Kindergarten Technology

3rd Trimester Summary

We began the trimester by exploring an educational website, abcmouse  They learned how to scroll through the list of K-2 students alphabetically to find their name and click on it to enter the website.

 

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We read “Draw Me a Star” by Eric Carle and the students created their own star filled sky in Pixie using the Star Shape Tool and Photo Frame.

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To celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday, we read “Green Eggs and Ham” and spotted the rhyming words along the way. They then referred to Dr. Seuss’ Word groups and sorted words with the same endings into columns in Pixie.

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For Earth Day, we discussed what we love about the earth and what we can do to help it out. They then created a poster in Pixie.

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We reviewed our color names in English and Spanish with this video

The students then worked on a word challenge, using the background tool in Pixie they filled in colors, numbers, and sounds with different colors to reveal a shape.

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Throughout the trimester, the students practiced their typing at Typing Pal 

 

2nd Trimester Summary

The students began their Trimester with learning a new Typing Program, Typing Pal. This program has exercises and short practice texts to help the students increase their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

All kindergarten students participated in the worldwide event, “Hour of Code” in December. We began our coding unit in November, by discussing how code is used in our world and its importance. The concepts of patterns, loops, and debugging were then reinforced by working at two different coding websites.

https://studio.code.org/s/course2

https://www.kodable.com

We concluded our coding unit by learning to draw complex animals with simple shapes. These concepts were reinforced by looking at the life work of Ed Emberley, an author of over 80 children’s drawing books in which the instructions for drawing any animal is broken down into simple steps with simple shapes.

They began by drawing land animals based on basic shapes (Circles, Triangles, Lines) in Pixie.  They used Ed Emberley’s book, “Drawing Book of Animals.”  They chose from 5 land animals: tadpole, chick, earthworm, spider, and ladybug to draw in Pixie.

 

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We learned about types of bugs by watching the music video  “Bug Parade” by Sue Straw

We then read,  “Bug Parade,” by Holly Keller, and discussed the adjectives that were used in the book.

small, smaller, smallest

long, longer, longest

big, bigger, biggest

short, shorter, shortest

Using sight words they then searched for three bugs in Pixie, made them different sizes, then described them using one of these adjective trios.

 

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We then worked on our “Inside Out” project where we integrated social emotional learning in the lab. Based on the 5 characters from the film, Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust, the students used the camera on their computers to take pictures of themselves making the five emotions.

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We concluded our trimester with three weeks of studying robotics. We defined as a class what a robot is and what sensors and  features a robot must have to navigate through different situations and solve different problems.

They began by creating their own robots at PBS Kids Robot Workshop  and Curious George Build a Bot.

The students were given a Code-a-Pillar  and plugged in coding blocks to the head of the robot to navigate through self-created obstacle courses.

We concluded the unit, by working with the Finch  robot. This robot was connected to their computer and they programmed it’s sensors with an online coding program SNAP. 

1st Trimeter Summary

Kindergarteners are learning how to wake up the computers, log in, select a program, sign in and get started. That’s a lot of steps to remember! Thinkin’ Things 1 was the initial application they learned which taught them mouse skills including clicking and dragging. They then acquainted themselves with the keyboard and where the alphabet is located on it.

We read the book, “It Looked Like Spilt Milk,” by Charles Green Shaw. Using the program Pixie, the students drew a cloud shape and filled in the background color.

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We read the book, “Big Green Monster,” by Ed Emberley. The students then drew their own monster using the paint and fill background tools.

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We read the book, “A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Stoeke. They then took their 5  pictures of themselves with the computer’s camera and added hats to their heads.

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For Halloween, they created a four page booklet searching for Halloween stickers in Pixie.

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Villa Technology Standards

Kindergarten Benchmarks:

  • Use screen layouts, menus, and icons to navigate efficiently
  • Dictate a sentence/story while adult enters it on the computer. Type own name and class.
  • Identify all letters on the keyboard, use mouse to make choices and drag and drop, use shift to make capital letters, use of delete key, escape, and spacebar

Technology Integration:  Students demonstrate the ability to use computer tools to accomplish tasks or complete projects related to their curriculum.

Throughout the trimester, we explored activities on new websites including

Sesame Street      Sensory World        Nat Geo Kids         Seussville       PBS Kids


Throughout the trimester the students practiced  keyboarding at  TypingPal and Keyboard Seeker