Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Google Add-ons

What are Google Add-ons?

Add-ons in Google Docs are tools built by third-party developers. You can install add-ons to bring more functionality to Docs, Forms, and Sheets.

  • Create a new Google Doc
  • Change the file name from 'untitled' to a new name (your name add-ons)
  • Select 'Get Add-ons' from the Add-on drop-down menu
  • Type in 'Openclipart' and  click on '+ FREE'

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2nd Grade Uses Tour Builder for Google Earth

The 2nd grade unit on Journeys focuses on places we have been and made connections as well as geography.  We are using the Google tool Tour Builder in order to document an event in our lives using Google Earth.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Grade 4 Learns Google Forms

Grade 4 is learning to use Google Forms in order to create a survey for their current unit of inquiry.

Students will:

  • Create a new form 
  • Formulate 10 questions using short answer, multiple choice, checkboxes, dropdown, linear scale

Grade 3 Multiplication Games

Grade 3 is practicing their multiplication using the Hooda Math games below:

Grade 5 'About Me' Project on Scratch

The students are creating an 'About Me' Project on Scratch.

Here is an example.

They were instructed to include the following:

  • Use an original image of themselves
  • At least 3 pieces of information about themselves (at least one is written)
  • Movement
  • Sound (a recording and a Scratch sound)
  • Creativity
  • Set of Instructions.  See example here.
Here are some resources:

Grade 5 Codes with Scratch

Now that Grade 5 has learned some coding skills, it is time to use Scratch and make a small project like the example I have shown.


  • Click on this image to access Scratch


  • Select 'Join Scratch' in the upper right-hand corner
  • User your CIS username as the username (for example, 28cm) and your Gmail password to get an account
  • Fill in your responses to the questions Scratch would like answered

Watch the 'Getting Started' video

Next, try some coding by following the step-by-step instructions on the right-hand side of the page and start making a Scratch project.

Step By Step

  • Title your now untitled project and save your work by selecting the 'File' drop down menu in the upper left corner of your project
  • Log out

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Grade 4/5 Avatars

Grade 4/5 students are making avatars for an upcoming project.  We tested the one below and searched for other avatar making websites and placed the link to the website here.