Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Reading!

Summer Time is approaching fast. One of the best things that you can do over the summer to stay ready for the next grade is to read.

Did you know that there are some amazing opportunities to read and win prizes? 📚

Here are some of the summer reading programs offering incentives:

When you're not reading, take advantage of free tickets through the Alameda County Library...
Alameda County Library Discover and Go Program Sign in with your library card and you will find free tickets or great discounts to museums, aquariums, zoos and so much more. 

Make summer a fun time. Read and Explore! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Research Time is upon us!

This week we are gearing up for researching and learning new things. As 3rd through 5th grade begin testing, learning on the computer is something that they request to make the days enjoyable.
Kindergarten are enjoying books on CD. They are learning genres of stories and enjoying their experience checking out.
First, Second, and some Third grades are beginning research on insects. In first grade this just means learning how to find information in different sources and putting it together on a graphic organizer.  Second graders go the next step by transferring their information onto a poster and learning how to use word to add images. 

Some second grade classes will be using Google slides to make a presentation. Third grade is using what they learn and making a slide show that they will then present.

A few third grade classes are using Google Draw to create a book review poster.

Fourth grade are researching topics of their choice and creating a google slide show.

Fifth graders are working on a Google slide show or a Powtoons presentation about given states. They are learning how to correctly cite sources and stay clear of plagiarism.
In general, the students love this time. Research is a favorite topic here at Eastin.

Off subject, after school library time is coming to an end. The last day for after school library is May 4th. Soon all check out will end as we need to prepare the library for end of the year assessment of our collection.

Happy Reading

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Break

Spring Break begins April 3. Don't forget to take the time to enjoy a good book, learn something new on the internet, and spend time with your family.
The week that we get back from spring break we will be focusing our energy on research reports and computer skills.
TK and Kindergarten will be working on Typing skills. They will learn how the keyboard works and practice using two hands.
First Grade will be working on poetry and learning how to type a poem on a keyboard.
Second and third grades will be creating research reports on countries and/or book recommendation posters online.
Fourth grade are learning how to do a research report on a topic of their choice.
Fifth grades are creating state reports using various formats. They just finished learning about Powtoon. Some will learn how to get more out of Google Drive and others will choose to learn how to use different presentation models.

Everyone seems very excited to work on these special projects. It looks like April will be a great month.