Monday, October 31, 2016

November 2016 Snack Calendar

Here is our snack calendar for November! Thank you to everyone who sent snack last month!! We love snack time and appreciate all the awesome snacks that have been sent to school!

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016 News

Good afternoon families!! We've had an AWESOME week at school! Take a look at our newsletter!

Thank you to everyone that volunteered and sent pumpkins for our Pumpkin Carving Activity! We had a BLAST!!

Red Ribbon week has been so much fun! I've enjoyed seeing all the children participate with the special theme each day this week. Remember, no costumes on Monday.

Tuesday is the 50th Day of School. Children may dress in 50's attire!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

See you Monday!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 21, 2016 News

Happy Friday Families!! We've had a wonderful week at school! Take a look at our newsletter for the week!

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help us on the 27th for our Pumpkin Carving. I still need one more parent to assist us with this activity! Please let me know if you can help! Also, I had 3 parents that said they could send a pumpkin! Thank you! Please send it to school by Wednesday. We need 1 more pumpkin as well. If you can send a pumpkin to school please let me know before Thursday! Thank you for all your help with putting this activity together! The children are going to have so much fun!

Remember, next week is Red Ribbon Week! I posted a picture of the note on Twitter! I will also post it on the blog this afternoon! I can't wait to see all of the children participate and support our Drug Free Campaign!

Also, just a reminder that next Tuesday (October 25th) is an early release day. We will dismiss at 12:20 PM.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

iCoach Blog Post: Creation Apps: Tellagami

Want a way to bring your student’s voice to life? Well look no further! I’ve got the perfect creation app for you! TELLAGMI! Tellagmi is a FREE app that combines photos, voice, 3D character customization and personality on a mobile platform, to help your students communicate in a way that's never been possible! Here’s an example of  how I’ve used Tellagami with my Kindergarten students:

We used Tellagmi to create weather forecasts! This project was completed over a few days in small groups (4-6 students per group).

First, I had my students watch a few examples of a real weather forecast. I wanted them to see what I expected their final product to look like. Then we went over our rubric. My students were expected to include temperature, precipitation, wind conditions, and what they could wear for that type of weather in their weather report!

Next, we started creating! While making their Gamis, my students found a weather forecast background by searching safari. Once they found the forecast they wanted to use, they studied the picture to decide what they would say about the weather. As they looked at the forecast they chose, I reminded them of the different information I wanted them to include in their report. They used their rubric to draw and write down facts about their forecast. Writing their facts down helped them when they were ready to record their forecast.

After they chose their background, they were able to customize their avatar. Most of them made their avatar resemble themselves. This is the part that takes the longest because they enjoy changing every aspect of their avatar! :)

With their background and avatar ready, they were able to record their forecast for 30 seconds. The free version of Tellagami allows you to do 30 seconds of voice recording which is just enough for a forecast! For older students, you can type in what you would like the avatar to say and pick a prerecord voice. Recording their own voice works better for my students!

After they were completely finished, they saved their Tellagmi to their camera roll on the iPad and then air dropped their final product to me! My students have become quite the digital learners!

Another way for students to submit their work might be through uploading it to Google Classroom, creating a QR code to share digitally, or posting it on their personal blog!

Tellagmi can be used for many projects including reciting famous speeches, reciting a poem, telling a story through a character, explain facts about a famous person, and many more! Another great aspect about Tellagmi is you can save it to the camera roll on your device and “app smash” it with other apps like Explain Everything or iMovie!

Using creation apps like Tellagami can have a profound impact on student learning, engagement, and participation!

Enjoy the pictures and videos of these technology smarties!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016 News

WOW!! We've had an awesome and super busy week at school!! Take a look at our newsletter for the week!

I have enjoyed visiting with everyone during parent conferences! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I'm here to help in any way I can!

Also, make sure you are following us on Twitter! My handle is @ThePullenator. I post pictures about what we are doing in the classroom every day! It is a fun way to share our daily happenings and connect with other classrooms around the world!

**I sent home a note about our Pumpkin Carving Activity. Please fill it out and send it back to school if you can help! Thanks!!**

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! See you Monday!

Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016 News

Hi families! We had a great week at school! I can't believe that next week is our last week of the 1st Nine Week Term! It is going by so fast! Take a look at our newsletter for the week.

Also, get those 'Dates to Remember' written down on your calendar! We have lots of things coming up that I don't want you to miss!

Next Tuesday, October 11th, is Family Reading and Writing Night! Please join us from 6-7 for some reading and writing fun! Each family will earn "Amazing Words" for each activity they do and the more "Amazing Words" we learn the better! Students may wear a costume of their favorite book character to school and to the event that night. We will have a parade at the end of the evening to show off our costumes! Every child will receive a book before they go home! It's going to be so much fun!

I hope to see you at Reading and Writing Night!

Have a great weekend!