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1st Grade Literacy and Technology

Mrs. Dana Sugra, 1st Grade teacher at Harry S. Truman Elementary School, shared this recent project from her 1st graders.

In our first Storytown theme, we read a Big Book titled Go, Go, Go! Kids on the Move.  This book discussed different ways children can move.  We decided to make a personal connection with the book and create a Keynote Presentation of the ways we can move.  Each child had to think of a way he/she could move.  Using the software program Photo Booth on the laptop computers, students took pictures of each other moving in different ways.  Each student created his/her slide changing the background color, font, typing the sentence and doing a voice over.  This project is the students’ own work and is unedited by me.  We continue to work on keyboard functions, as well as on correct punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.  I hope you enjoy it!

View the students’ work at these links.

  • Keynote file, including student voice over narration – 26 MB
  • PowerPoint file, not including student voice over narration – 2.8 MB

NY Times Op Ed – Parenting

How About Better Parents?

While the title of Thomas Friedman’s op ed has a bit of shock value, he brings to the surface the notion that education is most effective when it is a collaboration between school and parents.

“Fifteen-year-old students whose parents often read books with them during their first year of primary school show markedly higher scores in PISA 2009 than students whose parents read with them infrequently or not at all. The performance advantage among students whose parents read to them in their early school years is evident regardless of the family’s socioeconomic background. Parents’ engagement with their 15-year-olds is strongly associated with better performance in PISA.”

“Monitoring homework; making sure children get to school; rewarding their efforts and talking up the idea of going to college. These parent actions are linked to better attendance, grades, test scores, and preparation for college,” Barth wrote. “The study found that getting parents involved with their children’s learning at home is a more powerful driver of achievement than parents attending P.T.A. and school board meetings, volunteering in classrooms, participating in fund-raising, and showing up at back-to-school nights.”