Recently, Eanes ISD school board members decided to have their monthly meetings at campuses in the district. Cedar Creek hosted the meeting on April 24, and we were asked to put together a short presentation showcasing the teachers and students of the campus.
We had photo, video, and student presentations- our own CCE variety show! Exemplary lessons and projects in each of the content areas were included, as well as art, PE, music, Gifted and Talented, and the library.
Here are our some of student presenters:
Below is the Prezi we used. The principal spoke about each topic briefly. White text denotes a student presentation. (Just so you know, we didn't show the entire eZoo video- just the first two pictures. Also, there is no sound on the commons redesign video. The students spoke directly to the board.)
We are so proud of our student presenters! Their presentations were spectacular and they represented CCE well!
After completing self-paced lessons on the water cycle using MentorMob (more on that here), students were ready to create their final projects. To demonstrate their knowledge, students explained the water cycle from the perspective of a drop of water. Students had a choice of which app to use, so they were able to choose the app best suited to their learning and presentation style. The final project had to include examples of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
Here are examples using three different apps.
As part of their unit on economics, second grade students created a business that provides a good or service, then made commercials advertising their business. Some used iMovie, and other used iMovie trailers. Check out our future directors!
Yesterday, Ms. Boltie’s kindergarten class went to the Barton Creek Apple Store! They learned about making iMovie trailers, then made their own trailer. They even got to take their work home on a snazzy USB wristband! Several other classes are going in the next few weeks. Keep checking for pictures from their trips!
3rd grade recently tried something new with their unit on the water cycle. Teachers used Mentor Mob to create self-paced lessons for students.
Mentor Mob allows a teacher to create a playlist by putting links, documents, and other files in a specific order. Students access these resources and go in order to complete the activities.
For the water cycle, students watched videos, read articles, took notes, and answered guiding questions to prepare them for the final project. Stay tuned for more on the final projects...
Check out the water cycle Mentor Mob playlist here.
Mrs. Sauls' Kindergarten has been learning about ways to help the earth to prepare for Earth Day. Students used the Screen Chomp app to show three things they can do to help the earth.
Sawyer tells us that three ways to help the earth are planting trees, turning off the faucet when you’re not using it, and recycling. (Just so you know, there is no sound.)
Book trailers galore!
Kindergarteners and 4th graders at Cedar Creek are recommending books by making book trailers. Book trailers are like movie trailers- they try to persuade the person watching to read the book without giving the ending away!
Both grades used the Animoto app to create book trailers. They chose a favorite picture book and created book trailers for other students. Then they made QR codes that were taped to the book cover and can be scanned to view the book trailer. Since all students have iPads with a QR reader app, they can easily scan the QR code and watch the book trailer.
Check out this book trailer:
Come to the Cedar Creek library with your iPad or smartphone!
First grade students created an eZoo!
First, the librarian read Cockadoodle Moo, a book about animals made up of a combination of two different animals. Students worked with a partner to decide what kind of hybrid animal they would like to make. Then they researched both animals and drew a picture of what it would look like. Their research was developed into a script, and students recorded themselves reading it.
Check it out!