Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Clever Kindergarteners

Now that Kindergarteners can log into the computers, they can use programs to display their knowledge!  Mrs. Smith's class chose the application Kidspiration to show their prior knowledge of the five senses.  In Science, students have been learning to use their five senses as an observation tool to identify properties of objects.  Then, they bring that knowledge to the computer lab and select pictures of objects that fit within each of the five senses.  Great job, Mrs. Smith's class!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ki-O-T News

With nine weeks of school under our belts, our morning Broadcast is a well-oiled machine! With a green screen and a software program called Visual Communications, viewers see background and camera changes.  These talented 5th graders work hard every morning on the Ki-O-T News team to present pledges to the flags, the day's announcements, lunch menu, birthdays, and weather.  We also host special teachers and administrators to share character education in the Words of Wisdom.  Also, special students drop by to present a book review or a special piece of art they have made.  Forest Creek Elementary tunes in each morning to watch and get their day started in a good way!

Students run through the script on a teleprompter before going live.

Two students must work behind the scenes to make sure everything is perfect!

Here, you can see four co-anchors leading the Broadcast and 2nd graders on the floor waiting for their turn to say the Pledge of Allegiance.  A student on the left showcases his art.  Our Assistant Principal, Mr. Wakefield shares words of wisdom with the students.

A big thanks to our TAG teachers Deanna Jesizek and Julie Washburn and our Instructional Technology Specialist Anne Walkup for their daily help.  Jennifer Manning, on the district level, has given countless hours of expert help to ensure that our broadcast system is working.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dancing Machines

We have three wonderful coaches at Forest Creek Elementary that help our students acquire skills in body control, movement, health and wellness, physical activity, and social development.  This foundation allows students to enjoy physical wellness that will span a lifetime.  Coach Walker, Coach Baack, and Coach Godfrey create a fun and safe atmosphere where students can laugh, play, and DANCE!  Check out this video of Kinder, First Grade, and Second Grade students performing dances they learned in PE.

Thanks for all you do, Coaches!

Coach Walker, Coach Godfrey, Coach Baack

Thursday, October 3, 2013

2nd Grade Stars

These kiddos must have learned a lot in 1st grade because they're already using reading and writing resources on the computer to aid their learning!

Mrs. Kreczmer's 2nd grade class, the Kangaroos, started coming to the lab early in the year.  They used Book Flix to read fiction and nonfiction books on kangaroos.  Then, students completed a Venn diagram, while in the computer lab, to compare the information in the two books.  The students successfully logged in, navigated to the book site from our school library page, and acquired information using text.  Way to go Kangaroos!

Mrs. Kelso's Critters are another 2nd grade class that does an excellent job demonstrating appropriate behavior and computer use while in the lab.  They used a word processing program to express ideas, practiced writing spelling words, and learned how to insert clip art to enhance their piece.  Students independently formatted font style, size, and color and then saved their work.