5th Grade Technology

June 13th: Last Day

  • Are you ready to compete in the Keyboarding Olympics?
  • If you have not completed your post for your Scratch Project, sign in to Google Classroom and use Assignment 012 as a guide and add a post to your Google Site for your completed project. Add a comment to Assignment 012 if you finish your Google Site post so that I know you have completed it. Make sure to say which Scratch project of yours you are completing the post for.
  • Free Time: When You Are Done OR States & Capitals OR Keyboarding Games OR draw a picture in Pinta or Tux Paint OR create something in Scratch OR try Zoopz: How far can you get in Inchworm OR Inchworm2 OR Frog Jumping?

June 11th:

  • If you have not completed the end of year speed tests, sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 014 - End of Year Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • If you have not completed your post for your Scratch Project, sign in to Google Classroom and use Assignment 012 as a guide and add a post to your Google Site for your completed project. Add a comment to Assignment 012 if you finish your Google Site post so that I know you have completed it. Make sure to say which Scratch project of yours you are completing the post for.
  • Done? When You Are Done, States & Capitals or Keyboarding Games

June 6th:

  • Whole Class: How to comment on Scratch Projects
    • Be specific! Nothing like: Love it! It's great. Good work, etc. Compliment something specific in the project.
    • It's okay to give suggestions but they must be specific and kind.
    • Do NOT refer to the person who created this with their last name and do not use your last name.
    • Write in complete, full sentences.
  • Check out 5th Grade's Knock Knock Jokes and self-selected Scratch Projects and favorite, love, and comment specifically and appropriately on them.
  • If you have not completed the end of year speed tests, sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 014 - End of Year Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • Check out the 4th Grade's Scratch projects and favorite, love, and comment specifically and appropriately on them.
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

June 4th: Last Day to Finish Scratch Projects!

  • Finish your original project in Scratch - Do NOT start anything new!
    • Make sure to name your project 5th-YourFirstName-Something to Say What the Project Is - for example, 5th-Susie-Virtual Pet
    • When you have finished:
      • SHARE your project
      • Add any instructions, if a user would need them for your project. These must use proper grammar and spelling. Full sentences are required.
      • Add thank yous/credits if you used a tutorial or sprites or code from someone else. If you are using Scratch cards, any of the coding books, or the Tips page, you need to have credits! These must use proper grammar and spelling. Full sentences are required.
      • Add it to the Class of 2021 Studio
    • Sign in to Google Classroom and use Assignment 012 as a guide and add a post to your Google Site for your completed project. Add a comment to Assignment 012 if you finish your Google Site post so that I know you have completed it. Make sure to say which Scratch project of yours you are completing the post for.
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 014 - End of Year Keyboarding Speed Tests
  • If you haven't, you may try the winning games from the Skoolcade Contest:
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

May 23rd & 30th:

  • Najee & Rudy: Finish your Knock Knock Joke and post (see April 23rd for more details)
  • Finish your original project in Scratch - Do NOT start anything new!
    • Make sure to name your project 5th-YourFirstName-Something to Say What the Project Is - for example, 5th-Susie-Virtual Pet
    • When you have finished:
      • SHARE your project
      • Add any instructions, if a user would need them for your project. These must use proper grammar and spelling. Full sentences are required.
      • Add thank yous/credits if you used a tutorial or sprites or code from someone else. If you are using Scratch cards, any of the coding books, or the Tips page, you need to have credits! These must use proper grammar and spelling. Full sentences are required.
      • Add it to the Class of 2021 Studio
    • Sign in to Google Classroom and use Assignment 012 as a guide and add a post to your Google Site for your completed project. Add a comment to Assignment 012 if you finish your Google Site post so that I know you have completed it. Make sure to say which Scratch project of yours you are completing the post for.Done?
  • Done? Please rate some games for a game contest.Open the Rate the Games form and play each of the games below and fill out the form for it:
    • Octorush
    • Beatpad Madness
    • Wizard Run
      How to play: First you find a way out of the witches trap which might take a few tries. Next stay as long as you can but if you stay in one spot you make no points. When you touch a witch the game will reset.
    • Arcado
    • Hook the Fish
    • Shot the Cat
    • Sentences of the Jungle (see Mrs. S. for iPad to run this one)
    • Rohan's Hamburger Place (see Mrs. S. for iPad to run this one)
  • Finished with everything? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

May 21st:

  • Complete The Power of Words Assessment
  • Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

May 9th:

April 23rd - May 7th:

  • Open the 5th Grade Outstanding Work document and work on any outstanding work identified in the order it is listed.
    If working on your Knock Knock Joke:
    • Sign in to Scratch and:
      • Create a project to tell a Knock Knock joke. Need a joke? Check out these or these.
        • Make sure to name this 5th-YourFirstName-Knock Knock (or something similar. It MUST start with 5th-YourFirstName-.)
        • Use the Broadcast Control block to control timing. Use proper capitalization and punctuation!
          See this or this video tutorial from a former St. Martin's 8th grader for more information.
          A Tip: If you use the Broadcast and Wait block (instead of just the broadcast block) only the sprite that starts the joke needs to do broadcasts and the other sprite just uses the When I Receive blocks.
        • Make sure you check your spelling and grammar on your say blocks. Scratch does not indicate if things are incorrect. Capitalize properly and include punctuation.
        • When you are done, complete at least one of the challenges:
          • Challenge 1: Have the sprites laugh at the end of the joke both with say blocks (under Looks) and sound.
          • Challenge 2: Have the 2nd sprite tell a joke back to the 1st sprite again with Broadcast (or Broadcast and Wait) blocks.
      • When you have finished your joke project, make sure to SHARE it and add it to the Class of 2021 Studio
  • Done? Create something of your own in Scratch:
    • Decide on a project you want to create - your project must be approved before you create it if it is not from a Scratch book, Scratch Cards, or the Tips page. Your project must be appropriate for school: No copyrighted images or sounds, No violent or otherwise inappropriate content.
      • Look through the Scratch books / Scratch Cards in the lab & pick a project. There are a limited number of these so not everyone can do this.
      • Check out the Tips page (these are like the Scratch Cards) and pick something to create. Start with the original instructions and then add something to make this your own.
      • Complete a Starter Project.
      • Pick a project from Scratch Programming Playground
      • Come up with your own idea. Get approval for the project you want to create.
      • All spelling & grammar must be correct.
    • Create your project making sure to name it 5th-YourFirstName-Something to Say What the Project Is - for example, 5th-Susie-Virtual Pet
    • When you have finished, make sure to:
      • SHARE your project
      • Add any instructions, if a user would need them for your project. These must use proper grammar and spelling. Full sentences are required.
      • Add thank yous/credits if you used a tutorial or sprites or code from someone else. If you are using Scratch cards, any of the coding books, or the Tips page, you need to have credits! These must use proper grammar and spelling. Full sentences are required.
      • Add it to the Class of 2021 Studio
    • Sign in to Google Classroom and use Assignment 012 as a guide and add a post to your Google Site for your completed project. Add a comment to Assignment 012 if you finish your Google Site post so that I know you have completed it. Make sure to say which Scratch project of yours you are completing the post for.
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

April 16th:

April 9th & 11th:

  • April 9th - Whole Class: How to use the 5th Grade Outstanding Work document
  • April 11th: Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club until timer sounds
  • Open the 5th Grade Outstanding Work document and work on any outstanding work identified in the order it is listed.
  • Done? Create something of your own in Scratch:

March 12th - 21st:

  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in the following assignments. Remember to turn in the assignment (Turn In or Mark As Done button) when done OR add a comment and resubmit, if fixing problems!
  • Sign in to Scratch and:
    • Change your avatar to your current self-portrait (under Profile)
    • Create a project to tell a Knock Knock joke. Need a joke? Check out these or these.
      • Make sure to name this 5th-YourFirstName-Knock Knock (or something similar)
      • Use the Broadcast Control block to control timing. Use proper capitalization and punctuation!
        See this or this video tutorial from a former St. Martin's 8th grader for more information.
        A Tip: If you use the Broadcast and Wait block (instead of just the broadcast block) only the sprite that starts the joke needs to do broadcasts and the other sprite just uses the When I Receive blocks.
      • Make sure you check your spelling and grammar on your say blocks. Scratch does not indicate if things are incorrect. Capitalize properly and include punctuation.
      • If you are done, complete at least one of the challenges:
        • Challenge 1: Have the sprites laugh at the end of the joke both with say blocks (under Looks) and sound.
        • Challenge 2: Have the 2nd sprite tell a joke back to the 1st sprite again with Broadcast (or Broadcast and Wait) blocks.
    • Done with your Scratch Knock, Knock joke? Sign in to Google Classroom and complete & turn in Assignment 012 - Knock Knock Joke Post

March 5th & 7th:

  • Whole Class:
    • Statuses in Google Classroom - When to turn in/mark as done/resubmit & when not to!
      • If not done, Turn In or Mark as Done, when complete.
      • If returned, open and check:
        • If there is no comment or a comment that says it is complete or that you do not have to do it, do nothing.
        • If there is a comment with things that are wrong, fix the problems and add a comment that you have done so and resubmit the assignment.
    • How to download O.R.E.O. Project Google Slide
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in the following assignments, if not done.
    • Assignment 011 - Digital Citizenship Poster - Everyone except Ella needs to fix or do this. Remember, if you have fixed problems on this, you must add a comment and resubmit it!
      • You should be working on the Google Site post NOT your poster other than to share it if you have not done that.
      • If your poster is not finished yet, complete Assignment 004 and Assignment 006 before you continue with this since your poster was supposed to be completed last class.
    • Assignment 004 - Google Site: Self-Portrait Post - Everyone except Ella, Mackenzi, & Zola still needs to do or fix this. Remember, if you have fixed problems on this, you must add a comment and resubmit it!
    • Assignment 006 - Google Site: O.R.E.O. Project Post - see February 26th for reminders on what you did for the O.R.E.O. Project. Everyone except Jesse, Kasai, Mackenzi, and Najee needs to do or fix this. Remember, if you have fixed problems on this, you must add a comment and resubmit it!
      • If you have not downloaded your slide from the O.R.E.O. Project Slides, you can do it from here. Find your slide, then choose File / Download As / PNG Image. Make sure you save this in your Pictures folder and add 5th-YourName- in front of the file name.
  • Sign in to Scratch and:
    • Change your avatar to your current self-portrait
    • Create a project to tell a Knock Knock joke. Need a joke? Check out these or these.
      • Use the Broadcast Control block to control timing. See this or this video tutorial from a former St. Martin's 8th grader for more information. A TIP: If you use the Broadcast and Wait block (instead of just the broadcast block) only the sprite that starts the joke needs to do broadcasts.
      • Can you add a laugh at the end of the joke?
      • Can you make the other character tell a joke back?

February 28th:

February 26th:

February 21st:

February 7th - 14th:

January 31st:

  • If not done, sign in to Google Classroom and finish and turn in Assignment 008 - Inventor Report - see January 8th for details
    • When you are done, check your work:
      • Did you read your entire essay and make sure that it makes sense?
      • Did you check for (and fix if needed) all of the common problems listed under January 8th?
      • Are you sure there is no plagiarism in your essay?
      • Did you include pictures that apply to your essay?
      • Did you caption your invention pictures?
      • Is your essay 5th grade quality work?
    • If you can answer YES to all of the previous questions, turn in Assignment 008
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

January 22nd - 29th:

January 8th & 10th:

  • Whole Class: Adding Last Name & Page Number to header
  • Armando & Nate: Sign in to Google Classroom and turn in Assignment 007 - Introduction to Micro:Bit
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and continue working on Assignment 008 - Inventor Report
    • Add your Last Name & Page Number to the header. There is a video for this.
    • Continue typing your essay.
    • When done typing:
      • Read your entire essay and make sure it makes sense. It is actually best to read it out loud (quietly) so you hear the errors. If you just read it silently to yourself, it is very easy to read what you meant to say and not what you actually did say. Here are some common problems that I have seen in the past so make sure to check for these.
        • Do not have sentence fragments. Something like "When my mom taught me to read." is not a sentence. It needs to be part of another thought like "When my mom taught me to read, it opened up a whole new world to me."
        • Do not join sentences with commas. If something is a complete thought, it needs to be a new sentence or it needs to be joined with a joining word like and. For example, "I was born on January 1, 1820, my sister was born on February 3, 1821." is not correct. This should be two sentences: "I was born on January 1, 1820. My sister was born on February 3, 1821."
        • If you are talking about a date the preposition is ON not IN - on January 1, 1820. If you are talking about a month or year, then the preposition is IN - in January 1820 or in 1820.
        • Do not capitalize words mid-sentence that are not proper nouns.
        • Always capitalize "I" when you are using the pronoun "I". For example, My sister and I went to the store. Do not capitalize "i" in other words that are not proper nouns.
        • Check your use of the pronoun "me". Me is never the subject of a sentence. "Me and my sister, Amy, went to the store." is not correct. Check this by taking out the part after the and. You wouldn't say "Me went to the store." so "Me and" is not correct. It should be "My sister, Amy, and I went to the store."
        • If you are writing your essay in the first person, make sure it is all written in the first person. You should not have some sentences that start "I did" and others that start "He did" or "She did".
      • Make sure that you have divided your essay into appropriate paragraphs - there is a video on how to do this in the assignment.
      • Reset your headings & title to be more display friendly - there is a video on how to do this in the assignment.
      • Add images of your inventor and their invention(s) to your report - there is a video on how to do this in the assignment. The search function has changed slightly since the video was made and images will now be shown to the right rather than on a new page. You will click the image(s) you want and select Insert to add them to your report.
      • If you want to add captions to images which are displayed next to one another, watch the Captions on Side by Side Images video in the assignment.
    • If your report is complete, Turn In the assignment.
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

January 3rd:

  • Whole Class: Overview of Assignment 008 - Inventor Report
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Add micro:bit HEX files to Assignment 007 and turn this in
    • Work on Assignment 008 - Inventor Report

December 13th:

  • Whole Class: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors micro:bit Tournament
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors People Tournament
  • Whole Class: Rock, Paper, Scissors Discussion
    • How were the tournaments alike?
    • How were they different?
    • What strategies did you use when playing yourself?
    • Did you know there is an algorithm to win more often?
    • Do you think you could program a winning algorithm?
  • Program a Christmas image/greeting on your micro:bit

December 11th:

  • Whole Class: What should a Rock look like? Paper? Scissors?
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and complete and turn in Assignment 007 - Introduction to micro:bit
    • If you have not, create a Rock, Paper, Scissors game on your micro:bit - this MUST be installed at the end of class and your Rock, Paper, & Scissors need to look like the agreed upon options
  • Finished? Try other Projects or the Magic-8 Ball!

December 4th & 6th:

November 27th & 29th:

  • Whole Class: Reminders on calculating average on Google Sheets
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and do these in the order listed:
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 002 - Self-Portrait, if not done
    • Complete Assignment 005 - Q2 Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup, if not done
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 004 - Google Site: Self-Portrait Post, if not done
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 006 - Google Site: O.R.E.O. Project Post
  • Done? Typing Jungle Lessons in Typing Club

October 16th - November 20th:

  • Self-portrait in Pinta: Video Tutorials (use these as a guide but you can always do things your own way)
    When completely done:
    • Make sure to save one last time
    • Delete the background layer (click on it and click the delete icon under the layers)
    • Add a new layer (Background) and move it to the bottom. Fill this layer with white.
    • Then do Image / Flatten to combine all layers
    • Select File / Save As and change the file type to PNG (do not change the file name) and save
  • Sign in to Google Classroom and:
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 002 - Self-Portrait
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 003 - Google Site Setup
    • Finish and turn in Assignment 004 - Google Site: Self-Portrait Post

October 9th - 11th:

  • Self-portrait in Pinta: Video Tutorials (these are for guidance & if you would rather draw something in your own way, of course, you can)
    • NO FLOATING HEADS!
    • Save your self-portrait as 5th-YourName-Portrait in the Pictures folder
    • Open & copy template and then Edit & Paste it into a new image in Pinta. Immediately SAVE this as 5th-YourName-Portrait in the Pictures folder and make sure that you are saving as the file type ORA
    • You MUST use layers when drawing this - follow the tutorials
    • Draw the outline of your head, neck & shoulders on a new layer - do NOT fill in with skin color, yet! Double-click on the layer to rename it.
    • Add a new layer to draw each of your features; you can duplicate a layer to create a similar feature. To get an idea of where each feature should be, check this out.
    • When you are done, delete the template layer and add your skin color to your outline layer.
    • Here's how the drawing on the original template turned out.

September 27th - October 4th:

  • Whole Class:
  • Sign in to Google Classroom
    • Open Assignment 001 - OREO Project Chart and your attached work and complete the assignment
      1. Select (highlight) row 1 columns A-D AND the press the CTRL Key and select (highlight) your row columns A-D
      2. Insert / Chart
      3. DATA:
        • If Chart Type is NOT Column Chart, click the chart type and scroll down to select the Column Chart. Make sure Stacking says None
        • Check and make sure:
          • Combine ranges is set to Vertically
          • Switch rows/columns is selected
          • Use column A as headers is selected
          • Use row 1 as labels is selected
      4. Click on CUSTOMIZE:
        • CHART & AXIS TITLES (Use the drop down to select the title type)
          • Chart Title - Set Title Text Your Name OREO Project - Example: Bob's OREO Project. You can change the font, color, size of the title.
          • Horizontal axis titles - Set Title Text to My Results. Again, you may change the font, color, size.
          • Vertical axis titles - Remove Title Text
        • SERIES
          • Turn on Data Labels
          • Change the color, if desired
        • LEGEND - Set position to None
        • VERTICAL AXIS
          • Set Minimum Value to 0
          • If you cannot see the data label on a column, set Maximum Value to the highest number of your Prediction, 1st Try, or 2nd Try
      5. Move your chart below the data table and resize as desired
      6. Click the 3 dots in the upper-right corner of your chart and select Save Image. Save the image in the Pictures folder and name it 5th-YourName-Oreo
      7. Complete your OREO Slide - you must include what you liked best AND WHY along with your saved image from above. Remember, saying "it was fun" is not specific enough for why.

September 25th:

  • Whole Class: Let's enter, create a column chart and look at our OREO Results:
    • What DATA did we collect?
    • Who thought they could stack the most?
    • Who thought they would stack the least?
    • How many people did better on their first try than on their second try? How many did better on their second try? How many did the same?
    • How many people stacked more than they thought they would? How many stacked less than they thought they would? Did anyone stack the exact amount they predicted they would?
  • Continue in Dance Mat Typing?

September 20th:

  • Whole Class: OREO Project
    • What's the OREO Project?
    • What are the rules for stacking?
      • Each student will have 2 attempts to create a cookie stack.
      • Students will place one cookie on the paper plate/table cloth and add one cookie at a time to the stack.
      • Students may NOT adjust the cookie after they have placed the cookie on the stack and moved their hand away.
      • Cookies need to be freestanding and NOT leaning against any kind of support or use any kind of adhesion so they stick together.
      • Cookie needs to be a regular cookie and not separated in ANY way.
      • Another student should be tallying as the student stacks.
      • A tumble has occurred once 1 or more cookies have tumbled off the stack. The complete stack DOES not need to completely tumble for it to be called a tumble.
  • How many do you think you can stack? Add this to our OREO Project Spreadsheet
  • Let's stack OREOs - outside on Kindergarten tables
  • Record results on our OREO Project Spreadsheet

September 18th:

September 13th:

September 11th:

September 6th:

  • Whole Class: Review What You Will Be Doing Today
  • Complete the Student Technology Survey
  • Complete the Start of the Year Keyboarding Speed Tests
    • Find your sheet and enter your name (First Name ONLY!) in cell A1
    • Click on the Test Name & select the link
    • Do NOT change the settings on the test
    • When the test is done, you will see a message that says "Your typing speed was xx words per minute with xx errors. Your calculated speed is: xx words per minute." Take note of the CALCULATED speed. That is what you will record on the spreadsheet.
    • Take the test twice. Do NOT answer the "Do you want to place your calculated wpm speed on the scoreboard? Instead, use the Reload icon on your browser to reload the test after you have noted your calculated speed.
    • Record the best of your two calculated speeds from the test on your Keyboarding Speed Tests spreadsheet in the Start of the Year column.
Resources You May Need:

When You Are Done:

States & Capitals

Keyboarding Games