We Need Your Donations for our Maker Space!

The Learning Commons now has a Maker Space where kids can come and work on projects at school. It is also an area that will be utilized for building challenges, STEM projects, crafting, and more! After the Fall Break teachers will be able to sign up for 30 minute times to come to the Maker Space for fun, planned activities. Likely, students will be split into groups and will get the opportunity to rotate through some stations. I envision that one will be a building station and one will be a technology station. We may have themes or may do related read-alouds but the purpose is to get the kids THINKING and SOLVING PROBLEMS. I am very excited about the possibilities!

We do need your help, though! Please donate items to our Maker Space!

Click here for our wish list…..anything is welcome that you think we could use. These are just the items that I KNOW would be useful for kids to create with.

Thank you so much!

 

Welcome Back to the Acworth Learning Commons!

Here we are in Week 3 already! We have been doing Orientations in the ALC to get students back in the groove of coming to see us on their own or with their class. It has been super fun! Grades 2 and 3 have been exploring the Maker Space and making an emoji to show how it feels to be back in our space. They have also been exploring the Lego Wall and learning how to check out their books on their own.

Grades 4 and 5 have been really exploring the whole space! We have 5 stations set up with QR Codes and each has directions of what to do: add a Lego to the wall and take a selfie, find a book to check out using Destiny on our Interactive Board, see how the Media Scape works, creating a ALC word cloud and solving a “problem” at the Maker Space. We are so very fortunate to have this big space to work in!

We love our ALC and are so excited for the kids to be back here with us!

Acworth Named Highest Progress School by Georgia DOE

To celebrate a great achievement, we hosted a Breakfast of Champions for our staff! It was a great time and the staff got in on the fun creating Green Screen photos on a Wheaties box. Their only instruction was to “do something sporty!” They didn’t know what the background was…..it made for lots of laughs! We have such a great staff and they work hard every single day for our students and community. Way to go Acworth All Stars!

Press Release from GA Dept of Education

Green Screen Engages Students!

I love these pictures of students working on their Green Screen projects. Just look at their faces! They are so engaged! As a teacher, I believe this is what group work should look like. Students are still learning the collaboration process but having an activity that is interesting to them makes that part easier.

Students are doing self reflections and group evaluations after the project that are very thoughtful! As they watch the class group videos, they all get to give feedback to one group using a rubric. The discussion after the group sees their feedback is always interesting and insightful!

The student self reflection is also a great activity. They really want to improve and are already asking when they can make another video!

Green Screen Projects are Super Fun!

Fourth Grade is doing a fun and very quick green screen project during their Innovations Lab time this rotation. Here are just a few videos that are very creative and fun.

Students are given a theme…..the one above is for a weather report! They are then writing a script and performing in front of their chosen background!

 

Students get very creative when shooting the video in front of the background and it is wonderful for their sense of “playing pretend”!

 

This video was an example of character education. The students made up a skit to show the meaning of the character word.

This has been a fun project so far! I can’t wait to see what else the students come up with!

 

Innovations Lab is FUN Learning!

Students in the fifth grade are learning about logic games through stations during their rotation. We have 5 stations that involve critical thinking and logic:

  • Lego Challenge of the Week – build something that represents your favorite sports team or your favorite sport
  • House of Card Building – compete with another team to see who can build the tallest house of cards
  • Logic Puzzles – individual puzzles that include Logic Links, Rush Hour, IQ Twist and Brick Wall
  • Power Clix – free building with these magnetic shape building blocks
  • Lego Field goal – Build a football field goal and make a paper football and try to make points¬†

The student below is one of the only ones to solve this IQ twist puzzle!

Fourth Grade students are doing an introduction to Green Screen video-making. It has been super fun and engaging! We are using the app Do Ink to create our videos and also getting background photos from Cobb Digital Library on Britannica Images Online. After editing their photo, writing a script and practicing, students film their videos in our “production room”. Here is an example of one of the videos–students are given prompts (at random). This prompt was to “make an informational video about something learned in Star Lab”.

Jones Jacob from Peggy Clay on Vimeo.