Sunday, 23 March 2014

5 for Friday (Sunday)

A little late but here it goes!
1. QR Codes

I shared a recent post about how to make QR Codes with an image behind it! My kids went around and looked at ten frames and wrote down combinations to make 10.

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2. Labelling with Thinglink
We also used the App Thinglink this week to work on some labelling and create an interactive image. Kids took a  picture of themselves and had to go in and label the 5 senses.
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3. True or False Sort
We have been working on balancing number sentences and giving proof for why something is True or False. Here is a sort we did at Morning Meeting.
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4. Tallying
We read Tally O’Malley this week and having been working on tally marks in our small groups. Writing and counting them!
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5. Work on Writing
Found this writing piece while I was browsing through their Work on Writing folders. Love the way she spelt Ipad.
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Hope you had a great weekend! 1 more week until Spring Break for us!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

How to create a QR Code of an Image!

Hello folks,

Back with another installment of Tech Talk Thursday!

Last night some colleagues and I shared some technology ideas that we use in our classroom with our Principals university class. One of the ideas we shared about was using QR codes in the classroom. Many of us use them in a variety of ways and it got me thinking about new things I could do with them for my own kids.

Many people might know that you can create a QR code to link to a url, text and even voice. Did you know you can also link an image? It takes a few steps but not nearly as much trouble as you would think!

I wanted my kids to use the QR codes to go on a hunt to find different ways to make 10. I wanted them to be able to scan a QR code and have a ten frame pop up which shows a combination to 10.

Like this:

They would look at red plus white and record the number sentence that matches the ten frame. So 4 + 6 = 10.

I made 11 different QR codes for my kids to find all the different combos that make 10.

Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Insert your image or graphic into Powerpoint. I had previously made ten frames in Powerpoint so I opened up that document.


Step 2: Save each image you want as a jpg or png. You can right click on each image and save as picture. You need to save each one separately. So I had 11 ten frame combos I wanted so I had 11 pics saved.

Step 3: Go to Photobucket online. Photobucket is a web tool that lets you store your pictures online.  You need to create an account but its free! Upload all the images you just saved as jpgs or pngs to Photobucket. 
Here is what 1 of my images looks like after I uploaded it.

Step 4: For each image you upload…Photobucket creates a direct link for it. So you can view that photo online with the link.


Step 5: Copy the direct link and paste it into a QR code generator. I like because it is super simple.


Step 6: It will now generate a QR code for you for that link! Here is my QR code on the far right for one of my ten frames.


I can right click on it and save the QR code as a pic or like it says download it!
So I went in Photobucket and copied all the links for each image and then kept pasting them into the generator to make new QR codes.

Step 7: Print the QR codes and have your kids use a scanner app (free) to go scan and solve!   I am going to have them go around with a partner, an ipad, and a whiteboard. They will scan and then write the number sentence for that ten frame on the whiteboard. (saving paper!)

Here are 2 that I made. Use your scanner app to scan it and see what it looks like!

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Hope this makes sense! Try it out and let me know!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Salvador Dali Elephants

I’m linking up with Mel from Frog Spot for her Tuesday Art Linky!

I love finding new art ideas and am excited to go back and check the blogs that linked up!

My art idea comes from learning about the artist Salvador Dali.

I saw Mrs.T’s First Grade Classes Dali Birds and loved them!

We learned about his life and painting style called Surrealism. We learned that he liked to paint things that were surreal and dreamlike. Very strange and weird things!

We analyzed some of his famous paintings and re-created Elephants in the style of Dali.

1. We read books about Dali and looked at his paintings and his style of Surrealism.

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2. We looked at the aspects of Elephants and did a directed drawing of an Elephant.
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3. We outlined our Elephants with black marker and coloured them with a gray crayon.

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4. We choose a colour for the background and painted it with liquid watercolours.

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They turned out beautiful! I love how old some of the elephants look. I also love the long legs which give it that surreal look!

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

My Own Font!

I downloaded the App iFontMaker and quickly made my own!

I have no idea how to use the App yet so I just went and used my own printing to make a font. So Neat!

This is what it looks like!

Oops! Just realized I forgot a word...This IS my get the drift.
Now I can use it in my projects! I so creatively titled it Renee’s Font……lol

Once I learn more I will be back to share some!

Try it out and see if you like it! You can use it for whatever things you make! Personal or Commercial!

You can download my font by clicking {HERE}

Back to report cards!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Five for Friday (Saturday)

A little late..but here are 5 things going on!

1. Vowel Flip Books

With our parent volunteer this week, we worked on short vowel flip books!

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2. Collaborative Group Art

We worked on group art pieces as well. Students had to pick the colour scheme, the shapes used as well as the colour paint each child got. This was a great activity to see who is able to problem solve with other kids independently of me and who can make decisions fairly.

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3. Design Project

We also worked on a design project in science. Students had the job of creating a pencil case out of class materials. (paper, straws, cups etc)


Needs to be able to hold 3 pencils.
Needs to be able to open and close easily.
Needs to hold the pencils without any falling out.
Needs to be strong.

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4. Data Wall

Report cards are being written this weekend and I wanted to share my little data wall in my class. This just highlights reading data of my kids but I like the visual.  Hopefully you can see some shift! The blue column is the end of year goal for grade 1. Some still have a ways to go. Definite progress since September though as you can see I had many kids coming in reading at a Pre A level or A level.

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5. Vowel Bat
Sang this a million times this week. Google it on Youtube!
Have a great weekend!

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