April 10, 2007

Here is a quick little entry to show you an example of how blogs can be used even in primary grades.  The KinderKids Classroom blog is a blog for a Kindergarten classroom in Deerfield, NH.  I really like this blog because it allows the children to contribute in several ways.  First, the children get to write their own blog entries and receive feedback from other students, friends and family.  Second, they incorporate podcasts into their blogs to allow the viewers to hear them sing songs and tell us about their class.  This is a really good way to incorporate technology into a primary classroom.  Through this one blog the students are reading, writing, singing, speaking, typing, and sharpening their technology skills.  As a reward they get to share their work with their family and friends and receive positive reinforcement from them.  Check out the blog and see think about ways you can incorporate blogging into your classroom.

By the way the KinderKids Classroom blog is run from Class Blogmeister which is a free blogging site that gives the teacher the ability to review and approve blog entries before they can be viewed by others.


Build your own caterpillar

March 23, 2007

Here is a link off the Scholastic web site that allows your students to design a caterpillar based on certain environmental variables. The students get four scenes and have to choose the color, spines, and defense mechanisms of the caterpillar based upon the environment and nearby predator. This is really nice because not only does it make the students think about why they will construct their caterpillar in a certain way, it also asks them to explain why they made the choices they did. At the end of the exercise it examines each scene and tells them what might have been the best choices in each scene. They have the opportunity to print their caterpillars at the end of the activity.

This is a nice little activity for elementary classes.