Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Mrs. Mitchell's (goo.gl/EtZmWM) 3rd graders took on the role of architects and designed their own dream house. They were required to create a floor plan, find the perimeter and area of each room, and find the total cost of their house. Students used Room Styler (roomstyler.com) to create their house and choose the materials they wanted for their rooms (wall trim and floor material). Students also created a Google Spreadsheet to organize their measurement and budget data.
Music by Only1dob (Drowning To Succeed)
Friday, January 10, 2014
Dec. 9th-15th 2013 was Computer Science Education Week. Dec. 9th was chosen as the start of this special week to recognize the birthday of Grace Hopper, a programming pioneer and a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Google showcased an awesome Google Doodle of Grace Hopper to commemorate her birthday.).
Mrs. Welpman's class inspired me to try the tutorial myself. Here are some of the things I learned from the tutorial:
One of the activities required me to create an "H" with three rectangles. To create a rectangle, I needed to type rect(x, y, w, h);, where x and y is the coordinate of the top right corner of the rectangle, w is the width, and the h is the height.
The image below shows that the x and y-axis is similar to quadrant 4 in geometry, except that the y-axis contains positive numbers, instead of negative. Both axises go up to 400 pixels, so the center would be (200, 200).
Processing Ellipse and Line
The code for an ellipse is ellipse(x, y, w, h). It is important to note that the x and y graphing point is the center of the ellipse. The code for a line is line(x1, y1, x2, y2), where (x1, y1) is the start of the line and (x2, y2) is the end.
The image below shows how coding is sequential. Since the code for the line is placed last, it appears above the rectangle and circle.
This activity introduced these commands:
- fill(r, g, b): This command lets you fill color for shapes.
- noStroke(): This allowed me to take away the outline of my clouds.
- background(r, g, b); (This command sets the background color.)
The r, g, and b in the commands stand for red, green, and blue.
Final Project: Greeting Card
In the final project, I had to use the skills I learned in the previous lessons to create a greeting card. Make sure to use the Documentation library if you don't remember any of the commands.
Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
- CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate)
- CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2 Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
- CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.
I hope to collaborate with a 5th grade teacher on this project during our second semester. I will update this post when I do.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Google Cultural Institute is a partnership of museums, archives, and cultural institutions designed to make digital exhibitions available to the public. The institute added the The Eiffel Tower exhibit that features: