Saturday, February 19, 2011

PebbleGo.com and KBUG Radio: An Interview with Harry the Tarantula

This year, I purchased a subscription to PebbleGo.com for our school (Parents - email me for the login information and password). This is a wonderful site for emergent readers created by Capstone. It is a simple site with easy-to-read facts and video clips about animals and insects. The best part is that students can click on a button to hear the site "read" the information to them, and each word is highlighted along the way.

Click here to view a video demo of PebbleGo.



Our K-2 students will all be using PebbleGo this year.

K students will pair up in library and find at least 4 facts about an insect they choose. They will read these facts to their classmates and not reveal their 'mystery insect' - other classmates will have to guess what insect they chose.

1st grade students will choose an animal and complete a simple nonfiction report that will be on voicethread.com.
Click here for an example from last year's 1st grade.

In 2nd grade, we focus on animals' place in the food chain, and we read the book "KBUG Radio: An Interview with Harry the Tarantula" by Leigh Ann Tyson.



We study food chains, use the ActivBoard to sort omnivores/herbivores/carnivores, and we even do a mini "Food Chain Play." After all this, students go to PebbleGo and choose an animal to research. They are to find facts and then record their voice acting as their animal, as if they are being interviewed on "KBUG Radio!" Students are taught to use expression when recording and to create an illustration that includes their animal's place in the food chain.

This week we will be completing our projects, and here they are!

2nd Grade "FairyTale News" Reports

Mr. Jones' and Mrs. Rosenberg's 2nd grade classes spent a few weeks on a "Fairy Tale News" project in library. After choosing and reading a familiar fairy tale with a partner, Mrs. Eley showed them how to write a "TV news report" as if they were in Fairy Tale land and their story was breaking news! They also had to create an illustration to show "viewers" what really happened.

In doing this project, students practiced retelling the important events of a story, speaking clearly and with energy, and of course learned some fairy tales along the way!

The final video can be viewed (only with a Mt. Laurel Schools login) at our "What We See TV" section of the Mt. Laurel Schools website.