The next step we are doing in google is to work on collaborative projects. Students choose a partner and come up with an agreed upon topic. Then one student starts a google slide and does the “share” feature. Now both students can simultaneously work on it. Students started in duo groups and the finished kids move onto finding groups of 3. We talk about collaboration (like talking to each other about ideas and good etiquette about not deleting other people’s work). It’s very cute and impressive when I hear kids tell each other, “You need to share it with me” or “Can I join your team?” I’ve also let the pairings and groupings find themselves without teacher assignment. This makes it more genuine in origin for the kids. I do try to manage it to some extent or it becomes a google “party” (where a group or row of kids are sitting next to each other while on their chromebooks). Although, perhaps a google party is not a bad thing.
Now that homework has ended for the year, I encourage your child to go onto spellingcity.com or xtramath.org--these are two leveled sites that we are keeping track of till the very end of school. Spelling City--Can you spell the top 100 word wall words (aka sight words, based on Fry’s list)? You can earn the Top 100 Top hat when you ace the 10 levels of the 100 words list. Xtramath--Can you demonstrate your math fluency (accuracy+speed=math fluency)? You can earn the Top Monkey if you are the highest level in the class. -or- You can earn the Top Jumper if you have the most improved score from Monday to Monday.