This blog was created by Kate Klein (Ms. Kate), for her students and the families of The Charles Sumner School, Boston, MA.

We will use this blog in class and at home to explore, share, and create the world we want.

 

Scratch Jr App for iPad - YouTube

.@SumnerBPS Tech Club has started using Scratch Jr to learn how to code (read: have fun making a cat do silly things).

It is a really fun. Bottom line.

ScratchJr is now available as a free iPad app. It is expected to be released as an Android version later in 2014 and a web-based version in 2015.

Download it and have fun learning to code with your family!

If I can do it, you can do it. There is absolutely no excuse. If there’s anybody telling you that you’re not college material — anyone — I want you to brush ‘em off. Prove them wrong.

The Cardboard Challenge planning has begun! 2nd graders are inspired and have taken their first steps in actualizing their games.

Check out: http://cardboardchallenge.com to learn more about what our brilliant scholars are working on.

Summer 1st graders teaching each other how to use MOMA Art Lab. The first step to amazing learning and creations!

This morning I am prepping for our 2nd grades’ Cardboard Challenge! Our 2nd graders will watch Canine’s Arcade. Along with Ms. Lee, our science teacher, scholars will envision, plan, design and build their own cardboard games! Look out for our works in progress!

This morning I am prepping for our 2nd grades’ Cardboard Challenge! Our 2nd graders will watch Canine’s Arcade. Along with Ms. Lee, our science teacher, scholars will envision, plan, design and build their own cardboard games! Look out for our works in progress!

Welcome Back Everyone!!!
Hope you a wonderful summer, and if you didn’t, I hope there was still a good day or two in there. 

I spent the summer making an iBook for our K2 and 1st graders. There are a couple of movies, some interactive pages, drawings made with the MOMA Art Lab app (that my daughter helped with) and beautiful photographs- all taken in JP!

I also learned how to use Scratch, a kids’ coding application. Give it a try at search.mit.edu or check out my flying unicorn at scratch.mit.edu/projects/25386019!

We will be using Scratch in 4/5 Club to make games!

Welcome Back Everyone!!!
Hope you a wonderful summer, and if you didn’t, I hope there was still a good day or two in there.

I spent the summer making an iBook for our K2 and 1st graders. There are a couple of movies, some interactive pages, drawings made with the MOMA Art Lab app (that my daughter helped with) and beautiful photographs- all taken in JP!

I also learned how to use Scratch, a kids’ coding application. Give it a try at search.mit.edu or check out my flying unicorn at scratch.mit.edu/projects/25386019!

We will be using Scratch in 4/5 Club to make games!

While I was out of class, supporting students with MCAS, I had my substitute read the wonderful book, The Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry. When I returned to teaching class we discussed how cutting down trees, especially in the rainforest affects the world. The scholar’s assignment was to then pick an animal from the book and spread its message. Here is work from K2, 1st grade and 3rd grade. 3rd grade ended up turning their work into a book, for future classes to read!
Great job everyone!

The Best Tree Dance Party of My Life

After months of doing research online and in the classroom, 2nd grade finally got to go outside and do some real field research at The Arnold Arboretum (see earlier posts on #Trees to see the research they did).

The most common response to our Arnold Arboretum 2nd grade field trip is, “This is the best day of my life.” The American Authors put out a song about the same topic. If they had ever been on our field trip, this is the song they would’ve written. Luckily, we have brilliant 2nd graders who were able to collaborate on a group write about the awesomeness of outdoor learning and trees!
- Kate Klein and Theresa Lee

A big special thank you to Louie Bello for recording and mixing the track!

(Source: vimeo.com)

Our 1st graders took a world tour using the Internet and theperennialplate.com’s movies. We visited Morrocco, Italy, Sri Lanka, China and Mexico to learn about geography, climate, agriculture, culture and food. After watching “An Act of Resistance” Vimeo.com/85727477, the scholars were very upset to hear what has happened to Mexican cacao. I asked them what they wanted to do about it. This video is their response.

(Source: vimeo.com)

gjmueller:

policymic shares:

Dr. Maya Angelou’s last tweet. Mayor Allen Joines and her literary agent have confirmed that the renowned poet-author-activist has passed at at 86.


Dr. Angelou has been a great inspiration. I hope future generations turn to her in times of need and times of joy. May she live on in the great deeds we do.

gjmueller:

policymic shares:

Dr. Maya Angelou’s last tweet. Mayor Allen Joines and her literary agent have confirmed that the renowned poet-author-activist has passed at at 86.

Dr. Angelou has been a great inspiration. I hope future generations turn to her in times of need and times of joy. May she live on in the great deeds we do.

(Source: micdotcom)