We spent the whole week learning about nocturnal animals. During a whole group lesson, we used Google to search for nocturnal animals. The students are becoming familiar with Google. When the students started building Mount Everest on the playground, I had many students ask me information about the mountain. We used Google to find pictures and information about it.
After we search for nocturnal animals, the students made a list of the animals. I let the students use clip boards as we made a list. The students wrote the animal's name and then drew a picture to illustrate the word. I had the students raise their hands to name a nocturnal animal. Then I wrote the word on the chart paper and the students copied it. Last, I did my best to draw the animals. I had many terrible drawings but the students kept encouraging me and telling me they were great.
Another great activity I did with the students was creating an illustration on Kidpix. I drew a tree in the middle of the page. On one side of the tree, I painted the background black to represent nighttime. The other side of the tree I painted blue to represent daytime. Using the stamps Kidpix provides, we sorted the nocturnal animals from the non-nocturnal animals.
The students became a little excited during this activity. Mainly it was because I did not know all the features on the software. I had to ask for directions on how to do something. It gave the students confidence and it showed them that I did not know everything. I was impressed at how well the students knew how to do different things with Kidpix. Some of the features are taught during computer class, but most of them are self taught when they have free time on the computer.
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