Coding with Google

Google always has some fun holiday activities this time of year. Be sure to check out these coding and A.I. choices!

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Hour of Code – 2017

It’s here, everybody! We’ve been preparing throughout November for the Hour of Code by using Blockly with our Dash robots. Blockly is a programming language that is super user-friendly and allows students to drag and drop blocks of code. This week, grades K-2 will be using The Foos on the iPads for HOC. Grades 3-4 can choose from the options in their drop-down menu. Grade 5-6 can pick from the challenges below. Have fun, and remember to keep trying!  We don’t quit! Persevere!

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Gobble, Gobble!

What a month we’ve been having!  I promised students that we would work with our robots – Dash and Beebots – before this year’s Hour of Code. We’ve spent the past few weeks in November doing just that. Check out links to some video footage on my Twitter page!  I’ll post a few here for you to see, too.

Other classes have been trying new digital tools like Buncee, Endless ABC, and Blockly. Here are a few projects from this week.

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to read something amazing over the long weekend!

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Lemoncello, Legos, and Little Pigs

We have some exciting activities happening in our library classes this week!  Grade 5 is in the midst of a “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” challenge. Groups are working together to solve riddles in each of the nonfiction sections. Will they find all of the clues??  Maybe you can help them with one or two. They are also excited because we will be having a Skype visit with author Chris Grabenstein in February!!

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Kindergarten read The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone this week. They tried to build a bridge for the goats to cross (safely!) out of Legos and K’Nex.

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Second grade has been talking about different versions of traditional stories. Last week’s story was The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. We compared it to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Their activity was to build a better home for the unfortunate (depending on your point of view) first and second little pigs.  These homes were my favorite! One has a “barricade” so that the wolf can’t get through, built by these gentlemen, and one is on wheels “so it will just blow away when the wolf comes.”  Great builds, guys!

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