June 2

Fraction Bars in Scratch

Grade 5 are creating fraction bars from 1/2 to 1/10 by programming in Scratch with grade 5. It will help them visualize comparing fractions with different denominators. Attached is the screenshot of the final product. Once the students finish, they can use their printed out bars to practice comparing fractions in ICT and Math class.
Coding for this project is complicated. It requires understanding of X-Y coordinates and segmenting along X and Y axes using fractions/division. Programming the Scratch Pen to draw fraction bars involves creating variables and using them in two loops, one of which includes the other. We’ve been doing it step by step, pausing to do math or to act it out by moving in the lab. Now most of the students understand the principles on which the project is based.
The students will also learn to give credit to others and write instructions on their project pages. Finally, they will share their projects with the whole Scratch community.
April 27

Browsing the Web safely

Grade 5 students are learning best practices for internet browsing. They will be able to:

  • tell if a connection is secure by checking if there is a green lock and https in the address line.
  • identify suspicious links, banner ads, and adware symptoms (like ad popups where they did not happen before).
  • download Ad Block extension from getadblock.com.

The students will be applying the following hands-on methods for reducing the attack surface of their web browsers:

  • disabling extensions that they don’t use.

  • disabling autofill.

  • clearing third-party cookies,

  • clearing browser history, and cache:

February 7

How to give credit for online content

The students are learning that to avoid plagiarizing someone else’s work, they should show respect to the author by giving a citation.

The students will be able to:
– define plagiarism and describe its consequences.
– explain how giving credit is a sign of respect for people’s work.
– articulate when it is acceptable to use people’s work, and how to write a citation.

– explain the value of giving proper citations.
– name the components of an MLA style citation for different types of websites.
– create MLA style citations for online articles and professional sites.

December 5

Digital Superhero

Grade 5 are learning how to be good digital citizens, how to be safe, responsible and respectful online. They are creating digital superheroes with superpowers to help others to act safely, responsibly and respectfully online.


October 18

Online Discussion about Changing the World

The students are learning about humanity’s needs, problems, and the 17 goals set by the United Nations to protect the Earth from climate change and make the world safer, fairer, and more just for everyone by 2030. This information was introduced in The World’s Largest Lesson video featuring Malala Yousafsai.

Afterwards, they had a conversation with the teacher about tackling the problems. They loved the comic book about how everybody can be a hero who makes the world better:


The students expressed their thoughts about the comic on Edmodo.com.
Next, the students will split into small groups, brainstorm some solutions to the world’s problems and discuss them  on Edmodo.com.

October 6

Communications Technology

We started the school year with writing about summer vacations. That allowed students to refresh their editing and formatting skills on One Drive.

Blogging was the fun part. The students customized their sites, published stories, read each other’s posts and exchanged comments. I was impressed how responsible the majority of the students were with their comments. Their comments were respectful and expressed either praise or constructive criticism.