Welcome to Tunaruna!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

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Welcome to Linden Hill!

TunaRuna is a teaching resource for the students of Linden Hill. On this Web page you will find:

  1. Relevant vocabulary for each lesson.
  2. Links to documents that we use for each lesson.
  3. More video links to help learning.
  4. Grade level parent notes (here on the Home Page).

 

All the best and happy computing!

Dr. Bernal

Kindergarten News

Dear Families, 

For the next two weeks we will be using the Carnegie Library of Pittsburg, StoryMaker. This Web application allows children to create a story and the program helps them write. We will learn about Props, Characters, Setting, Action, and Emotion. We will practice the first week and then we will print out our stories the second week. Look for those to come home to share. 

First Grade News

December has more holidays than any other month. These holidays come from cultures around the world. This month we will look at these holidays and capture family traditions using Pixie. Pixie is an application that allows students to create beautiful pictures. We will share these pictures on our school Web site.

Second Grade News

Programming skills are becoming a requirement for many 21st century jobs. Our job is to make sure that your child is ready to meet any challenge including programming skills. We are learning the foundations of making a computer program through Kodu and Scratch. Both of these applications are free. They are built to give young learners confidence and success in computer programming and computer science principles.

Third Grade News

Programming skills are becoming a requirement for many 21st century jobs. Our job is to make sure that your child is ready to meet any challenge including programming skills. We are learning the foundations of making a computer program through Kodu and Scratch. Both of these applications are free. They are built to give young learners confidence and success in computer programming and computer science principles.

Fourth Grade News

The fourth graders are researching National Park to learn researching skills for an in class project. This year they will learn more about proper citation and data collection. Most of the work on this project will be done in the classrooms and not in the technology lab. 

Fifth Grade News

This lesson is a long-term project that includes research, programming, and ecology. Students will create a computer program using SCRATCH from the MIT Lifelong Learning Lab. I strongly recommend that your child create a Scratch account. Copy the username and password into your child's agenda so that they have it for school. This is a highly engaging unit and most students are very interested in the programming and the topic.

The topic for the program is Land Restoration. This subject is an ever-increasingly important topic to our world. Sustainability is the most important concept of this unit. Students should come away from the project understanding that many of our natural resources are finite and we should consume with prudence.

Ideally, the Scratch or Kodu programs should work and should be complete. However, as is the case with all computer programs, updates are an important part of the programming process. The programs will be graded using the rubric that is linked on the 4th or 5th grade page.