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Rotation #25 and #26- State Postcard

Rotation #22, #23 and #24- State Brochure
As part of the States and Capitals unit in 4th grade, students will become an expert on a state and present it to their class. The children will be creating brochures from a ppt template that contains necessary information about their state. The brochure will have pictures and text that reflect state symbols and interesting facts.
Capital City
Map of State
State Bird
State Flower
Historical Figures and Accomplishments
Interesting Facts
Template for Brochure

Web Resources Social Studies Links

Example of Georgia Brochure

March 2-March 24 Rotatation #20, #21- Typing Pal Online
All students in 4th grade must not move on to the next apple until they check their log in the results tab. Fourth graders must be typing at 15wpm or higher and have fewer than 10 mistakes to move on to the next activity.

Please remember to spend at least 5-10 minutes per evening practicing your activities!
January 26-March 5 Rotation #16, 17, 18, 19- The Oregon Trail!!!
The Oregon Trail is a best-selling educational computer game developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by MECC in 1974. The game was inspired by the real-life Oregon Trail and was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th century pioneer life on the trail. The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding his party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley by way of the Oregon Trail via a Conestoga wagon in 1848.
Fourth Graders will take part in this realistic simulation game throughout the next

Purchase Oregon Trail Version 5 Here at
January 15-25 Rotations #15- Typing Pal Online
All students in 4th grade must not move on to the next apple until they check their log in the results tab. Fourth graders must be typing at 15wpm or higher and have fewer than 10 mistakes to move on to the next activity.

Please remember to spend at least 5-10 minutes per evening practicing your activities!
January 7-14 Rotation #14-Nutrition and Typing Pal Online
The students will discuss nutrition and what the pyramid means...the students will play the pyramid game.

4th Graders will "officially" begin Typing Pal Online this rotation. We will discuss correct technique and the balance between accuracy and speed.
All students will log on to the Typing Pal Onlinewebsite and enter the institution code TRINITYS along with their username and password that they've been given. This will be their username and password until they graduate in grade 6.

Each student's progress will be monitored and is individualized based on their needs.
It is highly encouraged that all students spend 5-10 minutes each evening practicing their typing skills.
Nutrition Sites:
Pumpkin-O Meter
Mission Nutrition
Nutrition Explorations
Dec14- Jan 6 Rotation #13- Timez Attack Download
The students will go to and click on the timez attack download. Each user will install it to their desktop and play the game. This will remain on their computer for the remainder of the year.
This games reinforces learning 2-12 times tables through and interactive gaming style of learning that all kids love!
Timez Attack
Free Version Download
Dec 4-Dec 11 Rotation #12- Multiplication Practice
Cone Crazy
Car Wash
Patty's Paints
Math Playground-Multiplication
Multiplication Facts
Rotation #11- Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving...
See lesson below...all of the directions for the steps are written on the white board in the lab. Steps for Paint are in RED, Steps for KidPix are in purple...
All of the students have a photo of their face in their folder. They will use that one for this activity.
Here is a sample of Mrs.Honick's Class' work!!!!

Nov 10-Nov19 Rotation #10- Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
TSW listen to the story Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving and pay close attention to the illustrations. Each child will have a picture taken of their face and they will edit it in PAINT. They will crop out the background and only leave their side profile. When this has been saved in their folder, they will import their face into Kidpix and create the body of the child with the stuffed turkey around their head.
They must come up with a slogan or persuasive statement why not to eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. This lesson will take 2 rotations to complete.

Directions for this activity...Tracing in Paint
Rt. click on the JPEG image in your folder
Open with-Paint
Free Form Select- Trace Head
File-Save As- Face__

Direction for KidPix...
Open KP
Add-Add Graphic
Select the JPEG file-Open
Place and resize your face in the correct spot before you click off of it. Otherwise, you can't manipulate it and select it again.
Oct 30-Nov 9 Rotation #9- Power Point
TSW complete their final PPT presentation from the previous lessons. It will be saved and printed.
When you are done with your presentation, please go to Typing Pal Online and complete the next step of your lesson.
When you are done:
Typing Pal Online
Oct 22-Oct 29 Rotation #8- Inspiration/PPT
TSW learn how to import their Inspiration Web into PPT and complete the following.
  • center titles
  • change font
  • change design, background and transitions
Each slide must have 2 images from clipart.
Save in your folder.
When you are done: here are some fun activities!
**Carve Pumpkin**
**Halloween Puzzles**
Oct 14-Oct 21 Rotation #7- Inspiration/PPT
TSW create and Inspiration web with the following points...
  1. My Family
  2. My Favorites
  3. My Hobbies
  4. Fast Facts
They will learn how to navigate through Inspiration and add bubbles with links. They will learn how to add pictures, change the text and color of the bubbles.
There is a free online version of this software with registration. It's worth checking out and great for presentation software.

When you are done:
Typing Pal Online
Oct 5-Oct 13 Rotation #6: Graphing With Skittles Using Graph Club

Materials: paper napkins, individual sized bags of skittles
Each student will be given their materials. They are to sort, count, tally and graph the results of what's in their bag of skittles.
TSW open Graph Club and set the counter to the amount of different colors that they have, they can change the menu items to represent skittles. The students will graph their skittles, print out a copy with all 5 different types of graphs and their name located at the top.
Tittle: Graphing with Skittles
What: Color of Skittles​

Graph Club allows the children to...
Generate Questions
Collect Data
Sort and Classify
Construct and Interpret
Discover Patterns
Make Predictions and Conclusions

If you want to try this at home, you can use Microsoft Excel. Here is a document that will take you through all of the steps necessary to graph with Excel.

Here is a link to a web based graphing site. You can create 5 different types of graphs from this website.
Sept 24-Oct 5 Rotation #5: Graph Club
  • introduce Graph Club tools
  • demonstrate choosing symbols from the library
  • add titles where needed
  • show how the notes bar can be used
  • TSW complete a class graph, save and print

When You Are Done:

Sept 16-Sept 23 Rotation #4: Internet Safety Activities
TSW work collaboratively in groups of 3-4 to match the internet safety words that are supplied in ziploc bags. They are to match the vocabulary word with the definition.
TSW complete the activity called Who's Your Friend on the Internet.
When this has been done, TSW go to their computers and watch the video called The Boy Who Loved IMand Don't Open that File. When they are done they can complete their choice of online Activities related to the WizzyWigs in the Learning Links column.

Who's Your Friend on the Internet?

Online Activities

Online Games

Offline Activities

Which WizzyWig?
Which WizzyWig?

Sept 8-Sept 15 Rotation #3: Internet Safety Presentation (3-6) Presentation
The goal of the NetSmartz Workshop is to extend the safety awareness of children to prevent victimization and increase self-confidence whenever they go online. These goals include how to:
  • enhance the ability of children to recognize dangers on the Internet
  • enhance the ability of children to understand that people they first "meet" on the Internet should never be considered their friend
  • encourage children to report victimization to a trusted adult
  • support and enhance community education efforts
  • increase communication between adults and children about online safety
The NetSmartz Workshop teaches children three basic rules for online safety.

  • I will tell an adult I trust if anything makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  • I will ask my parents or guardian before sharing my personal information.
  • I won't meet in person with anyone I have first "met" online.

TTW (The Teacher Will)
Present the NetSmartz Presentation using the previously requested information. This takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.
The children will gather on the rug and watch as the teacher interacts with the DVD.

Follow-up Activities are on the next rotation.
August 26-Sept 4 Rotation #2: Peace Puzzle
* log on
  • review Kid Pix and show the students an example of what we're going to create here...
  • TSW brainstorm ideas, images, symbols about peace and create their illustration in Kid Pix using the CENTER of the page.
  • When the children are done, they will save, print, and cut out their illustration using a puzzle piece template and they will be put together on the wall.
  • log off

If you're looking for a program similar to Kidpix. TuxPaint is a free download that uses the same tools as kidpix.
You can purchase Kidpix Deluxe 4 online at
Rotation #1: Welcome to the computer lab.
  • review rules and expectations
  • learn how to log on and off using our new username and password
  • learn how to access our folder on the network and rename it
  • ensure that the printer and the wireless connection is working for each class username
  • watch the PPT all about Mrs. Harris