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Here is the Animoto video project from Mrs. Hayes and her fourth grade math students…

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Video Biographies

Mrs. Hayes came with a simple request. “Our class did such a great job on their biography projects, do you think you could video a couple of their presentations?” I jumped at the chance because I knew it would be a great way to showcase the great work going on here at Cherokee, plus it gave me a chance to work with a new video program that enables me to put images behind the “talent.” It is called a chroma key effect and you see it all the time when you watch the meteorologists on television.

Here is Lisa’s 2:42 video biography on Julius Caesar.

Here is Jason’s 2:02 video biography on Abraham Lincoln.

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Animal Projects Go Digital

This project started out as a typical, traditional poster board project (as you can see from the example on the left). Then we thought it would be great to take it to the next level and create an digital online version. So with the help of Mrs. Hayes and her fourth grade students, we created three VoiceThread projects, each spotlighting two animals that the students researched for their Environmental Science unit.


This digital storytelling project demanded that the students rewrite and edit their information for a different, and wider audience – not just for the classroom teacher, but for anyone who visits the website. The students enjoyed the process and everyone was pleased with the end product. And I must say again that it is always a joy to see out students become expert self assessors of their oral presentations and insist on “getting it just right.”

So here they are… Enjoy!

1. Chipmunks and Raccoons

[kml_flashembed movie="http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=327993" width="480" height="360" wmode="transparent" /]

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2. White-Tailed Deer and Coyotes

[kml_flashembed movie="http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=327997" width="480" height="360" wmode="transparent" /]

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3. Rabbits and Red Foxes

[kml_flashembed movie="http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=328001" width="480" height="360" wmode="transparent" /]


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Our Reading Buddies at South School

Ms. Moser’s fourth grade students recently visited South School and established some reading buddies. Her students thought it would be fun to share their experiences as VoiceThread projects. So here they are…

1. 4M Visits South School – Girls
[kml_flashembed movie="http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=45269" width="480" height="360" wmode="transparent" /]
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2. 4M Visits South School – Boys
[kml_flashembed movie="http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=45271" width="480" height="360" wmode="transparent" /]

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The Star-Spangled Banner Project

The first project we completed this year was an audio production of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Students from Mrs. Rielly’s fourth grade language arts class researched, wrote and recorded this audio report.

Mr. Koch took care of all the production work which included recording the voices, adding the music, mixing all the tracks together in GarageBand and creating the Cherokee School Showcase website.

Lake Forest FlagRyan K. and Carson W. : Hosts
Mark M. and Brian D. : The Star-Spangled Banner poem
Reilly L. : Historical information
Michael N. and Emily C. : Interview #1
Elise W. : Vocabulary Theater
Brian D. and Christoper M. : Interview #2
Reilly L. : Riddle time
Emma D. : An original poem
Meggie A. : Interesting facts
Christopher M. : Cool historical website

Click on the play button below (the white triangle in blue box) to hear our audio podcast production of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (12:06)

The Star-Spangled Banner podcast – November 2007

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7 Responses to “4th Grade”

  1. Bridget Says:

    Wow. This looks great and sounds great!!!! What an inspiration.

  2. Alan Cass Says:

    I agree with Bridget. This is a very inspirational production, well researched and presented. And I’m not even American – I’m Canadian!! Congratulations to all the participants Well done.

  3. Mrs. Miller Says:

    I agree that this podcast and website looks and sounds great. We have come a long way since our first podcast last year. The 4th graders are really becoming experts at creating these “casts”. Super Work!

  4. Kyle Says:

    Well done. Historical research was informative and accurate and well presented by all the students. Great job to all involved!

  5. Tessa Aquino Says:

    This is a great! It is another fun way to keep home and school connected and allow our students to be proud of their work.

    Thanks for putting all this together!

  6. Mrs Noronha Says:

    Great job Mrs Rielly’s 4th grade. Very well done, interesting and educational. Thanks to Mrs Rielly and Mr Koch for helping the kids with this podcast.

  7. Gabby Says:

    I love it!
    Such amazing work. Definitely well researched!

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