5th graders built websites as the culminating project on a historical time period of the last 150 years. Topics included the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Information Age. Students were divided into groups based on which time period they were most interested in. Students individually researched a specific topic about the time period. For example, one member of the Great Depression group researched the Dust Bowl, and another learned about Black Tuesday. For more information on how students chose their topics, click here.
Students completed research using their iPads and a research guide. The research guide was done on the iPad using the Pages app. After completing research, students wrote a research paper. For their final project, each group built a website using Weebly. (Big thanks to Mrs. Puga and Mr. Norman for being adventurous and willing to try this!)
Each member of the group contributed a separate page for their specific topic. Some students even chose to include quizzes and videos to engage their audience. Check out these websites! If it asks for a password, type in cce2013
On Tuesday, second graders spoke with Kelly Drinnen, Education and Outreach Specialist for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. She showed us different types of coral, various fish and animals that live in coral reefs, and we even got to see a lionfish!
On Wednesday, students “visited” the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Katie Higgins took us on a virtual tour of the center, where rescued sea turtles are rehabilitated. We learned about the different types of sea turtles and how sea turtles can sometimes be injured by people.
Students also had the opportunity to ask questions. It was amazing to be able to see and talk to someone in Galveston one day and someone in Georgia the next day without ever leaving our school!
Students (and teachers!) learned so much about marine life! Hopefully we will have more experts speak with us in the future!
We’ve got a new way to research at Cedar Creek! Shannon Foley, CCE librarian, shared with us how to use a gallery walk to do research. A gallery walk involves setting up stations or individual tasks for students to go through with guiding questions and activities. Stations can be completed in any order.
Since 5th grade Gifted and Talented students do a project on future predictions, we wanted to expand on that to include the entire grade level. Mrs. Foley collaborated with us (the ed tech and IP) and GT teacher Cara Beth McLeod to develop the Future Gallery. Each one of us developed 5 stations. Tasks at each station were designed to have various response methods, including video responses, drawings, written response, and making an actual product.
Students were given a Future Field Guide to navigate through 20 stations, each with a different task. You can download a copy of the Future Field Guide here:
One of our favorite stations was the music station, where students listened to music on records, casette tapes, and CDs. After hearing the types of music from different time periods and the equipment used to listen to it, students made predictions about how music will be recorded and played in the future.
This was such a interesting and fun way to do research!
Cedar Creek’s fabulous instructional partner, Amy Tillman, created mystery bags to get 5th graders excited about research. The objective was to introduce several different historical time periods to students so that each student could choose a topic for a final research paper and project.
Each mystery bag was on a different table, with a variety of items in every bag. The bag pictured below contains materials to research the Civil Rights era, including information on accessing a BrainPop video, important events and people, maps, political cartoons, and songs. After exploring the contents of each mystery bag, students were able to choose their research topic.
What a great way to spark interest in a topic!
CCE recently had their Open House, and the focus was on various projects students completed with iPads. Hill Country Middle School instructional partner Kelley Willmann (and parent of a CCE 3rd grader) invited 3 third grade students over to HCMS to showcase their work for 6th grade teachers.
Mrs. Willmann explains why she invited CCE students over:
5th graders at CCE are moving to the music! Our music teacher (who was just chosen as Eanes ISD District Teacher of the Year!) taught students about the concept of plastique animé. Plastique animé involves matching physical movements to music.
Mrs. Milburn chose to use “The Royal March of the Lion” as the song. Students formed groups to complete their plastique animé, and watched several examples of plastique animé. Each group scanned a QR code that linked to the song so that they could listen to it as many times as they needed. Here is the song:
Students also used a storyboard to plan their plastique animé. The storyboard was divided into 4 different sections that matched the sections of the song.
After students had time to practice, we filmed their performances. Here are two groups performing: