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4th Grade Pilgrim Perspective Online Newspaper

posted Jun 23, 2011, 1:48 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 1:52 PM ]

The 2 4th grade classes collaborated online using Google Sites to create this online newspaper. 

Visit the full site here: The Pilgrim Perspective Newspaper

Here's a letter from the senior editors that summarizes what they did:
"Dear Reader,
We are pleased that you have chosen The Pilgrim Perspective as your number one source for pilgrim news. Our fourth graders became pilgrims, and then wrote from the perspective of pilgrims.

To start our research we first learned about reliable resources. These types of resources came from different Internet websites and from resource books. We learned how to hunt down quality and relevant information, paraphrase what we read, and proceeded to do individual and group research.

You’ll have to forgive our senior editors. Some of our journalists discovered a time machine in the basement and realized that writers used it to travel around. They traveled back and forth in time, and then came back to the present to write articles about what they had seen. What they saw was just so interesting and exciting we couldn’t wait until the proper year to share it with you!

We would like to thank Ms. Hyde and Dr. Terosky for supporting the fourth graders in their learning journey. We would also like to thank Mr. Rhys for all of the technology support in making this the first digital pilgrim newspaper! And of course, this newspaper could not have been possible without the dedicated and incredible 4th grade journalists.

Once again, we’d like to thank you for choosing to read our newspaper. We have been working long and hard on creating articles that would give you a glimpse into what a pilgrim might have seen, heard, and thought during this time period. We looked at events in history through their eyes, and did our best to infer what they might have written. So take a break from churning all that butter, sit back, relax, and enjoy The Pilgrim Perspective!"

3rd Grade PSA on Disaster Relief: Lean on me

posted Jun 23, 2011, 1:10 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 1:21 PM ]

3rd Graders in Ms. Kirksey-Floyd's class decided that it was important to persuade their community to give aid to Japan in light of the recent disasters they endured, and are dealing with.  Students came up with this concept to connect disasters we've endured in the US to theirs through images and the lyrics of the song "Lean on me".  Then they storyboarded video shots to communicate the feeling that we are all in this together.  In the process they collaborated in iMovie using the Smartboard to put all of their media articles in sequence, add voiceover, and decide what images should be seen when.  The results (below) are both poignant and moving.  Well done class 3-118!

Lean on Me, Video



Digital Citizenship Project (6th and 7th Grade Technology Classes)

posted May 17, 2011, 4:28 PM by rkumaraswamy@ps334school.org   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 10:22 AM by Unknown user ]

This year, Anderson Middle School students were asked to sign a Digital Citizenship Contract that raised many questions and led to a thoughtful class discussion.  Students presented these thoughts in the form of a Video News Release.

Digital Citizenship Videos


To access the contract, click here.
For the project rubric, click here.

5th Grade Humanities Immigration Blog

posted May 9, 2011, 11:43 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 1:02 PM ]

Project Description From the Immigration Blog Hub:

"Students in Humanities created Google Sites, which are listed to the left, in the sidebar, based on a deceased or imaginary figure from the time period above. By studying immigration during this time period, as well as before and after the time period, students have a firm grasp on what it means to be an immigrant. Many of the characters researched are actual immigrants who went on in life to become famous or were members of the student's actual family. Other figures studied are fictional, created by the student based on a job one may have had at Ellis Island or politically during the time period."

Read more and check out all of the student blogs on the: Immigration Blog Hub (Circa 1880s-1930s)

Health & Media Productions

posted Apr 29, 2011, 11:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 1:09 PM ]

Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Schliessman's health classes put together some amazing digital productions.  Read about them in their own words, and check out the sample production below, then go to the Health, Physical Education, and Athletics website and read and watch more!  

"What:

Students were given a specific topic from one of the 3 broad topics listed above.  Students were responsible for researching their area of nutrition and publishing the information they found using a multimedia presentation.  Using our Mac laptop computers, students had the choice of iPhoto and iMovie, or the online animation tool: Xtranormal.com

Why:

A goal of mine for my health class is to produce health literate students. Today, health literacy cannot be separated from media literacy. Students today receive an enormous amout of information about health related issues through the media that surround them daily.  Students read about health in magazines and newspapers or online, hear about health on the radio or television, and see health-related advertisements on the street. To make healthy decisions, students need to be able to take messages in, think critically about what they are viewing, and reflect on how those messages affect their health and lifestyle. 

Rather than have the students put together Powerpoint or Keynote presentations and read off of the board, I wanted the students to create multimedia presentations that give them a voice in the media formats that they experience everyday -- to combine audio, graphics, and images to create digital stories.  Students in small groups were given a choice of different presentation formats which allowed different types of learners to excel in different aspects of the production process.
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The 4th Grade Pilgrim Project Blogs

posted Apr 29, 2011, 6:58 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 12:48 PM ]

The fourth grade classes recently completed an online project where each student blogged from the perspective of a character in the books they were reading.  Students chose characters from Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts - Rhode Island, 1653, The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 and wrote diary entries from those characters' perspectives as blog posts.

After completing their posts, students were assigned blogging partners, and commented on characters from other stories comparing and contrasting elements of their story and time period with their partners'.  Those who were talking to characters from the past, would talk about cause and effect, and give advice based on their characters' experiences.   

Their final assignment was to reflect on the differences between blogs and diaries.  Students wrote about issues around the respective technologies, privacy and personal reflection itself.  Interesting stuff! 

Check out their Pilgrim Project Website to read all of the entries!

Student Internet Safety Videos on the Library Site

posted Apr 29, 2011, 6:25 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 29, 2011, 6:36 AM ]

Librarian, Donna Berry, worked with her students to create animated tutorial videos for staying safe on the Internet.  4 groups of students created 4 videos targetting grades 2-5 respectively.  They were inspired by the CommonCraft.com style tutorials using drawings and narration to help people understand new media and related concepts.  Visit the Library Media Center website to see all of the videos, and stay safe out there!

The Making of PS 334-Casts

posted Apr 14, 2011, 12:42 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 15, 2011, 12:56 PM ]

See how Mr. Conway's sixth-graders learn about the weather by producing weather reports!  This video was presented at the 2011 National Science Teachers Conference in San Francisco, CA.

2010 3rd Grade PSA Series

posted Sep 27, 2010, 12:32 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 10:24 AM ]

The PSA project was a new initiative this year. The goal was to integrate technology and service into our social studies curriculum. The PSA project explored millennium issues in Africa. Students brainstormed ideas about problems they saw in the world and came up with four major categories: Health, Poverty, Water Pollution and Education. We learned about the role of a PSA as a platform for bringing attention to our issues.

Visit the Showcase Page to see all of the videos: http://sites.google.com/a/ps334school.org/mislam/3rd-grade-psas-showcase-page

Ms. Fischler's Civil War Era Blog Hub

posted Sep 20, 2010, 11:24 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 27, 2010, 12:30 PM ]

On this site you will read the blogs of various Civil War/Slavery Era figures. Most characters you read about are real, while some students researched to create their own character.

Visit Ms. Fischler's Civil War Era Blog Hub

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