Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Muvizu Animation

I'm very excited to begin using Muvizu for animation.  The sixth grade challenge students are going to start creating their Hoodwinked (flipped fairy tales) with Muvizu.  The following tutorials can be used to help guide you in your animation endeavor. Visit Muvizu to download the free program or watch more tutorials.

Muvizu in a Nutshell

Building Sets

Creating Characters

Directing--Basic Dialogue

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Future City Mentor

The 7th grade classes are making great progress preparing for the Future City Competition.  Both teams have virtual cities with populations over 100,000!

They met with their engineering mentor for the first time last week.  Mr. Ramos taught students about various scales using model airplanes and blueprints from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport.  He also gave students suggestion on how they could make improvements to their virtual cities.  We are very excited to continue working with our new mentor.  Thank you Mr. Ramos!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hickory Dickory Dog

I'm very excited to announce that my first and second grade students have completed their poetry book! We've been writing couplets, limericks, and ruptured rhymes. Each student chose two poems to have published in a hardback book. Here is a sneak peek! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stepping Up

The Instant Challenge this week is called Stepping Up. Students are given FOUR minutes to create a presentation through the eyes of an old pair of shoes. Their performance must include a funny character and a song. I think this one has quite a catchy tune. Enjoy!

Stepping Up Instant Challenge from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Waste Warriors

      Have you ever wondered how much trash is created in our school lunchroom?  The fifth grade Challenge students have been pondering this question.  They have concerns about the amount of trash that is discarded in their school lunch room.  Because of this, they've decided to to take on the challenge to reduce the lunchroom waste.  They have entered the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.   They are calling themselves the Waste Warriors, and they have created a proposal to help reduce lunchroom waste.  Their first task has been collecting data.  In the pictures below, they are weighing the trash from the lunchroom.  I'm so excited to see them motivated to help their school!


What do fake blood, fake vomit, and fingerprints have in common?  They are all Labs in the sixth grade SCSI unit.  Students have been conducting experiments to solve crime simulations.
Blood Typing Lab

Fake Blood

Each student used FACES software to create a police sketch of  a classmate.

Vomit Lab

Vomit Lab

They were tempted to eat the vomit, but you can't taste your lab experiments!

Meramec Caverns Field Trip

The eighth grade Challenge students are creating a documentary about Meramec Caverns.  We toured the caverns to gather our initial research.  They will be conducting interviews with Meramec Caverns employees, and they will be filming more footage on site.  Mikaela was the photographer on the first trip, and she did a fabulous job!
7th and 8th Grade Challenge Students

Friday, November 4, 2011

Singing Horses

If you are down in the dumps, listen to these singing horses!  This is really cute, but you will only be able to take a few minutes of it.