Welcome to Tunaruna!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

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Welcome to a New Look!

Welcome to Tunaruna! Tunaruna is turning 12 this year. I thought that I would give Tunaruna a new look as a birthday present. The site is supposed to remind you of a comic book. Learning should be exciting and fun and that is what I want this site to reflect. Action learning, All day, everyday!

Tunaruna is a work in progress and I will continue to add, change and tweak as I try to perfect the ultimate learning Web site for elementary school learning!

What's new?

Besides the new look here are some other things that you will be able to find:birthday_cake

  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

This week we are looking at how a computer can help us to learn more about math and numbers. We are looking at three Web sites that offer a variety of age-appropriate games. This lesson is intended all students a chance to explore different math games.

First Grade News

We will be using Pixie to create books about ourselves. Pixie is a child-friendly software that allows students to create a wide range of projects. 

Second Grade News

Collaboration is how we get things done. The Common Core and NETS standards recognize this as a critical 21 Century skill. We will be researching dinosaurs as a team of two. The children will collect critical information about one dinosaur species that they research. They will then write a summary about the dinosaur and then narrate information about the dinosaur into Pixie. The end effect will be a multi-media encyclopedia about a dinosaur collection from one class. Happy researching and stay warm!

Third Grade News

Collaboration is how we get things done. The Common Core and NETS standards recognize this as a critical 21 Century skill. We will be researching planets as a team of two. The children will collect critical information about one planet that they research. They will then write a summary about the planets and then narrate information about the planet into Pixie. The end effect will be a multi-media encyclopedia about a planets collection from one class. Happy researching and stay warm!

Fourth Grade News

We have been working on creating a video game using MIT's Scratch, block programming about recycling. The games are in different stages of development because, as I explained to the children, software is never really finished. The kids will now try to sell their idea to the Shark Tank (their peers). They will be working to create a presentation to impress their peers enough to invest in their game design. They will be using different media to create their presentation.

Fifth Grade News

We have been working on creating a video game using MIT's Scratch, block programming about recycling. The games are in different stages of development because, as I explained to the children, software is never really finished. The kids will now try to sell their idea to the Shark Tank (their peers). They will be working to create a presentation to impress their peers enough to invest in their game design. They will be using different media to create their presentation.