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Rosie’s Walk September 23, 2010

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Yeh! I finally posted my videos. Thank you to my fellow blogger msimonteach for steering me in the right direction. The two videos show the children  programming their Bee-Bots to move around the mat, following the same path that Rosie the hen took on her walk.

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Rosie’s Walk September 21, 2010

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Literacy – Rosie’s Walk September 17, 2010

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This activity involved KS viewing the text “Rosie’s Walk” on You Tube. The children loved this story so much we played it twice. It is about Rosie the Hen going for a walk through the farmyard, the whole time not realising that she is being followed by a fox. After we viewed the clip, the class discussed the story and drew the path that Rosie took. We then planned out the route that the Bee-Bot  would take on the mat that included the different locations in the farmyard that Rosie visited. Next I told them to sequence the moves the Bee-Bot will need to make to follow the same path that Rosie followed. We discussed different tools they could use, such as Bee Bot rulers, arrows and white boards and markers. Once programmed the students placed the Bee Bots on the mat to see if they followed the path correctly. This lesson was so engaging that we spent most of the morning on it. The children worked more confidently and collaboratively than the day before. When a program failed to be successful they showed more resilience and tried again. I did have a video of this activity showing the groups problem solving in different ways, however my clip could not be inserted from Vimeo.

   

Slalom Course September 14, 2010

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Yesterday KS helped their Bee-Bots move through the Slalom Buzzing Course (from www.earlyphaseicts.com). We didn’t point score; this would be more suited to older grades. I used the grid plastic mats to help them navigate the path instead of weaving around the flags and I kept it to just 3 flags and the finish line flag. Their understanding of direction has improved and telling or pointing  before they test the program has led to more success. Some children who had difficulty started by programming half the course only, while several others completed the course quickly without having to clear the previous steps, then restarted the course and completed it in one go.

Literacy Groups September 12, 2010

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On Thursday KS used sight-word mats and CVC mats in their literacy group session. Most students were busy negotiating the mats to guide their Beebot to the correct answer. I used the idea from this Blog, but made mats to link with our Sight Word Program – ‘The Magic 200 words’. Each mat is colour-coded to match the level they are on. Therefore they can get the coloured mat from the pile when it is their turn, instead of me leaving my group to set them up. This worked well! I also bought out Bunnings in plastic cover and set my husband to work cutting it up.  However  introducing them to this activity was maybe premature, as every 5 minutes I had someone from one particular group complaining that the Beebot won’t go where they want it too. Annoying! I was just so keen to get stuck in after the Beebots were 8 weeks overdue !  Next week I will do a few directional activities involving trial and error before we come back to the sight word mats.

Meeting our Needs/Maths September 12, 2010

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KS is learning about our needs and 3D shapes. We decided that our bee-bots needed shelter. We discussed what would be required for a building to satisfy this need and the 3D objects that would stack best. One particular group amazed me on their team effort to build the bee-bots a shelter with walls and a roof  that wouldn’t fall down easily. This group were made up of the quiet ones and this  taught me something I had not observed before. Yet one group went off and unsuccessfully individually built five separate building for their beebot and found team work difficult; yet they could work well in their usual literacy and maths groups. Another group decided that a large garden and swimming pool were highly important and spent most of their time creating this (oh dear)!

KS meet Bertie’s cousins September 12, 2010

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Our class were very excited to meet Bertie’s cousins! They knew they were at the school, but it took several days to arrive in the classroom. The children were reminded how to look after them. They also made them travel in different directions on the floor. We then made personal covers for them, however I was told they weren’t covers they were hats!

They’re Here! September 2, 2010

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The Beebots have finally arrived! The children are so excited . Although we had to wait, we were still able to participate in the Peninsula Community of Schools Beebot Competition. The 2 teams from K-2  had to complete numerous activities, including synchronised dancing. Today our Principal announced that our school won the competition! Pictures to follow.