Excellence in Education Volume 14, Issue 29, 4-5-19
American Revolution Celebration Goes Digital
Colonial times met digital times when fourth graders at James H. Vernon School used their Chromebooks to create original games and escape room activities for a culminating event that celebrated what they learned about the American Revolution.
Students presented their projects in fun and interactive ways to families and friends who tested their knowledge of the Revolutionary War with games or escape room activities created in Google Classroom. Students learned how to use platforms such as Google Sheets, Kami, Puzzle Makers, Kahoots and Google Form to develop their projects.
TR Saddles Up to Read for PARP Campaign
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School students were invited to “saddle up with a reading partner, mosey on over to a comfy spot and lasso a good book” during its spring Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) campaign. The month-long campaign culminated with a “Principal’s Challenge,” which students earned after meeting a school-wide reading goal.
Sponsored by the New York State PTA, PARP fosters a lifelong love of reading in children by encouraging students to read at home with a family member for at least 15 minutes per day and recording their efforts. To keep the momentum for reading going, students participate in various reading activities throughout the campaign.