January 2015


Happy New Year everyone!

Here’s the latest scoop from room 6:

Our 5th graders have been working on making videos online, making avatars and trying to pass their typing tests! Our 4th graders are finishing their scripts for their iVIE videos and some groups have also started filming. Third graders have been working on a new Microsoft Word activity. This month, our 2nd graders created their own “I Have a Dream” project. I hope 2nd grade parents get a chance to see what their child has written, they were all so inspiring! First graders made their own snowflakes online and will also be working on Microsoft Word later this month. Recently, kindergarteners learned how to sign “My name is” and then finger-spelled their own name. Some of them also practiced signing “What is your name?”

All students at Benchley-Weinberger participated in the Hour of Code and our students were amazing!

I have encouraged all of our students to practice their keyboarding at home whenever possible. Two good sites are “BBC’s Dance Mat Typing” and the “Typing Club”. Kinders can go to Keyboard Zoo which you can find on ABCya.com.

Thank you for stopping by,

Ms. Kathy and her marvelous students!



What’s Happening in the Lab?


Lots of learning and fun has been happening in the Media Lab at Benchley-Weinberger. This week, the kindergartners designed jack-o-lanterns and then got to print them to take home. First and second graders have been having fun with digital storytelling. Third graders are working on their Microsoft Word document and should be done soon. They have learned how to edit in Word and also to find pictures to insert into their documents. Fourth graders have been learning about film making and have finished their storyboards and are ready to film their “practice” films, all to prepare for the iVIES!
Fifth graders are working on an Excel spreadsheet and graph. The upper grades have also been learning how to “code”. They loved it and we will do more as time permits. Enjoy the photos!

Forever grateful to be in Room 6,
Ms. Kathy
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Media Lab Opens!


Hi Everyone!

Classes have started to visit the Media Lab. I will post what we have been up to very soon. Meanwhile, please have your kiddos practice their typing skills. For grades 1-5, they can go to BBC Dance Mat Typing. It is one of the best sites for finger placement, etc. I will soon show the kinders a couple of sites they can use to practice.

Stay tuned for more updates!
Ms. Kathy and her Marvelous Media Lab students!

How is your summer going?


Hi there B-W students!

I miss you all and can’t wait to see you in September! I am wondering if you have been practicing your typing skills? Remember, you can go to Dance Mat Typing or the Typing Club (with your parent’s permission of course) to practice. There are other good websites online.

Take care, be safe, and I will see you soon!

Ms. Kathy

Spring Update!


Hi Everyone!


We are continuing to learn while having fun in the Media Lab! Just recently, some of our kinder classes got to learn a little about Microsoft Word when they typed words about Spring. Our first graders are working on a special digital story project and they are currently recording what they have written for their e-book. It’s always fun to have them listen to  their recorded voices. Second graders made their very own newspaper articles using an online program. Third graders made “word clouds” using words about B-W and “school with heart”. Hopefully you got to see their creations at Open House. Third and fourth graders have also been practicing the tools in Microsoft Word. Our fourth graders are also learning about online safety. Both fourth and fifth graders have been attempting to pass their typing tests and my goal is to have them all pass by fifth grade. Some fifth graders have been working on a “school with heart” photo project and other fifth graders have been making their Voki’s/avatars.


All for now,

Ms. Kathy and her awesome students in Room 6