSophiaGray Wolfhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/jove-sophia/2tldb7j9u7h
LillianRed Eyed Tree Froghttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/lillian-j/2i3wwppi073
GageLeannaMallard Duckhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/gage-leanna/2ondjtwq1vv
NELLAHKYLIEBottlenose Dolphinhttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/kylie-and-nellah/2rxwfewjmq9
EmmersonJasiahKing Cobrahttp://edu.glogster.com/glog/emmerson-jasiah/2n1wo3c1sgn

#DigCitWeek & Upstanders

October 16-22nd was Digital Citizenship Week and we were pretty excited to take part this year!

In the computer lab we learned about how to manage their online reputations, deal with issues such as cyberbullying, and conduct themselves safely online.  We spent the majority of our time on cyberbullying this past week and will continue to talk more as we work our way through the Common Sense Media curriculum.

In class we looked at in-person bullying and cyberbullying and talked about how they are similar and different.  It's pretty easy to see in-person bullying, but cyberbullying is harder to see since we use technology. Most of the time no one sees cyberbullying happen, so it's important to know what to do when it happens.

We also learned how to be an "upstander" instead of a "bystander" when it comes to bullying.  Upstanders stand up to bullies and try to help their friends realize when they are being a bully in a polite manner.

This video is pretty helpful and a great way to start the discussion about cyberbullying.  

Part of what we do is discuss the acronym "STOP" which stands for 

  • Step away from the computer
  • Tell a trusted adult
  • Only use ok sites
  • Pause and think online
It's a great thing to discuss with students and help them learn the ins and outs of cyberbullying from an early age.  

If you want more resources for digital citizenship week, check out Common Sense Media.


If my students have said anything about Bloxels and you are wondering what is going on, you came to the right place.

Bloxels is a new way for anyone to create a video game.  ANYONE!

Bloxels uses the typical assets of an animated story – the characters, environments, and challenges – and combines them into a video game to play, share and collaborate alongside friends.

Student can design directly on the app or use the app in conjunction with a a pixel board.

The bloxels website has a ton of resources available to help anyone create a game and make any character they can imagine. 

"Bloxels helps kids achieve their nearly universal desire to create video games (seriously, just ask any kid), rather than just playing them. By using the unique combination of hands-on toys and their love and understanding of classic video games, we've made video game creation accessible and fun for all ages."

To fully comprehend the simplicity and magic of Bloxels, you must first see it in action. Watch below to learn the basics of creating with Bloxels. 

Bloxels Overview from Pixel Press on Vimeo.

2nd Grade Storymakers

This past month Second-grade students have had a unique opportunity to co-create a story with Mr. Uhing’s high school English IV class.  Many students commented that they learned new vocabulary, colorful adjectives, and added humor to their stories while interacting with their high school partners.

I assisted Mrs. Hyer with this project and am pretty impressed with their end products.

There are some videos coming down the line, but in the mean time, check out Mrs. Hyer and Mrs. Brown's blog to see what their groups have been working on.


2nd Grade Word Clouds

FYI: I love getting a chance to know more about my students and what motivates them!  Almost every year I have had the chance to make word clouds using tagxedo.com with the 2nd grade and it's always a favorite activity of mine.  They select words that they feel identify them or showcase their talents and interests and then get to customize to make theirs unique.  They are pretty cool and look great in our hallways.

This the first year that I have put them up online though, so feel free to view the classes and you can print your students off as well.  The 2nd grade students do have a laminated copy they will be bringing home sometime in the near future.


I was able to help Mrs. Hyer's reading group with a spoider project this past week and it was great. The students had been using the Chromebooks to research spiders and gather information.  They worked very hard writing their reports and sorting out what they felt was important.  The students came into my room during a reading time and we had a few special guests help us with Prezi creation to give the students an avenue to present their research with the aid of technology.  They did a great job adding facts, picures and video.

Check out the Prezi's by clicking the link below.


ColAR Mix Skype

Our second grade classes were super lucky to Skype with Adrian Clark all the way from New Zealand today!  Adrian works for a company called Puteko and is the original inventor of the colAR Mix app.

If you aren't familiar with the app, here is a video to show you how the app works.  It is pretty amazing and you can hear a chorus of "Whoa!" in the room every time someone holds the iPad up to their coloring and it springs into action.

The colAR mix app uses augmented reality to allow students to print, color-in and see their coloring come alive in a 3D animated environment on iPads.  Their images pop out of the paper with their coloring patterns in high detail and students can interact with their images and give life to their drawings and colorings.  Some of the coloring pages allow the students to tap buttons on screen see their fireworks launch or have a soccer player kick the ball.  It's pretty amazing and the app is free!  There are some inexpensive in-app purchases that are well worth it though and it goes to help support further development of the app as well as new R&D.

We submitted questions ahead after brainstorming with our students and seeing what they wanted to know about colAR mix.  

They were pretty amazed to learn how different the time zones were too since Adrian was 19 hours ahead of us the next day.  We met with him at 1:00 p.m. MT which was 8:00 a.m. in New Zealand.

To help answer the student questions, Adrian talked to our students about the importance of education and how much Math is involved to be able to create the app.  He also told out students that if they didn't think they were very good at math there are artists, psychologists and a bunch of other people that worked on the app and they were all very important to making the app work and it took the talents of everyone to make their team.

We learned that markers don't work as well to color the pages in since the iPad is looking for the black lines around the shapes and dark colors make it harder for the camera to read their image correctly.  The students also wanted to know if they could make their own drawings and use the app to make them come to life.  They were pretty sad to learn they couldn't since it takes an artist to draw the images and work on the specific animations for the app.  Our students did learn though that someday they might be able to submit their own ideas or designs and see if Puteko can bring their ideas or drawings to life.

Adrian also talked to our students about how long it took to make the app (just a few months) but that the work is ongoing to see what they can come up with next.  He told our students there are some pretty cool things in the future for Puteko and the colAR mix app.

Adrian shared a few videos of the app in action and gave us glimpse at his favorite coloring as well.  The students were pretty amazed at the dragon coloring.

Mrs. Hendrickson's Classroom

Mrs. Cogdill's classroom.

Mrs. Uhing's classroom.

Adrian talking to our students.

Live from New Zealand!

2nd Grade Glogs

Second grade worked very hard this semester researching animals using National Geographic.  The students read through animal webpages on National Geographic to gather their facts and then created posters using Glogster.  They chose their page backgrounds and layouts and added all of their elements to customize their posters with their partners.  The students learned a lot about page layout, web linking, editing and proofreading and how to work well with their partners. 

You can view all of the posters on the computer lab page at Glogster.

JibJab Christmas

If you are looking for a good way for students to practice uploading files, internet navigation, and basic image manipulation I cannot recommend JibJab enough!  The kids love it and we get to discuss file navigation at the same time since our school photos are shared on a network folder.  The older students learn about copying and pasting the embed code onto their blogs as well.  http://kidblog.org/CPS2022/

There are some inappropriate videos they could star in, so it is important to have the discussion about which videos are not ok.  We ruled out several due to the title, but there are only a few that fall into that category.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!