Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grade 2 Photostory Folders

Grade 2 students are preparing to create a Photostory project. They are learning how to create a folder on the student network and download their images from Google Drive.

  • Click on your classroom folder
  • Find your folder name and click on it
  • Click on each image in order to make it full screen
  • Click on the download button located at the top of your screen

Class Folders:

PYP-1 Shapes Up!

PYP-1 is starting to study 2D and 3D shapes.
They used the following websites to further their knowledge.

Virtual Geoboard

Rats! Shapes

I Spy Shapes

Story of Shapes


Monday, November 24, 2014

PYP-1 Practices Addition

PYP-1 is learning about addition and using the games below.

Number Twins Addition

Math Lines Addition

PYP-4 All Systems Go Websites

PYP-4 is making websites for their new unit of inquiry, All Systems Go.  Students will work in pairs or individually to create website based on one of the systems that they are studying.  Before beginning their websites, they explored the sites below in order to determine the body system in which they are most interested.

CIS Program of Inquiry
These are the guiding questions for the website:
  • What are the different parts of the system?
  • What does it do?
  • How does it work?
  • How does help or connect to other systems?

Here is an example using the Immune System

Students chose their topics and filled out the form below:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grade 5 Codes with Scratch

Now that Grade 5 has learned some coding skills, it is time to use Scratch and make a small project like the example given above.


  • Click on this image to access Scratch


  • Select 'Join Scratch' in the upper right-hand corner
  • User your CIS username as the username (for example, 28cm) and your Gmail password to get an account
  • Fill in your responses to the questions Scratch would like answered
  • Choose 'Learn how to make a project'

  • Follow the step-by-step instructions on the right-hand side of the page and start making a Scratch project

  • Title your now untitled project and save your work by selecting the 'File' drop down menu in the upper left corner of your project
  • Log out

Monday, November 17, 2014

Grade 3 Learns about Fables

Grade 3 students are beginning their new unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves.  We listened to some of the Fables podcasts in the website below and answered some questions on a shared Google Doc.

What is a Fable?

After listening to a couple of Fables, students then contributed to the shared Google Sheet below, following these instructions:
  • Find your class tab at the bottom on the Google sheet below
  • Find your name on the sheet and answer the questions about the Fable in which you chose to listen
  • Only answer on the line that contains your name
  • Sorry, you may not use The Hare and the Tortoise as it is the example
  • Upon completing the task, continue exploring Fables on the website