A Sixth Grade Window

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." ~Sydney J. Harris

What’s Your Angle?

Our Zoo Investigation is coming along nicely.  I’m excited to see the students’ finished products!  The first part required the students to begin developing their blueprint of the zoo, they were to make sure that each space met the specific area and perimeter requirements.  Many students were ready to move on to part 2 on Friday.  Part 2 required students to incorporate 20 different angles in their blueprint.  Students used graph paper, rulers, protractors, and their iPads to measure lines and angles.  The free app, “Angle Meter”, allowed students to place their angles below the camera on the iPad and measure the angle.  After finding out the measurement of the angle, they had to decide which type of angle it was in order to incorporate it into their zoo blueprint.  Part 3 involves elapsed time and many students were ready to start making their animal feeding and cleaning schedules.  Good work, sixth graders, I think this is our best investigation yet!

Using Angle Meter


Student blogs are up and running.  On Friday, students had just a moment to add an introduction.  Tommy and William added a snapshot of some quick poetry they made using the free app “Poetry Creator”, this app displays random words which the students were to try to make poetry from.  It was a fun word work exercise we investigated before reading a poem in class together.  Some students demonstrated quite a natural ability for poetry…

During library, Mrs. Hernandez showed the students how to maneuver some great search websites. –  Encyclopedia and Searchasaurus  – The second search engine allows elementary students to search articles by lexile, cool!

We continued to work on our informational essays that we want to turn into digital essays.  Students are really helping each other find good sources on the internet.  Blake shared a great example of how to find organized information about a college he is interested in learning more about…(too bad it’s Duke and not UNC! ;))





For the class blog challenge, I have been visiting other classroom edublogs.  The challenge asked that we visit each other’s blogs, leave comments, help add to their conversations.  It’s amazing what’s out there; lessons, strategies, use of technology (I have found some really cool virtual field trips tonight)… This blogging has opened up a whole new world for me and the students! :)