CCE 4th graders have been learning about Texas explorers in social studies. To show what they learned, we created a menu of activities for them to choose from. Here are some of the choices students had:
Once students had completed one activity for each of the five explorers they learned about, they put their work on their Weebly blogs. If asked for a password, it is cce2cce2.
Then, students created Thinglinks. They used a map of Texas as the background image, and put spots on the map to show where different explorers went. The spots link to the activity the student completed on that particular explorer. Here is an example of a Thinglink a student created:
Cedar Creek now has its own Aurasma channel! Aurasma is an augmented reality app that allows you to scan a picture or object, which triggers another image or a video. Fourth graders in Mrs. Raygor's social studies classes made videos of themselves giving information about a Native American tribe that lived in Texas on their iPads. After creating their video, students chose a trigger image that was posted in the commons. Trigger images were tagged with the Aurasma logo so visitors would know where to scan. Students presented their projects to a live audience as well.
Here's a quick demonstration of Aurasma:
Examples of Trigger Images:
This video will show you how to follow an Aurasma channel; just search for Cedar Creek Elementary to find us. Come to the Cedar Creek commons to see the students' projects!
Mr. Stoops' 7th grade Texas History classes came over from Hill Country Middle School to share the books they created on Texas missions. Students chose to make print or digital books that contained a poem or song and were told from the perspective of someone living at the mission. Texas history is also part of the 4th grade social studies curriculum, and CCE 4th graders learned a ton from their HCMS teachers!
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!