We are moving right along into the second half of the 1st 9 weeks. I can’t believe that October is right around the corner. I am ready for some fall weather! The first day of autumn is September 21st. I have added a few new links to each grade level. Check them out!! I also added a Room Recess Typing link to the Typing Practice page. I really liked playing some of them! See how long it takes for you to type out the alphabet. My best time was 7.6 seconds! See if you can beat my best time!!
Day 16 is at an end and it has been a successful week in the computer lab. I can’t believe we are almost a quarter of the way through with the 1st semester! Here’s what we’ve been doing in the computer lab:
Kindergarten is learning how to use mouse skills to accomplish tasks on the computer. We are learning how to hold the mouse, navigate the mouse to a certain area to make a selection using single-click and scroll using the scroll wheel (moving the page up and down). Our next lessons will include the mouse skills: click and drag and double-click.
First grade is using mouse skills to create an illustration. We are putting shapes together to create an image. This rotation involved using oval and circle, along with the paint brush to create a self-portrait.
Second grade is also using mouse skills to create an original illustration with many details. Our first illustration is of a character named Lucille Bear from Peter Brown’s You Will Be My Friend!
Third grade is working on putting together ideas using a concept map. We will then develop those ideas into a paragraph. Students will learn proper keyboarding skills while using the program Microsoft Word. Students have also been introduced to the keyboarding tutorial Type to Learn. Students will use their student numbers to get signed in to the program.
Fourth and Fifth grades are working on becoming SMART digital citizens. We are learning about digital citizenship using several games and discussions. Students will create projects using the concepts learned in class.
The Third Nine Weeks are coming to an end on March 15th! That’s only 2 weeks from now! Can you believe we are almost done with the 2018-2019 school year? For those of you wondering what has been going on in the lab, check out the news below:
Kindergarten: Kindergarten has been busy learning all about the keyboard and how MS Word works. Students have been working on the following “I can” statements: “I can locate the letters in my name on the keyboard.” “I can locate numbers on the keyboard.” “I can use the letters on the keyboard to type words.” and “I can locate the backspace key to fix a mistake, the enter key to return sweep, the space bar to add space in between words, and the caps lock key to capitalize letters.”
1st Grade: First Grade has been also working on keyboarding skills. Students should be able to add text; change size, color, and style of the font; insert a graphic; know when to press enter to return sweep; and make simple changes to a document by using directional keys and/or the backspace key to edit.
2nd Grade: Second Grade is working on a STEM challenge with incorporating data collection into their rotations. Students have been working on creating a survey sheet from scratch, adding categories, titles, and how to interact with others as they give their surveys. Students then use the computer program The Graph Club to graph out their results. Students have created pictographs, picture graphs and bar graphs with up to 6 categories. Students are learning how to gain information from their graphs and how to record facts about the data collected.
3rd Grade: Third Grade is using online resources for research purposes. We spent the 2nd 9 Weeks exploring the difference between a web browser and a search engine and how to effectively use keywords to locate information. Now, we can effectively use keywords to find out more about a specific topic. So far, we have located information and compared it using more than one website, as well as, using videos, pictures, labels, graphs, and maps to gain more information. Third grade is also working hard on their typing skills using games from the Typing Practice page and Type to Learn! Our yearly goal is 15 words per minute (WPM) at 85% accuracy.
4th Grade is working on understanding Microsoft Office products using Office 365. We have reviewed MS Word. Students can locate alignment options, how to bold and underline text, how to quickly adjust the size using the size adjustment options, and we’ve even played around with picture alignments, changing picture formats, like making a watermark. Fourth grade is also working hard on their typing skills using games from the Typing Practice page and Type to Learn! Our yearly goal is 20 words per minute (WPM) at 90% accuracy.
5th Grade: Fifth Graders are finishing up on their Digital Citizenship unit. In this unit, students learn about some important strategies while using technology, such as remembering the difference between personal (hobbies, likes/dislikes, etc.) and private information (name, address, phone number, etc.), digital footprints, netiquette, and understanding what a cyber bully does and how to be an upstander. Fifth grade is also working hard on their typing skills using games from the Typing Practice page and Type to Learn! Our yearly goal is 25 words per minute (WPM) at 95% accuracy.
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The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. For parents who do not have access to the Internet, please contact the school to schedule a time to complete the survey at Eastvalley. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.
Dear Eastvalley Parents,
The winter months are upon us which means an increase in illnesses in our school community and at Eastvalley! While school attendance is critical to ensure student achievement and academic growth, it’s also just as important to maintain a healthy environment for all students. In order to keep everyone as healthy as possible, Eastvalley wants to remind all parents and families that students should not be sent to school with a fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. According to Cobb County School District policy, students should be free of fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine), diarrhea, and/or vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school. This will help keep the students and staff healthy throughout the school year. Students may attend school while experiencing minor health concerns such as coughing, allergies, congestion, sneezing, exhaustion, and other mild, non-contagious conditions. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation. Feel free to contact Nurse Dawn Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-578-7214 with any questions.