Sunday, June 23, 2013

Blogger App

Trying out the new Blogger App. Lets see if this is something I will use on our vacation. 
Looks like Hawaii, but it is from my backyard. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Students did a study of Orangutans. They formulated paragraphs from the writing process they went through.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Students read a book and a few articles about rabbits. They went through the writing process to finalize their expository writing. This blog is their final product.

Snowball: The White Mouse

Write about the book Snowball: The White Mouse.

The students read this book during small group instruction. I asked them to retell the story in the correct sequence. The students are beginning to learn about sequencing stories. I am encouraging them to use the ordinal words. Some are while others still need to work on the skill.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Student Versions of The Three Little Pigs

Enjoy these student versions of The Three Little Pigs. They are original works which the student blogged themselves. We love comments on our work.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Writing Camp Flyer

2011 Writing Camp Flyer
Note: July 11-15 will be held at Clay Elementary School in Kingsburg.

Wrting Camp

Our first week of our fourth annual writing camp came to an end today. We were excited to teach our largest group of kids yet. We had a total of 1st through 7th graders. It was great to see the great progress in just a weeks time. Our kids learned about adding description to their writings, using great starting sentences, all while learning about agriculture. We had a great week and are looking forward to the next two sessions. Enjoy our Animoto!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Technology Bootcamp II

Technology Bootcamp II

On May 7, 2011 we finished our second round of Technology Bootcamp. We had 10 participants for this academy. We learned somethings from the first Technology Bootcamp and were able to make some changes to how we ran the second. One of the things we changed for this Bootcamp was having a third meeting day in the middle of the sessions. This helped field any questions, take care of problems, and showcase more applications.

During our the Technology Bootcamp II we focused on the Voicethread application. We continued our work with Wikispaces by adding our Voicethread projects to our SJVWP wiki. Anyone can visit the projects we created at We spent time exploring the Wiki and how to add information to it. We also learned about the application Evernote. We learned how to create an Evernote account, add it to our smartphones, and learned how the application workes.

We also read several articles and discussed their importance related to teaching technology in this time of change. During the last session we discussed a chapter from the NWP book Because Digital Writing Matters. For our article discussion we posted our thoughts and comments on our wiki.

One thing that we did not accomplish during this academy was an open program. We had planned a technology open program for our last meeting. Unfortunately we did not get enough people sign up for the day and had to cancel. We are looking at doing things differently for our next technology open program. We may look at planning for a smaller group in hopes it will build interest for future open programs.