May 28, 2013

May 20, 2013

May 17, 2013

Hood A Math Geometry

May 13, 2013

May 6, 2013

April 22 - 26, 2013

  • St Stephens's MAP Testing: Tuesday April 23rd, 8:30 - 2nd Grade; 9:30 - 6th Grade; 10:30 - 7th Grade

April 15 - 19, 2013

  • State Research Projects

April 8-12, 2013

National Poetry Month was created and has been recognized in April in the United States since 1996. Today we will take a break from our state research project to create a couple poems. I have selected two poems for you to create. Listen to the teacher read the examples. Good poetry requires scrutinizing every word choice to achieve the best literary devices including rhythm and rhyme for your poems. The third link is a Rhymer Helper for you to create your perfect poem. Once you have made sure each line starts with a capital letter and that every word is spelled correctly, click on the create poem button. Copy and paste this poem into your Gaggle blog. Use the tools in Gaggle to double check your spelling before publishing your poem. Once you have created one of each poem, go to the Complete list of form poems and select one of your choice. After computer class, your challenge is to go home and create additional poems. Post your additional poems one at a time to your blog once you have completed one or more of them.

March 11-28, 2013

Shawnee Students continue with Fake FACEBOOK, Black History, Women's History and US Presidents Topics.

4th Grade FAKEbook pages

Use GRsharedTime Accounts to create a presentation.
States Research Presentations
Student Assignments
  1. What are your state's symbols? bird, tree, flower
  2. What does your state's flag look like?
  3. What is your state's nickname?
  4. What year was your state admitted into the union?

  1. Who are your state's representatives and senators?
  2. Who is the current governor of your state?
  3. How many people live in your state (population)?

  1. How many counties are in your state?
  2. What is the region in the United States your state is located?
  3. What is the land area of your state?
  4. What is the name of your state's capital?
  5. Where is your state's capital on a map?
  6. What borders your state?

  1. What are the physical or natural resources of your state?
  2. Describe the geographic features of your state. Landforms, rivers, mountains, lakes, oceans, deserts, peninsulas,
  3. What is the climate of your state?
  4. What are the GPS coordinates of your state?

  1. What are some interesting facts about your state? How is your state known?
  2. How far is your state from Grand Rapids Michigan?
  3. What are the driving directions in a car to get to your state from Grand Rapids Michigan?
  4. Where would you go on vacation in your state? Why?

  1. Are there any famous people from your state? What makes or made them famous?

  1. What colleges, universities, community colleges or technical schools are there in your state?
  2. What are the leading economic opportunities of your state? (industries, types of jobs)


  • Michigan Electronic Library,
  • KIDS INFO BITS (Go to Michigan Electronic Library. Click on the green KIDS tab in left menu. Scroll down to Find KIDS INFO BITS. At home a Michigan State ID or driver's license is required to prove you are a citizen of Michigan.)
  • SIRS DISCOVER DELUXE, (Go to Michigan Electronic Library. Click on the green KIDS tab in left menu. Scroll down to Find SIRS DISCOVER DELUZE. At home a Michigan State ID or driver's license is required to prove you are a citizen of Michigan.)


March 4-8, 2013

St. Stephens Sites to Explore
Shawnee continue with Fake Facebook pages.

4th Grade FAKEbook pages

Choose an African American for a biographical sketch.
Use (Full criteria will be given next week)

February 25- March 1, 2013

  • Create a funny picture.
  • Edit it with Skitch or another picture editing tool.
  • Add a saying.
  • Post to Gaggle Wall.
  • Make a comment about your picture.
  • Make a nice comment about another student's picture.

Choose an African American for a biographical sketch.
Use (Full criteria will be given next week)

4th Grade FAKEbook pages

Presidents of the United States

List of African Americans

Women in History

February 19-22, 2013

February 11-15, 2013

  • Complete Blogs on Gaggle
  • Begin constructive comments on class blogs (Something positive, something supportive)
  • Read Blogs
  • Create calendar dates and schedule appointments

February 4-8, 2013

  • Complete Blogs on Gaggle
  • Begin constructive comments on class blogs (Something positive, something supportive)
  • Introduce student accounts on new Macs at St Stephens
  • Teach shortcuts for browsing network. Assign desktop picture to individual student accounts. (St Stephens)

January 28-February 1, 2013

January 21-25, 2013

Exploration of Google Earth:
  • Students should look at
    • Flying to
    • Businesses
    • Directions
    • Places
    • Layers
    • GPS
      • Latitude
      • Longitude
      • Degrees
      • Minutes
    • Zoom options
    • Panning options
Assignment on Wednesday, (10 points) Write a blog post with a vivid description of a favorite place on Google Earth. Tell what features you found and how they were used to enhance the experience. Where was the place? Give its GPS coordinates. Give some details of what you learned about this place.
Use iPhoto to import an the school logo from the network. Set it as your Desktop.

January 14-18, 2013

January 4-11, 2013

December 17-21, 2012

  • Read poem and post in GaggleMail Signature management and creation
  • Writing, review blog posts and adding a comment
  • Using the school directory
  • Composing a new mail message

December 10-14, 2012

  • Poetry Forms,
  • Choose the holiday poem.
  • Brainstorm Sensory language with Mr. Brindle.
  • Have words spelled and posted in front of class.
  • Try to put rhyming, rhythm, and alliteration into your poem. Using assonance or consonance can also give a poem that poetic feel.
  • We want to publish our poems on a web site.
  • 4th Grade Poetry
  • Introduction to Gaggle

December 3-7, 2012

Color a picture with one of the interactive tools below. Snapshot of screen. Open in paint. Crop picture. Save as a JPG, PNG or GIF to network drive. Upload to your digital locker.

November 26-30, 2012

November 19-20, 2012

November 12-16, 2012

November 5-9, 2012

October 29 - November 2, 2012

October 22-26, 2012

October 15-19, 2012

  • MAP Testing, (SCIENCE), Tuesday October 16th, 2012 - (4th Grade) 8:10 - 9:00 (St Stephens)
  • No School October 18-19, 2012. Professional Development for teachers. (St Stephens)
  • Continue with Students will work until each of five modules is at 80% or above.
  • Collaborative Stories on
  • Students who finish Digital Passport will create a on Digital Citizenship.

October 8-12, 2012

  • MAP testing, October 9, 2012 - 8:10 to 9:00
  • MAP testing, October 11, 2012 - 9:30 to 10:30

October 1-5, 2012

  • Review of five modules of digital passport.
  • Introduction to creating a presentation in Powerpoint or Prezi
  • October is Anti-bullying month. We are viewing the anti-bullying message by news anchor, Jennifer Livingston of Lacrosse Wisconsin. This makes a connection to our lessons on digital citizenship and

September 23-28, 2012

Search: Search Shark,

Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.

Students will:
  • learn how keywords can help them find information online.
  • evaluate keywords for their relevance and helpfulness.
  • practice identifying the most effective keywords for different search scenarios.

Creative Credit: Mix-N-Mash,
Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.

Students will:
  • learn about copyright, credit, and plagiarism and apply it to their own creative work.
  • reflect on the ethical importance of giving credit to others for their work.
  • determine how to receive credit for their digital creations.

September 17-21, 2012

  • Constitution Week with Constitution Day being on September 17.
  • POWER USER keys, Command or Control "f" and "g." These keys are power user ways to skim and scan a document. Command/Control "F" finds a word and command/control "G" finds the next word.
  • Typing Web
  • We will be using Digital Passport
  • ** Cyberbullying: E-volve
    • Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to "evolve" into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
    Students will:
    • compare different forms of cyberbullying and the roles of those involved.
    • interpret scenarios that illustrate how targets of cyberbullying feel.
    • identify ways to be an “Upstander” when cyberbullying occurs.

September 10-14. 2012

We will be using Digital Passport to introduce computers.
Communication: Twalkers
  • Students learn why it's important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
Privacy: Share Jumper
  • Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly "private" or "erasable" online.
F and J Keys

September 4-7, 2012

What’s the difference between Internet friends and real-life, face-to-face pals?
Students learn that the Internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships. But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.
Students discuss the difference between online and real-life friendships, explore an online chat scenario, and complete and sign a checklist for safe online chatting.
Students will:
  • Compare and contrast online friends and real-life, face-to-face pals
  • Understand that private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult
  • Learn how to respond if an online friend asks them personal questions