App Smashing!



As part of our fiction unit, students were required to retell The Hungry Caterpillar story with a focus on sequencing the main events from beginning to end. I asked the class how they wanted to do this and as we have been loving Art Set recently it was no surprise that students wanted to use this. In Art Set we could create illustrations of the events but how would we show that we can sequence and retell these events? One clever cookie said “Let’s put the photos in Book Creator”.  Yay! Happy teacher moment! It was time for some App Smashing. App Smashing is when you create content in one app and then transfer it into a second or third app to enhance the final product. We have used both apps many times so most students were ready to give this a go by themselves. They used paints and textures to illustrate the main events from the story and then saved these pictures to their camera roll. They then inserted the pictures in sequential order in Book Creator and recorded their voices retelling the story. They exported it as a video and submitted it to me via the Showbie app for some teacher feedback! Check out some final products below.

The Hungry Caterpillar Retell (App Smashing) from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

Hungry Caterpillar Retell from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.


CBL Challenge!


Wow! What a busy few weeks! This Term students have been learning all about the diversity of toys. This included how toys work differently, how toys have changed over time and how toys are different around the world. Their challenge was to ‘Create a toy’. We researched, talked to our friends, looked at the toys we had learnt about and then came up with our ideas. This was a long process as students had to plan their solution, research their toy, design it, list and collect their materials before even starting to make it! Then came the hard part- putting the plans into action! We had many failures but through these failures and mistakes students began to have little light bulb and ‘aha’ moments which was where the magic really happened. Students then worked together to make their movie and plan and put together the toy show and museum.Thank you to all families who were able to make it to the show this afternoon. For those who were unable to make it, here are the videos! Let us know what you think by commenting below.

CBL Solution: Toy Cars from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Making Worry Dolls from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Puppets from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Kites from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Jack in the Box from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

photoWhat a great turnout! Leave your feedback below, we would love to hear what you think about our solutions.


Come and celebrate!

This Wednesday at 2:45pm, parents are invited to our open classroom to see the toys we have made. As part of Challenge Based Learning, we have been working in small groups to research, design and create our own toys. On Wednesday we are presenting and celebrating our achievements. Hope you can make it! Here’s a sneak peak at the work we have been doing…



Writing Goals!


We have been working extremely hard on our personal writing goals in class in order to improve our writing skills! We have our own necklaces with our goals which are also displayed on our VOICES writing menu. Ask your child what their writing goal is and what they have been focusing on in writing sessions.



Using Showbie to submit assignments

We have just begun using the iPad app ‘Showbie’ to submit digital assignments. Each student has their own account within the app and can easily send me their completed work for grading. This app allows easy  sharing between teacher and students and allows me to give instant feedback through a voice message or written comments. Open ‘Showbie’ on your child’s iPad to see the assignments they have submitted and the feedback they have received.

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Place Value!

We have been learning all about the place value of 2-digit numbers! We have discovered that 2-digit numbers consist of tens and ones and have been working very hard to model, build and record these numbers. Here is a few examples of what we have been doing. Click on the photos to have a larger view.

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