Aren't they great? I was "throwing" them at the students and asking for them to find things like North America, Australia, Equator, Longitude, Latitude, Indian Ocean, as well as many others. They loved this and were begging to be the next one!
Now, on the computers... I thought it would be great to have their first project be fairly easy and a review from last year, but still be relevant to what they were doing in their class. I decided to have them do a labeled drawing in Google Drawings. I shared with them the image and they had to do the following:
- Label (with text boxes) at least 8 items (from specified pages in their books, I didn't want them making stuff up!) Notice the "at least" part. I am really trying to get them to give every assignment their all and not to do just the bare minimum.
- Resize image, if necessary. We worked a lot on this last year. I can hear it in my sleep, "use the corners to resize objects!"
- Add bells and whistles (arrows, colors, font changes, font sizes, etc)
The last part of this unit in the Technology Lab was a word cloud. I love word clouds! I think they are a great way for students to practice brainstorming (I love brainstorming.) Also, this is a great way to get the students to think about different words and work on vocabulary. The students needed to create a word cloud at www.tagul.com with at least 20 words that they think of when they hear Saint Sebastian. It could be words about school, church, activities they participate in, or whatever came to mind. The only requirement was the longitude and latitude of our school and the name of our school be in their clouds. (Of course spelling was a factor as well.) We have done word clouds before, but this was a new site for them and they enjoyed it. Tagul is great because there are lots of options for cloud layouts and colors as well as different shapes which was a class favorite. There are also options to save and email your cloud which helps with assessing and keeping their clouds for later retrieval.
(We are the Terrier, hence the dogs and paw!)