Miss Abby Houston
Miss Houston is our librarian and technology teacher for the entire school. She also teaches seventh grade Pre-Algebra and eighth grade Algebra.
Classroom News & Assignments
The past two weeks have been full of wonderful new activities and projects!
A few highlights:
Grades K and 1:
I started “Teach Your Monster to Read” with kindergarten and first grade. This is a program that allows students to work on reading skills based on their individual reading levels. I share the results with classroom teachers so they can see exactly where students are strong and weak. This is an amazing and entertaining site for students to learn phonic sounds and practice reading. The game begins with students designing a monster to take it on an adventure around a magic area to find the letter sounds and words to fix a spaceship. The storyline is wonderful and the activities are educational and motivational.
Check it out: https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
4th grade completed the My Robotic Friend Cup Stacking Challenge. The students learned the symbols to go along with the arm movements of this challenge. One group member was the “robot”, and the other group members created a code for the robot to follow to see if they could stack the cups as they planned. This unplugged challenge allowed students to understand the basic symbols behind coding. We also started online, computer coding.
Grades 5 and 6:
In fifth and sixth grade, we completed a few unplugged coding activities to prepare us for advanced online coding courses. The first activity focused on using algorithms and programs with a pencil, paper, a 4 by 4 grid, and symbols. Students coded mystery patterns for other groups to code.
In another activity, each group was given limited resources of gumdrops, toothpicks, and popsicle sticks. Each group had to build a foundation that was taller than a cup and could hold a heavy book. The lesson focused on the terms frustration and persistence. Each group pushed through for successful results.