The Rootstown second graders started their morning in the AT&T Classroom using Kahoot to test their math skills related to money, time, and math facts. Kahoot is an online classroom-based response system that allows for assessments and quizzes to be administered in a game-like format. Kahoot offers a free interface that teachers can use to create quizzes, surveys and discussions. Students are able to respond to questions and create their own content using any device with a web browser.
This morning during their Daily 5 rotations the second graders finalized their Readers’ Theater projects. Readers Theater is a literacy strategy that is designed to provide students with oral reading practice to improve reading fluency and strengthen comprehension. The strategy also provides opportunities for students to explore various genre and characterization. Readers Theater is particularly useful for helping readers to learn to read aloud with expression as a Readers Theater is often performed without prompts so the readers learn that the expression in their voices needs to convey the drama and tone of the story. The Rootstown second graders have been working in small groups on Readers Theater productions which have been recorded as videos using the iMovie iPad app.
The second graders were excited to continue working with the Ozobot Bits, and this morning worked in teams of two to program their Ozobots using static codes, short sequences of colors drawn on a black line on paper. The students were given the challenge of selecting the correct color combinations and codes so that the Ozobot could correctly navigate the path on new mazes. The students quickly learned how to combine various color combinations and sequences to alter their Ozobot’s direction, speed, and movements. The teams applied their understanding of the code sequences to design their own tracks and mazes for their Ozobots.