Thursday, December 18, 2014

Google with Kinder Buddies

Ms. Galvan's 3rd grade class paired up with their Kinder Buddies from Ms. Terry's class to create holiday cards. They used a Google Docs Template, clip art from, rotated images, and had a great time!

Here are some of their finished cards:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hour of Code

December 8-14 is Computer Science Education Week. In honor of that, we participated in Hour of Code.  Students in grades Kinder-5th participated and had a blast trying computer programming. The Tech Ninjas were able to help out other classes since they had been busy programing during after school enrichment. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Afterschool Enrichment Clubs

Both the Tech Ninjas and the Journalism clubs are using technology to support the mission of their afterschool enrichment clubs.

The Tech Ninjas have been working on Together, they have written over 10,000 lines of code and completed over 1,000 levels! Great work!

The Newspaper Club has started Union Hill's very own student-created online newspaper. EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
UHE Newspaper

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

4th graders use Google Drawing

Our 4th grade students used Google Drawing for Science to demonstrate knowledge of natural resources.

Ms. Cervantes posted their work for all to see. Here are a couple of examples:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Google Hangout - Recycling and Sustainability

Third grade classes were able to connect with 2 employees from the University of Notre Dame this afternoon. Go Irish! Ian Hogan, Manager of Recycling, Solid Waste, and Special Projects, and Annie Christianson, Associate Program Manager for Sustainability, shared lots of great information about recycling and sustainability.
Students from Union Hill, Wells Branch, and Cactus Ranch joined the discussion and asked some insightful questions.

Watch the Hangout here:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ActiVotes in the Library

Ms. Stenulson had 1st graders use the ActiVotes to show what they learned about the different parts of a book. Ask her how easy it was!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ms. Humphres' Class Logs On to Their Computers in Record Time

Ms. Humphres' first graders did a great job remembering how to click CTRL+ALT+DEL and how to type in their username and password. The gauntlet has been thrown! From start to finish it took the ENTIRE class only 3 minutes and 5 seconds to login. They have challenged the other 1st grade classes to try to beat them.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NGDC Classroom

NGDC Classroom 
Ms. Galvan's 3rd graders have been working hard. This year they are piloting Dell Venue tablets in their class and part of the Next Generation Digital Classroom. They are learning to log in to the devices and Google Chrome so they can easily create Google Docs to show their learning.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1st Grade Classes Participate in Google Hangout

The 1st grade classes participated in a Google Hangout presented by Connected Classrooms on Earth Day. It was hosted by Polar Bears International and was called Explore the world of Polar Bear Play. The students loved being able to see the polar bears jump and swim.

Monday, April 14, 2014

2nd Grade Collaborating with Google Presentation

Ms. Harrell's 2nd grade Dual Language classes are working together using Google Presentation. They've researched animals and work in pairs to put together their slideshows.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

STAAR Pep Rally

Students, Faculty, and Staff put together a great Pep Rally for the 3-5 grade students about to take the STAAR Test. There were many musical acts, and we were also joined by the Stony Point Cheerleaders, Spike from the Round Rock Express, and our very own Lobo the Wolf. Here is one of the performances.

STAAR Pep Rally YouTube

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Student created Book Trailers

Do you remember the end of each Reading Rainbow episode? Levar Burton would say, "You don't have to take my word for it..." and then the kids would recommend a book.

Our students have started creating book trailers at Union Hill for the books they've read.

Check them out!

The Last Olympian

Whatever After

Walls Within Walls

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Share Out the Wonder

This year, Round Rock ISD librarians have chosen the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio for their One Book, One Community Project. This literacy initiative started in October when librarians throughout the district distributed copies of the book to students with a simple expectation. Read the book, sign the inside cover, and pass it on. By reading it forward, students, parents and teachers are sharing and discussing the many lessons in the book- especially the message to "Choose Kind."

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were selected to launch the program in October.

Union Hill Elementary has participated in One Book, One Community in various ways. We had a birthday party for Auggie, the main character from Wonder, on October 12. Students celebrated by singing "Happy Birthday" to him and enjoying a cupcake.

The teachers, librarian, ITS, and counselors have worked to incorporate the precepts from the book into many lessons. In November, we celebrated World Kindness Day and classes took the pledge to choose kind. Kindergarten classes created videos showing the ways that they've chosen kind. Fourth grade students worked with the ITS to film, edit, and finalize a video showing what they've learned from Wonder.

Pledges from World Kindness Day.

Just this week, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students attended a field trip at the Round Rock Indoor Sports Complex to hear the author, R.J. Palacio speak about the book. The City of Round Rock proclaimed February 10, 2014 as "Choose Kind Day."

Waiting to hear R.J. Palacio speak.
The entire district was invited to create videos to share what they've learned because of Auggie and the book, Wonder. Here's the full video:

This week is also Random Acts of Kindness Week. Students are encouraged to participate in the daily theme. Here's a group of students wearing yellow, to "be the sunshine in someone's life."

Students being the sunshine.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Animoto in 3rd Grade

The 3rd grade classes got a crash course in creating Animoto Videos about the historical figure they researched the 2nd 9 weeks.
According to the ARRC, "Students will research an individual, possibly a historical figure to connect to Social Studies, summarize their contributions/significance and write brief compositions that include a central idea, supporting facts/details, and a concluding statement. Students will share their findings with an audience."

Animoto required them to select the key facts and details to share, determine which images conveyed the message of their figure best, and work collaboratively with their partner to produce their final product.  Here are a few of them.